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Review: ‘The Prom’ Is a Celebratory Trumpian Footloose When We Need It Most

Review: ‘The Prom’ Is a Celebratory Trumpian Footloose When We Need It Most

November 15, 2018

“The Prom” may very well be the musical comedy sensation of this Broadway season — its story of four clueless, Indiana-bound Broadway divas, determined (though misguided in their efforts) to help a small-town lesbian banned from her prom, too tempting of a political carrot for a Broadway community starving for witty political humor and the warm embrace of an indulgent Broadway musical.

Review: ‘Wild Goose Dreams’ Takes You to the Lonely Frontier of Digital Life

Review: ‘Wild Goose Dreams’ Takes You to the Lonely Frontier of Digital Life

November 15, 2018

You’ll need to fight through dense brambles of code and programming, sort through the clamor of soci...

Review: At LCT, ‘Plot Points In Our Sexual Development’ Traces the Edges of Queer Intimacy

Review: At LCT, ‘Plot Points In Our Sexual Development’ Traces the Edges of Queer Intimacy

November 8, 2018

“Plot Points in Our Sexual Development” — stashed away in the secluded interior of the Claire Tow Thea...

Review: ‘The Ferryman’ Steers Us to the Crossroads of Family and Myth, History and Tradition

Review: ‘The Ferryman’ Steers Us to the Crossroads of Family and Myth, History and Tradition

November 8, 2018

Pay close attention and you’ll find that “The Ferryman” is washed in the holy waters of classic l...

Review: “Torch Song” Breathes New Life, Radiantly Led By Michael Urie

Review: “Torch Song” Breathes New Life, Radiantly Led By Michael Urie

November 8, 2018

I don’t need to tell you that “Torch Song” is brilliantly funny, nor do I need to mention that ...

Review: At Ars Nova, ‘Rags Parkland’ Takes Us To Our Future

Review: At Ars Nova, ‘Rags Parkland’ Takes Us To Our Future

November 7, 2018

“Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future” is a lesson, a study, really, in the very making of folk tradition, of oral history told through song.

Review: ‘Eve’s Song’ Makes An Ambitious Attempt at Tackling Family and Violence in Black America

Review: ‘Eve’s Song’ Makes An Ambitious Attempt at Tackling Family and Violence in Black America

November 7, 2018

Most of “Eve's Song,” The Public Theater’s world premiere by resident playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd, is spent around a table, and that’s because “Eve's Song” is the story of an American family.

Review: In ‘Midsummer’ The Mobile Unit Delivers a Joyous Celebration of Life and Shakespeare

Review: In ‘Midsummer’ The Mobile Unit Delivers a Joyous Celebration of Life and Shakespeare

November 7, 2018

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is an explosion of joy and laughter, bewitched by a cast of New Yorkers dedicated to the art of translation, to the task of bringing the wonderful absurdities of Shakespearean comedy to audiences of diverse providence, and the brightest example of The Public Theater’s founding mission.

Review: ‘Skintight’ Takes Beauty to Task

Review: ‘Skintight’ Takes Beauty to Task

August 5, 2018

By MICHAEL APPLER Staff Writer Why do we stare at the David? What is it about that seventeen-fo...

Review: “Log Cabin,” and the Wilderness of LGBTQ Equality

Review: “Log Cabin,” and the Wilderness of LGBTQ Equality

June 29, 2018

By MICHAEL APPLER Staff Writer Log cabins are man-made. They’re visibly intertwined, tangled str...

Review: In “Sugar in Our Wounds,” The Measure of Black, Queer America

Review: In “Sugar in Our Wounds,” The Measure of Black, Queer America

June 23, 2018

By MICHAEL APPLER Staff Writer Little more than a century and a half separates the present from ...

Review: At the Delacorte, a Refreshingly Conventional “Othello”

Review: At the Delacorte, a Refreshingly Conventional “Othello”

June 22, 2018

By MICHAEL APPLER Staff Writer That Shakespearean insult “you are a Senator” fell with extra we...

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