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Broadway
sound inside
The Sound Inside - beautifully written/emotionally involving play by Adam Rappl Starring Mary Louise ParkerRead More

Linda Vista
Linda Vista - Descriptive Excerpt: If the title were not already taken by a much produced French classic, Tracy Letts might well have called his play about a middle-aged guy who hates everything and everyone — including himself Read More

lightningthief
The Lightning Thief - If you had told me at age 12 that my two favorite literary protagonists — Harry Potter and Percy Jackson — would be headlining Broadway shows side-by-side in less than 15 years, I can't imagine I would have believed you. Read More

The Rose Tattoo - Tomei’s performance is stunningly operatic Read More
great society
The Great Society - If you invest the time and money to watch Cox's LBJ get all these bills that made America greater than ever passed, I suspect you'll exit the theater fervently hoping that Robert Shenkkan — or some playwright — - will soon have the facts to write a play to fit the title The Rise and Fall of Donald J. Trump. Read More

Slave Play - Jeremy O. Harris's uncompromising, graphic, sexually explicit play Read More
Free Style Love Supreme - This isn't an introspective show. No group member attempts to persuade you that anything done on stage is IMPORTANT. What IS important, however, is the shared theatrical experience between the artists and audience members and finding truth in the moment.Read More

height of the storm
The Height of the Storm - Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce manage to turn Florian Zeller's overly clever script into a truly unmissable point counterpoint performance duet Read More

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

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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

mockingbird
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
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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
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forbidden bway
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
Soft Power
Soft Power - With the key cast members as well as director, choreographer aboard , David Henry Hwang's and Jeanine Tesori's genre busting Soft Power has arrived in New York. I can't think of a better place than the Public's Newman Theater for it to find an audience ready to buy into Hwang's dazzlingly original but flawed mash up of fact and fiction.Read More
wrong man
The Wrong Man With the help of Hamilton's director Thomas Kail and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire, Ross Golan's almost two dozen story telling songs became the musical, The Wrong Man, now premiering at MCC's beautiful new theater in Hell's Kitchen section of Manhattan. Read More

Heroes. . .
Heroes of the Fourth Turning - Will Arbery's world premiere at Playwrights Horizons is an ultra-conservative reverie about our present cultural moment stirs up a perfect storm of debate on those hot-button issues tethered to religion, politics, and the family. Read More

The New Englanders - The changes in the typical American family (if ever there really was one outside of Rockwell's famous idyllc canvases and 1940s movies) are indeed welcome. But these now acceptable new family units have brought on new new issues to deal with. And it t should thus not come as a surprise that the marriages possible in our more open minded societies don't all follow a blissfully ever after path Read More

dublin carol
Dublin Carol - It was inevitable that Conor McPherson's morose but incisively impassioned one-act play would find its way to the Irish Repertory Theatre. Here it is receiving as polished and vivid a production under the direction of Ciaran O'Reilly as one would want. Read More

Kingfishers Catch Fire
Kingfishers Catch Fire - Although superbly staged and acted, this is not light entertainment. However, who go will have a rare theatrical experience that will linger after the house lights go down.Read More

Fern Hill
Fern Hill - Michael Tucker's dramedy adds up to a pleasant two hours, thanks to excellent actors and helpful staging by director Nadia Tass. . .Read 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

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

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

maninwhitesuitlon19
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
noisesofflon19
Noises Off Michael Frayn's brilliant farce of farces goes behind the scenes of repertory theatre . . . Read More

watsonslon19
The Watsons Laura Wade tackles an unfinished Jane Austen novel, The Watsons and creates a dramatic coup . . . Read More

ladyvanisheslon19
The Lady Vanishes In the perfect play for Brexiteers comes this accomplished thriller from Alfred Hitchcock as a tale of the British abroad, heroic and eccentric. I want to cheer! . . . Read More

biglon19
BIG The 1988 movie is recreated as a musical three decades after the film . . . . Read More
kingofhellspalacelon19
The King of Hell's Palace a true story about a rural area's instant wealth and health disaster cover up . . . . Read 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

nightoftheiguanalon19
The Night of the Iguana Clive Owen and Lia Williams star in Tennessee Williams little produced and difficult play. . . . Read More
sonlon19
Waitress - Broadway hit musical comedy Waitress brings pies to London . . . Read More

Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz< - pert and perky Ruby Rakos nails Judy Garland nee Frances Gumm is flawless and her singing voice is thrilling? Read More
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California
onbeckettl
On Beckett -When you consider that so many of Beckett's iconic characters are face to face with the reaper, Bill Irwin &emdash; a very youthful 69 year old &emdash; could conceivably be Hamm-ing and Krapp-ing for years to come. For now, he is content to draw back the curtain and give us all a look at what has been so inspiring. Read More


Washington - DC
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Conn
girls
Girls - The only items missing from Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' ambitious but messy Girls, having its world premiere at Yale Rep, are cellphones. Otherwise, this modernization of Euripides'weird 5th century BCE Bacchae fits right in with our current solipsistic society where self is all and we communicate via technology.Read More
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