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Review: Encores! Serves a Bathtub Martini in ‘The New Yorkers’

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:43:56 GMT

Front from left, Kevin Chamberlin, Tam Mutu, Scarlett Strallen and Arnie Burton in “The New Yorkers” at City Center.Cole Porter’s lost musical from 1930 raises a glass to the giddy heyday of Prohibition and high (really high) society.

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In ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ It’s Murder, Strictly for Laughs

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:19:06 GMT

From left, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Lewis and Henry Shields at the Old Red Lion Theater, where “The Play That Goes Wrong” was first performed in 2012.The three British actors behind this farcical mystery discuss the comedy and the thrill of possible injury in a performance.

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Well, Hello, Dollys!

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:22:40 GMT

The original: Carol Channing.Carol Channing originated the musical role of Dolly Levi and was considered irreplaceable. Now Bette Midler steps into a long line of her successors.

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Two Female Playwrights Arrive on Broadway. What Took So Long?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:00:33 GMT

Lynn Nottage, left, and Paula Vogel in New York this month.Lynn Nottage and Paula Vogel, both Pulitzer winners, will finally make their Broadway debuts this spring. What does that say about the plight of women writing for the stage?

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What’s New in NYC Theater

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:59:06 GMT

Jessie Mueller’s last performance in “Waitress,” continuing at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, is on Sunday. (The show’s songwriter, Sara Bareilles, will take over the role of Jenna after that.) See listing below.Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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His Idea for Fighting Terrorism? Funny Plays

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:47:23 GMT

From left, Ismaël Saidi, Shark Carrera and Reda Chebchoubi in Mr. Saidi’s play “Jihad” last month in Villiers-le-Bel, which is outside Paris.The Belgian playwright Ismaël Saidi writes comic plays that tour France and Belgium, and offer a message of multicultural tolerance.

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Review: Instead of a ‘War Horse,’ This Time a Lost Cat Opens a Child’s Eyes

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:02:00 GMT

Above from left, foreground, Mike Shepherd, Nandi Bhebhe, Katy Owen, Ncuti Gatwa and Kyla Goodey in “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips,” a production from the British company Kneehigh at St. Ann’s Warehouse. In “946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips,” Emma Rice directs a fanciful adaptation of another novel by Michael Morpurgo, the author of “War Horse.”

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The First Time: John Leguizamo: The First Time I Faced a Hostile Audience (Kids)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:38:17 GMT

The actor and writer John Leguizamo is performing a one-man show, “Latin History for Morons,” at the Public Theater.The actor and writer talks about his early days, working with Off Center Theater, where he encountered young audiences eager to see characters like themselves.

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Manhattan Theater Club Announces Two New Plays by Women

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:51:18 GMT

Ron Cook and Francesca Annis in “The Children.”‘In the Body of the World’ and ‘Actually’ will be part of this theater’s 2017-18 season and part of the discussion about gender imbalance on Broadway.

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Travel Ban Threatens a Lincoln Center Festival Play

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:01:13 GMT

The North American premiere of “While I Was Waiting,” a drama by the Syrian playwright Mohammad al-Attar, may be cancelled because of the travel ban sought by the Trump administration.The center is seeking visas for several artists with Syrian passports for Mohammad al-Attar’s “While I Was Waiting.”

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‘The Little Foxes’: A Reconsideration

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:20:04 GMT

From left, Cynthia Nixon as Birdie and Laura Linney as Regina.Does Lillian Hellman rank alongside Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller?

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Review: In ‘Spill,’ an Oil Disaster Seems Too Big for the Stage

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:08:17 GMT

A scene from “Spill.”An impassioned and overloaded documentary drama by Leigh Fondakowski explores the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010.

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Review: Shakespeare Meets Black Power in ‘Caesar/X’

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:12:46 GMT

Jonathan-David as Mark Antony with the body of Caesar (Gabriel Lawrence) at the New Victory Theater, where ‘Julius Caesar’ is playing in repertory with “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation,” about Malcolm X.“Julius Caesar” and “X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. the Nation” illuminate each other as they run in repertory at the New Victory Theater.

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‘The Fantasticks’ Is Set to Close Off Broadway in June

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:34:31 GMT

From left, Leo Burmester, Burke Moses and Martin Vidnovic in “The Fantasticks” in 2006.The show is to have its final performance at the Jerry Orbach Theater on June 4; “The Crusade of Connor Stephens” will start previews there June 17.

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Review: Plunging Into Polyamory With ‘How to Transcend a Happy Marriage’

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 02:00:01 GMT

Marisa Tomei, center, and her fellow characters get experimental in “How to Transcend a Happy Marriage,” at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.Two long-married couples take a walk on the wild side in Sarah Ruhl’s comedy of lust, friendship and animal sacrifice.

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Review: In ‘Pool Play 2.0,’ the Audience Is Welcome to Make a Splash

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:08:52 GMT

Jonathan Matthews in This Is Not a Theater Company’s “Pool Play 2.0” at the Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club in Manhattan.Featuring dance numbers, this buoyant daydream of a show is set in a pool on the East Side of Manhattan. Acoustics are a challenge.

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A Word With: Robert Lepage on Family, Francophone Separatism and ‘887’

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:17:30 GMT

Robert Lepage in “887,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.Looking backward and working on a smaller scale have helped the Canadian impresario find his place in the world.

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Review: ‘The Terrifying’ Has Paranoia and the Feeling Something’s Wrong

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:00:13 GMT

Kim Gainer in the play “The Terrifying.”A monster devours your sense of security in this scream-filled Julia Jarcho evisceration of classic horror movies at Abrons Arts Center.

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Season Includes a Same-Sex ‘Oklahoma!’

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:36:38 GMT

The Allen Elizabethan Theater, which houses offerings from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in Ashland.Among the festival’s 2018 offerings are a record five plays by women and a version of ‘Oklahoma!’ with same-sex couples in leading roles.

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Gender-Bending Debate Play ‘Her Opponent’ to Open Off Broadway

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:41:06 GMT

From left, Rachel Tuggle Whorton, Daryl Embry and Andy Wagner in “Her Opponent” at Provincetown Playhouse. The play will come to the Theater Center in Manhattan next month.What if Trump and Clinton’s genders were swapped? Previews of the re-enactment of the 2016 debates will come to the Theater Center on Wednesday.

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Review: Robert Lepage Goes Home Again in ‘887’

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:01:39 GMT

Robert Lepage reconstructs his childhood home in 1960s Quebec City in “887.”In his one-man show at the BAM Harvey Theater, Mr. Lepage reconstructs his childhood in 1960s Quebec City.

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Review: A Scalding Take on Race in ‘White Guy on the Bus’

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:39:12 GMT

Robert Cuccioli and Danielle Leneé in “White Guy on the Bus,” by Bruce Graham, at 59E59 Theaters.Robert Cuccioli and Danielle Leneé star in Bruce Graham’s play that provides an unflinching look at the black-white dynamic.

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A Word With: Dave Chappelle on Trump, Cosby and His Netflix Deal

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:31:08 GMT

Dave ChappelleThe comedian also says that he turned to Louis C.K. for advice after he grew concerned that his postelection “S.N.L.” appearance would fall flat.

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The Battle of ‘Miss Saigon’: Yellowface, Art and Opportunity

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:00:06 GMT

A Broadway opening-night picket of “Miss Saigon” in 1991.The musical — a love story set during the Vietnam War — ignited a fierce debate over the casting of a white actor in a Eurasian role. Now, it’s back on Broadway.

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Review: Brothers Joined by Fate and Furniture in ‘The Price’

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 02:00:02 GMT

From left, Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo and Tony Shalhoub in “The Price,” a revival of Arthur Miller’s play from 1968.This ardently acted revival shows Arthur Miller’s 1968 play as a smaller, more stolid work than it wants to be — still just a little out of style.

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A Broadway Musical Brings Out Canadian Soft Power

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:19:14 GMT

Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie, right, after watching a performance of “Come From Away” at the Schoenfeld Theater.“Come From Away,” set in Newfoundland, has attracted many displays of national pride, including from the lead Canadian, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

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