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  • Situated amid the leafy splendor of Central Park, the Delacorte Theater offers an ideal open-air playground for As You Like It. In Shakespeare's comedy, after all, feuding families and mixed-up couples find forgiveness and "I do"-worthy clarity by going into the woods and savoring the rare and special vibe in the Forest of Arden.Call it reforestation at its best and most theatrical: The restorative grove has rooted again on the same Public Theater stage as part of Free Shakespeare in the Park....

  • It's not everyday a shoe gets an entrance applause. But at a recent performance of Kinky Boots off Broadway, that's just what happened when the eponymous kinky boot was unveiled. Here she is, folks: bright red, sparkling, not a seam out of place, with a stiletto heel as high as the heavens, and "two and a half feet of irresistible, tubular sex." With her unveiling, and the entrance of the drag queen wearing her, the message is clear: Kinky Boots has officially sashayed back to New York. In 2013,...

  • In the world of Johnny G. Lloyd's Patience, being a world-champion solitaire player apparently invites the same kind of fame and media attention as a Hollywood star or an NBA player. Far-fetched? Perhaps slightly. But then again, to that solitaire player, the stakes of becoming and remaining the best are just as high as they are for the movie star or athlete, whether or not the world is really watching. For 90 minutes at the McGinn/Cazale Theater, at least, we are watching, and we're invited...

  • Grown kids coming to terms with failed relationships with their parents has always been fertile dramatic territory. As it covers this time-worn terrain, The Nosebleed, a compact and peculiar work written and directed by Aya Ogawa, deserves credit for its singular storytelling approach.That's not exactly the same as saying this autobiographical play at Lincoln Center Theater completely succeeds and satisfies. Beyond some too-pronounced performances, the key character of the author's father is a...

  •  Anastasia Hille and Luke Treadaway in Oresteia at Park Avenue Armory.

    Anastasia Hille is doing the most right now. She stars in the new adaptation of the Greek tragedy Oresteia at Park Avenue Armory as Klytemnestra. In the role, she plays a grieving mother, a wronged wife, a cunning strategist, and a murderer. She delivers a strong performance, in more ways than one. After she commits murder, she has to physically drag the dead body several feet and down two steps, while the corpse leaves a streak of red blood in its wake. It's a stomach-churning moment, and Hille...

  • It's a tale as old as time: An LGBT+ person realizes they're queer for the first time, and all the happiness that they feel toward finally discovering their true self (and perhaps toward an object of their affection that led to their revelation) gets crushed beneath insecurity, shame, and fear that their families or society will never see them the same way again. Countless people, including this critic, have lived this story. But just because it's a time-worn tale doesn't mean it's any less...

  • Between the Lines

    We've all heard the time-worn remark about leaving a show humming the scenery. After the final note of Between the Lines, a new musical about 17-year-old Delilah who escapes into books (in more ways than one), you're bound to exit buzzing about the projections.These show-stealing visual effects ingeniously depict what's happening in a children's fairytale also titled Between the Lines. Actors stand in for the illustrations on pages of the book thanks to stage magic and strategic lighting. It...

  • Richard III

    This year's Shakespeare in the Park production of Richard III is not, by definition, an immersive show. But in the stands of the Delacorte Theater, we're not invisible spectators, either. You might not realize it until the play's second half, but you, the audience, are tasked with two(!) roles: of the ruthless King Richard's knowing confidantes and his unsuspecting subjects. Lines like "By his face, you know his heart" elicit laughs, since Richard repeatedly cajoles other characters only to...

  • Hamlet

    The expansive new production of Hamlet at Park Avenue Armory opens with screens. Horatio, Bernardo, and Francisco see the ghost of the recently dead King Hamlet not in person, but through a feed of security cameras, the images warping as the king flashes in and out. This gigantic screen — and the others on either side of the stage and throughout the house — brings home that this Hamlet is about surveillance. The characters are always being watched, by the cameras, by each other. And when you are...

  • 53% Of

    In light of Friday's SCOTUS ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and its protection of abortion rights nationwide, Steph Del Rosso's semi-satirical political drama 53% Of now inches closer to a horror play. The show kicks off in December 2016, and in 2022, where it could just as easily be set, it reminds us of the grave, lasting effects of that election. That said, it shouldn't take a catastrophic ruling for a play to pack a punch. 53% Of is assembled from a collection of political talking points...

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