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New York-Broadway
Airline Highway
Airline Highway - A "living funeral" in the Big Easy, is colorful but insubstantial . . Read More
The Visit
The Visit - This Kander& Ebb musical finally makes it to Broadway. . .and it's a triumphant landing as piloted by John Doyle and starring Chita Rivera and Roger Rees . . Read More
Finding Neverland - Star casting and Diane Paulus may make this Peter Pan back stage fiction critic proof . . Read More
Finding Neverland
Something Rotten!
Something Rotten! - A musical NOT borrowing from a book or movie, though it does borrow unapologetically from Shakespeare . . Read More
King and I
The King and I - Now open-ended! A revival that make you whistle a happy song . . Read More
Fun Home
Fun Home - if you've been waiting for a truly unique new musical, this unique family story is the one you won't want to miss. . . Read More
Gigi
Gigi - new book makes this more politically correct but less piquant . . Read More
It Shoulda Been You
It Shoulda Been You - It shouldabeen funnier and more original . . Read More
An American In Paris
An American In Paris - The magnificent Gershwin score and fleet footed dancing, who could ask for anything more? . . Read More
Wolf Hall, Parts One And Two
Wolf Hall, Parts One And Two - Hilary Mantel's best selling history saga becomes this season's "event" with 6 hours of behind-the-throne intrigue. . Read More
Skylight
Skylight - The Review - David Hare's acclaimed London revival of his 1995 play now on Broadway . . Read More
Hand to God
Hand to God -Robert Askins' devilishly clever play on Broadway, with the the O'Neill puppet namesake foul-mouthed as ever . . . Read More
On The Twentieth Century
On The Twentieth Century-Extended to July 19th! The Roundabout's current take on that madcap sixteen hour Chicago to New York ride is buoyed by Cy Coleman's sophisticated operetta-ish score and Betty Comden and Adolph Green's witty book and lyrics & a great cast that includes a better than ever Kristin Chenoweth . . . Read More
The Audience
The Audience - Hail to Queen Helen Mirren! Peter Morgan's entertaining play about the British monarch and her prime ministers has made a smooth landing on Broadway . . Read More
Fish in the Dark
Fish in the Dark - Larry David fans get a chance to see a live Curb Your Enthusiasm episode binge . . Read More
 On the Town
On the Town - this old wine in a flavorful new bottle lands successfully in a 4x bigger Broadway theater . . Read More
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - a genre-crossing, electrifying stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's best selling novel . . Read More
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New York Off-Broadway
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury - Elevator Repair Service is back at the Public with its highly kinetic staged reading of a portion of William Faulkner's novel. . . Read More
Macbeth
Macbeth - Another lively Mobile Shakespeare Unit production . . Read More
Permission
Permission - No puppet to buoy Robert Askins' new play about another offbeat Christian practice . . Read More
The Way We Get By
The Way We Get By - Neil LaBute in a romantic mood, though still with a twist, at Second Stagee. . Read More
Flick
The Flick - Another chance to see Annie Baker's ground breaking Pulitzer prize winning play . . Read More
What I Did Last Summer
What I Did Last Summer - A.R. Gurney's 1983 semi-autobiographical World War 2 coming of age/family drama is buoyed by Jim Simpson's smart something old/something new direction . . Read More
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek - Athol Fugard is one of our most successful contemporary playwrights. Yet he feels a close kinship to outsider artists like the South African rock painter at the center of his new play . . . Read More

Search: Paul Clayton, the Man Who Loved Bob Dylan
Search: Paul Clayton, the Man Who Loved Bob Dylan - Playwright Larry Mollin recognizes the contributions of Paul Clayton, friend and mentor of Bob Dylan from 1961 to 1965. . . Read More
Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke - a distilled and intense rendering of the tale famously filmed with Paul Newman in the title role . . Read More
Dinner With the Boys
Dinner With the Boys - Dan Lauria's dinner now served Off-Broadway . . Read More
Forever
Forever - Dael Orlandersmith's soul-baring and often lyrical solo arrives at New York Theatre Workshop. . . Read More

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Gentlemen of Verona - Extended again to June 20th! Fiasco's reworks Shakespeare's first romantic comedy as a zany caper . . Read More
Grounded
Grounded - What's unsaid in this all too relevant solo play is as potent as what is. . . Read More
The Belle of Belfast
The Belle of Belfast -Extended to 6/14! well-structured, skillfully drawn, and slyly entertaining. If only it were less hollow . . Read More
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Clinton The Musical
Clinton The Musical - musical spoof about William Jefferson Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton Read More
Churchill
Churchill Ronald Keatin revisits the life of the great British leader and orator . . Read More
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London

 Beyond Bollywood
Beyond Bollywood A spectacular dance show with all the music and colour of India . . . . Read More
 Carrie the Musical
Carrie the Musical Carrie the rewritten musical from the seventies comes back as powerfully and supernaturally as a poltergeist . . . Read More
 Matchbox Theatre
Matchbox Theatre Twenty three of Michael Frayn's short Matchbox plays get a run at Hampstead . . . Read More
 American Buffalo
American Buffalo David Mamet's early play brings three heavyweight actors to the West End to surprise and shock those unused to Mamet's idiosyncratic style . . . Read More
 Shock Treatment
Shock Treatment The follow up to Rocky Horror is staged for the first time in London after a full makeover . . . Read More
 Golem
Golem - Suzanne Andrade and 1927 blur the boundaries between theatre, cartoon and cinema in a visually stylised study of the power of technological change . . . Read More
 Carmen Disruption
Carmen Disruption Simon Stephens translates the themes of Carmen to a modern European city in this complex re-imagining and shattering. . . Read More
 Against Captain
Against Captain"'s Orders The National Maritime Museum and Punchdrunk create a nautical adventure for the 6 to 12 year olds . . . . . Read More
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New Jersey
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California
 Immediate Family
Immediate Family - Paul Oakley Stovall's breezy tone and rhythms are a natural fit for Phyllicia Rashad's directorial style. . . . Read More
I and You
I and You - A delicate coming of age story at the Fountain Theater . . Read More
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Berkshires
Details about Summer 2015 Shows (updated regularly until the season begins

Philadelphia

New and Noteworthy in Philadelphia. . .Philly Theater List/Visitors Guide links



Washington - DC
 Cabaret
Cabaret - A sublime production at DC's Signature . . Read More
The Originalist
The Originalist - Extended to 5/31! Whether audiences in cities that don't have more than 50,000 lawyers and an incalculable number of wonks, will have the sitzfleisch for 105 minutes of dueling ideologies remains to be seen. But Arena's production, though too long, is well worth seeing . . Read More
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Connecticut
The Second Mrs. Wilson - Joe DiPietro wraps an explosive, lesser-known bit of history in a conventional framework. It makes for a safe, unchallenging, still entertaining work that resembles a Wikipedia entry . . . Read More




TIMELY QUOTES
Welcome to our house on Maple Avenue
See how we polish and we shine
We rearrange and realign
Everything is balanced and serene
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.

Welcome To The Renaissance
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.

Someday He'll Come Along
the Man I Love
— Lyric from one of many gorgeous Gershwin tunes in this year's danciest new musicals,American in Paris

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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