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Broadway
Act of God
Act of God - A new God, shares his with and wisdom with Broadway Audiences Read More
Paramour
Paramour - Cirque du Soleil tackles Broadway as a real musical plus its usual acrobatic razzle-dazzleRead More

Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed - George C. Wolfe and his starry team turn this mostly forgotten musical into an entertaining history lesson about black musical theater Read More
Fully Committed<
Fully Committed -Extended to 7/31! After almost 2 decaades as a regional staple, Becky Mode's upstairs/downstairs comedy come back to New York', this time on Broadway. . . Read More
waitress
Waitress - a promising Broadway debut for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and another award-winning performance by Jessie Mueller
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The Crucible
The Crucible - Ivo Van Hov's highly effective take on Arthur Miller's classic allelgory Read More
Eclipsed
Eclipsed on Broadway - Disturbing and outstandingly staged as ever Read More
The Humans
The Humans - Our review Stephen Karam's family drama on Broadway. . . Read More
 Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof -Closing 12/31/16 . . .this is still as close as you can get to a perfect musical and a memorable Teyve courtesy of Danny Burstein . . . . Read More
 The Color Purple
The Color Purple - a rewarding show thanks to some powerful performances . . . . Read More
 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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New York Off-Broadway

Privacy
Privacy - The Internet joys and pitfalls cleverly dramatized as an immersive experience Read More
Hamlet: An Exploration - an experimental theater piece makes a brief stop off-off Broadway Read More
Potomac Theatre Project: Good & No End of Blame - Both these plays are ripe for New York revival, and PTP is the ideal organization to spur reappraisals. Read More
Oslo
Oslo - J. T. Rogers's 3-hour long, fact-based political drama manages to be a fascinating, never boring theatrical outing. . . Read More
Small Mouth Sounds
Small Mouth Sounds - Bess Wohl's clever non-verbal play gets a second run Off-Broadway Read More
Small Mouth Sounds
Small Mouth Sounds - Bess Wohl's clever non-verbal play gets a second run Off-Broadway Read More
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Simon Says
Simon Says - This play might appeal to fans of Edgar Cayce Read More
runaways
Runaways at Encores! Off-Center - The talented, exuberant young casts makes Elizabeth Swados's 1971 musical live again Read More
The Healing
The Healing - If Samuel D. Hunter's play is somehow less than satisfying, that's only because real life — both for those faced with monumental challenges and those who aren't — inevitably involves disappointment.Read More
Liberty
Liberty: A Monumental New Musical - If you ever have wondered about that monument that looms so majestically in New York harbor, this family friendly musical is a good starting point for learning some historical facts about the iconic Lady and those New Yorkers who gave her a pedestal to stand on. Read More
Himself and Nora
Himself and Nora - author-composer-lyricist Jonathan Brielle scratches beneath the skin of the literary lion James Joyce and delves into his passionate relationship with Nora Barnacle . . you can bet your shamrocks that it will attract Joyceans and anybody who likes a love story with a Bohemian flavor. . . . Read More
Cagney
Cagney - The York Theater Company's big-little bio-musical transfers to the Westside Theatre for an open runRead More
 The Effect
The Effect - Extended to 9/04!6! The romance that propels her plot may at first seem like a mostly authorial device to lighten things up, but it turns out to be as as combustible and unsettling as the complexities of the situation that brought two hungry for love people together. Read More
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London

Into the Woods
Into the Woods Fiasco Theatre's inventive actor musician production of Sondheim and Lapine's alternative fairy tale musical comes to London's Chocolate Factory . . . . . Read More -
French Without Tears
French Without Tears Terence Rattigan's erudite and sparklingly witty play comes back to the Orange Tree before touring. Unmissable! . . . . Read More -
Faith Healer
Faith Healer Lyndsey Turner's production of Brian Friel's brilliant play Faith Healer has stand out performances from Stephen Dillane, Gina McKee and Ron Cook and a set of relaxing rain. . . . Read More -
Richard III
Richard III Rupert Goold's perceptive, modern dress production is redolent of scary villainy . . . . Read More -
Macbeth
Macbeth Iqbal Khan directs Ray Fearon and Tara Fitzgerald at Shakespeare's Globe in the Scottish play of poetry, ambition and murder. . . Read More -
2Wild
Wild Mike Bartlett's latest play about a defecting whistleblower really astonishes . . Read More
2Aladdin
Aladdin The Genie and the opulent costumes and sets will make Aladdin a magic carpet ride. . . Read More
 The Spoils
The Spoils Jesse Eisenberg brings his searing play and three-fifths of the American cast to London . . . Read More
 Motown: the Musical
Motown: the Musical London gets Berry Gordon's story of his record label Tamla Motown and the stars he discovered. . . Read More
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New Jersey
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 Water by the Spoonful
Water by the Spoonful - a play to be savored and one certainly not to be missed. Read More
coriolanus
Coriiolanus - a real treat for those already familiar with it and a special thrill for those who are not, particularly for its timely political relevance.Read More
Struck
Struck - a decent comedy about the reclamation of ancestry around a deplorable act Read More
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 Pump Boys and Dinettes
Pump Boys and Dinettes - amiable mix of country-styled music and home-grown corn Read More



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When something bad happens we have three choices – we let it define us, we let it destroy us or we let it strengthen us. Today in Orlando we had a hideous dose of reality. I urge you to be strong. . . We will be with you every step of the way.— Frank Langella, accepting his award for best performance by an actor in a leading role in a play (for The Father)

This show is proof that history remembers We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger; We rise and fall and light from dying embers Remembrances that hope and love last longer— excerpt from Lin-Manuel Mirandas sonnet in honour of his wife and those killed in Orlando when accepting his award for best score (for Hamilton)

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Dear Evan Hansen , the latest off-Broadway musical headed to Broadway

I thought I'd be settled by my age, you know, but, man, it never ends ... mortgage, car payments, Internet, our dishwasher just gave out. Don'tcha think it should cost less to be alive?— Erik, a 60ish working class American who, besides all the above, lost his job and can't afford help to take care of his dementia afflicted mother. No wonder The Humans

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