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John Simon

June 21, 2004 | Theater Review
In Brief: Audra McDonald at Zankel Hall and The Joys of Sex

On leave from A Raisin in the Sun, quadruple Tony winner Audra McDonald recently gave four performances of a 75-minute concert in Zankel Hall.

June 14, 2004 | Theater Review
Trio Brava

British threesome Fascinating Aïda is a witty delight; Boy is intriguing but manipulative; and Here Lies Jenny tries (and fails) to do the Weill thing.

June 7, 2004 | Theater Review
Second Sight

A revival of Donald Margulies’s brilliant play about Jewish identity; Kia Corthron’s babble; Jon Robin Baitz’s improbable triangle.

May 31, 2004 | Theater Review
In Brief: Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul

sometimes wonder whether Tony Kushner’s greatest talent isn’t for marketing.

May 23, 2004 | Theater Review
In Brief: Tennessee Williams's Spring Storm

Tennessee Williams’s early and immature Spring Storm is best as a game for Williams fans: How many names, characters, situations, and devices of his later plays can you identify here?

May 17, 2004 | Theater Review
Soap Operas

Problematic to begin with, the dour Caroline, or Change loses steam in the move to Broadway; animal repulsion rules Prymate’s monkey business.

May 10, 2004 | Theater Review
Stereo Types

A pair of Broadway revivals stirs up an old debate about British versus American drama—brain candy or matters of the heart.

May 3, 2004 | Theater Review
Show Guns

Two knockout revivals affirm what the originals revealed: that Sondheim doesn’t always hit his target, and that Larry Kramer once, assuredly, did.

April 26, 2004 | Theater Review

Lynn Nottage’s new play is as memorably intimate as the intricate unmentionables its heroine creates. In Glocca Morra, things seem a tad underfed.

April 19, 2004 | Theater Review
Sleeping Beauty

Broadway’s spring awakening comes in the form of a finely observed drama about a ballet master and the mysterious couple who visit.

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