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  • Holiday musicals are often cheery but don't quite leave an imprint. So when one does, it sticks like a wet candy cane. The Streets of New York, a musical revival adapted from Dion Boucicault's 1857 play The Poor of New York, is a festive production full of melodramatic storytelling and poppy tunes delivered with merriment by an unforgettable cast.The award-winning musical, previously staged in 2001 at Irish Repertory Theatre, has returned to the Off-Broadway house this winter. The classic...

  • Photo credit: Kimberly Akimbo cast (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Akimbo)

    In the opening moment of Kimberly Akimbo, a misfit New Jersey teenager waiting for a ride home stretches her candy choker into her mouth and chomps down on it. Such a kid thing to do.It's a perfect start to this funny-sad musical treat by composer Jeanine Tesori and writer and lyricist David Lindsay-Abaire, based on his play. Like the nibbled necklace, the show gives you something to chew on as it looks at life, death, and what comes in-between."Dad? Are you okay to drive?" Kim asks her father...

  • Is There Still Sex In the City?

    On a chilly New York evening in November, two best girlfriends grabbed their $60 coats and tapped their $800 iPhones to pay for a $2.75 ride downtown to the Daryl Roth Theatre to see the latest from Candace Bushnell, a New Yorker as classic as Lady Liberty, a Rockette, and Carrie Bradshaw herself. As they rode the subway, they couldn't help but wonder: how long will we crave glamorized stories from wealthy, fabulous women whose lives we'll never have? Turns out, at least 90 minutes more.The...

  • Selling Kabul

    What happened to the citizens of Afghanistan after the United States military withdrew its forces in 2013 ― especially those who assisted the former occupiers? In Selling Kabul, which just opened at Playwrights Horizons in Manhattan, Sylvia Khoury answers that question and many others by focusing on how the Taliban swooped into the empty power void to claim control and eradicate anyone who aided the enemy. Khoury accomplishes this by presenting the struggle between two small families as a proxy...

  • Photo credit: Love Actually? The Unauthorized Parody Musical (Photo by Russ Rowland)

    The Theater Center is a strange, intimate beast — home to both the longest-running play in New York and a house named in honor of stage legend Jerry Orbach, yet somehow totally nonexistent for anyone but confused tourists lured through its doors. The venue's operators are also among the co-defendants in a recent suit seeking to block the city's vaccination mandate for theaters — though, you'd never guess it from attending Love Actually? The Unauthorized Musical Parody, where a sole usher...

  • West Side Story

    There's a place for us. Somewhere, a place for us. When news broke that Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner were remaking West Side Story, there was a bit of discussion around redoing a beloved film that many believe to be one of the best movie musicals ever made. Why mess with perfection?Well, the director and screenwriter have proved that the world needs this story now, and the vibrant, technicolor film courses with electricity and passion and doesn't let up for two and a half hours. The acting?...

  • Drew McVety and Isabel Keating appear in A Sherlock Carol off-Broadway. (© Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

    As quickly as the holidays come around, so does another iteration of Charles Dickens's 1843 tale, A Christmas Carol. This season, Mark Shanahan samples Dickens' Christmas classic and blends two of the most famous storybook characters, Scrooge and Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, to create A Sherlock Carol, a merry yet uneventful production open now off Broadway at New World Stages.In Shanahan's story, also under his own direction, the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge morphs into a coy murder mystery. Set...

  • Medicine

    The way that one tells a story is often just as important as the tale that's being told, which is why the clash of cacophony and tedium that comprises Enda Walsh's Medicine ― currently playing at St. Ann's Warehouse ― struck me as such an enervating experience.Medicine follows a patient named John (Domhnall Gleeson) who reenacts pre-recorded, immersive therapy sessions with the help of two actors and a skilled drummer (Seán Carpio) to remind himself why he has surrendered his autonomy to an...

  • Approval Junkie

    It's almost counterintuitive to be reviewing Approval Junkie — to be evaluating the merit of Faith Salie's solo show, which ultimately concludes that the approval of others is trifling in comparison to your own self-assurance. It would be more counterintuitive still to pan the show. Luckily, that, at least, isn't necessary. There's a moment in Approval Junkie where Salie recalls being rejected for an acting role created for her, and now, she finally gets to play herself and excels.Salie may have...

  • Photo credit: Cullud Wattah (Photo by Joan Marcus)

    Erika Dickerson-Despenza's new play, Cullud Wattah, is a gut-wrenching, soul-stirring, masterwork of a production and solidifies her influence in American theatre. The play, currently running at The Public Theater, gives formidable context to the devastating effects of the Flint, Michigan water crisis that began — as far as we know — in April 2014. More than seven years have passed since the city of Flint switched its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water to the...

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