Review: NEWSIES at the Marriott Theatre

Review: NEWSIES at the Marriott Theatre

In all, there’s nothing egregiously displeasing about “Newsies.” But it’s sanitized pablum. It’s as much about the newsboy strike of 1899 as “The Lion King” is about daily life in, say, Uganda.

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Review: 42ND STREET at Drury Lane

Review: 42ND STREET at Drury Lane

With screaming guitars and poignant diversity, Michael Heitzman has reinvented “42nd Street” with spectacular results.

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Review: YASMINA’S NECKLACE at Goodman Theatre

Review: YASMINA’S NECKLACE at Goodman Theatre

For every “now more than ever” play, every revival that we resurrect to draw a parallel between systems of oppression, every narrative that shows women, the LGBT+ community, and people of color victimized and stripped of their agency, we need a YASMINA’S NECKLACE.

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Review: WEDDING BAND at The Artistic Home

Review: WEDDING BAND at The Artistic Home

In the final quarter of the Artistic Home’s powerfully rendered production of Alice Childress’ “Wedding Band,” there’s a scene that’s as emotionally eviscerating as anything you’re apt to see onstage this year.

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Review: MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre

Review: MARIE CHRISTINE at BoHo Theatre

If you like your musicals dark—tragically, unceasingly dark—with a complicated score that’s well sung, BoHo Theatre’s MARIE CHRISTINE is just the production to see as the fall days grow ever shorter.

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Review: MARISOL at Promethean Theatre Ensemble

Review: MARISOL at Promethean Theatre Ensemble

My cheeks still feel the crispness of the cold night air as I stare at the words graffitied onto the set of Promethean’s MARISOL. I read the short, haphazard words that invoke big ideas of war and racism and injustice. Despite knowing that the worlds of Jose Rivera’s plays are usually more magic than reality, the relevance of these words makes their weight linger with the night’s coldness.

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Review: IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY at TimeLine Theatre Company

Review: IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY at TimeLine Theatre Company

Video: Mr. Daldry (Joel Ewing), fearing his wife (Melissa Canciller) is not well due to her change in mood and ambition, brings her to Dr. Givings (Anish Jethmalani*) for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Givings seems to know just what his wife is suffering from and may have just the treatment...

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Review: DREAM FREAKS FALL FROM SPACE at Second City

Review: DREAM FREAKS FALL FROM SPACE at Second City

“It seems like there’s just no way the majority of the sketches in “Dream Freaks” could be remotely funny. But they are funny, immensely so.”

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Review:  “1980 (Or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson)” at Jackalope Theatre

Review: “1980 (Or Why I’m Voting for John Anderson)” at Jackalope Theatre

The intimate look into the lives of campaign volunteers shows us more than just the struggle of fighting for the underdog, but also that times may not have changed as much as we think.

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Review: LYSISTRATA JONES at Refuge Theatre Project

Review: LYSISTRATA JONES at Refuge Theatre Project

LYSISTRATA JONES is like rewatching a 90s sitcom in 2017 and cringing at all the racism and sexist undertones you didn’t remember were there.

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