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The cast of “Choir Boy,” center: Jeremy Pope, which opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre earlier this month.

Review: Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy,’ Fearless and Faithful, Makes Radiant Broadway Debut

February 1, 2019

“Choir Boy,” first presented at Manhattan Theatre Company in 2013, is not simply a musical play — it is itself a spiritual whose song, sung triumphantly by the bountiful talent of its leading star, Jeremy Pope, rises from its stage.

Luka Kain and Ana Roshelle Diaz in K. Lorrel Manning’s “Awake,” now open at The Barrow Group. (COURTESY OF EDWARD T. MORRIS)

Review: At “Awake,” A Carousel of American Contention

January 23, 2019

“Awake” has evolved into a nine-scene collection of conversations on race, sexism, gun violence and immigration.

Teal Wicks, Stephanie J. Block and Micaela Diamond as Lady, Star and Babe Cher in “The Cher Show,” now open at the Neil Simon Theatre.

Review: Gilded in Glitter, How Much Jukebox Inferno Can ‘The Cher Show’ Take?

December 6, 2018

If the makers of “The Cher Show,” among whom the real Cher is a producer, thought the pure divadom of its subject, dressed in all the gloriously gay, sequined and campy stylings of our favorite dark lady, could save the bio-musical from itself, they were holdin’ out for love.

Martin Moran in his one-man show of trauma and testimony, “The Tricky Part,” returning again to New York, now at The Barrow Group.

Review: Martin Moran’s ‘The Tricky Part’ Returns to Prove the Power of Testimony

December 3, 2018

It’s not hard to guess why the Barrow Group may have asked Moran to again surface “The Tricky Part.” But to come to “The Tricky Part” expecting our contemporary social sentience to jolt this play into some electric consciousness is naive.

Molly Pope and Hanlon Smith-Dorsey in “The Making of King Kong,” presented by the Target Margin Theater.

Review: In ‘The Making of King Kong,’ a Hallucinatory Descent into the American Imagination

December 2, 2018

The satire at the heart of Lisa Clair’s “The Making of King Kong,” presented by Target Margin Theater, is not aimed at that famed monster himself. If anything, Kong is the most reasonable being in the room.

Chris O'Shea and Adelaide Clemens in Tom Stoppard’s “The Hard Problem,” now open at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

Review: Stoppard’s ‘The Hard Problem’ Looks for Humanity in Human Consciousness

November 20, 2018

“We need to live first of all; to believe in what makes us live and that something ‘makes’ us live — to believe that whatever is produced from the mysterious depths of ourselves need not forever haunt us as an exclusively digestive concern,” Artaud told us, jokingly.

The cast of “The Prom,” now open at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway.

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.

Michelle Krusiec and Peter Kim in the New York premiere of “Wild Goose Dreams,” written by Hansol Jung and directed by Leigh Silverman, running at The Public Theater.

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...

Marianne Rendon (left) and Jax Jackson (right) in “Plot Points In Our Sexual Development,” now open at the Claire Tow Theater, LCT3.

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

November 9, 2018

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

Paddy Considine (Quinn Carney – center, standing) and the company of “The Ferryman,” now open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway.

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

November 9, 2018

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

Michael Urie in the Broadway revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song,” now open at the Hayes Theater.

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

November 9, 2018

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

Andrew R. Butler as Rags Parkland in “Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future,” now playing at Ars Nova.

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.