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Alexander Hamilton, we hardly knew you. Wow, did we not know you. Thanks to "Hamilton," a thrilling, audacious, deliriously overloaded invention by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this lost founding father has not only been found alive beyond the $10 bill. His story is suddenly a cross-cultural milestone in musical theater. More »
Hours do not fly by in this revival of "The Iceman Cometh." Not for a minute. Instead, in director Robert Falls' devastating production starring Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, the hours -- nearly five of them -- burrow and dig. They pick and wear us down and grip with the cumulative thrill of Eugene O'Neill's unrelenting excavation of the "pipe dreams" that cling to the haunted losers at Harry Hope's saloon. More »
In parts of "Rasheeda Speaking," it is hard to avoid the sinking feeling that Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson is a fan of such simplistic David Mamet polemics as "Race" and "Oleanna." More »
"Lady, Be Good!" kicked off the New York City Center Encores! series with two entertainment lessons -- one about how the modern musical-theater developed, the other about what, make that who -- has been missing. More »
Improbably and almost always deliciously, the tiny Classic Stage Company has become the place to find indie-film stars in chamber productions of 19th-century Russian masterworks. In the last six years, the company has staged five Chekhov plays with such attention-getting magnets as Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke and Peter Sarsgaard. More »