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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons,’ With All Its Seams Showing by Jesse Green

An old-fashioned, overliteral revival of the 1947 play stars Tracy Letts and Annette Bening.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Taylor Mac’s ‘Gary’ Finds Hope and Humor on a Pile of Corpses by Jesse Green

This comedic sequel to “Titus Andronicus” finds Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen cleaning up after a Shakespearean blood bath.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: The Metamorphosis of ‘Hadestown,’ From Cool to Gorgeous by Jesse Green

After a downtown stop, a concept album based on Greek myths has become a full-scale Broadway entertainment.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Puppets and Power Make for a Marvelous ‘Menagerie’ by Jesse Green

The latest play from the Mad Ones finds the seeds of momentous social change in a 1979 focus group about a kids’ television show.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: ‘Sincerely, Oscar’ Is Some Embarrassing Evening by Jesse Green

If the nuance-free singing doesn’t turn you against this revue of songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, perhaps his holographic ghost will do the trick.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: In ‘The Cradle Will Rock,’ Labor Gets Belabored by Jesse Green

A revival of the Marc Blitzstein “play in music” about unions and kleptocrats is too wan to make much of the material’s contradictions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Can a Play Make the Constitution Great Again? by Jesse Green

“What the Constitution Means to Me,” the best new play of the Broadway season so far, rivetingly combines personal history and civic engagement.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: African-American Flight 1619 Now Boarding in ‘Ain’t No Mo’ by Jesse Green

What if black people, sick of injustice, picked up and left the United States? An outrageous satire by Jordan E. Cooper imagines the possibility, and the loss.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: Staging a True Family Nightmare in ‘Accidentally Brave’ by Jesse Green

What happens when the husband you thought you knew is discovered harboring a terrible secret? Maddie Corman learned the hard way.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: In ‘I Married an Angel,’ a 1930s Musical Falls to Earth by Jesse Green

How should we look at an old show with objectionable gender politics? As a historical curio, or as the next item on the cancel culture agenda?

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: Bullies and Victims Face Off in ‘After.’ But Who’s Who? by Jesse Green

A threatening text message with a homophobic epithet leads to catastrophe for two families in a new play by Michael McKeever.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Review: A ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ with Frozen Disney and Hot Lobster by Jesse Green

In John Guare’s Möbius strip of a play, John Larroquette is a playwright who finds himself trapped in a surreal mystery called “Nantucket Sleigh Ride.”

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Fair Fight Makes ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Lovable Again by Jesse Green

With a few changes of emphasis and one major lyric rewrite, the 1948 musical comedy comes through detox as a bawdy, heady pleasure.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Beauty, Blackness and Beyoncé, in ‘If Pretty Hurts’ by Jesse Green

Tori Sampson’s play blends elements of mean-girl comedy and African folk tale to create a fable for our time about women and their bodies.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Five Easy Pieces,’ an Unnerving Alliance of Children and Art by Jesse Green

Milo Rau, called “the world’s most controversial director,” asks a cast of young people to relate the story of a notorious Belgian pedophile.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Review: ‘The Cake’ Is Well-Baked but Not Quite Filling by Jesse Green

Bekah Brunstetter’s timely comedy about a Christian baker looks with sympathy (if not approval) at the other side of the public accommodation debate.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Review: ‘Superhero,’ a Comic-Book Musical Too Flimsy to Fly by Jesse Green

Look! Up on the stage! It’s a show with good intentions (and a “Dear Evan Hansen”-like setup) that can’t rise above its cartoonish plot.

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: After Apartheid, Who Are ‘Boesman and Lena’? by Jesse Green

The fine Signature Theater revival of Athol Fugard’s 1969 play shows how a classic seemingly fixed in one era nevertheless keeps evolving.

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘Hurricane Diane,’ the Perfect Storm Hits Suburbia by Jesse Green

Madeleine George’s new play brings back the god Dionysus to convince the women of Monmouth County, N.J., that the ecological end is near.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Why ‘Tootsie,’ ‘Beetlejuice’ and the Temptations Hit the Road by Jesse Green

The path to opening night in New York used to pass through several cities. Now it rarely does — but are shows better off for it?

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge Face Death Onstage by Jesse Green

In “Sea Wall/A Life,” at the Public Theater, a pair of monologues gives the two stars ample opportunity to shine and mourn.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: At ‘Freestyle Love Supreme,’ Attention Must Be Paid. Really. by Jesse Green

Since you provide the content for this group’s delightful hip-hop musical improvisation, you really have to lend them your ears (and phones).

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Review: Without Ethel Merman, a Limp ‘Call Me Madam’ at Encores! by Jesse Green

This 1950 musical has some charming numbers, but without a monster personality at its center it seems like less of a comedy than a requiem.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: In ‘God Said This,’ a Hot Mess of a Daughter Heads Home by Jesse Green

A prizewinning play by Leah Nanako Winkler puts the traditional “crazy family” dramedy in a new social and racial setting.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘My Fair Lady,’ Illuminated With New Stars by Jesse Green

Laura Benanti and three other recently arrived principals adjust the focus of the hit revival from the political to the personal.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Review: Finding Their Inner Goddesses in ‘The Convent’ by Jesse Green

With the help of fresh air, a Mother Abbess and a mild hallucinogen, six women spend a week in search of a female spirituality.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: ‘About Alice’ Brings a Husband’s Eulogy to Life by Jesse Green

Calvin Trillin has turned his heartbroken memoir into a stage play that reincarnates his beloved wife and muse.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: In ‘Maestro,’ a Downbeat Look at the Great Toscanini by Jesse Green

The Italian conductor (and philanderer and anti-Fascist) gets the Great Man treatment from Ensemble for the Romantic Century.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Raising a Joyful New Voice in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ by Jesse Green

Something groundbreaking on Broadway: The story of “an effeminate young man of color” who finds his strength through singing.

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Obsession, Mourning and Migration at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Offerings at the festival include a riff on “Uncle Vanya”; a “Frankenstein” adaptation highlighting a mother’s grief; and an intimate tale of displacement.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Theater Reviews: Hate, Hope and Healing at Under the Radar by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

An eclectic opening weekend included sketches and songs by Nigerian women, two unsettling monologues and a punk-rock reminiscence (with mixtape to follow).

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