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Sunday, September 25, 2022

A Show With a Cryptic Cryptic Title but No Code to Crack by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“300 el x 50 el x 30 el,” the Belgian troupe FC Bergman’s ambitious theatrical installation, will open BAM’s Next Wave festival with an elaborate set that recreates a rural settlemen…

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

‘Heathers: The Musical’ Review: For the Cliques by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This musical may lack the 1989 movie’s nihilism, but the gags still work and the songs are great — who are we to quibble?

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

‘I’m Enough’: Gregg Mozgala on His Debut in ‘Cost of Living by Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

We spoke to three actors and a playwright — Gregg Mozgala, Bonnie Milligan, Solea Pfeiffer and Noah Diaz — who are taking big shots this season.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

‘Los Otros’ Review: A Slow-Burning Tale of Melancholy by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Michael John LaChiusa’s delicate new musical starts in Depression-era California and follows two people across six decades.

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Review: A Faithful ‘Kinky Boots,’ With All Its Pizazz and Pitfalls by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein musical, in which the drag queen Lola saves a provincial shoe factory, makes an Off Broadway return at the spacious Stage 42.

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In a Small Mountain Town, a Beloved Theater Company Prevails by Elisabeth Vincentelli

After reporting on the Creede Repertory Theater last summer, our writer returned for her vacation and took stock as the company restarted indoor performances.

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Monday, July 18, 2022

‘Heart’ Review: First a Starter Marriage, Then Real Love by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In her new autobiographical solo play, the actress Jade Anouka recounts the joys and fears of falling for a woman after her marriage to a man ends.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

A Global Hit, ‘Notre Dame de Paris’ Finally Lands in New York by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The splashy show, an example par excellence of what makes modern French musicals distinctive, begins a run at Lincoln Center.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

‘White on White’ Review: American Grotesque by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Robert Quillen Camp’s play, about an antiracist discussion group, starts out naturalistically, but then pivots, with bloody abandon, to the absurd.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Review: ‘The Rise and Fall of … Jean Claude Van Damme’ Revives an Action Hero by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A gleefully juvenile show about the Belgian star, from the writer Timothy Haskell, barrels through his life and oeuvre using toy action figures.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

‘Titanique’ Review: A Musical Find Its Sea Legs by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The camp reimagining of the maritime blockbuster revs up into increasing absurdity and Celine Dion songs.

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Sunday, June 26, 2022

‘Bodies They Ritual’ Review: Plush Robes and Cults by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Angela Hanks’s new comedy is set in Santa Fe, N.M., where five women of color have traveled for some fancy R&R laced with New Age spirituality.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

At 52, Mabou Mines Is Still Testing Boundaries by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A three-day retrospective will shine a spotlight on the group’s most daring projects.

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Friday, June 17, 2022

‘The Big Mix’: Little Island’s 3-Week Party by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Honoring Pride, Juneteenth and the Fourth of July, the festival features Idina Menzel and Tonya Pinkins alongside poets, fire artists and marching bands.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

To Preserve La MaMa’s Legacy, a Shift in Leadership Styles by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Championing collaboration and digital projects, Mia Yoo is forging her own path at the experimental theater incubator.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

‘Mr. Parker’ Review: Starting Over by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The protagonist of this new play by Michael McKeever steps gingerly out of grief’s stasis and into the unknown.

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Friday, June 3, 2022

Chekhov Two Ways, With a Robot and Baryshnikov Along for the Ride by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With its production of “The Orchard,” juxtaposing the human and the virtual, the Arlekin Players continue taking creative leaps.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Review: In ‘California,’ a Road Trip and a Detour Into Darkness by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The playwright Trish Harnetiaux’s new show, set entirely in a car, follows a family of travelers. It bravely, if not entirely satisfyingly, explores alternate realities.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Review: ‘Golden Shield’ Is an Exercise In Miscommunication by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Anchuli Felicia King’s play about an internet firewall belongs to multiple genres all at once.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

‘Which Way to the Stage’ Review: Theater Buddies, With Claws Out by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In her new comedy, Ana Nogueira spins zippy fun out of a fairly conventional story about a friendship strained by resentment.

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Holland Taylor Plays Ann Richards One Last Time by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Taylor, 79, first performed her solo play “Ann,” about the former governor of Texas, in 2010. Now, she’s saying goodbye to the white suit.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Jaquel Spivey Is Riding His First Professional Gig to Broadway by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jaquel Spivey graduated from college last May. Now he’s making his Broadway debut as the star of Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, “A Strange Loop.”

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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Alfie Allen Gets in the Zone with Gospel Music and Pineapples by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Known for portraying the luckless Theon Greyjoy on “Game of Thrones,” the British actor shares the items that are helping him prep for his Broadway debut.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Review: In ‘Harmony,’ a Band’s Success Collides With History by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s musical chronicles the story of the Comedian Harmonists, a sextet of Jews and gentiles in Weimar-era Germany.

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Review: ‘The Little Prince,’ a Lumbering Circus by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A stage version of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic of children’s literature lands on Broadway but remains stubbornly earthbound.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Review: ‘Little Girl Blue’ Revisits Nina Simone in Her Prime by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Laiona Michelle’s tribute show, now at New World Stages, is more an impressionistic portrait for those familiar with the singer’s life and career.

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

‘The Life’ Review: Turning More Than a Few New Tricks by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Billy Porter brings a heavy-handed touch as the director and adapter of this 1997 musical about prostitutes and pimps in Manhattan’s bad old days.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Review: In ‘Prayer for the French Republic,’ Echoes of the Past by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Joshua Harmon’s ambitious new play toggles between a contemporary Jewish family facing growing antisemitism and their relatives during World War II.

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

At the Exponential Festival, Case Studies in Category Busting by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Two years into the pandemic, this festival, which has gone virtual for now, abjures traditional theatricality and performance.

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Friday, January 21, 2022

One Opera Opening Would Make Any Composer Happy. He Has Two. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Intimate Apparel” and “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” are premiering in New York almost simultaneously.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Conrad Ricamora on His Bumpy Road to ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The actor reflects on continuing the Off Broadway revival’s hot streak, and fighting against the stereotypes facing Asian American actors.

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