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Off-Broadway
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THE BUTCHER BOY Is a Messy and Beguiling Journey Worth Exploring — Review

The musical adaptation by Asher Muldoon is currently playing Off-Broadway at the Irish Repertory Theatre.

By

Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Arena Stage’s AMERICAN PROPHET is a Stiff Portrait of Frederick Douglass — Review

‍The musical from Charles Randolph-Wright and Marcus Hummon is playing in Washington, D.C. through August 28.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Broadway
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THE KITE RUNNER Pulls a Weak String — Review

Remember the last Bush era? How dusty and militarized it all felt? Maybe that’s just how I was introduced to the country when I moved here in 2005. All footage of “the Arab world” was shot with an ugly, yellowed lens and all media surrounding it was either grossly propagandistic or, on the other side, pretty corny in its attempt to humanize the people. (Same thing happened with Mexico and the cartel-border of it all, but that’s another story).

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
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RICHARD III and BETWEEN THE LINES Two Stories, One Arena — Review

Theatrely's Off Broadway reviews of Between the Lines at the Tony Kiser Theatre and Richard III at the Public's Delacorte Theatre.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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A Sublime INTO THE WOODS Kicks Off A New Season — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim which is now open at the St. James Theatre in New York City. The cast includes Patina Miller, Sara Bareilles, Brian d'Arcy James, Julia Lester, Gavin Creel, and more!

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Chicago
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Timely THE BILLBOARD Offers Multiple Viewpoints on Abortion — Review

Natalie Y. Moore’s play is currently playing at the 16th Street Theater in Chicago. 

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Emily McClanathan

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November 18, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

TITANIQUE Steers the Right Way — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Titanique, a parody musical of Titanic starring Marla Mindelle, and directed by Tye Blue. The show is now in performance at Asylum NYC through September.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Queer Black Men Forge Spaces of Care in THE HOT WING KING – REVIEW

Katori Hall’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play is now running at Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., through July 31.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Mosaic Theatre’s IN HIS HANDS Stages Tender (and Religious) Queer Intimacy — Review

Theatrely's review of In His Hands by Benjamin Benne now in performance at Mosaic Theatre in Washington DC.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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New York
Reviews

Language Is King in Another Modern HAMLET — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Robert Icke's adaptation of Hamlet starring Alex Lawther now in performance at the Park Avenue Armory.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Boston
Reviews

Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol Review - Emerson Colonial Theatre

It is not everyday that Dolly Parton premieres a new musical here in Boston, so the buzz around Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol, now playing at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, has been the talk of the town.

By

Kobi Kassal

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Othello Speaks to and Undermines Reality in RED VELVET – Review

Lolita Chakrabarti's play is now running at D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Company through July 17.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

CHASING ANDY WARHOL in The Village — Review

An immersive production throughout the East Village, Chasing Andy Warhol is presented by Bated Breath Theatre Company. The show is inspired the artist's life, following his childhood, his career, and his legacy.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

An EPIPHANY Muddled By Vagueness — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Epiphany by Brian Watkins, directed by Tyne Rafaeli is now in performance at Lincoln Center Theatre.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

CORSICANA, A Haunting Family Portrait — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Corsicana by Will Arbery, directed by Sam Gold. The drama is now in performance at Playwrights Horizons.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

A Thrilling Mystery with SNOW IN MIDSUMMER — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Snow in Midsummer at Classic Stage Company in New York City.

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Juan Michael Porter II

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October 21, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

This CIRCLE JERK Is Back and Better Than Ever — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Circle Jerk by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley in collaboration with Ariel Sibert and Cat Rodríguez and directed by Rory Pelsue now playing at the Connelly Theater.

By

Christian Lewis

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June 14, 2022

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Regional
Reviews

The Stunning Reconsiderations of FAIRVIEW at the Wilma Theatre — Review

Theatrely's review of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Signature Theatre’s THE UPSTAIRS DEPARTMENT Unpacks the Grief of COVID-19 — Review

Theatrely's review of The Upstairs Department, the world premiere of Chelsea Marcantel now at Signature Theatre.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Heroes are Toppled and Reborn in Studio Theatre’s JOHN PROCTOR IS THE VILLAIN — Review

Theatrely's review of John Proctor is the Villain by Kimberly Belflower now playing at Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Shakespeare Theatre Company’s OUR TOWN is a Transfixing Production of a Well-Worn Classic — Review

Theatrely's review of Shakespeare Theatre Company's Our Town by Thornton Wilder in Washington D.C.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

In Woolly Mammoth’s THERE’S ALWAYS THE HUDSON, Two Survivors Ruthlessly Confront their Pasts — Review

Theatrely's review of There’s Always the Hudson which performance at Washington, D.C.’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre through June 5.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

A Sugary Rub on FAT HAM — Review

Theatrely's Off Broadway review of Fat Ham by James Ijames now in performance at the Public Theater in New York City. Directed by Saheem Ali, the play just recently was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

WHICH WAY TO THE STAGE is a Love Letter to Theatre Fans — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway Review of Ana Nogueira's Which Way To The Stage at MCC Theater in New York City. Directed by Mike Donague, the show features Max Jenkins, Sas Goldberg, Evan Todd and Michelle Veintimilla.

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Christian Lewis

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June 14, 2022

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

In IT’S NOT A TRIP IT’S A JOURNEY, Black Femmes Wander into New Worlds — Review

Theatrely's review of it's not a trip it's a journey by Charly Evon Simpson and directed by Nicole A. Watson at Round House Theatre in Bethesda MD.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Broadway
Reviews

Farce Is Back In Fashion at POTUS — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of POTUS: or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive by Selina Fillinger and directed by Susan Stroman. The cast includes Lilli Cooper, Lea DeLaria, Rachel Dratch, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, Julie White, and Vanessa Williams.

By

Amanda Marie Miller

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August 4, 2022

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Broadway
Reviews

Toil And Trouble In Chilled-Out MACBETH — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, directed by Sam Gold at the Longacre Theatre in New York City. Daniel Craig and Ruth Nega star in the new revival.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

A CASE FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD Is Sublime Theatre — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of A Case for the Existence of God by Damuel D. Hunter. Directed by David Cromer, the play features Will Brill and Kyle Beltran and is produced at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

WISH YOU WERE HERE, A Masterful Work — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Wish You Were Here by Sanaz Toossi at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Directed by Gate Taylor Upchurch, the cast includes Nikki Massoud, Nazanin Nour, Artemis Pebdani, and Roxanna Hope Radja, and Marjan Neshat.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

INTO THE WOODS With a Hurricane of Talent — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Into The Woods at New York City Center's Encores! series directed by Lear deBessonet. The Sondheim musical features Sara Bareilles, Neil Patrick harris, Ann Harada, Julia Lester, Denée Benton, Gavin Creel, Shereen Pimentel, Heather Headley and more.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

WE DECLARE YOU A TERRORIST… Makes the Case for Creativity During War — Review

Theatrely's review of We Declare You a Terrorist by Tim J. Lord at Round House Theatre in Bethesda.

By

Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

¡AMERICANO! and a Dream Deferred – Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Americano at New World Stages.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Broadway
Reviews

MR. SATURDAY NIGHT is a Breezy Sunday Stroll — Review

Theatrely's Broadway Review of Mr. Saturday Night starring Billy Crystal at the Nederlander Theatre in New York City. The show features Randy Graff, David Paymer, Shoshana Bean, Chasten Harmon, Jordan Gelber, Brian Gonzales, and Mylinda Hull. The musical features a score by Jason Robert Brown.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
Reviews

A STRANGE LOOP, and a Glorious Catharsis — Review

Theatrely's Broadway Review of A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson at the Lyceum Theatre in New York City. Directed by Stephen Brackett, the show features Jaquel Spivey, L Morgan Lee, James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Jason Veasey, and Antwayn Hopper.

By

Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Broadway
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THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH Brings Frightening, Unpredictable Energy to the Beaumont Stage — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of ThorntonWilder's The Skin of Our Teeth at the Vivian Beaumont Theater by way of Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. This revival is directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz who makes her Broadway debut.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Broadway
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A FUNNY GIRL For Today — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Funny Girl, directed by Michael Mayer, with music by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. The musical stars Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jane Lynch, Jared Grimes, and a talented ensemble. Harvey Fierstein contributed the the book rewrites.

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Kobi Kassal

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

ISLANDER Sails Into Midtown — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Islander by Stewart Melton and Finn Anderson which is now in performance at Playhouse 46 at St. Luke's in New York City. Directed by Amy Draper, the show features Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Broadway
Reviews

BIRTHDAY CANDLES: The Monotonous Trick Kind — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Birthday Candles by Noah Haidle at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City. Directed by Vivienne Benesch, the show features Debra Messing, Christopher Livingston, Enrico Colantoni, Susannah Flood, John Earl Jelks, and Crystal Finn.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Offensive and Fabulous: TO MY GIRLS Offers Searing Critique of Gay Culture — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of JC Lee's To My Girls at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater in New York City directed by Stephen Brackett.

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Christian Lewis

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June 14, 2022

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Broadway
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AMERICAN BUFFALO Doesn’t Tame its Beast — REVIEW

Theatrely's Broadway review of David Mamet's American Buffalo starring Sam Rockwell, Laurence Fishburne, and Darren Criss. Directed by Neil Pepe, the drama is currently playing at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

An Excellent CYRANO That Fights For Words — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway review of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand in a new version by Martin Crimp, directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Brooklyn Academy of Music starring James McAvoy.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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FOR COLORED GIRLS Returns Home To Broadway — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange which now in performance at the Booth Theatre in New York City. Directed by Camille A. Brown, the cast features Amara Granderson as Lady in Orange, Tendayi Kuumba as Lady in Brown, Kenita R. Miller as Lady in Red, Okwui Okpokwasili as Lady in Green, Stacey Sargeant as Lady in Blue, Alexandria Wailes as Lady in Purple, and D. Woods as Lady in Yellow.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
Reviews

HANGMEN Holds a Tight Noose — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen which is now in performance at the Golden Theatre in New York City. The show, directed by Matthew Dunster, stars Tracie Bennett, Alfie Allen, Gaby French, David Threlfall, and more.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Stuns With Two Excellent Performances — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive which is now in performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York City. Directed by Mark Brokaw, the production features Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse, Johanna Day, Alyssa May Gold and Chris Myers.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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THE MINUTES Arrives on Broadway Just in Time — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Tracy Letts' The Minutes directed by Anna D. Shapiro now playing at Studio 54 in New York City. The play stars Letts, Noah Reid, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, Blair Brown, Ian Barford, Jeff Still, Danny McCarthy, K. Todd Freeman, and Cliff Chamberlain.

By

Kobi Kassal

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Historic HARMONY In Turbulent Times — Review

Theatrely's Off-Broadway Review of Harmony: A New Musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, directed and choregraphed by Warren Carlyle at the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at Battery Place in New York City. The performance stars Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, and a wonderful cast.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

SUFFS Suffers From Stasis — Review

Theatrely's Off Broadway review of Suffs by Shaina Taub, now in performance at the Public Theater in New York City. Directed by Leigh Silverman, the story of Wilson-era suffragists stars Jenn Colella, Nikki M. James, Philipa Soo, and an extraordinary cast.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
Reviews

An Unsteady Home In PARADISE SQUARE — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Paradise Square directed by Moisés Kaufman and choreography by Bill T. Jones now at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City. The show features Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, and Kevin Dennis.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
Reviews

TAKE ME OUT Finds Loneliness In The Diamond — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out now in performance at Second Stage's Hayes Theater in New York City. Directed by Scott Ellis, the show features Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Patrick J. Adams.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Regional
Reviews

PERSONALITY: THE LLOYD PRICE MUSICAL Struggles With Its Subject – Review

Theatrely's review of Personality: The Lloyd Price Musical at The People's Light Theatre in Malvern, Pennsylvania directed by Sheldon Epps.

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Alexi Chacon

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March 31, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

CONFEDERATES Sets The Plantation On Campus — Review

Theatrely's review of Confederates by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Stori Ayers at Signature Theatre in New York City. The cast includes Elijah Jones, Kristolyn Lloyd, Andrea Patterson, Kenzie Ross and Michelle Wilson.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Women On The Verge: HELP And AT THE WEDDING — Review

Theatrely's review of Claudia Rankine's Help now in performance at The Shed and Bryna Turner's At The Wedding now in performance at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater, both in New York City.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

In Signature Theatre’s DAPHNE’S DIVE, Brokenness is a Gift and a Curse — Review

Theatrely's review of Daphne's Dive at Signature Theatre in Washington DC by Quiara Alegria Hudes.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

THE LIFE Lives to Fight Another Day — Review

Theatrely's review of The Life by David Newman, Ira Gasman, and Cy Coleman, in a newly reworked and adapted version by Billy Porter at New York City Center Encores!. The cast features Destan Owens, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Alexandra Grey, and more.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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New York
Reviews

THE TAP DANCE KID Dusts Off Weary Shoes — Review

Theatrely's review of The Tap Dance Kid, the first of this year's Encores! season at New York City Center. With music by Henry Krieger and Robert Lorick, the production is directed by Kenny Leon and choreographed by Jared Grimes. The cast includes Alexander Bello, Joshua Henry, Trevor Jackson, Shahadi Wright Joseph, and more.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

MAN CAVE Is A Supernatural-Political Horror Show That Will Keep You Guessing — Review

Theatrely's review of Man Cave by John J. Caswell Jr. now in performance at the Connelly Theatre in New York City. Directed by Taylor Reynolds, the show stars Claudia Acosta, Jacqueline Guillén, Annie Henk, and Socorro Santiago.

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Jerry Portwood

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February 1, 2022

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Los Angeles
Reviews

TRAYF at The Geffen Playhouse Puts Friendship To The Test — Review

Theatrely's review of Lindsay Joelle's Trayf currently in production at the Geffen playhouse's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater in Los Angeles, California. Directed by Maggie Burrows, the performances include Ben Hirschhorn, Ilan Eskenazi, Garret Young, and Louisa Jacobson.

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Alan Koolik

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February 23, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Nina Simone Comes to Life in LITTLE GIRL BLUE — Review

Theatrely's review of Little Girl Blue starring and written by Laiona Michelle. The tale of Nina Simone is directed by Devanand Janki is now in performance at New World Stages in New York City.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Chicago
Reviews

WIFE OF A SALESMAN Is A Moving Portrait of Womanhood — Review

Theatrely's review of Wife of a Salesman by Eleanor Burgess at the Writers Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. Directed by Jo Bonney, the production stars Kate Fry and Amanda Drinkall.

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Emily McClanathan

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November 18, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

JANE ANGER Presents Hilarious Parallels Between Past and Present – Review

Theatrely's review of Jane Anger by Talene Monahon and directed by Jess Chayes at the New Ohio Theatre in New York City. The company includes Michael Urie, Amelia Workman, Ryan Spahn, Talene Monahon.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

COAL COUNTRY Mines For Misery — Review

Theatrely's review of Coal Country, from the Public Theatre and Audible Theatre. The musical by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, with original music by Steve Earle is now in production at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. The cast includes Mary Bacon, Amelia Campbell, Kym Gomes, Ezra Knight, Thomas Kopache, Michael Laurence, Deirdre Madigan, and Carl Palmer.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

THE CHINESE LADY Shines Through a Lacquered Cage — Review

Theatrely's review of The Chinese Lady by Lloyd Suh now in performances at the Public Theater, in partnership with the Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City. Directed by Ralph B. Peña, the performance stars Shannon Tyo and Daniel K. Isaac.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

ENGLISH: A Stunning Education in Language — Review

Theatrely's review of English by Sanaz Toossi, directed by Knud Adams from Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theatre Company. English features Tala Ashe, Ava Lalezarzadeh, Pooya Mohseni, Marjan Neshat, and Hadi Tabbal.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

In Arena Stage’s CHANGE AGENT, Women Shape the Past (and Future) of America — Review

Theatrely's review of Change Agent by Craig Lucas now in performance at Arena Stage in Washington D.C. The performance includes Andrea Abello, Luis Vega, Jeffrey Omura, Kathryn Tkel, and Regan Linton.

By

Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

ON SUGARLAND, an Epic Narrative — Review

Theatrely's review of On Sugarland currently in performance at New York Theatre Workshop by Aleshea Harris, directed by Whitney White, and choreography by Raja Feather Kelly. The cast of On Sugarland will include Stephanie Berry, Thomas Walter Booker, Xavier Scott Evans, Mister Fitzgerald, Josh Fulton, Charisma Glasper, Kai Heath, Shemar Yanick Jonas, Billy Eugene Jones, Kiki Layne, Mariyea, Lizan Mitchell, Adeola Role and Jacob Daniel Smith.

By

Juan Michael Porter II

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October 21, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

OUT OF TIME, Just In Time — Review

Theatrely's review of Out of Time, a collection of monologues by Asian American playwrights performed by an ensemble of veteran Asian-American actors which is now in performance at The Public Theater. Conceived and directed by Les Waters, the monologues are written by Jaclyn Backhaus, Sam Chanse, Mia Chung, Naomi Iizuka, and Anna Ouyang Moench.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

SANDBLASTED Gets Lost In The Wind — Review

Theatrely's review of sandblasted by Charly Evon Simpson, directed by Summer L. Williams at the Vineyard Theatre and WP Theater in New York City. The play features Rolonda Watts, Andy Lucien, Brittany Bellizeare, and Marinda Anderson.

By

Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

SPACE DOGS Aim For The Moon, Land In The Stars — Review

Theatrely's review of Space Dogs, a new musical from MCC Theater written and starring Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire. Directed by Ellie Heyman, the musical about Laika the dog who traveled to space is choreographed by Darrell Grand Moultrie.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Los Angeles
Reviews

A Glorious Cranston Returns to the Stage in POWER OF SAIL — Review

Theatrely's review of Power of Sail by Paul Grellong now at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, California. Bryan Cranston stars in the new drama alongside Amy Brenneman, Hugo Armstrong, Donna Simone Johnson, Tedra Millan, Seth Numrich, and Brandon Scott. The production is directed by Weyni Mengesha.

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Alan Koolik

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February 23, 2022

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Studio Theatre’s WHITE NOISE is a Blunt Tragedy for Our Times — Review

Theatrely's review of Suzan-Lori Parks' White Noise, which is now in performance at Studio Theatre in Washington DC.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

Chosen Families: Some by Blood, Some Found on Yahoo in WOLF PLAY — Review

Theatrely's review of the New York premiere of Hansol Jung's Wolf Play from Ma-Yi Theater Company and Soho Rep. The cast features Esco Jouléy as Ash, Brandon Mendez Homer as Ryan, Aubie Merrylees as Peter, Nicole Villamil as Robin, and Mitchell Winter as Wolf.

By

Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

BLACK NO MORE Has Blues But No Bite — Review

Theatrely's review of Black No More from The New Group. This new musical, inspired by George S. Schuyler’s 1931 novel, features Book by John Ridley; Lyrics by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter; Music by Tariq Trotter, Anthony Tidd, James Poyser and Daryl Waters; Choreography by Bill T. Jones; and Direction by Scott Elliott. The cast features Jennifer Damiano, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Howard McGillin, Ephraim Sykes, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, and Lillias White to name a few.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
Reviews

THE MUSIC MAN Stirs Up Good Trouble — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review for The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, directed by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle. The book, music, and lyrics are penned by Meredith Willson. The musical is currently playing at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC Asks What Jewish Safe Havens Remain — Review

Theatrely's review of Joshua Harmon's Prayer For The French Republic which is now in performance Off Broadway at New York City Center - Stage I from Manhattan Theatre Club. Directed by David Cromer, the cast features Betsy Aidem, Yair Ben-Dor, Francis Benhamou, Ari Brand, Pierre Epstein, Peyton Lusk, Molly Ranson, Nancy Robinette, Jeff Seymour, Kenneth Tigar, and Richard Topol.

By

Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

TAMBO & BONES Transcends Time In More Ways Than One — Review

Theatrely's review by Juan Michael Porter of Tambo & Bones, a new play at Playwrights Horizons by Dave Harris. The performance features Brendan Dalton, W. Tré Davis, Tyler Fauntleroy, and Dean Linnard; it is directed by Taylor Reynolds.

By

Juan Michael Porter II

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October 21, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

INTIMATE APPAREL Is Elegant, But Not Revealing Enough — Review

Theatrely's review of Lynn Nottage and Ricky Ian Gordon's new opera Intimate Apparel which recently opened at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre, directed by Bartlett Sher.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Magic Reworked — Review

A broadway review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now playing at the Lyric Theatre in New York City. Since its West End debut in 2016, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has attracted intense fan interest around its central relationship. The close bond between Harry Potter’s son Albus and Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius forms the emotional core of Jack Thorne’s play, which follows the pair’s doomed effort to “set history right” by stealing a time turner and saving Cedric Diggory’s life nineteen years in the past. (It goes wrong, of course, and complications ensue.) Thorne’s original text, co-conceived with director John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling (more on her later) does not demand Albus and Scorpius’ bond be played as a burgeoning romance. But Tiffany and original co-stars Sam Clemmett and Anthony Boyle certainly leaned into that reading in the play’s first iteration, playing the duo’s journey as a love story even when the text sometimes insisted otherwise. Choreographer Steven Hoggett even crafted a mournful, romantic “Staircase Ballet” for a scene where the two are forced apart. 

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Los Angeles
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Everybody’s Talking About EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE — Review

Theatrely's review of the North American premiere of Everybody's Talking About Jamie now in Los Angeles at the Ahmanson Theatre starring Layton Williams and Roy Haylock aka Bianca Del Rio.

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Rachel Hsu

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January 24, 2022

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Off-Broadway
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A Shorter Day’s Journey Into Night, but With No Less Despair — Review

Theatrely's review of Robert O'Hara new adaptation of Long Day's Journey Into Night originally by Eugene O'Neill now playing at the Minetta Lane Theatre. The cast includes Bill Camp, Elizabeth Marvel, Ato Blankson-Wood, and Jason Bowen.

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Joey Sims

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April 11, 2022

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Broadway
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A SKELETON CREW of Flesh and Blood — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew now in performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street in New York City. Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the play stars Chanté Adams, Joshua Boone, Brandon J. Dirden, Adesola Osakalumi, and Phylicia Rashad.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Off-Broadway
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SHHHH Makes Us Listen, But To What? — Review

Theatrely's review of Clare Barron's Shhhh, which is now in performance at Atlantic Stage 2 in New York City. In addition to Clare Barron, Shhhh features Janice Amaya, Annie Fang, Nina Grollman, Greg Keller, and Constance Shulman.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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MJ: THE MUSICAL Is A Monument To Misconduct — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of MJ The Musical, a bio-jukebox musical about Michael Jackson now in performance at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City. Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreograph the musical with a book by Lynn Nottage starring Myles Frost.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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New York
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Taylor Mac and Matt Ray’s Operetta Queers Socrates in THE HANG — Review

Theatrely's review of Taylor Mac's new opera The Hang which is now in performance at Here in New York City.

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Jerry Portwood

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February 1, 2022

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National Tour
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Darker OKLAHOMA! Goes Out On Tour — Review

We sent one of our critics to review the new national tour of Oklahoma! while it visited Chicago to see how the Tony-winning Broadway revival fares on the road.

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Emily McClanathan

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November 18, 2021

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Cabaret
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JEANNA de WAAL Lights Up 54 Below — Review

Jeanna de Waal’s debut cabaret show, performed Monday evening at Feinstein’s/54 Below, perfectly captured the spirit of a performer excited for the future and “a princess moving on'' after the hasty closing of Diana. Packed with superfans and sheep sweaters, the venue was filled with giddy looks between tables and a sense of wonder for what was about to unfold. Each song was met with a rumbling of whispers ringing out before lyrics could even begin, as many opted to quickly pull out their phones, set to record and share the drama of it all. de Waal had been at the center of the Diana universe for years, through the San Diego production, two rounds of Broadway previews, a Netflix recording under severe COVID precautions, and a run that would ultimately play 34 performances before closing on December 19, 2021. Years in the making, de Waal’s performance as the people’s princess turned heads while her solo show continued to win hearts.

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Amanda Marie Miller

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August 4, 2022

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Washington D.C.
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Studio Theatre’s FLIGHT Traces a Refugee Odyssey in Miniature

This past August, the fall of Afghanistan was witnessed by people across the globe, many of us watching news coverage on our phone screens. We could hold those illuminating rectangles in the palm of our hand, watching horrors unfold. With one click, we could also make the horrors disappear. The conversion of refugees from living people to just pixels on a screen can impact how Afghan refugees are characterized in the news. During September of this year, one AP News report described “two tiny dots dropping from [a] plane,” at the Kabul airport. For journalists and storytellers, it’s an impossible task to narrate asylum seekers in real time. But weren’t those “two dots” real people? Doesn’t an abstract representation of an atrocity hide the reality of the people experiencing it?Studio Theatre’s new show Flight doesn’t resolve these questions as much as it dives deeper into them with immersive storytelling and incredible detail. Instead of running away from the small images that often dominate refugee news coverage, the show embraces them, creating countless dioramas of refugees in miniature. Flight proves that small images aren’t necessarily diminutive in their impact. In fact, the small images in Flight conjure a different sort of power, one uniquely theatrical and purposefully abstract. 

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Broadway
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SIX Earns Its Crown Jewels — Review

Juan A. Ramirez reviews Six The Musical, which opened on Broadway tonight and currently plays at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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FLYING OVER SUNSET On a Smoothed-Out Trip — Review

Theatrely's Broadway review of Flying Over Sunset at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Doors of Perception is an anomaly: the hyper-literate Aldous Huxley’s 1954 book about his experiences with mescaline, it married his breathtaking combination of crystal clear sociopolitics to a still-unmatched first person account of being under the influence of psychedelics. Equally bizarre was Clare Booth Luce, a staunch Republican congresswoman and ambassador to Italy whose 1936 play, The Women, famously featured no men and gave rich insight into the lives of Manhattan socialites. And then there’s Cary Grant, one of the handsomest Hollywood leading men who mastered the art of screwball while dodging lifelong gay allegations created by his living with another actor.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Regional
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TEENAGE DICK is a Brutal but Sensitive Portrait of an Unlikely Antihero — Review

Dear Evan Hansen wants the humorous but scathing energy that Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick has in spades. The similarities between Hansen and Teenage Dick run deep. Both shows follow awkward, lonely teenage guys trying to get through high school. Both protagonists gain incredible social power through the force of their storytelling. They use this power to woo their popular love interests, and excuse their gaslighting because of their disabilities. And in the end, everything comes crashing down because of dangerous lies exacerbated by social media. Both shows have had large cultural moments this year. Hansen’s film adaptation premiered in movie theaters this past September and re-opens on Broadway this weekend. Teenage Dick, which previously ran off-Broadway in 2018, is now touring through some of the most well-known regional theatres in America. Having already played at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company this fall, the show is now running at the Huntington Theatre Company and will head over to Pasadena Playhouse in February.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
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KIMBERLY AKIMBO a Momentous Masterpiece — Review

Kimberly Akimbo, the new musical which premiered tonight at the Atlantic Theater Company, does not carry itself with the weight David Lindsay-Abaire’s book and lyrics, and Jeanine Tesori’s music, hold. The offbeat anti-comedy glides along like an awkward teen at the New Jersey ice-skating rink its characters hang around, but make no mistake: this is a momentous work of theatre, exquisitely performed by a stellar cast of talent, known and new.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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A Hopeless Bachelorette in Excellent COMPANY — Review

The 50th anniversary production of Company is not golden, as such anniversaries are, but rather an incandescent neon under Marianne Elliott’s ingenious direction. Though, thanks to the pandemic, it actually opens 51 years after the original landmark production. This lush, expensive-looking production arrives on Broadway following an acclaimed West End revival which swapped its perennially single protagonist from Bobby to Bobbie, creating an array of fascinating changes to its gender dynamics. 

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
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A STRANGE LOOP Stages an Endless Spiral of Identity, and the Rupture my Hometown Needs — Review

This production of Michael R. Jackson's A Strange Loop Woolly Mammoth comes after the show’s much-lauded off-Broadway production in the summer of 2019, produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73 Productions. The D.C. production of A Strange Loop was announced in March of 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered theatre across America, and right before Jackson’s won 2020’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the show. Woolly Mammoth isn’t known for producing musicals, yet it makes sense for A Strange Loop to be staged here. The musical has more in common with Woolly Mammoth’s past productions of experimental Black plays (like Fairview or An Octoroon) than the reworkings of classic musicals typically seen in D.C. theatre.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Off-Broadway
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SELLING KABUL Puts Us In The Room Where It Happened — Review

It appears that one of the major vibes, if you will, of post-quarantine theatre is tension, in particular claustrophobic, interpersonal tension that builds between people stuck in a small space or a single room. This mood permeates recent plays including Pass Over, Dana H, Is This A Room, Last of the Love Letters, The Fever, and now, Sylvia Khoury’s Selling Kabul at Playwrights Horizons. Of course, these plays all or mostly pre-date the pandemic, and yet after so much time being stuck inside, they feel different, more intense and real than ever before. The notion of a single-room play is nothing new, but now, after many of us have been living single-room lives, they have a newfound relevancy and relatability. They haunt us in ways that feel familiar. 

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Christian Lewis

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June 14, 2022

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Broadway
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MRS. DOUBTFIRE Has The Heart, But Needs More Time In The Kitchen — Review

Where the show truly shines is with the fantastic company that director Jerry Zaks has assembled. Rob McClure is a theatrical force to be reckoned with. Seamlessly transitioning back and forth between Daniel and Doubtfire, McClure is giving a career defining performance that would surely make Robin Williams proud. The lovely Jenn Gambatese as Miranda and their on-stage children Analise Scarpaci as Lydia (terrific), Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher (enthusiastic), and Avery Sell as Natalie (adorable) make up the Hillard clan. A Broadway review of Mrs. Doubtfire.

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Kobi Kassal

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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CLYDE’S Serves Up Dreams and Insults — Review

Clyde's is now in performance at the Hayes Theatre on 44th Street in New York City. A Broadway review of Lynn Nottage's latest play at Second Stage Theater.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Washington D.C.
Reviews

Round House Theatre’s THE GREAT LEAP Offers a Thoughtful Fable for Chinese-American Life — Review

Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, now at Bethesda’s Round House Theatre and streaming online, offers one potent exploration of these questions. Yee’s answer—which is vividly brought to life in this production—is to reconfigure Chinese history into a story between parents and children, mapping painful histories of nations onto the painful histories of family. In this so-called “socio-political fable,” allegory and memory are intertwined to both delightful and calamitous effect.

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Nathan Pugh

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June 29, 2021

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Broadway
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DIANA Wears a Delightful, Dizzy Crown — Review

Diana, The Musical opened tonight at the Longacre Theatre on West 48th Street here in New York City. Our Chief Critic Juan A. Ramirez went and reviewed the new production starring Jeanna de Waal.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Broadway
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TROUBLE IN MIND Spotlights Racism’s Grip on Theatre — Review

Alice Childress had a lot to say about being a Black woman working in theatre in 1955, and channeled those righteously indignant observations into Trouble in Mind, which finally opened Broadway earlier tonight. The work had been scheduled to transfer from its successful original off-Broadway run, but Childress would not make the cuts producers felt would smooth out the play’s open-faced callout of systemic racism, and the production was canceled. The story of how the play finally made it to the Great White Way is a bittersweet triumph that says more about our culture than about the work itself, and Roundabout Theatre Company is ensuring that we know it, announcing it before performances and noting it in all of its advertisements. The play’s insights, and the fact they remain as relevant now as they were over 60 years ago, are equally more about the context than the material. Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright without the red-blooded urgency it calls for, it is more of a respectful replica of a time capsule than an authentic relic itself. A review of Trouble in Mind on Broadway.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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Chicago
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PARADISE SQUARE In Chicago Has The Heart But Needs The Work — Review

Paradise Square represents many firsts in the theater industry’s recovery from the pandemic shutdown. It’s the first production to reopen the Nederlander Theatre — a pillar of the Loop theater district — and the first pre-Broadway run of a major new work in Chicago. When it transfers to New York City’s Barrymore Theatre, where it’s slated to begin previews in February of next year, it will be among one of the first new musicals to open on Broadway. A review of the new pre-broadway tryout.

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Emily McClanathan

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November 18, 2021

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Off-Broadway
Reviews

CULLUD WATTAH, Clear Vision — Review

Erika Dickerson-Despenza, the writer of Cullud Wattah, a magnificent new play which just opened at the Public Theater, calls herself a ‘cultural-memory worker.’ I’d usually bristle at the self-proclaimed title, so vague in its implications, but anyone who can follow the stunning shadow/land—the first installment in her epic 10-play “Katrina cycle,” released as an audio production by the Public earlier this year—with a work of such breathtaking beauty can do just about anything, including convincing me of their title. Because, while Dickerson-Despenza is a playwright of the once-in-a-generation kind, these two works assert her mastery at combining the intimate family histories of classic memory plays with the political sharpness of an agile social worker. A review of cullud wattah at the Public Theater.

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Juan A. Ramirez

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December 13, 2021

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