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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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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Review: 'A Thousand Ways (Part Two): An Encounter' at the Public Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes

The experimental company 600 Highwaymen is back with theater of the most intimate kind, starring you and a stranger at close range.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

‘Bill’s 44th’ Review: Where Are All the Party People? by Laura Collins-Hughes

This poignant, comic puppet play, by Dorothy James and Andy Manjuck, is as much about the ingenuity of the mind as it is about loneliness.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Digital Be Damned! Welcome to Shows You Can Touch and Feel. by Laura Collins-Hughes

Fuzzy puppet sheep. A light cutting through the haze. Hand-designed dreamscapes. There’s plenty to savor in the slow return of pixel-free theater.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

‘Scott and Andy and All the Boys’ Review: Ripped From the Headlines by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mike Daisey takes sluggish aim at juicy targets: the disgraced Broadway producer Scott Rudin and the New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

At 91, John Cullum Is Ready to Try Something New by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Tony-winning musical theater actor and TV star planned to debut a cabaret show in 2019. Illness hit, then the pandemic. But he hasn’t been stopped.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

‘Romeo y Julieta’ Review: Young Love in Two Languages by Laura Collins-Hughes

Lupita Nyong’o and Juan Castano star in a podcast adaptation that delivers the poetry — in Spanish and English — but not the fire.

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Go or No? An Indoor Theater Invitation (at Last!) Needs an R.S.V.P. by Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski

Two critics, hungry for live performance, weigh whether they’re ready to take a health risk for “Blindness,” which opens in New York next month.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Instant Artifacts of a Disconnected Time (and Lots of Hugh Dancy) by Laura Collins-Hughes

During the pandemic, writers and actors have taken on an “adrenalizing” challenge: creating video monologues, more than 400 so far, in 24 hours.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Where Is Hollywood When Broadway Needs It? by Laura Collins-Hughes

A critic writes a plea to the film and TV stars who got their starts in the theater and can do more to aid its rescue.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

Battered but Unbowed: How Beckett Speaks to a New Era by Laura Collins-Hughes

Adaptations of “Happy Days” and “First Love,” works by the master of existential wheel-spinning, show us how to live in place.

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Friday, February 26, 2021

‘First Love’ Review: Stop and Smell the Corpses by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bill Camp stars in JoAnne Akalaitis’s creepy, funny streaming production of this Samuel Beckett short story.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Douglas Turner Ward: A Lens on ‘Questions That the Country Wasn’t Asking’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Samuel L. Jackson, David Alan Grier, Phylicia Rashad and others remember the Negro Ensemble Company founder.

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Two Tales of Disconnection, With One Cicada Cameo by Laura Collins-Hughes

Recorded on a Houston stage, “The Book of Magdalene” is theatrically intimate, while “Hotel Good Luck” gets caught up in digital trickery.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

‘He Missed Nothing’: Nathan Lane, Chita Rivera and Others on Joe Allen by Laura Collins-Hughes and Jennifer Schuessler

The man was taciturn, but his Theater District restaurants were like Broadway clubhouses. Even the posters of flops were placed with affection.

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Monday, January 25, 2021

When Theatermakers Long for the Stage, Playfully by Laura Collins-Hughes

Two short films that find pandemic-sidelined performers grappling with Beckett are a highlight of the annual Exponential Festival.

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

‘The Approach’ Review: Three Women and the Men Who Define Them by Laura Collins-Hughes

Mark O’Rowe’s intricate, beautifully acted play begs for debate. To start: Why don’t its protagonists have full lives of their own?

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Review: One Belfast Landmark Inspires Five Irish Monologues by Laura Collins-Hughes

The excellent program of short audioplays commissioned for “Under the Albert Clock” imagines the world in 2050.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

How Theater Stepped Up to Meet the Trump Era by Laura Collins-Hughes

As artists saw liberties threatened and inequities exacerbated, the stage became more thrillingly urgent than it had been in decades.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

More Than the Girl Next Door: 8 Actors on Emily in ‘Our Town’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

With a history of the Thornton Wilder classic coming soon, we talk with performers who found personal inspiration in the play’s beating heart.

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Lee Breuer, Adventurous Theater Director, Dies at 83 by Laura Collins-Hughes

One of the founders of Mabou Mines, he reveled in being an outsider even when his celebrated “The Gospel at Colonus” reached Broadway.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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Monday, December 28, 2020

Review: In ‘Making Friends,’ a Bitter Grab Bag of Grievances by Laura Collins-Hughes

Tom DeTrinis’s solo show is full of rage, but in a way that’s bizarrely out of touch with this overwhelmingly disastrous year.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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