All stories by Jesse Green on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Against All Odds, Broadway Rose to the Occasion. Mostly. by Jesse Green and Maya Phillips

Decoding the Tony nominations, our critics review a season of bold productions that met audiences often craving the familiar.

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Tony Awards 2022: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Jesse Green

A critic’s picks in a hard-to-predict Broadway year, plus nods to shows from Off Broadway and other, odder corners.

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Monday, May 9, 2022

In a Chaotic Tonys Season, It Was an Honor Just to Open by Jesse Green

The Tony nominations spread the wealth among many worthy (and a few unworthy) productions, as if to salute them for arriving at all.

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Review: ‘Wedding Band,’ a Searing Look at Miscegenation Nation by Jesse Green

Alice Childress’s 1962 play about interracial love and hate gets its first major New York revival in 50 years.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

Review: Making a Beautiful ‘Case for the Existence of God’ by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s heartbreaking new play argues for hope even in the face of extreme disappointment.

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Friday, April 29, 2022

‘Macbeth’ Review: Something Wonky This Way Comes by Jesse Green

Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga star in Sam Gold’s oddly uneasy take on the Scottish play.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Review: In ‘POTUS,’ White House Enablers Gone Wild by Jesse Green

Seven female farceurs bring Selina Fillinger’s new Broadway comedy about the president’s protectors to life.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

‘Funny Girl’ Review: Broadway Revival Shows Why It Took So Long by Jesse Green

Beanie Feldstein stars as the comic Fanny Brice in the show’s return after almost 60 years.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

Review: ‘Hangmen,’ Offering the Last Word in Gallows Humor by Jesse Green

Martin McDonagh’s rollicking comedy about capital punishment, now on Broadway, feels like a perfect fit for our unjust times.

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

Review: ‘The Minutes,’ an Official History of American Horror by Jesse Green

In Tracy Letts’s new play, a tedious City Council meeting cracks open to reveal the secret record of what happened in Big Cherry.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Review: In ‘American Buffalo,’ Grift Is the Coin of the Realm by Jesse Green

Sam Rockwell, Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss star in an electric revival of the David Mamet play about capitalism in a junk shop.

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Review: ‘Cyrano de Bergerac,’ Now Noseless and Drunk on Words by Jesse Green

James McAvoy gives a ravishing performance, without benefit of prosthetics or props, in a new adaptation alive with the love of language.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Review: ‘To My Girls,’ a Toast to Millennial ‘Instagays’ by Jesse Green

Put three gay frenemies in a Palm Springs Airbnb and what happens? In JC Lee’s new comedy, not enough.

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Monday, April 4, 2022

Review: In ‘Take Me Out,’ Whose Team Are You On? by Jesse Green

Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play about baseball and homophobia gets a fine revival starring Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Review: In ‘Paradise Square,’ Racial Harmony Turns to Discord by Jesse Green

In a new musical starring Joaquina Kalukango, the love between Black and Irish New Yorkers in a Manhattan bar is threatened by Civil War riots.

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Review: In ‘I Agree to the Terms,’ It’s Raining Pennies From Amazon by Jesse Green

The Builders Association explores the world of turkers, workers performing thousands of weird, low-paying tasks for an online giant.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Review: In ‘Oratorio for Living Things,’ the Song Is You by Jesse Green

Heather Christian’s rapturous new music-theater work turns a tiny amphitheater into a vast cathedral of sound.

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Monday, March 28, 2022

Review: In ‘Plaza Suite,’ the Ghosts of #MeToo Haunt the Halls by Jesse Green

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker star in a Neil Simon comedy that no longer feels very funny.

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Monday, March 21, 2022

‘At the Wedding’ Review: Cocktails, Dancing and an Albatross by Jesse Green

A trenchant new comedy by Bryna Turner features Mary Wiseman in a comic tour-de-force as the guest most likely to make a scene.

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Review: In ‘sandblasted,’ Seizing the Day. Also the Nose. by Jesse Green

When their body parts start falling off, two women go on a spiritual journey with an Oprah-esque guru in Charly Evon Simpson’s new play.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2022

‘Review: Learning ‘English,’ When Your Accent Is a ‘War Crime’ by Jesse Green

In a rich new play by Sanaz Toossi, four Iranians and their language teacher find second selves in a second tongue.

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'Plaza Suite' and Other Broadway Revivals Glimpse Our Theatrical Past by Jesse Green

New productions of American plays that debuted between 1942 and 2002 offer glimpses into the world in which they first emerged — and into ours.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Review: In ‘Black No More,’ Race Is Skin Deep, but Racism Isn’t by Jesse Green

A new musical imagines the invention of a decolorizing process. Will it save Black Americans from hatred or destroy them?

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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Review: Even With Hugh Jackman, ‘The Music Man’ Goes Flat by Jesse Green

Sutton Foster also stars in this neat, perky, overly cautious Broadway revival of a musical that needs to be more of a con.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Review: ‘The Tap Dance Kid,’ Still Out of Step With the Times by Jesse Green

The Encores! series returns with a 1983 musical that, despite its pleasures, wasn’t quite right then and isn’t quite right now.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

‘MJ’ Review: Michael Jackson Musical Won’t Look in the Mirror by Jesse Green

A new jukebox musical tells the story of Michael Jackson. Except for the big story.

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Monday, January 31, 2022

Review: In ‘Intimate Apparel,’ Letting the Seamstress Sing by Jesse Green

Lynn Nottage’s play about a Black woman in 1905 becomes an opera, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon, that forefronts voices ignored by history.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Review: In ‘Skeleton Crew,’ Making Quick Work of Hard Labor by Jesse Green

Dominique Morisseau’s 2016 play, now on Broadway, is a swift, well-crafted look at factory workers trapped in an economic “dumpster fire.”

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Review: A Shorter ‘Long Day’s Journey,’ Now With N95s by Jesse Green

The Eugene O’Neill classic, set in 1912, is just as powerful in Robert O’Hara’s revival, set in our own age of disease and lockdown.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

In a Double Bill, the Avant-Garde Meets a Very Good Girl by Jesse Green

Excellent performances, including one by a well-behaved dog, warm up two experimental plays upstate.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

‘Intelligent Life’ Review: Cecily Strong’s ‘Awerobics’ Workout by Jesse Green

Taking Lily Tomlin’s roles in a revival of Jane Wagner’s metaphysical comedy, the “Saturday Night Live” star is put through her paces.

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