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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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New Surreal Comedy Explores Being Black and Gay in America

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

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.


Fall Theater Previews and Picks

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some new shows that are likely to pique the interests of Broadway and Off-Broadway patrons.


The Great Society Continues the Examination of LBJ's Presidency

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The saga of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency continues in The Great Society, which is getting its world premiere at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Midsummer Theater Doesn't Slow Down at Canada's Stratford Festival

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer is the slow season for Broadway, but it’s high season for theater festivals. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood explains why.


Sex With Strangers In the Digital Age

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood takes a look at Sex With Strangers, directed by David Schwimmer,


This Beauty Contest is a Drag

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Your usual beauty contest features a lot of the same elements as the Off-Broadway musical Pageant, except these hyper-feminine contestants are all men.

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Trophy Wife Trouble in Texas

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lili is young, beautiful and married to South Texas magnate Alberto, who never appears on stage in the new Off-Broadway play Mala Herbia by Tanya Saracho.


A Mother's Life Told by Her Daughter in Music

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Classical pianist Mona Golabek is a winner of several prizes including an Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also now a stage performer, telling the story of her mother’s life in a one-woman show.


Brigadoon, Awakened Once Again

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Brigadoon, the 1947 musical by Lerner and Lowe, been given a big new production, now extended through August 17 at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

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A Look Back at Burgeoning Feminism

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The new play When We Were Young and Unafraid looks back to 1972, the year before Roe v. Wade. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood considers its converging characters and themes.

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A Singer-Songwriter's Coming-of-Age Story in Song

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Benjamin Scheuer is a New York singer-songwriter and the star in a new Manhattan Theater Company production called The Lion directed by Sean Daniels. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.


The '90s Jukebox Sounds Different

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Broadway's latest jukebox musical — a show built around pre-existing songs — is a new twist on this now-familiar theatrical form. Holler If Ya Hear Me is inspired by music of the late rap star Tupac Shakur.

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The Who & the What Examines Family and Faith

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers up his review of The Who & the What, which follows the conflicts that erupt in a Pakistani-American family living in Atlanta.


Kenneth Branagh Makes NY Stage Debut in Macbeth

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If the witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth need a lot of space to cook up their double helping of toil and trouble, they've got it at the Park Avenue Armory. Charles Isherwood reports.


Jim Dale's Showbiz Story

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The versatile actor Jim Dale takes the stage solo in his new show, aptly and modestly entitled Just Jim Dale. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood looks at the show.


The Cripple of Inishmaan Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan isn’t even 20-years-old, but the play is already getting its third New York production.

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Woody Allen's Bullets Comes to Broadway

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The musical adaptation of Woody Allen's 1994 film has garnered half a dozen Tony nominations. New York Times critic Charles Isherwood offers his analysis of its strengths and weaknesses.


Talking Tony Nominations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some likely winners, considers who got snubbed and takes note of the Broadway season as reflected in the nominees list.

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Violet Blooms on Broadway

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Off-Broadway musical Violet has found new life on Broadway in a Roundabout Theater Company revival. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood gives his assessment.


Audra McDonald is Broadway’s Lady Day

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

One of the most celebrated voices of our era meets one of the most distinctive voices of an earlier era. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood considers the play's strengths.

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