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Sunday, May 23, 2021

‘This American Wife’ Review: Wives Out, Knives Out by Maya Phillips

The play is a wild genre-bending parody of, and homage to, “The Real Housewives” franchise.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

‘A Dozen Dreams’ Review: Eerie Memories Bring Magic to the Mall by Maya Phillips

Twelve exquisitely designed installations capture the fears, hopes and reveries shared on audio by 12 women playwrights.

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Monday, May 17, 2021

‘Lilies’ Review: A Queer Romantic Drama That Wilts Quickly by Maya Phillips

Michel Marc Bouchard’s melodrama, about an illicit gay love affair in 1912, displays a lot of kookiness and little self-awareness.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

‘Mary Stuart’ Review: A Battle Royal in a Brooklyn Apartment by Maya Phillips

With four actors and a contemporary setting, Bedlam offers an audacious, if half-baked, take on the Schiller play about the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

‘Zoetrope’ Review: And You Thought Your Apartment Was Small? by Maya Phillips

Exquisite Corpse Company’s clever choose-your-own-adventure play has a handful of viewers peek in on a Brooklyn couple in really close quarters.

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Friday, April 30, 2021

‘Black Feminist Video Game’ Review: Pixels and Polemics by Maya Phillips

Live performances via Zoom mix with actual game footage in this well-intentioned but preachy play by the poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes.

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‘Romeo and Juliet’ Meets the Hot Vax Summer by Maya Phillips

A lusty new production is both an enticement and a warning as we tentatively explore intimacy after a year of forced solitude.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

‘Block Association’ Review: Yes, in Your Backyard by Maya Phillips

In this clever show, audience members join a “neighborhood” and lobby for how its discordant residents should to spend a chunk of community money.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Review: Close Quarters and Distant Love in ‘The Last Five Years’ by Maya Phillips

Casting Black actors and filming in a claustrophobic New York apartment revitalizes Jason Robert Brown’s popular two-character musical.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Jeremy O. Harris's Grad School Reunion by Maya Phillips

At the Yale School of Drama, the playwright Jeremy O. Harris found the kind of classmates that you can trust with your first drafts.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

‘Only Child’ Review: A Magnetic Performer Without a Story to Match by Maya Phillips

The autobiographical solo show from Daniel J. Watts shows off his skill with spoken word and dance, but doesn’t add up to more than the sum of its parts.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

‘Blindness’ Review: Listening to the Sound of Theater Again by Maya Phillips

Stimulating and immersive — yet actor-free — this audio adaptation of the Saramago novel brings the terror of an epidemic into your ears.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

When Tragedy Strikes, What Does Criticism Have to Offer? by Maya Phillips

It’s easier to find meaning in fiction than in the senseless mass killings of our reality, which seem to render the critical perspective pointless, even silly, at times.

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Monday, March 29, 2021

Review: In ‘Crowns, Kinks and Curls,’ Getting to the Roots of Black Hair by Maya Phillips

Keli Goff’s series of vignettes feature Black women recounting how their hair affected their school lives, relationships or careers.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Review: A Selfie’s in the Picture for This ‘Dorian Gray’ by Maya Phillips

Oscar Wilde meets Instagram in a slick, shrewd and screen-filled update, the filmed collaboration by five British theaters.

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: Still Square by Maya Phillips

This new franchise installment, “Sponge on the Run,” wants to be clever in nodding toward genre conventions. But its execution is poor.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

A ‘Rent’ Reunion Measures 25 Years of Love and Loss by Maya Phillips

A fund-raiser, a tribute, a documentary — and a reminder that Jonathan Larson’s musical remains especially inspiring in hard times.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

‘Live From Mount Olympus’ Review: Oh My Godsss, Who Am I? by Maya Phillips

This audio series translates the Greek myth of Perseus for teens, making its hero a young man still figuring out his destiny.

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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Review: Shakespeare’s Baddies Convene in ‘All the Devils Are Here’ by Maya Phillips

Patrick Page writes and stars in a meditation on the Bard’s villains, moving swiftly through a catalog of characters as if he were a chameleon.

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Friday, January 29, 2021

‘The Poltergeist’ Review: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Madman by Maya Phillips

A breakneck performance by Joseph Potter as an embittered former prodigy carries this unnerving monologue from Philip Ridley.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Review: Road Tripping with Frankenstein’s Monster in ‘Maery S.’ by Maya Phillips

Sibyl Kempson’s unruly audio play takes Mary Shelley and her famed creation from old England to contemporary America. Bigfoot shows up, too.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Paging Through Broadway While the Stages Are Dark by Maya Phillips

As she packs her things to make a move, a critic lingers over her memories, many slickly packaged, some not.

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Sunday, January 17, 2021

A Trip Into the Otherworldly With Adrienne Kennedy as Guide by Maya Phillips

A digital four-play retrospective, capped by a world premiere, illuminates this writer’s fascination with doubling, violence and Black identity.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

My Ears Have Been Opened by the Audio Play Explosion by Maya Phillips

Short, sharp and often funny, the work featured in the “Playing on Air” series can even make vacuuming a pleasure.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

In Four Audio Plays, No Stages but Lots of New Voices by Maya Phillips, Jesse Green and Laura Collins-Hughes

A big-box store, a hotel for transgender women and a dinner party gone awry are some of the places your ears will take you to.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Lost in 2020: Epic Shakespeare, and the Theater That Planned It by Maya Phillips

Brave Spirits Theater expected to mount an ambitious cycle of eight history plays. Instead it became yet another victim of the pandemic.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

‘Christmas Carol’ Review: Brooding Scrooge Gets Ghosted by Maya Phillips

An elaborate production streamed live from London makes a miser out of Andrew Lincoln and the rest of us rich with holiday cheer.

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

Finding More Than Humbug in Scrooge and Company by Maya Phillips

“A Christmas Carol” is a favorite of Maya Phillips, but this year, she writes, she found in it “a timely study of what it truly means to be a decent person in a community.”

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Thursday, December 3, 2020

August Wilson, American Bard by Maya Phillips

Perhaps no playwright has asserted the richness and complexity of everyday Black lives and language so deeply. Now, two screen projects affirm his legacy for new audiences.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Best Theater of 2020 by Jesse Green, Laura Collins-Hughes, Scott Heller, Maya Phillips, Alexis Soloski and Elisabeth Vincentelli

It wasn’t the year for celebration. But watching innovation flourish inspired our chief critic, while other writers found the joys of the stage in other media.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Eat Up! Drama is Served at These Family Dinners by Maya Phillips

With fewer guests at the table this Thanksgiving, theatrical reminders that food, drink and reminiscence can unsettle as well as comfort.

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