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October 12, 2014




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New York critic David Spencer reviews:

This is how you do comedy ...

You Can't Take It With You

by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Scott Ellis
Starring James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne, Mark Linn-Baker
Eklizabeth Ashley and Kristine Neilsen
Longacre Theatre

It Has to Be You

by and starring Catherine Butterfield
Directed by Stuart Ross
Abingdon Theatre

The Money Shot
by Neil LeBute
Directed by Terry Kinney
With Gia Crovatin, Elizabeth Reaser,
Callie Thorne and Fred Weller
A Production of MCC Theater
at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

This is how you do (family) drama—with comedy ...


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A new play by Scott Stephens
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Directed by Marianne Elliott
Ethel Barrymore Theatre

While I Yet Live
by Billy Porter
Directed by Sheryl Kaller
Starring S. Epatha Merkerson and Lillias White
A Production of Primary Stages
at the Duke on W 42nd

This is how you do ...

This is Our Youth

by Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
Dtarring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson
Cort Theatre

This is how you do two-handers, more or less ...


Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Gregory Mosher
Various Star Casts
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

A Walk in the Woods

by Lee Blessing
Directed by Jonathan Silverstein
Starring Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebank
A Production of the Keen Company
at Theatre Row

This is how you challenge an audience ...

Scenes from a Marriage

Original Miniseries Teleplays by Ingmar Bergman
English Adaptation for the Stage by Emily Mann
Directed by Ivo Van Hove
New York Theatre Workshop

Dirt

by Robert Schneider
Translated from the German by Paul Dvorak
Directed by Mary Catherine Burke
Starring Christopher Domig
4th Street Theatre, 83 East 4th Street

This is how you should never do anything ...

The Killing of Sister George
by Frank Marcus
Directed by Drew Barr
TACT Theatre Company
at Theatre Row

... and this is ... a mixed bag ... but mostly interesting ...

The Country House
by Donald Margulies
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Featuring Blythe Danner, Kate Jennings Grant and David Rasche
Samuel J. Friedman theatre
A Production of The Manhattan Theatre Club

Indian Ink
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Carey Perloff
Featuring Rosemary Harris, Romala Garai, Firdous Bamji,
Bhavesh Patel and Neal Huff
A Production of the Roundabout Theatre Company
at the Laura Pels Theatre

Almost Home

by Walter Anderson
Directed by Michael Parva
Featuring Joe Lisi and Karen Ziemba
Theatre Row
A Production of The Directors Company

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

Bad Jews
by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell
Presented by and at Magic Theatre

Big Fish
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Book by John August
Directed by Patrick Klein
Presented by Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater

Dreamgirls

Music by Henry Krieger
Book and Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Directed by Angela Farr Schiller
Presented by Broadway By the Bay
Fox Theatre

Fetch Clay, Make Man

by Will Power
Directed by Derrick Sanders
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre

Funny Girl
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by Isobel Lennart
Directed by Dan Demers
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

Life Could Be a Dream
Music and Lyrics by Various
Written and Directed by Roger Bean
Presented by Center REPertory Company
in association with Jonathan Reinis & Roger Bean
Margaret Lesher Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts

An Audience with Meow Meow

by Meow Meow
Directed and Adapted by Emma Rice
Presented by Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Roda Theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
Presented by California Shakespeare Theater
Directed by Shana Cooper
Bruns Memorial Amphitheater

Moonlight and Magnolias

by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Lennon Smith
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

Old Hats
by and starring Bill Irwin and David Shiner
Directed by Tina Landau
Presented by and at the American Conservatory Theater

The Rainmaker
by N. Richard Nash
Directed by Jessa Brie Moreno
Presented by San Jose Stage Company
The Stage

Rapture, Blister, Burn

by Gina Gionfriddo
Presented by Aurora Theatre Company
Directed by Desdemona Chiang
Aurora Theatre

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2014
(The Great Society by Robert Schenkkan
Richard III and The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
The Cocoanuts by George S. Kaufman and Irving Berlin
Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine)
Bill Rauch, Artistic Director
Angus Bowmer Theatre, Elizabethan Theatre, Thomas Theatre

Water by the Spoonful
by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Leslie Martinson
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

The Whale
by Samuel D. Hunter
Directed by Jasson Minadakis
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre

Wicked
(National Tour)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Winnie Holzman
Directed by Joe Mantello
Presented by Broadway San Jose
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Philadelphia critic Claudia Perry reviews:

9 to 5: The Musical
Music & Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Choreography by Michelle Gaudette
Directed by Bruce Lumpkin
Walnut Street Theatre

Ontario critic Robin Breon reviews:

The Stratford Festival 2014
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Anthony and Cleopatra
Christina the Girl King
Crazy for You
Mother Courage and Her Children
The Beaux' Stratagem

The Shaw Festival 2014
Juno and the Paycock
The Charity That Began at Home

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