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Our Mother's Brief Affair
Our Mother's Brief Affair - Linda Lavin is at the top of her game, playwright Richard Greenberg not quite so much 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
 China Doll
China Doll - David Mamet wrote this play for Al Pacino. While Pacino isn't looking a gift horse in the mouth , all his charisma, verbal and physical quirks can't save this horse from being lame-footed. . . . Read More
Feb 21, 2016 A View From the Bridge
 View from the Bridge
View from the Bridge - Ivo Van Hove's down sized, sizzling take on Arthur Miller's kitchen sink drama . . . . Read More
Misery
Misery - Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Willis are now playing Stephen King's cat-and-mouse game for more laughts than thrills . . . . Read More
Allegiance
Allegiance - Closing 2/14! Kudos to George Takei for inspiring Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Throne to turn his family's history into a meaningful original musical . . . . Read More
 On Your Feet
On Your Feet - A jukebox musical with heart and the funky rhythm of the Estefan sound that's sure to get you on your feet . . . . Read More
Hamilton On Broadway
Hamilton: The Something New and Exciting Broadway's Been Waiting For - A hit downtown is an even bigger hit uptown . . . . Read More
Finding Neverland - Star casting and Diane Paulus may make this Peter Pan back stage fiction critic proof . . Read More
Finding Neverland
Something Rotten
Something Rotten - unapologetically from Shakespeare . . . Read More
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - a genre-crossing, electrifying stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's best selling novel . . Read More
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New York Off-Broadway
Broadway and the Bard
Broadway and the Bard - Len Cariou interweaves Shakespeare's verse with the Great American Songbook, and seasons it with tidbits of theater lore culled from his own personal history on Broadway, and beyondRead More
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Snow White
Snow White - Your own taste for titillation will help determine whether you find this kind of entertainment seductive or stultifying Read More
Monte Cristo
Monte Cristo - New York actor Jared Reinmuth has embraced the challenge of adapting Dumas' literary behemoth. Read More
I and You
I and You - the most striking aspect of Lauren Gunderson's play is the the ex machina device with which she ties things up, though audience members are bound to differ as to the effectiveness of this narrative switcheroo. Read More
The Burial At Thebes
The Burial At Thebes - The Irish Repertory Theatre is giving the play a fine first American production, I just wish Seamus Heamy and they had brought more to the table than just a well-rendered translation. Read More
Wide Awake Hearts
Wide Awake Hearts - Brendan Gall's play is like a sensual ego-centric chess game in which the personal romances and infidelities of four friends blur into a maze of familiar film quotes, photo shots and daily rushes of a film noir potboiler. Read More
Skeleton Crew
Skeleton Crew - The show will have another run at the Atlantic's Main Stage next Spring!Dominique Morisseau has created four vivid, likeable characters and provided them with authentic dialogue and stories in this final play of her Detroit trilogy. . . Read More
Mother Courage and Her Children
Mother Courage and Her Children -New postscript on Kecia Lewis after an extra week of stepping into the role after Tonya Pinkins quit . .Read More
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice-this is a Merchant that sings in a Sephardic key but can speak to everybody.Read More
Tappin' Thru Life
Tappin' Thru Life - Maurice Hines' song and dance animated memoir offers up plenty of celebrity name dropping opportunities with which to enliven and musicalize his reminiscences. Read More
 2 Across
2 Across - Jerry Mayer's witty salute to crossword puzzle fans . . . Read More
 Shear Madness
Shear Madness - This long running romp is now storming the barricades of Off-Broadway with hurricane velocity.. . . . Read More
The Humans
The Humans - Extended to Jan.16th and then headed to an as yet unnamed Broadway house! Stephen Karam returns to a lower middle class family from Scranton, but this time brings them to New York's Chinatown . . . 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







California
Empire: The Musical
Empire: The Musical - this show about New York's Empire State Building, which reportedly has Broadway in its sites, is a cheerful bit of pop and fizz . . Read More
 My Sister
My Sister - Janet Schlapkohn's play is an intelligent and compelling examination of a sibling relationship which is tested not only by one sister's physical limitations, but by untenable socio-political circumstances. . . Read More
 Thom Pain (based on nothing)
Thom Pain (based on nothing) - This high-wire act of a monologue written by Will Eno is now reinvigorated by Rainn Wilson at he Geffen Playhouse. . . Read More
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Connecticut
moors
The Moors - Clocking in at an intermissionless 95 minutes, Jen Silverman's melodramatic comedy is as adventurous and stylish as it is strained and vapid. . . . Read More
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