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    Melissa Etheridge Takes the Aw-Shucks Road to BroadwayMy Window is a night of songs and personal biography, loosely hung together.
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    A Vintage Satire That Still Has Sting: Purlie Victorious ReturnsOssie Davis’s plantation farce retains its wit and snap.
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    Slapstick and Plague, in Mary Gets HersWacky fun with medieval horrors.
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    Little Shop of Blah-Blah: Theresa Rebeck’s DigA redemption play that betrays its own premise.
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    Did a Bot Write This Review of Prometheus Firebringer? No, and Here’s Why Not.A script written and performed by AI in real time has unexpected effects on an audience.
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    Job Pays Off and Clocks Out“Like a good TV crime drama, it’s manipulative in a value-neutral sense: It knows the position it wants to put you in, and it puts you there.”
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    In Swing State, Bleak Politics in the Tall GrassRebecca Gilman’s story is hemmed in on all sides.
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    Rachel Bloom Sets Avoidance to Song in Death, Let Me Do My ShowA terrible March 2020, exposed but not too exposed.
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    The Mortal Truths of Annie Baker’s Infinite Life“This is part of Baker’s brilliance: to ruffle feathers with the calmest of breezes.”
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    Shadows and Seams, Both Visible: No Good Things Dwell in the FleshIn Christina Masciotti’s play about a Queens tailor facing her career’s end, the principal characters are everything.
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    A Tempest in the Park That’s (Mostly) No Thoughts, Just VibesIn tone and temperament, this production owes much more to Disney than it does to Shakespeare.
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    Improv on the Roof, Catharsis in Aisle 5What Else Is True? and Joan of Arc in a Supermarket in California leave our critic saying, “Yes, and …?”
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    The Shark Is Broken Goes Chumming for Your AffectionIan Shaw’s play bemoans big action movies’ death grip on the culture — while also venerating the voracious progenitor of them all.
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    You Made a Musical … Out of a DeLorean?Back to the Future: The Musical is a carefully faithful spectacle.
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    Pregaming With Three Postcollege Brats (Plus a Dog) at Toros“The play keeps reminding you it’s a performance, which is nice in a time when many shows feel like they just want to be adapted into film or TV.”
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    The Epic and Hyperspecific in Half-God of Rainfall and Let’s Call Her PattyThe gods shoot hoops; Rhea Perlman chops onions.
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    The Cottage Needs More Doors to SlamLaura Bell Bundy and Eric McCormack lead a too-tidy farce.
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    Notes on Teamwork: Flex and Orpheus DescendingTwo midsummer trips to the South.
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    Here Lies Love Is an Unsettlingly Good TimeA show that portrays Imelda Marcos as blithe naïf and corrupt co-tyrant—and also enabler of a rousing dance party.
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    A Hamlet in the Park That Puzzles the WillKenny Leon’s production gestures at a lot without capturing any one thing.
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    Dropping by the Local Nazis: Alex Edelman’s Just for UsPlus: Liz Kingsman’s One Woman Show, and the state of solo comedy meta-theater.
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    Once Upon a One More Time Bungles Britney on BroadwayIt’s not the way I planned it.
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    Physicians, Preen Thyselves: The DoctorA play about the self-serving sanctimony of the newly canceled.
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    Patterns of Addiction in Days of Wine and Roses and Wet BrainOne decorous, one unleashed.
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    Death Comes to the Reunion in The ComeuppanceHigh-school friends, pregaming with jungle juice and angst.
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    Knock-Knock: Grey House Brings Horror Tropes to BroadwayIf you find Laurie Metcalf in a cabin in the woods, don’t go in.
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    Looking for Connection in Primary Trust and The FearsIsolation is on everyone’s mind.
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    Monsoon Wedding Is a Lively Party But a Watery Musical“The songs tend to idle in neutral, repeating ideas already established in dialogue, never opening up into something more.”
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    Basketball and Debutante Balls in King James and The CotillionPlays about the codes of masculinity and femininity, LeBron and dance steps.
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    Lorraine Hansberry on Hashtag Activism: The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s WindowOscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan star in her play about fashionable commitment to social change.
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    New York, New York Barely Scratches the Surface of New York, New YorkIt doesn’t make it here.
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    Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht Find Depth in the Small Scale of Summer, 1976David Auburn just lets them talk, and something great happens.
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    The Playing’s the Thing: Sean Hayes Shows Range in Good Night, OscarDelivering quips, piano virtuosity, and a little too much exposition.
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    Jodie Comer Makes a Winning Case for Prima FacieThe Killing Eve star’s performance gives life to a basic script.
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    The Thanksgiving Play’s Satire Runs ShortGood intentions go awry — both in the script and otherwise.
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    Peter Pan Goes Wrong Never Grows Up (But That’s Okay)Backstage farce with a just enough mild head trauma.
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    Camelot Is Back, Achieving a Wisp of GloryThe sorcery is gone, and everyone talks too much, but Lerner and Loewe knew their majesty.
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    On Broadway, Fat Ham Keeps You at a Distance From the Cookout“Ease is the point, even though it keeps being too easy.”
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    White Girl in Danger Is a Bloody, Messy Take on the SoapMichael R. Jackson’s Strange Loop follow-up is a fascinating fiasco.
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    At Shucked, the Corniness Is as High as an Elephant’s EyeAnd this musical aspires to nothing more or less complex than that.
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    Life of Pi Is Best When Its Fangs Are VisibleNeeds more feral tigerishness, less cat-on-your-lap warmth.
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    A Sweeney Todd That Leans Into the Great Black PitSexual dynamics and soot dominate the revival.
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    If Only Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella Were WorseNeither good nor so bad it’s good.
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    Dancin’ Slinks Back to Town, Aching to Seduce YouA revised revival of the 1978 revue that goes all out.
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    Parade Marches Back In, Intent on Its Own RelevanceBen Platt and Micaela Diamond star in the revival of this musical about antisemitism in the Deep South.
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    The Harder They Come Tries to Fit Too Much OnstageThe overstuffed Jimmy Cliff musical barely has time for its own songs.
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    All in this Together: How to Defend Yourself and The Coast StarlightA classic playwrighting gambit: trap a bunch of people in one small space and brew up some trouble.
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    Gut-Renovating A Doll’s House With Jessica ChastainSit-down, stripped-down Ibsen.
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    Better Living Through Chlorophyll in The TreesIf you were a tree, you might want to be this kind.
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    Love Pulls You CloseAlexander Zeldin’s drama about Londoners in temporary housing comes to New York.
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