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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

From Boston: Quixote Nuevo, Modern-Day Man of La Plancha by Bob Verini

★★★ Octavio Solis's modern-day take on Don Quixote taps into the current crisis along the U.S./Mexico border The post From Boston: Quixote Nuevo, Modern-Day Man of La Plancha appeared …

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Christmas Carol: God Blast Ye, Merry Gentlemen by Bob Verini

★★★★ Jack Thorne, Matthew Warchus, and Charles Dickens insist that we Scrooges mend our selfish ways, with joyful stagecraft to pull us along The post A Christmas Carol: God Blast Ye…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

From Providence: Its Prince Proves a Pretender by Bob Verini

★★ A city celebrates its legendary political rascal, leaving open why he should matter to the rest of us The post From Providence: Its Prince Proves a Pretender appeared first on New Yor…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

From Boston: The Purists (and Director Billy Porter) Keep It Real by Bob Verini

★★★★ A Sunnyside, Queens stoop is the unlikely setting for a thrilling affirmation of how we can learn to get along The post From Boston: The Purists (and Director Billy Porter) Keep…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

From Massachusetts: The Joy of Six by Bob Verini

★★★★★ The “Divorced, Beheaded, Live” tryout tour of Henry VIII’s wives makes a turbocharged Cambridge stop The post From Massachusetts: The Joy of Six appeared first on New Y…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

From Massachusetts: Fall Springs, A Fracking Good Time by Bob Verini

★★★ Stale environmental satire is offset by sprightly songs and a swell cast at Barrington Stage The post From Massachusetts: Fall Springs, A Fracking Good Time appeared first on New Y…

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Monday, August 12, 2019

From Williamstown: Ghosts and Before the Meeting by Bob Verini

At Williamstown, an O.K. revival and a superior modern premiere explore humanity at lowest ebb. The post From Williamstown: Ghosts and Before the Meeting appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Monday, July 29, 2019

From Massachusetts: The Skin of Our Teeth and Tell Me I’m Not Crazy by Bob Verini

Two American dramedies, one classic and the other newly minted, affirm humanity’s indomitable ability to renew in the face of chaos. The post From Massachusetts: The Skin of Our Teeth and …

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

From Massachusetts: Gertrude and Claudius’s Time Is Out of Joint by Bob Verini

★★ A Hamlet prequel out of a John Updike novel falls short of presaging the tragedy to follow The post From Massachusetts: Gertrude and Claudius’s Time Is Out of Joint appeared first o…

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Monday, July 22, 2019

From Connecticut: Because of Winn Dixie Is Not Arf Bad by Bob Verini

★★★★ A great doggie performer headlines a tuneful, kid-friendly morality tail (sic) The post From Connecticut: Because of Winn Dixie Is Not Arf Bad appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Rock and Roll Man: Tutti-Frutti, Mostly Goodie by Bob Verini

★★★ Rock'n'roll is here to stay, though we learn little about the man who made it happen The post Rock and Roll Man: Tutti-Frutti, Mostly Goodie appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

From Massachusetts: Into a Sondheim Woods and a Fascist America by Bob Verini

Two concurrent plays in the Berkshires examine the effect of fairy tales, whether on the body human or the body politic The post From Massachusetts: Into a Sondheim Woods and a Fascist Ameri…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Yerma: Simmering When It Ought to Boil by Bob Verini

Garcia Lorca’s folk tragedy invokes earth, fire, and water, but gets mostly infused with air The post Yerma: Simmering When It Ought to Boil appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

The Flamingo Kid: Follow the Pink-and-Blue Road by Bob Verini

★★★ A sprightly, nostalgic musical of the 1960s sacrifices some of the stronger qualities of its cinematic source The post The Flamingo Kid: Follow the Pink-and-Blue Road appeared firs…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

We Live in Cairo: An Arab-Spring Awakening by Bob Verini

★★★★ Two gifted first-timers, the Brothers Lazour, find melody and hope in recent historical events marked as much by defeat as by triumph The post We Live in Cairo: An Arab-Spring A…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Man in the Ring: Forgiven for Killing, Condemned for Love by Bob Verini

★★★★ Shadow Box author shadow-boxes with charismatic real-life champ, wins on points The post Man in the Ring: Forgiven for Killing, Condemned for Love appeared first on New York Sta…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Anastasia: Journey to the Musical Past by Bob Verini

★★★★ McNally, Ahrens and Flaherty ransack the operetta playbook, with pleasing results The post Anastasia: Journey to the Musical Past appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Man of La Mancha: Still True to Its Glorious Quest by Bob Verini

★★★★ Director Mark Lamos invests a musical theater perennial with novelty and life The post Man of La Mancha: Still True to Its Glorious Quest appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Black Clown: Racial Pride Triumphant in Entertaining Showcase by Bob Verini

★★★★★ A classic poem becomes a stunning music theater piece celebrating identity and dignity in the face of oppression The post The Black Clown: Racial Pride Triumphant in Entertai…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Petrified Forest, Sister Mary Ignatius: Revivals Under the Berkshire Elms by Bob Verini

Harriet Harris shines as Chris Durang’s nutty nun, while Robert E. Sherwood’s vintage melodrama just shines, period. The post Petrified Forest, Sister Mary Ignatius: Revivals Under the B…

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

West Side Story: Reproducing a Classic With Sincerity, and Safety by Bob Verini

★★★★ 100th birthday tributes to Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins yield a familiar but affecting take on timeless material. The post West Side Story: Reproducing a Classic With Si…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Lempicka: Art for Art’s Ache in the 20th Century by Bob Verini

★★ An ambitious but unfocused musical gives a great, underappreciated 20th century female artist too much of a brush-off The post Lempicka: Art for Art’s Ache in the 20th Century a…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Closet: A Gay Deceiver for a New Century by Bob Verini

★★★ Matthew Broderick shines in Douglas Carter Beane’s uneven comic vision of a post-bigotry, Freak Flags Flying modern America The post The Closet: A Gay Deceiver for a New Century …

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Book Review: "Sense of Occasion: Harold Prince" by Bob Verini

A rare photo among the plates in Harold Prince's Sense of Occasion features a smiling Richard Rodgers, Ethel Merman, and the director posing for an ultimately spiked TV Guide cover that was…

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Book Review: "The Complete Book of 1990s Broadway Musicals" by Dan Dietz by Bob Verini

Surveys of musicals, if they do nothing else, inevitably incite arguments between the author and the reader. There's plenty of grist for the argument mill in Dietz's tome.

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