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New York-Broadway
 Phantom of the opera
The Phantom of the Opera - Norm Lewis brings a golden baritone to the role usually sung by a tenor . . Read More
Cabaret- The Review - Life's just a cabaret again at Studio 54 with the mesmerizing Alan Cumming. . Read More
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Now starring Andrew Rannells . . Read More
 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill - Audra McDonald's amazing ode to jazz legend Billie Holiday Extended again to October 5th! Read More
If/Then - It really wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think of the new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey as a modern fairy tale. . . Read More
Les Miserables
Les Miserables - A superb cast and fabulous new stage concept give this mega musical an exciting new life . . Read More
Aladdin - Disney Theatrical's bright, lively, tuneful and also very funny stage adaptation of its hugely successful 1992 cartoon film . . Read More
 Beautiful- The Carole King Musical
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical - Jessie Mueller proves she's a triple threat talent as singer-songwriter Carole King . . . Read More

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - A hilariously macabre and deliciously tuneful musical has landed on Broadway. It's a sure-fire Tony award collector . . . Read More

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New York Off-Broadway

2014 New York International Fringe Festival - Our Wrap concludes with Awards Listings

August Cabaret Nights column
And I And Silence
And I And Silence Playwright Naomi Wallce satisfies more than one's need to be simply captivated by a good story and good acting. Read More
Poor Behavior
Poor Behavior - Theresa Rebeck's verbose and very dark comedy at Primary Stages Read More
The Good and the True
The Good and the True - Holocaust survivor stories worth telling but the telling needs more dramatic tension . . Read More
The Opponent
The Opponent - Brett Neveu's crackling character-driven two-hander explores the downs-and-outs of a brutal sport . . Read More
 Piece of My Heart
Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story - Extended to 9/14! You may not know Bert Berns but you know his songs . . Read More
Drop Dead Perfect
Drop Dead Perfect - a refreshing summertime tonic.Read More
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Pump Boys and Dinettes - As directed at City Center by Lear deBessonet, the mood remains old-fashioned high-energy and familiar tales sung and danced by the company. . . Read More
Pageant:  The Musical
Pageant: The Musical - Extended Again to 10/26! this musical send up of beauty pageants is back with a fresh infusion of testosterone . . Read More
The Long Shrift
The Long Shrift - a rewarding, if also harrowing, theater experience.

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Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon
Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon - James McLure's vision of rural folk doing what they are inclined to do best is vivid and even touching,Read More
Wayra - It's not everyone's scene, but if you're down for a party, Wayra might be just what you're looking for. . . Read More
Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare - Extended to 10/18!this is a mug-in-hand fit for theatergoers who savor watching a Shakespeare play while drinking a draft or two. . . Read More
Here Lies Love - It's back, better than ever and for an open run . . Read More
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The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face
The Boy Who Climbed Out Of His Face -The show which is held in shipping containers take small groups into strange scenarios inspired by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies . . Read More
The Ring Cycle
The Ring Cycle - The vigour of this production, plus the guarantee that no act is longer than 50 minutes delivers this version of the cycle at an enthralling pace. . . Read More
 The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde's tale of hedonism and corruption, at close quarters in a private Georgian house somewhere in Greenwich . . Read More
Dogfight - This year's summer musical from Southwark Playhouse is about a group of marines training for Vietnam and a cruel game they play which gives the piece its title. . . Read More
My Night with Reg
My Night with Reg - Kevin Elyot's witty play gets a brilliant revival at the Donmar Warehouse with an impressive cast . . Read More
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire - Williams'play in a more recent era than the 1950s losesthe delicacy of Blanche . . Read More
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest - a new version of Oscar Wilde's classic with a splendid Lady Bracknell . . Read More
Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love - Extended to 1/10/15! This screen-to-stage adaptation is a visual treat with no skimping of set or costume or cast. . . Read More
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -Marianne Elliot's production of Mark Haddon's book is still as powerful and moving since its inception at the National Theatre. . . Read More
Richard III
Richard III - Martin Freeman for the first time in Shakespeare, . . Read More
The Crucible
The Crucible - American Israeli director Yael Farber brings her dark touch to Arthur Miller's iconic play about prejudice, politics and hysteria . . Read More
 Julius Caesar
 Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon -The concept still manages to be relevant and you may be blown into a state of astonishment by the spectacle, though not much will cause a lasting effect on the soul . . Read More
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A Hatful of Rain
A Hatful of Rain - This dated drama needs more spark to still catch fire . . Read More
Henry IV Parts 1 & 2- an enjoyable whirlind all-in-one adaptation of the Bard's history play . . Read More
 Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike - Christopher Durang's comic ode to Chekhov has brought his "kvetchy" siblings not to Moscow, but to Lenox . . Read More
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare & Company sets the Bard's romantic comedy in New Orleans- . . Read More
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar - A bare bones production with just 7 actors directed by Shakespeare & Co founder Tina Packer . . Read More
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New Jersey
Lucky Me
Lucky Me - you will be laughing too hard to let any lack of comprehension bother you Read More
Soldier's Heart
Soldier's Heart - a story worth telling and it has been dramatized here very well. Read More
The Devil's Disciple
The Devil's Disciple - a wonderfully robust production of the only play that George Bernard Shaw set in America.
The Learned Ladies
The Learned Ladies - this production has as its primary supplement a host of definitively shaped comical performances. . . Read More
Butler - an excellent and engrossing play laced with humor by playwright Richard Strand. Read More
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NJ Theaters

Buyer & Cellar
Buyer & Cellar- This rare off-Broadway hit, has managed an even more unlikely feat: its LA stand marks an improvement over the already-wonderful NY original.. . . Read More Philadelphia

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Things We Do For Love
Things We Do For Love - Alan Ayckbourn in fine form at Westport . . . Read More
Fiddler on the Roof -Even if you've seen Fiddler on the Roof"(you know who you are), you ought to get to Goodspeed Musicals for their current production of the long-running hit. It's a doozy. . . . Read More
The Liar
The Liar - David Ives' couplets . . . Read More

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