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The Daily Indignities of Racism

Friday, February 13, 2015

The new Off-Broadway play "Rasheeda Speaking," starring Tony Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, is a stunning example of how racism can thrive on a micro level in everyday interactions.

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A Musical About the Other Hollywood

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A new production from The Civilians, a journalistic theater company, is about the seamier side of show business — that of truthful storytelling.

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Syrians in Trouble

Saturday, February 07, 2015

The Syrian uprising of 2011 is a ripe topic for theater. But a new Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production doesn't do it justice.

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This Stripped-Down 'Into the Woods' Stands Out

Friday, February 06, 2015

The Disney film version used lavish sets — but a scrappy little theater is bringing this musical to life with 11 actors and a piano.

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A Real Housewife of Russia, Ivan Turgenev Edition

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The 19th-century Russian writer Ivan Turgenev's most celebrated play, "A Month in the Country,” has been given a rare revival this season by the Classic Stage Company. 

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The 'Golden Toad' Is Not — Well, Golden

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Venerable theater company Talking Band turns 40 this year. But this isn't the show that should commemorate the anniversary.

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Bloody Terrific

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his review of the vampire "boy meets girl" play "Let the Right One In."

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Boy Meets Girl, to Infinity and Beyond

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood examines Nick Payne’s 2012 play, “Constellations.” 

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Beginning Again and Again in the Romantic Drama 'Constellations'

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are lovers who may — or may not — get together in Nick Payne's new play.

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What It's Like to Wear a Burqa — and a Bikini

Friday, January 16, 2015

Nadia P. Manzoor's autobiographical, one-woman show has a lot to say about women in Muslim communities.

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Songs Trace a Path Through the Past

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Courtney Love, a famous rock widow and an actor and rock star in her own right, is making a low-key return to performing in the new musical theater piece "Kansas City Choir Boy."

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A Very Important List

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"Every Brilliant Thing" was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and now North American audiences are getting their first chance to see it in an Off-Broadway production.

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A Look at the London Theater Scene

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While recently in London, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood took note of the theatrical import-export balance between Broadway and the West End.

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The Illusionists Make Broadway Magic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With a name that pays homage to earlier forms of stage trickery, "The Illusionists" is a slickly packaged production of seven professional prestidigitators.

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A Steampunk Fable About Injustice

Friday, December 12, 2014

The tale of Sacco and Vanzetti is told through multimedia wizardry and old fashioned storytelling in HERE Art Center's new production "Send for the Million Men."

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Life on an Alien World That's Ours

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Broadway season’s first of several London imports is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,” Simon Stephens’s adaptation of the popular novel by Mark Haddon.

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A Rodgers and Hammerstein Experiment is Revived

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Rodgers and Hammerstein were riding high in 1947, the year they brought Allegro to the stage. It was not a hit. Now, Classic Stage Company is reviving the work.

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Albee's A Delicate Balance Returns to Broadway

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Edward Albee’s 1966 play "A Delicate Balance" returns to Broadway with one of the season’s starriest casts.

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In Defense of Straight White Men

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Playwright Young Jean Lee asks: What's a do-gooder liberal guy to do?

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Conjoined Twins Searching for Love and Fame

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Broadway's reboot of "Side Show" showcases the big hearts in even the strangest characters.

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