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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ retains its magic and its heart by Charles Isherwood

When it was announced that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” would open at the Lyric Theatre in 2018, I confidently expected that the, um, curse that seemed to doom all shows in the ca…

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Sunday, December 5, 2021

Review: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ does not leap from screen to stage by Charles Isherwood

As the title character in the musical “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the superlative performer Rob McClure tears around the stage like a human tornado. In the role made famous by the inimitable Robin…

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Monday, November 29, 2021

The growing legacy of Stephen Sondheim by Charles Isherwood

There is heartbreak in the timing of the death of Stephen Sondheim, the composer and lyricist who came to tower above all others in the last 50 years of Broadway theater.  His death precede…

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Review: ‘Clyde’s’ treats the sandwich as art by Charles Isherwood

When is a sandwich more than a sandwich?  When it becomes a symbol of redemption, aspiration and hope, as in Lynn Nottage’s latest play, “Clyde’s,” a lively and funny if sometimes h…

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review: ‘Trouble in Mind’ issues a sharp critique of the theater industry by Charles Isherwood

Better late than never.  Or rather: much, much better late than never.  As a pre-show announcement at the American Airlines Theatre makes clear, it took about 66 years for the pioneering B…

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Review: ‘Diana,’ a musical so bad that it must be seen by Charles Isherwood

To answer the question that absolutely no one with a Netflix account and an interest in Broadway musicals is asking: Why, yes, “Diana, The Musical” is every bit as abysmal as rumored. So…

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Review: Sharon D Clarke is electrifying in ‘Caroline, or Change’ by Charles Isherwood

Should you happen to pass Sharon D Clarke on the street, you might not find her to be a particularly imposing figure. But as the title character in the superlative Broadway revival of the mu…

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Review: ‘Dana H.’ leads us into the underworld by Charles Isherwood

A play as uncommon, and uncanny, as Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” requires an actor of, well, uncommon and uncanny talents. Deirdre O’Connell is just such an actor. Something of a grande d…

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ chips away at a monolith by Charles Isherwood

“The Lehman Trilogy” represents the kind of prestige Broadway production that invariably causes a certain class of well-heeled, culturally savvy New Yorkers to salivate over tickets. It …

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Review: ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man’ asks the audience to listen by Charles Isherwood

The busy streets of Brooklyn provide the background to Keenan Scott II’s “Thoughts of a Colored Man,” but firmly seizing the foreground are the seven captivating actors who bring to li…

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Monday, October 11, 2021

Review: ‘Is This A Room’ narrows in on an unsettling truth by Charles Isherwood

People generally don’t attend a Broadway show expecting to become flushed with anxiety. But it’s hard to watch the documentary drama “Is This A Room” without beginning to feel a litt…

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Review: ‘Chicken & Biscuits’ serves up roaring comedy by Charles Isherwood

Douglas Lyons’s “Chicken & Biscuits,” at Broadway’s Circle in the Square theater, is a savory comedy served with a hefty side order of sentiment. It’s a mostly successful combo…

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Review: In ‘Lackawanna Blues,’ Ruben Santiago-Hudson revives his community by Charles Isherwood

All great blues songs have a timeless quality, so it’s entirely fitting that Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s solo show “Lackawanna Blues” still gleams like a newly minted coin some 20 years …

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Review: ‘Six’ pops back on Broadway by Charles Isherwood

Theatergoers thirsty for something festive, fresh and funny — which is to say, just about all lovers of theater who have endured the drought of the past 18 months — will find much to del…

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Review: Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s ‘Pass Over’ is a Broadway landmark by Charles Isherwood

For a play with just four characters and a single, sparsely furnished set, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s “Pass Over” feels almost momentous — even historic. This is in part due to the…

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Friday, March 12, 2021

A year without Broadway by Charles Isherwood

March 12, 2020 will be a date that most Broadway workers and Broadway-goers will never forget. I certainly won’t. On that day, as has been widely noted by now, the musical “Six” was sc…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Review: ‘Girl From the North Country’ illuminates lives adrift by Charles Isherwood

You can practically see the tumbleweeds blowing through the hearts of the characters in “Girl From the North Country.” This achingly beautiful musical weds the songs of Bob Dylan to a bo…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Review: Ivo van Hove’s ‘West Side Story’ feels more cinematic than theatrical by Charles Isherwood

With his new production of “West Side Story,” the estimable Belgian director Ivo van Hove has essentially stolen a march on no less a showbiz luminary than Steven Spielberg. How’s that…

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: A fresh take on a familial tale in ‘Grand Horizons’ by Charles Isherwood

In just the first minutes of Bess Wohl’s “Grand Horizons,” a supremely funny comedy of marital malaise presented by Second Stage Theater, Jane Alexander and James Cromwell deliver a mi…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: ‘A Soldier’s Play’ is a captivating whodunit by Charles Isherwood

Shots ring out. A man falls dead at the hands of an unknown killer. Enter an investigator to sort through a hefty pile of suspects and bring the culprit to justice. Charles Fuller’s Pulitz…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review: Laura Linney shimmers in ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’ by Charles Isherwood

When the theater goes to the library for inspiration, the results can often be disappointing. Even great books can wither and wilt when they are adapted for the stage. A happy if not entirel…

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: Harry Connick Jr. showcases his love for Cole Porter by Charles Isherwood

Love is most certainly for sale at “Harry Connick Jr.: A Celebration of Cole Porter.” Although the composer-lyricist is justifiably renowned for his coruscating wit and insouciant wordpl…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: ‘Jagged Little Pill’ overflows with real-world storylines by Charles Isherwood

In “You Learn,” the song that concludes the new musical “Jagged Little Pill” on a note of hard-won, almost downbeat uplift, a lyric from Alanis Morissette recommends the advantages o…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: An inventive ‘Christmas Carol’ tugs at the heartstrings by Charles Isherwood

If you don’t respond with a moist eye and a swelling heart to “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a miser’s spiritual redemption, I wouldn’t go so far as to cal…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Review: Generations of love, loss and wisdom gained in ‘The Inheritance’ by Charles Isherwood

Most Broadway seasons feature at least one show that gathers an aura of importance even before it opens. This year it is undoubtedly “The Inheritance,” Matthew Lopez’s two-part, nearly…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ sends in the sad clowns by Charles Isherwood

“Slava’s Snowshow,” which has returned to New York for a limited engagement more than a decade after its first Broadway run, is not your typical holiday fare. While the show’s cast i…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: A fearless Kristin Chenoweth dazzles in ‘For the Girls’ by Charles Isherwood

To the long list of adjectives we toss around like verbal confetti to describe Kristin Chenoweth – radiant, impish, perky, sunny, funny! – we can now add fearless. In her concert at the …

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review: The Tina Turner musical can’t match its sublime star by Charles Isherwood

If a single voice, or a single performance, could send a Broadway musical soaring to greatness, “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” would handily qualify as one of the best musicals to emerg…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Paul Taylor Dance Company Pays Tribute to Its Namesake by Charles Isherwood

The company returns to Lincoln Center to celebrate its founder, performing many of the late choreographer's masterworks October 29–November 17.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Review: Evoking nostalgia with an eye to the future in ‘American Utopia’ by Charles Isherwood

“We’re on a road to nowhere,” David Byrne sings in the final encore of his Broadway concert, “American Utopia,” at the Hudson Theatre. Can we get an encore of that encore, please?…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Review: A return to gloom in ‘The Sound Inside’ by Charles Isherwood

Pop quiz question: Can you name a single writer darker than Dostoevsky? The options are few, but I hereby nominate Adam Rapp, the playwright and novelist whose vision is so unrelievedly grim…

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Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre