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De’Adre Aziza (center) in the world premiere of “Eve’s Song,” written by Patricia Ione Lloyd and directed by Jo Bonney, running at The Public Theater.

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.

The company and audience of The Public’s Mobile Unit production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by Jenny Koons and running at The Public Theater, following a free tour of the five boroughs.

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.

Eli Gelb, Idina Menzel and Will Brittain in Roundabout Theatre Company’s presentation of “Skintight,” a new play from Joshua Harmon. (COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS).

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,...

Cindy Cheung, Dolly Wells, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Phillip James Brannon in “Log Cabin,” a new play by Jordan Harrison now open at Playwrights Horizons. (COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS).

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...

Stephanie Berry as Aunt Mama, Chinaza Uche as Henry, and Tiffany Rachelle Stewart as Mattie in Manhattan Theatre Club’s world premiere of “Sugar in Our Wounds.” (COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS).

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...

Heather Lind and Chukwudi Iwuji in the Free Shakespeare in the Park production of Othello, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, running at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through June 24. (COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS).

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...

Heather Burns, Lois Smith and J. Smith-Cameron in “Peace for Mary Frances,” a new show by The New Group. (COURTESY OF MONIQUE CARBONI)

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...

Eliza Shea as Alice Liddell, Lewis Carroll’s childhood muse. (COURTESY OF PINKHOUSE PRODUCTIONS)

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...

The cast of “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire” at New York Theater Workshop. (COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS)

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

May 7, 2018

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

Harry Hadden-Paton, Lauren Ambrose, and Allan Corduner in the Lincoln Center Theater’s Broadway revival of “My Fair Lady,” now open at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. (COURTESY OF JOAN MARCUS).

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...

The company of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” now open on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre. (COURTESY OF MANUEL HARLAN).

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,...