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Around Broadway

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Every Wednesday morning, Jeff Spurgeon finds out what's new on Broadway and beyond from Charles Isherwood, theater critic for The New York Times.

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A Radiant Darkness in Brooklyn

"The Iceman Cometh," Eugene O’Neill’s play about the denizens of a New York City dive bar, makes only rare appearances. But the four-act, four-hour play is now at BAM.

A Musical About the Other Hollywood

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A new production from The Civilians, a journalistic theater company, is about the seamier side of show business — that of truthful storytelling.

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A Real Housewife of Russia, Ivan Turgenev Edition

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The 19th-century Russian writer Ivan Turgenev's most celebrated play, "A Month in the Country,” has been given a rare revival this season by the Classic Stage Company. 

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Bloody Terrific

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his review of the vampire "boy meets girl" play "Let the Right One In."

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Boy Meets Girl, to Infinity and Beyond

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood examines Nick Payne’s 2012 play, “Constellations.” 

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Songs Trace a Path Through the Past

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Courtney Love, a famous rock widow and an actor and rock star in her own right, is making a low-key return to performing in the new musical theater piece "Kansas City Choir Boy."

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A Very Important List

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

"Every Brilliant Thing" was a hit at the Edinburgh Festival and now North American audiences are getting their first chance to see it in an Off-Broadway production.

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A Look at the London Theater Scene

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

While recently in London, New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood took note of the theatrical import-export balance between Broadway and the West End.

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The Illusionists Make Broadway Magic

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With a name that pays homage to earlier forms of stage trickery, "The Illusionists" is a slickly packaged production of seven professional prestidigitators.

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Life on an Alien World That's Ours

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Broadway season’s first of several London imports is "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time,” Simon Stephens’s adaptation of the popular novel by Mark Haddon.

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A Rodgers and Hammerstein Experiment is Revived

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Rodgers and Hammerstein were riding high in 1947, the year they brought Allegro to the stage. It was not a hit. Now, Classic Stage Company is reviving the work.

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Albee's A Delicate Balance Returns to Broadway

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Edward Albee’s 1966 play "A Delicate Balance" returns to Broadway with one of the season’s starriest casts.

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Side Show Out in Front, Again

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"Side Show," a musical that spent just a few months on Broadway in 1997, has been re-tooled and returned to the Great White Way.

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The Last Ship Sails Onto Broadway

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sting has become the latest figure from the worlds of pop and rock to try his hand at writing a Broadway score.

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Broadway Graced by Disgraced

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A short Off-Broadway run in 2012 was New York’s introduction to "Disgraced," which is coming back, this time on Broadway and with bigger credentials.

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All-Star Cast Makes It's Only a Play a Hot Ticket

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The hottest-selling show on Broadway this fall is, surprisingly, not a musical. Instead, it’s the star-studded revival of Terrence McNally’s 1982 comedy "It’s Only a Play."

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Real Life Political Theater Put on Stage

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The Off-Broadway play "Tail! Spin!" uses words taken from the public record to tell the sex-scandal stories of four politicians.

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An Over-Stuffed Steve Martin Musical

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell have teamed up to write the new musical "Bright Star." Charles Isherwood reports.

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Love Letters, It’s All in the Words

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

"Love Letters" has been seen in innumerable regional and amateur theater productions since it debuted in 1988. Its popularity has something to do with its simplicity.

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New Surreal Comedy Explores Being Black and Gay in America

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers a review of the bold new play "Bootycandy."

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If These Walls Could Talk

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In A.R. Gurney’s 1977 play "The Wayside Motor Inn," we hear five stories unfold in a single motel outside Boston.

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