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John Simon

April 11, 2005 | Theater Review
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

How many more overrated British directors are we going to import to become serial killers of American theater?

April 11, 2005 | Theater Review
Sure Thing

John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, a nearly flawless work, suffers not a bit in the transfer to Broadway.

March 28, 2005 | Theater Review
Medieval Times

And now for something completely exhausted: Spamalot’s gags and songs are weary from their quest.

March 14, 2005 | Theater Review
Romance

This is vintage farce (and in farce, as in wine, old is good), with no holds barred and all foibles bared.

March 14, 2005 | Theater Review
Pros and Cons

Even with so-what songs, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a fun night out with a terrific cast.

February 21, 2005 | Theater Review
Good Vibrations

How, I wonder, could one salvage the presently disastrous musical Good Vibrations, which is based on the preexistent songs of the Beach Boys?

February 21, 2005 | Theater Review
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is almost too much title for a wispy little musical that hangs on the horns of a dichotomy.

February 7, 2005 | Theater Review
Twisted Sisters

Sutton Foster is a delight, but everything else in Little Women goes horribly, horribly wrong.

February 7, 2005 | Theater Review
Hurlyburly

The New Group’s revival of David Rabe’s Hurlyburly confirms it as a major play, so absorbing bit by bit that by the time its three hours seem overlong, it is over.

January 3, 2005 | Theater Review
A Number

The new golden rule for playwrights is: the less comprehensible, the better.

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