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1984 - George Orwell's novel about a dystopian world has been relevant for almost 70 years. Current events have resulted in starry new Broadway production . . .
Marvin's Room
Marvin's Room - Scott McPherson's heroic Bessie still tugs at our heart strings but also manages to make us laugh. . . Read More
A Doll's House, Part 2
A Doll's House, Part 2 Extended to 1/07/18!- Lucas Hnuth's highly original sequel to Ibsen's classic adds yet another terrific new play to the Broadway season. . . Read More
Anastasia - The famous Russian princess fairy tale boasts a top team Read More
hello dolly
Hello, Dolly! - Jerry Herman's bouncy score plus Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce . . .no wonder this old-fashioned musical is the season's hottest ticket. . . Read More
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day - Even an injured knee can't keep Andy Karl from making our visit to Punxsutawney, Pa. fun . . . Read More
Bandstand - The masterful choreographer of Hamilton and a first-class musical theater team have concocted a show that mixes music inspired by the swing era with an overall sensibility that's up-to-the-minute.. .Read More
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - The exceptionally talented Christian Borle plays Willie Wonka with exhilarating ferocity. . .Read More
Indecent in response to all the support, the show will run a bit longer, now closing 8/06/1- Paula Vogel's more relevant than ever homage to the power (and danger) of creativity and dissent. . .Read More
War Paint
War Paint -musical stars Patty LuPone and Christine Ebersole do their utmost to make to stars of the beauty industry fascinating. . . Read More
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong - this British farce glows with antic performances Read More
Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon - Claude-Michel Schönberg-Alain Boublil- Richard Maltby Jr musical is back at the same theater where it made its long running Broadway debut-- and so is the helicopter. . .Read More
Come From Away
Come From Away - Its uplift message has helped this fact-based musical fly from Canada to Broadway. . . Read More
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 - (update to now cover both Josh Groban and understudy Scott Stangland's as Pierre in the little musical engine that could at Broadway's 1000-seat Imperial theater. . . 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
 A Bronx Tale
A Bronx Tale - Chazz Palminteri's solo play gets yet another life as a Broadway musical. . . Read More
Cats. . .. . .Closing on Broadway 12/30/17 and heading for the road with a new castRead More
Waitress - Sara Bareilles now stars!
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 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
Death of  a Salesman
Death of a Salesman - Mitu's production is for the most adventurous theater-goers and for serious students of contemporary drama. . .Read More
Pipeline - in her Lincoln Center debut Dominique Morrisseau once again tackles a universal social problem from a personal perspective. . . Read More
Encores! Off-Centre Assassins- a here today-gone in 4 days revival of Sondheim's chilling yet thrilling killer show buoyed by a killer cast. . . Read More
NYMusic Festival
2017 New York Music Festival - Our first Festival reviews: Matthew McConnaughey v. the Devil. . . My Dear Watson, a Sherlock Holmes Musical (other reviews coming up Read More
Hamlet - Oscar Isaac as the melancholy Dane at the Pubic TheaterRead More
Spoon River Soulpepper's exhilarating 95-minute musical adapted from the famous "anthology" by Edgar Lee Masters. . .Read More
AMERIKE—  The Golden Land
AMERIKE— The Golden Land - Extended to 8/20! This wonderful revival by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is at the Museum of Jewish Heritage through early August Read More THRU AUGUST 20
Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage - More than a hundred years and 3 movies later, W. Somerset Maugham's novel comes to the stage, courtesy of Toronto's Soulpepper Company. . . Read More
 Kim's Convenience
Kim's Convenience - Soulpepper's home grown comedy hit that seeded a TV sitcom is live and lively again on 42nd Street Read More
 Opus Cactus
Opus Cactus - The amazingly agile MOMIX dancers are back at the Joyce . . . Read *More
Napoli,  Brooklyn
Napoli, Brooklyn - Meghan Kennedy's play about the effect of the burgeoning social changes and an actual flight disaster on her own family. . . Read More
Measure For Measure - Staged by Simon Godwin in modern-dress and with fresh bite and emotional immediacy. . .Read More
The Traveling Lady
The Traveling Lady -Extended to 7/30/17! a welcome return to Horton Foote's beloved sleepy Texas town where nothing much happens. . .until it does! Read More
 Attack of the Elvis Impersonators
Attack of the Elvis Impersonators - In Lory Lazarus's musical the soul of Elvis returns to Earth to convince the human race to be his impersonator. . .Read More
Somebody's Daughter
Somebody's Daughter - Playwright Chisa Hutchinson proves herself a sharp-eyed observer of character with an up-to-the minute ear for how Americans of differing ages and backgrounds speak and interact. Read More
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar - a Trump-inspired Caesar steps out of a bathtub to meet those who've come not to praise but to bury him . . . Read More
wood sez
Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie - Extended again to 9/10! musical tribute to the great Woody Guthrie by a multi-talented quartet. . . Read More
Animal - Claire Lizzimore's play may be providing a heavy dose of the psychotic. But who will complain when its being doled out by the terrific Rebecca Hall. . . Read More
Sweetee You gotta have heart and this little show has it despite plot and other problems . . . Read More
The End of Longing
The End of Longing - Matthew Perry's playwriting and stage acting debut at MCC Read More
The Government Inspector
The Government InspectorReturning for another 6 weeks at New World Stages! - Don't be surprised if some of the over-the-top characters in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of Gogol's farce remind you of some of the real life shenanigans in our current body politic. . . Read More
boy who danced
The Boy Who Danced On Air -this well-crafted production and its gifted performers bring an intriguing, though certainly unsettling tradition to the stage. . . Read More
The Whirligig
The Whirligig - Hamish Linklater dons his playwright's hat for a complex story about how the untimely death of a young woman sends her parents and others who knew her into a whirligig of grief and guilt. . . Read More
The Lucky One
The Lucky One -A.A. Milne's 1922 play about sibling rivalry among the upper class gets another go by the Mint Theater. . . Read More
Derren Brown: Secret
Derren Brown: Secret - The British mentalist and illusionist pulls out his full bag of tricks for his Atlantic Theater debut Read More
Pacific Overtures - Stephen Sondheim's complex musical given a timely political focus with drastic, but brilliant new staging John Doyle. . . Read More
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney ToddExtended to 12/31! -the Demon Barber's story goes immersive, its thrilling music intact and the pies and mash served before show time are delicious . . .Read More
Spamilton Extended again to 12/28/17!- It was inevitable that Gerard Alessandrini would find the rap rage that has taken over the spotlight on Broadway with the mega hit Hamilton. . . Read More
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Touch Phoebe Waller-Bridge acts as dramaturg on this scintillating, sexy follow up to Fleabag at the Soho . . . . . . Read More -
The Mentor
The Mentor F Murray Abraham stars in a play about the agonies of writing . . . Read More -
Ink James Graham's new play looks at Rupert Murdoch's acquisition of The Sun newspaper and editor Larry Lamb turning around its popularity in a sure fire theatrical hit. . Read More -
Gloria Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins's play about New York magazine journalism stirs up the industry at Hampstead Theatre. . . Read More -
Bat out of Hell
Bat out of Hell Jim Steinman's musical Bat out of Hell finally gets a staging forty years on Read More
CommonDC Moore's new play for Headlong and the National Theatre astonishes and confuses. . . Read More -
887 Robert Lepage's storytelling narrative compels for two hours as he looks at his memories with all the technical wizardy commanding astounding visuals . . . Read More -
Othello The Tobacco Factory and English Touring Theatre's Othello is the best I have ever seen for clarity and understanding. We were blown away by Mark Lockyer's Iago and Abraham Popoola's Othello . . . Read More -
The Ferryman
The FerrymanJez Butterworth's epic successor to Jerusalem is set in a family in Northern Ireland among the troubles and has its West End transfer booked . . . Read More -

Shit-Faced Shakespeare
Shit-Faced Shakespeare A Hangover or just fun? Read More
An American in Paris
An American in Paris London's Dominion Theatre welcomes the Tony award winning musical of An American in Paris with its balletic dance and fabulous visuals . . . Read More -
The Girls
The Girls Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's charming musical about the middle aged women who stripped off for a nude charity calendar is delightful, poignant and well worth seeing . . . Read More -
Cautionary Tales for Daughters
Cautionary Tales for Daughters Tanya Holt's delightful evening of received wisdom in the form of satirical song . . . Read More -
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - John Tiffany's startling production of the eighth story in the Harry Potter series charms fans and Muggles alike in the theatrical event of the year . . . . . Read More -
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New Jersey
A Midsummer Night's Dream -as funny as it is meant to be 
Skeleton Crew
Skeleton Crew - Dominque Morisseau's play gets yet another production. . . Read More
The Bungler-Everyone deserves kudos for their esprit de corps and for the crisp delivery of their lines
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Constellations -Kudos to playwright Nick Payne who has written both a love story that tickles the cerebellum and a brainy play that makes you swoon . . Read More


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Washington - DC
Cabaret - The revival currently at the Kennedy Center is very much "in yer face." That's before the first note of John Kander's fabulous music is played. . . Read More
The Father - Florian Zeller's play about aging given a fine new production . . Read More
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Berkshire Reviews
Speech and Debate
Speech and Debate - Stephen Karam's much produced play gets a fine production at Barrington Stage Read More
Where Storms are Born
Where Storms are Born - This world premiere by Harrison David Rivers is an ugly story of today. Read More
Cymbeline - Shakespeare & Company founder Tina Packer's very fine production of the Bar's last play. . . Read More
Children of a Lesser God
Children of a Lesser God - Mark Medoff's play is still a challenging and touching play for people of both hearing and non-hearing worlds. Read More
Ragtime - Barrington Stage has created a tight, intimate production that tells a timeless dramatic tale which parallels many of today's headlines and reminds us of the possibility of redemption, change and love. Read More
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