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The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

The Sex and Gender Revels Are Unending

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If Ron Chernow’s weighty biography “Hamilton” seemed an unlikely source for a smash hit musical, how much more unexpected is it that Philip Sidney’s 1590 five-book epic, “The Arcadia,” should be the source material for the deliciously hilarious “Head Over Heels?” Sidney’s tale is ponderous, to say the least, and getting through […]

Hold the Testosterone

Hold the Testosterone

BY DAVID KENNERLEY | “Straight White Men,” the latest offering from Second Stage Theater, was not created by straight white men. The playwright is Young Jean Lee, in her Broadway debut, and Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”) is at the helm. Which is a clue that this quirky comic drama is not just about […]

A Sweet Dish with No Empty Calories

A Sweet Dish with No Empty Calories

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Taking audiences on a bittersweet but appetizing trip through decades’ worth of weight loss schemes, Renée Taylor’s “My Life on a Diet” delivers on the promise of that title, while distinguishing itself as an excellent source of food for thought on everything from personal loss to self-acceptance to the thorny realities of […]

Tireless Man of the Stage

Tireless Man of the Stage

BY DAVID NOH | Austin Pendleton must be the hardest working man in New York theater; he always seems to be either acting in or directing some production. This year is an especially busy one for him, and I was thrilled for the chance to sit down with him in the quiet lobby of the Signature […]

Interrogating Jimmy

Interrogating Jimmy

BY KATHLEEN WARNOCK | Jewelle Gomez is coming back to New York City. The award-winning writer and activist arrives next week for the New York premiere of her new play, “Waiting for Giovanni,” written with Harry Waters, Jr. “Waiting for Giovanni,” inspired by James Baldwin writing the novel “Giovanni’s Room,” directed by Mark Finley, and presented […]

Oh, Boys

Oh, Boys

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Does art serve any purpose? For Tom Stoppard, a prodigious linguistic artist, the answer, not surprisingly is an unqualified yes. Nowhere could that be more clear in than in the effervescent, exciting, and thoroughly engrossing revival of his 1974 play “Travesties” now at Roundabout. If you have even a cursory love of […]

Brits Make America Great Again

Brits Make America Great Again

BY ANDY HUMM | Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” his posthumously released play on his harrowing family life as a youth, is the great American play. And a stellar company from the Bristol Old Vic theater in England is rubbing their vision of a vanquished American Dream in our faces and eating their way […]

Heroic Measures

Heroic Measures

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | If you’re going to go to the trouble of mounting a sprawling, expensive production of a classic warhorse musical like “My Fair Lady,” you had better have something to say if you don’t want it to end up with a museum piece. Fortunately, director Bartlett Sher does, and the resulting production at […]

Confident Course Through Life’s Choppy Waters

Confident Course Through Life’s Choppy Waters

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | The chance of a Christmas miracle for the motley crew of problem drinkers and eager gamblers wallowing in vice as that holy holiday approaches is about as slim as the branches on the tiny, artificial tree relegated to a corner of the oddly constructed home where “The Seafarer” unfolds. But like […]

Women in the Spotlight

Women in the Spotlight

BY CHRISTOPHER BYRNE | Anyone who has dealt with a headstrong, aging parent on the cusp or, or sliding deeper into, dementia will feel for the women named simply A, B, and C in the magnificent revival of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” now on Broadway. A, a wealthy widow, is 92 claiming to be 91. […]

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