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John Simon

April 12, 2004 | Theater Review

Larry Gelbart’s freewheeling Sly Fox seems starless without George C. Scott, but Barbara Cook’s concert provides all the charisma one needs.

April 5, 2004 | Theater Review
Out of Steam

The Great Depression bequeathed us screwball comedy, a genre beyond the stars’ grasp in this train wreck of a revival.

March 22, 2004 | Theater Review
America the Blind

In Small Tragedy, an amateurish acting company rehearses Oedipus Rex, and it gradually emerges that America is as blind as the self-blinded Oedipus, and its people as purblind as the self-deluded Jocasta.

March 15, 2004 | Theater Review
Fool's Errand

Director Jonathan Miller and his star, Christopher Plummer, conspire to cut Shakespeare’s towering tragic hero down to size.

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.

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