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Breaking News: Drama Desk Awards, Off Broadway Alliance Awards, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations now added to our Curtainup's annual omnibus awards list . . . The Effect extended to 9/04/16. . . The 2016 Pulitzer for Drama goes to Hamilton and the two well-deserved runner-ups are Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and The Humans by Stephen Karam. Click here for All Pulitzer winners . . Free Shakespeare in New York's Bryant Park . . .Matilda: The Musical will close 1/01/17 after a 4-year run. . . She Loves Me will extend its run at Studio 54 until 7/10/16 . . .All performances of Barbara Cook: Then and Now cancelled until a later date!. . . The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time ends its long run 9/04/16 . . .| See our news page for Classic Stage's first productions by incoming Artistic Director John Doyle< . . . Ruthless the off-Broadway musical has been extended again to 6/18/16. . . Cabaret Nights - April 2016 detailed listings of current and upcoming Broadway Shows and Off-Broadway Shows updated daily . . . Curtainup at Facebook & at Twitter. . . Visit CurtainUp's Friends . . Go Tickets
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Features
Downton Abbey's Final Season. . . a grand and thoroughly satisfying finale -- could a movie to continue these now "somewhat happy" lives?
Live Theater's Version of Binge-Viewing
A Place to Call Home--Season 3 Update
Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death with a Dollop of Theater

New York-Broadway
Fully Committed<
Fully Committed< - After almost 2 decaades as a regional staple, Becky Mode's upstairs/downstairs comedy come back to New York', this time on Broadway. . . Read More
Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting - a new family friendly musical, adapted from Natalie Babbitt's popular young adult novel. . . Read More
waitress
Waitress - a promising Broadway debut for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and another award-winning performance by Jessie Mueller
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>American Psycho
American Psycho - Lacking the acute sense of danger that effective horror stories must have, the musicalized version of the Bret Easton Ellis novel relies for thrills on the Grand Guignol pleasures of its top-flight design team. Read More
The Father
The Father - Frank Langella justifies all the hype, Florian Zeller's play not quite so much Read More
The Crucible
The Crucible - Ivo Van Hov's highly effective take on Arthur Miller's classic allelgory Read More
Bright Star
Bright Star - Another bluegrass tuner, this one on Broadway and by the multi-talented Steve Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell. Read More
She Loves Me
She Loves Me - Extended to July 10th! The Roundabout gets everything right in its revival of this musical theater charmer Read More
Blackbird - Jeff Daniels and Michell Williams still make the aptly named David Harrower's psychodrama harrowing Read More
Disaster!
Disaster! - a feverishly daffy musical parody of the disaster movie genre Read More
Eclipsed
Eclipsed on Broadway - Disturbing and outstandingly staged as ever Read More
The Humans
The Humans - Our review Stephen Karam's family drama on Broadway. . . Read More
 NoisesOff
Noises Off - Extended to 3/13! Sardines, slamming doors and a stellar cast are at their their funniest during the middle act's in front and in back of the curtain shenanigans Read More
 Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof - this is still as close as you can get to a perfect musical and a memorable Teyve courtesy of Danny Burstein . . . . Read More
 The Color Purple
The Color Purple - a rewarding show thanks to some powerful performances . . . . Read More
 School of Rock
School of Rock - It's a large, loud show with a totally improbable plot but it;s impossible not to root for its ensemble of super talented kids . . . . Read More
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New York Off-Broadway

The School for Scandal
The School for Scandal - The Red Bull Theater Company's terrific version of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's classic tale of malicious storytelling, shocking revelations, and societal censure . . . Read More
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. - Extended to 5/22! This brief piece marks Alice Birch as a writer worth following. . .Read More
In The Secret Sea
In The Secret Sea - the top heavy plot with its too convenient details makes one wonder if Cate Ryan's new family drama wouldn't work better as a documentary.Read More
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's classic love story receives a refreshing, nimble, and energetic production from the Public Theater's Mobile Unit. Read More
Nathan the Wise
Nathan the Wise - This 18th century pla is an admirable valedictory for Classic Stage Company's Brian Kulik, demonstrating as it does his dedication to first-rate acting, devotion to underappreciated texts, and commitment to theater as a means for ethical discussion of real-world issues. Read More
 Exit Strategy
Exit Strategy - Ike Holter tackles our dysfunctional public education system with a compelling mix of poignancy and humor. . . Read More
King and Country
King and Country -Although we follow 4 kings' individual journeys in this Henriad, the real protagonist here is the nation, and how it gains its identity. Shakespeare, if he were still alive, would likely give it a thumbs-up Read More
Cagney
Cagney - The York Theater Company's big-little bio-musical transfers to the Westside Theatre for an open runRead More
Vincent
Vincent - a nicely projected overview of van Gogh's lesser as well as well-known paintings Read More
Head of Passes
Head of Passes -Extended to 5/01/16! Tarell Alvin McCraney uses a dysfunctional Louisiana family to tackle Book of Job questions Read More
Stupid Fu**ing Bird
Stupid Fu**ing Bird - Aaron Posner's clever riff of Chekov's The Seagull at the Pearl's 42nd Street home Read More
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Thank God for Jokes
Thank God for Jokes - not jokes at all but stories taken directly from his life experiences Read More
Dry Powder
Dry Powder - a dark comedy about the publicly condemned but business as usual world of private investment firms. Read More
 The Effect
The Effect - Extended to 9/04!6! The romance that propels her plot may at first seem like a mostly authorial device to lighten things up, but it turns out to be as as combustible and unsettling as the complexities of the situation that brought two hungry for love people together. Read More
>The Robber Bridegroom
The Robber Bridegroom - Stephen Pasquale leads an energetic cast in a revival of the blue grass musical based on Eudora Welty's novel. . . Read More
The Royale
The Royale - a new drama by Marco Ramirez,inspired by the career of Jack Johnson, the heavy-weight fighter whose life was fictionalized, almost 50 years ago, in The Great White Hope by the late Howard Sackler. Read More
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs - This gemutlich little show and the intimate, recently renovated Davenport Theatre seem meant for each other.Read More






London

 Boy
Boy Leo Butler's play looks at a white school leaver in North London and his precious lack of prospects and connections . . . Read More
 The Caretaker
The Caretaker Timothy Spall in a rare stage appearance creates Pinter's discerning Caretaker with humour and theatricality . . . Read More
 X
X - A sure fire contender for the 2016 play with the shortest title comes Alistair McDowall's X at the Royal Court . . . Read More
 Les Blancs
Les Blancs Yael Farber directs Lorraine Hansberry's unfinished kaleidoscopic play about revolution in sub Saharan Africa at the National Theatre . . . Read More
 Bug
Bug Extended to 5/14! Kate Fleetwood and James Norton create a tense, Hitchcock-like atmosphere in this must-see play about paranoia . . . Read More
 The Painkiller
The Painkiller Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon excel in this fall about farce at The Garrick . . . Read More
 The Truth
The Truth Florian Zeller continues to impress with this comedy about the perils of infidelity . . . Read More
 Motown: the Musical
Motown: the Musical London gets Berry Gordon's story of his record label Tamla Motown and the stars he discovered. . . Read More
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New Jersey
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 Pump Boys and Dinettes
Pump Boys and Dinettes - amiable mix of country-styled music and home-grown corn Read More



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Philadelphia

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Washington - DC
All the Way
All the Way - Arena Stage's theater in the round, the Fichandler, is beautifully suited to Robert Schenkkan's political drama about President Lyndon Johnson's first year in office. . . Read More
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Connecticut
Lewiston
Lewiston - Samuel D. Hunter's evocative, admirably realistic new play Long Wharf Theater is that familiar conflict between a new country's western expansion at the expense of devouring the land. . . . Read More
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TIMELY QUOTES
I thought I'd be settled by my age, you know, but, man, it never ends ... mortgage, car payments, Internet, our dishwasher just gave out. Don'tcha think it should cost less to be alive?— Erik, a 60ish working class American who, besides all the above, lost his job and can't afford help to take care of his dementia afflicted mother. No wonder The Humans is probably the most all too real American drama currently on any stage.

Welcome to our house on Maple Avenue
See how we polish and we shine
We rearrange and realign
Everything is balanced and serene
Like chaos never happens if it's never seen — lyric from Fun Home , the least mass-audience geared contender for a Best New Musical Tony.

Welcome To The Renaissance
Not The One In Italy Or In France
No The One In England
The One Where William Shakespeare Is Cream Of The Crop
The One Where William Shakespeare Is The Top!

— Lyric from Something rotten the zany, strictly historically incorrect riff on how plays evolved into musicals, that's also a contender for the best new musical Tony.

If we assume the debts, the union gets/ A new line of credit, a financial diuretic/ How do you not get it? If we're aggressive and competitive/ The union gets a boost. You'd rather give it a sedative? — Alexander Hamilton in the brilliantnew musical Hamilton


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