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First Nighter: Denzel Washington Good, Not So Good in "A Raisin in the Sun"

David Finkle | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

With Washington's return to The Great White Way in the revival of Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 A Raisin in the Sun at the Barrymore, he does a tremendous favor. Once again, as he did with his limited-runs Julius Caesar and Fences, he brings large audiences--especially African-American audiences--to a theater and to theater in the larger sense.

Shimmering Glass

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 11.27.2013 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

How do you stage a play so that even audiences who have watched numerous versions feel they are seeing it for the first time?

The Russians Are Coming

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Nikolai and the Others, Richard Nelson's ambitious new offering at Lincoln Center, is basically a history play that aspires to shed philosophical light on the relationship between Art and politics and the plight of the Artist in Exile. As history, it is fascinating and engaging; as philosophy, it's not clear exactly what he wants to say.

Passion Play: Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theater

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.14.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

The summer of 1969, with Stonewall in June and Woodstock in August, represents a shift in the American ethos. These events meet in a new play Hit the Wall at the Barrow Street Theater.

Really Really at the Lucille Lortel Theater: Yes, Really

Regina Weinreich | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

You want to scream, "Check out your sense of entitlement," at the characters in Paul Downs Colaizzo's richly evocative debut play Really Really, an MCC production downtown at the Lucille Lortel Theater, directed by David Cromer.

David Cromer Talks 'Sweet Bird of Youth' Starring Diane Lane at The Goodman

Mark Bazer | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Mark Bazer

Director David Cromer talked aging, optimism vs. pessimism, and his newest play, a revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth starring Diane Lane and Finn Wittrock at the Goodman Theatre. Previews begin Sept. 14.

On the Culture Front: A New Generation of New Yorker Cartoonists, No Place to Go, and more

Chris Kompanek | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Singer/songwriter/playwright Ethan Lipton evokes the pain of being displaced from one's job and world, both literary and metaphorically as his character's job in No Place to Go is being relocated to Mars.

Theater Review: Our Town in Santa Monica

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.21.2012 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Thorton Wilder's play is arguably the greatest work in American dramatic literature. It combines elements of the mundane and universal, the quotidian and the divine, the parochial and the eternal.

Why Hipsters Will Save Theater: Cherrywood

Monica Westin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Monica Westin

What ultimately distinguishes hipsterdom is the ironic distance its members have from their identities... the very alienated orientation that I will argue we need to save American theater.

Theater Review: "Our Town" With Helen Hunt Still Shines

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Unlike most productions of Our Town, this one comes much closer to the heart of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece.

Brighton Beach Memoirs

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

If the view from under the Brighton Beach is not quite today's world vision, it offers a nostalgia trip to the late 1930's that is worth glimpsing.