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Monday, February 10, 2020

As Hamlet, Ruth Negga Is an Emo Dreamboat With a Vengeance by David Cote

Ruth Negga's must-see turn as Hamlet is so fresh, capturing an essential quality of the melancholy Dane that too many others have lacked.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

BAM’s ‘Medea’ Transforms a Greek Tragedy Into Tabloid Fodder by David Cote

Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale face off in a modern rewrite of the Greek tragedy at BAM.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Although it takes place during World War II, the racism at the heart of this revival feels very relevant today.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

COTE'S TOP PICK OF 2019 by David Cote

Heroes peered into the murk and found the white gaze staring back at us.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

How to Find Inexpensive Tickets for the Met Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, New York City Ballet, and More Events at Lincoln Center by David Cote

15 ways to get seats for $40 or less to opera, dance, theatre, music, and more.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Despite the talent of Laura Linney, this inert monologue drags.

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In ‘Queens Row,’ Richard Maxwell Imagines the Aftermath of a Class Revolution by David Cote

An uprising that starts in a small Massachusetts town takes over the country in Richard Maxwell's 'Queens Row.'

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

BEST OF 2019 by David Cote

Heroes peered into the murk and found the white gaze staring back at us.

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Monday, December 16, 2019

The Charm of ‘Sing Street’ the Movie Got Lost on Its Transfer to Stage by David Cote

Based on John Carney's '80s-set film from 2016, 'Sing Street' makes a leaden, uninspired Off Broadway debut.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

‘The Thin Place’ Is Lucas Hnath’s Spine-Chilling Return to Form by David Cote

'The Thin Place' is a welcome appearance of Hnath the creepy fabulist, the haunted magician who revels in the uncanny and liminal.

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Moral Quandaries and Massive Set Changes Overtake ‘Judgment Day’ at the Armory by David Cote

An obscure German drama about guilt and mob mentality is the latest play to take on the test of filling the Armory's massive space.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019


Stephen Adly Guirgis new work is messy, crude and puts the characters through hell – in all the best ways.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Alanis on Broadway: Did ‘Jagged Little Pill’ Get Sugarcoated? by David Cote

Diablo Cody weaves the songs of Alanis Morissette's 1990s megahit into jukebox musical that tries to harness the power of its source material.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Grim ‘Christmas Carol’ Won’t Let You Forget Its Social Justice Message by David Cote

Just try to leave the theater with dry eyes.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Kristin Chenoweth’s combination of sensuality and chastity is in full force.

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ Traps a Living Legend In a Disappointing Dud by David Cote

Adrienne Warren, playing Tina Turner, is deserving of applause, but the show around her borders on sacrilege of a living goddess.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

‘American Utopia’ Takes a Funky-Robot Tour of David Byrne’s Brain by David Cote

An amalgam of dance, concert and TED Talk, the sweet, quirky piece comes across as David Byrne’s literal brainchild.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Life, Death, Good Prose: Adam Rapp Makes His Sublime Broadway Debut, ‘The Sound Inside’ by David Cote

Mary-Louise Parker plays a solitary Yale fiction professor who develops a relationship with a first year student. But it doesn't lead where you might think.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Weird, Witty ‘Soft Power’ Puts the Chinese-American Struggle to Music by David Cote

For all its wit, structural sophistication, and still-resonant political punch, 'Soft Power' is probably still too weird and freethinking to convert the masses.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Tracy Letts Puts a Fragile, Middle-Aged Man Through Hell in ‘Linda Vista’ by David Cote

A story of one man's toxic masculinity and the humiliating wake-up call he needed.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

A Porny Satire Twerks Into Tragedy in Jeremy O. Harris’ ‘Slave Play’ by David Cote

At times it's overwritten, easily distracted and a bit glib, but for what he manages to do, Jeremy O. Harris deserves a standing ovation.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019


Despite the fact that it keeps you guessing as to what s real or not, this play fails to achieve any dramatic intrigue.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Tom Hiddleston’s Broadway Debut Goes Awry With a Misguided ‘Betrayal’ by David Cote

Tears spring to eyes, pauses drag too long, recalling a limp episode of couples therapy. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jukebox Heroes and Experimental Icons Star in the Best Fall Theater Shows by David Cote

From the Broadway run of Jeremy O. Harris’ 'Slave Play' to a musical set to Alanis Morissette songs, here's what you should be getting tickets for this fall.

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Schlock ‘n’ Roll Spectacle ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Flaps Its Wings Off Broadway by David Cote

This jukebox musical's title may imply speed and drama, but that's exactly what's lacking in 'Bat Out of Hell.'

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal Make a Study of Suffering in ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ on Broadway by David Cote

The two actors put the world of grief on delicate display in transferring 'Sea Wall/A Life' to Broadway.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Broadway’s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Finds the Sweet Spot Between Kitsch and Glitz by David Cote

Remixed and retooled for Broadway, it turns out 'Moulin Rouge!' has some relevance left after all.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival Presents a Retro Hollywood Magic Flute by David Cote

The production deploys a silent film aesthetic and runs July 17–20.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

IT TAKES BALLS by David Cote

April Matthis is magic as Toni Stone, the first woman to play professional baseball.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

New Musical ‘A Strange Loop’ Circles in on Self-Discovery by David Cote

In 'A Strange Loop,' identity crisis drives a dense, whirling vortex of satire and self-discovery to dazzling effect.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Regina Spektor on the Circuitous Route She Took Before Loving (and Landing on) Broadway by David Cote

Indie-pop luminary Regina Spektor is preparing for her debut on the Great White Way.

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