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Friday, February 15, 2019

WEIGHTY THEMES by Joe Dziemianowicz

These two solo shows offer meditations on big topics but don t make much of an impact.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BOUNCY TUNES by Joe Dziemianowicz

This take on Irving Berlin’s 1950 musical comedy is a smooth but unremarkable ride.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New York Theater Is About to Get F**ked Up by Joe Dziemianowicz

The playwrights of three new Off-Broadway works on why they chose unprintable titles.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

INTEGRITY TO THE END by Joe Dziemianowicz

Robert Bolt s production dramatizes the life of Sir Thomas More, who was willing to put his principles on the line.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

EVERY WOMAN by Joe Dziemianowicz

Fine performances can t make up for the lackluster script by Stephen Belber.

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Paul Dano fails to rival Ethan Hawke in soft ‘True West’ revival by Joe Dziemianowicz

When Ethan Hawke relieving himself onto a houseplant becomes one of the most noteworthy moments in a Broadway show, it’s safe to say it’s been a soggy night of theater. That’s what awa…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET by Joe Dziemianowicz

Jack Neary has written an intriguing play, but the second act has a few too many twists for its own good.

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

From ‘Harry Potter’ to ‘King Kong’: Theater’s hits and misses of 2018 by Joe Dziemianowicz

Tina Fey, King Kong and Harry Potter all made their marks in New York theater in 2018, with varying degrees of success. There were no perfect musicals. On Broadway, Fey’s sly humor made …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

‘Mockingbird’ is still relevant 60 years later on Broadway by Joe Dziemianowicz

Not long into this new “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a young girl considers what she’s just heard in a courtroom. “All rise,” says Scout, marveling at the weight of the words while imag…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bryan Cranston’s brilliance can’t save gimmicky ‘Network’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

In Broadway’s “Network,” Bryan Cranston does the impossible: Playing Howard Beale, the so-called mad prophet of the airwaves, he makes Peter Finch’s Oscar-winning turn feel like yest…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

‘The Cher Show’ will leave you feeling moonstruck by Joe Dziemianowicz

If I could turn back time, I’d rewind to my night at “The Cher Show” for another happy high. Think I’m kidding? Snap out of it! Granted, the jukebox musical that opened on Broadway M…

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MOMENTARY PEACE by Joe Dziemianowicz

This a capella musical celebrates when British and German troops observed an informal ceasefire in WWI.

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ANSWER THE CALL by Joe Dziemianowicz

Bilingual American women worked as telephone operators in World War I, and their story is turned into a stirring musical here.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

CRACKING THE CODE by Joe Dziemianowicz

A smart script and fine performances drive this drama about human consciousness.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA by Joe Dziemianowicz

Though the story isn t perfect, this new Broadway musical is a bit of breezy fun with a peppy score.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

RELUCTANT DAD by Joe Dziemianowicz

Mike Birbiglia puts his self-deprecating wit to work in his solo Broadway show about becoming a father.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Broadway’s ‘King Kong’ is a gorilla-sized mess by Joe Dziemianowicz

Show me the monkey! That gargantuan gorilla in “King Kong” is the top banana of the $35 million musical that opened Thursday night on Broadway. Too bad that most everything else wrapped …

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

PAGEANTRY SPOOF by Joe Dziemianowicz

Larissa FastHorse takes on hot-button issues with a deliciously funny approach.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Elaine May leads a strong ensemble in heart-wrenching ‘Waverly Gallery’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

Old age isn’t for sissies. And as painful as that reality is, Kenneth Lonergan faces it head-on in “The Waverly Gallery,” his affecting, funny-sad memory play about the wrenching and r…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Daniel Radcliffe gets his facts straight in ‘Lifespan’ by Joe Dziemianowicz

They’re Broadway’s new odd couple: an eager-beaver fact-checker and an arrogant author who treats the truth like Silly Putty. That’s the setup for “The Lifespan of a Fact,” the so-…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GENDER ROLES by Joe Dziemianowicz

In Theresa Rebeck’s clever and entertaining comedy, actress Sarah Bernhardt is determined to play Hamlet.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

FAITH ERODES by Joe Dziemianowicz

Craig Lucas latest play takes on a cluttered mess of themes – with two sets of actors to make it extra complicated.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

POLITICS AS USUAL by Joe Dziemianowicz

Sharr White s political drama never quite catches fire, but Edie Falco is strong in the lead role.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

40-YEAR-OLD ROCKERS by Joe Dziemianowicz

This cliché-filled musical is derivative of all that came before it, without the tunes to back it up.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

‘Pretty Woman’ musical just feels wrong in the #MeToo era by Joe Dziemianowicz

The hooker with the heart of gold is singing a new tune — but it’s the same old icky story. “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” which opened Thursday on Broadway, boasts slick direction and…

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

‘Mlima’s Tale’ review: Lynn Nottage drama about avarice and ivory by Joe Dziemianowicz

Elephants don’t forget, but the majestic beasts endure experiences no living creature would want to recall.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

‘Children of a Lesser God’ review: Broadway revival at Studio 54 by Joe Dziemianowicz

There’s something to admire about Mark Medoff’s 1979 play even in a revival that's only fitfully engaging and stirring

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Patti LuPone haaaaated Uma Thurman’s Broadway debut — and said so by Joe Dziemianowicz

Uma Thurman didn't please Patti LuPone. But Chris Evans did.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Miss You Like Hell’ review: A musical road trip at the Public by Joe Dziemianowicz

“Miss You Like Hell” reminds that traveling and theater share rules for success. Don't overpack. Do choose good company. It gets one right.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

‘This Flat Earth’ review: Lives in chaos after school massacre' by Joe Dziemianowicz

The unconvincing “This Flat Earth” at Playwrights Horizons proves that it’s actually not all in the timing.

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‘The Sting’ review: Harry Connick Jr. leads musical at Paper Mill by Joe Dziemianowicz

The trouble with Harry Connick’s promising but problematic new musical “The Sting” isn’t him.

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