A cunning and cipher-like Ben Miles played Tudor fixer Thomas Cromwell in this two-play version of the novels by Hilary Mantel. Though Mike Poulton's swift and dense script could have used more poetry, it was a totally engrossing pageant of gossip, backstabbing and morally dubious scheming. The Royal Shakespeare Company made historic drama in every sense.
New York theater doesn’t follow the regular calendar. Its season—as followed by Broadway and some Off Broadway companies—ends in late April as shows rush to be eligible for the Tony Awards in June. That’s why April brings an insane crush of shows. Summer tends to be slow (relatively speaking; there are lots of festivals), and the season picks up again in September. But now is a good time, pre-autumn, for us to pause and rank our favorites shows (including revivals) of the year so far.
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