Friday, December 13, 2019

Theaters in Hungary Feel the Chill of Viktor Orban’s Culture War by Palko Karasz

With new rules on funding, the government has taken a further step in controlling arts in the country, prompting an outcry in Budapest.

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‘The Straights’ Review: On the Road With No Sense of Direction by Laura Collins-Hughes

Amusing monologues and oddball encounters enliven T. Adamson’s overstuffed play that follows two friends on a very long car ride.

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Review: Five Pieces From ‘Nine,’ and Plenty More From Its Composer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

“Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston” is an old-fashioned revue that ably showcases the Tony-winning songwriter.

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Danny Aiello, Actor in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 86 by Anita Gates

A memorable character actor on stage and screen, Mr. Aiello won an Academy Award nomination for his role in Spike Lee’s 1989 film.

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Molière’s Still Funny (Even in German) by A.j. Goldmann

Two Berlin productions find different types of comedy in the great 17th-century playwright’s works.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Review: Death Is a Two-Way Door in ‘The Thin Place’ by Jesse Green

Lucas Hnath’s cunning new ghost story, about a psychic and her client, is a twisty yarn that won’t unravel.

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Richard Easton, Stage Veteran and Tony Winner, Dies at 86 by Neil Genzlinger

He won theater’s top prize for his performance in “The Invention of Love,” one of numerous Broadway roles.

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Four Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend by Alexis Soloski

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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William Luce, Playwright, Dies at 88; Wrote ‘Belle of Amherst’ by Richard Sandomir

He specialized in one-character dramas, portraying luminaries like Emily Dickinson, John Barrymore, Lillian Hellman, Zelda Fitzgerald and Isak Dinesen.

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‘One November Yankee’ Review: TV Stars on a Bumpy Flight by Alexis Soloski

Harry Hamlin and Stefanie Powers bring a measure of glamour to a patchy two-hander about three sibling pairs and one downed airplane.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Review: ‘Judgment Day,’ an Allegory of Blame, Goes Big by Jesse Green

At the Park Avenue Armory, Odon von Horvath’s 1937 drama gets a rare and physically overwhelming staging.

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Review: A Multimedia Excavation of Lispector’s ‘Wild Heart’ by Jose Solís

Video projections help set the mood for an admirable adaptation of the Brazilian writer’s fragmented novel about a woman chafing against society’s restrictions.

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Reeve Carney’s Week: Pedal Boards and Peloton Ads by Alexis Soloski

The star of “Hadestown” shares what he watched, read and listened to last weekend.

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Meet the Kids Who’ll Make ‘Sing Street’ Rock by Elysa Gardner

One was in “Game of Thrones.” One is still in high school. They all act and play instruments. And in a new show they portray scrappy Dubliners creating a band.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Review: Counting on Compassion in ‘one in two’ by Laura Collins-Hughes

Donja R. Love’s powerful play balances tenderness and fury to explore how H.I.V. has become a ”hidden emergency” in the black community.

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Marionettes at Play by Nolwen Cifuentes and Margy Rochlin

A Los Angeles institution has a new home. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour.

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Review: In ‘42 FT,’ a Circus Shrunk to Fit by Alexis Soloski

At the new Cirque Mechanics show, the revolving ring, rotating ladders and spinning swings might not thrill, but the performers do.

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Monday, December 9, 2019

Review: In ‘Greater Clements,’ the Tragedy of a Town that Closed by Jesse Green

Samuel D. Hunter’s creaky play about the downsizing of the American West features terrific performances by Judith Ivey and Edmund Donovan.

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‘Halfway Bitches’ Review: A Play as Unruly as Life Itself by Ben Brantley

Stephen Adly Guirgis’s bumpy, vibrant and expansive comic drama about a women’s homeless shelter features a cast of 18 (or 19, counting the goat).

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Despite Turnaround, ‘Beetlejuice’ Being Forced Out of Theater by Michael Paulson

The $21 million musical will be hoping for a new home after the Shubert Organization made way for Hugh Jackman and ‘The Music Man.’

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

‘Keep’ Review: Daniel Kitson Takes Inventory by Alexis Soloski

An excursion into the Theater of Lists at St. Ann’s Warehouse proves to be both original and exasperating.

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René Auberjonois, a ‘Deep Space Nine’ Star, Dies at 79 by Neil Genzlinger

The busy character actor was also known for “Benson,” “Boston Legal” and several Broadway roles.

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‘Sleeping Car Porters’ Review: Billy the Kid Meets the Zodiac Killer by Elisabeth Vincentelli

This cryptic play at the Brick Theater examining a certain kind of mythological American noir is wonderfully flabbergasting, and often genuinely creepy.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Ron Leibman, Tony Winner for ‘Angels,’ Is Dead at 82 by Neil Genzlinger

In addition to his acclaimed turn as Roy Cohn on Broadway, he was known for his work in “Norma Rae,” “Slaughterhouse-Five” and other films.

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Holiday Magic: Fooled and Fooled and Fooled Again by Alexis Soloski

In its sixth year on Broadway, “The Illusionists” serves up familiar routines, but two smaller shows deliver egghead charm and brainy sleight-of-hand.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Review: With ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ They Finally Fixed the Jukebox by Jesse Green

Alanis Morissette’s “ironic” fury finds a perfect Broadway musical setting in Diablo Cody’s fiery indictment of, well, everything.

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How to Spend the Holidays in New York City by Joshua Barone

A roundup of events in every borough, from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in Manhattan to the annual Holiday Train Show in the Bronx.

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The Cage Cunningham Fellowship Puts a Spotlight on Light by Peter Libbey

Jennifer Tipton, a lighting designer who works in dance, theater and opera, is this year’s recipient of the award from the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

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For Entertaining Musicals, Look No Further Than … Paris by Laura Cappelle

The genre has long been seen as minor in the French capital, but a string of English-language productions is creating a pleasingly upbeat dynamic.

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Review: Facing Life’s Final Stretch in ‘Harry Townsend’s Last Stand’ by Elisabeth Vincentelli

George Eastman’s Off Broadway play is lifted by its direction and performances, but often feels like a cornball sitcom.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Review: ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’ Offers an Exhilarating Sanctuary by Ben Brantley

Inua Ellams’s energizing, globe-traveling play considers the barber’s chair as the black man’s confessional.

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