Friday, January 21, 2022

REVIEWS

Review: ‘Flying Over Sunset’ pushes back on convention

It is axiomatic that other people’s dreams are boring to hear about, so you would assume that other people’s acid trips are equally if not more eye-glazing.  And yet the ambitious and frequently moving musical...

Review: ‘Company’ delivers a near-perfect revival

“Being alive,” indeed.  The recent death of Stephen Sondheim undoubtedly marked a watershed moment in the history of the American theater, as the innumerable tributes and memorials to the composer-lyricist and his work attest. But...

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ retains its magic and its heart

When it was announced that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” would open at the Lyric Theatre in 2018, I confidently expected that the, um, curse that seemed to doom all shows in the...

Review: ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ does not leap from screen to stage

As the title character in the musical “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the superlative performer Rob McClure tears around the stage like a human tornado. In the role made famous by the inimitable Robin Williams, McClure manages...

Review: ‘Clyde’s’ treats the sandwich as art

When is a sandwich more than a sandwich?  When it becomes a symbol of redemption, aspiration and hope, as in Lynn Nottage’s latest play, “Clyde’s,” a lively and funny if sometimes ham-handed — or should...

Review: ‘Trouble in Mind’ issues a sharp critique of the theater industry

Better late than never.  Or rather: much, much better late than never.  As a pre-show announcement at the American Airlines Theatre makes clear, it took about 66 years for the pioneering Black playwright Alice Childress’s comedy-drama...

Review: ‘Diana,’ a musical so bad that it must be seen

To answer the question that absolutely no one with a Netflix account and an interest in Broadway musicals is asking: Why, yes, “Diana, The Musical” is every bit as abysmal as rumored. Social media...

Review: Sharon D Clarke is electrifying in ‘Caroline, or Change’

Should you happen to pass Sharon D Clarke on the street, you might not find her to be a particularly imposing figure. But as the title character in the superlative Broadway revival of the...

Review: ‘Dana H.’ leads us into the underworld

A play as uncommon, and uncanny, as Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” requires an actor of, well, uncommon and uncanny talents. Deirdre O’Connell is just such an actor. Something of a grande dame of Off Broadway...

Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ chips away at a monolith

“The Lehman Trilogy” represents the kind of prestige Broadway production that invariably causes a certain class of well-heeled, culturally savvy New Yorkers to salivate over tickets. It hails from London — the National Theatre no...