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John Simon

November 22, 2004 | Theater Review
Five by Tenn

Not all of Tennessee Williams’s unpublished or forgotten playlets deserve staging. Five by Tenn comprises four of the former and one of the latter.

November 22, 2004 | Theater Review
Southern Exposure

Matthew Broderick goes nonnative in the fishing farce The Foreigner.

November 15, 2004 | Theater Review
The Shtetl Hits the Fan

Russian Jews bring bananas and banality to Texas, in a hypothetically heartwarming musical dud.

November 8, 2004 | Theater Review
No Doubt

Twelve Angry Men is headed for the canon, thanks to a subtle script and actors who know nuance.

November 1, 2004 | Theater Review
Lullaby of Brooklyn

The latest pop musical embodies today’s Broadway: flashy, splashy, and contraindicated for those over 60.

October 25, 2004 | Theater Review
Wit Man’s Sampler

A revue of Sondheim tunes, both famous and obscure; a bouncy Mary-Louise Parker in Reckless; an annoying Othello; and Peter Dinklage as Richard III.

October 18, 2004 | Theater Review
Amos and Candy

The race-switching farce White Chocolate is surprisingly tasty; Last Easter and Nine Parts of Desire are chock-full of annoying faux poetry.

October 11, 2004 | Theater Review
They're Still Here

Paula Vogel’s elderly prostitutes talk too fancy, String of Pearls falls apart, and Hedda Gabler is crazy. But Kitty Carlisle Hart’s a fabulous old dame.

October 4, 2004 | Theater Review
Meat Is Murder

A gory, all-male Shakespeare production slices and dices three plays, with mixed results; Tina Howe’s translation of Ionesco is half full.

September 1, 2004 | Theater Review
Recovered Memory Syndrome

Guantánamo—a documentary dramatization of government abuse—is static, earnest, and beautifully performed. Plus: A miscast Susannah York.

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