Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City. This World War I-set musical recounts a brief ceasefire when enlisted men on both sides buried their dead and exchanged small gifts. As a black mother with a son in danger, Ms.
Washington is up against a situation she may not be able to fix. This epic musical about an amnesiac princess suffers from its own identity crisis. Portraying a celebrated art historian with two resentful sons, Ms. Channing finds the anguished heart in a didactic comic drama. The singing, occasionally foulmouthed hand puppets of this Tony Award-winning musical remain surprisingly fresh as the show moves to Off Broadway.
This singularly seductive show, based on an Israeli film, finds the ecstasy in ennui in a small desert town. This friendly, formulaic bio-musical traces the singer-songwriter’s bumpy road to stardom, song by song by song. The Big Apple Circus returns with oversize airborne cranberries, a steamy aerial ballet and a prancing pig. The group still performs its signature brand of entertainment at the theater, a space where the company has been performing since 1991.
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After more than three years on Broadway, this show retains its peppiness and devotion to the musical comedy spirit. The National Asian American Theater Company has mounted a first-rate revival of Federico García Lorca’s last play.