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Newsday's reviews of Broadway, off-Broadway and Long Island theater productions.
It's hardly ever a good idea for a stage musical to replicate the movie that inspired it. "Saturday Night Fever" is Exhibit A in any trial of this theory. More »
Ivy Smith, the winner of the subway's monthly Miss Turnstyle contest in "On the Town," is a smart and modest -- if not exactly conclusive -- role for a star ballerina in her two-week, high-profile Broadway debut. More »
The Pulitzer Prize winner teams up with Tony-winning director Sam Gold. More »
"Grey Gardens" comes home. The good news: Bay Street's East End premiere features the best Edie troika this critic has seen. We're not saying Rachel York outdoes Tony-winning Christine Ebersole or that Betty Buckley outshines Mary Louise Wilson's Broadway performance. Tipping the scales in favor of Bay Street's production, unevenly directed by Michael Wilson, is Sarah Hunt as young, engagement-radiant Edie. More »
Slow down your metabolism. We're in current Annie Baker territory. "The Flick," which won last year's Pulitzer, asked us to hang out for three hours with people working at a dying movie theater. And nobody talked much. More »
Until recently, "Cymbeline" has been one of Shakespeare's least-performed plays and -- no surprise -- there have been reasons. For starters, it is both tragicomedy and fairy-tale romance. The language is uneven. The tone's a slippery mixture of poignant and preposterous. Characters tend toward the coarse and/or cardboard, and the action, such as it is, includes more than the usual number of implausible disguises and culminates in 20 minutes of late-breaking forgiveness and deathbed confessions. More »
With the delirious praise swirling around "Hamilton" since its Public Theater run in February, there was danger that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop masterwork would seem anticlimactic -- or at least overhyped -- at its Broadway premiere. More »
In his adaptation of Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece, Frederic DeFeis recasts Othello from a war hero of Moorish descent to a colonial Angolan. DeFeis, founding director of Arena Players and its annual Shakespeare festival, even retitled the play from "Othello, the Moor of Venice" to "Othello, the Black of Angola." More »