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

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:00:33 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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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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‘Prince of Broadway’ Set for Broadway, Finally

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:27:19 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: 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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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