Sunday, December 16, 2018

Review: The Devil Wears Pleather but Can’t Save ‘Christmas in Hell’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

A musical must have a minimum of internal logic and some good tunes. “Christmas in Hell” comes up short on both counts.

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Review: ‘The Truth About Santa’ Is Out. Mrs. Claus Is Mad as Hell by Laura Collins-Hughes

This clever, messy comedy opens with a charming pair of singing elves, yet it’s an ill-advised choice for Santa believers.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Review: Writer of ‘Nassim’ Makes a New Best Friend at Every Show by Alexis Soloski

Nassim Soleimanpour, who remains silent throughout, invites a different actor to join him onstage at each performance and star in his unrehearsed play.

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The Week in Arts: ‘Hard Nut,’ Bruce Springsteen and Decoding Arias by The New York Times

Mark Morris’s riotous and poignant take on ‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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In German Theaters, Classic Movies Become Plays by A.j. Goldmann

Several new productions this season that take their cue from European film classics from the 1960s and ’70s, with adaptations of Visconti, Bergman and Polanski.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: A Broadway ‘Mockingbird,’ Elegiac and Effective by Jesse Green

Glossy and bristling with fine performances, this adaptation of the 1960 Harper Lee classic gets the Aaron Sorkin treatment.

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Harrison David Rivers Wins 2018 Relentless Award by Sara Aridi

The playwright took the prize for “The Bandaged Place,” a play about an abusive relationship between two gay men.

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‘Strange Window: The Turn of the Screw’ Review: Henry James for the Gig Economy by Laura Collins-Hughes

This multimedia adaptation for the era of TED Talks and smartphones is visually and aurally striking, but it lacks the spookiness of the original novella.

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The Last of the Old-School Cabaret Artists by Alex Traub

Steve Ross will always sing ‘Always.’ A certain Cole Porter tune still gives him a frisson. The entertainer, who could very well be the last of a dying breed, has devoted himself to the …

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Rib-Eye Steak With a Side of Shakespeare by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Our intrepid theatergoer ate her way through a spate of shows that make food part of the experience. Her stomach sometimes ended up fuller than her imagination.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Review: ‘Ruben & Clay’ Reunites ‘Idol’ Rivals for Christmas Fun by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, who once competed on “American Idol,” banter, sing and try to upstage each other in this holiday revue.

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‘Clueless: The Musical’ Review: The Film’s Charm Is Replaced by Sparkle by Ben Brantley

Amy Heckerling’s amiable but limp adaptation of her classic 1995 film suggests a peppy fan club putting on its own makeshift show.

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Alvin Epstein, Actor, Director and Master of Beckett, Dies at 93 by Diane Nottle

In a long stage career that took him from Yale to Broadway, he was steeped in the author of “Waiting for Godot,” acting in its Broadway premiere in 1956.

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Review: Downward Mobility Is Upward Morality in ‘Fabulation’ by Jesse Green

A revival of Lynn Nottage’s 2004 satire puts an unexpected spin on the religion of American reinvention.

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Acclaimed ‘Oklahoma!’ Revival Is Coming to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The darkly revisionist production, which was staged this fall at St. Ann’s Warehouse, will play the Circle in the Square.

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Q & A: The Travels of Tony Shalhoub, From Paris to Austin by John Ortved

The “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actor never tires of the City of Light, was fascinated by the Roman ruins in Lebanon and would happily spend the rest of his days in a certain Texas college t…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Everything in Life Is Only for Now: ‘Avenue Q’ to Close in April by Sopan Deb

The puppet-filled musical that became an unexpected hit on Broadway in 2003 will be ending its Off Broadway run on April 28.

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Review: In ‘The Prisoner,’ Peter Brook Ponders Crime and Punishment by Ben Brantley

This gnomic tale from the fabled director portrays a man expiating a patricide outside a prison’s walls.

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Review: In ‘Noura,’ an Iraqi Refugee Leaves More Than Home Behind by Jesse Green

In her new play, loosely inspired by “A Doll’s House,” Heather Raffo is radiant as a New York architect caught between cultures.

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Critic’s Notebook: Two Timely Takes on Hans Christian Andersen’s Tales by Laurel Graeber

These classics, performed at Theater Row, are not holiday stories per se, but they have much to say about greed and goodness.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: Race and Sex in Plantation America in ‘Slave Play’ by Jesse Green

In a staggering professional New York debut, the playwright Jeremy O. Harris unpacks interracial relationships both antebellum and postmodern.

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Critic’s Pick: ‘The Jungle’ Review: Migrants’ Heartbreaking Search for Home in Calais by Ben Brantley

This extraordinary, London-born work of immersive theater places its audience at the fraught and energetic center of a migrant camp in France.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

After Dispute, ‘Mockingbird’ Blends Novel’s Spirit and Sorkin’s Voice Onstage by Michael Paulson and Alexandra Alter

Harper Lee’s estate objected to elements of Aaron Sorkin’s early stage adaptation. Now it arrives on Broadway with concessions from both sides.

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The Week in Arts: Chris Thile, J.K. Simmons, Handel’s ‘Messiah’ by The New York Times

The host of American Public Media’s “Live From Here” is broadcasting weekly from Town Hall in Manhattan.

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The Best Performances of 2018 by Wesley Morris

The movies and the plays and the TV shows are great, but what about the people in them? They’re right here — well, some of the very best are.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Critic’s Pick: Review: An Electrifying Bryan Cranston Is All the Rage in ‘Network’ by Ben Brantley

Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation of the 1976 film presents a pricelessly demented affair between a has-been anchorman and the cameras that love him.

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Faye Dunaway Is Slated to Play Katharine Hepburn on Broadway by Scott Heller

A producer announced that one Oscar-winning actress will play another in Matthew Lombardo’s “Tea at Five.”

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Critic’s Pick: The African Toll of the Great War, in Song and Shadows by Jason Farago

A fiercely beautiful historical pageant by the South African artist William Kentridge commemorates a million Africans who died in World War I.

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The Holidays in New York City: An Event Guide by Joshua Barone

The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, a site-specific “Christmas Carol” and more concerts, plays and events this holiday season.

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London Theater Reviews: In These Plays About Couples, Hell Is Other People by Matt Wolf

Three productions in London look at pairings (romantic and otherwise) that come to grief, including a retelling of the myth of Orpheus in the underworld.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: ‘Selkie’ Makes a Splash of Bad Romance by Laura Collins-Hughes

In Krista Knight’s muddled dramedy, an abusive husband and his fearful wife are joined by a mythological sea creature.

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