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Sunday, October 20, 2019

American Utopia: David Byrne Headlines an Extremely Stylish Concert by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A charismatic star and an expert troupe deliver a classy event The post American Utopia: David Byrne Headlines an Extremely Stylish Concert appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Lightning Thief: Scarcely a Striking Attraction for the Whole Darn Family by Michael Sommers

★★ Rick Riordan's modern mythological yarn is a yawn as a musical The post The Lightning Thief: Scarcely a Striking Attraction for the Whole Darn Family appeared first on New York Stage…

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Soft Power: Shall We Dance and Sing Through Our Cultural Differences? by Michael Sommers

★★★ Hillary Clinton enjoys a Fred & Ginger romance in a satirical show at the Public Theater The post Soft Power: Shall We Dance and Sing Through Our Cultural Differences? appeared…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter: Too Much Winking by Michael Sommers

★★ Vintage songs curdle in coy performances The post The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter: Too Much Winking appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

The White Chip: A Blithe Spirit Spins Into Chronic Alcohol Abuse by Michael Sommers

★★★ Three actors make a cautionary saga of excessive drinking go down easily The post The White Chip: A Blithe Spirit Spins Into Chronic Alcohol Abuse appeared first on New York Stage …

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Millennials Argue About Our Civil Wars by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Younger conservatives drunkenly debate fundamental issues at Playwrights Horizons The post Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Millennials Argue About Our Civil Wars appeared first on…

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Friday, October 4, 2019

(A)loft Modulation: Obsessive Behavior and All That Jazz by Michael Sommers

★★ A bluesy atmosphere and musical performances enhance an awfully talky new drama The post (A)loft Modulation: Obsessive Behavior and All That Jazz appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Great Society: A Not So Great Play About LBJ by Michael Sommers

★★★ Troubled 1960s events overwhelm a President and dishearten a drama The post The Great Society: A Not So Great Play About LBJ appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Antigone: Greek Tragedy Is Reflected Through Traditional Japanese Modes by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A Japanese company delivers an unusually immersive staging of a classical play The post Antigone: Greek Tragedy Is Reflected Through Traditional Japanese Modes appeared first on…

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Our Dear Dead Drug Lord: A Schoolgirl Crush Goes Tragically Wrong by Michael Sommers

★★★ Teens idolize Pablo Escobar in newcomer writer Alexis Scheer's offbeat dramedy The post Our Dear Dead Drug Lord: A Schoolgirl Crush Goes Tragically Wrong appeared first on New York…

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday: Spending a Desultory Evening with Generation Z by Michael Sommers

★★ Meet some "wry and ironic and dull" characters at Atlantic Theater, or perhaps not The post Sunday: Spending a Desultory Evening with Generation Z appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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runboyrun & In Old Age: Ghosts Haunt a Nigerian-American Family Saga by Michael Sommers

★★★ New York Theatre Workshop stages two installments of Mfoniso Udofia's epic nine-play cycle The post runboyrun & In Old Age: Ghosts Haunt a Nigerian-American Family Saga appeare…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Wives: Life With Papa and Three Other Feminist Truths by Michael Sommers

★★★ An episode involving Ernest Hemingway's several widows is a highlight of a new satirical comedy The post Wives: Life With Papa and Three Other Feminist Truths appeared first on New…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Felix Starro: Not Entirely a Magical New Musical by Michael Sommers

★★★ A sorrowful story about a faith healer does not entirely satisfy The post Felix Starro: Not Entirely a Magical New Musical appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Eureka Day: A Comical Clash from the Current Culture Wars by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ A smart new comedy takes a satirical shot at the antivax issue The post Eureka Day: A Comical Clash from the Current Culture Wars appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Make Believe: The Games That Kids Play by Michael Sommers

★★★ Fine acting brings Bess Wohl's tender new drama to realistic life at Second Stage Theater The post Make Believe: The Games That Kids Play appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bat Out of Hell—The Musical: Driving Through the Jim Steinman Songbook by Michael Sommers

★★ Too bad the show looks cheesier than the state of Wisconsin The post Bat Out of Hell—The Musical: Driving Through the Jim Steinman Songbook appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Coriolanus: Private Feelings Versus Public Perceptions in a Raggedy Rome by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jonathan Cake has a sneer for every occasion as Shakespeare's most prideful Roman of them all The post Coriolanus: Private Feelings Versus Public Perceptions in a Raggedy Rome appe…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Manilow Broadway: He Writes the Songs That Makes the Audience Sing Right Along With Him by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The ever-exuberant entertainer delivers a dandy Broadway concert The post Manilow Broadway: He Writes the Songs That Makes the Audience Sing Right Along With Him appeared first …

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Summer Shorts Series B: Neil LaBute Delivers a Typically Toxic Comedy by Michael Sommers

★★★ A smart topical comedy outshines lesser works in an annual off-Broadway festival The post Summer Shorts Series B: Neil LaBute Delivers a Typically Toxic Comedy appeared first on Ne…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Rinse, Repeat: Regarding a Family’s Cycle of Eating Disorders by Michael Sommers

★★★ A new play about dangerous eating habits scarcely satisfies as a family drama The post Rinse, Repeat: Regarding a Family’s Cycle of Eating Disorders appeared first on New York St…

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Friday, July 26, 2019

The Black Clown: Black Existence in a White World by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ An obscure Langston Hughes poem is brilliantly transfigured into epic musical theater The post The Black Clown: Black Existence in a White World appeared first on New York …

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Little Gem: Mothers and Daughters Tell Their Stories at Irish Rep by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Marsha Mason anchors an intimate Irish drama that lives up to its title The post Little Gem: Mothers and Daughters Tell Their Stories at Irish Rep appeared first on New York Sta…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter: Exploiting a Darling Character in Pursuit of Laughs by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A beloved showbiz veteran was born to be adorable in a goofy musical gloss on exploitation flicks The post Broadway Bounty Hunter: Exploiting a Darling Character in Pursuit of L…

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Mojada: Medea Remade as a Sorrowful Stranger in a Strange Land by Michael Sommers

★★ A modern variation on the Medea legend sadly depicts the enchantress as an undocumented immigrant The post Mojada: Medea Remade as a Sorrowful Stranger in a Strange Land appeared firs…

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Monday, July 15, 2019

The Rolling Stone: Fear and Loathing in Uganda by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A worthy drama imported from England tersely relates hateful happenings in Uganda The post The Rolling Stone: Fear and Loathing in Uganda appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

The Bacchae: Women Go Powerfully Wild in a Refreshed Classic by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Classical Theatre of Harlem offers an exuberant staging of an ancient Greek drama The post The Bacchae: Women Go Powerfully Wild in a Refreshed Classic appeared first on New Yo…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise: Kung Phooey Doings at The Shed by Michael Sommers

★ The latest commissioned endeavor in the Hudson Yards arts space is an incredible mishmash of martial arts, pop songs, and a silly story The post Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise: Kung Phooey D…

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

In the Green: Forging a Medieval Saint by Michael Sommers

★★★ A cool though cryptic musical considers Hildegard von Bingen The post In the Green: Forging a Medieval Saint appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Mountains Look Different: No, They Really Look Rather Flat by Michael Sommers

★★ A rural Irish melodrama of 1948 vintage needs some magic to thrive The post The Mountains Look Different: No, They Really Look Rather Flat appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fairview: A Shape-Shifting Study In Black and White Perceptions by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury's 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama reopens in a larger theater The post Fairview: A Shape-Shifting Study In Black and White Perceptions appeared first on …

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