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First Nighter: 8 Plays Worth Seeing in London Now

David Finkle | Posted 03.04.2016 | Arts
David Finkle

Like New York City there are good productions and bad productions. The rambling I've done this trip has ranged broadly, as the following round-up of offerings outside the National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe attests.

"Cloud Nine:" A Mental Challenge for the Theatergoer

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.16.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

As you approach the Linda Gross Theater, you're struck by the imposing quiet of it. Sealed doors keep out the faint of heart; the Church-like building sleeps, bathed in the light of an October moon. Could this be your destination, or have you made a mistake?

Aisle View: Information Overload

Steven Suskin | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

Lights up on two 20-somethings on a first-date picnic, falling in love as she feeds him information about her job. She tests and kills baby chickens, slices their brains, and plots thought patterns. Blackout, flashing lights, sound of... Need we go on? I don't and won't, but you will need to if you find yourself sitting at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

First Nighter: Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman Unleashes Acting Blizzard

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

John Gabriel Borkman is one of the rarely revived Ibsen works, which may be a reason to see it now. On the other hand, this treatment won't serve as a strong argument for its being brought back more often.