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Friday, September 30, 2022

Review: In ‘Textplay,’ Stoppard and Beckett Get Snarky, FWIW by Jesse Green

An imaginary electronic conversation between the two playwrights falls somewhere between a ❤️ and a 🤷.

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Review: In Lea Michele, ‘Funny Girl’ Has Finally Found Its Fanny by Jesse Green

The “Glee” star is stupendous in the role Barbra Streisand made famous, turning the 1964 musical into something better than we know it to be.

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Monday, September 5, 2022

7 New Musicals Are Headed to Broadway This Fall by Jesse Green

Behind every new New York season are a lot of wannabes, also-rans and hopeless cases to keep track of.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

After a Long, Starring Run, Will Racism at Last Get the Hook? by Jesse Green

We can no longer ignore the theater’s systemic inequities. But leaving them behind may remake the industry in unexpected ways.

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Friday, August 12, 2022

‘A Little Night Music’ Review: A Rueful Take at Barrington Stage by Jesse Green

Barrington Stage Company offers a take on the Sondheim-Wheeler classic highlighted by performances in shades of regret.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘Shy’ Excerpt: Mary Rodgers on Creating ’Once Upon a Mattress’ by Mary Rodgers and Jesse Green

In this excerpt from “Shy: The Alarmingly Outspoken Memoirs of Mary Rodgers,” a Broadway musical is born at a summer camp.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Canada’s Stratford and Shaw Festivals Revive Four Classic Works by Jesse Green

At the Stratford and the Shaw theater festivals, four heated classics get cool new productions for summer.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

In the Theater, Workers Are Demanding Better Conditions by Jesse Green

The requirements of the theater, and the constant physical and emotional risks facing performers, have many demanding their basic needs as humans.

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Times’s Theater Critic Reviews Stratford’s New Theater by Jesse Green

The Stratford Festival in Ontario opened a glamorous new theater last month that prioritizes the theater itself, not just what surrounds it.

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Monday, July 11, 2022

Review: Danai Gurira Makes a Sleek Supervillain of Richard III by Jesse Green

At Shakespeare in the Park, athletic stamina and action-hero charisma muddy the meaning of a play about disability.

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Review: Danai Gurira Makes a Sleek Supervillain of Richard III by Jesse Green

At Shakespeare in the Park, athletic stamina and Marvel charisma muddy the meaning of a play about disability.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

When Paying Dues Doesn’t Pay the Rent, How Does the Theater Survive? by Jesse Green

Frank talk about salaries and the end of unpaid internships are positive steps, but the cost may be fewer opportunities to learn the ropes.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

‘Corsicana’ Review: Four Lost Hearts in the Heart of Texas by Jesse Green

In a strange and beautiful new play by Will Arbery, finding happiness is a process of failing upward.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Review: ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’,’ Saving Its Love (and Pain) for You by Jesse Green

A revival of the Fats Waller musical revue emphasizes the blues in its blueprints.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Is It Finally Twilight for the Theater’s Sacred Monsters? by Jesse Green

Many of the “great men” who helped America create its classics, its institutions and its own acting style were tyrants. We need to cut them loose.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Review: Sarah Silverman’s ‘Bedwetter’ Musical Has Sprung a Leak by Jesse Green

The comedian’s memoir was funny. But when the new show based on it tries for something deeper, it sinks into bathos.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Review: In ‘Who Killed My Father,’ an Inquest and an Indictment by Jesse Green

Édouard Louis grew up scorned by his family for being gay. Now he sees homophobia as part of the portfolio of “humiliation by the ruling class.”

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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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