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Next To Moral

Next To Moral

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “I cried my makeup off!” one young woman squealed as she joined her blubbering friends after seeing “Dear Evan Hansen,” the heart-piercing, soul-stirring new musical about a socially awkward, depressive high school boy desperate to fit in. Not that you can blame them, for the work is cut from the same […]

Savion Glover’s Steps, Though Not His Feet  

Savion Glover’s Steps, Though Not His Feet  

BY ZITA ALLEN | When “Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed” opens at the Music Box Theater on April 28, it won’t be tap wizard Savion Glover’s first time on Broadway. Glover’s signature style has dazzled the eye and boggled the mind ever since he debuted at […]

Thank God for Mike

Thank God for Mike

  BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Though comedy is wonderful, attempting to explain it can be deadly dull. E.B. White once compared comedy analysis to dissecting a frog: “Few people are interested, and the frog dies.” That’s all very well and good for the audience, but for the comedian, analysis is an essential part of the process […]

Stealing Time

Stealing Time

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | If somebody offered you a magic elixir that guarantees you will live forever, fixed at your current age, would you gulp it down? “Not so fast,” cautions “Tuck Everlasting,” the soft-spoken, utterly enchanting new musical about a family frozen in time, now at the Broadhurst Theatre. Based on the 1975 novel […]

Finding One’s Own Way

Finding One’s Own Way

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Among the many fascinating and thought-provoking moments in J. Julian Christopher’s “The Locusts Have No King,” now at Intar, is a discussion of the difference between celibacy and chastity. That distinction, real in linguistic and historical terms if not in Roman Catholic doctrine, provides the out for the four priests who inhabit […]

Salem Lives

Salem Lives

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | There is no more terrifying moment to be seen on a Broadway stage in this season — nor has there been in recent memory — than Saoirse Ronan as Abigail Williams quietly and intently staring down Tavi Gevinson as Mary Warren in Ivo Van Hove’s chilling and brilliant staging of “The Crucible.” […]

Modern Morality

Modern Morality

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | “You have to allow less intelligent people to hate you. It’s their destiny, and it costs you nothing.” So says Jenny, a partner in a high-end investment banking firm to her colleague/ competitor/ partner Seth when he expresses discomfort at the acquisition deal Jenny is proposing that will put a lot of […]

Southern Exposures  

Southern Exposures  

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | For all its frolicsome charm and antic staging, Roundabout’s exuberant and endearing, production of “The Robber Bridegroom” now at the Laura Pels has a darker and more serious side. Like the story’s two-faced hero — who is both the dark “Bandit of the Woods” and the gentlemanly Jamie Lockhart — the story […]

Beckett’s Champions

Beckett’s Champions

BY DAVID NOH | In one of the season’s unquestioned cultural highlights, a true Samuel Beckett master is coming to town. Through April 17, actress Lisa Dwan will be performing a trio of the Irish playwright’s works — “Rockaby,” “Footfalls” and, especially, “Not I,” that punishing monologue wherein the performer’s lips are visible, while her body […]

Sublime Shakespeare History Plays from the RSC

Sublime Shakespeare History Plays from the RSC

BY ANDY HUMM | Let’s get this out of the way first: if you have tickets for any of the four Shakespeare history plays at BAM’s Harvey Theater through May 1, count yourselves among the happy few. At 62, I’ve seen most of these plays multiple times but never so deep, rich, and arresting as here […]

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