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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, Today

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Chloë Sevigny on Playing an Addict in ‘Downtown Race Riot’
Arts & Leisure, Today

Ms. Sevigny talks about starring in the new play, beating up stuffed animals for Pussy Riot and moving back to Manhattan.

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Fool Me Twice? Yes, Please
Culture, Today

A pair of magic shows set in unusual sites have even jaded New York audiences happily losing their minds.

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Oh, No! Live Drama and Unwritten Humor
Op Ed, Today

Let us give thanks for those occasional onstage mishaps that make even the feeblest theatrical productions memorable.

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On the Paris Stage, Plays Get Personal and Political
Culture, Yesterday

Recent productions in the French capital examine the response to terrorism, deep loss and questions of national identity.

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Public Theater to Hold Town Hall on Sexual Harassment
Culture, Yesterday

The theater wants New York’s theater community to discuss and change what it calls the pervasive culture of sexual misconduct.

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‘Junk’ Mines the Milken Era for Truths That Resonate Now
Business, Yesterday

Ayad Akhtar’s play portrays the financial excesses of the 1980s — part of what he calls “a collapse of a collective vision” of America — in ways that evoke unsettling new thoughts.

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Showgirls, a Monster and a Drag Queen: Singing Songs of Self
Culture, November 22

New musicals on London’s stages include a merciless and compassionate “Follies,” a revitalized “Young Frankenstein” and a timely saga of an aspiring drag queen.

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With a Singing SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Aims for a Broadway Splash
Arts & Leisure, November 22

To capture the spirit of its relentlessly cheerful animated hero and his underwater world, a $20 million musical that “explodes off the stage.”

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He Knows Bikini Bottom. Now He Gets to Swim There.
Arts & Leisure, November 22

“It’s a little freaky” how much the energetic actor Ethan Slater seems like the title character he plays in “SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.”

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Ann Wedgeworth, 83, Dies; Tony-Winning Actress Known for ‘Three’s Company’
Obits, November 22

Ms. Wedgeworth’s characters were often flirtatious, maternal or a combination of both in plays like “Chapter Two” and films like “Steel Magnolias.”

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Clive Barnes Award Winner and Nominees Are Announced
Culture, November 22

Gemma Bond, the ballet dancer and choreographer, is the winner of this year’s dance award. Theater winners will be announced on Jan. 8.

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Who Is ‘Harry Clarke,’ and Why Is He So Appealing?
Culture, November 21

Billy Crudup is having a blast as a Midwestern sad sack and his English alter ego in David Cale’s one-man, double-life play at the Vineyard.

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What’s That Smell? It’s ‘Festen,’ a Play and Film With Aroma
Culture, November 22

In collaboration with the French theater director Cyril Teste, Francis Kurkdjian helps a new “Festen” along with scents of woods, ash and memory.

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TV Crooners (and Danny Aiello) Head ‘Home for the Holidays’
Culture, November 21

Despite the presence of “American Idol” winner Candice Glover, this limp revue of carols and pop songs isn’t likely to bring much Yuletide cheer.

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The Hurricane Hit, but Our Show Went On
Arts & Leisure, November 21

Rehearsing “Describe the Night” in makeshift space after Hurricane Harvey reminded Rajiv Joseph that theater can help build community. And rebuild it.

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Billy Porter: The First Time I Refused to Keep Playing a Stereotype
Arts & Leisure, November 21

Seeing “Angels in America” in 1994 was the moment Mr. Porter, the Broadway star, realized he had to rethink his career path and chase a new dream.

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How to Do Broadway
Interactive, November 21

What to see, where to eat and how to get cheap tickets – everything you need to navigate the holiday season.

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‘The Wolves’ Are Back in a Rush of Combustible Energy
Culture, November 21

Sarah DeLappe’s remarkably assured first play, a group portrait of a girls’ soccer team, is now at Lincoln Center Theater.

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A Most Opinionated Wedding Guest Returns in ‘Bright Colors’
Culture, November 21

Overwhelming? Yes. Self-involved? Absolutely. But Drew Droege still makes for hilarious company in this one-person show.

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A Night at the Theater From Your Couch? No Apologies Needed.
Culture, November 20

Streaming services have more stage offerings than ever — from great actors in early roles to recent Broadway musicals, captured live. Plus “Hamlet” in Lithuanian.

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A Girl’s Kerouac Dreams Go Astray in ‘The Mad Ones’
Culture, November 20

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s musical is about a high school senior who finds inspiration and danger in “On the Road.”

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In ‘Diaspora,’ an Ancient Siege for the Snapchat Age
Culture, November 20

Toggling between the years 2017 and 73, this play about American Jews on a trip to Israel seems confused about what it is trying to say.

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A ‘Peter Pan’ That Never Takes Flight
Culture, November 20

The Bedlam production of the J.M. Barrie classic is both too childish to tell the story properly and too adult to access its wonder.

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In This ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Love Is a Zero-Sum Game
Culture, November 19

An unconventional Primary Stages adaptation of the Jane Austen novel features gags, dance breaks and other cynical silliness.

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‘Spamilton’ Will Close in January
Culture, November 19

The critically acclaimed sendup of “Hamilton” ran for more than 500 performances and will likely go on a national tour.

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Agatha Christie’s Murder Most Orderly and the Comfiest Seats in London
Culture, November 17

A site-specific revival of “Witness for the Prosecution” finds the comfort factor in a murder trial.

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‘Torch Song Trilogy’ and Me: A 35-Year Love Affair
Styles, November 17

Before Harvey Fierstein came along, most gay-themed plays featured characters who were either closeted or bitter or suicidal, and usually all three.

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A Raucous Day at the Beach With ‘The Sisters Macaluso’
Culture, November 17

Life and death, joy and poverty coexist in Emma Dante’s wondrous show about a family in Palermo. And it only costs $20 to see it.

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Your Week in Culture: ‘Nutcracker,’ James Levine and Christmas Scripted by Charles Dickens
Arts & Leisure, November 17

Also the week of Nov. 19: James Levine returns to the Met Opera; Noname and Daniel Caesar perform in Chicago.

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On Stage, ‘The Exorcist’ Lacks the Movie’s Chills
Culture, November 17

Sean Mathias’s adaptation of the 1973 horror film and a David Mamet classic fall flat, but “Big Fish The Musical” gives our critic hope.

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Dressing to Play a Power Woman
Styles, November 17

The National Theater’s “Network” redefines the wardrobe of the modern media executive.

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‘School Girls’ Is a Gleeful African Makeover of an American Genre
Weekend, November 16

Jocelyn Bioh’s new play takes the “Mean Girls” genre to a boarding school in Ghana, refreshing and deepening it in the process.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, November 16

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Old Vic Inquiry on Kevin Spacey Finds 20 Reports of Misconduct
Culture, November 16

The London theater released the findings of an investigation into Mr. Spacey’s behavior before and during his time as artistic director there.

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A Brief ‘Brigadoon’ That’s Almost Like Falling in Love
Weekend, November 16

City Center’s gorgeous revival of the Lerner & Loewe musical, staged by Christopher Wheeldon and starring Kelli O’Hara, disappears after Sunday.

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John Leguizamo Goes for Easy Laughs in ‘Latin History’
Culture, November 15

Two millenniums of oppression may not seem very funny, but in his latest one-man show, Mr. Leguizamo hones the art of comic revisionism.

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Good Art, Bad Men and Samuel Pepys in ‘17c’
Culture, November 15

Big Dance Theater’s animated investigation of Samuel Pepys reads like a refraction of our recent monster parade.

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The ‘Lion King’ Effect: How a Broadway Smash Changed South African Lives
Arts & Leisure, November 15

Over 20 years, hundreds of performers have joined the show in cities around the globe. These are some of their stories — laced with hope, tragedy, homesickness and triumph.

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‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ to Close on Broadway
Culture, November 15

The show, starring Christian Borle as Willy Wonka, opened in April with high hopes after a London production was retooled.

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In ‘Actually,’ a Case of She Said, He Said and They Said
Culture, November 14

In Anna Ziegler’s new play, a charge of sexual assault on a college campus leads to a hearing that may be worse than the events that prompted it.

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‘Network’ With Bryan Cranston Is Convulsive, Immersive and Still Mad as Hell
Culture, November 14

A stage adaptation, directed by Ivo van Hove, confirms the prophecy of a 1976 movie about populist rage and manipulative technology

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Eugene O’Neill and Meredith Monk, in BAM’s New Season
Culture, November 14

Among the highlights of the winter-spring season is a production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” starring Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons.

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Adam Driver’s Nonprofit Seeks Soldiers for the Stage
Culture, November 13

Arts in the Armed Forces, founded by the actor and veteran Adam Driver, will grant $10,000 to a playwright who has served in the military.

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Frank Corsaro, Director Who Shook Up Opera World, Dies at 92
Obits, November 13

In dozens of productions, many for New York City Opera, Mr. Corsaro sought to energize the form, refusing to let his singers just stand and deliver.

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On London Stages, Britain Considers Its Divided Soul
Culture, November 13

New plays from Mike Bartlett and James Graham pose E.M. Forster’s newly urgent question of who inherits England

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After a Nominator Is Denied Access, ‘1984’ Is Ineligible for Tonys
Culture, November 10

Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and immigration-rights advocate who is a member of the Tony Awards nominating committee, was not allowed to see the play.

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Remembering the ‘Lost Battalion,’ 99 Years Later
Metro, November 10

The actor Stephen Lang has been working on rebuilding awareness about the U.S. soldiers in World War I, who were cut off from American forces, and the commander who led them.

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Charles Ludlam in the Cosmos Where ‘Queens Collide’
Culture, November 10

Everett Quinton’s frantic revival of an intergalactic farce from 1967 reveals Charles Ludlam as a pioneer of cultural recycling.

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‘The Band’s Visit’ Is a Ravishing Musical That Whispers With Romance
Weekend, November 9

This singularly seductive show, based on an Israeli film, finds the ecstasy in ennui in a small desert town.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, November 9

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Two Theater Companies Set to Nest in November
Culture, November 9

Target Margin Theater and Mabou Mines settle down after years of itinerant existence.

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Nellie McKay Blossoms Under Pressure From Joan Rivers’s Lawyers
Weekend, November 9

A musical biography of Joan Rivers pulls together when the subject is deleted.

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‘What We’re Up Against,’ a Sexism Story More Timely Than Ever
Culture, November 8

Theresa Rebeck’s furious play looks at what happens when a young architect fights back against colleagues who don’t take her seriously.

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‘Office Hour’ Is the Play That Goes Bang
Culture, November 8

In Julia Cho’s tense new work, a creative-writing teacher tries to reach a shut-down (and possibly armed) young student.

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Distant Storytelling Leaves ‘Man to Man’ Cold
Weekend, November 8

The Wales Millennium Center’s take on this dark, dreamy 1982 play, part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival, seems to prize atmospherics over narrative.

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Hear 8 Pieces of Music That Smartened Up ‘Latin History for Morons’
Arts & Leisure, November 8

Listen along as John Leguizamo shares some of the sounds that influenced his one-man show on Broadway.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Return to ‘Hamilton’ Role in Puerto Rico
Culture, November 8

Mr. Miranda, the creator and original star of the musical, will return to the role he originated for a three-week run in Puerto Rico in January 2019.

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Uma Thurman, Ready to Be Tested
Arts & Leisure, November 8

Hollywood’s “contempt and dismissiveness” toward women has led her to Broadway. In “The Parisian Woman,” she’ll be onstage for every minute of every scene.

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Welcome to Prom. Try Not to Die.
Culture, November 7

James Presson’s overstuffed play aims to meld outsize teenage passions with Jacobean tragedy.

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The Big Apple Circus Is Ripe for Another Bite
Culture, November 7

A year after filing for bankruptcy, a beloved cultural institution returns to Lincoln Center.

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Brandeis Cancels Play About Lenny Bruce After Protests
Culture, November 6

A play about Lenny Bruce-style comedy that was to be performed on the Brandeis campus was canceled amid backlash from students and faculty.

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The World Really Is a Stage, Scripts and All, to an Actor With Autism
Culture, November 6

Mickey Rowe is thought to be the first openly autistic actor to play Christopher, a 15-year-old with autism, in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.”

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‘Lee Harvey Oswald,’ an American Assassin in Puppet Form
Culture, November 6

The latest ambitious effort by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater is both highly detailed and hard to follow.

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‘Kiss Me, Kate’ Will Head Back to Broadway With Kelli O’Hara
Culture, November 6

The production will be directed by Scott Ellis (“She Loves Me”) and will begin performances in February 2019, the Roundabout Theater Company said.

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Hear a Newly Found Kurt Weill Song That Surprised Experts
Culture, November 6

“Lied vom weissen Käse” (“Song of the White Cheese”), which Weill wrote for a musical revue in 1931, was recently discovered in a Berlin archive.

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The Wedding Is Fake, but the Party Is Real
Foreign, November 5

In Argentina, couples are delaying marriage, turning to civil unions or divorcing. So why wait for a ceremony to have a celebration?

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‘Maybe I Am Arnold!’ How Michael Urie Agreed to Fill Harvey Fierstein’s Shoes
Culture, November 5

“I’m never going to be that free,” Mr. Urie thought about taking the lead part in “Torch Song.” But Mr. Fierstein, who wrote and created the role, had other ideas.

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‘Uncommon Sense’ Looks at Life on the Autism Spectrum
Culture, November 5

With nonverbal characters and savants, a new play demonstrates just how broad and multicolored that spectrum is.

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Preet Bharara Goes to the Theater and Sees a Familiar World on Stage
Styles, November 4

The former United States attorney sees “Junk,” a new play by Ayad Akhtar about the insider trading scandals of the 1980s.

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Robert Wilson Puts on a Show
Styles, November 3

A lofty legend of the stage gets chatty about space, light, high jewelry — and his friend Lady Gaga.

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In ‘State of Siege,’ Resistance to Plague in an Overcoat
Culture, November 3

This production of a minor play by Camus, about a bullied populace whose civil liberties are curbed, hits some Trumpian notes, but not too hard.

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‘Junk’ Revives a Go-Go Era of Debt and Duplicity
Weekend, November 2

Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Disgraced,” explores the shady side of 1980s Wall Street in an economics lesson of a play.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, November 2

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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In a Double Bill of Physical Comedy, Laughter Is the Best Reflex
Culture, November 1

“Marcel” and “The Art of Laughter” at Theater for a New Audience offer a demonstration and then a master class in European-style clowning.

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‘Shadowlands,’ a Tale of C.S. Lewis’s Romance, Tackles a Different Tragedy
Culture, November 1

William Nicholson’s biodrama, is directed by Christa Scott-Reed for the Fellowship for Performing Arts.

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An Important Oscar Wilde ‘Woman,’ and a Drama Where the Playhouse Is the Draw
Culture, November 2

Eve Best shines in a witty revival of “A Woman of No Importance,” Ibsen’s claustrophobia gets a Caribbean makeover, and a courtroom setting offers bird’s eye views.

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‘The Boys in the Band’ Is Bound for Broadway at 50
Culture, November 1

A landmark play about gay life will return to the stage in 2018, with Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto in the cast.

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

“Brigadoon” appears (briefly), Amy Schumer steps onto Broadway and an acclaimed musical returns to a bigger stage.

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For This Playwright, Africa With Laughter, Not Tears
Arts & Leisure, November 1

In works like “School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play,” Jocelyn Bioh aims to tell stories that buck expectation and defy stereotype.

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Broadway’s Comic Chameleon Writes a Heartfelt New Tune
Arts & Leisure, November 1

Known for brassy musicals like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” David Yazbek is also a dark solo act. Now, with “The Band’s Visit,” his different personas come together.

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David Vaughan, Chronicler of Dance History, Dies at 93
Obits, November 1

He was the Merce Cunningham company’s archivist and wrote definitive biographies of choreographers. He also did some dancing and choreography himself.

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‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ to Open in Boston With Broadway Hopes
Culture, November 1

A stage adaptation of “Moulin Rouge,” Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film that brought contemporary pop music to 19th-century Paris, is set for a June 2018 opening.

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‘The B-Side’ Is an Extraordinary Masterclass in Listening
Culture, October 31

Vinyl sings across the decades in the Wooster Group’s transcendent presentation of a 1965 album of songs from a Texas chain gang.

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Rock, Reminiscence and Sci-Fi Will Be Part of Under the Radar Festival
Culture, October 31

The January event is notable for introducing works outside the theatrical mainstream.

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‘Illyria’ Eavesdrops on a Young Joe Papp and Friends
Culture, October 30

Richard Nelson’s murmur of a play is set at a momentous time in the Manhattan theater world of the 1950s.

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‘Red Roses, Green Gold’ Brings Back the Grateful Dead
Culture, October 30

While the jukebox musical has a cartoonish plot, songs like “Friend of the Devil” and “Box of Rain” work smartly on stage.

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Sex, Love and the Aging Woman
Op Ed, October 30

The idea that older women must renounce the erotic life is a lie that keeps getting told.

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‘Knives in Hens,’ a Wondrous Drama of the Lust for Language
Culture, October 29

David Harrower’s remarkable play, depicting a romantic triangle in a desolate, premodern world, finally receives its New York premiere.

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Donald Trump and Michael Moore Quarrel Over Broadway Show
Culture, October 28

Mr. Trump said “The Terms of My Surrender,” a solo show that critiqued the president, was “a total bomb.” In response, Mr. Moore called it “a smash hit.”

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A New London Theater Aims to Stage a Revolution
Culture, October 27

The Bridge, overseen by Nicholas Hytner, wants to narrow the divide between the commercial and subsidized sectors. Its opening play: “Young Marx.”

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Rosie O’Donnell Joins Cast of David Rabe Play
Culture, October 27

She will perform alongside Ed Harris, Amy Madigan and F. Murray Abraham in the New Group production of “Good for Otto.”

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Shopping for a Life He Didn’t Yet Have
Real Estate, October 27

Tim Federle, author of “Life Is Like a Musical,” on why a sofa matters more than seeing your name in a copy of Playbill.

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Your Week in Culture: Steve Reich, Grizzly Bear and the Bass’s Reopening in Miami
Arts & Leisure, October 27

Also the week of Oct. 29: Eiko Otake dancing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a televised sequel to Helen Macdonald’s memoir “H Is for Hawk.”

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‘M. Butterfly’ Returns to Broadway on Heavier Wings
Weekend, October 26

A powerful Clive Owen is the best thing about the didactic revival of David Henry Hwang’s breakthrough look at sexual delusion and East-West relations.

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What’s New in NYC Theater
Weekend, October 26

Previews, openings and some last-chance picks.

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Stratford Festival in Ontario Gets Record Donation
Weekend, October 26

The pledge of 10 million Canadian dollars, or about $7.8 million, is intended to help pay for a new theater space for the annual festival.

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How Broadway Became Broadway
Metropolitan, October 26

The expansion of the railroad, the invention of the light bulb and the growth of the city northward all contributed to how Times Square became a theater hub.

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The Horror Show of Rehab in ‘People, Places & Things’
Culture, October 25

Denise Gough is sensational as a strung-out actress facing a world of questions about addiction and responsibility in a play by Duncan Macmillan.

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Putting Detroit’s Finest in Detroit Public Theater
Arts & Leisure, October 25

A young, ambitious theater aims to build bridges, and audience, by programming the work of Dominique Morisseau, the city’s biggest theater export.