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"There were some 'tweaks' made to a few lines, but the real change is simply O’Hara’s bearing. Nobody will get the better of this woman...The choreography of Warren Carlyle is spectacular...The sub-plot with the younger actress Lois Lane and her boyfriend never reaches the heights that it could...But these are quibbles in an otherwise wonderful production that you shouldn’t miss." Full Review
"Daniel Radcliffe...His energetic and humorous performance makes a fairly standard show come alive with excitement. The play has a compelling theme for these troubled and truth-challenged times...Unfortunately, you get the full story in the first few minutes and the playwrights didn’t add enough nuance or twists to keep it going. But they somehow had the good luck to get their simplistic story into the hands of three fabulous actors." Full Review
“One perfect Broadway play…One of the most extraordinary stage presentations I’ve ever seen…Ultimately beyond the gorgeous stagecraft, the intriguing plot twists and the beautiful storytelling, this is a tale about fathers and sons...about coming to understand who you are and what you really want to be…I was so thoroughly engrossed in the play’s world that I never expected I would have to leave…‘Cursed Child’ has a precision and clarity in its stagecraft that is rarely matched.” Full Review
"In difficult and divisive times, it’s inspiring to have a gorgeous musical to remind us of the shared humanity in our hearts...In this bright and thoughtful revival, differences between people are both the center of the story—and made to seem meaningless...If you are coming to New York anytime soon, this is a not-to-miss musical. The music is wonderful, the cast is glorious, and the production one-of-a-kind." Full Review
for a previous production “A profound look at love and commitment and the uncertainties of life…Extremely well-written…It would be wrong to reveal too much, because playwright McKeever takes such a powerful and unexpected turn that you are left gasping…Plays with a social message can sometimes feel more pedantic than dramatic. But this beautifully written and powerfully acted show avoids that problem.” Full Review
"Gyllenhaal turns out to have a wonderful singing voice that brings passion to Sondheim’s complicated (and glorious) score. This musical may be about art, but the terrific chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Ashford makes it more than ever about love, too...'Sunday In the Park with George' is such a gorgeous musical that I worried if it could be as good as I remembered it. And it turned out to be even better. Gyllenhaal and Ashford bring masterful emotion and meaning to the score." Full Review
for a previous production "Sometimes moving, often insightful, and occasionally funny…Without more depth of character, the play starts to feel like someone reading too many fortune cookies…Ultimately, the play is saved—and the 80 minutes on stage made worthwhile—by the last question...Kail knows how to make emotional endings. If only he had insisted on a bit more narrative arc to the rest of the story, it could have made for a more powerful play." Full Review
"You become so involved in this large, Irish family celebrating on a harvest day that you don’t want the experience to end...It’s rare when every piece of a theatrical performance falls into place—in this case glorious writing, a terrific cast and the brilliant direction of Sam Mendes. After such a long play, I’m usually ready to leave the theater. This time, I just wanted to see it again." Full Review
"The tension builds for 90 minutes, and when the inevitable ending comes, it is devastating...I believed every moment of Scott and Kendra’s horrible night and felt all the pain of wanting to save your son—and being helpless to do anything...This powerful play manages to avoid lecturing and let the humanity, pain and confusion of the parents teach us all we need to know. Washington and Pasquale are superb. Don’t miss them." Full Review
"Lane and Garfield are the center of an extraordinary Broadway revival...It has never been more powerful, potent and of the moment...Its deeper themes ring even stronger now, and it lands timelessly as a play about the many kinds of love in the world, of the complications of loss and loneliness, of the power of loyalty. Kushner's writing is so extraordinary that you cling to every word." Full Review
"This smart and fast-paced show does the amazing feat of taking a beloved story and making it better...Karl brings an undercurrent of joy and energy to the enterprise...This fun, funny and colorful show is also complex. Composer and lyricist Tim Minchin brings a modern insight and smart, edgy sensibility to the story. The cleverness of the lyrics is a constant surprise...If there is justice and good taste in the world, 'Groundhog Day' will play forever." Full Review
“The streamlined production is done in period costume but feels thoroughly modern as it brilliantly shows how a simple truth can become twisted and distorted…This fast-moving adaptation could be called Ibsen lite—same themes, less filler. It loses some of the richness of Ibsen’s language but makes his story more accessible. Ibsen was most concerned with the failings of democracy but his other point is even clearer here: Politicians see facts as the enemy." Full Review
"Zimmerman’s powerful show about a woman devastated by the most tragic gun violence hits every emotion of fear, tragedy, loss, and revenge. But it never becomes predictable and offers enough twists to keep you constantly riveted...Though the language tries to be detached, Ireland is deeply engaged in every word, motion, and emotion. Ireland is emerging as one of our great character actresses...Ireland is captivating and has all the power she needs—with or without a gun." Full Review
"Greenberg has a beautiful way with language and a track-record of strong and interesting plays, so it’s disappointing to see him resort to suburban caricatures that have been done and overdone. There should also be a moratorium on all plays and stories set in creative writing classes. It’s a tired device...'The Babylon Line' has lyrical writing and strong performances by Radnor and Reaser. But like the train line it’s named after, the show ultimately needs a more inspiring destination." Full Review