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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Judgment Day: The Roar, and Lure, of the Crowd by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Ödön von Horváth's morally charged thriller gets a fresh adaptation (by Christpher Shinn) in a stunning new production The post Judgment Day: The Roar, and Lure, of the Cr…

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Meet the Kids Who’ll Make ‘Sing Street’ Rock by Elysa Gardner

One was in “Game of Thrones.” One is still in high school. They all act and play instruments. And in a new show they portray scrappy Dubliners creating a band.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: A Purgatory Where Women Lead, and Suffer by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright finds humor, despair and survival in a halfway house The post Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven: A Purgatory Where Women Lead, and Suff…

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Monday, November 25, 2019

A Bright Room Called Day: A Call to Action, Refreshed by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Tony Kushner's first play gets an update, and a stellar cast, in a new Public Theater production The post A Bright Room Called Day: A Call to Action, Refreshed appeared first on…

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Underlying Chris: The Circle of Life, Through a Rainbow of Lenses by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Playwright Will Eno and director Kenny Leon find meaning, and commonality, in life's little moments The post The Underlying Chris: The Circle of Life, Through a Rainbow of Lense…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Einstein’s Dreams: Love and Science Merge, with Relative Success by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A new musical (based on the novel) casts the iconic genius as a romantic lead The post Einstein’s Dreams: Love and Science Merge, with Relative Success appeared first on New Y…

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Evita: Come Share Her Glory, with Two Actresses by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Maia Reficco and a sublime Solea Pfeiffer divide the role of the historical diva in a sparkling new production The post Evita: Come Share Her Glory, with Two Actresses appeared …

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Broadbend, Arkansas: A Family’s African-American Dreams, and Struggles by Elysa Gardner

★★★ A new musical examines decades of injustice, and hope, through the eyes of a father and daughter The post Broadbend, Arkansas: A Family’s African-American Dreams, and Struggles a…

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Tina: Trying, Too Hard, to Catch Fire by Elysa Gardner

★★ Broadway's latest jukebox tribute honors the queen of rock and soul The post Tina: Trying, Too Hard, to Catch Fire appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A Woman of the World: Promoting a Poet, and Herself by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Kathleen Chalfant turns in a luminous performance as Emily Dickinson's editor in a new play by Rebecca Gilman The post A Woman of the World: Promoting a Poet, and Herself appeared …

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Imagining Madoff: Crimes and Consequences, Through a Philosophical Lens by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Deb Margolin's beautifully crafted, powerfully acted reflection on greed and guilt and the crime of the 21st century returns The post Imagining Madoff: Crimes and Consequences, …

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bella Bella: Tribute to a Champion, of Feminism and More by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Harvey Fierstein remembers, and plays, "Battling Bella" Abzug The post Bella Bella: Tribute to a Champion, of Feminism and More appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Only Human: Giving the Devil His Due, and Then Some by Elysa Gardner

★★ In a new musical, an aspiring rocker takes us to Heaven and Hell—and tries to upstage Gary Busey The post Only Human: Giving the Devil His Due, and Then Some appeared first on New Y…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

American Utopia: In Times of Trouble, Bringing on the Funk by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ David Byrne brings good vibes and great music to Broadway The post American Utopia: In Times of Trouble, Bringing on the Funk appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Lightning Thief: Half-Gods and Monsters, at Summer Camp by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Young readers' hero Percy Jackson and his fellow misfits arrive on the musical stage The post The Lightning Thief: Half-Gods and Monsters, at Summer Camp appeared first on New York…

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Georgia Mertching Is Dead: Three Amigas Who’ve Been to Hell and Back by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Millennial survivors take a road trip in Catya McCullen's new play The post Georgia Mertching Is Dead: Three Amigas Who’ve Been to Hell and Back appeared first on New York Sta…

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Nothing Gold Can Stay: Wasted Youth Among the 99 Per Cent by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ The opioid epidemic upends two families in a stirring new play by Chad Beckim The post Nothing Gold Can Stay: Wasted Youth Among the 99 Per Cent appeared first on New York Stage…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Great Society: A Leader in Shades of Gray, in Another Troubled Time by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Brian Cox plays LBJ in Robert Schenkkan's sequel to All The Way The post The Great Society: A Leader in Shades of Gray, in Another Troubled Time appeared first on New York Stage Re…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Why?: That Big Question, On Stage and Off by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Peter Brook and collaborator Marie-Hélène Estienne reflect on theater, generally and in another troubled time The post Why?: That Big Question, On Stage and Off appeared first on…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Caesar and Cleopatra: Shaw Redux, with Reverent Irreverence by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Director David Staller revisits Shaw's power duo, delightfully The post Caesar and Cleopatra: Shaw Redux, with Reverent Irreverence appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday: Twentysomethings, Off the Grid and ISO Meaning by Elysa Gardner

★★ Having tackled King Kong and Harry Potter, Jack Thorne takes on post-millennials The post Sunday: Twentysomethings, Off the Grid and ISO Meaning appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fern Hill: Old Friends, Getting Older by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Michael Tucker's play considers marriage and friendship in our golden years The post Fern Hill: Old Friends, Getting Older appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Derren Brown, Secret: International Man of Mystery and Mind Games by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ The British TV and Netflix star brings his psychological intrigue to Broadway The post Derren Brown, Secret: International Man of Mystery and Mind Games appeared first on New Yo…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Only Yesterday: A Day (and Night) in the Life of Lennon and McCartney by Elysa Gardner

★★★ A new play imagines the young Beatles, out of the spotlight The post Only Yesterday: A Day (and Night) in the Life of Lennon and McCartney appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

L.O.V.E.R.: From Boy Crazy to Womanly and Wily by Elysa Gardner

★★Lois Robbins wrote and stars in a mostly autobiographical look at a woman's relationships through life The post L.O.V.E.R.: From Boy Crazy to Womanly and Wily appeared first on New Yor…

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Sea Wall/A Life: Fathers and Sons, Grappling with Love and Loss by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal turn in stirring performances in monologues addressing parenthood and mortality The post Sea Wall/A Life: Fathers and Sons, Grappling with Lov…

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Bat Out of Hell—The Musical: All Revved Up, Going Nowhere by Elysa Gardner

★★ A bloated musical adaptation of the Meat Loaf opus wastes the album's charms, and the talents of cast members The post Bat Out of Hell—The Musical: All Revved Up, Going Nowhere appe…

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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Love, Noël: Letters, and Songs, from a Master by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Cabaret luminaries Steve Ross and KT Sullivan honor a legendary Coward The post Love, Noël: Letters, and Songs, from a Master appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Road Show: Sondheim’s Battling Brothers Are Back, in New Star Turns by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Raúl Esparza, Brandon Uranowitz, and others shine in a concert production of the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman musical The post Road Show: Sondheim’s Battling Brothers Are Ba…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mojada: A Medea in the Barrio by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Luis Alfaro puts a modern, Latin twist on a classic Greek tragedy The post Mojada: A Medea in the Barrio appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Rolling Stone: Gathering Moss, and Facing Danger, in Uganda by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A vital and harrowing new play by Chris Urch looks at a young Ugandan man's struggle to conceal his homosexuality The post The Rolling Stone: Gathering Moss, and Facing Danger, …

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