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Hirabayashi Lives On, Still Defending the US Constitution

A play set in World War II reminds us that our rights are only as strong as our resolve to defend them.

Authoritarianism Rises Off-Broadway in “Describe the Night”

Playwright Rajiv Joseph offers an allegory for today's corrosive political climate and totalitarian rumblings.

Miller’s “20th Century Blues”: 40 Years, Four Women Fall Flat

Told in the rhythm of a daytime serial, this play will put a smile on your face with no great depth of inner feeling.

Dreamy “Peter Pan” Grows Wild and Full of Bedlam

When Peter still instructs the Darling children to fly by wishing for it, they close their eyes and dream, still solidly on the ground.

What Is Censorship? The Tale of Michael Weller’s “Buyer Beware”

Yesterday morning I read up on Brandeis University's decision to cancel a production of Michael Weller's new play, Buyer Beware. Or at least that's...

John Patrick Shanley’s New Play? Snap Out of It!

Jason Alexander, Sherie René Scott, Mary Testa Battle the Odds to a stand-still.

In “Torch Song” Return, Fierstein Lights Beautiful Gay Flame

Michael Urie as Arnold Beckoff, Mercedes Ruehl as Ma Beckoff spark Kaufman's production.

Free, Free at Last: In Flux, US Playwright Finds Stability

"I’m looking forward to seeing all the protest theater in the next four years."

“The Home Place”: Persnickety Plot Paralyzes Political Play

An overreaching, over-plotted play about a rising working class and the landed gentry.

“Skeleton Crew,” By Playwright Morisseau, Finds Life in Detroit

Does Morisseau think Trump can restore jobs to Detroit? Hell no.

Robert LuPone Pulls Heart and Strings to Play “The Violin”

The glory of age means that artistic satisfaction can come from within himself.

Political Theatre Thrives Once More in Brexit-Era London

British audiences are going where there's political theatre.

Advice and Consent: Nia Vardalos Finds “Tiny Beautiful Things”

Nia Vardalos adapts and stars in a theatrical retelling of pain and survival.

Son to Forgive His Betraying Mother? Ask “The Treasurer”

Wall board and masking tape cover a lifetime of scars in Max Posner’s The Treasurer.

“Mary Jane,” Mom to Chronically Sick Child, Gently Explodes

The audacity of hope in the face of mortality. Mary Jane endures because she must.

In “A Clockwork Orange,” Onstage Violence Turns Red Hot

Anthony Burgess' violent dystopia: is it here?

Searching for a Shore, This Family Settles Into Silence

Sudsy plot points with the working-class Holmes family in rural England.

Can a Play About Rape Serve as Satire? Ask Grace.

Bobby and Jeff get Grace drunk, then sick, unconscious and allegedly raped. Not funny.

Ruhl “For Peter Pan…” Is Noh Way to Write a Play

Sarah Ruhl gets it one-third right., with lots or room to crow. Er, grow.

“If Only”: Ann, Samuel, and the Love That Might Have Been

Upper-class white woman invites old romantic partner, an ex-slave, for a reunion.