Saturday, May 25, 2024

In New TikTok Trend, Parents Dance Like It’s the ’80s and Bring Down the House by Maya Salam

Videos of parents demonstrating their moves have been a surprise hit on a site where youth rules — perhaps because the trend isn’t played for laughs.

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Friday, May 24, 2024

Brooke Shields Elected President of Labor Union Actors’ Equity by Michael Paulson

She takes office immediately. The previous leader, Kate Shindle, had been president since 2015, and did not run again.

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Review: In ‘The Fires,’ a Triptych of Stories About Gay Men and Love by Brittani Samuel

Raja Feather Kelly makes his playwriting debut with a spellbinding story of three generations of Black men at Soho Rep.

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Review: In ‘Romeo and Juliet’ With Tom Holland, Plenty of Style, but Little Love by Houman Barekat

The London production, starring Tom Holland, sold out in hours. But its understated rendering of the central romance may leave some theatergoers wanting more.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Review: ‘The Hours Are Feminine,’ a Family Braces for a Storm by Juan A. Ramírez

In José Rivera’s latest play, a Puerto Rican family moves to Long Island in 1960, contending both with Hurricane Donna and their neighbors’ hostility.

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At DanceAfrica, the Enduring Power of Love by Gia Kourlas

A couple with deep ties to the popular Brooklyn festival and its founder and longtime artistic director, Chuck Davis, recall when their wedding was part of the show.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

New York’s Palace Theater Gets an $80 Million Refresh (and 30 Feet Higher) by The New York Times

The Times Square landmark has been restored and refurbished. Take a look.

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New ‘Richard III’ Raises an Old Question: Who Should Wear the Crown? by Houman Barekat

A production at the Shakespeare’s Globe theater faced criticism because a nondisabled actor plays the scheming king. But disputes like these miss the point, our critic writes.

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Review: In ‘Usus,’ Pig Latin Gets Lost in Translation by Elisabeth Vincentelli

T. Adamson’s new comedy, which opens Clubbed Thumb’s popular Summerworks series at the Wild Project, is about a group of worked-up Franciscan friars.

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Kit Connor and Rachel Zegler Headline Broadway ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Michael Paulson

A production featuring the screen stars, with music by Jack Antonoff, will open in October at Circle in the Square.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

‘Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha’ Review: Julia Masli Is a Problem-Solving Clown by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A hit at Edinburgh Fringe last year, Julia Masli’s show arrives at SoHo Playhouse for its New York debut.

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‘The Lonely Few’ Review: Rocking Out and Falling in Love by Laura Collins-Hughes

Lauren Patten and Taylor Iman Jones star in an achingly romantic, softly sexy new musical by Rachel Bonds and Zoe Sarnak.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Review: In ‘Three Houses,’ a Dark Karaoke Night of the Soul by Jesse Green

It’s open mic at the post-pandemic cocktail bar where Dave Malloy’s hypnotic triptych of monodramas takes place.

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Choreographer’s ‘Dog Poop Attack’ on a Critic Inspired This New Play by A.J. Goldmann

At this year’s Theatertreffen drama festival, one production explores an incident that shocked the German theater world last year.

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She Wants to Make San Francisco Ballet an ‘Arrow to the Future’ by Gia Kourlas

Tamara Rojo, the company’s new artistic director, has a vision of ballet as for the people — all the people — with dances that reflect our world.

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

‘Nobody Cares’ About Laura Benanti, but They Let Her Entertain Them by Elisabeth Vincentelli

While poking fun at her own agreeable malleability, Benanti flexes her talents in a show that will be available on Audible, without the physical dimension.

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A Times Reporter Visits the Latest Broadway Shows by Michael Paulson

What’s it like to attend twelve productions in nine days? Michael Paulson, the Times theater reporter, shared his sprint around Midtown Manhattan.

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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Bebe Neuwirth on the Part of a Stage That Feels Like Home by Sarah Bahr

“I love older theaters in particular,” said the actress, who is up for her third Tony for “Cabaret.” “The new ones don’t have as many ghosts.”

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Friday, May 17, 2024

Avett Brothers Musical, ‘Swept Away,’ to Open on Broadway This Fall by Michael Paulson

The show, inspired by a 19th-century shipwreck, has had previous runs in Berkeley, Calif., and Washington.

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Review: ‘Problems Between Sisters’ Puts a Spin on the Berserk Boys Club by Rhoda Feng

Julia May Jonas turns the menacing male siblings of Sam Shepard’s “True West” into squabbling pregnant sisters in Vermont.

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‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Review: Community Building One Dice Roll at a Time by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Improv adds a theatrical dimension to the role-playing game, which has been undergoing a renaissance as it turns 50 this year.

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Sutton Foster to Star in ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The revival, which had an earlier run at New York City Center, is scheduled to open in August and close in November, followed by a run in Los Angeles.

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Does a Smash Hit Like ‘Lion King’ Deserve a $3 Million Tax Break? by Jay Root and Michael Paulson

Broadway is still recovering from the pandemic. A state tax-credit program has helped, but watchdogs say it aids some shows that don’t need a boost.

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

Samm-Art Williams, Playwright, Producer and Actor, Dies at 78 by Alex Williams

He challenged racial barriers in Hollywood, was a producer of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and earned a Tony nomination for “Home,” a paean to his Southern roots.

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Why Are Nuns Either Saintly, Seductive or Sadistic? by Amanda Fortini

In uncertain times, religious sisters are often invoked as vessels for collective doubt.

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‘Terraces’ Review: A Stunning Tragedy Revisits the Paris Terror Attacks by Laura Cappelle

The French writer Laurent Gaudé taps into collective trauma from the Nov. 13, 2015 terrorist outrage and channels it into something like catharsis.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Review: In ‘Invasive Species,’ the Acting Bug Bites, Dramatically by Laura Collins-Hughes

Maia Novi stars in her play about a Hollywood-struck actress from Argentina who stops at Yale’s drama school and an inpatient psych ward on her way.

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Review: Parsons Dance Spins and Darts Through Miles Davis by Gia Kourlas

For its Joyce season, the company unveils “Juke,” a spiky premiere by Jamar Roberts, along with dances by David Parsons and Penny Saunders.

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‘Death Becomes Her’ Musical to Open on Broadway This Fall by Michael Paulson

The musical comedy, which is now running in Chicago, stars Megan Hilty and Jennifer Simard. It is based on the 1992 film.

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Emcee Squared: Joel Grey and Eddie Redmayne on ‘Cabaret’ by Michael Paulson and Dana Scruggs

When two actors who have played the Emcee several times finally met, they discussed fear, courage and Berlin’s bawdiest nightclub.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Review: A Text-to-Speech Meet-Cute in ‘All of Me’ by Naveen Kumar

Laura Winters’s romantic comedy pays careful attention to the dynamics of living with disabilities.

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2023-2024 BROADWAY SEASON
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