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Thursday, June 7,2012

Common Pursuit

Laura Pels Theater

A nearly-forgotten play is typically revived for one of two reasons: it is either timely or timeless. Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit fits neither description, and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s choice to present it now is a curiosity.
Tuesday, May 1,2012


Epic Theatre Ensemble

The new production of Macbeth by Epic Theatre Ensemble is perhaps as ambitious as its notorious title character.
Tuesday, May 1,2012

A Midsummer Night’s (Queer) Dream

The Hive / Theater for the New City / the Cell

The gender-reversed casting of Helena and Lysander still works seamlessly, and the same-sex marriage concept rings true once again.
Friday, September 30,2011

Uncle Pirate

Vital Theatre Company

A favorite childhood fantasy and a familiar elementary school dilemma join neatly together in Uncle Pirate at Vital Theatre Company.
Monday, September 12,2011

The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol.1: Early Plays/Lost Plays

Using the most intellectually outlandish play title in recent memory, the New York Neo-Futurists brilliantly deconstruct the early work of a revered modernist master in their hilariously insightful new creation, The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill, Vol.1: Early Plays/Lost Plays.
Thursday, July 14,2011

A Midsummer Night's Dream

the cell & The Hive

The inescapable summer Shakespeare favorite A Midsummer Night's Dream has been given a gay-marriage interpretation by The Hive and the cell. To my astonishment, it is easily the most persuasive and compelling Midsummer of the dozen I have seen.
Friday, July 8,2011

The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical

MMAC Theater

The Berenstain Bears Live! Family Matters, the Musical is a refreshing departure from the usual format. Family Matters dares to tell a logical, instructive and entertaining set of stories with upbeat music and a modest yet satisfying stage design.
Thursday, June 9,2011

The Shaggs

Playwrights Horizons

In 1968, a New Hampshire man named Austin Wiggin declared that his mother had offered a solution for his financial woes from beyond the grave: his three teenage daughters should form a rock band called The Shaggs.
Wednesday, March 30,2011

...And Then You Go On

An Anthology of the Works of Samuel Beckett

Performer Bob Jaffe was inspired to create ...and then you go on, his solo riff on the texts of Samuel Beckett, after seeing a similar performance 40 years ago by the renowned Beckett interpreter Jack MacGowran.
Friday, January 28,2011

The Misanthrope

A brief and brooding tableau of the solitary Alceste sets the tone for the Pearl Theatre Company’s pleasingly dark interpretation of the beloved comedy The Misanthrope. The production is s
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