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New York-Broadway
Paramour - Cirque du Soleil tackles Broadway as a real musical plus its usual acrobatic razzle-dazzleRead More
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night - Jessica Lange headlines an outstanding cast in the Roundabout's splendid revival of O'Neill's masterpiece. . . Read 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
Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting Closing 5/29!- a new family friendly musical, adapted from Natalie Babbitt's popular young adult novel. . . Read More
Waitress - a promising Broadway debut for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and another award-winning performance by Jessie Mueller
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>American Psycho
American Psycho - Closing 6/05/16! Lacking the acute sense of danger that effective horror stories must have, the musicalized version of the Bret Easton Ellis novel relies for thrills on the Grand Guignol pleasures of its top-flight design team. Read More
The Father
The Father - Frank Langella justifies all the hype, Florian Zeller's play not quite so much Read More
The Crucible
The Crucible - Ivo Van Hov's highly effective take on Arthur Miller's classic allelgory Read More
Bright Star
Bright Star - Another bluegrass tuner, this one on Broadway and by the multi-talented Steve Martin and songwriter Edie Brickell. Read More
She Loves Me
She Loves Me - Extended to July 10th! The Roundabout gets everything right in its revival of this musical theater charmer Read More
Blackbird - Jeff Daniels and Michell Williams still make the aptly named David Harrower's psychodrama harrowing Read More
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
Noises Off - Extended to 3/13! Sardines, slamming doors and a stellar cast are at their their funniest during the middle act's in front and in back of the curtain shenanigans Read More
 Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof - 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

Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt - There's plenty to debate about John Doyle's streamlined Peer Gynt. What's incontestable is that he and Gabriel Ebert are an explosive combination. . . . Read More
A Doll's House & The Father
A Doll's House & The Father - Ibsen and Strindberg's marital dramas in rotating repertory Read More
The Total Bent
The Total Bent - A new musical from Passing Strange team Stew and Heidi Rodewald features first-rate music and performances, but the surrounding narrative has room for refinement. Read More
Incognito - Nick Payne, seen by many as an heir to Tom Stoppard, is back with another science themed intellectual puzzle. It's about the workings of that most mysterious human organ, the brain. . . . Read More
Signature Plays: The Sandbox, Drowning, Funnyhouse of a Negro
Signature Plays: The Sandbox, Drowning, Funnyhouse of a Negro - Extended to 6/19! As studies in loneliness, alienation, and unease, these one-acts fit together nicely as a single evening. . . Read More
Cal in Camo
Cal in Camo - Extending run to 6/18! Emotion dominates in William Francis Hoffman's new play about familial love, loss, and redemption. Read More
 Turn Me Loose
Turn Me Loose - Biographical dramas are common on the New York stage, but they're usually about dead people. Comedian Dick Gregory, the protagonist of Gretchen Law's play, is going strong at 83.Read More
Judas Kiss
The Judas Kiss - This is not a great play, not even one of David Hare's best. But with this production it it can now be considered a very good play, and one well worth seeing. Read More
The Ruins of Civilization
The Ruins of Civilization - True to the title, Penelope Skinner's dystopian drama takes on a multitude of disastrous effects of a continued head-in-the-sand response to climate change and economic problems Read More
A Better Place
A Better Place - The protagonist of Wendy Beckett's far-fetched comedy is confident that the family in the apartment with no curtains across the way is rich and happy. If he were right, Ms. Beckett wouldn't have a play. As things stand, she doesn't have much of a play anyway. Read More
Indecent - The history of the revered but also reviled Sholem Asch play God of Vengeance has been been ingeniously and entertainingly crafted by playwright Paula Vogel and director Rebecca Taichman from historic events. . . Read More
Daphne's Dive
Daphne's Dive - Pulitzer prize winner GuiaraAlegra Hudes' bar play at the Signature Theatre, directed by Hamilton's Thomas Kail . . . Read More
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen - It's moving to Broadway this November! New York, NY – Producer Stacey Mindich has announced today that the new musical Dear Evan Hansen will begin performances on Broadway in November 2016 at a Shubert theater to-be-announced. a single incident escalates into a heart-stirring, highly original and believable new musical about a society with an alarming increase in teen suicides and drug addiction as well as social media's ability to be supportive but also damaging. . . Read More
Cagney - The York Theater Company's big-little bio-musical transfers to the Westside Theatre for an open runRead More
Vincent - a nicely projected overview of van Gogh's lesser as well as well-known paintings Read More
Thank God for Jokes
Thank God for Jokes - not jokes at all but stories taken directly from his life experiences Read 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
>The Robber Bridegroom
The Robber Bridegroom - Stephen Pasquale leads an energetic cast in a revival of the blue grass musical based on Eudora Welty's novel. . . Read More
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs - The open ended run is now closing 6/06/16Read More


Elegy After the hit Constellations, Nick Payne writes another scientific play in the context of medical advances and human adaptation . . . Read More
 Show Boat
Show Boat Jerome Kern's musical of 1927 is the first real musical with every song progressing the plot and a dark, serious plot it is . . . Read More
 The Comedy about a Bank Robbery
The Comedy about a Bank Robbery Mischief Theatre score top marks again with this varied and super professional comedy mayhem . . . Read More
Boy Leo Butler's play looks at a white school leaver in North London and his precious lack of prospects and connections . . . Read More
 Les Blancs
Les Blancs Yael Farber directs Lorraine Hansberry's unfinished kaleidoscopic play about revolution in sub Saharan Africa at the National Theatre . . . Read More
 The Painkiller
The Painkiller Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon excel in this fall about farce at The Garrick . . . 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
A Song at Twilight
A Song at Twilight - a commendable attempt to balance fluff with substance Read More
Villainous Company
Villainous Company - an enjoyable diversion Read More
All the Days
All the Days - The actors, under the sit-com-paced direction of Emily Mann, are commendable interpreters of Rothstein’s characters Read More
 Pump Boys and Dinettes
Pump Boys and Dinettes - amiable mix of country-styled music and home-grown corn Read More

New Jersey New & Noteworthy
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Honky - Greg Kalleres's in-your-face drama. . . Read More
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Washington - DC
Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler -this shortened version of Ibsen's tragedy misses nothing snfdis a triumph for DC's Studio and, particularly, Julia Coffey . . Read More
Disgraced Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer prize winning play at Arena Stage . . Read More
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My Paris
My Paris - though still in need of a pointg of view this musical luckily has the superb Bobby Steggert as Toulouse-Lautrec. . . Read More
Happy Days
Happy Days - Samuel Beckett's play featuring a heartbreaking performance by Dianne Wiest blazes with life at Yale Rep . . . Read More
 'Presto Change-o
'Presto Change-o - a musical for adults and children to enjoy at Barrington Stage. . . Read More
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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 is probably the most all too real American drama currently on any stage.

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We rearrange and realign
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Like chaos never happens if it's never seen — lyric from Fun Home , the least mass-audience geared contender for a Best New Musical Tony.

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Not The One In Italy Or In France
No The One In England
The One Where William Shakespeare Is Cream Of The Crop
The One Where William Shakespeare Is The Top!

— Lyric from Something rotten the zany, strictly historically incorrect riff on how plays evolved into musicals, that's also a contender for the best new musical Tony.

If we assume the debts, the union gets/ A new line of credit, a financial diuretic/ How do you not get it? If we're aggressive and competitive/ The union gets a boost. You'd rather give it a sedative? — Alexander Hamilton in the brilliantnew musical Hamilton

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