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John Simon

August 25, 2003 | Theater Review
Some of That Jazz

She may not offer much in the singing and dancing departments, but Melanie Griffith does inject a certain breathy star power into Chicago.

August 18, 2003 | Theater Review

A rehash of Sylvia’s Plath’s life, Edge doesn’t have any; a revue featuring the songs of a risqué chanteuse, on the other hand, has both edge and life.

July 28, 2003 | Theater Review
Guerre Is Hell

Henry V in Central Park has the usual Shakespeare Festival excesses and foolishness—along with a few decent performances.

July 14, 2003 | Theater Review
In Brief: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

John Simon reviews The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci and Eight Days (Backwards).

June 30, 2003 | Theater Review

Ingmar Bergman bids farewell to the theater with Ibsen’s haunting modern classic; Ellen McLaughlin makes Aeschylus seem contemporary.

June 23, 2003 | Theater Review
In the Red

Jules Feiffer looks at the child of communists as she approaches adulthood in the fifties, but it’s hard to tell what he sees. Intrigue With Faye isn’t very . . . intriguing.

June 16, 2003 | Theater Review
Southern Comforts

An unlikely sexual roundelay in the south of France provides the frisson of Marsha Norman’s Last Dance; for Douglas Carter Beane’s Mondo Drama, more is clearly less.

June 9, 2003 | Theater Review
Dance With Me

In “Master Harold” . . . and the boys, Athol Fugard turns a fox-trot into a haunting allegory of racial equality; Humble Boy has bees in its stylish bonnet.

May 26, 2003 | Theater Review
High As a Kite

Vanessa Redgrave’s journey into madness isn’t long—she’s gone from the beginning of Eugene O’Neill’s shattering masterpiece; Woody Allen comes up short in Writer’s Block.

May 12, 2003 | Theater Review
Rose Is a Rose

There’s no gimmick in the latest revival of Gypsy, just Bernadette Peters’s sheer star power; Enchanted April makes an enchanting transition to the stage.

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