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Monday, October 21, 2019

Is This a Room Review. FBI Interrogation of Reality Winner by New York Theater

“Is This A Room” stages the verbatim transcript of the FBI interrogation of a 25-year-old former Air Force linguist with the improbable name of Reality Winner, who was eventually sente…

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Soft Power Review: David Henry Hwang’s Sly Reverse Chinese Musical about America by New York Theater

David Henry Hwang was attacked by an unknown assailant with a knife and nearly died. That experience, along with the playwright’s shock at the results of the 2016 Presidential election and…

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Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Rose Tattoo with Marisa Tomei by New York Theater

There are many cues to what’s wrong with this overly broad third Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ dated play, starring Marisa Tomei as Serafina Delle Rose, a Sicilian immigrant se…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

2019 Theater Book Award Winners and Finalists from TLA by New York Theater

Books about Bob Fosse and Yiddish theater have been named the best theater books of the year by The Theatre Library Association,  which is presenting its TLA Book Awards tonight at the New…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Review: Junot Diaz’s Dominican-American Novel On Stage by New York Theater

Oscar, a fat freshman in thick bifocals meeting his college roommate for the first time, greets him with what sounds like an insult: “Hail, dog of God!” His new roommate, the street-smar…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#Stageworthy News of the Week. Theater as Politics, Politics as Theater. Bad Theater Festival. by New York Theater

The announcement of the latest very unscientific results from the nightly poll conducted in the lobby of Lincoln Center, is a marketing gimmick for “The Great Society” that strikes me as…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Christopher Columbus on Stage: No Respect by New York Theater

In “The Thanksgiving Play,” a satire by Larissa FastHorse that debuted at Playwrights Horizons last year and has become one of the most produced plays throughout the country, Jaxton, the…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda as Julián Castro, Billy Porter as MC in SNL Spoof of CNN LGBT Town Hall by New York Theater

On Thursday night,  CNN held an “LGBTQ Town Hall” in which nine of the Democratic candidates for President separately answered questions on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and qu…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Slave Play on Broadway by New York Theater

When I saw “Slave Play” Off-Broadway last December, it felt like the work of a novice playwright – promising, provocative, and well produced, but too derivative, too long, too full of…

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Linda Vista on Broadway: Review and Pics by New York Theater

Can an underemployed middle-aged jerk be a babe magnet?   That’s a question theatergoers are likely to ask about Wheeler, the central character in Linda Vista, Tracy Letts’ latest play…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Wrong Man Review: Hamilton-Like in Form, The Anti-Hamilton in Content by New York Theater

“The Wrong Man,”  a sung-through musical starring the spectacular Joshua Henry,  may remind people of “Hamilton” in its catchy rap-inflected eclectic score and jerky hip hop chore…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

#Stageworthy News of the Week: Diahann Carroll (1935-2019) Broadway Groundbreaker. DeNiro, Pacino, Cannavale in Broadway’s Belasco….for Netflix. by New York Theater

Diahann Carroll, who died Friday at the age of 84, is best known as the first black woman to star on a TV series, “Julia” in 1968, but she was a barrier breaker on Broadway too. Born in…

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Heroes of the Fourth Turning Review: Conservatives Have Problems Too by New York Theater

Conservatives don’t all think alike; some of them hate Trump; some don’t see Liberals as evil (some do.) Some are deeply weird. It is a sure sign of the political divisiveness in America…

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Fringe Review: Chalk. A silent clown draws us into his world by New York Theater

“Chalk,” a 40-minute comedy in which silent comic Alex Curtis creates an entire world for the audience using little more than a piece of chalk, is exactly the sort of show I always hope …

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Saturday, October 5, 2019

The 2019 New York International Fringe Festival: What Happened?! by New York Theater

  At the 22nd annual New York International Fringe Festival, which is running through the end of October, there are 40 shows in six venues –  plus more than 25 shows at The Nuyorican Poe…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

What is immersive theater? The six elements that define it at its best by New York Theater

“Immersive theater” has come to mean something separate from the dictionary definition of the word “immersive” – in much the same way that phrases Absurdist Theater and Abstract Ex…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec Review: Moulin Rouge on a Low Budget by New York Theater

“Moulin Rouge” on Broadway has several things in common with Bated Breath Theater Company’s low-budget show about the same people, place and period, especially in my reaction to them b…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Political Theater in an Impeachable Age. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

  I was struck in seeing “The Great Society,” which depicts President Lyndon Johnson’s turbulent full term in office, how Robert Shenkkan’s play represents political theater in more…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Great Society Review and Pics by New York Theater

The Great Society, a play by Robert Schenkkan that offers a largely sympathetic portrait of the 36th president of the United States as it chronicles the final four years of Lyndon Johnson…

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October 2019 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

October is always a busy month for theater in New York, but it’s gone up a notch this time. Below is a selection, organized chronologically by opening date. On Broadway alone, eight shows …

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Monday, September 30, 2019

New York Theater Quiz for September 2019 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to New York theater news, views and reviews in September? Answer these ten questions and find out.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

André De Shields as the Gay Character August Wilson Left Out by New York Theater

Three generations of black, queer theater artists – actor André De Shields, 73; playwright Kevin R. Free, who is 50;  and director Zhailon Levingston, 25 —  are collaborating on a pla…

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Why? Review: Peter Brook’s Paean to Theater and a Theater Martyr by New York Theater

Those for whom theater is their religion are more likely to appreciate “Why?,” a 70-minute theater piece about theater that, aptly, begins with a whimsically modified Biblical tale: God …

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Friday, September 27, 2019

The Height of the Storm: Review and Pics by New York Theater

The same playwright who gave us “The Father” with a demented Frank Langella and “The Mother” with a depressed and possibly deranged Isabelle Huppert now offers us…dead Jonathan Pry…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Antigone Review: Greek Tragedy as Japanese Theater by New York Theater

Ethereal, stylized and visually stunning, Japanese director Satoshi Miyagi’s production of “Antigone,” at the Park Avenue Armory through October 6, fuses several theatrical traditions,…

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Museum of Dead Words Review: Racism and Sexism and Normal are Dead, This Rapper Says by New York Theater

The artist known as Dyalekt (pronounced dialect) greets us looking like a young Allen Ginsberg in his Yippie Uncle Sam phase, holding up a bucket labeled “dead words,” asking us for word…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Scenes at Broadway Flea. Immigrants Get Their Own Theater, and a Voice. Billy Porter Wins at 50. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

  The city has announced plans  to build a performing arts center dedicated to Immigrants. The proposed Immigrant Research and Performing Arts Center will go up in Inwood, the northernmos…

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Billy Porter Wins an Emmy by New York Theater

Billy Porter won an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for “Pose.” — the first openly gay black man to win the lead actor in a drama category “The category is love, y…

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2019 Broadway Flea Market Map and Selfie Schedule by New York Theater

Below is a map showing the location of the more than 50 tables at today’s 33rd Annual Broadway Flea Market and Grand Auction, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Beneath that are t…

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Invention of Tragedy Review by New York Theater

There are three ways of looking at Mac Wellman's “The Invention of Tragedy” that offer some satisfactions – as a political parable, as a metaphor for Western theater,  or as entertain…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Broadway Live on Netflix and Audible and… by New York Theater

Taping live Broadway shows for the screen is no longer seen as an experiment. It’s a routine practice, and it’s moved from movie theaters to home computers. Life is not all that’s gon…

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