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Monday, April 22, 2019

BWW Review: Tim Blake Nelson's SOCRATES Honors The Philosopher Condemned For Encouraging Free Thought by Michael Dale

'Would you rule justly' the ancient Greek philosopher who serves as title character of Tim Blake Nelson's drama Socrates asks a fellow citizen who claims he would do a better job than the cu…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

BWW Review: Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielson and Julie White are Bloody Brilliant in Taylor Mac's Absurdist GARY: A SEQUEL TO TITUS ANDRONICUS by Michael Dale

Don't let the title scare you. All you need to know about Shakespeare's infamously bloody revenge tragedy before laughing yourself silly at Taylor Mac's Gary A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, is…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

BWW Review: Laurie Metcalf, John Lithgow Debate The Art of Getting Elected in Lucas Hnath's Political Fan Fiction HILLARY AND CLINTON by Michael Dale

'If the universe is infinite,' Laurie Metcalf, playing Laurie Metcalf, explains to the audience at the outset of Lucas Hnath's sharp and funny bit of political fan fiction, Hillary and Clint…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

BWW Review: New Orleans Gets Mythological in Anaïs Mitchell's Exhilarating Bluesy Folk Opera HADESTOWN by Michael Dale

With a stage career spanning half a century that includes dozens of notable performances in New York alone, Andre De Shields knows a thing or two about seducing an audience. And that's exact…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

BWW Review: Company XIV's Sumptuous New Cavalcade, QUEEN OF HEARTS by Michael Dale

For over a dozen years, the brilliant directorchoreographer Austin McCormick and the intriguing troupe of artists he's gathered to create and expand Company XIV have been luring audiences to…

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BWW Review: Adam Driver and Keri Russell Star in Lanford Wilson's Drama of Sex and Grieving, BURN THIS by Michael Dale

The phrase 'toxic masculinity' wasn't exactly in the vernacular in 1987, when Circle Rep's buzz-producing run of Lanford Wilson's Burn This moved uptown to Broadway. So perhaps coked-up, hom…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

BWW Review: Brian d'Arcy James, Shuler Hensley Lead New Arrivals To Jez Butterworth's THE FERRYMAN by Michael Dale

When director Sam Mendes' beautifully realized production of Jez Butterworth's Olivier-winning drama The Ferryman opened on Broadway last October, leading man Paddy Considine and several oth…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

BWW Review: Mara Nelson-Greenberg's DO YOU FEEL ANGER? Takes An Absurdist Look at Toxic Masculinity by Michael Dale

An empathy coach is hired to hold workshops at a debt collection agency. Sounds like comedy gold to this reviewer, who has been on the receiving end of phone calls from high-pressure, goal-o…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

BWW Review: Director Daniel Fish Makes Sensational Broadway Debut Illuminating Contemporary Issues in Rodgers and Hammerstein's OKLAHOMA! by Michael Dale

As with setting a Shakespeare comedy in outer space or a Wagner opera in a subway station, director Daniel Fish's jaunty riff on Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's 1943 classic Oklah…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

BWW Review: Glenda Jackson is Wickedly Fun in Sam Gold's Surprisingly Comic Take on Shakespeare's KING LEAR by Michael Dale

In recalling the great comedies penned by William Shakespeare, classics like TWELFTH NIGHT, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and the one about all the errors have been making audiences bust out in …

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

BWW Review: Dynamic Tony Yazbeck, Steely David Garrison Lead CSC's Revival of Marc Blitzstein's THE CRADLE WILL ROCK by Michael Dale

In June of 1937, the United States government padlocked New York's Maxine Elliot Theatre and sent security guards to prevent the performance of a new musical, but the unknown leading lady Ol…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

BWW Review: American Dreams Twist Into Capitalist Nightmares in Stefano Massini's Captivating THE LEHMAN TRILOGY by Michael Dale

Like a sad, lonely island, depleted of its bounty, a single floor of the offices of Lehman Brothers is revealed, isolated, lofted above the endless business of a bustling Manhattan. It is em…

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President Trump Signs Executive Order To Combat Importation of Squips by Michael Dale

This morning President Donald Trump signed an executive order spelling out steps to combat the importation of Squips into the United States.

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

BWW Review: Heidi Schreck's Pulitzer-Worthy WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Moves To Broadway by Michael Dale

'Would you please raise your hand if you are a white man who also owns property', playwrightperformer Heidi Schreck asks her audience. The number of respondents is typically a very low perce…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

BWW Review: Jordan E. Cooper's Surrealist Vaudeville AIN'T NO MO' Envisions An African-American Exodus by Michael Dale

'Today, we give to the dirt of the earth, our beloved brother and friend, Brother Righttocomplain,' Father Freeman announces to the audience at commencement of Jordan E. Cooper's aggressivel…

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

BWW Review: Ronnie Marmo's I'M NOT A COMEDIAN... I'M LENNY BRUCE Honors The Trailblazing First Amendment Activist by Michael Dale

'These words might be more offensive now than they were back then,' ponders playwrightactor Ronnie Marmo in the guise of one of 20th Century America's most controversial artists in his mostl…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

BWW Review: Based On Her Own Experience, Maddie Corman's ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE Tests The Boundaries of Love by Michael Dale

'I should let you know I am not okay,' playwrightperformer Maddie Corman advises the audience at the outset of her completely absorbing solo piece ACCIDENTALLY BRAVE. 'This isn't one of thos…

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

BWW Review: Encores! I MARRIED AN ANGEL Is A Heavenly Sip of Vintage Rodgers and Hart by Michael Dale

One of the quirky charms of the musicals that packed Broadway houses during early decades of the 20th Century, was the practice of allowing a stray remark that has nothing to do with anythin…

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' WHITE NOISE Uses 'A Far-Out Idea' To Get Us Talking About Hard Realities by Michael Dale

And as we look out at what the country has become in recent years, and how social media has illuminated what we have always been, it's necessary to have artists like Suzan-Lori Parks around …

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Friday, March 22, 2019

BWW Review: The Temptations Balance Crossover Success and Racial Identity in Dominique Morisseau's AIN'T TOO PROUD by Michael Dale

'You never know who was hating you and singing along to your record,' musses Otis Williams in playwright Dominique Morisseau's excellent bio-musical, AIN'T TOO PROUD THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TH…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

BWW Review: Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams Share Passions For Dance and For Each Other in FOSSE/VERDON by Michael Dale

White letters on a black screen introduce the place and time of an early scene in FX's limited series 'FosseVerdon' as 'Hollywood, 19 years left.'

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

BWW Review: John Larroquette Takes The Mad Excursion of John Guare's NANTUCKET SLEIGH RIDE by Michael Dale

Sturdy, richly-voiced and subtly droll, John Larroquette is one of those actors with a wonderful talent for creating enormously funny moments by taking in the madness surrounding him and cut…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

BWW Review: Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater and Jessie Nelson's ALICE BY HEART Turns Blitz-Ravaged London into Wonderland by Michael Dale

According to this reviewer's admittedly casual bit of Googling, the first Broadway production based on Lewis Carroll's 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' was playwright Alice Gerstenberg's v…

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Friday, March 15, 2019

BWW Review: Kelli O'Hara, Will Chase Star in a KISS ME, KATE That Offers Another Rewrite, Another Show by Michael Dale

Buried amongst the over twenty names receiving the smallest-sized billing for their contributions to Roundabout Theatre Company's hot new revival of Cole Porter and Sam amp Bella Spewack's m…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

BWW Review: Isabelle Huppert Extraordinary as Depression-Stricken Woman in Florian Zeller's THE MOTHER by Michael Dale

It was three seasons ago that French playwright Florian Zeller's Moliere Award winning THE FATHER came to Broadway from London in an English translation by Christopher Hampton. Frank Langell…

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

BWW Review: Super-Charged Musical Comedy BE MORE CHILL Hits Broadway On A Frenzied Wave of Social Media Fandom by Michael Dale

When composerlyricist Joe Iconis and bookwriter Joe Tracz's hard-rocking, super-charged and very well written science fiction musical comedy Be More Chill ended its month-long premiere engag…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

BWW Review: Suzy Conn's CHICK FLICK, THE MUSICAL Celebrates Friendships and Film Fantasies by Michael Dale

While this reviewer is always up for a tub of popcorn and a screening of 'Crossing Delancey' or 'Muriel's Wedding,' Suzy Conn's spirited CHICK FLICK, THE MUSICAL is more accurately aimed at …

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

BWW Review: Bekah Brunstetter's Sweet, Provocative and Multi-Layered THE CAKE by Michael Dale

The conflict between seeing multiple sides of an issue and the insistence that there is only one correct side is the power that fuels Bekah Brunstetter sweet and provocative multi-layered co…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

BWW Review: Irish Rep's Richly-Flavored Mounting of Sean O'Casey's THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN by Michael Dale

If a contemporary Hollywood screenwriter pitched the plot of Sean O'Casey's classic 1923 drama, The Shadow of a Gunman to a movie producer 'A struggling poet gets in over his head when he al…

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

BWW Review: Jackie Sibblies Drury's MARYS SEACOLE Honors a Pioneering Nurse and Those Who Carry On Her Legacy by Michael Dale

Over 160 years after she first gained fame tending to wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War, the name Florence Nightingale is still recognized as a symbol of selfless caregiving an…

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: Athol Fugard's BOESMAN AND LENA and The Need To Be Seen Through Another's Eyes by Michael Dale

The soft clanging of pots and pans gently hitting each other is the first indication that the title characters of South African playwright Athol Fugard's 1969 indictment of Apartheid segrega…

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