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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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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Prom: Plenty of Showbiz Gagging Over Some Serious Issues by Michael Sommers

★★ Several Sardi's caricatures confront serious issues in a slick but kinda crass new musical The post The Prom: Plenty of Showbiz Gagging Over Some Serious Issues appeared first on New …

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Monday, November 12, 2018

The Other Josh Cohen: See a Loser Be a Winner By Doing the Right Thing by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A schlub loses everything but later gains true love in a little, New York-y musical The post The Other Josh Cohen: See a Loser Be a Winner By Doing the Right Thing appeared firs…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Thom Pain (based on nothing): Some Existential Rambles With Michael C. Hall by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Signature Theatre smartly revives Will Eno's significantly meandering monodrama The post Thom Pain (based on nothing): Some Existential Rambles With Michael C. Hall appeared fi…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Eve’s Song: How Black Women’s Lives Don’t Always Matter in America by Michael Sommers

★★★ The Public Theater premieres the threnody of a blameless woman's destruction The post Eve’s Song: How Black Women’s Lives Don’t Always Matter in America appeared …

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Monday, November 5, 2018

The Thanksgiving Play: Knocking the Stuffing Out of White Liberal Correctness by Michael Sommers

★★★ Playwrights Horizons premieres a satirical comedy that's tasty but underdone The post The Thanksgiving Play: Knocking the Stuffing Out of White Liberal Correctness appeared first o…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Waiting for Godot: Whiling Away a Few Fine Hours With an Irish Didi and Gogo by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Druid company infuses Samuel Beckett's bleak drama with a wonderful sense of life The post Waiting for Godot: Whiling Away a Few Fine Hours With an Irish Didi and Gogo appea…

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Big Apple Circus: A Lean, Keen, Family Show (and More) to its Core by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Kids will get a kick out of the 41st edition while their elders will see some nice sights, too The post Big Apple Circus: A Lean, Keen, Family Show (and More) to its Core appear…

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Daniel’s Husband: A New Drama Cautions Same-Sex Couples to Tie the Knot by Michael Sommers

★★★ Good acting breathes life into a comedy that unexpectedly turns sorrowful The post Daniel’s Husband: A New Drama Cautions Same-Sex Couples to Tie the Knot appeared first on N…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Come From Away: Get a Gander at Strangers Being Kind to Each Other by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ Long-Run Lookback: An expertly staged docu-musical remains a truly heartwarming experience The post Come From Away: Get a Gander at Strangers Being Kind to Each Other appeare…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Midnight at the Never Get: A Moody Cabaret About the Man That Got Away by Michael Sommers

★★★ A gay romance from the 1960s glimmers within a little musical bubble The post Midnight at the Never Get: A Moody Cabaret About the Man That Got Away appeared first on New York Stag…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

The Winning Side: What’s Love Got to Do With Wernher Von Braun? by Michael Sommers

★★ A mash-up of fact and fiction shows that writing plays can be harder than rocket science The post The Winning Side: What’s Love Got to Do With Wernher Von Braun? appeared first …

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Bacchae: Euripides’ Classical Tragicomedy of Wine, Women, and Wrong by Michael Sommers

★★★ Anne Bogart stages a 2,400 year-old Greek drama with a few modern notes The post The Bacchae: Euripides’ Classical Tragicomedy of Wine, Women, and Wrong appeared first on New…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Final Follies: Primary Stages Trips Over a Trio of A.R. Gurney Comedies by Michael Sommers

★★ Able staging and acting can do only so much with a master author's minor material The post Final Follies: Primary Stages Trips Over a Trio of A.R. Gurney Comedies appeared first on Ne…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Girl From the North Country: A Visit to Desolation Row With Bob Dylan by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Bob Dylan songs are artfully molded into a new musical of melancholy distinction The post Girl From the North Country: A Visit to Desolation Row With Bob Dylan appeared first on…

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Monday, September 24, 2018

I Was Most Alive with You: Craig Lucas Unleashes a Tsunami of Sorrows by Michael Sommers

★★ A woeful drama (in more ways than one) is performed simultaneously in two languages The post I Was Most Alive with You: Craig Lucas Unleashes a Tsunami of Sorrows appeared first on Ne…

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Beautiful: That Carole King Bio-Show Stays Good to Go and See by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Long-Run Lookback: A smart jukebox musical remains a some kind of wonderful Broadway attraction The post Beautiful: That Carole King Bio-Show Stays Good to Go and See appeared f…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Emperor: The Curious Decline and Fall of Haile Selassie by Michael Sommers

★★★ Kathryn Hunter conjures up the hothouse atmosphere of a vanished kingdom The post The Emperor: The Curious Decline and Fall of Haile Selassie appeared first on New York Stage Revie…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Uncle Vanya: An Americanization of a Russian Classic by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Richard Nelson's new version of Chekhov's intimate classic is artfully understated The post Uncle Vanya: An Americanization of a Russian Classic appeared first on New York Stage…

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Phantom of the Opera: Still Wonderfully Crazy After All These Years by Michael Sommers

★★★★★ Long-Run Lookback: That musical madman remains as romantic as ever in his Majestic home The post The Phantom of the Opera: Still Wonderfully Crazy After All These Years appe…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Naturalists: A Romantic Triangle Shoots Up in the Irish Countryside by Michael Sommers

★★ A play about new love and old crimes amid Ireland's rural greenery strains credulity and patience. The post The Naturalists: A Romantic Triangle Shoots Up in the Irish Countryside app…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Heartbreak House: Framing Shaw’s Upside-Downton Abbey Saga by Michael Sommers

★★ Inconsistent acting styles and a needless frame obscure Shaw's portrait of pre-war English society The post Heartbreak House: Framing Shaw’s Upside-Downton Abbey Saga appeared f…

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Friday, September 7, 2018

The Gospel at Colonus: A Joyful Noise Erupts in Central Park by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A unique piece of musical theater briefly makes an inspirational reappearance The post The Gospel at Colonus: A Joyful Noise Erupts in Central Park appeared first on New York St…

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin: Say It With Music by Michael Sommers

★★★ Hershey Felder is pretty good in his modest tribute to a great American songwriter The post Hershey Felder As Irving Berlin: Say It With Music appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

The House That Will Not Stand: Southern Women Rattle Their Chains by Michael Sommers

★★★ A thoughtful new drama is drawn from little known social practices of circa 1813 New Orleans The post The House That Will Not Stand: Southern Women Rattle Their Chains appeared f…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This Ain’t No Disco: Rough Times at Studio 54 by Michael Sommers

★ Glitter ball melodramatics are rolled up into an unworkable musical The post This Ain’t No Disco: Rough Times at Studio 54 appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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