Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sea Wall / A Life: Personal Storytelling, Carefully and Impersonally Constructed by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal offer two monologues of love and death, immaculately performed if not quite honest The post Sea Wall / A Life: Personal Storytelling, Carefully…

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Sea Wall / A Life: Meditations on Life and Death by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal star in a pair of somber, sometimes rewarding monologues by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne The post Sea Wall / A Life: Meditations on Life and Deat…

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Switzerland: Patricia Highsmith in Person Niftily Fictionalized by David Finkle

★★★★ Joanna Murray-Smith imagines how the thriller author might handle a non-Tom Ripley young man The post Switzerland: Patricia Highsmith in Person Niftily Fictionalized appeared …

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Bonnie’s Last Flight: A Misguided Journey to Nowhere by Michael Sommers

★ A cool concept for a comedy about a plane trip proves to be a tedious time The post Bonnie’s Last Flight: A Misguided Journey to Nowhere appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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My Very Own British Invasion: A Warped Brit-Based Jukebox Tuner by David Finkle

★★ Herman's Hermit's lead singer Peter Noone's story, via Rick Elice, with nostalgic rock ditties The post My Very Own British Invasion: A Warped Brit-Based Jukebox Tuner appeared first…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Freestyle Love Supreme: Where Hip Hop, Improv, and Comedy Meet by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ The hip hop improv troupe cofounded by Lin-Manuel Miranda reunites for an off-Broadway run (with a few special guests) The post Freestyle Love Supreme: Where Hip Hop, Improv, an…

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Freestyle Love Supreme: Going with the Flow by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A hip-hop improv group co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda makes an exuberant return The post Freestyle Love Supreme: Going with the Flow appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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The Shadow of a Gunman: Sean O’Casey’s Seriocomic Saga of Dublin at War by Michael Sommers

★★★★ The Irish Rep kicks off its three-show cycle of the playwright's works with a winning revival The post The Shadow of a Gunman: Sean O’Casey’s Seriocomic Saga of Dubl…

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The Shadow of a Gunman: Dangerous Games in Dublin by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Irish Repertory Theatre's Sean O'Casey season kicks off with this piercing look at Ireland's troubles before The Troubles. The post The Shadow of a Gunman: Dangerous Games in Du…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

The Day Before Spring: Early Lerner and Loewe, on Their Way by Steven Suskin

★★★ The York’s exhumation of an all-but-lost musical exhibits songwriters on the verge of greatness The post The Day Before Spring: Early Lerner and Loewe, on Their Way appeared firs…

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The Feingold Column: The Dramas of (and in) Books by Michael Feingold

As the Drama Book Shop staves off its final curtain, a consideration of the magnetism books—and their permanence—hold for theater people The post The Feingold Column: The Dramas of (and…

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Light: Black #MeToo Arguments Blaze Away In a Timely New Drama by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Playwright Loy A. Webb, director Logan Vaughn, and two fine actors deliver a hot he said/she said story The post The Light: Black #MeToo Arguments Blaze Away In a Timely New Dr…

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The Light: Playwright Loy A. Webb Tackles Woman-Man Problem by David Finkle

★★★★ McKinley Belcher III and Mandi Masden give their impressive all under director Logan Vaughn The post The Light: Playwright Loy A. Webb Tackles Woman-Man Problem appeared first o…

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Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: Strindberg Strengthened, Weakened by David Finkle

Yale Farber's Mies Julie ★★★★ smartly transforms Strindberg, while The Dance of Death revival ★★ merely smarts The post Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: Strindberg Strengthe…

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Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: The First Is Hot, the Second Is Not by Michael Sommers

Classic Stage offers two Strindberg plays in separate productions, one more august than the other The post Mies Julie and The Dance of Death: The First Is Hot, the Second Is Not appeared fir…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Call Me Madam: Political Satire 70 Years Later, Without Ethel Merman by Steven Suskin

★★★★ Encores’ latest is a thorough charmer, though not quite the blockbuster it could be The post Call Me Madam: Political Satire 70 Years Later, Without Ethel Merman appeared firs…

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Call Me Madam: Irving Berlin’s Tuneful Laugh at 1950s Politics by David Finkle

★★★★ Carmen Cusack goes for broke and nicely gets there in the satirical Ethel Merman showcase The post Call Me Madam: Irving Berlin’s Tuneful Laugh at 1950s Politics appeared…

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

God Said This: A Kentucky Family Being Unhappy in Its Own Way by Michael Sommers

★★★ A gentle new comedy-drama explores mother-daughter-sister relationships The post God Said This: A Kentucky Family Being Unhappy in Its Own Way appeared first on New York Stage Revi…

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Gatz: Elevator Repair Service’s Penthouse-High Great Gatsby Transfer by David Finkle

★★★★★ Every word of Fitzgerald's masterwork faithfully read and acted with loving urgency The post Gatz: Elevator Repair Service’s Penthouse-High Great Gatsby Transfer appea…

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Joan: Dealing Out a Disorderly Deck of Triste and Trite Snapshots by Michael Sommers

★★ Stephen Belber's latest drama shuffles through a tiresome heap of cliches The post Joan: Dealing Out a Disorderly Deck of Triste and Trite Snapshots appeared first on New York Stage R…

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

My Fair Lady: Benanti and Burstein Enhance the Enchantment of Lerner and Loewe Classic by Steven Suskin

★★★★★ Stellar cast replacements make this excellent production even better The post My Fair Lady: Benanti and Burstein Enhance the Enchantment of Lerner and Loewe Classic appeared …

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My Fair Lady: A Loverly, and Fierce, New Eliza by Elysa Gardner

★★★★★ Laura Benanti and other new recruits bring fresh joy and fire to Bartlett Sher's ravishing revival The post My Fair Lady: A Loverly, and Fierce, New Eliza appeared first on N…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

The Convent: Modern-Day Women Go Soul Searching in a Medieval Milieu by Michael Sommers

★★ Jessica Dickey's latest play scarcely achieves its intriguing possibilities The post The Convent: Modern-Day Women Go Soul Searching in a Medieval Milieu appeared first on New York St…

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West: Shepard’s Raging Brothers Return by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano make their own mark in the first Broadway revival of this modern classic The post True West: Shepard’s Raging Brothers Return appeared first on N…

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True West: Sam Shepard’s Brotherhood of Man by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★ Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano are excellent in a revival that's still shadowed by its previous staging The post True West: Sam Shepard’s Brotherhood of Man appeared first on N…

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The Feingold Column: Explaining Alvin Epstein by Michael Feingold

When the great, polymathic actor died in December, the theater lost one of its most remarkable artists The post The Feingold Column: Explaining Alvin Epstein appeared first on New York Stage…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Eddie and Dave: Running with the Devil, in Drag by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ A storied rock & roll rivalry is revisited hilariously, with a gender twist (and tenderness), in Amy Staats's new play The post Eddie and Dave: Running with the Devil, in D…

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Eddie and Dave: Amy Staats Salutes Van Halen With a Half-Salute by David Finkle

★★★ A musical spoof that amuses for a while before becoming a typical rock-band demise tale The post Eddie and Dave: Amy Staats Salutes Van Halen With a Half-Salute appeared first on N…

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Colin Quinn Red State Blue State: Snarking Over America’s States of Disunion by Michael Sommers

★★★ A curmudgeonly humorist stands up to gripe about various aspects of our polarized society The post Colin Quinn Red State Blue State: Snarking Over America’s States of Disunio…

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

About Alice: Calvin Trillin’s Fond Portrait of the Woman He Loved by Michael Sommers

★★★★ A writer provides a tender account of his wife, who did more than merely face up to cancer The post About Alice: Calvin Trillin’s Fond Portrait of the Woman He Loved appea…

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Trick or Treat: A Bold Play About Dementia Gets Less and Less Bold by David Finkle

★★ Playwright John Neary presents a Northeastern family is a much distress as the proceedings are The post Trick or Treat: A Bold Play About Dementia Gets Less and Less Bold appeared fir…

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