Editor’s Note: The Obie Award–winning Fire This Time Festival is running until Feb. 5 at the Kraine Theater (85 East 4th St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery). The eighth season of the festival, which presents playwrights of African and African-American descent, kicked off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and will feature a 10-minute play series, several readings of full-length plays, excerpts from solo shows, and an open-mike night, among other things. For more information, visit firethistimefestival.com/welcome. —Edward Karam


Review: DannyKrisDonnaVeronica

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DannyKrisDonnaVeronica is a captivating production about the modern family structure and the often untold truths of being a parent. Playwright Lawrence Dial explores the reality of marriage and life after children. Although it often seems taboo to speak about the visceral feelings of sadness and hopelessness associated with being a parent, Dial’s play explores the dichotomy … Read more

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Review: Made in China

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Made in China is a decidedly adult musical from Wakka Wakka, a New York–based theater company that prides itself on challenging “the boundaries of the imagination” with “bold, unique, and unpredictable” entertainments. This visually engaging production is performed by a host of black-veiled puppeteers manipulating intricately crafted bunraku-style puppets designed by Kirjan Waage. The script, by Waage … Read more

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Review: The Beauty Queen of Leenane

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Back in 1996, Martin McDonagh, a 25-year-old playwright, made a stunning debut with his play The Beauty Queen of Leenane, revitalizing that old war horse, the well-made play. Within a few years, he had several more successes under his belt: A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West joined Leenane to form a trilogy, not … Read more

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Review: God of Vengeance

God of Vengeance

Ninety-four years ago, the cast and producer of the Broadway production of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance were jailed on grounds of obscenity. The jury trial that followed—a cause célèbre in New York State court—foreshadowed more protracted, better-remembered litigation regarding the merits of Ulysses by James Joyce and Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence. God of Vengeance involves a brothel-keeper, his family, his whores, and a rival … Read more

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Review: I Like It Like That

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One way in which musical theater rises above and beyond straight drama in its delivery is that song is like a shortcut, overtaking the spoken word, when reaching out and touching its audience. Fans will be pleased to know that I Like It Like That is a new musical that really delivers. Writers David Maldonado and Waddys … Read more

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Review: The Babylon Line

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It’s almost three decades since Richard Greenberg distinguished himself as the baby boomers’ Philip Barry. For audiences of the late 1980s, the dialogue of Greenberg’s breakout comedy Eastern Standard was as racy and iconoclastic as The Philadelphia Story had been to playgoers in the late 1930s; and the frolicsome plot and screwball characters had a joie de vivre reminiscent of Barry’s Holiday. At a … Read more

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