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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

‘I Might Be Real-Life Good at This’: Shooting for Broadway at the Jimmy Awards by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The awards, which celebrated excellence in high school musical theater on Monday, have become a launchpad for future stars and Tony nominees.

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Review: In ‘Find Me Here,’ Sisters Grapple With a Father’s Will, and His Legacy by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A family gathering fuels Crystal Finn’s new play, in which an excellent cast teases out the many complications of inheritance.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

On Broadway, ‘Suffs’ Has a New Tune (and 6 Tony Nominations) by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A reworked opening number, less historical bulk and a general push to “have fun with these women” helped a musical find its way.

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

Pride Month 2024: An Abundance of Theater of All Stripes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

From Broadway to the city’s smaller stages, a flurry of shows with wide-ranging appeal, familiar faces and rising talent.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Review: In ‘Usus,’ Pig Latin Gets Lost in Translation by Elisabeth Vincentelli

T. Adamson’s new comedy, which opens Clubbed Thumb’s popular Summerworks series at the Wild Project, is about a group of worked-up Franciscan friars.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

‘Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha’ Review: Julia Masli Is a Problem-Solving Clown by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A hit at Edinburgh Fringe last year, Julia Masli’s show arrives at SoHo Playhouse for its New York debut.

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

‘Nobody Cares’ About Laura Benanti, but They Let Her Entertain Them by Elisabeth Vincentelli

While poking fun at her own agreeable malleability, Benanti flexes her talents in a show that will be available on Audible, without the physical dimension.

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Friday, May 17, 2024

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Review: Community Building One Dice Roll at a Time by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Improv adds a theatrical dimension to the role-playing game, which has been undergoing a renaissance as it turns 50 this year.

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Friday, May 3, 2024

‘The Miser’ Review: Updating Molière, but Missing a Key Ingredient by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This Molière in the Park production doesn’t have the sharp satirical bite of the original.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

‘Orlando’ Review: A Virginia Woolf Fantasy That Plays With Gender by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In this revival of Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of the Woolf novel, now starring Taylor Mac, the flashes of comedy can’t make up for the loss of poetry.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Huey Lewis’s Music Makes ‘The Heart of Rock and Roll’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The new musical doesn’t take itself too seriously and has many winning moments — almost enough to eclipse the weaknesses of its story.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Review: Alicia Keys’s Musical Finds Its Groove on Broadway by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The retooled jukebox musical, with its top-notch performances and exciting choreography, “stands out as one of the rare must-sees” in a crowded season.

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Sunday, February 25, 2024

‘The Hunt’ Review: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This modern-day fable, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Tobias Menzies, is styled with horror.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

‘A Sign of the Times’ Review: A Confused 1960s New York by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A jukebox musical about a Midwesterner’s big dreams is heavy on the Petula Clark.

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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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