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  • Photo credit: Merry Wives of Windsor (Photo by Joan Marcus)

    In one scene in The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare in the Park, Falstaff (played by Jacob Ming-Trent in top form) declares his intentions to dishonor the wealthy Mister Ford by seducing Ford's wife: "I shall hang like Lebron James on his cuckold's horns!" The fact that the line, a mash-up of contemporary lingo and Shakespearean verse, works so well is a testament to Trent's committed performance.Playwright Jocelyn Bioh has adapted Shakespeare's Merry Wives into a modern play. She does so...

  • Photo credit: Cody Sloan as 'Guru' and Bianca Norwood as 'Comments' in Wild Pride (inspired by Pride) from Seven Deadly Sins (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

    It's strange to experience a show like Seven Deadly Sins in New York City right now. Performed in multiple storefronts to a guided audience using headsets, the production is a slick, seamlessly stage managed affair. Yet buzzing all around it is, well, chaos — the joy, mayhem and noise of a city returning to tumultuous life. On a Friday evening heading into Pride weekend, the Meatpacking District, where the show makes its home, was teeming with exultant activity. Many of the partiers maneuvering...

    Seven Deadly Sins
  • Speakeasy Bond 45

    It's a snap to embrace a show that knows itself. Speakeasy, a bawdy and boozy burlesque, goes down easy in the lower level lounge of the newly reopened Bond 45 restaurant in the Theatre District. From the get-go the risque revue acknowledges what it's got up its sleeve — and elsewhere.Miss Lulu (a persuasive Jada Temple), the mistress of ceremonies, opens the evening by likening what's about to unfold in the 75-minute entertainment to its storied Times Square location. "It's a little rough," she...

    Bond 45
  • Jacqueline Guillén, Triney Sandoval, Bobby Moreno & Tyler Alvarez in 72 Miles to Go...

    In the chaos of what is laughingly termed 'political discourse' in the U.S., words like 'Dream Act,' and 'we did it the right way' fly through the air in various tones of self-righteousness. But how many of us know how these words play out in real life. In 72 Miles to Go..., now playing Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre, playwright Hilary Bettis introduces us to a Mexican family caught in the mangle of hypocrisy and red tape that is America's 'path to citizenship.' This family...

  • Perry Sherman, Estelle Parsons & Kerstin Anderson in Unknown Soldier

    When the composer/lyricist Michael Friedman died, in 2017, at age 41, he left behind a trove of musicals, some more finished than others. His biggest hit, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, brought a blazing emo rock intensity to the Battle of New Orleans. Conversely, Playwrights Horizons' new staging of Unknown Soldier brings recitative and forlorn ballads to World War One. With the book and additional lyrics by Daniel Goldstein, and haphazardly directed by Trip Cullman, this production of a work...

  • Miles G. Jackson & Jiehae Park in Endlings

    Three elderly haenyeos (female deep sea divers), on a small island in the Korean Peninsula, make a living by diving daily into the sea to harvest seafood and shellfish. They chat in a well-honed rapport about their absent families, their impossible dreams, and hassle of aging. They are endlings: The last of a dying breed of independent, iron-willed matriarchs that has long since fallen to industrialization. But Han Sol, Go Min, and Sook-Ja carry on, rather swimming than crawling unburthened...

    New York Theatre Workshop
  • Margaret Colin, Frank Wood, Ilana Levine & Gregg Edelman in The Perplexed

    The Perplexed, a new American play commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club and performed on Stage 1 at New York City Center, can be described as quite... perplexing.The tragi-comedy, written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Lynne Meadow, focuses on two very wealthy New York, Upper East Side families, the Stahls and the Resniks, who gather for the first time in many years to celebrate the wedding of their children. In addition to the long feud between the families, each individual is fighting...

  • Steve Earle in Coal Country

    Twenty-nine small lights hang above the Public Theater's Anspacher stage, one for each victim of the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster. The absence of these sons, fathers and brothers brought heartbreak to the town of Montcoal, West Virginia and that grief is palpable in the beautifully rendered, impeccably cast production of Coal Country, a documentary-style chronicle of the worst U.S. mine explosion in 50 years, and its aftermath, made up primarily of interviews from family members as well...

    Cherry Lane Theatre
  • The Cast of The Hot Wing King

    The Hot Wing King, a tasty new work by Katori Hall at the Signature Theatre, comes in three flavors. As directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, it is a classic buddy comedy with friends and lovers involved in bouts of physical tomfoolery and good-natured ribbing. It is also a honey-glazed drama seasoned with uncertainty and dipped in guilt. And it is a hot take on sons and fathers, biological and otherwise, in black America, featuring a fiery Off-Broadway debut by Cecil Blutcher as a teenager looking...

  • Debbie Christine Tjong, Freddy Hall, Ximone Rose & Janelle McDermoth in We're Gonna Die

    We're Gonna Die by experimental playwright Young Jean Lee isn't really a play or a musical. It's more akin to a cabaret act than anything else. There's a band with a central performer who sings and tells stories about their life to the audience between the songs. And in fact, when the piece premiered in 2011, it was at Joe's Pub and was performed by Lee's band Future Wife with herself in the central performer role.Ms. Lee is known for challenging herself to write about the thing she most wants...

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