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Ms. Gardner has written about theater and music for The New York Times, The…

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Russia Meddles in Another Country’s Politics, Only This Time It’s the 1930s

Playwright Jen Silverman’s ‘Spain’ was inspired by a film conceived in the early stages of the Spanish Civil War featuring a screenplay by Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos. Both are characters in this stylish and affecting production.

Matthew Murphy

Age Is But a Number to the Women of a Certain Age Behind ‘The Gardens of Anuncia’

Graciela Daniele, who turns 84 next month, is the source of inspiration for Michael John LaChiusa’s sparkling, moving new musical, and helps another dynamic septuagenarian, Priscilla Lopez, in this production.

Julieta Cervantes

Watch for ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ the Off-Broadway Musical Centered on the Life and Music of Alicia Keys, To Move Uptown

Touches like closing with ‘Empire State of Mind’ make this show seem destined for Broadway. Despite its platitudes and corny jokes, the musical works thanks to its tremendous heart and the talents of the performers and the creative team.

Joan Marcus

What the World Needs Now Is More ‘Spamalot’

Happily, all of the principals in the new Broadway production demonstrate an affinity for the distinctly British brand of humor, at once carefully clever and unabashedly silly, that Eric Idle and his Monty Python colleagues practiced.

Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman

Thank Heaven, for Dianne Wiest Has Made a New Match There

Playwright John J. Caswell Jr. has configured a role in his ingeniously wacky, weirdly moving, altogether wonderful ‘Scene Partners’ that is perfect for the two-time Oscar-winning stage and screen veteran.

© Carol Rosegg

As ‘Waiting for Godot’ Is Revived, Torches Are Passed to Paul Sparks and Michael Shannon

Following in the footsteps of many acting luminaries, the veteran troupers are being directed by Arin Arbus at Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience. Both serve the bleak beauty and mordant humor of the language and ideas presented here.

Hollis King
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