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‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ Review: An Unwieldy Ride

‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ Review: An Unwieldy Ride

Planets hang from the ceiling. Actors in oversize bobbleheads dance a quadrille. Puppets come in varying shapes and sizes. Then…
Margo Lion, Producer of ‘Hairspray’ and More, Dies at 75

Margo Lion, Producer of ‘Hairspray’ and More, Dies at 75

Perhaps her biggest contribution to “Angels” was to help recruit George C. Wolfe — the young director she had used…
Review: The Comforts of the Cozy Scare in ‘The Woman in Black’

Review: The Comforts of the Cozy Scare in ‘The Woman in Black’

This is the character we meet first in the stage version, a diffident bourgeois gentleman named Arthur Kipps (David Acton),…
Review: In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ an Endless War Against Black Men

Review: In ‘A Soldier’s Play,’ an Endless War Against Black Men

Grier is unable to achieve that grandeur here. Though he appeared in smaller roles in the original production and in…
Review: Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest

Review: Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest

When she was hired to write a film for Barbra Streisand, a few decades ago, Barra Grant thought she’d made…
Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover

Review: Shakespeare’s ‘Timon’ Gets an Occupy Athens Makeover

Like Lear, Timon has two friends who do not betray her; one, taking the role of the fool, is the…
At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality

At Under the Radar, Avant-Garde Shows Leap Outside Reality

At this year’s Under the Radar Festival, which continues at the Public Theater through Sunday, the survey of what’s new…
‘How to Load a Musket’ Review: A Play About Re-enactors Gets Real

‘How to Load a Musket’ Review: A Play About Re-enactors Gets Real

But the idea of America isn’t a fixed one, and the present has a funny way of impinging on the…
Review: Staging a Movie Melodrama in ‘The Conversationalists’

Review: Staging a Movie Melodrama in ‘The Conversationalists’

It’s rare enough that screenplays make great films; why would anyone think they can make great theater? Yet that’s what…
Cynthia Nixon to Direct Groundbreaking Lesbian Play on Broadway

Cynthia Nixon to Direct Groundbreaking Lesbian Play on Broadway

Cynthia Nixon is set to direct a Broadway production of “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove,” Jane Chambers’s groundbreaking play that…
11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend

11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages and a few last-chance picks of shows that are…
How a Jerry Herman Song Landed a Triple Punch

How a Jerry Herman Song Landed a Triple Punch

It was always a canard that Jerry Herman, the big-thump tunesmith, and Stephen Sondheim, the big-think musical dramatist, represented opposing…
Remembering Jerry Herman: ‘He Called His Shows His Children’

Remembering Jerry Herman: ‘He Called His Shows His Children’

Everyone described Jerry Herman as an optimist. And certainly the Broadway songwriter, who died Thursday at 88, had reason to…
How a Jerry Herman Song Called a Future Critic to New York

How a Jerry Herman Song Called a Future Critic to New York

Every time I pass the Yonkers train station, during my Metro North commute between Manhattan and my upstate home, a…
Max Yu, Young Theater Graduate, Wins $45,000 Playwriting Prize

Max Yu, Young Theater Graduate, Wins $45,000 Playwriting Prize

Max Yu is the first to admit: He’s not very good at entering contests. (Or at winning them.) It was…
‘Cats’: What to Know Before You See It

‘Cats’: What to Know Before You See It

The first trailer for “Cats” — you know which one I’m talking about — is far from the first time…
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