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Broadway
Betrayal
Darren Brown: Secret - The charismatic British mentalist is back in New York, this time on Broadway Read More

Betrayal
Betrayal - Jamie Lloyd directs a compelling, minimalist take on Pinter's play with impressive Broadway debuts by Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox, and Tom Hiddleston. Read More

Sea
Sea Wall/A Life on Broadway - It would be nice to see these linked monologues by Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge in an intimate setting. In stead, the actors' star power have now brought it for a limited run to the even larger Hudson Theater on Broadway Read More

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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
frankie/johnny
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune - Closing 7/28! This new Broadway revival has two extraordinary actors simply having a good time romp Read More

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beetlejuice
Beetlejuice - Like the movie, the musical has been cast with artists who are first-rate clowns. . . . 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

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

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
Closing on Broadway 1/05/20! Read More
New York Off-Broadway
moor
American Moor - There's a white man sitting in the audience taking notes at this American MoorRead More

Lover
L.O.V.E.R. - playwright performer Lois Robbins tells us all about herself -- often more than we need to know Read More
lear
Lear: That Old Man I Used To Know - Conceived and whimsically directed by Beth Ann Hopkins at A.R.T Theatres Read More

Felix Starro
Felix Starro - Extended to 9/21! The world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn and Fabian Obispo's new musical, kicks off Ma-Yi Theatre Company's 30th anniversary season. Its being the first created by Filipino-Americans about Filipino-Americans is indeed a milestone worth celebrating. . . Read More

make believe
Make Believe - In Bss Wohl's new play a shimmering quartet of young performers (all under 14, two of them under 10), kids marking time in their playroom attic while they wait, much too long, for their mom to come home. Read More

davinci
Da Vinci & Michelangeo: The Titans Experience - His voice catches on a plaintive note, then crescendos to peals of laughter. Is this Lear? Is this Hamlet? No, it's just Mark Rodgers. . .delivering a 2-hour lecture performance Read More

Measure for Measure and Native Son - Descriptive Excerpt: Richard Wright and William Shakespeare are justly praised for their depth and breadth of thought; I wish that in the zeal to focus them on single concepts, these productions didn't reduce their works as much as they do. Read More
date me
#Date Me: An OkCupid Experiment - A comedic and complicated view of online dating through one woman’s real lens. While the attention to that detail in both the script and the performance is the most endearing part of the production, it certainly makes a case for the online dating cynic who may not be looking to have their mind changed just yet. . . .Read More
little gem
Little Gem- Extended to 9/08! Elaine Murphy guides her fictional characters through the play with a prescribed sentimentality but it rings true to life in a very engaging way. The progression of time for them is charged by their irrepressible honesty and through unapologetically personal feelings, many of which are consigned to overlap the needs and longing of the other. Read More
The Rolling Stone
The Rolling Stone - Chris Urch's powerful play derives much of this powers from the excellent performances of the actors, especially Blankson-Wood, Edwards and James Udom Read More
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow - Extended to 8/17/19!Halley Feiffer's contemporary take on Checkov's Three Sisters Read More
The Mountains Look Different
The Mountains Look Different - The Mint is welcoming the late arrival of Micheal mac Liammoir's play with a superb New York premiere. 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

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

 Expensive Poison
A Very Expensive Poison - Lucy Prebble's new play exposes a political, murderous regimeRead More
forservicesrenderedlon19
For Services Rendered Somerset Maugham's 1932 play looks at the predicament of those who survived the First World War . . . . Read More
torchsonglon19
Torch Song In the brand new Turbine Theatre in the shadow of Battersea Power Station, Drew McOnie directs Harvey Fierstein's iconic Torch Song with a star performance from Matthew Needham . . . . Read More

appropriatelon19
Appropriate Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's family drama set in an ex-plantation mansion in Arkansas brings out the cracks between siblings . . . . Read More

evitalon19
Evita The Open Air's big summer musical production is Evita seen through fresh eyes . . . . Read More
nightoftheiguanalon19
The Night of the Iguana Clive Owen and Lia Williams star in Tennessee Williams little produced and difficult play. . . . Read More
bitterwheatlon19
Bitter Wheat David Mamet's new play about a movie mogul sexual predator stars John Malkovich. "It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound that is show business." was the tagline . . . . . Read More
sonlon19
Waitress - Broadway hit musical comedy Waitress brings pies to London . . . Read More

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

Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
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California

Moby Dick - Rehearsed
Moby Dick - Rehearsed - Even with the Theatricum's considerable playmaking resources and expertise, it's an underwhelming end to an epic tale. Kudos certainly to the Theatricum for taking us out to sea. Would that the waters were smoother. Read More


Washington - DC
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Berkshire Reviews
Topdog/Underdog
Topdog/Underdog - Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize winning play at Shakespeare Company in Lenox Read More
 Fall Springs
Fall Springs - this musical's story is politically pointed and the acting and music campy enough to make for what is probably the most entertaining evening about hydro fracking that anyone could ever imagine. Read More

 Before the Meeting
Before the Meeting - Williamstown Theatre Festival's premiere at the intimate Nikos Stage, is a 70-80 minute visit with four addicts prior to their daily 12-step meeting in a church basement. Read More

What We May Be
What We May Be - Kathleen Clark's play is a backstage drama, quite literally whenever the stage wings are exposed. Read More

ghostds
Ghosts - Uma Thurman's willowy and repressed Mrs. Helene Alving is the centerpiece of Williamstown Theatre Festival's production og Henrik Ibsen's late 19th century radical examination of Norwegian mores Read More
if  I  forget
If I Forget - Steven Levenson family comedy /drama gets its third Curtainup review . . .Read More
working
Working: A Musical - This terrific production of the musical based on Studs' Turkel's book , is filled with insights into our country's labor force who are the ones who drive its engine. Without them, what would we do? Read More
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Just think of those shocks you've got/ And those knocks you've got/ And those blues you've got/ From that news you've got/ And those pains you've got/ (If any brains you've got). . ./ 'Cause Franklin knows/ Anything goes.

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