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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

Why do we stare at the David? What is it about that seventeen-foot-tall Michelangelo that so transfixes,...

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

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

June 29, 2018

Log cabins are man-made. They’re visibly intertwined, tangled structures forged by forcing lumber together...

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

Little more than a century and a half separates the present from American chattel slavery, only six decad...

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

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

June 22, 2018

That Shakespearean insult “you are a Senator” fell with extra weight during last Saturday’s performance...

Review: In “Peace for Mary Frances,” A Terrifying Looking-Glass of Loss

Review: In “Peace for Mary Frances,” A Terrifying Looking-Glass of Loss

June 6, 2018

For better or for worse, there are times when theater comes dangerously close to reality, when imitation...

Review: In “Your Alice,” A Wonderland Shattered

Review: In “Your Alice,” A Wonderland Shattered

May 31, 2018

Inside the Brooklyn Academy of Music lies a dismantling of your childhood – not its destruction, by...

Review: “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire” and the Revolution that Never Happened

Review: “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire” and the Revolution that Never Happened

May 21, 2018

The ground does shake in the course interior of New York Theater Workshop’s East Village house. It rattl...

2018 Tony Award Predictions: Angels Prevail, Wizards Too

2018 Tony Award Predictions: Angels Prevail, Wizards Too

May 7, 2018

As nomination day quickly recedes into the distance, so begins the heart of Tony campaign season, a mont...

Review: “My Fair Lady” is Newly Restored, Brilliantly Led by Lauren Ambrose

Review: “My Fair Lady” is Newly Restored, Brilliantly Led by Lauren Ambrose

May 1, 2018

There is a distinct, delightful feeling that sails through the audience of a show as beloved as “My...

Review: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Comes to Broadway, Spellbound

Review: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” Comes to Broadway, Spellbound

May 1, 2018

Stephen Sondheim told us that children will listen, that they’ll see and that they’ll learn. Somehow,...