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Elizabeth Wollman
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Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels is fun, charming, and a lot more complex than it initially appears. It is, after all, no garden-variety jukebox musical, but one based on Sir Philip Sidney's late-16th-century prose work  The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia,  scripted in iamb...
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Head Over Heels
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Straight White Men
It's weird to say this about a play that premiered only four years ago (at the Public), but the revival (and first Broadway production) of Young Jean Lee's  Straight White Men feels outdated and a little forced. Some of the problem, at least when I saw it, ...
Straight White Men
Straight White Men
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My Fair Lady
The revival of My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center is much like other Bartlett Sher revivals of musical theater chestnuts at Lincoln Center: it is colorful (if, this time around, more dimly lit); it is enormously respectful to the text without insisting on remai...
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady
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Spring roundup: Mean Girls, Our Lady of 121st Street, Paradise Blue, Dance Nation
Mean Girls Mean Girls is cute and funny, well-staged, a little too long for what it is, occasionally miked too loud, and ultimately better than getting a cavity filled. I wish I'd been thrilled by it, but again, it was hardly an ordeal. Some of my tepid rea...
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Happy Birthday, Wanda June
At a time when the city's theater critics revive the century-old debate about the death of Broadway at the tail end of a reasonably disappointing commercial season, reassurance can be found in a visit to the tiny Gene Frankel: a musty, impossibly crowded bl...
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
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Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Sometimes, it's genuinely unfair when shows on Broadway flop. Countless worthwhile productions close in debt due to poor timing, a few weak links, material that's too dark or sophisticated or sad to lure mainstream audiences, not enough money to lure audien...
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
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Carousel
Among the many ways Rodgers and Hammerstein helped innovate the American stage musical was through depth of character. Their musicals, after all, featured some particularly memorable ones, many of them women, with nuanced inner lives that they expressed to ...
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Jesus Christ Superstar
To stage Jesus Christ Superstar, I've long been convinced, is to set yourself up to fail. I'm not just being a crabby cynic here; I love the piece very much. But it was not conceived for the stage in the first place, so putting it on one tends not to work v...
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Jesus Christ Superstar
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Angels in America
It's been 25 years since I last saw Angels in America , which remains one of the most powerful theatergoing experiences I've ever had . I was so overwhelmed by the original production that I've long been afraid to revisit the show, as if somehow the very id...
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Angels in America
It's been 25 years since I last saw Angels in America , which remains one of the most powerful theatergoing experiences I've ever had . I was so overwhelmed by the original production that I've been afraid to revisit the show, as if somehow the very idea of...
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