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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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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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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Review: Lionboy

Complicite goes wild over an English children's-book series

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Ten best events of 2015

Here's our short list of the best bests this year

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Time Out's picks

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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Reviews and tickets for Off Broadway shows in New York

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Reviews and tickets for Off-Off Broadway shows in New York.

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Chicago

Now $59.50, Was $89.50

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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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Review: Everybody Gets Cake!

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

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Review: Nevermore

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

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Into the Woods

Into the Woods: Theater review by Adam Feldman Into the woods we go again in Fiasco Theater’s cozied, modestly pleasing revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1987 musical. Since the production arrives hot on the gold-slippered heels of a 2012 Central Park revival and a new movie, there’s not much shock left in what Into the Woods itself does with such folktale icons as Cinderella (Claire Karpen), Little Red Riding Hood (Emily Young) and the beanstalk-climbing Jack (Patrick Mulryan): The mash-up of the first act becomes a squash-up in the second as an angry giant wreaks havoc, and everyone’s happy endings turn out to be built on sand (or burial grounds). The element of surprise now stems mainly from Fiasco’s ingenuity, as 11 performers (including Jennifer Mudge as the Witch) divvy up all the roles and narration and also play the instruments. The trees are ropes, arranged to suggest the innards of a piano; Rapunzel’s hair is yellow yarn; the Princes double as Cinderella’s stepsisters, with window-curtain dresses still on their rod. This Into the Woods looks like it was officially sponsored by Etsy and has the vibe of a college show put on by friends who have cast themselves in parts they might not otherwise play: Jessie Austrian makes a gutsy Baker’s Wife, but her directors and fellow Fiasco leaders, Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, are less effective. Still, the show’s dorm-spun style is often amusing, even if most of the humor happens to the side of the material. (Andy

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Winners

Winners: Theater review by Helen ShawIn Maggie Bofill's weirdly retrograde comedy Winners, we meet a family already disintegrating. Dad Brian (Grant Shaud) has been unemployed for a year; mother Mabel (Florencia Lozano) is overburdened and distant; son Tommy (David Gelles) knows an explosive secret about his ex-boss; and daughter Gabby (Arielle Goldman) is a haphazardly written, artsy-awkward, eloquent-silent 11-year-old. There are some good performances here, but the show’s farcical outer layer conceals ugly politics: We reach twin climaxes when dad finally manages to issue an order to his wife and Tommy buys a stupidly expensive trashcan. If this fable is meant as pitch-black comment on our culture's repulsive man-as-protector messaging, Pamela Berlin's sentimental production doesn't seem to know it. (“I got you,” characters coo to each other, as no one, anywhere, ever does.) Still, the cast is game, and this alone makes the show occasionally likeable. Also, in the piece's cleverest conceit, deft comic actors Curran Connor and Stephanie Hsu play the family pets. They comment on the family's dynamics by yakking up plastic vomit or peeing on the set. Depending on your sensitivity to gender politics, you might wind up a little queasy, too.—Helen ShawEnsemble Studio Theater (see Off Broadway). By Maggie Bofill. Directed by Pamela Berlin. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars
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Honeymoon in Vegas

Honeymoon in Vegas. Nederlander Theatre (see Broadway). Book by Andrew Bergman. Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Gary Griffin. With Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley, Tony Danza. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Honeymoon in Vegas: In brief Rebounding from the sadly short run of his Bridges of Madison County, composer-lyricist Jason Robert Brown is back with a bouncy and bright musical adaptation of the 1992 movie comedy. Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley and Tony Danza star, alongside several Elvis impersonators. Honeymoon in Vegas: Theater review by David Cote How to answer snobs who denounce Broadway as a cultural wasteland of gaudy lights, musical cheese and tacky titillation, a place where suckers from around the world flock to get fleeced? You could say at least it’s not…Las Vegas? Well, the Great White Way has now become Sodom of the Southwest, and whatever happens there is definitely not staying there: Honeymoon in Vegas is too damn fun to keep secret. Jason Robert Brown’s big and brassy score borrows gleefully from the obvious sources—Sinatra, Mancini and Liberace—and splices that swingin’ lounge vibe with his own bouncy, wryly neurotic voice. For those who loved and mourned The Bridges of Madison County last season, they know Brown as a serious composer-lyricist who writes keenly about passion and loneliness. So it’s a thrill to see his musical craft and depth in the service of so much splendid silliness. Because let’s face it: Andrew Bergman’s bo

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Another Medea

Another Medea: Theater review by Raven Snook Tom Hewitt makes a chillingly sympathetic sociopath in Aaron Mark’s solo thriller about Marcus Sharp, a bright NYC actor who exacts Medea-style revenge on the lover who done him wrong. Even those with just a cursory knowledge of Euripides’s tragedy will know the sinister direction it’s headed. However, Tony nominee Hewitt, best known for Broadway musicals, captivates as he shares his bloody tale seated at a prison table, a spotlight framing his chiseled features, his mellifluous voice embodying all the players, from his upper-crust British boyfriend to his old Jewish agent to his twin girls. Medea is inherently upsetting, but what makes this variation particularly disturbing is how damn relatable Marcus is—and disarmingly funny, too. He really puts the me in Medea. Maybe we all have a bit of that murderous mother inside of us.—Raven Snook Wild Project (see Off Broadway). Written and directed by Aaron Mark. With Tom Hewitt. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission.

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Best UK theater in NYC

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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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