Editor’s Note: Two giants of Scandinavian theater are having a revival in Brooklyn. Theater for a New Audience is staging August Strindberg’s The Father and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in repertory through June 12. Both plays star John Douglas Thompson and Maggie Lacey as the couple whose wills clash. See Lea Fridman’s review here.—Edward Karam


It’s War

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The juxtaposition of two masterpieces by two giants of modern theater on opposite sides of the ever more relevant and explosive issue of gender is a New York theatrical event. Theater for a New Audience has paired Henrik Ibsen’s The Doll’s House with the lesser-known The Father, by August Strindberg, a play written partially in … Read more

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An Epic Cut Down to Size

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John Doyle has made a name for himself with pared-down productions, mainly of musicals—The Color Purple, now on Broadway; Passion and Allegro for Classic Stage Company—and his first foray into traditional plays for CSC, where he is the new artistic director, features that trademark minimalism. Peer Gynt, written in verse and covering a lifetime of … Read more

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Fine, Blame It on the Woman

CB Murray as Stingy Brim in Cherchez La Femme at La Mama in New York.

August Darnell and Vivien Goldman’s new musical Cherchez La Femme, based on Darnell’s 1976 hit song of the same name, opens with “Let’s Dance.” It is rhythmic and hot, and the beat permeates the house. The music is recorded, but the singing is live and jumpin’—the party is in full swing. The scene is 1980s New York, … Read more

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She Won the Lottery

Molly Vevers in Ross & Rachel. Photo by Alex Brenner

James Fritz’s play for two voices, titled Ross & Rachel, appears to have as its impetus the long-running TV show Friends. The characters of Ross and Rachel were one of the first to be known in the pop lexicon by one name, “rossnrachel”—inseparable and sometimes insufferable. Make no mistake, though: Ross & Rachel is no sitcom or walk in … Read more

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The Tongue Is a Mighty Sword

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Move over, James Brown. It’s time to add Joe Morton and Dick Gregory’s names to the pantheon of hardest-working men in show business. In Turn Me Loose, written by Gretchen Law and directed by John Gould Rubin, Morton gives a tour de force performance as Gregory, the tireless civil rights activist and stand up comic known … Read more

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Concealed and Revealed

Katya Campbell as Cal with Paul Wesley as Flynt in Cal in Camo at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Photos by Carol Rosegg.

“Camouflage: to be in plain sight, but not to be seen” is the undercurrent of Cal in Camo, about a family dealing with grim challenges. At the heart of the play are a husband struggling to provide for his wife and child; the wife who has little, if any, affinity for her newborn; and her backwoods … Read more

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