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John Simon

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.

August 23, 2004 | Theater Review
Shavian Cream

A hyperkinetic Pygmalion and a virtuoso performance in Man and Superman rise to the top at another memorable Shaw Festival.

August 16, 2004 | Theater Review
American Bridal

Horton Foote's latest tells a poignant tale of a wedding gone wrong.

August 9, 2004 | Theater Review
Croak Classic

The Frogs fails to make a splash. Plus a neatly trimmed After the Fall, some too-clever Fiction, and a lively adaptation of an Isaac Bashevis Singer story.

July 26, 2004 | Theater Review
Farce Time

A splashy, trashy, unsubtle—but audience-pleasing— Shakespeare in the Park; Baryshnikov as a man who believes he’s a car.

July 19, 2004 | Theater Review
Regime Change

A refreshing new cast for Hairspray—especially sweet, innocent Carly Jibson and Michael McKean as a credible Edna.

June 28, 2004 | Theater Review
Going Postal

Address Unknown has Jim Dale, but doesn’t deliver. Plus mangled Molière; lesser Lynn Nottage; Norwegian whining.

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