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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Review: Your Arm Is a Canvas, in ‘As Far as Isolation Goes’ by Jesse Green

Because of pandemic restrictions, a performance piece about refugees requires you to draw on yourself, in both senses

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

Making Black Lives, Not Just Black Deaths, Matter Onstage by Jesse Green

The tragedy of racism is only part of the story in two very different plays from London that carry a dimension of meaning not usually seen in this country.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Attend the Tale of ‘Anyone Can Whistle,’ Then and Now by Jesse Green

A sparkling new recording of the 1964 musical makes half the case for Stephen Sondheim’s endlessly inventive score.

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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Review: Beware the Text, and Other Tales From ‘Smithtown’ by Jesse Green

Four not-very-believable characters in a chain of monologues are rescued by a cast of exceptionally believable actors.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Review: Fathers, but Not Yet Men, in the Prison Drama ‘Shook’ by Jesse Green

Samuel Bailey’s knockout professional debut isn’t so much about the pipeline to incarceration than about the toxic masculinity that keeps it flowing.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Christopher Plummer’s Robust Final Act Crowned a Noble Career by Jesse Green

At home in the footlights, he knew the power of charm and every trick of the stage trade. But even after a celebrated “King Lear,” there was more to play.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Bringing Out the Best of Sondheim, Herman and … Schraubstader? by Jesse Green

Three new revues offer war horses, showstoppers and standards — but, even better, rarities.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Review: Seeking a Date but Finding Hypocrisy in ‘Hi, Are You Single?’ by Jesse Green

All Ryan J. Haddad wants is a boyfriend. But his pride — or is it his prospects’ prejudice? — keeps getting in the way.

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Thursday, January 28, 2021

Review: Playwriting and Bug-Hunting Wed in ‘The Catastrophist’ by Jesse Green

Pandemics and ordinary tragedies clash in Lauren Gunderson’s overwrought portrait of her husband, the virologist Nathan A. Wolfe.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Virtual Readings Take Center Stage as a New Genre of Theater by Jesse Green

With minimal rehearsal and production values, online events are becoming a distinct (and worthy) new genre of theater.

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In Virtual Readings, Less (a Lot Less) Is Sometimes More by Jesse Green

With minimal rehearsal and production values, online events are becoming a distinct (and worthy) new genre of theater.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

It’s Time to Turn the Page on the Trump-Shakespeare Comparisons by Jesse Green

Pundits have likened the president to Lear, to Hamlet, to Macbeth, to Coriolanus. That may have been four years of wishful thinking.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Conspicuous Consumption, Getting More Conspicuous Onstage by Jesse Green

Forget tragic lovers. At the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, fast cars and other luxuries fuel tragedies about the love of things.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

‘Ratatouille’ Review: What’s Small and Hairy With Big Dreams? by Jesse Green

What started as a TikTok meme and became a crowdsourced musical could have online lessons to offer for Broadway.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Advocating and Agitating, Connecting and Inventing by Michael Paulson, Jesse Green, Scott Heller, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

With their field rocked by unprecedented challenges in 2020, these people and groups — some notable, some new — stepped into the breach.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Bumps on the Road From Broadway to Hollywood by Jesse Green

Not for decades have so many plays and musicals been turned into movies. But even in the best of the new crop, a lot gets lost in translation.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Review: Mother Teresa Sings, in Drag and With Doubts by Jesse Green

In Heather Christian’s “I Am Sending You the Sacred Face,” the saint of Calcutta vogues and lip-syncs and broods on the nature of selflessness.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Review: A World of Cardsharps and Zoom Dupes in ‘The Future’ by Jesse Green

In his latest magic show, Helder Guimarães shuffles an old genre into a new technology with mixed results.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

When a Theater Critic Learned to Grade on a Curve by Jesse Green

Nine months covering a devastated art form have changed one critic’s habits, and tastes.

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Sunday, December 6, 2020

How ‘Wolves’ and ‘Heroes’ Are Saving Pandemic Theater by Jesse Green

Serious new plays are always in danger of disappearing — never more so than now. But inventive virtual productions, such as “The Wolves” and “Heroes of the Fourth Turning,” offer h…

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

Review: An Audio ‘Streetcar,’ Not Yet Reaching Its Destination by Jesse Green

Audra McDonald stars as Blanche DuBois in a radio-like production of the Tennessee Williams classic that still has a way to go.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Monday, November 30, 2020

Review: A Ham’s ‘Christmas Carol,’ Without the Honey Glaze by Jesse Green

The astonishing Jefferson Mays stars as everyone (and a potato) in a dark and pointed adaptation of the Dickens holiday classic.

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Thursday, November 19, 2020

Review: 4 Characters in Search of a Big Moment in ‘A Day’ by Jesse Green

They’re attractive, young and tech savvy, but their 24 hours don’t add up to much.

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Monday, November 16, 2020

When Political Theater Ditches the Disguises of Fiction by Jesse Green

Four new shows are part of a movement to engage more directly in the debates of our times — sometimes even stealing the script.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

From Stage to Screen: 5 Shows That Got It Right (And 5 That Didn’t) by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

Our theater experts provide a guide to some of the successful (and failed) cinematic adaptations of plays and musicals — all for your streaming pleasure.

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Monday, November 2, 2020

A Golden Team, a Terrible Title and a Show That Vanished by Jesse Green

Would you like to see a new musical from the people who brought you “West Side Story”? For better or worse, you probably never will.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

'True Love Will Find You in the End' Review: Neil LaBute's Mousetrap by Jesse Green

The story of a marriage saved by the pandemic, “True Love Will Find You in the End” features a live audience but recorded actors.

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

‘Russian Troll Farm’ Review: Clock In, Undermine Democracy, Clock Out by Jesse Green

A trenchant workplace comedy about the folks who tried to promote Pizzagate, confuse Wisconsin and, ultimately, elect Donald J. Trump.

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Monday, October 19, 2020

Review: Manly Trump Sinks Waterlogged Liberals in ‘Shipwreck’ by Jesse Green

Anne Washburn’s would-be epic of power and powerlessness, presented as a podcast, may be too close to current events to fulfill its big ambitions.

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All that Chat

2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 12, 2020: BROADWAY SHUTDOWN
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre