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John Simon

January 3, 2005 | Theater Review
A Number

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

January 3, 2005 | Theater Review
Whispers and Size

Fat Pig reveals Neil LaBute’s strengths (cruel wit) and weaknesses (the tender bits).

December 20, 2004 | Theater Review
Gem of the Ocean

August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean is a big, bustling mess.

December 20, 2004 | Theater Review
The Caged Bird Sings

La Cage aux Folles may no longer be shocking, but it’s still good farcical fun.

December 13, 2004 | Theater Review
The Singing Samurai

In the revived Pacific Overtures, the arrangements grow more Japanese as the delivery goes Broadway.

December 6, 2004 | Theater Review
Dame Edna: Back With a Vengeance!

Some comics transcend their material; Barry Humphries, a.k.a. Dame Edna, is one such.

December 6, 2004 | Theater Review
Faith-Based Initiative

A tale of Catholic-school scandals, Doubt treats both victims and villains with admirable ambiguity.

November 29, 2004 | Theater Review
The God Of Hell

The God of Hell is an absurdist but not entirely absurd comedy.

November 29, 2004 | Theater Review
’Night, Mother

’Night, Mother is about daughter Jessie carefully preparing her suicide, and mother Thelma unable to stop her.

November 29, 2004 | Theater Review
Realpolitik

Michael Frayn shows the human side of the democratic process, in all its tragicomic muddle.

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