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Broadway
Gettin' the Band Back Together
Gettin' the Band Back Together - this newly devised musical leans mighty heavily on better shows based on similar scenarios. . . 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
The Boys in the Band - A starry revival to celebrate a once groundbreaking play's 50th anniversary. . . 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
carousel
Carousel -Closing 9/16! A wonderful cast and dances retains this favorite from the Golden Age of Musicals ear and eye hugging sizzle. . . 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
spongebob
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical -Closing 9/16 Embodied by a caper-cutting dynamo named Ethan Slater, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants joins a long list of cartoon characters who have gravitated to the Broadway stage. 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
hello dolly
Hello, Dolly! - Jerry Herman's bouncy score now in its final month on Broadway. . . 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
Be More Chill
Be More Chill - Extended to 9/30! Even though though the target audience for this is too young to vote in "regular" elections, they can be counted on to cast their vote for this musical as the hottest chill in town.
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Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night - Read More This "re-imagined" production's incredible energy, solid direction and excellent music perfectly fulfills Public Works' democratic mission of returning theater to the people for whom it was originally created.
The House That Will Not Stand
The House That Will Not Stand - ensemble acting at its very best in this unusual and beautifully structured play Read More
Comfort Women
Comfort Women - a significant story that affected almost 200,000 women during WWII, leading to the survivors' shame, silence and sometimes suicides. Unfortunately, this musical does not pack the necessary emotional and dramatic punch. Read More
My Life On a Diet
My Life On a Diet - Extended to 9/02 This is not classic comedy for the ages but you will have plenty of laughs for 90 minutes. Read More
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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
The Originalist
The Originalist - we see conservative Justice Scalia strike his targets with accuity and depth of intellect, something lacking today as the country watches political disagreements increasingly mean-spirited and scringe-worthy. Read More
Tevye Served Raw
Tevye Served Raw - These Sholem Aleichem's stories brings us back to the real Tevye, the one Sholem Aleichem created before nostalgia and security softened his edges. . . Read More
fiddler
Fiddler on the Roof Extended to 10/25! - 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
dreamland
Fire In Dreamland - Rebecca Naomi Jones delivers dauntingly long monologues with plenty of fire and verve though Rinne Groff's play fails to fully live up to its potential. . . Read More
The Saintliness of Margery Kempe
The Saintliness of Margery Kempe -An impressive cast revives a long forgotten idiosyncratic comedy from the late 1950s. . . Read More
Mary Page Marlowe
Mary Page Marlowe - This doesn't have the fire and fury of August Osage County. But any theatergoer who appreciates fine acting and willing to tackle a challengingly structured play won't want to miss seeing it during its run now at 2nd Stage. Read More
Skintight
Skintight - Joshua Harmon has created a thoroughly modern family comedy, and Indina Menzel and her colleagues give committed performances. However, Skintight is just too determinedly provocative, to make a really skin deep impression. . . . Read More
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever - this musical's story will never be without credibility issues but as adapted and directed by the Irish Rep's Charlotte Moore, it's now more fun than flawed. . . . Read More
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Carmen Jones
Carmen Jones Extended to 8/19!- John Doyle applies his essential staging style tithis rare revival at Classic Stage. And it works! Read More
Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures - The delightful Shakespeare inspired musical is terrific as ever at New World Stages. . .Read More
In and Of Itself
In and Of Itself - a look at this combination one-man bioplay and magic show as it heads into its 4th extension. . . Read More
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney ToddExtended again to 8/26/18! -the Demon Barber's story goes immersive, its thrilling music intact and the pies and mash served before show time are delicious . . .Read More
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London

Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors The Open Air in Regent's Park stages Little Shop of Horrors with fabulous designs of Skid Row and triffid like tentacles . . . . . Read More
Lies
Lies Belgian Theatre Collective's innovative immersive theatre experience of thrills and spills in the world of high finance. . . . Read More
Othello
Othello The much anticipated return of Mark Rylance to Shakespeare's Globe reinterprets Othello as a comedy. . . . Read More
Lamplighters
Lamplighters A delightfully fun evening parodying the Le Carré spy genre and taking the audience into the intrigue. . . . Read More
The Simon and Garfunkel Story
The Simon and Garfunkel Story This show recreates beautifully the iconic music and harmonisation of the Simon and Garfunkel live concerts . . . Read More
Allelujah!
Allelujah! 83 year old Alan Bennett's latest play looks at a hospital ward of octogenarians . . . . Read More
Pity
Pity The Royal Court produces Rory Mullarkey's Pity and what a malarkey it is! . . . . Read More
But It Still Goes On
But It Still Goes On This play by famous poet and novelist Robert Graves was never performed and the fabulous Finborough stages its first production . . . . Read More
As You Like It
As You Like It The Open Air in Regent's Park stages As You Like It amid Trump's helicopter entourage Read More
The Jungle
The Jungle An immersive production that takes you inside a refugee camp of migrants hoping to get from France to England Read More
The Lieutenant of Inishmore
The Lieutenant of Inishmore BBC's Ross Poldark, Aidan Turner takes the West End by storm in this dark comedy about Irish politics . . . . Read More
Imperium
Imperium The RSC adapts three of Richard Harris's Roman novels into a seven hour marathon . . . . Read More
Pressure
Pressure the superb play from actor David Haig is now at the Ambassadors . . . . Read More
Consent
Consent The National Theatre's production of Nina Raine's play about barristers and rape transfers to the West End . . . . 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
Chicago
Chicago Chicago lives again with all its razzle dazzle at London's Phoenix Theatre . . . . Read More
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls Dreamgirls has found an appreciative audience at London's Savoy Theatre . . Read More
Into the Numbers
Into the Numbers - Christopher Chen's play is a harrowing account of research into what was termed the Rape of Nanking and the impact on those who write about genocide . . . Read More
Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks tightens up the musical version of his movie for London's opening of a quirky show with tunes and laughter . . . Read More -
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New Jersey
titus
Titus Andronicus -the bloody and sensational values of Titus are fully respected and sportingly confronted..
The Servant and 2 Masters
The Servant Of 2 Masters - This shtick-stuffed comedy does contain the ingredients of family entertainment Read More
Half Time
Half Time - a charming and disarming entertainment.

Philadelphia
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California
Coriolanus
Coriolanus - We are probably due for a Coriolanus that examines the rise and fall of an anti-social soldier-turned-politician in the digital age. For now, the Theatricum's offering offers a rousing couple of hours nonetheless.. . Read More
Mutt House
Mutt House - Tony Cookson's new musical Mutt House at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is stuffed near-to-bursting with good intentions, but could do better at delivering them. . . Read More
Soft Power - Inside the hugely fertile mind of David Henry Hwang, cross-cultural musings are at play with political insights stemming from the result of the 2016 presidential election. Joining in this oddball cerebral jamboree are ideas for sitcoms, memories of his father’s immigrant journey and — why not! — a lifelong love-hate relationship with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. . . Read More

Washington - DC
 The Color Purple
The Color Purple - John Doyle's production at the Kennedy Center is still ejoyable, especially with its cast of fine singers . . Read More
 Dave
Dave - an enjoyable new screen-to-stage adaptation by Thomas Meehan and Nell Benjamin and theatrical tricks by director Tina Landau. . . Read More
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Berkshire Reviews
West Side Story
West Side Story - The iconic musical made even more relevant by our present global mass immigration and its subsequent cultural upheaval. Read More
Member of  the Wedding
Member of the Wedding - Williamstown Theater Festival's new production of Carson McCuller's famous story features a fine new Frankie. . . Read More
The Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest - Director David Auburn and his fine cast have turned a slice of American history into a worthwhile revisitation of American ideals and disillusionments. Read More
seared
Seared - This exceptional production of Theresa Rebeck's new play deserves to continue in another venue after its run at Williamstown's Nikos Stage Read More
Mary's Wedding
Mary's Wedding - Stephen Massicotte's first full-length play is a delicate and timeless love story which the intimate space of Chester Theatre Company showcases to perfection. Read More
The Chinese Lady
The Chinese Lady
- Lloyd Suh and his cast and production colleagues have reconstructed a riveting and poetic 90-minute world premiere of historic interest and pointed political observations.. . Read More
creditors
Creditors - Though this Ibsen play has its flaws, this is your chance to see a seldom-performed production by one of the world's foremost and highly controversial playwrights Read More
hair
Hair - The obvious intent by the producers is to tie 1968 to 2018. . . a debilitating lengthy war, an administration that ignores the best needs of the country, a narcissistic president, an alienated youth. Read More
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