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Thursday, March 21, 2019

I Married an Angel: Not Quite as Heavenly a Show as Hoped by Michael Sommers

★★★ A legendary Rodgers & Hart musical demands a higher '30s style to get airborne The post I Married an Angel: Not Quite as Heavenly a Show as Hoped appeared first on New York Sta…

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Anything That Gives Off Light: A Hazy Study in Oppressive Economics by Michael Sommers

★★ A metaphysical study in social significance suffers from a sea-change The post Anything That Gives Off Light: A Hazy Study in Oppressive Economics appeared first on New York Stage Rev…

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Nantucket Sleigh Ride: A Wild Trip To John Guare’s Magic (Realism) Kingdom by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jorge Luis Borges, Walt Disney, and a very large lobster pop up on a pointless journey The post Nantucket Sleigh Ride: A Wild Trip To John Guare’s Magic (Realism) Kingdom appeare…

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate: True to Cole Porter (and Shakespeare) in Their Fashion by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Cole Porter and Kelli O'Hara make beautiful music together in a snappy revival The post Kiss Me, Kate: True to Cole Porter (and Shakespeare) in Their Fashion appeared first on N…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Skinnamarink: Going on an Experimental Journey by Michael Sommers

★★★ Little Lord's latest work playfully digs at the roots of indoctrination The post Skinnamarink: Going on an Experimental Journey appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

Be More Chill: Desperately (and Delightfully) Striving to Be Cool at School by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A new cartoon musical delivers a story as timeless as "Faust" and twice as funny The post Be More Chill: Desperately (and Delightfully) Striving to Be Cool at School appeared fi…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

“Daddy”: More Splash Than Significance in Substance by Michael Sommers

★★ Alan Cumming plays a sugar daddy in a play that nearly drowns in talk The post “Daddy”: More Splash Than Significance in Substance appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Dying in Boulder: Karma, Conflict, and Cultural Appropriation by Michael Sommers

★★ A new play set in Colorado turns into a Rocky Mountain downer The post Dying in Boulder: Karma, Conflict, and Cultural Appropriation appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Superhero: A Capably Crafted New Musical That Resolutely Refuses to Fly by Michael Sommers

★★ Holy guacamole, Batman, how can these ace guys deliver such a dull show? The post Superhero: A Capably Crafted New Musical That Resolutely Refuses to Fly appeared first on New York St…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Marys Seacole: Studying Maternal Cares Then and Now by Michael Sommers

★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury centers her latest ambitious drama around caregivers of color The post Marys Seacole: Studying Maternal Cares Then and Now appeared first on New York Stage Re…

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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hurricane Diane: A Seductive Deity Materializes in Suburban New Jersey by Michael Sommers

★★★ Madeleine George delivers a divine (in more ways than one) comedy about climate change The post Hurricane Diane: A Seductive Deity Materializes in Suburban New Jersey appeared firs…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bonnie’s Last Flight: A Misguided Journey to Nowhere by Michael Sommers

★ A cool concept for a comedy about a plane trip proves to be a tedious time The post Bonnie’s Last Flight: A Misguided Journey to Nowhere appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Shadow of a Gunman: Sean O’Casey’s Seriocomic Saga of Dublin at War by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Irish Rep kicks off its three-show cycle of the playwright's works with a winning revival The post The Shadow of a Gunman: Sean O’Casey’s Seriocomic Saga of Dubl…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Light: Black #MeToo Arguments Blaze Away In a Timely New Drama by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Playwright Loy A. Webb, director Logan Vaughn, and two fine actors deliver a hot he said/she said story The post The Light: Black #MeToo Arguments Blaze Away In a Timely New Dr…

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Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: The First Is Hot, the Second Is Not by Michael Sommers

Classic Stage offers two Strindberg plays in separate productions, one more august than the other The post Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: The First Is Hot, the Second Is Not appeared fir…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

God Said This: A Kentucky Family Being Unhappy in Its Own Way by Michael Sommers

★★★ A gentle new comedy-drama explores mother-daughter-sister relationships The post God Said This: A Kentucky Family Being Unhappy in Its Own Way appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Joan: Dealing Out a Disorderly Deck of Triste and Trite Snapshots by Michael Sommers

★★ Stephen Belber's latest drama shuffles through a tiresome heap of cliches The post Joan: Dealing Out a Disorderly Deck of Triste and Trite Snapshots appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Convent: Modern-Day Women Go Soul Searching in a Medieval Milieu by Michael Sommers

★★ Jessica Dickey's latest play scarcely achieves its intriguing possibilities The post The Convent: Modern-Day Women Go Soul Searching in a Medieval Milieu appeared first on New York St…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Colin Quinn Red State Blue State: Snarking Over America’s States of Disunion by Michael Sommers

★★★ A curmudgeonly humorist stands up to gripe about various aspects of our polarized society The post Colin Quinn Red State Blue State: Snarking Over America’s States of Disunio…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

About Alice: Calvin Trillin’s Fond Portrait of the Woman He Loved by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A writer provides a tender account of his wife, who did more than merely face up to cancer The post About Alice: Calvin Trillin’s Fond Portrait of the Woman He Loved appea…

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Monday, January 14, 2019

LaBute New Theater Festival: A Sharp Playwright Assumes a Gentler Style by Michael Sommers

★★★ A trio of new plays presents a Hitler apologist, a bad date, and one self-absorbed heart-breaker The post LaBute New Theater Festival: A Sharp Playwright Assumes a Gentler Style ap…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Blue Ridge: A Tedious Journey Through Underdeveloped Territory by Michael Sommers

★★ Even the typically combustible Marin Ireland can't strike many sparks from a sparsely dramatized story The post Blue Ridge: A Tedious Journey Through Underdeveloped Territory appeared…

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Girl with the Alkaline Eyes: Guys and a Dancing Doll of Futuristic Design by Michael Sommers

★★★ The "Be More Chill" choreographer delivers a new dance drama with a vintage story and a modern score The post The Girl with the Alkaline Eyes: Guys and a Dancing Doll of Futuristic…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Typically Tutu Funny to Describe by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Trocks spin back for the holidays as en pointe entertaining as ever The post Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Typically Tutu Funny to Describe appeared first on New Yo…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show: American Idols Reunite for the Holidays by Michael Sommers

★★ Former rivals Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken get together to vocalize holiday songs The post Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show: American Idols Reunite for the Holidays appeared …

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine: Facing Your Not-So-Fab Origins by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Playwright Lynn Nottage's lighter side is nicely served by Signature Theatre's revival The post Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine: Facing Your Not-So-Fab Origins appear…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Slave Play: Gabbing Too Much About Sexual Dysfunction and Racism by Michael Sommers

★★ Steamy sex scenes evaporate into hot air in newcomer Jeremy O. Harris' debut drama The post Slave Play: Gabbing Too Much About Sexual Dysfunction and Racism appeared first on New Y…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Cher Show: Truly Turning Back Time With a Singular Superstar by Michael Sommers

★★★★ It takes three performers to portray the one-and-only Cher in a wildly entertaining jukebox show The post The Cher Show: Truly Turning Back Time With a Singular Superstar appear…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Dead, 1904: Dubliner Sisters Invite You to an Immersive Christmas Dinner by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Melissa Gilbert is among the guests attending a holiday dinner drawn from a famous James Joyce story The post The Dead, 1904: Dubliner Sisters Invite You to an Immersive Christm…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Downstairs: Tyne Daly and Tim Daly Tackle Kin Beyond Their Typical Ken by Michael Sommers

★★★ Theresa Rebeck's new semi-thriller digs some dark secrets from out of a cellar The post Downstairs: Tyne Daly and Tim Daly Tackle Kin Beyond Their Typical Ken appeared first on New…

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All Is Calm: A Poignant Music-Theater Account of WWI’s Christmas Truce by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A handsomely sung musical documentary relates an inspiring wartime miracle The post All Is Calm: A Poignant Music-Theater Account of WWI’s Christmas Truce appeared first …

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