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REVIEW: In Love Never Dies at the Academy, He’s Baa-aack

The real subject here is Love Never Dies, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s lush, creepy, spectacular, overwrought, often incomprehensible, and ultimately embarrassingly entertaining follow-up to The Phantom […]

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REVIEW: Disney’s Aladdin at the Academy of Music – A Magic Carpet Ride with an Unscheduled Stop

Even the most polished theatrical productions sometimes encounter a roadblock. On opening night, Disney’s Aladdin at the Academy of Music hit two. In Act I, a golden stalactite […]

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REVIEW: Something Rotten! at the Academy Serves Up Ham(let) & Eggs

Actor 1: “I have a question about your motivation.” Actor 2: “Yes?” Actor 1: “Why haven’t you given up yet?” Ba-dum-bum. OK, maybe it’s not […]

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REVIEW: In Waitress, Lots of Sugar and Lard, Not Much Filling

I’ve seen Sweeney Todd, read Mildred Pierce, and eaten at Magpie, so believe me when I tell you that I know the transformative power of […]

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THEATER: The Color Purple Makes a Joyful Noise at the Forrest Theatre

“Make a joyful noise / A joyful noise! / Unto the Lord!” So begins The Color Purple, with a clarion call from this exceptionally gifted […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In Fun Home, The Days and Days that Make Up Our Lives

A day or two ago, a savvy theater friend and I were debriefing about the Tony Awards. While we both agreed there was plenty to […]

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Q&A with Broadway Legend Chita Rivera

Please note that due to a scheduling conflict, Chita Rivera’s appearance at the Merriam Theatre has been cancelled. Two Tony Awards (and eight additional nominations). […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Hedwig, Both Lost and Found in Translation

Cut to the chase: Hedwig and the Angry Inch is here at the Forrest for only a few days, it’s a terrific show, and you […]

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THEATER REVIEW: Cabaret is Back Again… and Edgier than Ever

Kander and Ebb’s musical Cabaret is now 50 years old. It’s never been out of the spotlight, but at times of political uncertainty, the show […]

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THEATRE REVIEW: Old Meets New and East Meets West in The King and I

Bartlett Sher, one of America’s busiest and most accomplished directors, has worked in every medium from straight plays to opera—but he’s won particular acclaim for […]

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THEATER REVIEW: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In moments of stress, Christopher, the 15-year-old, brilliant but troubled hero of The Curious Incident of the Dog, comforts himself with facts, numbers, and a search […]

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THEATER REVIEW: More is More in The Bodyguard

Posted at the Academy of Music: Guest Alert! Strobe lighting, loud gun effects and lasers will be used during the performance. But hey, wait—they forgot […]

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8 Plays and Exhibits To See This Week

The Secret Garden @ Arden Theatre Company | Though Sunday, June 26 Based on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel, this musical tells the story of […]

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THEATER REVIEW: In If/Then – Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between

Here’s How It Starts: In Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s If/Then, now playing at the Academy of Music, the heroine — Elizabeth, recently divorced and […]

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Theater Review: A Pleasingly Bittersweet Sound of Music at the Academy of Music

It might surprise The Sound of Music‘s legions of adoring young fans to learn that the show originally got mixed reviews. Oh, it was a […]