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‘Jerry Springer,’ Sacred and Profane, Triumphantly Sings Again
Weekend, Yesterday

This divinely wrought, beautifully sung New Group production finds compassion within a very relevant satire.

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The Problem With Broadway Revivals: They Revive Gender Stereotypes, Too
Arts & Leisure, Yesterday

Audiences love the classic songs. And producers love filling seats. But in this #MeToo moment, what to make of musicals like “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel”?

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The ‘Dolly’ Parade Marches On, Now With a New Star
Weekend, Yesterday

Bernadette Peters, sadder but wiser, makes a very different Mrs. Levi from her predecessors in the hit revival.

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Exclusive Preview: Video of Elsa’s New Ballad in Broadway-Bound ‘Frozen’
Weekend, Yesterday

The Brooklyn songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez talked about the new song “Monster” in an interview this week.

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13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend
Weekend, Yesterday

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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A Film Critic’s Fan Boy Comes Out to Play
Insider, February 18

For a story in this Sunday’s issue of T Magazine, A.O. Scott did something he normally doesn’t: actually talked to people who make movies.

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Is Edward Albee ‘At Home at the Zoo’? You Bet He Is.
Culture, February 21

A terrific revival of this master playwright’s double bill of “Homelife” and “The Zoo Story” proves that there was nowhere he would not go.

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Ayad Akhtar Wins Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History
Culture, Yesterday

“Junk,” Mr. Akthtar’s ambitious study of 1980s Wall Street, receives an honor previously won by Taylor Mac and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Carey Mulligan Is Perfection in a Play That Isn’t
Culture, Yesterday

Two solo plays and an American import allow an array of women to shine.

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How Much Magic Can ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Make on Broadway?
Arts & Leisure, February 21

The theater that will house the play has been rebuilt in the hope that it will run for many, many years. So why is J.K. Rowling worried?

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22 Musicals, Plays, Concerts, Dances and Festivals You Can’t Miss This Spring
Arts & Leisure, February 20

Highlights from the worlds of theater, pop music, dance and classical, recommended by Times critics.

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In ‘Kings,’ Washington Is Where Idealism Goes to Die
Culture, February 20

A political neophyte discovers the ethical nightmare of governance — lobbyists and donors and super PACs, oh my! — in Sarah Burgess’s new play.

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‘A Walk With Mr. Heifetz’ Stumbles Through History
Culture, February 20

The play, inspired by real people and events in the decades leading up to the foundation of Israel, cuts to the role of music in creating a nation.

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Deirdre O’Connell Loses Her Grip on Reality in ‘Terminus’
Culture, February 20

Ms. O’Connell delivers a heartbreaking performance as an older woman struggling with dementia in this drama infused with Southern Gothic horror.

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3 Young People to Watch in Theater This Spring
Arts & Leisure, February 20

Get to know the playwright Hammaad Chaudry, the 13-year-old actress Rileigh McDonald and the actor Andrew Burnap.

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‘Torch Song’ Set to Return to Its Original Broadway Home
Culture, February 20

The revival of Harvey Fierstein’s multipart play about the life of a drag performer will open at the Helen Hayes Theater in November.

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Glenda Jackson on Quitting Parliament, Playing Lear and Returning to Broadway
Arts & Leisure, February 20

After winning two Oscars, she stopped acting for decades to fight Thatcherism. Now, at 81, she’s tackling an Edward Albee classic. But she insists, “I lead a very dull life.”

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Lee Krasner Gets the Upper Hand in ‘Pollock’
Culture, February 19

This bio-play about the married artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner is a surreal sparring match, steeped in alcohol and dripping with paint.

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In ‘Athena,’ Two Teenage Fencers Parry Ordinary Life
Culture, February 19

Girls train, talk and bond in Gracie Gardner’s play, one of several recent works telling the important stories of young women growing up.

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‘Is God Is’ Reinvents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Culture, February 18

Aleshea Harris’s sensational new play, at Soho Rep, sends twin sisters into a wild, wild West on a bloody mission of vengeance.

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Jake Shears, of Scissor Sisters, Stages His Own Comeback
Styles, February 17

After years of self-imposed exile, the glam rocker returns to the limelight on Broadway, and with a new memoir chronicling a saucy slice of Downtown New York.

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‘Unmasked,’ a Musical Celebrating Andrew Lloyd Webber, to Open at Playhouse in N.J.
Culture, February 16

The production, created by Richard Curtis and John Doyle, will feature new songs by the composer and some of his most well-known.

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‘A Small Oak Tree Runs Red’ Unties a Century-Old Noose
Culture, February 16

This flawed and devastating play argues that in remaining ignorant of our history, we risk remaining mired in its violence.

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‘Riot’ and the Art of Kitsch as Protest
Culture, February 16

A rowdy Irish revue from the Dubin-based troupe Thisispopbaby asks the world to make love, not war, and dance, dance, dance.

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Gillian Jacobs Is Ready to Let Go of Her Fears
Arts & Leisure, February 16

Ms. Jacobs, of “Community” fame, talks about the adrenaline rush of “Kings” at the Public, the gift of empathy and her own #MeToo moments.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Next Lion of New York
Metropolitan, February 16

The unifying voice of the Obama years digs in for a fractious new era and a second child.

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13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend
Weekend, February 15

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Kenneth Haigh, 86, ‘Angry Young Man’ of British Stage, Dies
Obits, February 15

A coal miner’s son, he had a long theater, film and TV career, but he was best known as the rebellious antihero in John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger.”

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Off Broadway Theater Cuts Ties With Neil LaBute
Weekend, February 15

MCC Theater, where Mr. LaBute was playwright-in-residence, terminated the relationship and canceled his next play but declined to explain why.

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It’s Cold and Gray in Scandinavian Plays
Culture, February 15

The mood is downbeat in two plays by the Swedish playwright Lars Noren currently on stage in Paris.

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A Barrier Breaks: An Actress With Down Syndrome Plays the Lead
Arts & Leisure, February 14

Jamie Brewer stars in “Amy and the Orphans,” about three siblings who reunite after their father’s death, and the road trip that follows.

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Audible Will Bring Back ‘Harry Clarke’ Off Broadway
Culture, February 14

The production of “Harry Clarke,” a one-man show starring Billy Crudup, is the latest step in the audiobook maker’s investment in contemporary theater.

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Topicality and Risk in Next Playwrights Horizons Season
Culture, February 14

The Off Broadway theater will present works by Craig Lucas and Halley Feiffer, as well as the first major New York showings for Larissa FastHorse and Tori Sampson.

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Coming Soon to a Stage Near You: Yesteryear’s Movies
Culture, February 14

“We’ve stopped having the idea that theater is essentially a literary form,” said Chris Goode, who adapted “Jubilee” from Derek Jarman’s film.

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Tom Hanks to Return to the Stage in ‘Henry IV’ in Los Angeles
Culture, February 13

Tom Hanks will be making his Los Angeles stage debut, trying his hand as the comedic Falstaff in “Henry IV” alongside his wife, Rita Wilson.

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‘Flight’ Has No Live Actors. But Its Story of Two Afghan Boys Feels So Real.
Culture, February 12

It may not be typical theater, but this immersive show is pulse-pounding and intensely affecting.

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Jan Maxwell Was a Star Made for the Stage
Culture, February 12

Ms. Maxwell, who has died at 61, transmitted an uncommon intelligence and love of craft found only in great theater performers.

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Jan Maxwell, Celebrated Stage Actress, Is Dead at 61
Obits, February 12

Ms. Maxwell, a longtime favorite of critics, earned five Tony Award nominations in seven years, including two in one season.

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Tennessee Williams, Restless and Revising
Culture, February 12

A Morgan Library & Museum exhibition of the playwright’s letters and manuscripts showcases the hungers that drove and derailed him.

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‘Returning to Reims’ and Those European Working-Class Blues
Culture, February 11

In this play directed by Thomas Ostermeier and starring Nina Hoss, a French philosopher ponders the move to the right in blue-collar France.

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‘The Ferryman,’ a Look at Anguish in Northern Ireland, Is Set for Broadway
Culture, February 9

Written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, the work centers on a family unraveling and evokes state-of-a-nation themes.

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Return Editions, with Magnetic Additions, Off Broadway
Culture, February 9

Roslyn Ruff and Jeff Hiller bring new dimensions to plays about Betty Shabazz and a chatty wedding guest.

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Your Week in Culture: Romeo Santos, Alan Ball, François Ozon’s Valentine Thriller
Arts & Leisure, February 9

The Bronx-born bachata superstar will perform at Madison Square Garden, and the creator of “Six Feet Under” returns to HBO.

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‘Against the Hillside’ Is an Eye on Drone Warfare
Weekend, February 8

A couple in Pakistan are always “listening to the sky,” while an American captain becomes too invested in their lives.

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Casting Controversy Derailed a High School Play. Then Came the Threats.
Weekend, February 8

After Ithaca High School canceled its production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” because of students’ pushback, an online mob targeted the town.

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A Broadway Bigwig Lampoons Trump, Despite Family Ties
Culture, February 8

The Roth family dynamic: The father does business with Donald Trump, and the son makes fun of him in an explicit video series.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, February 8

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Jimmy Buffett Does Not Live the Jimmy Buffett Lifestyle
Arts & Leisure, February 8

Mr. Buffett, who has a new Broadway show, “Escape to Margaritaville,” built a half-billion-dollar empire on his laid-back beach brand. But he’s all business now.

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An Anthology of B-List Broadway in ‘Hey, Look Me Over!’
Weekend, February 8

The Encores! series pulls some oddities out of the American musical trunk and comes up with … an oddity.

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Loneliness and Loss Made Gloriously Alive in 2 Classic Dramas
Culture, February 7

Lesley Manville makes Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” her own, and Nicholas Hytner delivers an electric, politically urgent “Julius Caesar.”

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Broadway Producer Named BAM’s New Artistic Director
Culture, February 7

David Binder, who also has experience producing festivals in New York and London, will succeed Joseph V. Melillo.

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Eve Ensler Goes Deep ‘In the Body of the World’
Culture, February 6

In a new one-woman show, the author of “The Vagina Monologues” connects global violence and her own life-threatening illness.

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John Mahoney, Actor Best Known for ‘Frasier,’ Dies at 77
Obits, February 6

Mr. Mahoney was born in England, but he came to embody all-American grass-roots fatherhood on TV. He also appeared on Broadway and won a Tony Award.

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Wendell Pierce: The First Time My Dad Gave Me ‘The Talk’
Arts & Leisure, February 6

Scared to be bused to a predominantly white school in New Orleans, the actor was given some empowering advice from his father.

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Remembering John Mahoney, Beyond ‘Frasier’
Arts & Leisure, February 6

We all loved Mr. Mahoney as the lovably cranky Martin Crane. But his work beyond “Frasier” was equally versatile and nuanced.

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A Criminally Enjoyable ‘Hangmen’ From Martin McDonagh
Culture, February 5

This London import shows the director and writer of “Three Billboards” still utterly at home in the (dark) shadows of the stage.

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Williamstown Theater Festival Announces Its 2018 Season
Culture, February 5

Matthew Broderick, Mary-Louise Parker and Tavi Gevinson will appear this summer in plays by Douglas Carter Beane, Adam Rapp and Carson McCullers.

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Women’s Voices Festival a Potent Reminder of Who Goes Unheard Onstage
Culture, February 5

From a historical drama to an updated Restoration comedy classic, Washington, D.C., theaters make a case for evening the playing field.

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In This Play, Her Boyfriend Dumps Her. Should She Find Love, or Herself?
Culture, February 5

Steph Del Rosso’s new play, “Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill,” has breakneck banter and frisky wordplay. But is there anything new to say about a bad romance?

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Broadway’s Smallest Theater Is Reopening, This Time as a Nonprofit
Culture, February 5

Once named the Little Theater, the playhouse now known as the Helen Hayes is about to be reincarnated again.

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Wardrobe Stylist to the Stars Needs New Home for Her Vintage Garb
Metro, February 4

Helen Uffner moved from Midtown to Long Island City a decade ago, but has to relocate again. This time she worries there will be no happy ending.

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Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: An Oral History of ‘Angels in America’
Culture, February 4

In “The World Only Spins Forward,” Isaac Butler and Dan Kois tell the story of Tony Kushner’s epic play in the words of the artists who made it and the fans who love it.

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In ‘Draw the Circle,’ a Girl Becomes a Man
Culture, February 2

In his solo show at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen traces his journey of gender transition through the eyes of onlookers.

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An ‘Our Town’ With Sex Offenders, in ‘America Is Hard to See’
Culture, February 2

This smart, troubling piece of documentary theater spends time with men cordoned off from regular society, and those who believe they can be redeemed.

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Louis Zorich, Familiar Actor on TV and Stage, Dies at 93
Obits, February 2

He was known for “Mad About You” and other shows. But his first love was the theater, where he often appeared alongside his wife, Olympia Dukakis.

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‘Field Guide’ Brings Standup to a Dostoyevsky Downer
Culture, February 2

Rude Mechs boil down the 800 pages of “The Brothers Karamazov” to a searching but silly 80-minute show. Hot tub included.

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A ‘Homeland’ Spy Opens Up Onstage in ‘Returning to Reims’
Arts & Leisure, February 2

The 2016 election changed the course of Nina Hoss’s career. You may know this film and stage actress from TV, where she played Astrid on “Homeland.”

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An Impresario of ‘Fire and Air’ (if He Does Say So Himself)
Weekend, February 1

In Terrence McNally’s new play, Diaghilev invents Nijinsky, modern ballet and the 20th century. And that’s just in the first act.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, February 1

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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5 Shows to See if You’re in New York in February
Culture, February 1

Politicians, talk-show hosts, feminists, actors and executioners are featured in intriguing productions opening off Broadway.

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Trapped in the Garden: Everything You Wanted to Know About Not Winning a Grammy
Weekend, February 1

From Canada to Broadway to pop-music’s biggest night, the composers of “Come From Away” keep finding themselves in the unlikeliest of places.

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Jealousy, Infidelity, Murder, Lies: It’s All on Vienna’s Stages
Culture, February 1

High drama and deep moral questions are at the heart of two outstanding productions in Vienna: “The Ten Commandments” and “The Oresteia.”

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Truth and Dare: 5 Plays That Made Soho Rep’s Reputation
Arts & Leisure, January 31

Impolite with form and language. Happy to unsettle viewers. Embraced by critics.

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A Safer Home for Dangerous Plays
Arts & Leisure, January 31

After a near-death experience, the audacious Soho Rep moves back into its longtime home with a typically challenging production.

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‘He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box,’ Adrienne Kennedy’s Beautiful Nightmare
Culture, January 30

With her first play in nearly a decade, the 86-year-old playwright reminds audiences of her singular vision.

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Anna Chlumsky and Adam Pally Paint the Town Red in ‘Cardinal’
Culture, January 30

She’s got a big idea and he’s got a big headache in Greg Pierce’s new play about a Rust Belt town on the skids and a desperate plan to save it.

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Bénédicte Pesle Dies at 90; Introduced American Stage Artists to France
Obits, January 30

Ms. Pesle championed the choreographer Merce Cunningham, the experimental director Robert Wilson and many others, but the public rarely knew her name.

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What Radicalizes Young Men? This Show Tells You via WhatsApp
Culture, January 30

“The Believers Are But Brothers” invites a theater audience to join a messaging group to explore themes of religious radicalism and masculinity.

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At 90, Hal Prince Dishes on ‘Fiddler,’ ‘Cabaret’ and Reining In Ambition
Culture, January 30

Six tidbits from “The Hal Prince Talks,” a three-hour satellite radio interview with the storied Broadway producer and director.

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Rivals on Xbox, Partners Onstage
Culture, January 29

Sam Crane and Iestyn Davies both play a famed opera singer in “Farinelli and the King.” But off hours, their passion for soccer takes hold.

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Rhea Perlman Replaces Rosie O’Donnell in Off Broadway Role
Culture, January 28

Ms. Perlman will assume Ms. O’Donnell’s part in the New Group production of David Rabe’s “Good for Otto.”

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An Online Chat Turns Unnerving in ‘The Thing With Feathers’
Culture, January 28

Alexa Shae Nizak is uncannily persuasive as an adolescent girl who gets more than she bargained for in Scott Organ’s play.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, January 26

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Adam Pally Is Very, Very Nervous
Arts & Leisure, January 26

Mr. Pally, best known for television series like “Happy Endings” and “The Mindy Project,” is taking on his first Off Broadway play.

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Goodspeed Cancels Woody Allen Musical
Culture, January 25

The theater has dropped “Bullets Over Broadway” from its schedule, following a sexual abuse allegation made by Mr. Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow.

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In ‘Jericho,’ Another Spin of the Romantic Carousel
Culture, January 25

Michael Weller resets “Liliom,” the play that inspired Rodgers and Hammerstein, in Coney Island. But the central romance remains problematic.

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Punk Music, Bronx Style
, January 25

Roy Baizan has been chronicling the rock, punk, rap, trap and hip-hop scene in the Bronx, including shows produced by a new collective, Hydro Punk.

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Old Vic Theater Creates New Way for Employees to Report Harassment
Culture, January 25

Following allegations of misconduct by Kevin Spacey, the playhouse in London offers an alternate channel for staff members to report inappropriate behavior.

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In ‘Balls,’ Billie Jean and Bobby Come Out Swinging
Culture, January 24

A new play recreates, sometimes shot by shot, the 1973 tennis match promoted as the Battle of the Sexes. If only it scored any points.

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Daughters of African Immigrants Use the Stage to Tell of Two Worlds
Arts & Leisure, January 24

Danai Gurira, Jocelyn Bioh, Mfoniso Udofia and Ngozi Anyanwu share first-generation stories. “You can complain about how your culture is depicted,” says Ms. Anyanwu, “or you can do it yourself.”

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Two Literary Greats, One Done Well and One Done Wrongly
Culture, January 24

Productions of Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan” and Harold Pinter’s “The Birthday Party” are currently playing on the West End.

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Olivia Cole, Award-Winning ‘Roots’ Actress, Is Dead at 75
Obits, January 24

Ms. Cole won an Emmy for her role in the acclaimed 1977 mini-series. She was also in “Backstairs at the White House” and “The Women of Brewster Place.”

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The Bitter Tears of Dean Moss & Co.
Culture, January 24

“Petra,” by the director-choreographer Dean Moss, riffs on a Fassbinder film and sadomasochistic relationships.

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‘Tootsie’ Musical Sets Its Sights on a Broadway Opening
Culture, January 24

David Yazbek, the composer of “The Band’s Visit,” will write the score and Santino Fontana has signed on to play the role created by Dustin Hoffman in the film.

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Exponential Festival: Unexpected Theater in Unfamiliar Real Estate
Weekend, January 24

This New York-based showcase offers the kind of experimental plays, like “Pillowtalk,” that thrive in more obscure performance spaces.

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Tarell Alvin McCraney’s ‘Choir Boy’ Heading to Broadway
Culture, January 24

Mr. McCraney, the playwright who won an Oscar for “Moonlight,” will make his Broadway debut in 2019 as part of the upcoming Manhattan Theater Club season.