Editor’s Note: The New York Classical Theatre will begin its 17th season at 7 p.m. on Monday with a free production of Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale. Performances will be nightly, except Thursdays, through Aug. 14, at a rotating series of parks. For information on locations, visit www.newyorkclassical.org. —Edward Karam

The General Takes a Stand

Butler feature photo

Richard Strand’s Butler leaps to the forefront of comedies set during the Civil War—although it may well be the only comedy set in the Civil War that comes to one’s mind. Yet the setting is indubitable, and the laughs are plentiful, so if it stands alone in a genre of one, it doesn’t matter. The … Read more

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Revolutionary Relations

A Man Like You feature

A powerful and thought-provoking drama, A Man Like You tells the story of a British diplomat abducted by Somali terrorists and held for ransom for months. Throughout the work, Kenyan-born playwright Silvia Cassini addresses one overarching question: What constitutes terrorism? The piece chillingly delves into a world ravaged by colonization, the plight of the Somalis, … Read more

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’Shroom Relief

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Desperation courses through Adam Strauss’s performance in The Mushroom Cure. The solo show, which he has written and stars in, details his battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and his attempts to find help. It’s a serious subject: the illness preys on the mind of its victims, allowing them no assurance that what they’re doing at … Read more

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Sliding into Darkness

Michael Kaye (l) and Adam Ludwig (r). Photos - Stan Barouh

 If you ever wondered how Nazi Germany and the Holocaust came to be, look no further than Good. Originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982, Good, by C. P. Taylor, asks the question, “What does it take for decent, intelligent, otherwise sane people to move to such an extreme that dehumanizing others seems normal?” Adolf … Read more

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Out of the Past

Simon feature

First-time playwright Mat Schaffer is fortunate to have Brian Murray in the cast of his play Simon Says. Murray lends gravitas to the story of a “channeler”—emphatically not a medium, according to Murray’s character, Professor Williston—who connects to an entity named Simon. It’s been a while since the estimable Murray had a good part, and one … Read more

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Liberty for All

C. Mingo Long and Abigail Shapiro. Photo by Russ Rowland

Liberty: A Monumental New Musical captures an America not unlike the one we see today: a place where people want to come, but also where many struggle to find work and build a simple but stable life. The story begins when Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, a French artist, lovingly completes his statue and sends her to the United … Read more

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