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Review: A Month in the Country

Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage are Slavs to love in this Turgenev revival

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Philip Seymour Hoffman award announced

A brand-new playwright gets $45K and nationwide exposure

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Interview: Taylor Schilling

The seriocomic star of Orange Is the New Black gets back to her stage roots in a Russian classic

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Review: Let the Right One In

A bullied teen gets a very dangerous protector in this bloody thrill ride

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Interview: John Cameron Mitchell

Here's Johnny! John Cameron Mitchell returns to the stage to star in his rockin', madcap musical opus, Hedwig and the Angry Inch

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The best shows on Broadway and off, as chosen by Time Out's critics.

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Best Broadway shows

The perfect short list of the most exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway.

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Chicago

Now $59.50, Was $89.50

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Bad Dancing World Championship Finals

Now $54, Was $35

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50 Shades! The Musical Parody

Now $49, Was $79

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Drunk Shakespeare

Now $35, Was $54

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Gazillion Bubble Show

Now $45, Was $75

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Kentucky Cantata

A young woman is sexually assaulted after moving to New York City in Paul David Young's new play. Kathy Gail MacGowan's production centrally incorporates live music by Ashlée Miller and sets by installation artist Franklin Evans.

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The Golden Toad

The Golden Toad: Theater review by Helen Shaw New York may be eating itself, the Village and its history, but goddamn it, it's not gone yet. And some of the things that make the city wonderful remain. La MaMa still has a weird copse of DIY theater columns standing in the stairwell. East 4th Street still boasts the occasional handprinted poster. And right now, the Ellen Stewart Theater is playing host to the Talking Band's The Golden Toad, a wistful shaggy-dog tale about people dealing with rising tides: dementia, gentrification and, of course, sea levels. When Joseph Chaikin's legendary Open Theater dissolved, some of its particles reassembled to become the Talking Band, and now that experimental company is turning 40. Chaikin feared institutionalization, with all the calcification and self-deceit that goes along with it, so the Band's longevity may not be the right thing to celebrate. Instead, its birthday cake should have a candle for each time it resisted polish and commerciality—each time, in fact, that the work has seemed defiantly absurd. In the Band's last few shows, delight in sloppiness has been almost too complete, and they have occasionally made tough objects to love. But this soap-operatic epic-with-music is the Band at its best: both long-considered and ragged, Brechtian and full of invitation. The Golden Toad is actually four microplays and an epilogue, performed in locations around La MaMa. We begin in Brooklyn where Charles (Mikeah Ernest Jennings), Jack (J

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Shesh Yak

Shesh Yak: Theater review by Raven Snook Laith Nakli’s intense two-hander explores the complicated emotions that arise when refugees admit home is where the heartbreak is. As Arab Spring rages across the Middle East, Syrian Jameel (Zarif Kabier, both haunted and haunting) is a little too excited to welcome fellow countryman and freedom activist Haytham (Laith Nakli) into his NYC apartment. Their pleasantries start to take on an air of interrogation, and soon there’s no turning back. Excellent performances and Bruce McCarty’s taut direction keep you hooked, even if the big reveal is a bit obvious. Still, Nakli’s searing dialog is full of chilling lines (“You think Arabs deserve freedom? We don’t”), and yet he leaves room for possible redemption. These men are victims of generations of cultural and political strife, but maybe there’s a way to break the cycle of violence.—Raven Snook Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (see Off Broadway). By Laith Nakli. Directed by Bruce McCarty. With Nakli, Zarif Kabier. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission.

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Lionboy

The futuristic fable Lionboy dramatizes a misunderstanding between species. Not 'twixt cat and human—young hero Charlie Ashanti (Martins Imhangbe) can talk to felines of all stripes. Rather, the breakdown happens between book and stage.At first, Marcelo Dos Santos seems confident adapting the Lionboy trilogy by Zizou Corder (nom de plume of mother-daughter team Louisa Young and Isabel Adomakoh Young). The beloved (if didactic) children's series follows a boy who joins the circus, rescues big cats and fights Big Pharma. But three books of episodic adventure don't cram together easily; worse, Dos Santos retains the books' third-person perspective, forcing actors to narrate rather than play.There's excitement if characters get to act, e.g., when animal tamer Maccomo (Femi Elufowoju, Jr.) screams at drugged and sullen lions. Yet these thrills only highlight how dull the company's story-theater singsong can become. Staged by Complicite's Clive Mendus and James Yeatman, Lionboy's poor-theater magic is provided by a percussionist, a balloon and a bit of shadow-play. There's invention here, but the aesthetic requires a more engaged audience. The distancing technique is thus all the more dangerous, and everyone knows you shouldn't be clumsy around a lion's tale.New Victory Theater (see Off Broadway). Adapted by Marcelo Dos Santos from books by Zizou Corder. Directed by Clive Mendus and James Yeatman. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs. One intermission. Through Fe

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Everybody Gets Cake!

Need a laugh? These three quick-change clowns have a treat for you

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Nevermore

This music-theater tribute to Poe is dreadful—but not in a good way

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2015's best new plays and musicals

Spring and summer are filling up with shows, and picking just ten isn't easy.

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Best UK theater in NYC

How to catch the cream of the English stage on Broadway, at the movies—and beyond

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$20 tickets to Off Broadway

There are 41 Off Broadway shows offering last-minute discounts.

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Q&A: Jake Gyllenhaal

The Hollywood chamelon star talks about his latest Broadway project.

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The 10 hottest chorus boys in Broadway musicals

They may be in the background, but these sexy Broadway dancers and singers are heating up the stage.

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The 10 hottest chorus girls in Broadway musicals

They may be in the background, but these sexy Broadway dancers and singers are heating up the stage.

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The 25 best film-to-musical adaptations

We choose and ranks the top transfers from the silver screen to the Great White Way.

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Broadway's 25 all-time greatest divas

We name the top leading ladies of musical theater.

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