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​'The Ferryman': Ephemeral Ideas, Eternal Tragedies

Staggeringly multi-layered, dangerously fast-paced and rich in characterizations, dialogue and context, Jez Butterworth's new hit about a family during the time of Ireland's the Troubles leaves the audience breathless, sweaty and tearful, in a nightmarish, dry-heaving haze.

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Isabelle Huppert Unites the Diverse Strands of Warlikowski's 'Phaedra(s)'

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s characteristically idiosyncratic production reflects on the legend and legacy of Phaedra as icon – and draws much of its interest from Isabelle Huppert as icon.

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Helen McCrory Captivates in the National Theatre’s Revival of ‘The Deep Blue Sea’

Carrie Cracknell delivers a beautiful, sensitive and measured production of the Terence Rattigan masterpiece.

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Sexing Up Brecht: The National Theatre's New Version of 'The Threepenny Opera'

Some fine performances bring Brechtian bite to Rufus Norris’s otherwise disappointing new production of The Threepenny Opera.

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Lorraine Hansberry's 'Les Blancs' Gets Extraordinary Production at National Theatre

The personal and the political are so interlinked in this play as to be inextricable, and Yaël Farber’s staging offers a dynamic mingling of the intimate and the epic.

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A Curiously Hollow Horror Show: 'Cleansed' at the National Theatre

Over-stylised and strangely unaffecting, Katie Mitchell’s staging of Sarah Kane’s controversial play yields mixed results.

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David Mamet and Al Pacino's 'China Doll' Rat-a-Tats Without the Tat

There's an interesting play somewhere in the thin structure of David Mamet's China Doll, but not even a dutiful performance by Al Pacino can bring it to life.

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And Baby Makes a Mess

In which Sandra Oh inadvertently scares our columnist to death in a new play that's 'like birth control'.

Nina Shen Rastogi
Theatre

In Sickness and in Health

In Well, Lisa Kron asks, what is the difference between the healthy and the ill? And also, why does my mom keep fucking up my play?

Nina Shen Rastogi
Theatre

Double Hedda

In New York, Henrik Ibsen's centennial is celebrated with a knockout showdown: It's Cate Blanchett vs. the robots, for the soul of Hedda Gabler.

Nina Shen Rastogi
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Keeping the Line Between the Past and the Present

Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright talks to Performance Oriented about his new stage adaptation of Grey Gardens; or, How to Make 'Morbid Eccentrics' Sing and Dance.

Nina Shen Rastogi
Theatre

Peanuts Brittle

In Royal's theatrical adaptation of the Peanuts cartoon strip, Charlie Brown and the gang have grow older, been through some hard times. It's sometimes funny, sometimes morbid. But like it's one-dimensional inspiration, it never manages to get 'real'.

Nina Shen Rastogi

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