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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Review: What Makes ‘Oh, Mary!” One of the Best Summer Comedies in Years by Jesse Green

Cole Escola’s dragtastic White House farce asks the immortal question: Besides that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

15 Summer Theaters for That Nearby, Out-of-Town Experience by Jesse Green

Easygoing days of drama and comedy are just a few hours away (or even closer) in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

‘N/A’ Review: For Nancy Pelosi and A.O.C., It’s a House Divided by Jesse Green

Is moral leadership possible without parliamentary power? Two very familiar congresswomen battle it out onstage.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Review: A ‘Ulysses’ That Squeezes Bloomsday Into 2 Hours, 40 Minutes by Jesse Green

Elevator Repair Service’s staged reading of the huge James Joyce novel retains much of its humor, pathos and bawdiness.

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

Review: A 10th Life for Those Jellicle ‘Cats,’ Now in Drag by Jesse Green

Resetting the “Memory” musical in the world of ballroom competitions makes for a joyful reincarnation.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Review: In ‘Dark Noon,’ American History Is a Shoot-’Em-Up Western by Jesse Green

A play from Denmark, with a South African cast, turns the heroic tropes of horse operas into the tools of tragedy at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

Listen to the Best Songs From 8 Tony-Nominated Shows by Jesse Green

“Hell’s Kitchen,” “Stereophonic” and others are up for top prizes at Sunday’s ceremony. Our critic takes stock of their cast albums, all available now.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Review: A Glorious ‘Titanic,’ Returned From the Depths by Jesse Green

Maury Yeston’s score, stupendously played and sung, is the star of the final production of an excellent Encores! season at New York City Center.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Review: In a Nostalgic Revival, ‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Was by Jesse Green

Samm-Art Williams’s 1979 play about the uprooting of a Black farmer returns to Broadway for the first time.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Review: In ‘Breaking the Story,’ All’s Unfair in Love and War by Jesse Green

Maggie Siff plays a war journalist facing the most dangerous assignment of her life: domesticity.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Review: In ‘Three Houses,’ a Dark Karaoke Night of the Soul by Jesse Green

It’s open mic at the post-pandemic cocktail bar where Dave Malloy’s hypnotic triptych of monodramas takes place.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Tony Awards 2024: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Jesse Green

Our chief theater critic names the shows and artists he thinks will win, should win and should have been nominated — and suggests a few new categories.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Review: A New Lens on Auschwitz in ‘Here There Are Blueberries’ by Jesse Green

Archivists are the heroes of a documentary play about a photograph album depicting daily life among the perpetrators of the Holocaust.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Tony Nominations 2024: Biggest Snubs and Surprises by Jesse Green, Alexis Soloski and Scott Heller

It was a strong year for female directors, a play featuring music and American productions.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Review: Steve Carell as the 50-Year-Old Loser in a Comic ‘Uncle Vanya’ by Jesse Green

Sleek, lucid, amusing, often beautiful, it’s Chekhov with everything, except the main thing.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

‘Mary Jane’ Review: When Parenting Means Intensive Care by Jesse Green

Amy Herzog’s heartbreaker arrives on Broadway with Rachel McAdams as the alarmingly upbeat mother of a fearfully sick child.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

‘Patriots’ Review: What Happened to the Man Who Made Putin? by Jesse Green

Michael Stuhlbarg and Will Keen shine as a kingmaker and his creature. But in Peter Morgan’s cheesy-fun play, it’s not always clear which is which.

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

‘Cabaret’ Review: Dancing, and Screaming, at the End of the World by Jesse Green

Eddie Redmayne and Gayle Rankin star in a buzzy Broadway revival that rips the skin off the 1966 musical.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Review: In ‘Suffs,’ the Thrill of the Vote and How She Got It by Jesse Green

Shaina Taub’s new Broadway musical about Alice Paul and the fight for women’s suffrage is smart and noble and a bit like a rally.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Review: In ‘Sally & Tom,’ Plantation Scandal Meets Backstage Farce by Jesse Green

The 30-year relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson is the basis for Suzan-Lori Parks’s hilarious and harrowing nesting doll of a play.

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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Review: It’s No Sunday in the Park With ‘Lempicka’ by Jesse Green

A musical about the groundbreaking Art Deco painter is vocally thrilling but historically a blur.

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Review: In ‘The Outsiders,’ a New Song for the Young Misfits by Jesse Green

The classic coming-of-age novel has become a compelling, if imperfect, musical about have-not teenagers in a have-it-all world.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Christopher Durang, the Surrealist of Snark by Jesse Green

In works like “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” the playwright would force you to laugh, not to dull the pain but to hone it.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

‘The Who’s Tommy’ Review: Going Full Tilt by Jesse Green

Will the Who’s rock opera about a traumatized boy hit the jackpot again?

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

‘Water for Elephants’ Review: Beauty Under the Big Top by Jesse Green

The circus-themed love story, already a novel and a movie, becomes a gorgeously imaginative Broadway musical.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Review: An Affair to Dismember, in the Gory Musical ‘Teeth’ by Jesse Green

A cult horror film about a teenage girl with a surprise set of chompers gets another surprise: the song-and-dance treatment.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Review: Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People,’ Starring Jeremy Strong by Jesse Green

The “Succession” star headlines a Broadway revival of Ibsen’s play about a lifesaving doctor and the town that hates him.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

‘The Notebook’ Review: A Musical Tear-Jerker or Just All Wet? by Jesse Green

The 2004 weepie comes to Broadway with songs by Ingrid Michaelson and a $5 box of tissues.

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Review: In ‘Doubt,’ What He Knows, She Knows, God Knows by Jesse Green

Liev Schreiber and Amy Ryan star in a revival of John Patrick Shanley’s moral head spinner about pride, the priesthood and presumptions of pedophilia.

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Review: Welcome to ‘Illinoise,’ Land of Love, Grief and Zombies by Jesse Green

Sufjan Stevens’s 2005 concept album has become an unlikely and unforgettable dance-musical hybrid, directed and choreographed by Justin Peck.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cast Album Roundup: ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Parade,’ ‘Camelot’ and More by Jesse Green

Recordings of Broadway musicals are often better than the shows they preserve. Here’s a ranking of last year’s crop, with samples and bonus tracks.

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