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Broadway
mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird -the A beautiful new and more relevant production of Harper Lee's iconic novel will get another stellar stage and screen actor, Ed Harris, to play Atticus Finch in November Read More

mockingbird
Why To Kill a Mockingbird Is a Multi Award Winning Hit — But NOT the Season's Best New Play - Jeff Daniels is a superb Atticus Finch, without diminishing Gregory Peck's iconic moral hero. . . Read More--also check out Steve Jobs movie feature
frankie/johnny
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune - This new Broadway revival has two extraordinary actors simply having a good time romp Read More

gary
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus To an early death Sunday 6/16!- Whether you go for the low comedy, the stellar cast, or its political truths, you won't see anything else like this on Broadway. Read More

beetlejuice
Beetlejuice - Like the movie, the musical has been cast with artists who are first-rate clowns. . . . Read More
All My Sons
All My Sons - a star powered Broadway revival of Arthur Miller first Broadway success. . . Read More
Tootsie
Tootsie - To paraphrase Al Jolson's famous song, Toot, toot,Tootsie, hello! Read More
Hadestown
Hadestown - the most original new musical on Broadway takes us to hell and back to a soaring musical score. Read More

ink
Ink - Extended to 7/07! James Graham's play has been staged with stupendous originality and style and is performed with gusto by a large cast, made even larger with double casting. Read More

Hillary & Clinton
Hillary and Clinton -Closing 6/23/19!. . . Laurie Metcalf is the chief reason to see Lucas Hath's imagined fly-on-the-wall peek at three scenes from a complicated marriage made even more complicated by. politics and marriage. Read More

Burn This
Burn This - Lanford Wilson's 32-year-old play is given new, if not entirely sucessful life at the Hudson Theater . .. Read More

Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! - Daniel Fish's new look at the musical that launched the golden age of musicals. . .the ear hugging tunes are still there, but with a far less sunny interpretation. . . Read More

lear
King Lear -this is indeed a not to be missed star turn by Jackson, with enough positive assets to overcome the directorial missteps. Read More

What the Constitution Means to Me - Heidy Schreck's ever more relevant play on Broadway Read More

ainttooproud
ain't too proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations - No less than thirty-one Motown songs are performed with a slick and polished vigor in Broadway's newest jukebox musical. . . Read More

Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate - Revival of musical inspired by Shakespeare, from golden era of musicals. . . Read More
Be More Chill
Be More Chill - a musical for Millennials that has the brassy, old-Broadway sound of Burt Bacharach's Promises, Promises and the 1971 revisal of No, No, Nanette. . . Read More

The Cher Show
The Cher Show - The Neil Simon Theater feels like Caesar's Palace but it does have 3 dazzlingly dressed Chers . . .Read More
The Prom
The Prom - a fun musical entertainment with a message of tolerance Read More
King Kong
King Kong - The iconic four-footed super hero is musicalized, and the beast once again upstages the beauty. . . Read More
ferryman
The Ferryman - Jez Butterworth's multi-generational family and political drama has so many assets that it's eminently watchable throught more than three hours. . . 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
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady -Closing 7/09/19--but with plans for a national tour . 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
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
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New York Off-Broadway
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees - An adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's best-seller brings together a creative team of heavy hitters. Read More
life sucks
Life Sucks - Chekhov would probably be delighted with Aaron Posner's updated version of Uncle Vanya. Read More
Dying City
Dying City - Densely shrouded with psychological underpinnings Read More

 
Julie Madly Dearly - Sarah-Louise Young admits that she is not Julie Andrews but rather a "full-time Julie Andrews fan." But her modesty and good-humor that makes Young almost as attractive as the subject of her solo contribution to this year's Brits Off-Broadway Festival. Read More
Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom - An adaptation of the "Penelope" episode from James Joyce's Ulysses in which Aedin Moloney brings the unforgettable Molly to life. Read More


much Ado About Nothing
much Ado About Nothing - In this new take we revisit a work whose central themes are male bonding and female disempowerment. What could be a better play to see in our #MeToo era?Read More

 Handbagged
Handbagged -an entertaining view of two fascinating, influential women, who, near the end, remain standing, still on the world scene, holding their handbags. Read More

Little Women
Little Women -a purposefully feminist adaptation Read More

Long Lost
Long Lost - Donald Marglies uses the reunion of two middle-aged long estranged brothers to give that old biblical question fresh definition and bite. Read More

Nomad Motel
Nomad Motel -Carla Ching's meditation on growing up in America now in its New York premiere by the Atlantic Theater Company has heart and wisdom but should have gone further. Read More

Octet
Octet - the Signature's first musical will be remembered it for its down-to-earth message aboutunplugging from one's hi-tech devices for a while and truly reconnect with people? and reawakening to the wonders of the human voice. . . Read More

 Continuity
Continuity -Playwright Bess Wohl tackles the challenge of how do you tell a compelling story about climate change and create human stakes in the face of something so vast Read More

Mac Beth
Mac Beth - Erica Schmidt might not be the first artist to introduce an all-female cast for a Shakespeare play. Yet her Mac Beth arrives in New York like a breath of fresh air. Read More

Enter Laughing
Enter Laughing Extended to 6/16!- hilarious but little known treasure Read More
Happy Talk
Happy Talk - In Jesse Eisenberg's new melodrama presented by The New Group, Susan Sarandon is making a meal on an unappetizing character. Read More

Curse of the Starving Class - This new revival might not fire on all cylinders. But it sure does allow one to get a real taste of the late Sam Shepard's genius Read More

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The Plough and the Stars
The Plough and the Stars - What is particularly satisfying about this production is how it complements the Irish Rep's two earlier O'Casey productions. Read More

Juno and the Paycock
Juno and the Paycock The middle play of Sean'Casey's Dublin trilogy in a deeply moving and remarkably relevant production as part of the Irish Rep's O'Casey Season Read More
fidder
Fiddler On the Roof - The not to be missed Yiddish version of the golden era's most perfect musical is now uptown. . . Read More


The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O'Casey
The Shadow of a Gunman - The Irish Rep launches its Sean O'Casey season with his Dublin trilogy's first play. . . Read More

fiddler
Fiddler on the Roof The show will move uptown to Stage 42 from 2/11/19; opening 2/21/19 - 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
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London

midsummernightsdreamlon19
A Midsummer Night's Dream Nicholas Hytner's plays with the gender of the fairies in an inventive and fun way . . . . Read More

rosmersholmlon19
Rosmersholm Ibsen's complex play gets a state of the art production from Ian Rickson starring Hayley Atwell, Giles Terera and Tom Burke . . . . Read More
henryvlon19
Henry V A modern dress version of Henry V with a soundscape composed especially for the production . . . . Read More

allmysonslon19
All My Sons Arthur Miller's play written in 1947 seems as fresh as ever with Sally Field and Bill Pullman playing the family with a dark secret . . . . Read More
sonlon19
Waitress - Broadway hit musical comedy Waitress brings pies to London . . . Read More

9to5 lon19
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton's musical about sexism in the workplace comes to London . . . . Read More


Thrillerlivelon19
Thriller Live The show which features Michael Jackson's music celebrates its 10th year . . . . Read More

Witnessfortheprosecutionlon19
Witness for the Prosecution Agatha Christie's novel is dramatized in the magnificent setting of a 1920s Edwardian Baroque council chamberwith exciting director Lucy Bailey in charge. . . . Read More

Lehmantrilogylon18
The Lehman Trilogy- a look at the origins of the bank which failed spectacularly in 2008, with a British star cast and Sam Mendes as director . . . Read More
Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
disney
Beauty and the Beast - still a gorgeous entertainment Read More
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California
Daniel's Husband
Daniel's Husband - At its heart Daniel McKever's play is a love story . . Read More

Mamma Mia! "Here we go again" indeed as the title lyric goes . . Read More


Washington - DC
 A Doll's House Part 2
A Doll's House Part 2 -Lucas Hnath's new look at Ibsen's classic. . . Read More

 dolly
Hello Dolly! -Betty Buckley's welcome return to the stage. . . Read More

 Spunk
Spunk - a very pleasant slice of African-American life, of a certain genre and era, that is not seen often enough. Read More

play-wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong - For a show, the kind that takes place in a theater, as opposed to, say, the White House or Congress, that deserves the label "farce," Washington audiences need look no further than the Kennedy Center. . . Read More
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Connecticut
flamingo kid
Flamingo Kid - Hartford artistic director Darko Tresnjak's farewell production obviously has its eye on Broadway. . . Read More

Berkshire Reviews
Hold These Truths
Hold These Truths - James Sakarta's solo about a still hard to believe chapter from our history Read More





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