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Friday, December 3, 2021

Best Theater of 2021 by Jesse Green, Maya Phillips, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Digital innovation continued this year, but experiencing plays in isolation grew tiring. Then came an in-person season as exciting as a child’s first fireworks.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

‘A Sherlock Carol’ Review: Crime-Solving on Christmas Eve by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mark Shanahan remixes Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens into a clever, crowd-pleasing holiday comedy that happens also to be a murder mystery.

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Cherished Words From Sondheim, Theater’s Encourager-in-Chief by Laura Collins-Hughes

He wrote great shows, but Stephen Sondheim was also a mentor, a teacher and an audience regular. And, oh, the thrill of getting one of his typewritten notes.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Domhnall Gleeson Feels That Crackle in the Air by Laura Collins-Hughes

Whether it’s the emotion coursing through Enda Walsh’s plays or the energy pulsing through the streets of New York, the star of “Medicine” is picking it up.

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Monday, November 22, 2021

Review: Channeling Anger in ‘A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Annie Ryan’s stage adaptation of the Eimear McBride novel is given a lucid and intimate revival at the Irish Repertory Theater.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

‘In the Southern Breeze’ Review: A Dark Night of the Soul by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Mansa Ra’s heart-bruised new play, racism is a lethal force that menaces generations of Black American men.

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Review: This Revival of Sondheim’s ‘Assassins’ Misses Its Mark by Laura Collins-Hughes

The production lacks the power to unsettle despite a fine cast of killers and wannabes who changed, or at least made, history gunning for presidents.

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

‘Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord’ Review: Our Sewing Superhero by Laura Collins-Hughes

The first post-shutdown live performance at New York Theater Workshop is almost a debriefing after the crisis we have endured.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

For Sharon D Clarke, a ‘Big Sing’ and a Big Broadway Moment by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Olivier Award winner stars in “Caroline, or Change” in a role that pays tribute to “all Black women trying to make their way through this life.”

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Review: The Melancholy of Misspent Lives in ‘Autumn Royal’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Irish Repertory Theater returns to live performances with a domestic tragicomedy by Kevin Barry.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Review: In ‘The Lehman Trilogy,’ a Vivid Tale of Profit and Pain by Laura Collins-Hughes

The play, tracing the rise and fall of the fabled financiers, finally opens on Broadway after successful runs in London and at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Friday, October 8, 2021

La MaMa Theater Reopens With Strange, Enchanting Puppetry by Laura Collins-Hughes

The daring Manhattan theater reopens this month with a gorgeous puppet festival, proving it has lost none of its nerve during the pandemic.

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Aneesa Folds, Back on Broadway, Is Still Getting Used to This by Laura Collins-Hughes

Once a fan and now a pioneering female member of the hip-hop improv troupe Freestyle Love Supreme, she is “switching it up.”

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Their Downtown Hits Are Now Sharing a Broadway Stage by Laura Collins-Hughes

Tina Satter’s “Is This a Room” and Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” are performing in rotation at the Lyceum. They spoke about the significance of telling the true stories of living peopl…

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

‘The Nosebleed’ Review: ‘Who Here Hates Their Father?’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Aya Ogawa’s gentle, forthright reckoning of a play is a belated processing of the loss of a parent by a daughter who now has children of her own.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Review: In ‘Polylogues,’ Dispatches From Non-Monogamy by Laura Collins-Hughes

Xandra Nur Clark’s provocatively questing but overlong solo show is a compassionate portal into a topic often treated with prurience.

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Hope (and Ian McKellen) Lured Me to Britain. Was It Worth the Risk? by Laura Collins-Hughes

I made the calculations before I traveled, and decided to go for it. Double masked, I stepped off the plane and set off for a week of theater.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

They Finally Get to Dance on Broadway by Laura Collins-Hughes and Erik Tanner

These young dancers have Broadway debuts in store when the industry reopens. Some of them have been waiting more than a year to show their stuff.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

‘Ni Mi Madre’ Review: A Son’s Stinging Tribute to His Mother by Laura Collins-Hughes

Arturo Luís Soria wrote and stars in a forgiving, yet cleareyed solo show about parental damage done.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Review: When a Stranger Knocks at the Airlock by Laura Collins-Hughes

Edward Einhorn’s “Alma Baya” is the bleak, humor-flecked tale of two clones on a distant planet who let a third inside their walls.

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Sunday, August 15, 2021

Review: Making S’mores Around the Campfire at the Apocalypse by Laura Collins-Hughes

In “The Grown-Ups,” a play by Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques, audience members sit around a real fire in a backyard in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

After a Midsummer Shiver, Provincetown Proceeds With Care by Laura Collins-Hughes

When the Delta variant came to town, the Broadway stars, drag queens and comics were performing indoors again and the iffy summer of 2020 was just a memory.

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: ‘The Tempest’ Starkly Amplifies Prospero’s Evolution by Laura Collins-Hughes

A strong ensemble, music and movement round out the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s last production in its longtime home at Boscobel House and Gardens.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Review: Unearthing the Late Curiosities of Tennessee Williams by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Hilton Als Presents,” from New York Theater Workshop, features three of the playwright’s overlooked and often disparaged works.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

Review: Endorphins Fuel an Awakening in ‘Endure’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A solo show about a marathoner rebuilding her life takes its audience on a 5K through Central Park. Running is optional, our critic insists.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Broadway Is Back! A Guide to Shows, Tickets and Covid Protocols. by Laura Collins-Hughes

We break down everything you need to navigate Broadway as it reopens.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Critic's Pick: 'Seize the King,' Harlem Theater's 'Richard III' by Laura Collins-Hughes

It’s a tale that Will Power intends as cautionary, with cycles of history and human violence in mind.

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Friday, July 2, 2021

'Schmigadoon!' Is an Ode to Broadway Musicals, and Pokes Fun At Them Too by Laura Collins-Hughes

One would think that everyone involved in the parody series “Schmigadoon!” was in love with the sometimes hokey, sometimes magical musical genre. Not quite.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Review: A Darkly Satirical Glimpse Into Life ‘Off Broadway’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Torrey Townsend’s backstage fiction is an indictment of the real world’s overwhelmingly white, disproportionately male theatrical establishment.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Storefronts Turned Stages for ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A live theatrical event in the Meatpacking district, featuring several playwrights and sets by David Rockwell, “turns New York itself into the playhouse.”

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

With Healing in Mind, Stage Collaborators Take a Dip Together by Laura Collins-Hughes

The playwright Lynn Nottage chose to share her Signature Theater residency with other artists rocked by 2020. The immersive result: “The Watering Hole.”

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