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Thursday, March 26, 2020

‘I Never Knew Anyone Less Jaded’: Admiring Terrence McNally by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joe Mantello on a versatile collaborator who came to know “he didn’t have to repeat himself.’

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Monday, March 23, 2020

From the Basement to the Bathtub, With Time to Sing and Schmooze by Elisabeth Vincentelli

For over three hours online Sunday night, Rosie O’Donnell praised, kibitzed and made room for Broadway stars to check in with their fans and share music.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

No Theater? No Problem. Plays and Musicals Switch to Streaming. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

As bans on public gatherings have proliferated nationwide in response to coronavirus, shows and special programs are announcing streaming plans daily.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

‘Coal Country’ Review: Songs and Stories in a Disaster’s Aftermath by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s show at the Public Theater, with live music by Steve Earle, is based on a real-life West Virginia mining tragedy.

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Monday, March 2, 2020

‘Tumacho’ Review: The Strange Delights of a Supernatural Horse Opera by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ethan Lipton’s delirious Western comedy features a pigtailed gunslinger, a soul-sucking demon and singing puppet cactuses, among other inspired flights of fancy.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review: ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ Has Its Ups and Ups by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A “revisal” of a Meredith Willson musical has a strong female lead who doesn’t quit, and her unrelenting energy makes for a static production.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Bob Dylan Found Them, Whether They Knew It or Not by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Girl From the North Country” cast members talk about the first time they heard Dylan’s music.

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Friday, February 21, 2020

‘Sabbath Girl’ Review: A Meet-Cute with Art and Knishes by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Cary Gitter’s throwback romantic comedy, about an Orthodox Jew and his Italian-American neighbor, is kind of sweet and kind of clunky.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Review: ‘Happy Birthday Doug.’ Here’s a Vodka Stinger. by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Drew Droege’s solo show is a laugh-out-loud funny social sendup, but it doesn’t add up to more than a series of vignettes.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Carla Gugino Has Range, From ‘Spy Kids’ to Experimental Theater by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Hollywood has long cast her as a bombshell (“Sin City,” “Karen Sisco”), but the actress has found an entirely different track onstage. Next up: “Anatomy of a Suicide.”

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Review: ‘Stew’ Takes Deeper Emotions Off the Back Burner by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In Zora Howard’s new drama, the kitchen is where the characters reveal their bickering-but-loving true selves.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ Review: An Unwieldy Ride by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A tale about the 18th-century African-American mathematician includes actors, a vibrant marching band and wackadoo puppetry.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

‘Oscar Wao’ Review: The Tragedy, and Comedy, of Manhood by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a Spanish-language stage adaptation of the Junot Díaz novel, the friendship between two Dominican men is a testing ground for competing visions of masculinity.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Review: Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Barra Grant’s autobiographical solo play plumbs her fraught relationship with her mother, the famous politician and beauty queen Bess Myerson.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Review: ‘Cartography’ Hops Around a Fractured World Map by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This documentary show, created to teach young audiences about the experiences of refugees, focuses on optimism and hope, perhaps to a fault.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Call Charles Busch a ‘Drag Legend,’ if We Must Use Labels by Elisabeth Vincentelli

With a gown and love for old Hollywood, Busch stars in his latest zany romp, “The Confession of Lily Dare.”

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Review: Five Pieces From ‘Nine,’ and Plenty More From Its Composer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston” is an old-fashioned revue that ably showcases the Tony-winning songwriter.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Sleeping Car Porters’ Review: Billy the Kid Meets the Zodiac Killer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This cryptic play at the Brick Theater examining a certain kind of mythological American noir is wonderfully flabbergasting, and often genuinely creepy.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: Facing Life’s Final Stretch in ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

George Eastman’s Off Broadway play is lifted by its direction and performances, but often feels like a cornball sitcom.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Friday, November 22, 2019

The Pop Musical: Go Big (and Loud) or Go Home by Elisabeth Vincentelli

It’s time for Broadway to embrace what’s most joyous about songbook shows. Not biography, not coherence, but excess. Even “Moulin Rouge!” doesn’t quite get it right.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Review: Female Chemistry in ‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A new play focuses on the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and her friendship with Hertha Ayrton, a fellow scientist played by Kate Mulgrew.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Review: In ‘Reparations,’ Righting Wrongs Comes With a Cost by Elisabeth Vincentelli

James Sheldon’s play examines what happens when trauma is used to material ends.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Fear’ Review: 3 Men in a Shed, 1 Missing Girl on Their Minds by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A tepid thriller from Matt Williams leaves too much time to ponder the holes in its plot.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

‘Seared’ Review: For a Pompous Chef, Comeuppance on the Menu by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Raúl Esparza faces the realities of the restaurant business in Theresa Rebeck’s energetic but formulaic art-versus-commerce comedy.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

How Do You Impersonate Judy Garland? Ask a Drag Queen by Elisabeth Vincentelli

While Renée Zellweger plays the star onscreen, a host of cabaret performers pay homage to the gay icon night after night onstage.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

For 24 Hours Onstage, Alia Shawkat Felt Great to Feel ‘Shameless’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

The “Arrested Development” actress made quite the New York stage debut, repeating one fiery scene opposite about 100 different actors in “The Second Woman.”

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Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Chasing Rainbows’ Review: Judy Garland’s Happy Days by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Focusing on the entertainer’s early years, this Paper Mill Playhouse musical offers buoyant tap numbers but sidesteps the material’s most troubling implications.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Review: A Startling ‘Swan Lake’ That’s Hard to Recognize by Elisabeth Vincentelli

In a work opening with a goat tethered to a cinder block, the closest we get to Tchaikovsky’s ballet is four dancers representing swans.

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

Review: A Son Mourns in ‘Notes on My Mother’s Decline’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Intimate but distant by design, Andy Bragen’s play takes us on a journey many are likely to face with an aging parent.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Review: ‘Dublin Carol’ Gets Lost in Its Drink by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Set in a bar on Christmas Eve, this revival at the Irish Repertory Theater plays alcoholism for drama without resorting to boozy histrionics.

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