All stories by Jesse Green on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Larry Kramer, Prophet and Pussycat by Jesse Green

On the stage and on the page, his fury was fueled by an often-cloaked belief in the power of love.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

20 Broadway Musical Albums to Listen To by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

What we plan to listen to in perpetuity (or right now) in our Spotify-enabled isolation.

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Six Tips for Listening to Original Cast Recordings by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

To begin with, don’t call them soundtracks!

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The 2019-2020 Broadway Cast Albums: A Listening Guide by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

A listening guide to the cast albums, playlists and video footprints left behind by 18 Broadway and Off Broadway musicals.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Off Broadway’s Season Shook Up Norms of Life and Theater by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Our co-chief theater critics discuss the plays and musicals that reflected and predicted an unstable world.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Who Says You Can’t Give Tony Awards in an Abbreviated Season? by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

Our chief theater critics have no nickel-plated medallions to hand out, but they find plenty to celebrate among shut-down Broadway offerings.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81 by Jesse Green and Neil Genzlinger

Mr. McNally, who died of coronavirus complications, introduced audiences to characters and situations that most mainstream theater had previously shunted into comic asides.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

54% of the People. 12% of the Plays. Atlanta, Do We Have a Problem? by Jesse Green

One of the country’s most racially diverse cities struggles, nicely, with representation and inclusion on its many bustling stages.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Now You Know: A Critic’s Guide to Sondheim by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

An opinionated take on the songwriter’s major works, from a delayed debut to a Pulitzer Prize- winning classic.

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Stephen Sondheim is Not Just a Great Composer. He’s a Great Playwright. by Jesse Green

Let’s not underrate Stephen Sondheim any longer: Theater’s greatest songwriter is also one of theater’s greatest playwrights. Here’s why.

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Review: In ‘Endlings,’ the Pain of Swimming Between Worlds by Jesse Green

What do Korean divers and Manhattan playwrights have in common? A new play looks for the connection.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Review: In ‘The Perplexed,’ Moral Gridlock on Fifth Avenue by Jesse Green

Richard Greenberg’s overstuffed new play about family feuds and ethical choices turns a wedding comedy into a crisis.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review: In ‘We’re Gonna Die,’ Pop Songs for the Reaper by Jesse Green

Young Jean Lee offers upbeat tunes about downbeat lives and inevitable ends.

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Review: ‘The Headlands’ Nods to San Francisco Noir by Jesse Green

A cold case. An amateur sleuth. A new clue. But sometimes the murder isn’t the real mystery.

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Is Broadway Stuck on Replay? by Jesse Green

With this season promising so many revivals and touring productions, our critic wonders whether it’s possible for audiences to treat them as exciting arrivals.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Review: Camp and Compassion in ‘The Confession of Lily Dare’ by Jesse Green

Charles Busch’s mash-up of mother-love weepies finds both pathos and hilarity in the tough talk of Hollywood divas.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

Review: In ‘Grand Horizons,’ Marriage Is a Long-Running Farce by Jesse Green

Bess Wohl’s new play puts a Neil Simonesque spin on the story of a couple considering divorce after 50 years.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ an Endless War Against Black Men by Jesse Green

The Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s 1981 drama finds premonitions of today in the story of a 1944 murder.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover by Jesse Green

Kathryn Hunter stars as the fabulously rich Greek who understands the corrupting value of money only after she loses it.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

The Public Theater’s festival has included 12 featured offerings, four cabaret acts and six pieces of developmental work. Here’s what our critics saw.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review: Staging a Movie Melodrama in ‘The Conversationalists’ by Jesse Green

Music (and eventually emotion) cuts through the alienating layers of abstraction in this new work by the musician-storytellers James & Jerome.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

When Disability Isn’t a Special Need but a Special Skill by Jesse Green

Two productions at the Under the Radar Festival ask if the theater is ready to embrace the artistry of autism and other once disqualifying conditions.

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Drawing on the Past, Living in the Present, Dreaming of the Future by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

A jazz memoirist, a Palestinian rocketeer and Mexican myths set to music kick off the Public Theater’s annual festival of adventurous work from across the globe.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Is Theater Ridiculous? Movies, TV and Books Seem to Think So by Jesse Green

Four recent works put plays and the people who make them in a weird spotlight.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

How a Jerry Herman Song Landed a Triple Punch by Jesse Green

A comedy number from the flop “Mack & Mabel” found the unexpected sweet spot between Irving Berlin and Stephen Sondheim.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: Death Is a Two-Way Door in ‘The Thin Place’ by Jesse Green

Lucas Hnath’s cunning new ghost story, about a psychic and her client, is a twisty yarn that won’t unravel.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big by Jesse Green

At the Park Avenue Armory, Odon von Horvath’s 1937 drama gets a rare and physically overwhelming staging.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: In ‘Greater Clements,’ the Tragedy of a Town that Closed by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s creaky play about the downsizing of the American West features terrific performances by Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox by Jesse Green

Alanis Morissette’s “ironic” fury finds a perfect Broadway musical setting in Diablo Cody’s fiery indictment of, well, everything.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Review: The Many Unusual Stages of ‘Fefu and Her Friends’ by Jesse Green

Read and studied for decades, a key work of the American avant-garde finally returns in a major New York revival.

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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