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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Review: In ‘Fairycakes,’ the Woods Are Campy, Dark and Daft by Jesse Green

Douglas Carter Beane’s winky fantasia finds Pinocchio, Puck and other unlikely characters meeting cute in a storybook setting.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Review: In the Disturbing ‘Dana H.,’ Whose Voice Is It Anyway? by Jesse Green

Deirdre O’Connell brilliantly lip-syncs the testimony of a woman abducted by a white supremacist in a play by Lucas Hnath.

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Monday, October 11, 2021

‘Is This a Room’ Review: A Transcript Becomes a Thrilling Thriller by Jesse Green

Beneath the dry words of an F.B.I. interview, a new play unearths a world of interior terror.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Review: In ‘Chicken & Biscuits,’ a Sweet but Dated Comedic Recipe by Jesse Green

Squabbling siblings, familiar stereotypes and a chorus of amens: A new play aims for the pleasures of Broadway’s traditional family sitcoms.

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Review: In ‘Six,’ All the Tudor Ladies Got Talent by Jesse Green

The exuberant queenhood-is-powerful pageant about the wives of Henry VIII was shut down on opening night by the pandemic. Now it’s back, and it totally rules.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Review: Tracy Letts Brings Out the Long Knives in Short Plays by Jesse Green

It takes 15 minutes or less in each segment of “Three Short Plays by Tracy Letts” for the bard of male moral decrepitude to skewer his subjects.

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Monday, September 27, 2021

For a Broadway Torn by a Pandemic, a Split-Personalities Tonys by Jesse Green, Elisabeth Vincentelli and James Poniewozik

The streaming part of the ceremony actually did a better job conveying the electricity of being in a theater than the CBS special billed as “Broadway’s Back!”

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The Best and Worst Moments of the Tony Awards by Jesse Green, Stella Bugbee, Maya Salam, Sarah Bahr and Nancy Coleman

Despite an evening split between streaming and TV, the message on Sunday night was clear: Broadway is back.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Review: In ‘Sanctuary City,’ Slamming the Door on the Dream by Jesse Green

For the undocumented immigrant teenagers in Martyna Majok’s unsparing, unsentimental new play, home is a heartbreaking lesson in betrayal.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Review: In ‘The Last of the Love Letters,’ Passion Is Inescapable by Jesse Green

If you think Ngozi Anyanwu’s new play is a straightforward romance, think again.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Review: In ‘What Happened?,’ a Questioning Farewell to Rhinebeck by Jesse Green

In the last installment in his 12-play series, Richard Nelson asks how his characters, and the theater, got where they are today.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

How Surreal! How Radical! How Avant-Garde! How Broadway? by Jesse Green

Three new plays in experimental styles test the uptown possibilities of truly downtown theater.

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Review: ‘Pass Over’ Comes to Broadway, in Horror and Hope by Jesse Green

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s play about young Black men in peril inaugurates the new season with unexpected joy.

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

He Invited Us Into His Closet for Theater. And It Was Astonishing. by Jesse Green

Joshua William Gelb turned a small space in his small apartment into a blueprint for streaming during the pandemic. But what happens as real venues open again?

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Monday, August 9, 2021

Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Merry Wives,’ Now in South Harlem by Jesse Green

Jocelyn Bioh reshapes a comedy of clever women, frail men and harsh revenge into one of love and forgiveness, just when New York needs it.

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Sunday, August 8, 2021

‘The Most Happy Fella,’ Sliced, Diced and Not Very Happy by Jesse Green

Having revamped “Oklahoma!” into a dark X-ray of itself, Daniel Fish rethinks another Golden Age classic with “Most Happy in Concert.”

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Where Do Theater Artists Go to Ask Questions? Poughkeepsie. by Jesse Green

New York Stage and Film provides an unlikely haven for inquiring writers of new plays and musicals.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Onstage, the Pen Is Usually Duller Than the Sword by Jesse Green

Plays about writers, including “Mr. Fullerton,” a new potboiler probing Edith Wharton’s love life, too often undermine the real brilliance of their subjects.

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Sunday in the Trenches With George by Jesse Green

James Lapine’s book shows how he and Stephen Sondheim invested two years of work to burnish their musical from an avant-garde near-disaster to a mainstream classic.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

From the Schlump With the Shiv, Two Plays Turned Podcasts by Jesse Green

In new versions of “The Designated Mourner” and “Grasses of Many Colors,” Wallace Shawn brings moral horror right to your ear.

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Review: In ‘Enemy of the People,’ Water and Democracy Are Poisoned by Jesse Green

Ann Dowd stars in a contemporary rewrite of Ibsen’s play that forces a community, played by the audience, to make a series of fateful choices.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Springsteen on Broadway: Showing Us How Many Lives We Contain by Jesse Green and Lindsay Zoladz

Two critics on the show’s return — a turning point in live theater and another stage in the rock star’s lifelong evolution.

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Review: In ‘Chester Bailey,’ a Case of Physician, Shrink Thyself by Jesse Green

Father-and-son actors Reed and Ephraim Birney play an anxious doctor and his imaginative patient in a compelling psychological mystery.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Theater Heads North, and in Every Direction at Once by Jesse Green

A psychological drama from Japan and a classic English comedy are among the high-contrast offerings in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Making Every Second Count in Plays Too Short to Miss by Jesse Green

Theater shrank to tiny proportions during the pandemic. Sometimes that’s a big plus.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ted Chapin: ‘Every time I see one of these shows, I discover something new’ by Jesse Green

For 40 Years, he was the man overseeing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s theatre properties including ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Carousel!’ After finally stepping down from the role, Ted C…

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A Chance to Fix the Tonys, and So Many Things to Fix by Jesse Green

It has been a tough year for Broadway. Now it’s time to get tough on the show that too often honors investors instead of achievers.

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Monday, May 31, 2021

For 40 Years, He Climbed Ev’ry Mountain for Rodgers & Hammerstein by Jesse Green

Ted Chapin steps down as the head of the organization that makes sure you revisit “Oklahoma!” and keep hearing “The Sound of Music.”

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Three Dramas Explore the Margins of the Digital Form by Jesse Green

Talking dogs, green screen thrillers and gold turtles: Online productions, intended as a stopgap, are testing the boundaries of what makes theater theater.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

‘Breathe’ Review: A Pandemic Musical That Strains to Surprise by Jesse Green

Linked vignettes from five songwriting teams offer lots of head-scratching switcheroos but little for the heart.

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

‘Woman’s Party’ Review: At War With Inequality, and Each Other by Jesse Green

In Rinne B. Groff’s historical comedy, the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1947 looks awfully familiar today.

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REOPEN BROADWAY SEASON
Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre