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Thursday, April 30, 2020

What Do We Need to Talk About?: An Apt Chat and Chew Over Current Events by Michael Sommers

Richard Nelson's fresh slice of Rhinebeck life is a screenshot reflection of our troubled times The post What Do We Need to Talk About?: An Apt Chat and Chew Over Current Events appeared fir…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The Perplexed: Pretty Pointless by Michael Sommers

★★ Richard Greenberg writes a play overstuffed with nothing interesting The post The Perplexed: Pretty Pointless appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Coal Country: Telling a Sorrowful Story as Old as the Hills by Michael Sommers

★★★ Grammy-winning songwriter Steve Earle lends authenticity to a docudrama The post Coal Country: Telling a Sorrowful Story as Old as the Hills appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Hot Wing King: Smart and Sassy by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Katori Hall composes a satisfying dramedy about black men who happen to be gay The post The Hot Wing King: Smart and Sassy appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Dana H.: Giving Voice to a Soul Held Captive in Plain Sight by Michael Sommers

★★★ Deirdre O'Connell delivers a striking portrait of a woman in distress The post Dana H.: Giving Voice to a Soul Held Captive in Plain Sight appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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We’re Gonna Die: Catch a Concert Study in Mortality at Second Stage by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Playwright/songwriter Young Jean Lee studies an inevitable fact of life The post We’re Gonna Die: Catch a Concert Study in Mortality at Second Stage appeared first on New York…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band: Jamming on the Eve of Destruction by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ Lauren Yee dramatizes the Khmer Rouge nightmare with a suspenseful story The post Cambodian Rock Band: Jamming on the Eve of Destruction appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

West Side Story: Damp, Desolate, and Usually Distracting by Michael Sommers

★★★ The 1957 Bernstein-Laurents-Robbins-Sondheim masterpiece gets a harsh modern makeover The post West Side Story: Damp, Desolate, and Usually Distracting appeared first on New York S…

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Mack & Mabel: A Musical Heartbreaker in More Ways Than One by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Jerry Herman's musical about Hollywood legends is an imperfect charmer The post Mack & Mabel: A Musical Heartbreaker in More Ways Than One appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Blues for an Alabama Sky: A Hard-Boiled Canary Desires a Better Roost by Michael Sommers

★★★ Pearl Cleage's 1995 drama about 1930 Harlem life receives its overdue New York premiere The post Blues for an Alabama Sky: A Hard-Boiled Canary Desires a Better Roost appeared firs…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

Dracula/Frankenstein: Smart New Stagings of Gothic Literature by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Classic Stage delivers very different but very smart new versions of the classic horror stories, in rep The post Dracula/Frankenstein: Smart New Stagings of Gothic Literature ap…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Riddle of the Trilobites: An Earnest New Musical Packs Multiple Messages by Michael Sommers

★★★ Prehistoric characters deal with global warming and learn that change is their friend The post Riddle of the Trilobites: An Earnest New Musical Packs Multiple Messages appeared fir…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice: They’re All Talk and No Action by Michael Sommers

★ A dull new musical regards a not-so-fab foursome of the Swinging '60s The post Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice: They’re All Talk and No Action appeared first on New York Stage Re…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake: Spooky and Sexy Romance in Dance by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A classical ballet reimagined as a bisexual psychodrama briefly revisits New York The post Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake: Spooky and Sexy Romance in Dance appeared first on New Y…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

STEW: A Mothers and Daughters Dish by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Playwright Zora Howard debuts Off-Broadway with a tasty kitchen sink-type drama The post STEW: A Mothers and Daughters Dish appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Confession of Lily Dare: What’s Wrong with This Picture? by Michael Sommers

★★ Charles Busch stars as a self-sacrificing mama in his send-up of Pre-Code Hollywood flicks The post The Confession of Lily Dare: What’s Wrong with This Picture? appeared first on Ne…

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Paris: Black Invisibility in a White World by Michael Sommers

★★★ Eboni Booth sets her insightful working class drama in a big box store in 1995 The post Paris: Black Invisibility in a White World appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Timon of Athens: Re-gendered and Re-Engineered for Audiences Today by Michael Sommers

★★★ Kathryn Hunter plays the title figure in a relatively obscure play by Shakespeare (and Thomas Middleton) The post Timon of Athens: Re-gendered and Re-Engineered for Audiences Today…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

How to Load a Musket: Re-creating Your Own Personal American History by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A smart new docudrama studies history re-enactors whose pastime can be obsessive The post How to Load a Musket: Re-creating Your Own Personal American History appeared first on …

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood: Big City Blues by Michael Sommers

★★★ Japanese playwright Suguru Yamamoto collages dance, drama, text, and video in his study of urban existence The post The Unknown Dancer in the Neighborhood: Big City Blues appeared …

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels: An Old-School Charmer by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Sharp circus skills and eccentric machinery deliver a beguiling time The post 42FT—A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels: An Old-School Charmer appeared first on New York Stage Re…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

‘Twas the Night Before: Cirque du Soleil’s Bright New Holiday Gift by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Aerialists and acrobats deliver Christmas cheer to Madison Square Garden The post ‘Twas the Night Before: Cirque du Soleil’s Bright New Holiday Gift appeared first on New Yo…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

one in two: An Absurdist Look at a Serious Issue by Michael Sommers

★★★ The sadly familiar story of a black man living with HIV gets an absurdist twist The post one in two: An Absurdist Look at a Serious Issue appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Greater Clements: Haunted By History by Michael Sommers

★★★ Samuel D. Hunter delivers a significant though flawed American drama The post Greater Clements: Haunted By History appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

The Illusionists: They’ve Got Magic to Do by Michael Sommers

★★★ Six magicians conjure up tricks for the family crowd The post The Illusionists: They’ve Got Magic to Do appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Fefu and Her Friends: Still Ahead of Its Time by Michael Sommers

★★★ An unorthodox 1977 drama on feminist themes is revived by Theatre for a New Audience The post Fefu and Her Friends: Still Ahead of Its Time appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Underlying Chris: What We Share in Our World by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Will Eno thoughtfully explores the human essentials in his latest play The post The Underlying Chris: What We Share in Our World appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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The Crucible: Boils Over Again In a Hot and Timely Staging by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Bedlam removes the frame from Arthur Miller's drama about another witch hunt The post The Crucible: Boils Over Again In a Hot and Timely Staging appeared first on New York Stage…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Christmas Carol: Spooked By the Past by Michael Sommers

★★★ A chilly Campbell Scott plays Scrooge in a grim rendition of the holiday classic The post A Christmas Carol: Spooked By the Past appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

The Inheritance: Gay Times in America, Then and Now by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Some fine acting and a sterling staging lend credence to a classy gay soap opera by Matthew Lopez The post The Inheritance: Gay Times in America, Then and Now appeared first on …

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Perennial That Lives Up to Its Name by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Rockettes dance through the 87th annual edition of a New York City classic The post The Radio City Christmas Spectacular: A Perennial That Lives Up to Its Name appeared firs…

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