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Monday, April 22, 2019

Hell, Gore, Goo, Earth Day and Mel Brooks on Broadway. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but it’s being celebrated on Broadway, Saturday April 27th, when the 30 blocks of Broadway between Union Square and Times Square will be closed to vehi…

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Gary A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac with Nathan Lane: Review and Pics by New York Theater

“Gary” is a mess, deliberately so. Written by the downtown provocateur Taylor Mac making his Broadway debut, it stars three of the best comic stage actors in America as three minor chara…

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Theater After Columbine by New York Theater

On April 20, 1999 — 20 years ago today — two students killed 12 classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado.  Seven years later, New York Theatre Workshop p…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Eliza Doolittle through the century, in My Fair Lady and Pygmalion by New York Theater

The fifth Broadway production of My Fair Lady opened a year ago today, as good a time as any to wax nostalgic over not just Lerner and Loewe’s 1956 musical, but over Pygmalion, the 1913 pl…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Hillary and Clinton with Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow: Review and Pics by New York Theater

“Hillary and Clinton” is exactly the play we do not need right now,  a well-acted but irrelevant middlebrow entertainment starring Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow as the presidential ca…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hadestown on Broadway: Review, pics, video by New York Theater

On Broadway, as Off, Hadestown is a hell of a musical. But it’s changed. When it opened Off-Broadway three years ago, Anais Mitchell’s concept album had been turned into an inventively …

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Socrates Review: The Greek Philosopher as Great Pest by New York Theater

Socrates was so annoying to his fellow Athenians that even some of those jurors who had voted to acquit him joined the majority to have him condemned to death during the penalty phase of his…

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2019 Drama League Award Nominations by New York Theater

Below is the full list of the nominations for the 85th annual Drama League Awards, which select winners in five competitive categories, and also give special awards. The nominees were announ…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Burn This with Adam Driver and Keri Russell: Review and pics by New York Theater

Can a Star Wars villain and a Soviet spy find love, sex and happiness together on Broadway? That’s the question we’re primed to ask in the first Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s 19…

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Pulitzer Honors Fairview. Pride Plays. Plays on Paper. Tina on Broadway. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

What is a play – and what is its purpose? These questions come to mind after reading the 15 plays commissioned by T the New York Times Style Magazine in America 2024, a multimedia antholog…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview Wins Pulitzer Prize in Drama 2019 by New York Theater

  Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play, which was produced at Soho Rep and deals with issues of race and family — and one particular family …

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Real Bob Fosse And Gwen Verdon: Photos, Video by New York Theater

With the TV series “Fosse Verdon” gaining them renewed attention, here are photographs from the illustrious Broadway careers of Gwen Verdon and Bob Fosse (arranged more or less chronolog…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

New York Theater Awards 2019: Calendar And Guide by New York Theater

Below: an explanation of major New York theater awards. And before that, a calendar of this year’s nominations and award announcements/ceremonies. Why was Sarah Bernhardt, one of the world…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Oklahoma Review: Still Hip and Homey, But Better on Broadway! by New York Theater

I’m grateful for having first seen Daniel Fish’s dark, hip and homey production of “Oklahoma!” at St. Ann’s Warehouse last year, because I can see how much improved it is now that …

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Norma Jeane Baker of Troy Review: Ben Whishaw as Marilyn Monroe! Renee Fleming! Euripides! But… by New York Theater

I might go a great distance to watch Ben Whishaw strip off his suit and turn into Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe before our eyes. But I only had to travel to 30thStreet and 10thAvenue, in …

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The Shed Opens. Fosse Verdon begins. Pelosi on Art’s Power. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

  In a city with 1,200 cultural institutions, how do you create a new one that stands out? That was the question – and the charge — that then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg put 14 years ago to…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie Review: The Mad Ones Launch Ars Nova’s New Home by New York Theater

For its first production in its new second home downtown in a spruced-up Greenwich House Theater, Ars Nova is presenting the latest devised piece by the much-praised ten-year-old company The…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

The Lehman Trilogy Review: 164 Years Of One Capitalist Family Minus The Dark Parts by New York Theater

The Lehman Trilogy, an inventively staged, extraordinarily acted, and historically blinkered theatrical epic, begins and ends with the collapse of the Lehman Brothers, the venerable financia…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Diary of One Who Disappeared Review: Beautiful, Creepy and Darkly Staged by Ivo van Hove by New York Theater

There’s beauty in the suffering that comes from longing. That message comes through clearly in “Diary of One Who Disappeared.” Everything else is elliptical in the production of this h…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Nicole Fosse on her parents Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon, and Fosse Verdon TV series by New York Theater

Nicole Fosse learned things about her parents, the choreographer and director Bob Fosse and the dancer Gwen Verdon, by watching the making of the TV series “Fosse Verdon,” which begins o…

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What the Constitution Means to Me on Broadway: A Salve for the Politically Shell-Shocked by New York Theater

People are gushing about Heidi Schreck’s play as if it’s another Hamilton, and in some ways it is. No, it’s not a groundbreaking hip-hop musical.  Indeed, “What the Constitution Me…

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

King Lear Starring Glenda Jackson: Review, Pics by New York Theater

As King Lear, Glenda Jackson enters with a casual swagger, giving off a scent of power that’s lasted a lifetime.  But Lear is portrayed by an 82-year-old woman, lean and light and, at 5…

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Lucille Lortel Award Nominations 2019 Off-Broadway: Carmen Jones, Rags Parkland, Mlima’s Tale Lead by New York Theater

The nominations for 34th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards are: Outstanding Play Mlima’s Tale Produced by The Public Theater Written by Lynn Nottage Pass Over Produced by Lincoln Center Theater…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Puppetry’s Eerie Power and Appeal in Polaire Plexus’s Ashes and on Broadway by New York Theater

Ashe is a play based on the true story of a pyromaniac who terrorized a Norwegian town by torching homes for a month until he was unmasked as the son of the fire chief. Itis a haunting work …

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Broadway Countdown: 6 plays, 4 musicals. 4 Movie Musicals. #Stageworthy News of the Week by New York Theater

The first of the April Avalanche on Broadway begins Thursday with the opening of King Lear, starring Glenda Jackson, and ends on April 25 (the Tony eligibility cut-off date) with Beetlejuice…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

April 2019 New York Theater Openings by New York Theater

The ten shows opening on Broadway in April include six plays and four musicals. Several are familiar titles presented in unfamiliar ways: Glenda Jackson as King Lear; an avant-garde, diverse…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

William Sheepspeare. A Theater Book for Two Year Olds Full of Sheep Puns. by New York Theater

My childhood friend Wendy has always had two particular gifts – or rather, one gift and one affliction. She understands every word of any Shakespeare play, however or wherever it is perfor…

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Dad in a Box Review: A comedienne trying to be funny while her father is dying by New York Theater

On a break from an improv class, Kim Katzberg gets a phone message from her father and calls him back to learn that he has pancreatic cancer and is dying. “I feel so sad AND excited,” sh…

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

New York Theater Quiz March 2019 by New York Theater

How well were you paying attention to the New York theater news and reviews in March? Answer these dozen questions and find out.  

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Andy Warhol from A To Broadway: That Time Warhol Produced a Broadway Musical by New York Theater

Andy Warhol was a Broadway producer – the lead producer of a musical that opened at Broadway’s Little Theater (now called the Hayes) in 1975. It’s a mind-boggling story that, like many…

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Chimpanzee Review: Delight and Despair and Transcendence, In The Hands Of Humans by New York Theater

You need not have read Darwin or watched any of the Planet of the Apes movies to suspect that chimpanzees come closest to humans in the animal kingdom. Scientists have discovered over the pa…

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