Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: Decapitating American History in ‘King Philip’s Head’ by Ben Brantley

Daniel Glenn’s astutely goofy portrait of legislative gridlock in the Plymouth Colony casts women as some seriously conflicted founding fathers.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘Be More Chill’ to End Broadway Run in August by Michael Paulson

The musical, fueled by social media love, opened in March — a tough time of year for a show with a largely student fan base.

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A Play Dissected White Privilege in Education. Then the College Admissions Scandal Broke. by Nancy Coleman

Issues at the heart of the scandal resonate in “Admissions,” Joshua Harmon’s comedy. How did the news affect the show?

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What to Do in New York This Weekend by Nicole Herrington

The cultural offerings are varied and vast, from ‘Toy Story 4’ in movie theaters to numerous ways to celebrate the first day of summer and NYC Pride.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: In ‘Toni Stone,’ America’s Pastime Meets America’s Problem by Jesse Green

April Matthis’s sensational performance anchors Lydia R. Diamond’s play about the first woman of any race to appear in a professional baseball game.

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Review: In ‘The Mountains Look Different,’ Sin, Shame and Self-Determination by Laura Collins-Hughes

A forgotten 1948 drama by Micheál Mac Liammóir has been polished to a becoming shimmer at Theater Row.

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‘The Minutes,’ by Tracy Letts, Is Coming to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The politically themed comedy, about a fractious municipal government meeting, will open in 2020.

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Pride Month: The New York City Theater to See by Darryn King

“A Strange Loop,” “Stonewall” and, of course, “The Cher Show” are among the offerings onstage now.

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‘Bitter Wheat’ Misfires, in Monstrous Fashion by Matt Wolf

Despite the formidable presence of John Malkovich, David Mamet’s new play is as reprehensible as the predatory film tycoon at the center of it.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

‘The Prom’ Will End Its Broadway Run in August by Michael Paulson

The joyful musical comedy won strong reviews but could not break through in a competitive theater market.

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Why Def Leppard Finally Said Yes to the ‘Rock of Ages’ Musical by Caryn Ganz

The jukebox show never had the rights to use the band’s songs, even though it’s named after one. That’s changing for its 10th anniversary revival.

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Review: Behind the ‘Veil,’ Facts Are Negotiable by Laura Collins-Hughes

Hollywood filmmakers tell a period story set in China in Gordon Dahlquist’s layered look at truth, lies and the power of narrative.

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Review: ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson,’ Aiming for His Head by Laura Collins-Hughes

Based on an anecdote from the set of an infamous commercial, the play focuses on the behind-the-scenes people who work to realize an artist’s vision.

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Can a Kung Fu Musical Get (Way) Off the Ground? by Devin Yalkin, Reggie Ugwu and Mohamed Sadek

“Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise,” the unlikely offspring of a Chinese-American opera impresario and the writers of “Kung Fu Panda” — with songs by Sia — aims to show just how high th…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Is Coming to Broadway by Michael Paulson

The improv show will begin a 16-week run in September.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Seek More Gender Diversity Onstage? Look at This List by Michael Paulson

After five years of pressing for parity, the collective known as the Kilroys says it is seeing progress. Meanwhile, more suggestions for plays to present.

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‘Girl From the North Country,’ With Bob Dylan Songs, Is Bound for Broadway by Michael Paulson

The show, written and directed by Conor McPherson, explores the struggles of boardinghouse residents in Depression-era Minnesota.

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Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes Gave Us Fox. These Shows Try to Make Sense of It All. by James Poniewozik

“The Loudest Voice,” “Ink” and “Succession” map out the influential world the two men created.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: ‘A Strange Loop’ Is a Self-Portrait in a Hall of Mirrors by Ben Brantley

Michael R. Jackson’s gutsy, exasperated musical is set within the mind of a black, queer man who’s writing a musical about a black, queer man who’s writing a musical …

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Debra Messing Will Star in ‘Birthday Candles’ on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The Roundabout Theater Company production, which follows a woman’s long life, marks the playwright Noah Haidle’s Broadway debut.

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Review: A One-Act Marathon Anchored by the Armageddon by Elisabeth Vincentelli

Plays in this Ensemble Studio Theater series include stories of the Second Coming told seven ways and two women in search of a hot duck.

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‘Oh! Calcutta!’ at 50: Still Naked After All These Years by Alexis Soloski

John Lennon and Sam Shepard wrote sketches. The cast was unclothed. And it went on to a two-decade Broadway run. An oral history of one of theater’s unlikeliest hits.

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‘Hillary and Clinton’ to End Broadway Run Early by Michael Paulson

Lucas Hnath’s play about a familiar-sounding power couple will wrap up on June 23.

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Vienna Festival Makes Sense of the Present by Pulling From the Past by A. J. Goldmann

Several works in the 2019 Wiener Festwochen use the classics to respond to contemporary upheaval.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Review: In ‘Pathetic,’ a Retelling of Racine, Love Hurts by Alexis Soloski

Julia Jarcho’s new play is a squirmy, sinister meditation on female desire, with a whiff of ancient Greece.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

What to Do in New York This Weekend by Nicole Herrington

There’s something for everyone, from classical music in the park to Alvin Ailey at Lincoln Center and four must-not-miss art shows spotlighting women.

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Danielle Brooks Is Ready to Be a Love Interest by Kathryn Shattuck

She talks about playing the leading lady in “Much Ado About Nothing,” saying goodbye to “Orange Is the New Black,” and being a role model.

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How Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka Spend Their Sundays by Shivani Vora

‘There is no consistency to our routine except that we’re together and spending quality time with the kids.’

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is a Musical Lacking a Sting by Jesse Green

Despite its top creative team, an adaptation of the popular Sue Monk Kidd novel feels like a first draft.

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Ed Harris to Succeed Jeff Daniels in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ on Broadway by Michael Paulson

Mr. Harris, featured in “Westworld” on television, is a four-time Oscar nominee.

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Illusionist Derren Brown to Perform ‘Secret’ on Broadway by Michael Paulson

The show, a mix of mind reading and magic, is to open in September.

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