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John Simon

March 8, 2004 | Theater Review
Up on the Roof

A revival of Fiddler strikes a universal note; a tennis legend, warts and all; Roulette fires blanks, but bridge & tunnel is a winner.

March 1, 2004 | Theater Review
The Tell-Tale Art

Confronted with divine works, the characters in Terrence McNally’s two playlets react with decidedly profane thoughts.

February 23, 2004 | Theater Review
Places in the Heart

In Valhalla, a gay romance in the forties; in Eden, an Irish marriage in tatters; in Agamemnon, the timeless Greek tale of jealousy and vindictiveness.

February 16, 2004 | Theater Review
Winging It

Adam Bock’s aviary parable aims for fanciful but delivers tedium; Musical of Musicals, on the other hand, hits its targets with sophisticated affection.

February 2, 2004 | Theater Review
Vanishing Acts

Julia Cho writes with elegant lyricism about a family’s disintegration before coming together; Ute Lemper’s cabaret turn is hard to digest.

January 19, 2004 | Theater Review
Shawn 'Nuff

A revival of Wallace Shawn’s play merely reiterates how little there was to begin with; clown Bill Irwin revisits the past, too, but some of it seems old hat.

January 12, 2004 | Theater Review
Ghost Stories

Neil Simon is trumped by his own now-distant triumphs; Jonathan Reynolds dishes—literally and figuratively—about his colorful past.

December 22, 2003 | Theater Review
In Brief: Nothing But the Truth and The Story

John Simon reviews Nothing But the Truth and The Story.

December 15, 2003 | Theater Review
The Happy Hoofer

Never Gonna Dance has good dancers and better dances but little charm; an adaptation of Birdy solves literary problems with theatrical acumen.

December 1, 2003 | Theater Review
Star Turns

Kevin Kline heads a smashing production of Henry IV; Raúl Esparza sparkles in Taboo; Jimmy Smits breathes life into Anna in the Tropics.

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