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

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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Hats for Free!

Hat feature photo

It’s rare to see anything remotely like Torry Bend’s The Paper Hat Game: a seamless and brilliant performance collage of live puppets, small-scale set models, a variety of video modalities, intricate soundscape, and more. The delicacy, virtuosity, and utter freshness of this avant-garde theater work at the 3LD Art & Technology Center will delight you long … Read more

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A Heartsong for Hades

HadestownNew York Theatre Workshop

Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, a concept album turned folk opera, adapts the myth of Orpheus by infusing it with American folk and New Orleans jazz music. Now playing at New York Theatre Workshop, Hadestown follows Orpheus (Damon Daunno) to hell and back again in pursuit of his young lover, Eurydice (Nabiyah Be), who has been lured there by the lord of the … Read more

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Number One or Number Two?

Seth Panitch, Ian Anderson, Matt Lewis, and Chip Persons in Here I Sit Broken Hearted. Photo by Porfirio Solorzano.

Comedy is a tricky commodity. Many a writer, comedian, and movie has gone down in flames, and it would be too simple to say that it’s all in the writing. Yet, even the best comedic writing in the wrong hands can feel flat and lifeless. Satirical, musical comedy is even more challenging. Some of the … Read more

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