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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: In ‘Toni Stone,’ America’s Pastime Meets America’s Problem by Jesse Green

April Matthis’s sensational performance anchors Lydia R. Diamond’s play about the first woman of any race to appear in a professional baseball game.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is a Musical Lacking a Sting by Jesse Green

Despite its top creative team, an adaptation of the popular Sue Monk Kidd novel feels like a first draft.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: In Central Park, a ‘Much Ado’ About Something Big by Jesse Green

A delicious production of the great Shakespearean comedy starring Danielle Brooks and set squarely in our #MeToo and Black Lives Matter moment.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Margaret Lyons

Swinging lights. Broadway beefs. Words of wisdom. And a restroom serenade. If only some of the highlights were on TV.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Dressing Rooms of Broadway: 33 Photos Over Nearly a Century by Jesse Green and Betsy Horan

For decades, our photographers have gotten intimate access backstage. Peek in as they capture stars, before the show and before the mirror.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Review: In ‘Ms. Blakk for President,’ a Winning Losing Campaign by Jesse Green

Based on real events, the Steppenwolf Theater Company’s new play tells the story of a Chicago drag queen who throws her fabulous hat into the ring.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

On Chicago’s Stages, Women With Problems by Jesse Green

Working opposite ends of the volume spectrum, two musicals, the new “Six” and a reinterpreted “Next to Normal,” find their levels.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: ‘Frankie and Johnny’ Were Lovers. Then Came Morning. by Jesse Green

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon star in a touching revival of Terrence McNally’s play about first and last chances.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: ‘The Flamingo Kid,’ a Musical Not Yet in Flight by Jesse Green

There’s plenty to enjoy in this adaptation of a 1984 movie set at a Long Island beach club. But plenty to fix, as well.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Live From 458 B.C., What the Greeks Mean to Me by Jesse Green

A new adaptation of “The Oresteia” reminds us that a 2,400-year-old work can still feel appallingly familiar.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ With a Real Teenage Evan by Jesse Green

Now in its third year, this Broadway hit has grown up by aging down.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Continuity’ Takes a Shot at the End of the World by Jesse Green

Can a foolish mainstream movie dramatize ecological crisis? Can a smart play?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: Sifting the Evidence for ‘Proof of Love,’ She Has Lots to Say by Jesse Green

At the center of Chisa Hutchinson’s one-woman play, written for Audible, is a love triangle with just one side in view.

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Heavenly or Hellish? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Adventurous directors and galvanizing performances made for unexpected — and very welcome — departures on what once felt like the Staid White Way.

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Tony Awards 2019: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

The chief theater critics for The Times choose who they think should win and who should have been nominated.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘BLKS,’ Meet the Real Roommates of Bed-Stuy by Jesse Green

Merciless comedy shades to delicate tragedy in a terrific playwriting debut from the poet and performer Aziza Barnes.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: In ‘Cadillac Crew,’ a Road Trip Through Racism and Erasure by Jesse Green

Women on the front lines of danger in 1963 were often pushed to the backbench of the civil rights movement. A new play gives them their due.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: ‘Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone,’ but First, He’s Dévastaté by Jesse Green

A flamboyant artiste who danced nearly naked into his 80s gives one last performance in a new play from the Civilians.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Critics’ Notebook: When It Came to the Tony Nominations, the News Is the New by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

New York Times theater critics on a Tonys roster that highlighted originality, if not diversity, and made room for some welcome surprises.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: ‘Tootsie,’ a Musical Comedy That Fills Some Mighty Big Heels by Jesse Green

The Broadway adaptation of the 1982 movie is the rare reimagining that actually keeps you laughing.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Review: Arthur Miller’s ‘All My Sons,’ With All Its Seams Showing by Jesse Green

An old-fashioned, overliteral revival of the 1947 play stars Tracy Letts and Annette Bening.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Taylor Mac’s ‘Gary’ Finds Hope and Humor on a Pile of Corpses by Jesse Green

This comedic sequel to “Titus Andronicus” finds Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen cleaning up after a Shakespearean blood bath.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: The Metamorphosis of ‘Hadestown,’ From Cool to Gorgeous by Jesse Green

After a downtown stop, a concept album based on Greek myths has become a full-scale Broadway entertainment.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Puppets and Power Make for a Marvelous ‘Menagerie’ by Jesse Green

The latest play from the Mad Ones finds the seeds of momentous social change in a 1979 focus group about a kids’ television show.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Review: ‘Sincerely, Oscar’ Is Some Embarrassing Evening by Jesse Green

If the nuance-free singing doesn’t turn you against this revue of songs with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, perhaps his holographic ghost will do the trick.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Review: In ‘The Cradle Will Rock,’ Labor Gets Belabored by Jesse Green

A revival of the Marc Blitzstein “play in music” about unions and kleptocrats is too wan to make much of the material’s contradictions.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: Can a Play Make the Constitution Great Again? by Jesse Green

“What the Constitution Means to Me,” the best new play of the Broadway season so far, rivetingly combines personal history and civic engagement.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: African-American Flight 1619 Now Boarding in ‘Ain’t No Mo’ by Jesse Green

What if black people, sick of injustice, picked up and left the United States? An outrageous satire by Jordan E. Cooper imagines the possibility, and the loss.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Review: Staging a True Family Nightmare in ‘Accidentally Brave’ by Jesse Green

What happens when the husband you thought you knew is discovered harboring a terrible secret? Maddie Corman learned the hard way.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review: In ‘I Married an Angel,’ a 1930s Musical Falls to Earth by Jesse Green

How should we look at an old show with objectionable gender politics? As a historical curio, or as the next item on the cancel culture agenda?

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