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Monday, March 18, 2019

Off Broadway Review: John Guare’s ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ by Gordon Cox

Anyone who doesn’t have a cottage on the Cape or the Islands, as they say in Massachusetts, might be puzzled by the title of John Guare’s new play.  “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” is no Re…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ by Gordon Cox

No, Kate doesn’t get spanked. And for those wondering how the dicey ending of “Kiss Me, Kate” — that musical mashup of “The Taming of the Shrew” and backstage battling exes — w…

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West End Review: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’ by Gordon Cox

It takes three to tango, and Jamie Lloyd’s “Betrayal” completely grasps that. Having made it his mission to modernize the way we stage Harold Pinter’s plays, his chic, stripped-down …

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Listen: The Secrets of Broadway Sound Design by Gordon Cox

Sound design might be the most thankless job on Broadway — because when you get it right, nobody notices. Besides, a lot of theatergoers — and more than a few Tony voters — don’t qui…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Isabelle Huppert in ‘The Mother’ by Gordon Cox

Like “The Father,” which won the 2016 Tony Award for Frank Langella in the titanic lead role, “The Mother,” which features a searing performance by Isabelle Huppert, advances French …

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Be More Chill’ by Gordon Cox

“Be More Chill” is already a Broadway Cinderella story. A tale of nerdy teen angst and technology by songwriter Joe Iconis and bookwriter Joe Tracz, this geek-love, sci-fi, high school m…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ‘Fleabag’ by Gordon Cox

Watching Phoebe Waller-Bridge, as the lead character of “Fleabag,” trying to resist saying something bitingly perceptive, inappropriately funny and completely unexpected is a study of co…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Off Broadway Review: ‘Daddy’ Starring Alan Cumming by Gordon Cox

Possible spoiler:  The kid ain’t worth it! Some breathtaking design work has gone into the sleek production of Jeremy O. Harris’ “Daddy,” directed by Danya Taymor (“Pass Over”),…

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Listen: The Producer Bringing ‘Oklahoma!’ and Alanis to Broadway by Gordon Cox

Producer Eva Price has been working on Broadway for years now — but this year, she’s really making her mark, first as the lead producer of this spring’s edgy new revival of “Oklahoma…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Off Broadway Review: ‘Superhero’ by Gordon Cox

A 15-year-old misfit, sitting alone on the fire escape and drawing cartoon dreams of a larger-than-life hero to rescue him from the perils of being a teenager. Haven’t we seen this one bef…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Listen: Laura Benanti on ‘My Fair Lady’ and the Secret to Her Melania Trump Impersonation by Gordon Cox

Laura Benanti is now playing her dream role on Broadway. At the same time, the Tony winner (“Gypsy”) is also playing her toughest part ever. Listen to this week’s podcast below…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘The American Clock’ by Gordon Cox

Time is money. Money is time. Both come unstuck in “The American Clock.” Arthur Miller’s kaleidoscopic account of the Great Depression, part autobiography, part social history, crawls …

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Off Broadway Review: Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by Gordon Cox

Comfy? Okay, let’s talk Death: sudden death, painful death, lingering death, accidental death, and whatever other kinds of death happen to come into the receptive minds of playwrights Simo…

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West End Review: Gillian Anderson and Lily James in ‘All About Eve’ by Gordon Cox

To adapt a crass old adage: it’s “All About Eve,” not “All About Steve.” Stripping Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s sharp-witted screenplay about a waning theater star of its period trappi…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Listen: Why Adam Shankman Directs Every Movie Like It’s a Musical by Gordon Cox

Director Adam Shankman’s latest movie, the Taraji P. Henson comedy “What Men Want,” isn’t a musical. But as one of Hollywood’s top director-choreographers of mu…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

West End Review: ‘Pinter Seven’ Starring Martin Freeman by Gordon Cox

“Pinter at the Pinter” has been an education — a crash course in Britain’s greatest post-war playwright. Director-producer Jamie Lloyd’s star-studded, six-month sprint through …

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Listen: Rising Broadway Star Jeremy Pope’s Advice for Young Actors by Gordon Cox

Jeremy Pope is having the kind of year most young actors dream of: He’s currently making his Broadway debut in the title role of “Choir Boy,” the play by Oscar winner Tarel…

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Kiss Me, Kate Is a Valentine’s Day Treat by Gordon Cox

Scott Ellis and Warren Carlyle never thought they’d bring Kiss Me, Kate back to Broadway. The duo behind Roundabout Theatre Company’s recent popular revivals of She Loves Me, On the Twen…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Listen: The Politics of Musical Comedy in Broadway’s ‘The Prom’ by Gordon Cox

Back when “The Prom” opened on Broadway in the fall, critics swooned over the musical comedy with a message. But for a while there, the creators had begun to think that their sho…

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Go Behind the Scenes With Two Stars of Hadestown by Gordon Cox

During its journey to Broadway, the buzzy Hadestown wasn’t just establishing an ardent fan base. It was also growing and developing from a rousing concert staging into a full work of music…

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A Trip To Hadestown: The Musical That’s Taken Theater Fans by Storm by Gordon Cox

Do you believe in divine inspiration? Talk to indie singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell about Hadestown, and you just might. To hear Mitchell tell it, the first flash of what would become Hade…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

London Theater Review: ‘Leave to Remain’ by Gordon Cox

“Leave to Remain” was almost a graphic novel. And a concept album. And a television series. Eventually Bloc Party’s frontman Kele Okereke and co-writer Matt Jones swung behind the idea…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘True West’ With Ethan Hawke, Paul Dano by Gordon Cox

Austin (Paul Dano) is the mild brother, a Hollywood screenwriter holed up in his mother’s house and pecking away at a screenplay.  Lee (Ethan Hawke) is the wild brother, a desert rat and …

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Listen: Ethan Hawke on ‘True West’ and the Ghost of Philip Seymour Hoffman by Gordon Cox

Ethan Hawke had a long relationship with Sam Shepard and his work — but he never thought he’d end up on Broadway in “True West.” That’s because Philip Seymour H…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

The New Oklahoma! Will Surprise You by Gordon Cox

Oklahoma! is back — but this isn’t your grandparents’ Broadway musical. This spring, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic 1943 musical Oklahoma! returns to Broadway as a surprising …

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Listen: How Things Got Scary in ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by Gordon Cox

For a decade, writer-performer Heidi Schreck had wanted to write a play inspired by her experiences as a teen debater. But over the years the show started to develop into something both urge…

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Broadway Review: ‘Choir Boy’ by Gordon Cox

Honestly, I was afraid that “Choir Boy” — the sweetly exuberant account of a gifted prep school boy’s coming of age, written by “Moonlight” Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney…

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Listen: How Ariana Grande Got Jason Robert Brown to Madison Square Garden by Gordon Cox

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown never expected to find himself performing onstage at Madison Square Garden. But he did — thanks to his pal Ariana Grande. Brown met Grande before s…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

West End Review: ‘Pinter Five and Six’ by Gordon Cox

Every dramatist has their off plays. Stage Shakespeare in full and you’re stuck with “Two Noble Kinsmen.” Tackle Chekhov and your problem is “Platonov.” Director-producer Jamie Llo…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

London Theater Review: ‘The Tragedy of King Richard the Second’ by Gordon Cox

Political plotting has become a national pastime in Britain. Hardly a week goes by without an attempted parliamentary coup. “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second,” Joe Hill-Gib…

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

London Theater Review: ‘The Cane’ by Gordon Cox

“The Cane” lands with a thwack — a timely intervention in a topical debate. By dredging up the specter of corporal punishment in British schools, Mark Ravenhill’s terse allegoric…

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