A Grim Take on “West Side Story”
Ivo van Hove’s new interpretation of the iconic musical is an infuriating example of what happens when a powerful style calcifies into shtick.
February 21, 2020
“Medea” and “Mac Beth” Reflect Modern Tragedies
Two new productions use the familiar thrusts of Shakespeare and Euripides to find the reality in long-running theatrical archetypes.
February 3, 2020
The Dangers of Ambition in “A Soldier’s Play” and “Timon of Athens”
Two shows offer disillusioned illustrations of social positions gone sour.
January 27, 2020
Exploring Family Trauma in “My Name Is Lucy Barton”
Laura Linney brings sensitivity and finesse to a one-woman adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s fierce novel.
January 20, 2020
Stephen Adly Guirgis’s World of Broken Women
“Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,” Guirgis’s rough-cut gem of a new play, is rich with revelation and barbed empathy.
December 16, 2019
Women’s Worlds in “Jagged Little Pill” and “Fefu and Her Friends”
A new musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s seminal album explores women’s inner lives and imperilled freedom, and a revival rips away the artifice that often pillows our notions of theatre.
December 9, 2019
“The Inheritance” Is a Tribute to E. M. Forster and an Audacious Work of Its Own
Matthew Lopez found in “Howards End,” the tale of two sisters in turn-of-the-century London, a template for the story he wanted to tell about gay men in New York now.
November 25, 2019
The Legend of Tina Turner
Turner lives in the popular imagination as an icon of resilience; a new Broadway musical attempts to reunify the singer and her work.
November 11, 2019
Richard Nelson’s Family Cycles Capture Life in Real Time
The up-to-the-minute timeliness of the playwright’s work is like a magnifying glass that focusses and intensifies the moment.
November 4, 2019
Winter Theatre Preview
Ivo van Hove’s “West Side Story,” a gender-swapped “Company” revival, and more.
November 1, 2019