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IF I WERE A ROTHSCHILD
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF IN YIDDISH
at Stage 42

IF I WERE A ROTHSCHILD
This production has several original touches that make it like no Fiddler you've seen before.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
SUSTAINED SILLINESS
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
at New World Stages

SUSTAINED SILLINESS
This is a highly entertaining joyride about an amateur production falling apart.
Reviewed by: BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON READ MORE
UNGODLY BUSINESS
THE PRICE OF THOMAS SCOTT
at Theatre Row

UNGODLY BUSINESS
This modest yet engaging revival boasts period detail and a tightknit ensemble.
Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
GETTING IT RIGHT
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
at Laura Pels Theatre

GETTING IT RIGHT
Finally we have a production that does this musical justice.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
MISTAKEN IDENTITY
THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN
at Irish Repertory Theatre

MISTAKEN IDENTITY
Mistaken identity turns tragic in Sean O’Casey's rarely seen 1923 comic drama.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
SPECIAL GUEST
GOD SHOWS UP
at Playroom Theater

SPECIAL GUEST
God makes a visit to Earth in this new comedy, but the story is short on substance.
Reviewed by: DAVID LEFKOWITZ READ MORE
WEIGHTY THEMES
SEA WALL / A LIFE
at Newman Theater

WEIGHTY THEMES

These two solo shows offer meditations on big topics but don't make much of an impact.

Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
BOUNCY TUNES
CALL ME MADAM
at New York City Center

BOUNCY TUNES
This take on Irving Berlin’s 1950 musical comedy is a smooth but unremarkable ride.
Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
LIVES INTERTWINED
ON BLUEBERRY HILL
at 59E59 Theaters

LIVES INTERTWINED
Sebastian Barry is a mesmerizing writer, but audiences may find this play unsatisfying in the end.
Reviewed by: BERNARD CARRAGHER READ MORE
WONDERFUL AS EVER
MY FAIR LADY
at Beaumont Theater

WONDERFUL AS EVER
Laura Benanti's performance should silence any critics who say she's too old for the lead role.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
INTEGRITY TO THE END
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
at Acorn Theatre

INTEGRITY TO THE END
Robert Bolt's production dramatizes the life of Sir Thomas More, who was willing to put his principles on the line.
Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
UNLUCKY AND UNFULFILLED
THE OTHER JOSH COHEN
at Westside Theater

UNLUCKY AND UNFULFILLED
This is a fun musical about a nice Jewish boy with maxed-out credit cards and zero game with women.
Reviewed by: DAVID LEFKOWITZ READ MORE
THE ODDEST COUPLE
ON BLUEBERRY HILL
at 59E59 Theaters

THE ODDEST COUPLE
Sebastian Barry's latest about two cellmates growing close is just too ludicrous to buy into.
Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE
LOVE LIVES ON
ABOUT ALICE
at Polonsky Shakespeare Center

LOVE LIVES ON
Calvin Trillin brings a real-life love story back to life. 
Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE
EVERY WOMAN
JOAN
at Here Arts Center

EVERY WOMAN
Fine performances can't make up for the lackluster script by Stephen Belber.
Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
COMEDY OF TERRORS
TRUE WEST
at American Airlines Theatre

COMEDY OF TERRORS
Despite the accomplished actors playing the brothers, this production fails to achieve the chemistry to bring Shepard's play to life.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS
THEATER YEAR IN REVIEW 2018
ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS
Many of the productions of the past year were tinged with a political aura.
Reviewed by: DAVID COTE READ MORE
FOREIGN TONGUES
NASSIM
at New York City Center Stage II

FOREIGN TONGUES
Playwright Nassim Soleimanpour builds a unique dramatic device that’s all heart.

 

Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
TRICK OR TREAT
at 59E59 Theaters

SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
Jack Neary has written an intriguing play, but the second act has a few too many twists for its own good.
Reviewed by: JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ READ MORE
DISJOINTED BIOGRAPHY
MAESTRO
at The Duke

DISJOINTED BIOGRAPHY
The musicians are skilled, but the story about conductor Arturo Toscanini is steeped in sentimentality and smarminess.
Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE
AVENGING ANGEL
BLUE RIDGE
at Linda Gross Theater

AVENGING ANGEL
A promising young playwright plumbs the vicissitudes of recovery.
Reviewed by: SANDY MACDONALD READ MORE
MORE THAN A PLAY
GLORIA: A LIFE
at Daryl Roth Theatre

MORE THAN A PLAY
Emily Mann’s play paints a vivid portrait of the pioneering journalist and feminist Gloria Steinem.
Reviewed by: BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON READ MORE
EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES
ADRIANA LECOUVREUER
at Metropolitan Opera

EMBARRASSMENT OF RICHES
This is an opera so beautifully played, sung and designed that one can forgive any hollowness in the story.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
FINDING IDENTITY
CHOIR BOY
at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

FINDING IDENTITY
The Moonlight writer offers a big-hearted portrait of young African Americans navigating class and sexual differences in private school.
Reviewed by: DAVID COTE READ MORE
OPERATIC HEIGHTS
OTELLO
at Metropolitan Opera

OPERATIC HEIGHTS
While the orchestra performance and set design are amazing, Bartlett Sher’s staging has a few kinks to work out. 
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
POETIC REALISM
CHOIR BOY
at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

POETIC REALISM
Director Trip Cullman conjures a gorgeous conspiracy of elements with Tarell Alvin McCraney’s memory play.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
BIG IRISH FAMILY
THE FERRYMAN
at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

BIG IRISH FAMILY
Each of the many characters in Jez Butterworth's remarkable drama is drawn with distinct detail.
Reviewed by: JESSICA BRANCH READ MORE
PROVOCATIVE TRAUMA
SLAVE PLAY
at New York Theatre Workshop

PROVOCATIVE TRAUMA
Jeremy O. Harris' experimental play is sure to make many people uncomfortable, as intended.
Reviewed by: MATT WINDMAN READ MORE
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE
at Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
Cherise Boothe gives an excellent performance in this story of a woman breaking apart and trying to put it all back together again.
Reviewed by: BRIAN SCOTT LIPTON READ MORE
MISPLACED QUIPS
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
at Shubert Theatre

MISPLACED QUIPS
Aaron Sorkin has left his fingerprints all over this stage adaptation, to mixed results.
Reviewed by: DAVID COTE READ MORE
DOCUMENT OF A DOCUMENT
WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME
at Greenwich House Theater

DOCUMENT OF A DOCUMENT
Heidi Schreck’s engaging play may stick with you long after you've left the theater.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
RATINGS ARE POWER
NETWORK
at Belasco Theatre

RATINGS ARE POWER
Despite great acting, this techno-savvy adaptation is strangely out of step with some of the more searing themes in the original film.
Reviewed by: DAVID COTE READ MORE
GODDESS OF POP
THE CHER SHOW
at Neil Simon Theatre

GODDESS OF POP
Cher fans will be singing the praises of Stephanie J. Block, who leads three great actresses in this spectacular musical.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
MAD AS HELL AND STILL TAKING IT
NETWORK
at Belasco Theatre

MAD AS HELL AND STILL TAKING IT
Bryan Cranston gives a towering performance in Ivo van Hove's stage adaptation of the 1976 film.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
BROADWAY NIGHTMARE
KING KONG
at Broadway Theatre

BROADWAY NIGHTMARE
The giant state-of-the-art animatronics are undercut by how bad this musical is on all other fronts. 
Reviewed by: ROBERT CASHILL READ MORE
SUPERSIZED FLOP
KING KONG
at Broadway Theatre

SUPERSIZED FLOP
After the dazzle of the special effects wears off, this behemoth musical feels pretty small.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE
INTO THE ABYSS
THE WAVERLY GALLERY
at Golden Theatre

INTO THE ABYSS
At age 86, Elaine May turns in an electrifying performance as a woman whose mind is slipping away.
Reviewed by: JEREMY GERARD READ MORE


LESSON NEVER LEARNED
THE AMERICAN CLOCK
at the Old Vic

LESSON NEVER LEARNED

Arthur Miller's Depression-era piece makes more of an impact when it focuses on the deprivations of a single household.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
A BUMPY NIGHT
ALL ABOUT EVE
at Noel Coward Theatre

A BUMPY NIGHT

This heavily flawed adaptation shows that some classic movies do not need to be brought to the stage.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
AHEAD OF HIS TIME
PINTER SEVEN
at Harold Pinter Theatre

AHEAD OF HIS TIME

The series of Pinter shorts ends strong with this final installment.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
A QUESTION OF CONSENT
WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER
at the National (Dorfman)

A QUESTION OF CONSENT

The imagery in Martin Crimp’s provocative new work is likely to stick with you, whether you want it to or not.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
GODS AND MORTALS
HADESTOWN
at the National (Olivier)

GODS AND MORTALS

Set in a in a post-apocalyptic speakeasy, Anais Mitchell's folk opera is quirky, fiery and invigorating.

Reviewed by: SAM MARLOWE READ MORE
SAVAGE CRUELTIES
WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER
at the National (Dorfman)

SAVAGE CRUELTIES

After all the hype about a show fueled by sex and violence with Cate Blanchett as its star, this production doesn't add up to much.

Reviewed by: SAM MARLOWE READ MORE
RULING CLASSES
PINTER SIX
at Harold Pinter Theatre

RULING CLASSES

The latest presentation of Pinter’s overlooked works is remarkably relevant to today's Britain.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
A WRITER'S DEVELOPMENT
PINTER FIVE
at Harold Pinter Theatre

A WRITER'S DEVELOPMENT

Not all of Pinter's early works need to be dug up, but these two are worth it.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
WEST END HIGHLIGHTS
LONDON YEAR IN REVIEW 2018
WEST END HIGHLIGHTS

London playhouses looked to American voices to fill the gaps in a year where good new writing was a little sparse.

Reviewed by: MATT WOLF READ MORE
DARKENING MIND
MACBETH
at Shakespeare's Globe

DARKENING MIND

Paul Ready is excellent in this spooky, shadowy production.

Reviewed by: JOHN NATHAN READ MORE
UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
THE CANE
at Royal Court Theatre

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

By not fully explaining his characters' motivations, Mark Ravenhill leaves audience members scratching their heads.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
A GHOULISH FARRAGO
THE TELL-TALE HEART
at the National (Dorfman)

A GHOULISH FARRAGO

Anthony Neilson has stretched a short story into a mish-mashed mess of a theater dramatisation.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
CHRONICALLY IMPOSSIBLE
SWITZERLAND
at Ambassadors Theatre

CHRONICALLY IMPOSSIBLE

Joanna Murray-Smith’s engaging play features an imaginary encounter with a real-life crime writer.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
A WOMAN'S EXASPERATION
COMPANY
at Gielgud Theatre

A WOMAN'S EXASPERATION

Marianne Elliott has triumphantly reinvented and reframed this 1970 musical into a 21st-century fable of female singledom.

Reviewed by: SAM MARLOWE READ MORE
HARD-FOUGHT INDEPENDENCE
COMPANY
at Gielgud Theatre

HARD-FOUGHT INDEPENDENCE

An updated version brings this musical into the 21st century, where being single in your 30s is a woman's choice.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE
HOSPITALS AND SPIN DOCTORS
I'M NOT RUNNING
at the National (Lyttelton)

HOSPITALS AND SPIN DOCTORS

David Hare's play asks a lot of questions about the Labour Party without providing substantive answers or connecting the story to today.

Reviewed by: CLIVE HIRSCHHORN READ MORE

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