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New York critic David Spencer reviews:

Six musicals that are almost beyond criticism —
but not quite ...

First Daughter Suite
Book, Music and Lyrics
by Michael John LaChiusa
Directed by Kirsten Sanderson
Featuring Barbara Walsh, Mary Testa
and Alison Fraser
Public Theater


Written by Michael Kimmel
Songs by Lauren Pritchard
Directed by JV Mercanti
Featuring Kate Baldwin

Who's Your Baghdaddy?
or How I Started the Iraq War

Book by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo
Music and Direction by Pailet
Lyrics by Penedo
Based on an unfilmed screenplay by J.T. Allen
Actors Temple

Music by César Alvarez with the Lisps
Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez
Directed by Sarah Benson
A Production of Ars Nova & Soho Rep
Connelly Theatre

Northern Daughter

Co-written, Songs and Performed  by Donna Creighton
Co-written and Directed by Louise Fagan
Various Festivals, Event Booking

On Your Feet
The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
Book by Alexander Dinelaris
Featuring Music Produced and Recorded by
The Estefans & Miami Sound Machine
Directed by Jerry Mitchell
Marquis Theatre

One musical you can criticize and love at the same time:

Rothschild and Sons

Book by Sherman Yellen
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on The Rothschilds by Frederic Morton
Directed by Jeffrey Moss
York Theatre

Two musicals in revival:

Spring Awakening

Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Shiek
Directed by Michael Arden
Featuring Marlee Maitlin, Camryn Manheim
and Patrick Page
A Production of Deaf West
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Dames at Sea

Music and Lyrics by George Hamisohn and Robin Miller
Book by Jim Wise
Directed and Choreographed by Randy Skinner
Helen Hayes Theatre

One classic drama, reconsidered:

A View from the Bridge

by Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo Van Hove
Starring Michael Strong
A Production of The Young Vic
via Lincoln Center Theatre
Lyceum Theatre

One dramatized classic, one new play
and a novelty, in brief:

Thérèse Raquin
by Émile Zola
Adapted by Helen Edmundson
Directed by Evan Cabnet
Starring Kiera Knightley,
Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan
and Judith Light
Roundabout Theatre Company
at Studio 54

The Humans
by Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
Roundabout Theatre Company
at the Laura Pels Theatre

Before Your Very Eyes
Created by Gob Squad
Public Theater

Three plays of social significance:

Would You Still Love Me If…?

by John Anastasi
Directed by and featuring
Kathleen Turner
Theatre Row

by Taylor Mac
Directed by Niegel Smith
Featuring Kristine Neilsen
Playwrights Horizons

Dada Woof Papa Hot

by Peter Parnell
Directed by Scott Ellis
Lincoln Center Theatre
at the Mitzi Newhouse

Six comedies (four new, one revival, one institutional) ...

Cut Throat
by J.B. Reich
Directed by Mark Waldop
Abingdon Theatre
June Havoc Space

by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
Starring Holland Taylor
and Marylouse Burke
Manhattan Theatre Club
at City Center

Clever Little Lies

by Joe di Pietro
Directed by David Saint
Featuring Marlo Thomas
and Greg Mullavey
Westside Arts (Upstairs)

by A.R. Gurney
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
Starring Matthew Broderick,
Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White
and Robert Sella
Cort Theatre

Shear Madness

by Paul Pörtner
Created by Bruce Jordan and Marrilyn Abrams
Directed by Bruce Jordan
New World Stages

Colin Quinn: The New York Story

Written and Performed by Colin Quinn
Directed by Jerry Seinfeld
Cherry Lane Theatre

…and four revivals

Fool for Love
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Daniel Aukin
Starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell
Manhattan Theatre Club
at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Old Times

by Harold Pinter
Starring Clive Owen, Kelly Reilly and Eve Best
Directed by Douglas Hodge
Roundabout Theatre Company
at the American Airlines Theatre

Cloud Nine

by Caryll Churchill
Directed by James Macdonald
Atlantic Theatre

The Gin Game

by D.L. Coburn
Directed by Leonard Foglia
Starring James Earl Jones and Cecily Tyson
John Golden Theatre

San Francisco critic Judy Richter reviews:

Fred's Diner
by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Loretta Greco
Presented by and at Magic Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Sam & Bella Spewack
Directed by Milissa Carey
Presented by Broadway By the Bay
Fox Theatre

by Philip Kan Gotanda and Sean San José
based on stories by Lysley Tenorio
Directed by Carey Perloff
Presented by American Conservatory Theater
Strand Theater

My Mañana Comes

by Elizabeth Irwin
Directed by Kirsten Brandt
Presented by Marin Theatre Company
Boyer Theatre

The Odd Couple
by Neil Simon
Directed by Michael Sally
Presented by Hillbarn Theatre

by Liz Duffy Adams
Directed by Vera Sloan
Presented by Dragon Productions
Dragon Productions Theatre

by David Auburn
Directed by Leslie Martinson
Presented by TheatreWorks
Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

by Jack Holmes
Directed by Randall King
Presented by San Jose Stage Company
The Stage

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

by Christopher Durang
Directed by Mark Anderson Phillips
Presented by Center REPertory Company
Margaret Lesher Theatre, Lesher Center for the Arts

Ah, Wilderness
by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by Casey Stangl
Presented by and at the American Conservatory Theater

Philadelphia critic Claudia Perry reviews:

Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show
Produced by Sandy Hackett and Lisa Dawn Miller
Book by Sandy Hackett
Musical Direction by Chris Hardin Piano/Conductor – Theodis Rodgers
Directed by Billy Karl
Bucks County Playhouse

Bullets Over Broadway
(National Tour)

Written by Woody Allen
Based on the Screenplay of the Film
Bullets Over Broadway by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath
Direction Recreated by Jeff Whiting

High Society

Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Arthur Kopit
Additional Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Based on the play The Philadelphia Story by Phillip Barry
and the Turner Entertainment Company motion picture High Society
Directed by Frank Anzalone

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