Wednesday, June 26, 2019

From London: Sweat with Martha Plimpton, and the Long-Running Woman in Black by Steven Suskin

Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer-winner thrives in this Donmar Warehouse production, while Stephen Mallatratt's 1989 thriller runs on and on The post From London: Sweat with Martha Plimpton, and the …

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

From Massachusetts: Into a Sondheim Woods and a Fascist America by Bob Verini

Two concurrent plays in the Berkshires examine the effect of fairy tales, whether on the body human or the body politic The post From Massachusetts: Into a Sondheim Woods and a Fascist Ameri…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Toni Stone: The Woman in a League of Her Own by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Lydia R. Diamond hits one right up the middle with her play about the first female Negro League ballplayer The post Toni Stone: The Woman in a League of Her Own appeared first o…

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The Mountains Look Different: Hardscrabble West Ireland Doings by David Finkle

★★★★ Micheál mac Líammoír's couldn't-be-more-Irish play, keenly directed by Aidan Redmond The post The Mountains Look Different: Hardscrabble West Ireland Doings appeared first on…

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The Mountains Look Different: No, They Really Look Rather Flat by Michael Sommers

★★ A rural Irish melodrama of 1948 vintage needs some magic to thrive The post The Mountains Look Different: No, They Really Look Rather Flat appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Beautiful Girls: A Soaring Songbook Tribute to Stephen Sondheim by Steven Suskin

★★★★ The one-night salute featured fiery performances from ate Baldwin, Ashley Park, Donna Murphy, and Petula Clark The post Beautiful Girls: A Soaring Songbook Tribute to Stephen So…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Toni Stone: A Woman At Bat, Alone in the Game by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Lydia R. Diamond casts new light on the Negro League legend and first lady of professional baseball The post Toni Stone: A Woman At Bat, Alone in the Game appeared first on New Yor…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Yerma: Simmering When It Ought to Boil by Bob Verini

Garcia Lorca’s folk tragedy invokes earth, fire, and water, but gets mostly infused with air The post Yerma: Simmering When It Ought to Boil appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

A Strange Loop: The Cycle of Life, on Repeat by Elysa Gardner

★★★★Michael J. Jackson takes on identity, and Tyler Perry, in a funny, haunting and truly original new musical The post A Strange Loop: The Cycle of Life, on Repeat appeared first on…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Fairview: The Play About Race America Needs Now by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury's Pulitzer Prize-winner is uncomfortably, defiantly spectacular The post Fairview: The Play About Race America Needs Now appeared first on New York Sta…

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Fairview: A Shape-Shifting Study In Black and White Perceptions by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Jackie Sibblies Drury's 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama reopens in a larger theater The post Fairview: A Shape-Shifting Study In Black and White Perceptions appeared first on …

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Life Sucks: Playwright Aaron Posner Fun-Fools With Anton Chekhov by David Finkle

★★★★ An expert cast, directed expertly by Jeff Wise, has fun tossing a Chekhovian theme salad The post Life Sucks: Playwright Aaron Posner Fun-Fools With Anton Chekhov appeared fir…

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Julie Madly Deeply: A Drop of Golden Sun by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★★ Sarah-Louise Young’s musical tribute to Julie Andrews is full of heart, enthusiasm, and a totally voluntary singalong The post Julie Madly Deeply: A Drop of Golden Sun appeare…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Feingold Column: 28 Years Later, I Still Don’t “Miss Saigon” by Michael Feingold

I’m innocent. I had no idea till after it had happened that somebody with access to the now-moribund Village Voice website had decided to celebrate the 28th anniversary of my review of the…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees: Finding Honey in Hard Places by Elysa Gardner

★★★★ Duncan Sheik and Lynn Nottage team up for a musical adaptation of the long-cherished novel The post The Secret Life of Bees: Finding Honey in Hard Places appeared first on New …

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The Secret Life of Bees: The Honey Is Sweet, But It Doesn’t Stick by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Duncan Sheik and Sam Gold do their best to make a dramatic musical from milquetoast coming-of-age novel The post The Secret Life of Bees: The Honey Is Sweet, But It Doesn’t Stick…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Handbagged: Elizabeth vs. Maggie the Cat by Steven Suskin

★★★★ Two Queen Elizabeths and two Margaret Thatchers battle it out, with caustic wit The post Handbagged: Elizabeth vs. Maggie the Cat appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Handbagged: Unpacking British History by Michael Sommers

★★★ Tea and scant sympathy are shared by Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher The post Handbagged: Unpacking British History appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing: Director Kenny Leon Sees Shakespeare’s Vision by David Finkle

★★★★★ Danielle Brooks as Beatrice and Grantham Coleman as Benedick lead the superb revival The post Much Ado About Nothing: Director Kenny Leon Sees Shakespeare’s Vision appeared…

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Much Ado About Nothing: A Mostly Giddy Thing by Melissa Rose Bernardo

★★★ We do spy some marks of love in this Shakespeare in the Park production starring Danielle Brooks The post Much Ado About Nothing: A Mostly Giddy Thing appeared first on New York St…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Long Lost: Donald Margulies’ Prodigal Returns, Lobbing Grenades by Steven Suskin

★★ The Pulitzer winner returns to Manhattan Theatre Club with a disappointing new family drama The post Long Lost: Donald Margulies’ Prodigal Returns, Lobbing Grenades appeared first o…

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Long Lost: Blah Blah Black Sheep by Michael Sommers

★★ The eminent Donald Margulies delivers a tedious effort at Manhattan Theatre Club The post Long Lost: Blah Blah Black Sheep appeared first on New York Stage Review.

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Little Women: Time Marches On for Louisa May Alcott’s Characters by Michael Sommers

★★★ Kate Hamill's modern take on a Victorian classic is not as radical as it seems The post Little Women: Time Marches On for Louisa May Alcott’s Characters appeared first on New Yor…

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Little Women: Playwright/Actor Kate Hamill Has Her Way with Alcott by David Finkle

★★ The classic American novel updated according to current gender-shifting attitudes The post Little Women: Playwright/Actor Kate Hamill Has Her Way with Alcott appeared first on New Yor…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Nomad Motel: Carla Ching’s Play Pits Parents vs. Children, Sorta by David Finkle

★★★ Playwright Ching is close to getting her California-based drama on the right contemporary path The post Nomad Motel: Carla Ching’s Play Pits Parents vs. Children, Sorta appeared…

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Dying City: Lovers, Brothers and Other Strangers by Elysa Gardner

★★★ Second Stage Theater revives Christopher Shinn's intimate play tracing personal struggles in the Iraq War's early stages The post Dying City: Lovers, Brothers and Other Strangers a…

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Dying City: Puzzling Out a Significant Mystery About Love and War by Michael Sommers

★★★ Christopher Shinn directs the Second Stage revival of his Pulitzer-nominated drama The post Dying City: Puzzling Out a Significant Mystery About Love and War appeared first on New …

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Underground Railroad Game: Unorthodox and Provocative Classroom Studies by Michael Sommers

★★★★ Race and sex are smartly studied in a delightfully adventurous play The post Underground Railroad Game: Unorthodox and Provocative Classroom Studies appeared first on New York S…

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Underground Railroad Game: Learning From History, Bearing Its Weight by Elysa Gardner

★★★ The acclaimed play looking at slavery's enduring legacy returns to Ars Nova The post Underground Railroad Game: Learning From History, Bearing Its Weight appeared first on New York…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: Acting Brilliance in the Light of the Moon by Steven Suskin

★★★★ Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon shine in the Terrence McNally play The post Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune: Acting Brilliance in the Light of the Moon appeared first…

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Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune: Love Among the (Glamorous) Downtrodden by Jesse Oxfeld

★★★ Terrence McNally's play, funny, wistful, and meticulously acted, doesn't quite deliver in its second revival on Broadway The post Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune: Love Amon…

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