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John Simon

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.

November 24, 2003 | Theater Review
Bum Rap

A Pinter revival makes no case for The Caretaker; Paula Vogel’s Christmas tale is a multiculti mishmash; Fame won’t live forever in Times Square.

November 17, 2003 | Theater Review
Publish and Perish

Richard Greenberg’s new play heads right to the remainders bin; Ned Beatty’s Big Daddy roars; can Hal Prince salvage Sondheim’s new show?

November 10, 2003 | Theater Review

Wicked tells the backstory of the witches of Oz, but it’s lifeless; Golda’s Balcony is the perfect merging of playwright, actress, and character.

November 3, 2003 | Theater Review
Both Sides Now

An impartial observation of a marriage in tatters, brilliantly acted; a dubious classic, ignobly acted; and a new play that possibly can’t be acted.

October 27, 2003 | Theater Review
All Petered Out

Peter Allen married Liza Minnelli and struck gold with I Go to Rio. But despite a game impersonation by Hugh Jackman, The Boy From Oz never engages us.

October 13, 2003 | Theater Review
Smart as a Pistil

Audrey the hungry musical plant finally makes it to Broadway, but Living Out, a powerful new play, reminds us of why we go to the theater.

May 20, 2005 | Theater Review
Send in the Clown
September 22, 2003 | Theater Review
In Brief: Matt & Ben

John Simon reviews Matt & Ben.

September 15, 2003 | Theater Review
Hearts and Letters

Dalton Trumbo’s words inspire his son to create a moving portrait of courage; The Thing About Men is a felicitous blend of musical and farce.

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