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Review: In This ‘Winter’s Tale,’ the King Is Insane. It’s as Simple as That.

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:03:32 GMT

Natalie Radmall-Quirke as Hermione, the queen, in “The Winter’s Tale,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.In Declan Donnellan’s production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the homicidal protagonist’s motives are all too clear.

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Review: ‘Alligator’ Wallows in a Lurid Florida Pit of Sex and Murder

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:06:34 GMT

Bobby Moreno and Lindsay Rico in Hilary Bettis’s “Alligator,” at A.R.T./New York Theaters.This play by Hillary Bettis, about a fictitious Florida tourist attraction, sits uneasily somewhere between gritty naturalism and magical realism.

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The Best Theater of 2016

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:19 GMT

Clockwise from top left, Denée Benton and Amber Gray in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”; Taylor Mac in “A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”; Joe Morton in “Turn Me Loose”; David Hyde Pierce in “A Life”; Laura Dreyfuss and Ben Platt in “Dear Evan Hansen”; and Mary-Louise Parker in “Heisenberg.”A “Great Comet,” a 24-hour magnum opus and a comedy about slavery are among the top shows of the year.

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:11:12 GMT

Moe Angelos in “Elements of Oz,” continuing through Dec. 18 at 3LD Art & Technology Center. See listing below.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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An Unbendable Golda Meir, Onstage and in Vinyl

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:05:47 GMT

The Golda Meir figurine, which will be given away by Temple Emanu-El in New York.An interview with the designer of a Golda Meir action figure that’s being given away as part of benefit performances of the play “Golda’s Balcony” in New York.

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Vintage ‘Glass Menagerie’ Performance Will Return to Air

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:22:10 GMT

Jane Klain, who works for the Paley Center for Media, is always on the lookout for lost programs that are sought by scholars and biographers.A museum researcher has unearthed a performance of “The Glass Menagerie” starring Shirley Booth, that will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies.

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Review: ‘Rancho Viejo,’ Where Banality and Trouble Cohabitate

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:32:05 GMT

Mare Winningham and Mark Blum in”Rancho Viejo.”Dan LeFranc’s sweet and scary, lackadaisical and hypnotic play centers on a pending divorce and baby-boomer couples with a lot of time on their hands.

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Review: In the Din of ‘Clover,’ Voices of Loss, Hope and Emmett Till

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:47:43 GMT

Standing from left, Harold Surratt and James Edward Becton, and seated from left, Laura E. Johnston, Trevor Hayes and David Stallings, at La MaMa.Erik Ehn’s sprawling experimental drama at La MaMa, directed by Glory Kadigan, means to be obscure, though probably not to the degree that it is.

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Review: Waiting to Connect in Levittown in ‘The Babylon Line’

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:00:02 GMT

Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Reaser in Richard Greenberg’s “The Babylon Line,” at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in Lincoln Center.Writers-in-training swap tales in Richard Greenberg’s unresolved new comedy.

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The Best Performances of 2016

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:53:08 GMT

Drake and Rihanna at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.This list includes feats of acting and core strength, performances that made the author happy even when they raised his blood pressure or made him cry.

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An Evening of Song, Dance and the Devil in a Barroom

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:37:12 GMT

Melody Grove in “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart.”“The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart,” at the McKittrick Hotel, is a rambunctious yarn imported from Scotland.

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‘Prince of Broadway’ Set for Broadway, Finally

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:24:33 GMT

Harold PrinceAfter years of fits and starts, this project about the director and producer Harold Prince is to open next summer at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.

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Review: For ‘The Wolves,’ the Goal Is to Win and to Be Heard

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:00:17 GMT

The ensemble play “The Wolves” focuses on a soccer team of suburban teenage girls.In this play, ideas and emotions jostle for position as a soccer team of teenage girls chatter and loosen up before playing.

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Baryshnikov Arts Center Unveils Spring 2017 Season

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:09:08 GMT

A scene from Bela Pinter’s “Our Secrets,” which will open at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in January.The season’s lineup includes premieres by the Hungarian theater troupe Bela Pinter and Company and the dancers Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith.

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Review: If Chelsea Manning Sat and Chatted With President Obama

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:06:16 GMT

Matt Steiner, left, as Aaron Swartz (reading the part of Chelsea Manning), and E. James Ford as his friend Billy (reading the part of President Obama) in the play within a play in “Private Manning Goes to Washington.”In Stan Richardson’s “Private Manning Goes to Washington,” the activist hacker Aaron Swartz wants to put on a play inspired by the whistle-blower Manning.

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Review: Too Many Cupcake Shops, Says Penny Arcade

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:00:39 GMT

Penny Arcade at St. Ann’s Warehouse in her solo show “Longing Lasts Longer,” in which she laments a changed New York and frets about group-mind control.“Longing Lasts Longer,” Ms. Arcade’s solo show at St. Ann’s Warehouse, laments a changed New York and frets about group-mind control.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney to Head Playwriting Program at Yale

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:55:58 GMT

Tarell Alvin McCraneyTarell Alvin McCraney, a Yale School of Drama graduate whose play is the basis of the celebrated film “Moonlight,” will return there

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As U.S. Braces for Change, a Play About the Working Class Heads to Broadway

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:55:01 GMT

From left, James Colby, Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson in “Sweat,” now at the Public Theater.The Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s work, Sweat, moves to Studio 54 in March.

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Review: In ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ a Lonely Teenager, a Viral Lie and a Breakout Star

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:00:04 GMT

Ben Platt in the title role of the musical “Dear Evan Hansen, ” at the Music Box Theater.This gorgeous heartbreaker of a musical, starring Ben Platt and directed by Michael Greif, has tragedy at its core but is anything but a downer.

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Critic's Notebook: There’s Magic in the Air, if You Believe

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:00:01 GMT

Jason Bishop in “Straight Up Magic,” at the New Victory Theater. Jason Bishop’s “Straight Up Magic” and “The Illusionists: Turn of the Century” offer audiences a chance to feel bewitched, bothered and bamboozled.

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Behind the Poster: Mom’s a Corpse. Dad Looks Mad. At Least the Light Is Nice.

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 01:23:29 GMT

Gabe Leonard’s poster for “Mom’s Dead,” a production of of the Los Angeles theater company Sacred Fools.The artist Gabe Leonard talks about a painting he created for a poster promoting the Los Angeles production of the play “Mom’s Dead.”

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Arena Stage Unveils a 25-Play History of the United States

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:36:10 GMT

The playwright Eve Ensler.“Power Plays,” a new initiative, will commission and develop 25 plays — one for each decade of American history — over the next 10 years.

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Review: ‘The Children,’ in London, Offers Hints of an Apocalypse

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:39:15 GMT

Ron Cook as Robin and Francesca Annis as Rose in Lucy Kirkwood’s new play, “The Children.”The play by Lucy Kirkwood is at the Royal Court; also reviewed are “The Sewing Group” by E.V. Crowe and a revival of Somerset Maugham’s “Sheppey.”

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Review: ‘A Bronx Tale’ Explores the Struggle for a Boy’s Soul

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:27 GMT

Hudson Loverro, center left, as Young Calogero, with Nick Cordero as Sonny, in the musical “A Bronx Tale,” at the Longacre Theater.The music freshens the material in this show at the Longacre Theater, with a book by Chazz Palminteri, who also wrote and starred in the original solo play.

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Review: Put on a Vest. Summon Magic. Beware of Moles. Save an Island.

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:07:59 GMT

Young theatergoers help adult actors launch an airship in one of the installations in “Pip’s Island.”In “Pip’s Island,” an interactive theater piece, children travel through a dozen installations as they assist adult actors in saving a magical realm.

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The Tender Side of Edward Albee

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 23:07:30 GMT

Edward Albee in England, circa 1967.Four people who worked with the playwright recall their friendships with him, as the theater community plans to celebrate the writer and his work.

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Theater Listings for Dec. 2-8

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:55:01 GMT

Raymond Lee and Jennifer Ikeda in “Vietgone,” a comedy by Qui Nguyen.A critical guide to productions in New York City, including shows in previews.

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Broadway Home Looks Likely for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:03:03 GMT

Jamie Parker, left, and Sam Clemmett in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in London.The company that owns the Lyric Theater is planning a major renovation to accommodate the first American production of this London hit.

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‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Performed Live From Richard Rodgers Theater

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:48:39 GMT

Ashanti, left, and Ja Rule at the Richard Rodgers Theater to promote the “Hamilton Mixtape.”Regina Spector, Andra Day and members of the Roots performed songs from “The Hamilton Mixtape” a day before the album’s release.

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