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Jagged Little Pill The latest Broadway jukebox looks great, sounds great, but rings hollow. Read More

The Inheritance, Part One & Part Two -This award-winning production of a new American play arrives from London ’s West End with a top-notch cast, almost seven hours of engrossing dialogue, and an array of challenging themes. Read More

Tina- The Tina Turner Musical - With the arrival of Tina on Broadway the jukebox genre takes on a feminist sound and a modern social conscience. Indeed, it may well be the first me-too musical of the millennial.Read More
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The Sound Inside - beautifully written/emotionally involving play by Adam Rappl Starring Mary Louise ParkerRead More

Slave Play - Jeremy O. Harris's uncompromising, graphic, sexually explicit play Read More
Moulin Rouge! The Musical - a brightly wrapped, intricately decorated package with little inside. It's racy, sometimes vulgar, and always indifferent to historical context and narrative logic. This makes it just the right stuff for the Trump eraRead More
Beetlejuice - Like the movie, the musical has been cast with artists who are first-rate clowns. . . . Read More
Hadestown - the most original new musical on Broadway takes us to hell and back to a soaring musical score. Read More

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Winner of Best Play Tony! Read More

To Kill A Mockingbird - A beautifully acted and staged new and more relevant production of Harper Lee's iconic novel Read More

Mean Girls
Mean Girls - Another teen audience targeted movie now sing and dances on Broadway Read More
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
New York Off-Broadway
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Sing Street - The show will transfer to Broadway's Lyceum Theatre beginning 3/26/20. based on John Carney's 2016 feature film of the same name Sing Street teams up many of the creatives from Once which was also launched at New York Theatre Workshop Read More

Harry Towsend's Last Stand- Nothing in Eastman's play, directed by Karen Carpenter, comes close to the meticulousness of the stage itself. Read More

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one in two - this compelling three-actor play by Donja R. Love is receiving a superb world-premiere production under the sure-handed direction of Stevie Walker-Webb. Read More
The Thin Place extended to 1/26/20-Lucas Hnath's new play is so willowy, so wafting, and, ultimately, so wishy-washy that the play seems to float away even as you're watching it. Read More

Judgment Day
Judgment Day - A 1937 play that feels very much of the moment is given an operatic staging at the Park Avenue Armory Read More

London Assurance- a wonderful showcase for grand affectations and the presumptive attitudes. These unapologetically sustain it from beginning to end. Read More

Pumpgirl -Abby Spallen's three-hander about hard-luck lives in today's Northern Ireland Read More

Little Shop
Little Shop of Horrors - Mayer convincingly sells Little Shop of Horrors as a near-perfect piece of musical theater writing. Read More

Hamnet - Shakespeare, played maturely with a mix of grim optimism and snarky despair by Aran Murphy in his professional debut, has been stuck at eleven for a long, long time. Read More

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Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation - How did we survive this long interval without Alessandrini's insightful satirizing and inspired spoofing of Broadway shows both current and on occasion recent past? This corner welcomes it back as it again demonstrates that it has what it takes to mock the mediocre even as it also joyously celebrates the parodic life upon the wicked stage Read More
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Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's iconic play gets a new London interpretation with an African-American family as the Lomans . . . . Read More

Candida Bernard Shaw's play about his two passions in two characters illuminates the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond . . . . Read More

Dear Evan Hansen The musical about an isolated teenager comes to London after storming success in New York . . . . Read More

The Man in the White Suit Stephen Mangan steals the show in Sean Foley's delightful rewrite of the 1951 film and play . . . Read More
Noises Off Michael Frayn's brilliant farce of farces goes behind the scenes of repertory theatre . . . Read More
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - David Catlin has written as well as directed a stunning dramatic narrative that combines a period in the life of the novelist herself, and the circumstances that served to ignite her imagination for her novel. Read More
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Salvsge - The production's world premiere at the Lounge Theater, directed by Damian D. Lewis, plucks at plenty more than just guitar strings. The acting is good. The music is formidable. Just try to remain unmoved by the songs that performers David Atkinson, Christopher Fordinal, and Nina Herzog bring forth. Read More

Washington - DC
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Peter Pan and Wendy - a very pleasant overhaul of a tried-and-true but somewhat tired classic. Read More

Amadeus - Every now and then the stars align with a perfect play, superb direction, set and costumes, inspired lighting and a performance by the lead that is brilliant. Such is the case with Amadeus at the Folger Theatre, with Ian Merrill Peakes as Salieri. Read More

White Pearl - Anchuli Felicia King hass juxtaposed race, ethnicity and the responsibilities of the cosmetic business, which after all is engaged in the practice of illusion. Plenty of conflict to work with.
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A Chorus Line - Signature Theatre has a reputation that goes far beyond its Arlington, Virginia home for taking "classic" or "forgotten" musicals and making them new again. That's certainly true of their current show Read More

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