Jean Toomer’s Odd, Keening “A Drama of the Southwest”
The strange but promising unproduced play, from 1935, chronicles the writer’s time at the Taos art colony, in New Mexico.
March 23, 2020
“Endlings” Questions the Legitimacy of Storytelling
Celine Song’s latest play is both a traditional stage work that seeks to depict people’s lives and a metafictional examination of the playwright’s own motivations.
March 16, 2020
“All the Natalie Portmans” and the Limits of Hollywood Fantasy
With a moving lead performance by Kara Young, the intriguing new play shows how popular art can both distract us and serve as background for our pain.
March 9, 2020
Spring Theatre Preview
The LSD fantasy of “Flying Over Sunset,” a Sarah Silverman musical, and more.
February 28, 2020
A Grim Take on “West Side Story”
Ivo van Hove’s new interpretation of the iconic musical is an infuriating example of what happens when a powerful style calcifies into shtick.
February 21, 2020
“Medea” and “Mac Beth” Reflect Modern Tragedies
Two new productions use the familiar thrusts of Shakespeare and Euripides to find the reality in long-running theatrical archetypes.
February 3, 2020
The Dangers of Ambition in “A Soldier’s Play” and “Timon of Athens”
Two shows offer disillusioned illustrations of social positions gone sour.
January 27, 2020
Exploring Family Trauma in “My Name Is Lucy Barton”
Laura Linney brings sensitivity and finesse to a one-woman adaptation of Elizabeth Strout’s fierce novel.
January 20, 2020
Stephen Adly Guirgis’s World of Broken Women
“Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven,” Guirgis’s rough-cut gem of a new play, is rich with revelation and barbed empathy.
December 16, 2019
Women’s Worlds in “Jagged Little Pill” and “Fefu and Her Friends”
A new musical inspired by Alanis Morissette’s seminal album explores women’s inner lives and imperilled freedom, and a revival rips away the artifice that often pillows our notions of theatre.
December 9, 2019