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Michael Moore-The Terms of My Surrender
Michael Moore-The Terms of My Surrender - Michael Moore may not be able to take down our sitting president, but he does lift our spirits about the mess in Washington. . . Read More
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 - Closing 9/17! Even an injured knee can't keep Andy Karl from making our visit to Punxsutawney, Pa. fun . . . Read More
Bandstand - Closing 9/17! 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
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 - Closing 9/03/17!reviews of both Josh Groban and his understudy. . . 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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Van Gogh's Ear
Van Gogh's Ear - The Ensemble for the Romantic Century unique chamber concerts combied with a theatrically staged narrative begins the company's its season in New York, with the story of the painter who (forgive the pun) had an ear for music Read More
shaw Festival
2017 Shaw Festival Report - Grab your passport and head for the Shaw Festival's fifty-fifth year in Niagara-on-the-Lake. . . Read More
A Parallelogram
A Parallelogram - Bruce Norris's very dark though frequently funny puzzle play finally lands in New York. . .Read More
Brick festval
Shakespeare Festival - Measure For Measure. . .Macbeth. . .All's Well That EndsWell Read More
Summer Shorts 2017, Series B
Summer Shorts 2017, Series B - The second half of this year's Summer Shorts festival features one-act plays by Chris Cragin-Day, Lindsey Kraft and Andrew Leeds, and Neil LaBute Read More
NYMusic Festival
2017 New York Music Festival - Our latest & final Festival review: Freedom Riders (previously: Blackbird, Peace Love and Cupcakes, Generation Me, The Shakespearean Jazz Show, Previous reviews:,Numbers Nerds,Matthew McConnaughey v. the Devil, My Dear Watson). . . Read More
Curvy Widow - Straight from its New Jersey premiere with cast and creatives in place, and with Nancy Opel as the shapely widow, it's likely to be a critic proof crowd pleaser. . . Read More
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare in the Park)
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Lear deBessonet stages a delightfully diverting production of this beloved classic at the Delacorte. Read More
Singing Beach
Singing Beach - Tina Howe's worthy but flawed real-surreal new play about climate change and aging . . . Read More
Money Talks
Money Talks - a wacky new musical in which George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln join Benjamin Franklin in song. Read More
Potomac Theatre Project - Potomac pairs Howard Barker's Pity In History and Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. . . Read More
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
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
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
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
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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Against The premiere of Christopher Shinn's latest play is about a Silicon Valley billionaire turned philanthropist to make fundamental changes to society with Ben Whishaw in the lead . . . -
Apologia Stockard Channing is the draw in Jamie Lloyd's revival of a play about a 1960s activist as a mother. . . -
Road John Tiffany revives Jim Cartwright's seminal slice of gritty 1980s life in a town in the North West at the Royal Court. . . -
Yerma Simon Stone's adaptation of Lorca's tale of the childless woman is brought up to date with the remarkable Billie Piper in the lead . . . -
Girl From the North Country
Girl From the North Country - Conor McPherson's play with Bob Dylan songs set in hiis birthplace of Duluth, Minnesota . . . Read More -
The Mentor
The Mentor F Murray Abraham stars in a play about the agonies of writing . . . 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 -
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 -
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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F Theory
F Theory - the characters are being played by the playwrights themselves
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Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Gentlemen of Verona - Another summer means more Shakespearean revelry out by the abandoned bear caves in the old Griffith Park Zoo by the Independent Shakespeare Company (ISC). . . Read More
 As You Like It
As You Like It - The venerable Antaeus Theatre Company does Shakespeare in its permanent new performance space . . Read More
 Animal Farm
Animal Farm - George Orwell's timely satire at the Will Geer Theatricum . . Read More
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Appropriate - Even though it premiered in 2013, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' play reverberates with today's headlines about greed and hypocrisy, white supremacy and anti-Semitism Read More

Berkshire Reviews
Folk - A sense of belonging — a safe place where humans can be their authentic selves. Tom Wells explores these concepts at the Town Hall Theatre in Chester, MA Read More
Company - Barrington Stage's revival is so fresh and so stimulating it retains its profound ability to provoke an audience to think while under the hypnosis of the dazzling Sondheim score.. . Read More
This - Melissa James Gibson's 2009 play still resonates at Barrington's 2nd stage. . .Read More
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New: Latest Broadway closing announcements now include Groundhog Dayclosing 9/17, Bandstand on 9/17, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812 on 9/03 and Napoli, Brooklyn on 8/27. . .but Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie is extending again, now to 9/10. . . After deservedly collecting a fistful of prestigious awards, The Band's Visit is moving to Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater starting 10/07/17 and opening 11/09/17.. .
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