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Elysa Gardner is Contributor for the Sun.

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

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Not All ‘Days of Wine and Roses’ Are Created Equal

The new musical’s libretto provides the marvelous leads, Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James, with dialogue that can be fresh, funny, and wrenching, even if the book never fully shakes off the dated preachiness of the movie.

Ahron R. Foster

‘Grey House’ Is That Rarest of Birds in Commercial Theater, a Psychological Thriller

The scenario that unfolds in this play by Levi Holloway, now having its Broadway premiere, may initially remind you of the Stephen King novel ‘Misery.’


Subtlety Is Not an Option in the Beckettian Wasteland That Is ‘Gas’ 

The play is less pretentious and more coherent than any number of works you may have seen by writers working in this challenging vein, in which aspiration can so often outweigh inspiration.

Maria Baranova

Emma Sheanshang’s Characters Fumble Toward Spiritual Enlightenment in ‘The Fears’

Each has endured a particular traumatic episode, or series of episodes, though rules at the New York City Buddhist center where they gather dictate these should not be addressed specifically.

Daniel Rader

With ‘King James,’ Celebrated Playwright Rajiv Joseph Puts Fandom on Display

The two-time Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist focuses on NBA great LeBron James’s celebrated and divisive professional journey through the eyes of two Cavaliers fans.

Craig Schwartz Photography

From the Mind That Gave Us ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ a Slice of the ’60s

If ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’ isn’t as neatly crafted a gem as the earlier drama that put Lorraine Hansberry on the map, its sobering insights, humor, and enormous, throbbing heart still provide a riveting experience.

Julieta Cervantes
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