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New York-Broadway
 Phantom of the opera
The Phantom of the Opera - Norm Lewis brings a golden baritone to the role usually sung by a tenor . . Read More
Cabaret
Cabaret- The Review - Life's just a cabaret again at Studio 54 with the mesmerizing Alan Cumming. . Read More
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Neil Patrick Harris will be leaving 8/17: And Rannells will take over 8/20! . . Read More
Violet
Violet - Update: Levi Kreis now the preacher . . Read More
 Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill - Audra McDonald's amazing ode to jazz legend Billie Holiday Extended again to September 21st! . . Read More
 Bullets Over Broadway
Bullets Over Broadway - Woody Allen's satiric movie as a crowd pleasing musical Closing 8/24! . . Read More
If/Then
If/Then - It really wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think of the new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey as a modern fairy tale. . . Read More
Les Miserables
Les Miserables - A superb cast and fabulous new stage concept give this mega musical an exciting new life . . Read More
Aladdin
Aladdin - Disney Theatrical's bright, lively, tuneful and also very funny stage adaptation of its hugely successful 1992 cartoon film . . Read More
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Rocky
Rocky - Closing 8/17!. . . Read More
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 Beautiful- The Carole King Musical
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical - Jessie Mueller proves she's a triple threat talent as singer-songwriter Carole King . . . Read More

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A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - A hilariously macabre and deliciously tuneful musical has landed on Broadway. It's a sure-fire Tony award collector . . . Read More

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New York Off-Broadway

2014 New York International Fringe Festival - Links to reviews will be added soon

August Cabaret Nights column
 Between Riverside and Crazy
Between Riverside and Crazy - Extended to 8/23! There's something about real estate that makes for good drama and Stephen Adly Guirgis's fine new play takes place in an apartment and, unlike most New York apartments, it's well worth what you'll pay to see it. . . Read More
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Sex With Strangers
Sex With Strangers - A thoroughly enjoyable, ultra contemporary two-character study in sex and success Read More
 Piece of My Heart
Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story - You may not know Bert Berns but you know his songs . . Read More
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Drop Dead Perfect
Drop Dead Perfect - a refreshing summertime tonic.Read More
Pump Boys and Dinettes
Pump Boys and Dinettes - As directed at City Center by Lear deBessonet, the mood remains old-fashioned high-energy and familiar tales sung and danced by the company. . . Read More
Pianist of  Willesden Lane
Pianist of Willesden Lane - This music upstages this solo play . . Read More
Pageant:  The Musical
Pageant: The Musical - Extended to 9/21! this musical send up of beauty pageants is back with a fresh infusion of testosterone . . Read More
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The Long Shrift
The Long Shrift - a rewarding, if also harrowing, theater experience.

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Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon
Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon - James McLure's vision of rural folk doing what they are inclined to do best is vivid and even touching,Read More
 Wayra
Wayra - It's not everyone's scene, but if you're down for a party, Wayra might be just what you're looking for. . . Read More
 When We Were Young and Unafraid
When We Were Young and Unafraid - Cherry Jones heads a splendid cast in Sarah Treem's new play at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage One. . Read More
 Just Jim Dale
Just Jim Dale - a staged memoir buoyed by a generous dose of song, dance and charm . . Read More
Drunk Shakespeare
Drunk Shakespeare - Extended to 10/18!this is a mug-in-hand fit for theatergoers who savor watching a Shakespeare play while drinking a draft or two. . . Read More
Here Lies Love - It's back, better than ever and for an open run . . Read More
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London

 The Nether
The Nether - A compelling and chilling play set in the future where almost everything happens in virtual worlds . . Read More
Shakespeare in Love
Shakespeare in Love - This screen-to-stage adaptation is a visual treat with no skimping of set or costume or cast. . . Read More
Holy Warriors
Holy Warriors - David Eldridge has written an epic play for the Globe's outdoor space on the history of the Crusades and the impact on the area forming the battles of the twentieth and twenty first century. . . Read More
 This Was a Man
This Was a Man - This minor Coward play has an emotional depth and deserves to be produced. . . Read More
The Events
The Events - David Grieg's play may confuse, but it also stimulates real debate as we seek to understand what caused those seemingly random acts of murder that grab the newspaper headlines. . . Read More
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time -Marianne Elliot's production of Mark Haddon's book is still as powerful and moving since its inception at the National Theatre. . . Read More
Richard III
Richard III - Martin Freeman for the first time in Shakespeare, . . Read More
The Crucible
The Crucible - American Israeli director Yael Farber brings her dark touch to Arthur Miller's iconic play about prejudice, politics and hysteria . . Read More
Forbidden Broadway
Forbidden Broadway - Making a most welcome return to the Chocolate Factory is a newer version of the witty musical revue . . Read More
 Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar - This production gains much from the exhilarating outdoor atmosphere of the Globe. . . Read More
Skylight
Skylight - Well cast revival of David Hare's Play . . Read More
Bakersfield Mist
Bakersfield Mist - Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid in a little gem of a piece. Read More
 Miss Saigon
Miss Saigon -The concept still manages to be relevant and you may be blown into a state of astonishment by the spectacle, though not much will cause a lasting effect on the soul . . Read More
 Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies
Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies - These two plays are a tremendous achievement to bring to the stage Hilary Mantel's "imaginings (her words) the human behind the history of Thomas Cromwell" . . Read More
 The Pajama Game
The Pajama Game - Richard Eyre's acclaimed production follows from From Here To Eternity at the off the beaten tourist track Shaftesbury . . Read More
 Handbagged
Handbagged -Moira Buffini's political comedy . . Read More
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Berkshires
Cedars
Cedars - A new solo play that benefits from a charismatic performance by James Naughton . . Read More
Fool For Love
Fool For Love - The magnetic Nina Arianda adds Sam Shepard's firs big female role to her inreasingly impressive resume. . Read More

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) - Yes, all the comedies, tragedies and histories make an appearance, albeit brief to the point of a nano second. . . Read More
 The Golem of Havana
The Golem of Havana - A challenging new musical from Barrington Stage's Musical Theater Lab benefits from a tuneful score but it needs more work . . Read More
 Breaking the Code
Breaking the Code - If the author and original actor could come to Pittsfield during this all too limited run, they'd be right up there giving Mark H. Dold the standing ovation he deserves. And they'd stay on their feet to applaud Joe Calarco's stunningly effective staging . . Read More
 Shakespeare's Will
Shakespeare's Will - a solo play about Shakespeare's wife, beautifully acted but without enough of a raison dêtre for being. . . Read More
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare & Company sets the Bard's romantic comedy in New Orleans- . . Read More
Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar - A bare bones production with just 7 actors directed by Shakespeare & Co founder Tina Packer . . Read More
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Soldier's Heart
Soldier's Heart - a story worth telling and it has been dramatized here very well. Read More
The Devil's Disciple
The Devil's Disciple - a wonderfully robust production of the only play that George Bernard Shaw set in America.
The Learned Ladies
The Learned Ladies - this production has as its primary supplement a host of definitively shaped comical performances. . . Read More
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Butler
Butler - an excellent and engrossing play laced with humor by playwright Richard Strand. Read More
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California
The Curse of Oedipus
The Curse of Oedipus -The Antaeus Theatre Company gloriously celebrates Dionysus, the God of Theater, with this world premiere . . . Read More Philadelphia

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Connecticut/Hudson Valley
The Liar
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Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Gentlemen of Verona - The first of Hudson Valley Shakespeare's delicious outings for a summer Night . . . Read More 14.html


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