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John Simon

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.

September 6, 2004 | Theater Review
Bloody Hell

Frank Wildhorn’s Dracula sucks. Plus: Mickey Rooney, winsome against all odds in a cabaret performed with his eighth wife, Jan.

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