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Saturday, April 20, 2024

‘Stereophonic’ Review: Hitmakers Rendered in Sublime Detail by Naveen Kumar

In David Adjmi’s new play, with songs by Will Butler, a ’70s band’s success breeds tension, and punches up the volume on Broadway.

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Thursday, April 18, 2024

‘Gun & Powder’ Review: Twin Vigilantes Stake Claim to the American West by Naveen Kumar

The musical traces the story of Black twin sisters who pass as white, and exact their own form of justice for the crime of slavery, in the 19th-century Texas.

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Thursday, April 4, 2024

‘Travels’ Review: A Sonic Flight From Heartbreak by Naveen Kumar

In his new show, James Harrison Monaco blends storytelling and electronic beats in service of curiosity and escape.

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

‘Like They Do in the Movies’ Review: Laurence Fishburne Widens His Lens by Naveen Kumar

In his solo show, the screen and stage star shines a light into his formative dark corners and on the people who made an impression.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024

‘The Effect’ Review: Dissecting the Science of Desire by Naveen Kumar

In Jamie Lloyd’s revival of Lucy Prebble’s play, Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell are a couple who fall in love during a pharmaceutical trial.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

How compelling Broadway b-roll gets made by Naveen Kumar

The co-founders of HMS Media explains the process behind capturing footage for Broadway shows.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Review: Cynthia Nixon Is Nowhere and Everywhere in ‘Seven Year Disappear’ by Naveen Kumar

A sleekly designed production, starring Cynthia Nixon and Taylor Trensch, aims to skewer the art world but falls flat.

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Reviving ‘The Wiz’ Through ‘the Blackest of Black Lenses’ by Naveen Kumar

The beloved 1975 musical returns to Broadway this spring, with nods to Black culture like second-line parades and Underground Railroad quilts.

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Sunday, February 18, 2024

A new musical shows how hard it is to make alcoholism interesting onstage by Naveen Kumar

Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James star in Broadway’s “Days of Wine and Roses,” Adam Guettel’s musical based on the 1962 movie.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

‘Between Two Knees’ Review: A Virtuosic Romp Through a Century of Terrors by Naveen Kumar

Two deadly standoffs at Wounded Knee are the bookends for a show that manages to narrate a violent history with moments of light and humor.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Review: In ‘Self Portraits (Deluxe),’ a Provocateur Instigates Reflection by Naveen Kumar

Through self-examinations and social recriminations, Phillip Howze’s new show explores the injustices facing Black men.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

The 1/52 Project is working to diversify the pipeline of professional designers by Naveen Kumar

Founded by Tony Award winner Beowulf Boritt, the project links established designers with aspiring ones through grants and mentorship.

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Friday, January 12, 2024

Three Festival Shows Explore Toxic Society by Laura Collins-Hughes, Naveen Kumar and Juan A. Ramírez

“Queens of Sheba” and “Volcano” at Under the Radar, and “Bacon,” at International Fringe Encore Series, expound on identity, captivity and violence.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Is a January slump inevitable or surmountable? by Naveen Kumar

Charlotte St. Martin, TodayTix’s Tracy Geltman and more discuss why the start of a new year is historically tough for Broadway, what to expect for January 2024 and how shows can weather th…

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Monday, December 11, 2023

Review: In ‘Translations,’ What’s Lost When Language Is Looted by Naveen Kumar

An exquisite revival of Brian Friel’s 1980 play at the Irish Repertory Theater is the first of three there by the Irish author.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

‘Manahatta’ Review: Tracing the Blood-Soaked Roots of American Capitalism by Naveen Kumar

Straddling the 17th and early 21st centuries, Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play at the Public Theater examines the exploitation of the Lenape by Dutch settlers.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

‘Life & Times of Michael K’ Review: An Arduous Trek That’s a Marvel to Watch by Naveen Kumar

This captivating adaptation of J.M. Coetzee’s novel, a collaboration with Handspring Puppet Company, follows a man and his ailing mother during a civil war in South Africa.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

What a new class of artistic directors could mean for Broadway and beyond by Naveen Kumar

Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage and Lincoln Center Theater will experience significant leadership changes by 2025.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Full Exposure? Four Solo Shows Ponder the Art of True Nature. by Naveen Kumar

Lameece Issaq’s “A Good Day to Me Not to You” strives for intimacy, but that is not necessarily the aim of works by Alexandra Tatarsky, Milo Cramer and Ikechukwu Ufomadu.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

‘Snatch Adams’ Review: Gross-Out Humor for Not-So-Easily-Shocked Liberals by Naveen Kumar

Becca Blackwell and Amanda Duarte’s amorphous variety show aims to be a queer spectacle but is mostly improv strung together with non sequiturs.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

‘Poor Yella Rednecks’ Review: A Writer’s Origin Story Remixes Conventions by Naveen Kumar

Qui Nguyen’s crowd-tickling comedy about a Vietnamese family in Arkansas mixes hip-hop and martial arts with soapy twists and turns.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

‘Artificial Flavors’ Review: Blame ChatGPT for This Musical by Naveen Kumar

Each performance culminates in a production, composed on the spot, with misguided help from artificial intelligence.

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Why Broadway curtain times are changing by Naveen Kumar

More productions are shaking up their schedules in response to shifting audience habits.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

‘The Refuge Plays’ Review: A Surreal Family Saga on the Homestead by Naveen Kumar

A family in exile contends with its future, and its ghosts, in Nathan Alan Davis’s new Off Broadway play starring Nicole Ari Parker.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Broadway Review: A revival that makes sense and sizzle out of ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ by Naveen Kumar

The first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s notorious bomb explodes with heart and sophistication. 

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Friday, October 6, 2023

Review: In ‘Bite Me,’ Taking Aim at Familiar Teenage Tropes by Naveen Kumar

Eliana Pipes’s new play is too pat to convincingly explore the societal imbalances resulting from race, class and gender.

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

‘9 Kinds of Silence’ Review: A Soldier’s Battle Is Within by Naveen Kumar

In Abhishek Majumdar’s tense play at 122CC Theater in Manhattan, every sound underscores what’s left unsaid after a shellshocked veteran’s homecoming.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

How the regional theater crisis will be felt on Broadway by Naveen Kumar

Producers Sue Frost and Aaron Glick, playwright Douglas Lyons and more predict possible benefits and challenges caused by the ripple from America’s theaters.

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Review: ‘The Shark Is Broken’ offers fan service without teeth by Naveen Kumar

Transferring from London’s West End, the comedy relies on nostalgia and fandom.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

‘Let’s Call Her Patty’ Review: Rhea Perlman as an Uptown Matriarch by Naveen Kumar

Rhea Perlman stars as a quintessential Upper West Sider in Zarina Shea’s snapshot of affluent, self-flagellating motherhood

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Friday, July 21, 2023

Review: ‘Flex’ Hits the Right Rhythms on the Court and Off by Naveen Kumar

The writer Candrice Jones and the director Lileana Blain-Cruz show a mastery of the game in this play about a girls’ basketball team in rural Arkansas.

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards