Theater and Broadway in New York: Critics' picks

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Looking for tickets to the best Broadway shows and New York theater? Consult the critics' picks in our New York theater listings to find reviews, curtain times and great deals on  New York theater tickets.

AdA: Author directing Author

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

American provocateur Neil LaBute and rising Italian playwright Marco Calvani once again direct each other's one-act plays: LaBute's Happy Hour and Calvani's The Second Time. [Note: The review below is from the first edition of AdA, in 2012.] Expect Pinteresque, or comparable terms, to pepper

  1. 74A E 4th St, between Bowery and Second Ave
  2. $18
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Nov 2
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Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Downtown survivor Penny Arcade performs this continuously evolving multimedia piece, created with her longtime collaborator, Steve Zehentner, about love, loss and Manhattan's diminishing status as a cultural hub.

  1. 425 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $20 plus $15 minimum
  3. Sun Nov 2 - Mon Nov 10
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Avenue Q

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

After many years, the sassy and clever puppet musical doesn’t show its age. Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s deft Sesame Street–esque novelty tunes about porn and racism still earn their laughs. Avenue Q remains a sly and winning piece of metamusical tomfoolery.—David Cote

  1. 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. $72.50–$92.50, premium $126.50
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical. Stephen Sondheim Theatre. (see Broadway). Book by Douglas McGrath. Music and lyrics by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Directed by Marc Bruni. With Jessie Mueller. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Beautiful—The Carole King

  1. 124 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. $75–$152
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Bedbugs!!!

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Bedbugs!!! ArcLight Theatre (see Off Broadway). Music by Paul Leschen. Book and lyrics by Fred Sauter. Directed by Robert Bartley. With Grace McLean, Chris Hall, Brian Charles Rooney. Running time: 2hrs 15mins. One intermission. Bedbugs!!!: In brief Chris Hall, Brian Charles Rooney, Grace McLean

  1. 152 W 71st St, between Columbus Ave and Broadway
  2. $25–$89
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Nov 2
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The Belle of Amherst

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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The Belle of Amherst. Westside Theatre (see Off Broadway). By William Luce. Directed by Steve Cosson. With Joely Richardson. Running time: 1hr 50mins. One intermission. The Belle of Amherst: In brief Joely Richardson—the scion of a revered stage family—plays Emily Dickinson—poet, spinster,

  1. 407 W 43rd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. $79–$99
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Thu Dec 31
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Blue Man Group

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Three deadpan, blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they consume Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch; they engulf the audience in a roiling sea of toilet paper. For sheer

  1. 434 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $82.30–$106.30
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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The Book of Mormon

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

If theater is your religion and the Broadway musical your sect, you've been woefully faith-challenged of late. Venturesome, boundary-pushing works such as Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal closed too soon. American Idiot was shamefully ignored at the Tonys and will

  1. 230 W 49th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $69–$175, premium $252–$477
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Wed Dec 31
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The Bullpen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Bullpen. Playroom Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Joe Assadourian. Dir. Richard Hoehler. With Assadourian. 1hr 10mins. No intermission. The Bullpen: In Brief Joe Assadourian plays 18 characters in his solo show about a man on trial, which he developed while serving 12 years in prison for

  1. 151 W 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10036
  2. $30
  3. Sat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 22
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Cabaret

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Cabaret. Studio 54 (see Broadway). Book by Joe Masteroff. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Directed Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. With Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Cabaret: In brief A decade after closing their hit revival of the Kander and

  1. 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $47–$162
  3. Thu Oct 30 - Sun Jan 4
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