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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Review: ‘I Love You So Much I Could Die,’ an Experiment in Distance by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Mona Pirnot’s crisis-centered play uses all its resources to keep the audience at a physical and emotional remove from her sorrow.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Dating Woes? Nina Conti Has the Answer, or at Least Some Jokes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In “The Dating Show,” the British comedian and ventriloquist initiates close encounters of the potentially romantic kind. Laughs will definitely ensue.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Chita Rivera Lived to Entertain. Here Are 9 Memorable Performances. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A quadruple threat, Rivera could make a lasting impression in minutes, whether onstage or onscreen. These videos illustrate why.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Review: Sutton Foster as a Perfectly Goofy Princess by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Encores! series returns with a concert staging of the 1959 musical, which also stars the very funny Harriet Harris and Michael Urie.

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Friday, January 19, 2024

‘Our Class’ Review: A Town’s Horrific Past Chillingly Brought Into the Light by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The story of a 1941 massacre is told through the lives of 10 Polish classmates, five Jewish and five Catholic, in this suspenseful but humane play.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

At UTR and Exponential, Four Soul-Enriching Experiments in Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Buckle up for “Open Mic Night” and “Search Party” at Under the Radar and two wildly adventurous works at the Exponential Festival.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

‘Waitress: The Musical’ Review: A Big-Screen Helping of a Broadway Hit by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Sara Bareilles is the heart and soul of this live capture of her musical.

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Friday, December 1, 2023

No Snoozing Here: This ‘Sleeping Beauty’ Is Gearing Up for a Wild Ride by Elisabeth Vincentelli

At Abrons Arts Center, a hilarious family show in the British holiday tradition that runs “like a steam train when it goes well.”

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Qui Nguyen Was Done Writing Plays. His Family Pulled Him Back In. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With “Poor Yella Rednecks,” the writer continues to tell his Vietnamese American family’s immigrant story. Maybe one day his parents will even see the shows.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

In ‘Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,’ Aubrey Plaza Steps in the Ring by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The actress makes her stage debut alongside Christopher Abbott in an Off Broadway revival of John Patrick Shanley’s compact and combative play.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

‘Watch Night’ Review: For Spacious Skies, for Rancorous Waves of Hate by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Conceived in part by Bill T. Jones, this multigenre work at the Perelman Performing Arts Center is interested in homegrown prejudice, but lacks dramatic focus.

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

‘Nosferatu, a 3D Symphony of Horror’ Review: A Lip-Smacking Scare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This creepy Halloween show is the latest visual feat from Joshua William Gelb, presented by Theater in Quarantine and produced in a closet.

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

Good Times and Bum Times Made These Theater Veterans Even Stronger by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Graciela Daniele and Priscilla Lopez are working together on Michael John LaChiusa’s memory musical, “The Gardens of Anuncia,” inspired by Daniele’s early life.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

The Passion of Adèle Haenel, an Artist of Fierce Political Conviction by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Haenel, working with the choreographer-director Gisèle Vienne in “L’Étang,” is trying to “pierce through the surface of things.”

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Saturday, October 14, 2023

Tituss Burgess Thinks ‘Golden Girls’ Reruns Get Funnier as You Age by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Returning to Broadway for “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” the actor shares his love for dishing during a haircut and comes out as a pluviophile.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

‘Stereophonic’ Finds Drama in a ’70s Rock Recording Booth by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The playwright David Adjmi explores the in-studio creation process in a play with new songs by the former Arcade Fire member Will Butler.

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Solo Shows in Theater This Fall: Patrick Page, Isabelle Adjani and More by Elisabeth Vincentelli

For theatergoers who love uncrowded stages, the coming months bring a range of works, from musical comedies to Shakespearean dramas.

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‘Dicks: The Musical’ Review: Hitting High Notes, Going Lowbrow by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Larry Charles’s musical comedy is so hellbent on being outrageous that it just ends up being tiresome.

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Friday, September 29, 2023

In ‘Big Trip,’ an Exiled Russian Director Asks: What Makes Us Human? by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Dmitry Krymov’s two shows at La MaMa thrillingly stress the porosity of the line between life and storytelling.

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Sunday, September 24, 2023

‘Dracula, a Comedy of Terrors’ Review: An Equal-Opportunity Seducer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A gender-bending play at New World Stages filters well-known characters through influences like “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Young Frankenstein.”

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Review: Rachel Bloom Shines in ‘Death, Let Me Do My Show’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The writer-performer wanted to avoid the pandemic, but couldn’t. Her new solo show dives into birth, death and cosmic confusion.

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Monday, August 14, 2023

‘A Eulogy for Roman’ Review: Farewell to a Friend, With Help From the Audience by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Check your cynicism at the door: Brendan George is earnest and endearing as he mourns Roman in this one-man show.

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Monday, July 31, 2023

Liz Kingsman’s ‘One Woman Show’ Lands in N.Y.C. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The comedian talks about her slightly goofy, slightly surreal style, and why New York has proved to be “the hardest translation” yet.

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Review: This ‘Summer Stock’ Cast Is Having a Blast by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Goodspeed Opera House takes on Charles Walters’s 1950 film with zest and humor.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Review: A Lack of Passion Keeps Tennessee Williams’s ‘Orpheus Descending’ Earthbound by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Erica Schmidt’s revival of this Tennessee Williams play for Theater for a New Audience downplays the melodrama.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Sarah Benson, Soho Rep’s Former Director, Wants Theater to Push You by Elisabeth Vincentelli

At the helm of Soho Rep, Benson presided over a long streak of ambitious, thought-provoking works. As she heads out the door, she reflects on her vision for theater’s future and plans for …

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

‘Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music’ Review: Wish You Were There by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Only 650 people got to experience one of the 21st century’s artistic feats, until this documentary. Unfortunately, it misses some of the performance’s key aspects.

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Review: In ‘The Gospel According to Heather,’ the Messiah Has Homeroom by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A lonely high school student discovers she may be a divine messenger in Paul Gordon’s half-baked new Off Broadway musical.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

‘Once Upon a One More Time’ Review: Liberation Set to Britney Spears by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Britney Spears jukebox musical, about fairy tale princesses fighting for their emancipation, comes up short as a narrative of feminist awakening.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2023

‘Rock & Roll Man’ Review: An Alan Freed Biography by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A bio-show about the radio D.J. Alan Freed, one of rock music’s early popularizers, dutifully plays the hits.

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Friday, June 16, 2023

A Stage Musical About Belfast’s Punk Oasis by Elisabeth Vincentelli

‘Good Vibrations’ at the Irish Arts Center takes a snapshot of life in Northern Ireland during the Troubles through its music scene.

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards