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    'Donnybrook!,' What Have They Done to Ye?

    Irish Rep’s revised, pared-down version of “Donnybrook!,” the 1961 Broadway musical adaptation of “The Quiet Man,” lurches by in fastforward despite Johnny Burke’s lilting score.

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    'How to Write a New Book for the Bible' Never Adds Up

    Playwright-priest Bill Cain’s autobiographical “How to Write a New Book for the Bible,” at South Coast Repertory, is overlong and too self-indulgently personal to make good theater.

  • Reviews


    Ryan Kipp’s fragmentary “REDlight,” in the Fringe, is a brief collection of monologues linked by Gavin, a hunky young straight guy who works as an erotic dancer in a gay club.

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    'Jackie' Smashes an Icon

    “Jackie,” Nobel Prize–winning playwright Elfriede Jelinek’s 2005 exegetic takedown of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, from Women’s Project Theater, is lively and dynamic if unsurprising.

  • Interview

    Brian Stokes Mitchell on His New Album and 5 Essential Acting Tips

    Brian Stokes Mitchell chats with Backstage about performing characters in the studio, the art of recording, and his five tips for acting success.

  • Reviews

    An Interrogation Primer

    The Fringe show “An Interrogation Primer” is a chilling, thought-provoking stage adaptation of an essay by an American military interrogator about his experiences inIraq.

  • News

    New York Artios Awards Names 2012 Host and Presenters

    Victor Garber will host and Nina Arianda, Cheyenne Jackson, and Cristin Milioti are among the presenters at the CSA’s 28th annual Artios Awards ceremony Oct. 29 in New York City.

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    Autobiographical 'Chapter Two' Still Charms Nearly 40 Years On

    Shrewd direction, a timeless look, and detailed performances boost Laguna Playhouse’s production of Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” while downplaying character clichés and zingy quips.

  • Reviews

    'Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol' Tells Parallel Stories

    In “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” Tom Mula’s revisionist take on Dickens, at Six01 Studio, Marley’s ghost must redeem Ebenezer Scrooge in order to escape an eternity in hell.

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    Actor-author Michelle Clunie’s didactic new play “Us,” now Off-Broadway at the Lion Theatre, uses a romantic breakup as an allegory for liberals’ affair with President Obama.