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Broadway
Sea
Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway - It would be nice to see these linked monologues by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge in an intimate setting. In stead, the actors' star power have now brought it for a limited run to the even larger Hudson Theater on Broadway Read More

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical - a brightly wrapped, intricately decorated package with little inside. It's racy, sometimes vulgar, and always indifferent to historical context and narrative logic. This makes it just the right stuff for the Trump eraRead More
frankie/johnny
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune - Closing 7/28! This new Broadway revival has two extraordinary actors simply having a good time romp Read More

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beetlejuice
Beetlejuice - Like the movie, the musical has been cast with artists who are first-rate clowns. . . . Read More
Tootsie
Tootsie - To paraphrase Al Jolson's famous song, Toot, toot,Tootsie, hello! Read More
Hadestown
Hadestown - the most original new musical on Broadway takes us to hell and back to a soaring musical score. Read More

Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! - Daniel Fish's new look at the musical that launched the golden age of musicals. . .the ear hugging tunes are still there, but with a far less sunny interpretation. . . Read More

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What the Constitution Means to Me - Heidy Schreck's ever more relevant play on Broadway Read More

ainttooproud
ain't too proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations - No less than thirty-one Motown songs are performed with a slick and polished vigor in Broadway's newest jukebox musical. . . Read More

King Kong
King Kong - closing 8/18! The iconic four-footed super hero is musicalized, and the beast once again upstages the beauty. . . Read More
Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman -Closing 8/18! another movie hit sings and dances to Broadway, this one with an essentially sleazy pair turned into fairy tale romantic lovers. . . Read More
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Winner of Best Play Tony! Read More
Mean Girls
Mean Girls - Another teen audience targeted movie now sing and dances on Broadway Read More
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Frozen
Frozen - A visually rich production that keeps us wide-eyed and on tenterhooks for more than two hours, even when we know how things are going to end. . . Read More
Come From Away
Come From Away - Its uplift message has helped this fact-based musical fly from Canada to Broadway. . . Read More
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen - A small musical's big heart and big on talent cast is now a welcome addition to the Broadway musical scene. . . Read More
waitress
Waitress
Closing on Broadway 1/05/20! Read More
New York Off-Broadway
Measure for Measure and Native Son - Descriptive Excerpt: Richard Wright and William Shakespeare are justly praised for their depth and breadth of thought; I wish that in the zeal to focus them on single concepts, these productions didn't reduce their works as much as they do. Read More
Bat Out of Hell: The Musical - this is a rock concert for rock lovers repelled by rock concerts. Read More

Rinse, Repeat
Rinse, Repeat - in Domenica Feraud's debut play a dysfunctional family collides with an illness almost impossible to overcome, and one that is shrouded in shame and dishonesty. Alhough the play lackins the originality to achieve its dramatic potential, it is impossible not to be moved by this painful case history of one young woman's struggle with her illness. . .Read More
Love  Noel The Songs and Letters of  Nöel Coward
Love Nöel: The Songs and Letters of Nöel Coward - In a delightful 90-minute salute to "The Master, Nöel Coward," cabaret favorites Steve Ross and KT Sullivan winnow through a melange of letters and songs to illuminate the man, his friends and his era. As described in this two-hander, he was, "a Renaissance Man who just happened to live in the 20th Century" and Ross and Sullivan are here to celebrate an entire aura of glamour and sophistication . . . Read More
date me
#Date Me: An OkCupid Experiment - A comedic and complicated view of online dating through one woman’s real lens. While the attention to that detail in both the script and the performance is the most endearing part of the production, it certainly makes a case for the online dating cynic who may not be looking to have their mind changed just yet. . . .Read More
Summer Shorts-Series A - Although the theme of death that threads through each play might seem incongruous with the sunny days of summer, this memento mori triptych does offer something better than sunshine: a penetrating gaze into the human condition from three different authors. Read More
little gem
Little Gem- Extended to 9/08! Elaine Murphy guides her fictional characters through the play with a prescribed sentimentality but it rings true to life in a very engaging way. The progression of time for them is charged by their irrepressible honesty and through unapologetically personal feelings, many of which are consigned to overlap the needs and longing of the other. Read More
Broadway Bounty Hunter
Broadway Bounty Hunter - Closing 8/18/19 The chance to see Annie Golden in her fiercely ridiculous (or ridiculously fierce) pursuit of justice is a bounty worth hunting all by itself. Read More
2  crowd
Two's A Crowd -with astute veteran comedian Rita Rudner as writer and co-star, you get a laugh-filled couple of hours but a predictable rollout of familiar one-liners and a sit-com plot. . Read More
The Rolling Stone
The Rolling Stone - Chris Urch's powerful play derives much of this powers from the excellent performances of the actors, especially Blankson-Wood, Edwards and James Udom Read More
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow - Extended to 8/17/19!Halley Feiffer's contemporary take on Checkov's Three Sisters Read More
The Mountains Look Different
The Mountains Look Different - The Mint is welcoming the late arrival of Micheal mac Liammoir's play with a superb New York premiere. Read More
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life sucks
Life Sucks - Chekhov would probably be delighted with Aaron Posner's updated version of Uncle Vanya. Read More
fidder
Fiddler On the Roof - The not to be missed Yiddish version of the golden era's most perfect musical is now uptown. . . Read More

fiddler
Fiddler on the Roof The show will move uptown to Stage 42 from 2/11/19; opening 2/21/19 - The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's (NYTF) excellent Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof as directed by Joel Grey makes us fall in love with Tevye, his wife, Golde, and his three daughters all over again. Read More
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London

evitalon19
Evita The Open Air's big summer musical production is Evita seen through fresh eyes . . . . Read More
gobangyourtambourinelon19
Go Bang Your Tambourine The Finborough finds a play set in 1970 never before seen in London . . . . Read More
hunchbackofnotredamelon19
The Hunchback of Notre Dame St Paul's churchyard in Covent Garden forms the backdrop to this open air, promenade version of Hugo's classic tome Read More

timeofourlieslon19
The Time of Our Lies Howard Zinn's life work forms the basis for this new play . . . . Read More
nightoftheiguanalon19
The Night of the Iguana Clive Owen and Lia Williams star in Tennessee Williams little produced and difficult play. . . . Read More
jesuschristsuperstarlon19
Jesus Christ Superstar . . . Timothy Sheader's Olivier winning production from Regent's Park rides into the Barbican better than ever. . . . Read More
bitterwheatlon19
Bitter Wheat David Mamet's new play about a movie mogul sexual predator stars John Malkovich. "It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound that is show business." was the tagline . . . . . Read More
midsummernightsdreamlon19
A Midsummer Night's Dream Nicholas Hytner's plays with the gender of the fairies in an inventive and fun way . . . . Read More

sonlon19
Waitress - Broadway hit musical comedy Waitress brings pies to London . . . Read More

9to5 lon19
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton's musical about sexism in the workplace comes to London . . . . Read More


Thrillerlivelon19
Thriller Live The show which features Michael Jackson's music celebrates its 10th year . . . . Read More

Witnessfortheprosecutionlon19
Witness for the Prosecution Agatha Christie's novel is dramatized in the magnificent setting of a 1920s Edwardian Baroque council chamberwith exciting director Lucy Bailey in charge. . . . Read More

Lehmantrilogylon18
The Lehman Trilogy- a look at the origins of the bank which failed spectacularly in 2008, with a British star cast and Sam Mendes as director . . . Read More
Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
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California

Moby Dick - Rehearsed
Moby Dick - Rehearsed - Even with the Theatricum's considerable playmaking resources and expertise, it's an underwhelming end to an epic tale. Kudos certainly to the Theatricum for taking us out to sea. Would that the waters were smoother. Read More


Washington - DC
The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit - the justly lauded show starts its national tour in DCRead More
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Berkshire Reviews
Topdog/Underdog
Topdog/Underdog - Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize winning play at Shakespeare Company in Lenox Read More
 Fall Springs
Fall Springs - this musical's story is politically pointed and the acting and music campy enough to make for what is probably the most entertaining evening about hydro fracking that anyone could ever imagine. Read More

 Before the Meeting
Before the Meeting - Williamstown Theatre Festival's premiere at the intimate Nikos Stage, is a 70-80 minute visit with four addicts prior to their daily 12-step meeting in a church basement. Read More

What We May Be
What We May Be - Kathleen Clark's play is a backstage drama, quite literally whenever the stage wings are exposed. Read More

ghostds
Ghosts - Uma Thurman's willowy and repressed Mrs. Helene Alving is the centerpiece of Williamstown Theatre Festival's production og Henrik Ibsen's late 19th century radical examination of Norwegian mores Read More
if  I  forget
If I Forget - Steven Levenson family comedy /drama gets its third Curtainup review . . .Read More
working
Working: A Musical - This terrific production of the musical based on Studs' Turkel's book , is filled with insights into our country's labor force who are the ones who drive its engine. Without them, what would we do? Read More
The Skin Of Our Teeth -For a play that requires lots of scenery chewing, The Skin of Our Teeth has sadly lost much of its bite. . . Read More
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night - The prolific master came to be known as The Bard of Avon. If the theater company that bears his name keeps up the pace, of its opening production, one day we might call him The The Netflix of Lenox.Read More
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