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Broadway
Bernhardt/Hamlet
Bernhardt/Hamlet - Theresa Rebeck's comic faction brings Janet McTeer back to Broadway as the legendary Sarah Bernhardt. . . Read More
The Nap
The Nap - British playwright Richard Bean has developed a story about the world of professional snooker into a darkly comic crime caper. . .Read More
Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman - another movie hit sings and dances to Broadway, this one with an essentially sleazy pair turned into fairy tale romantic lovers. . . Read More
straight White Men
straight White Men - It would be nice to see this first Broadway production by an Asian-American woman as a sign that America will soon be a more welcoming place for people of all backgrounds, colors and genders than it is currently. . . Read More
Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels - Jukebox musicals come simple and glitzy-- like this elaborately staged mashup of a 16th Century romance and the Go-Go songbook. . . Read More
summer
Summer - the latest "jukesical" to hit Broadway, this one with 3 Donna Summers Read More
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady - A lavishly staged new production of the ever "loverly" classic musical. . . Read More
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Winner of Best Play Tony! Read More
Mean Girls
Mean Girls - Another teen audience targeted movie now sing and dances on Broadway Read More
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Frozen
Frozen - A visually rich production that keeps us wide-eyed and on tenterhooks for more than two hours, even when we know how things are going to end. . . Read More
Once On This Island
Once On This Island - Tony Award for Best Musical Revival! This musical may be small in its scope, but when compared to some, it achieves its own sense of grandness by being both magical and seductive— an unbeatable combination. Read More
The Band's Visit -Winner of 10 Tony Awards-including best play, best actor/actress/director/book! Read More
anastasia
Anastasia - The famous Russian princess fairy tale boasts a top team Read More
The Play That Goes Wrong
not closing but extended to 1/06/19!The Play That Goes Wrong - this British farce glows with antic performances Read More
Come From Away
Come From Away - Its uplift message has helped this fact-based musical fly from Canada to Broadway. . . 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
waitress
Waitress - Sara Bareilles now stars!
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 School of Rock
School of Rock -closing 1/20/19 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
New York Off-Broadway
Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe - A delightful solo show in an intimate setting . . . Read More
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2018 New York International Fringe Festival - Read More
 My Parsifal Conductor,A Wagnerian Comedy
My Parsifal Conductor,A Wagnerian Comedy - This fact based play's subtitle is a misnomer. . . Read More
Goodbody
Goodbody - J. C. Ernst's satire of the old-fashioned gangster movie and the newer variations created by writers such as Martin McDonagh and Quentin Tarantino. Read More
Mother Night
Mother Night - This adaptation of an early work by Kurt Vonnegut is a sardonic black tragi-comedy of not only one man but a society and humanity itself. Read More
epic
The Winning Side - the Epic Theatre Ensemble's thought provoking, high tech production in its world premiere at the Acorn on Theatre Row Read More
Popcorn Falls
Popcorn Falls - the comic hilarity of this farce carries through until the triumphant end. Read More
What the Constitution Means to Me
What the Constitution Means to Me - Heidi Schreck's look back on her debating days couldn't be more timely. Read More
On Beckett
On Beckett - Without diluting any of Beckett's art, Bill Irwin casts a new light on it and infuses it with his own American voice. . .Read More
Girl From The North Country - while efforts to make a Bob Dylan musical have failed, Conor McPherson's version is a Bingo!. . . Read More
Wild Abandon
Wild Abandon - a solo show about mother and daughter duo who share a passion for art and have lived, and continue to live outside the lines. Read More
Uncle Romeo
Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet - curiously confounding or eminently diverting Read More
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I Was Most Alive with You - Craig Lucas tackles a new format and multiple other issues in a relentlessly relevant modern day Book of Job drama. . . Read More
 A Lovely Sunday in Creve Coeur
A Lovely Sunday in Creve Coeur - A rarely prduced Tennessee Williams play that's comedic as well as melancholy at its core
The True
The True - Edie Falco returns to the stage in Sharr White's new play about a real life behind-the-scenes political mover and shaker Read More
Stars in the Night
Stars in the Night - Immersive theater meets a ghost tour in the streets of DUMBO. Read More
  Uncle Vanya
Uncle Vanya -Extended to 10/28! Richard Nelson has Chekhov's unhappy Russians air their unhappiness and grievances around a kitchen table. . . Read More
James & Jamesy in the Dark -latter-day clowns Aaron Malkin and Alastair Knowles invite audiences to go on a magical journey of the imagination that shakes out Socrates old maxim: Know thyself. Read More
Neurosis
Neurosis - Neil Simon's spirit lives on in this new musical. . . . Read More
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Smokey Joe's Café -Joshua Bergasse's dynamic choreography and direction make this revival just the respits we all need from what nature and the White House has been sending our way. . . Read More
fiddler
Fiddler on the Roof Extended yet again 59 11/18! - The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's (NYTF) excellent Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof as directed by Joel Grey makes us fall in love with Tevye, his wife, Golde, and his three daughters all over again. Read More
Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures - The delightful Shakespeare inspired musical is terrific as ever at New World Stages. . .Read More
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London

Inheritancelon18
The Inheritance Stephen Daldry directs Matthew Lopez's play looking at three generations of gay men through a lens set by EM Forster . . . . Read More
Heightofthestormlon18
The Height of the Storm Florian Zeller's elliptical play stars Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce in a play about death and denial . . . . Read More
Mythiclon18
Mythic The God of the Underworld Hades is the most attractive prospect in this musical myth of the girl and those fateful pomegranate seeds . . . . Read More
Hogarthsprogresslon18
Hogarth's Progress The 18th Century painter and satirist William Hogarth is the inspiration for Nick Dear's two plays The Art of Success and The Taste of the Town written 30 years apart . . . . Read More
42ndstreetlon18
42nd Street London gets the full Broadway spectacular, set a few years into the Great Depression but with a cast of 50 tap dancing to Busby Berkeley standards with Bonny Langford joining the cast as Dorothy Brock . . . . Read More
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Othello English Touring Theatre bring their stimulating production of Othello on tour . . . . Read More
Sixlon18
Six Henry VIII's famous succession of six wives form the basis for this feminist, satirical and thrilling musical peopled by pop princesses . . . . Read More
Eugeniuuslon18
Eugenius! A home grown rock musical is set to become the 1980s cult sensation for the twenty first century . . . . Read More
 Strictly Ballroom the Musical
Strictly Ballroom the Musical This is the new stage version of Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film Strictly Ballroom starring Will Young as the singer narrator . . . . Read More
Bat Out of Hell
Bat Out of Hell Last year's Meatloaf and Jim Steinman hit at the Coliseum transfers to the Dominion . . . Read More -
 Tina
Tina Tina opens in London with a fabulous new star Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner . . . . Read More
Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
Detroit 67
Detroit 67 - part of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle in New Jersey. . . Read More
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buried child
Buried Child - never ceases to be great fun. Read More
wharton
Age of Innocence - A taste of Victorian attitudes. Read More<--10/07/18 -->
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