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Review: Into the Woods

The plucky Fiasco troupe strips down the Sondheim-Lapine classic

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Anglophile spring theater guide

There's so much British stage royalty to catch on Broadway—and also, at the movies

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The 10 best plays and musicals coming in 2015

The spring and summer are filling up with shows and picking just ten was not easy.

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50 Shades! The Musical Parody

Now $49, Was $79

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Disenchanted!

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Drunk Shakespeare

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Gazillion Bubble Show

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The Berenstain Bears Live

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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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Another Medea

Broadway's Tom Hewitt, who has specialized in playing villains of various stripes (in musicals including The Rocky Horror Show, Jesus Christ Superstar and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) offers a modern-day take on the mother of all infanticides in an intimate solo play, directed by Aaron Mark.

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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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The Woodsman

Even before writer, codirector, set- and puppet-designer star James Ortiz asks the audience to “imagine” in a brief prologue, we’ve already been thrust into a dark corner of Oz, where gnarled branches loom and unsettling noises signal danger. Strangemen & Co.’s immersive and practically wordless adaptation of the writings of L. Frank Baum uses low-tech stagecraft like evocative Bunraku puppets (the wicked witch is chilling), haunting vocal sound effects and a lone violinist to tell the backstory of Dorothy’s cherished Tin Man (Ortiz), once a mortal axman who sacrificed an arm and a leg and a whole lot more in the name of love. Emotions are communicated through simple gestures, grunts and glances, not one wasted. Touching on mortality, futility and fate, The Woodsman is a grown-up fairy tale that proves happiness is a worthwhile goal, even if it doesn’t last ever after.—Theater review by Raven Snook The Woodsman. 59E59 (see Off Broadway). By James Ortiz. Based on the writings of L. Frank Baum. Directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr. No intermission.

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Constellations

Constellations. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (see Broadway). By Nick Payne. Directed by Michael Longhurst. With Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson. Running time: 1hr 5mins. No intermission. Constellations: In brief Jake Gyllenhaal, who proved his stage chops in 2012's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, reteams with that play's author, Nick Payne, for a U.S. premiere. Gyllenhaal plays a beekeeper who meets a quantum theorist (The Affair's Ruth Wilson), and their romance unfolds in a dazzling series of what-if scenarios. Constellations: Theater review by Adam Feldman Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson are the stars of Constellations, and as that implies, they must make themselves multiple. Inspired by quantum mechanics, Nick Payne’s captivating play, directed crisply by Michael Longhurst, explores the idea of parallel universes in a mosaic of scenes that often restart and branch off in new directions, skipping forward and backward in time. “Every decision you’ve ever and never made” creates a different reality, and the play shows us fragments of some of them. It puts narrative in a house of infinite shattered mirrors. Beekeeper Roland (Gyllenhaal) and cosmologist Marianne (Wilson) are on-again, off-again lovers: in some worlds on, in some worlds off. Their relationship and its challenges—infidelity, illness, death—vary in ways that sometimes reflect nuances of their behavior and sometimes stem from forces beyond their control (which may not be such different things). Informed by author

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A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes

A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes. New York City Center Stage II (see Off Broadway). By Kate Benson. Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 20mins. No intermission. A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes: In brief Kate Benson's high-concept play treats a Midwestern Thanksgiving dinner as a spectator sport, complete with announcers. Lee Sunday Evans directs for New Georges, which mounted a smaller production of the show last year. A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes: Theater review by Helen Shaw It’s a canny bit of programming to bring the surreal Kate Benson comedy A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes uptown. Last year, it did nicely at the downtown New Georges festival, but now it’s arrived, further polished, in front of postholiday audiences, ones primed to see family functions as ritualistic and eerie. Short, darkly funny and distinctly unsweet, A Beautiful Day… follows the doings of the Wembly family on Thanksgiving. Sisters jockey for position as turkeys are turned, yams are plated and the black sheep (Kristine Haruna Lee) undergoes the traditional humiliation. Benson lacquers this familiar banality with formal devices: Sports commentators (hilarious Ben Williams and Hubert Point-Du Jour) offer a sly play-by-play from their booth, and the gorgeously multiethnic cast moves like Robert Wil

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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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Five great deals for Broadway Week

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Reviews of January festivals: Part 1

For a certain kind of person, early January is the loveliest time of the year.

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The 10 hottest chorus boys in Broadway musicals

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The 10 hottest chorus girls in Broadway musicals

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Broadway's 25 all-time greatest divas

We name the top leading ladies of musical theater.

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