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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Best Theater of 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

Shows that defied categorization offered a stark choice: Escape an angry world, or face up to its travails. Beyond Broadway, writers explored race, inequality and addiction.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ Gives Black Men Control of Their Story by Laura Collins-Hughes

Inua Ellams discusses his surprise hit play, which has its New York premiere at the Next Wave Festival this week.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: ‘Einstein’s Dreams,’ Adapted and Muddled in a New Musical by Laura Collins-Hughes

Alan Lightman’s novel loses its charm in Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum’s show, which lacks a sense of a sure artistic voice.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ Delivers Flurries of Joy by Laura Collins-Hughes

A critic who once resisted the charms of this holiday clownfest found herself floating on happiness this time around.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review: ‘Broadbend, Arkansas,’ Tangled in Its Own Tale by Laura Collins-Hughes

This meandering jazz-infused drama, told across generations of a black family, strains to pull its focus from white women.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

My First Produced Play? Ah, I Remember It Well. by Laura Collins-Hughes

The return of Tony Kushner’s “A Bright Room Called Day” prompted us to ask leading writers: How did it go for you? And what did you learn?

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Review: Coffee With a Side of Isolation in ‘User Not Found’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Next Wave festival’s latest digital dive: A tale of grief staged in a Brooklyn cafe that the audience only pieces together by smartphone.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

‘One Discordant Violin’ Review: In Search of Soul-Stirring Art by Laura Collins-Hughes

Anthony Black’s play is about the life-sustaining power of creating art. But it never overcomes the dull short story from which it’s adapted.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Review: In ‘Hamnet,’ Shakespeare’s Son Takes the Stage by Laura Collins-Hughes

In this Irish production, an 11-year-old actor plays the child who died too soon to get to know his immortal father.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

‘Bars and Measures’ Review: Notes From Jail by Laura Collins-Hughes

Jazz unites two brothers, one accused of plotting terrorism, in Idris Goodwin’s play.

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘Macbeth’ Review: A Decent Man Turns Murderous Tyrant by Laura Collins-Hughes

A bracingly lucid Corey Stoll embodies Shakespeare’s thane who, step by step, cedes his soul to his own darkest impulses.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Review: In ‘Power Strip,’ a Syrian Story Both Bleak and Striking by Laura Collins-Hughes

Sylvia Khoury’s insidiously sharp new play arrives as the eight-year-old conflict is making fresh headlines in the United States.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘The White Chip’ Review: Day-Drunk and Careening Toward Rock Bottom by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Sean Daniels’s grim autobiographical comedy, a charming stage director tries, and tries again, to sober up.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Review: ‘Caesar & Cleopatra,’ Dressed Down Yet Wised Up by Laura Collins-Hughes

George Bernard Shaw gets sensitively streamlined in a briskly entertaining production with winning performers at its center.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Flourishing in Bedlam, but Flying to the Coop by Laura Collins-Hughes

Kate Hamill and Andrus Nichols made their names in a theater company specializing in scaled-down classics. Now they’re forming their own troupe.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: A Spellbinding ‘Antigone,’ Both Timeless and Urgent by Laura Collins-Hughes

An easily legible production of the ancient Greek tragedy borrows from the tradition of Noh theater at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Review: In ‘Fern Hill,’ Scene-Stealing for the Common Good by Laura Collins-Hughes

John Glover lifts Michael Tucker’s otherwise convoluted and crowded dramedy of baby boomers contemplating life on a commune.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Betty Corwin, Who Preserved Theater’s Legacy, Dies at 98 by Laura Collins-Hughes

By definition, live theater vanishes in the moment; Ms. Corwin pushed to have shows videotaped and deposited in a library collection, which she ran for decades.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Review: Isabelle Adjani, Raging and Aging in ‘Opening Night’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

A French stage adaptation of the John Cassavetes film misses the #MeToo moment.

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‘For Colored Girls’ Returns, as a Celebration and as a Weapon by Laura Collins-Hughes

Ntozake Shange’s play, with its unflinching depiction of black women’s experience, is coming back to the Public Theater more than 40 years after opening there.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: Mac Wellman’s ‘Bad Penny’ Promises a Boat Ride to Hell by Laura Collins-Hughes

The Flea Theater has revived this brief play, in which a flat tire is the least of the problems you might encounter in Central Park.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Cell, the Spell and the Mystery of ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Was it a one-time telephone interruption, or was it written into the show? And why was it so crucial to find out?

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

‘#DateMe’ Review: Not Feeling a Love Connection by Laura Collins-Hughes

A frenzy of strained joke-making and audience participation overwhelms a promising exploration of romance in the internet age.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tom Hiddleston on ‘Betrayal’ and the Art of Self-Protection by Laura Collins-Hughes

The screen and stage star is making his Broadway debut as the bottled-up husband wearing a “mask of control” in Harold Pinter’s romantic triangle.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Review: Quiet Tragicomedies of Love and Loss by Laura Collins-Hughes

In a tender pair of monologues, Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal portray young fathers shaken out of complacency.

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Their Shows Flopped. Here’s What These 7 Actors Did Next. by Laura Collins-Hughes

With plays and musicals folding left and right, Broadway stars impart wisdom they gained when it happened to them.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Review: Home Is No Haven in ‘Rinse, Repeat’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Domenica Feraud’s potent drama, hard-driving parents don’t recognize the examples they set for a daughter with anorexia.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

‘Two’s a Crowd’ Review: Rita Rudner in a Sitcom With Songs by Laura Collins-Hughes

This new “comedy musical” is lesser material than she deserves, but Ms. Rudner delivers an innocuously pleasant evening.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Review: At This Theater Festival, Death Crouches in the Wings by Laura Collins-Hughes

Bereavement and self-destruction stalk the plays in Series A of this year’s Summer Shorts Festival in New York.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

‘Till’ Brings a Tragedy to Life by Laura Collins-Hughes

The New York Music Festival production tells the story of the summer when Emmett Till was murdered.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: ‘the way she spoke’ Is a Trip to Ciudad Juárez by Laura Collins-Hughes

Isaac Gomez’s one-woman play follows the trail violence in a city on the Mexican border.

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