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Home Is Where the Hurt Is

Home Is Where the Hurt Is

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | A rueful graphic novelist recalls her awkward first lesbian encounter. Distraught parents argue at the top of their lungs. A suicidal, closeted funeral director hits on underage boys. Not exactly the typical stuff of hit Broadway shows, that’s for sure. Welcome to “Fun Home,” the bittersweet musical based on Alison Bechdel’s popular […]

Cerebral Plays, Low Comedies, Searing Social Dramas On Stage in London

Cerebral Plays, Low Comedies, Searing Social Dramas On Stage in London

BY ANDY HUMM | As one of the more scientifically-minded characters I saw on the London stage this month might say, let’s start with what you can see. NT Live is transmitting the National Theatre’s sold-out hits to cinemas in New York and around the world (ntlive.com for venues and schedule). First on your list should be Ralph […]

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

And Now, Grindr: The Opera

BY ELI JACOBSON |  Some years ago, New York and Philadelphia-based actor, singer, playwright, and composer Erik Ransom came up with the idea of creating a cabaret theater piece about the gay sex hook-up site Manhunt.net. But the world of online gay dating evolved faster than the piece did. Soon gay men were ditching their […]

Talked Out

Talked Out

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | There is something so beautiful about silence. And silence on stage can also be courageous, powerful, and highly theatrical. That certainly is the case with the terrific new play “Small Mouth Sounds” by Bess Wohl, now getting its world premiere at Ars Nova. The play takes place at a silent retreat as […]

The Real Game of Thrones

The Real Game of Thrones

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | If the prospect of sitting through an elaborate, five-and-a-half hour historical play set in the court of Henry VIII, even with a lengthy break, seems only slightly more appealing than, say, a stint on the rack in the Tower of London, take heart. “Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2,” now at the […]

Comedy Tonight

Comedy Tonight

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Watching the smashing revival of “On the Twentieth Century” now at Roundabout, one is struck by two things. First, the joys that the inherently implausible form of the classic book musical can deliver and, second, the thrill of watching a great big Broadway star at the height of her powers. That’s the […]

She’s Come a Long Way, Baby

She’s Come a Long Way, Baby

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | When it premiered on Broadway in 1989 (after a successful stint Off Broadway beginning the year before), “The Heidi Chronicles” was more than just an awards juggernaut, snapping up Best Play Tony and Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize, among many others. The sharply observed comic drama, tracing one woman’s rocky […]

History Boys and Girls

History Boys and Girls

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | The new musical “Hamilton” now at the Public Theater owes its inspiration partly to Ron Chernow’s exhaustive biography “Alexander Hamilton” and partly to the animated TV series “Schoolhouse Rock!” The latter was a series of Saturday morning animated shorts that ran from 1973 to 1999 and were designed to make sophisticated concepts […]

Double Blind

Double Blind

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Am I getting the real thing or a placebo?” That’s the question at the center of “Placebo,” Melissa James Gibson’s bold new drama about desire and sticky relationships set against the backdrop of a clinical trial, now at Playwrights Horizons. The study drug, brand name Resurgo, is designed to stimulate the libido […]

Two Fresh Voices

Two Fresh Voices

BY DAVID NOH | I always welcome a truly fresh and talented voice in the theater — they are all too rare, but Sheila Callaghan definitely is one. Her enthralling, ultra-glamorous, but equally deep play “Everything You Touch,” at the Cherry Lane, has at its center a complex, combative mother-daughter tale that takes us from the […]

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