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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Review: Seeking Purpose Among the Dead in ‘Spiritus/Virgil’s Dance’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Dael Orlandersmith’s slender new solo play is a meditation on living that seems also like a curveball response to loss.

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024

‘Bark of Millions’ Review: Taylor Mac’s Rock Opera at BAM by Laura Collins-Hughes

If Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s four-hour rock opera were aiming to succeed on aural gorgeousness and visual spectacle alone, there would be no cause to quibble.

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Review: In ‘Jonah,’ Starring Gabby Beans, Trust Nothing, and No One by Laura Collins-Hughes

Gabby Beans shines as a time-hopping protagonist tracing her trauma in Rachel Bonds’s slip-slidey new Off Broadway play.

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Two Theater-Making Couples Reflect on Mortality and Renewal by Laura Collins-Hughes

A meditation on mortality and renewal, “The Following Evening” presents mirror images of two married pairs of theater makers.

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Sunday, January 28, 2024

‘Days of Wine and Roses’ Review: Romance on the Rocks by Laura Collins-Hughes

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James are superb as a midcentury-modern couple free-falling into addiction in Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s musical.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Review: In ‘Aristocrats,’ an Irish Dynasty Confronts Reality by Laura Collins-Hughes

A once-powerful clan gathers for a family wedding and muddles through the facts and fiction of their past and present.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Three Festival Shows Explore Toxic Society by Laura Collins-Hughes, Naveen Kumar and Juan A. Ramírez

“Queens of Sheba” and “Volcano” at Under the Radar, and “Bacon,” at International Fringe Encore Series, expound on identity, captivity and violence.

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

At UTR and Exponential, Four Soul-Enriching Experiments in Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Buckle up for “Open Mic Night” and “Search Party” at Under the Radar and two wildly adventurous works at the Exponential Festival.

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Sunday, January 7, 2024

Julia Jordan Set Aside Playwriting to Win Gender Parity in Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes

After years of fighting to win parity and recognition for women in theater, Julia Jordan said: “Everybody gets produced now. There’s much more competition. In a good way.”

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

New Year, New Show: An Original ‘& Juliet’ Star Heads Home by Laura Collins-Hughes

Melanie La Barrie, who brought the role of Angélique from the West End to Broadway, flew back on New Year’s Eve with “Hadestown” on the horizon.

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

‘Real Women Have Curves’ and ‘Heart Sellers’: Snapshots of Immigrant Lives by Laura Collins-Hughes

A musical adaptation of “Curves” and a play about two Asian women becoming friends both look at immigrants’ experiences, with mixed results.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Review: ‘Madwomen of the West’ Is Comedy as Comfort Food by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Sandra Tsing Loh’s zany play, the stage is star-studded but familiarity alone can’t sustain this story about a group of old college friends.

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Review: In ‘The Salvagers,’ a Battered Family Finds Strength by Laura Collins-Hughes

Harrison David Rivers’s new drama, featuring a strong cast, is having its world premiere at Yale Repertory Theater.

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Monday, December 4, 2023

‘Walk on Through’ Review: Dispatches, in Song, From a Museum Novice by Laura Collins-Hughes

In his new show, Gavin Creel sings about the wonders of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but sticks too close to the surface.

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Thursday, November 30, 2023

A Wood-Carved Protagonist, Enduring the Brutality of War by Laura Collins-Hughes

A stage adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel “Life & Times of Michael K,” about a man’s struggles during a fictional South African conflict, includes actors alongside a puppet vers…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

‘Amid Falling Walls’ Review: Songs of Resilience From the Holocaust Era by Laura Collins-Hughes

A new musical from National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene stitches together music written and performed in Eastern Europe in the 1930s and ’40s.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023

‘Waiting for Godot’ Review: Old Friends Falling in and Out of Sync by Laura Collins-Hughes

Michael Shannon and Paul Sparks star in Arin Arbus’s pandemic-delayed production at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

‘Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey’ Review: A Trilogy’s Bittersweet End by Laura Collins-Hughes

At Irish Arts Center, the actor delivers the final installment of his solo plays about the cobbler Pat and his eccentric beloved.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Tales That Crackle With Vitality, With or Without a Puppeteer by Laura Collins-Hughes

La MaMa Puppet Festival and other stage works this fall highlight the power of storytelling through puppetry.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

‘Merry Me’ Review: A Loopy Sex Comedy Focused on Female Pleasure by Laura Collins-Hughes

Hansol Jung’s new play riffs on Greek dramas, the Restoration comedy “The Country Wife” and Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”

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Searching for Brian Friel, and His Mythical Ballybeg by Laura Collins-Hughes

Irish Repertory Theater’s season-long survey of the playwright’s work prompted our reporter to seek out the Irish town that inspired the imaginary site of so many of his plays.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

‘Helen.’ Review: A Restless Heroine Tired of Abiding by Gender Roles by Laura Collins-Hughes

At La MaMa, Caitlin George’s new play uses comedy to counter the legend of Helen of Troy.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

‘All the Devils’ Review: Patrick Page Investigates Evil by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this Off Broadway production, the actor is most fascinated by human fallibility and Shakespeare’s nuanced understanding of it.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Garry Hynes Brings Sean O’Casey’s Dublin Trilogy to Life by Laura Collins-Hughes

At NYU Skirball, Druid’s marathon production depicts the beginning of a free Irish state through the voices of the working class.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

‘Melissa Etheridge: My Window’ Review: Musings on Life and Music by Laura Collins-Hughes

On Broadway, this rock concert spliced with memoir has gained a striking intimacy.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Review: In Theresa Rebeck’s ‘Dig’, a Plant Shop Nurtures Weary Souls by Laura Collins-Hughes

Theresa Rebeck’s play, a Primary Stages production at 59E59 Theaters, is a beautifully acted dramedy exploring the truth and warped perceptions of it.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

A.I.-Scripted Stories, and a Counterpoint, Take the Stage Off Broadway by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Prometheus Firebringer” and “Bioadapted” test the waters, while the abstract “Psychic Self Defense” is a warm and pulsing counterpoint.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

‘No Good Things Dwell in the Flesh’ Review: Seeking a Successor by Laura Collins-Hughes

In her new play, Christina Masciotti turns a keen gaze on an immigrant tailor who has woven her business into the fabric of a neighborhood.

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Four Theater Artists to Watch This Fall by Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski, Brittani Samuel and Rhoda Feng

We spoke with two actors and two playwrights who will be in the spotlight this season.

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Thursday, September 7, 2023

‘Swing State’ Playwright Wants to Sound an Alarm for a World in Trouble by Laura Collins-Hughes

In her Off Broadway drama, which had an acclaimed run in Chicago, the playwright looks for hope to outweigh despair in a fractious, anxious time.

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Sunday, September 3, 2023

Leaping ‘Into the Next Unknown’: Robert Lyons on the End of New Ohio Theater by Laura Collins-Hughes

The handwriting on the company’s wall, in chalk, was traced by a closing night crowd sharing memories of more than 30 years of landmarks and larks.

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All that Chat

2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards