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Sunday, February 5, 2023

Screen Time: A Film Star Captivates, and a Writer Is Surveilled by Laura Collins-Hughes

David Greenspan gives a wild ride of a performance in “On Set With Theda Bara,” and marionettes star in Vaclav Havel’s play “Audience.”

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Thursday, February 2, 2023

‘Endgame’ Review: A Laugh at the Apocalypse? by Laura Collins-Hughes

There’s plenty of pleasure to be found at the end of the world in the Irish Repertory Theater production of Samuel Beckett’s play.

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Thursday, January 26, 2023

For a Pioneering Artist, the Joy of Having Done the Work His Way by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ping Chong discussed his more than 50-year career as a multidisciplinary artist who has found inspiration in the surreal.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

‘The Appointment’ Review: A Chorus Line at the Abortion Clinic by Laura Collins-Hughes

After its original New York outing in 2019, the trippy musical returns in the post-Roe era with an updated script and sharpened fangs.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

At Under the Radar, Family Histories Bubble Up With No Easy Answers by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes and Elisabeth Vincentelli

The Public Theater’s experimental theater festival is back in person for the first time since 2020. Here, our critics review a second selection of the works on display.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

When Monsters Make the Best Husbands by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Frankenstein’s Monster Is Drunk and the Sheep Have All Jumped the Fences” and “Heaven,” two plays in Origin’s 1st Irish Festival, offer two very different views of marriage.

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Friday, January 13, 2023

At Under the Radar, Stories Unfold via Sexts, Tweets and Puppeteers by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes and Alexis Soloski

The Public Theater’s experimental theater festival is back in person for the first time since 2020. Here, our critics review a handful of the works on display.

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

5 Broadway Veterans on Race and Representation in Theater Design by Laura Collins-Hughes

“Theater traffics in unconscious symbolism.” Set designers, lighting designers and a sound designer talk about skin tones, aesthetics and more.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

‘The Collaboration’ Review: A Basquiat-Warhol Bromance in Bloom by Laura Collins-Hughes

Anthony McCarten’s biodrama about the artists’ work together lifts the curtain on their friendship, or at least it thinks it does.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Eddie Izzard Plays Which Part in ‘Great Expectations’? All of Them by Laura Collins-Hughes

The British comedian and actor is now performing her solo take on Dickens’s coming-of-age drama Off Broadway. It’s “pure storytelling,” she said.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

‘Events’ Review: There’s Kool-Aid in the Water Cooler by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bailey Williams’s comedy is a sharp-toothed, sometimes bewildering satire of all-consuming workplace culture.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

‘The Brightest Thing in the World’ Review: Falling in Love, While Loving Heroin by Laura Collins-Hughes

An addiction and recovery tale wrapped in a romantic comedy, Leah Nanako Winkler’s play insists on acknowledging the messy coexistence of joy and pain.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Playing Neil Diamond: A Dream Role, and a ‘Crazy Privilege’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Will Swenson, the star of “A Beautiful Noise,” has come a long way from his days as an eighth grader wooing girls with his Diamond repertoire.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

‘The Gett’ Review: Jewish History and a Woman’s Future by Laura Collins-Hughes

The ancient and contemporary swirl together in Liba Vaynberg’s ambitious, off-kilter play about life after a divorce.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

‘Downstate’ Review: A Foulness in the Very Air They Breathe by Laura Collins-Hughes

The deep, dark tragicomedy by Bruce Norris is set in a group home for sex offenders.

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Thursday, November 10, 2022

‘Good Enemy’ Review: Finding Second Chances by Laura Collins-Hughes

Yilong Liu’s new play toggles between China in 1984 and the United States in 2021.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Review: ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ Gets Joan Didion’s Intention Just Right by Laura Collins-Hughes

A play based on the writer’s memoir about the death of her husband, in its first New York revival, goes small to powerful effect.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

‘The Unbelieving’ Review: Life After Faith by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a probing new play from the Civilians, based on the book “Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind,” current and former members of the clergy grapple with the reality of losing the…

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Thursday, October 27, 2022

‘Chekhov’s First Play’ Review: A Play-by-Play of the Play Within the Play by Laura Collins-Hughes

At Irish Arts Center, a wry, experimental iteration doesn’t do much to untangle the playwright’s unwieldy early work.

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Sunday, October 23, 2022

Review: Retracing the Path From Middle School Nerd to Rock Goddess by Laura Collins-Hughes

Best known for her 1995 hit song “I Kissed a Girl,” the enchanting singer-songwriter Jill Sobule is the star of a winsome and defiant autobiographical musical.

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Martyna Majok on Hoping for Magic, and Wishing for Ghosts by Laura Collins-Hughes

The playwright, whose Pulitzer-winning “Cost of Living” is now on Broadway, talks about “the precarity of life” and our inherent need to be taken care of.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Review: In This ‘Wuthering Heights,’ Music, Moors and Untamed Spirits by Laura Collins-Hughes

Emma Rice’s glorious stage adaptation of Emily Brontë’s novel is a feat of storytelling, with a singing and dancing chorus embodying the moors.

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Sunday, October 16, 2022

‘My Window’ Review: An Out-and-Proud Trailblazer Finds Her Way by Laura Collins-Hughes

Melissa Etheridge’s limited run at New World Stages is a celebration of its smoky-voiced 61-year-old star, and contains some confessions, along with her hits.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

‘Dodi & Diana’ Review: Two Relationships, Linked in the Stars by Laura Collins-Hughes

A husband and wife who may be the “astrological doubles” of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed head toward a crisis in this new play by Kareem Fahmy.

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Friday, September 23, 2022

Is Little Amal Getting Lost in New York? by Laura Collins-Hughes and Amir Hamja

The hottest celebrity in town right now is an enchanting 12-foot-tall Syrian refugee puppet. She’s drawing masses of admirers, but that’s not always a good thing.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

A Welcome Gust of Weird, and Adventures in Shadow Puppetry by Laura Collins-Hughes

“My Onliness” is voluptuous and frenetic, while “This and That” is a slip of a show. Both are pleasingly peculiar.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ Review: An Opera Becomes a One-Man Show by Laura Collins-Hughes

The actor David Greenspan is a tour-de-force, taking on all the roles of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s large-cast opera from 1934, sans music.

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Friday, September 16, 2022

In This Playwright’s Dystopia, Forgetting Is Forbidden by Laura Collins-Hughes

Steven Fechter’s “The Memory Exam” begins with a promising setup, our critic writes, while Grant MacDermott’s marriage story “Jasper” struggles for emotional resonance.

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Opening Old Wounds as the Man Who Warned About the Holocaust by Laura Collins-Hughes

In the solo play “Remember This,” David Strathairn portrays Jan Karski, a witness to the Nazi genocide during World War II.

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Friday, September 9, 2022

‘Burbank’ Review: When Disney’s Animators Went on Strike by Laura Collins-Hughes

Cameron Darwin Bossert’s smart new play fictionalizes a 1941 labor dispute to explore the tension between passions and paychecks.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

‘I’m Enough’: Gregg Mozgala on His Debut in ‘Cost of Living by Alexis Soloski, Elisabeth Vincentelli, Laura Collins-Hughes and Scott Heller

We spoke to three actors and a playwright — Gregg Mozgala, Bonnie Milligan, Solea Pfeiffer and Noah Diaz — who are taking big shots this season.

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