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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Review: Annette Bening, Tracy Letts and a question of American morality in 'All My Sons' by Charles McNulty

The carpentry of an Arthur Miller play, all that sawing, hammering and sanding of wood, can sometimes distract from the impressiveness of the house that has been theatrically constructed. …

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: Annette Bening, Tracy Letts and a question of American morality in 'All My Sons' by Charles McNulty

Arthur Miller's play gets a timely revival by the Roundabout Theatre Company, director Jack O'Brien and costar Benjamin Walker, whose anguish and sorrow help to propel a domestic drama into …

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Review: ‘Niceties’ at the Geffen turns a college history paper into revolutionary war by Charles McNulty

No contemporary play better captures America's cultural divides than Eleanor Burgess' "The Niceties," in which a standout black student and a distinguished white professor clash over race an…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Review: In ‘Tiny Beautiful Things’ in Pasadena, an advice columnist mines her own mistakes by Charles McNulty

Nia Vardalos reprises her role in Pasadena Playhouse's profoundly moving adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's "Dear Sugar" columns.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Poor Yella Rednecks,’ humor and pathos in the struggles of Vietnamese immigrants by Charles McNulty

In “Vietgone,” playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story of how his parents met after escaping the Vietnam War and landing in the same resettlement camp in Arkansas. It’s a tale of traumat…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Review: In ‘Poor Yella Rednecks,’ humor and pathos in the struggles of Vietnamese immigrants by Charles McNulty

After exploring how his Vietnamese parents met in a refugee camp in America in his breathtakingly original comedy "Vietgone," playwright Qui Nguyen picks up the story of their lives in the u…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Review: ‘The White Album,’ Joan Didion and the seismic shifts of California in the ’60s by Charles McNulty

Director and artist Lars Jan turns a classic Joan Didion essay, "The White Album," into a multimedia performance work featuring Obie-winning actress Mia Barron.

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Review: ‘The White Album,’ Joan Didion and the seismic shifts of California in the ’60s by Charles McNulty

Joan Didion’s 1979 essay “The White Album” is both a classic of new journalism and an artifact of the tumultuous period it chronicles. Composed as a series of high-resolution prose sna…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: Glenda Jackson battles through a brazenly busy ‘King Lear’ on Broadway by Charles McNulty

Glenda Jackson stars in "King Lear" on Broadway with a cast of powerhouse actresses, including Jayne Houdyshell, Ruth Wilson and Elizabeth Marvel. But the modern, manic production, directed …

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Review: Glenda Jackson battles through a brazenly busy ‘King Lear’ on Broadway by Charles McNulty

For his Broadway production of “King Lear,” built around the one and only Glenda Jackson, director Sam Gold has decided to make use of every luxurious resource at his disposal — someti…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: Unconventional ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ supremely argues the case for women by Charles McNulty

Actor and playwright Heidi Schreck, former high school oratorical champion, brings her one woman show, "What the Constitution Means to Me," to Broadway at a time when her old championship to…

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Review: Unconventional ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ supremely argues the case for women by Charles McNulty

When actor and writer Heidi Schreck was a high school student in Wenatchee, Wash., she was racking up college tuition money by giving speeches on the majesty of the Constitution in contests …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

How Jackie Sibblies Drury brings conceptual brilliance to a play about black caregivers by Charles McNulty

At a time when the politics of identity has become a central subject of theatrical inquiry, it’s only fitting that African American dramatists have been leading the charge. With their dive…

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How Jackie Sibblies Drury brings conceptual brilliance to a play about black caregivers by Charles McNulty

The bottled-up fury of female caregivers grows to seismic proportions in "Marys Seacole," Jackie Sibblies Drury's new play that combines strands of theatrical DNA from Adrienne Kennedy and C…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring theater picks: Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hnath, Nia Vardalos, ‘Niceties’ and ‘Falsettos’ by Charles McNulty

Ready for your catharsis? The forecast for the spring season calls for a hurricane of tears, shot through with just enough laughter to keep theatergoers from going off the deep end. Based on…

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Spring theater picks: Dianne Wiest, Lucas Hnath, Nia Vardalos, ‘Niceties’ and ‘Falsettos’ by Charles McNulty

Times critic Charles McNulty lays out the most promising theater for spring, including Wiest in Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days,” Hnath’s “Dana H.,” Vardalos in “Tiny Beautiful Th…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: In Echo Theater’s ‘The Wolves,’ life through the lens of high school girls soccer by Charles McNulty

“The Wolves,” Sarah DeLappe’s stunning debut drama that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist, presents the world through the prism of girls soccer. The play, which is receiving a superb Echo …

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Review: In Echo Theater’s ‘The Wolves,’ life through the lens of high school girls soccer by Charles McNulty

Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Prize finalist, "The Wolves," a drama about high school girl soccer players processing life's difficulties, large and small, gets a superb Echo Theater production di…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Review: In ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama,’ a grief-stricken mom gets comic book counseling by Charles McNulty

Sabrina, the single mother at the center of Inda Craig-Galván’s new play, “Black Super Hero Magic Mama,” is acutely aware of the various ways her son’s life can be upended. Gangs, d…

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Review: In ‘Black Super Hero Magic Mama,’ a grief-stricken mom gets comic book counseling by Charles McNulty

Robert O'Hara directs the world premiere of Inda Craig-Galván's play, which escapes into a comic book universe to grapple with an all too real American horror.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Review: ‘Lackawanna Blues’ is potent as live memoir, an actor’s tribute to the woman who rescued him by Charles McNulty

“Lackawanna Blues,” Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s theatrical memoir about being raised by a big-hearted proprietor of a boardinghouse for castaways and strays in an industrial upstate New Yo…

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Review: ‘Lackawanna Blues’ is potent as live memoir, an actor’s tribute to the woman who rescued him by Charles McNulty

Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson recalls Nanny, the woman who guided him through boyhood, in a music-infused performance that proves theater, not TV, is the best way to experience this vivi…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ from Roundabout Theatre has more showmanship than chemistry by Charles McNulty

The new Roundabout Theatre Company production of “Kiss Me, Kate” at Studio 54 has nearly everything that’s needed for a top-drawer revival of this Cole Porter classic. First and foremo…

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Review: ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ from Roundabout Theatre has more showmanship than chemistry by Charles McNulty

Kelli O'Hara stars in a Broadway revival at Studio 54 that's long on impressive theatrics but short on human connection.

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Monday, March 11, 2019

In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

NEW YORK • It wasn’t that long ago that a topic of concern was the graying of theater audiences. Today, we must address the high school takeover of Broadway stages.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

It wasn’t that long ago that a topic of concern was the graying of theater audiences. Today, we must address the high school takeover of Broadway stages. The success of “Dear Evan Hansen…

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Review: In ‘Be More Chill,’ the adolescent angst of ‘Evan Hansen’ gets a wacky (and loud) A.I. twist by Charles McNulty

A new Broadway musical by Jo Iconis and Joe Tracz delivers another tale of an awkward teen trying to navigate high school. The difference this time? Deafening volume and a kinetically convol…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Laurie Metcalf in 'Doll's House, Part 2': An acting marvel in one of the year's best plays by Charles McNulty

“A Doll’s House, Part 2,” which is receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, had its official opening on Thursday at Broadway’s Golden Theatre in a separate production c…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: In the new musical 'Diana,' the British princess seems as American as a Broadway musical by Charles McNulty

La Jolla Playhouse premieres new work from Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, the duo behind Tony winner "Memphis," but the distinctly American sound is a disconnect to the tale of the "people's …

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Review: In the new musical 'Diana,' the British princess seems as American as a Broadway musical by Charles McNulty

The story of Princess Diana’s life was bound to be turned into a big, boisterous, Broadway-style musical. But who would have guessed that the music would come from David Bryan, a founding …

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Review: In ‘Tiny Beautiful Things,’ Cheryl Strayed's advice columns are reborn as very human theater by Charles McNulty

At the Old Globe in San Diego, Nia Vardalos' lovely adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Dear Sugar columns, "Tiny Beautiful Things," finds resilience in broken places.

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