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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: A superb ‘All My Sons’ revitalizes a classic drama by Elizabeth Bradley

There must be something in the cultural moment because two major and starry revivals of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” are opening this week. On Broadway, Roundabout’s production is h…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Review: After the fall of the emperor, confusion reigns in ‘Gary’ by Elizabeth Bradley

There are no guarantees of success when attempting to stage ambitious new work. If one were seeking proof that the theater can be a fickle muse and that past accomplishment is no insurance a…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Review: An act of resistance in ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by Elizabeth Bradley

The layered and strategic structure underpinning Heidi Schreck’s “What The Constitution Means To Me” could easily be underestimated. That is because the wacky and warm Schreck, who des…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Review: ‘Be More Chill’s’ slick production misses a moral center by Elizabeth Bradley

Much has been made of “Be More Chill’s” unusual path to Broadway. Originally produced to middling response at New Jersey’s Two River Theater, the resulting cast album fueled a large …

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: ‘Choir Boy’ vibrates with emotion, moves with lyrical dialogue by Elizabeth Bradley

Spiraling in the light, fog stealthily transforms schoolboys in their locker room into living sculptures, accompanied only by the insistent atonal plinking of dripping taps in the offstage s…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ holds court, without the drama by Elizabeth Bradley

“All rise!” is the exhortation upon which Aaron Sorkin’s new adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird” ends, and, sure enough, before the curtain could completely fall, almost all of t…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Review: ‘The Illusionists’ is all tricks, but little magic by Elizabeth Bradley

The Vegas-style entertainment show “The Illusionists” has returned to Broadway in time for the holidays. Unfortunately this latest iteration, the group’s fourth appearance on Broadway,…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: ‘The Prom’ finds meaning amid the glitz by Elizabeth Bradley

“Make ‘em laugh, then make a point!” Borrowing a cultural meme to describe the new musical “The Prom” seems fair game because the show extensively parodies multiple Broadway musica…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Review: With warm humor, ‘The New One’ tackles the question of procreation by Elizabeth Bradley

In “The New One,” which has transferred to Broadway after a sold-out run off-Broadway this past summer writer and comedian Mike Birbiglia improbably begins the evening by explaining that…

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Review: A reincarnated ‘Torch Song’ blazes with newfound comedy by Elizabeth Bradley

Seeing the original “Torch Song Trilogy” off-Broadway in 1982 remains an indelible theater-going memory — so much so that I approached the current Broadway transfer after the acclaimed…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: An exploration of female power in ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ by Elizabeth Bradley

Playing the great Belle Époque actress Sarah Bernhardt, who is herself, preparing to play Hamlet, Janet McTeer proves to be a woman not only for all seasons, but particularly and triumphant…

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Review: ‘Travesties’ dazzles with zany wit by Elizabeth Bradley

“Da, da!” when translated as “Yes, yes!” is a fittingly celebratory salutation to greet the sparkling and incisive revival of Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties” which has arrived at t…

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ brings magic to Broadway by Elizabeth Bradley

If massive success on Broadway could ever be a foregone conclusion, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” would indubitably be the show to bet on. The two-part play has arrived on Broadway…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Review: ‘Children of a Lesser God’ struggles to connect by Elizabeth Bradley

The challenges that all of us must confront in order to achieve meaningful human connection is the central theme of Mark Medoff’s play “Children of a Lesser God.” How can we overcome t…

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Review: ‘Lobby Hero’ is a small play about big ideas by Elizabeth Bradley

Life is never simple. Nor is trying to figure out what kind of lives we aspire to lead. Even if we can decide what it is we want to become, how to achieve that outcome remains an ongoing puz…

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Review: ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ provides fun for Buffett fans and the masses by Elizabeth Bradley

Jimmy Buffett believers, also known as “Parrotheads,” are going to have a whale of a good time at “Escape to Margaritaville” which opened at the Marquis Theatre on Thursday night…

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: John Lithgow hosts a fireside chat in ‘Stories By Heart’ by Elizabeth Bradley

John Lithgow is a mighty fine actor, and an all-around decent fellow judging from two hours spent in his company at his solo show, “John Lithgow: Stories By Heart.” In the show, Lithgow …

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Review: In ‘Farinelli and the King,’ music soothes us all by Elizabeth Bradley

“Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” So wrote 17th-century playwright William Congreve. With that in mind, simply bundle up your cares a…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Review: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ is far from ‘a simple sponge’ by Elizabeth Bradley

A new kind of cockeyed optimist has arrived at the Palace Theatre in the form of SpongeBob SquarePants, the indefatigably cheery anthropomorphic hero of the globally successful Nickelodeon a…

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Review: ‘Latin History for Morons’ gives us footnotes, not a lesson by Elizabeth Bradley

In spite of significant limitations, it would be churlish not to acknowledge the ambitious aims and wide-ranging scope of “A Latin History For Morons”, a solo show written and performed …

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: In ‘The Band’s Visit,’ small moments are made profound by Elizabeth Bradley

The opening of “The Band’s Visit” at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, after a triumphant off-Broadway run last spring, is very good news for many reasons. At its best, theater helps us fil…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

‘Anastasia’ review by Elizabeth Bradley

“Anastasia,” (“The New Broadway Musical” in this case) is a fictional reimagining of the fate of the youngest daughter of the last Czar of Russia. Bolsheviks executed the real Anasta…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ review by Elizabeth Bradley

What a peculiar piece of confectionary is the new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which opened at the Lunt-Fontanne on Sunday night. Allegedly, …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

“Indecent” review by Elizabeth Bradley

It is astonishing that the most recent opening at the Cort Theatre, “Indecent,” marks the Broadway debut of its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Paula Vogel. A new play based on real event…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

‘Oslo’ review by Elizabeth Bradley

Leaving Lincoln Center on a beautiful spring Sunday afternoon after a performance of “Oslo,” I was surprisingly engulfed by an uneasy disquiet. My reaction, I should hasten to make clear…

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