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Tips for Tanglewood Music Festival Visitors 2015
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New York-Broadway
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
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace - a stirring historical period musical adventure 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! - A musical NOT borrowing from a book or movie, though it does borrow unapologetically from Shakespeare . . Read More
King and I
The King and I - Now open-ended! A revival that make you whistle a happy song . . Read More
Fun Home
Fun Home - if you've been waiting for a truly unique new musical, this unique family story is the one you won't want to miss. . . Read More
An American In Paris
An American In Paris - The magnificent Gershwin score and fleet footed dancing, who could ask for anything more? . . Read More
Hand to God
Hand to God -Robert Askins' devilishly clever play on Broadway, with the the O'Neill puppet namesake foul-mouthed as ever . . . Read More
Fish in the Dark
Fish in the Dark - The show's also doing well with Jason Alexander-- and is now extended to August 1st. . . Read More
 On the Town
On the Town - Closing 9/06/15!t . . 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

2015 New York International Fringe Festival -- Our annual fringe report will be updated daily throughout the Festival

Mercury Fur
Mercury Fur - Philip Ridley creates a mounting sense of urgency and the New Group's Scott Elliott pulls it all together . . . . Read More
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Informed Consent
Informed Consent - engrossing and provocative play Read More
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John
John - Baker's deliberately confined and delicately controlled writing style here contains bold flashes of magic realism and is as always refreshing Read More
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Cymbeline
Cymbeline - And what fun it is from start to finish Read More
Summer Shorts 2015, Series B
Summer Shorts 2015, Series B - The second half of this year's Summer Shorts festival features one-act plays by Robert O'Hara, Stella Fawn Ragsdale, and Lucy Thurber. Read More
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 The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey - an absorbing, poignant and cleverly conceived one-man/multi-character play written and performed by James Lecesne Read More
 Scenes. . .
Scenes From an Execution- If this is Jan Maxwell's swan song on the New York stage, she's going out at the top of her game, in a role that might have been written for her.Read More . . . . Read More
Summer Shorts 2015, Series A
Summer Shorts 2015, Series A - The first half of this year's Summer Shorts festival featured one-act plays by Neil LaBute, Matthew Lopez, and Vickie Ramirez.Read More
Hapyy 50ish
Hapyy 50ish- often familiar, but well told 2-character musical about aging . . . Read More
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 Colin Quinn The New York Story
Colin Quinn The New York Story - Fast, familiar and funny Read More
Ruthless
Ruthless - an uproarious musical that also sings, snaps, and snarls all at the same time. Read More
 The Weir
The Weir- The return engagement at the Irish Rep has been extended to September 9th!. . . Read More
Significant Ot
Significant Other - Joshua Harmon's funny and often moving new play about friendship and love for New York single . . . . Read More
Flick
The Flick - Extended to 1/10/16!Another chance to see Annie Baker's ground breaking Pulitzer prize winning play . . Read More
Churchill
Churchill Ronald Keatin revisits the life of the great British leader and orator . . Read More
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London
 Hamlet
Hamlet - So what is all the fuss about? Benedict Cumberbatch's Prince of Denmark is reviewed. . . . Read More
 Splendour
Splendour Abi Morgan's play centres on the woman in the life of a dictator as the coup happens. . . . Read More
Bakkhai Ben Whishaw, Bertie Carvel and James Macdonald present a mesmerising Bacchae (Bakkhai) that will stay in your psyche . . . . Read More
 Bakkhai
 Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel Danielle Tarento nails it again with a brilliantly accessible and elegant Grand Hotel in Southwark . . . Read More
Dear Lupin
Dear Lupin A subtle comedy with all the charm and woes of parenting a wild child . . . Read More
 American Idiot
American Idiot Director choreographer Racky Plews gives her edgy version of Green Day's rock opera, American Idiot . . . Read More
 Sinatra the Man and His Music
Sinatra the Man and His Music In the centenary of Sinatra's birth, using technology, this show recreates his live performances . . . . Read More
 Bend It Like Beckham
Bend It Like Beckham Gurinder Chadha directs the musical version of her film that launches the career of Natalie Dew as the Sikh girl who becomes a world class woman footballer . . . Read More
 High Society
High Society An unusual production from Maria Friedman of this Cole Porter musical on the Old Vic's reconfigured circular stage . . . Read More
 Against Captain
Against Captain"'s Orders The National Maritime Museum and Punchdrunk create a nautical adventure for the 6 to 12 year olds . . . . . Read More
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Berkshires
Engagements
Engagements - Lucy Teitler's new play is receiving a quirky, insightful and fast-paced ninety minute production at Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage. . . Read More
  Red Velvet
Red Velvet - The first American production of this bio-drama adds another jewel in John Douglas Thompson's crown . . Read More
His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday - Thanks to a splendid cast and vivid staging, John Guare's problematically re-conceived mashup of Front Page and its screwball romantic movie follow-up is lots of fun . . Read More
 Mother of the Maid
Mother of the Maid - Jane Anderson's re-imagined version of the much dramatized Maid of Orleans story with Tina Packer her usual winning self as the Maid's mum . . Read More
 Unexpected Man
Unexpected Man - Yasmina Reza puts a famous author and a devoted reader into the same train compartment for some unexpected results. But don't expect it to be quite the crowd pleaser her big hit Art has been. . . Read More
 I Saw My Neighbor
I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn't Even Smile - The Berkshire Theatre Group teams up with young New Neighborhood group for a new and well worth seeing dysfunctional family drama . . Read More
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Tips for Tanglewood Music Festival Visitors 2015


New Jersey
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Misalliance
Misalliance - The actors have all responded with a unity of playfulness and of common purpose Read More
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New & Noteworthy
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California
 Up Here
Up Here - Inside the cerebellums of husband and wife composer/librettists Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, magic happens both individually and working as a team. . . Read More
Citizen
Citizen - this play continues the Fountain history of producing intelligent, socially conscious work. . . Read More
Sneaky Ole Time
Sneaky Ole Time - Using 22 songs from Paul Overstreet's catalog as its dramatic through line, this is a diverting if occasionally dopey new musical . . Read More
 As You Like It
As You Like It - Celia, Geer's production is spunky, hormone-laced, occasionally thoughtful, and largely a cool breeze of entertainment on a hot afternoon. . . Read More
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Philadelphia

  Moon Man Walk
Moon Man Walk A new soft-edge, lyrical play by 2015 Pew Fellowship recipient, James Ijames . . . Read More
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New and Noteworthy in Philadelphia. . .Philly Theater List/Visitors Guide links



Washington - DC
 The Fix/
The Fix - John Dempsey's book and composer Dana P. Rowe's musical now playing at Signature Theatre is a cynical look at priming a candidate. The music is rousing and some of the lyrics are very sophisticated and clever. . . Read More
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 Newsies
Newsies - This touring production is as highly-polished, fast moving and well performed as any musical on Broadway . . Read More
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Connecticut
Backwards In High Heels
Backwards In High Heels - a bush-league knock-off of Gypsy with the mother and her rebellious daughter here Lela Rogers and movie legend Ginger. . . . Read More
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: All the world's a Stage at the Hudson River Highlands - Reviews: Winter's Tale. . . Arabian Nights. . .Midsummer Night's Dream
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TIMELY QUOTES
This play is about a young person who is different, and misunderstaood, and I just want to dedicate this to any young person who feels misunderstood and feels different.— Alex Sharp, in accepting his Tony for best actor in The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night-time

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.

Someday He'll Come Along
the Man I Love
— Lyric from one of many gorgeous Gershwin tunes in this year's danciest new musicals,American in Paris

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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