Review: ‘Transfers’ and the Anguished Art of the College Interview

Cristofer, a wrestling star, and Clarence, who is gay and of a more literary bent, are students from the same urban community college who are competing for scholarships at an upper-tier, Williams-like institution in western Massachusetts. They are there under the aegis of an inclusivity program overseen by the exhaustingly idealistic David DeSantos (a highly animated Glenn Davis). Photo From left, Glenn Davis as David DeSantos, Leon Addison Brown as Geoffrey Dean and Samantha Soule as Rosie McNulty in the play, about two young men from the Bronx vying for…

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Raises the Bar for Broadway Magic

The budget for “Cursed Child,” which has been a sold-out hit in London since opening there in 2016, is a staggering $68 million, the most ever spent on a nonmusical Broadway production. Yet I mean it as the highest praise when I say that the show doesn’t look expensive. Or rather, it seems expensive only in the way of a custom-made little black dress, one with endless tricks up its deceptively simple sleeves. “Cursed Child,” which has a deeply symbiotic cast of 40, shimmers with beguiling richness, but you’re never…

Review: ‘Sancho: An Act of Remembrance,’ Recalls a British Pioneer

Photo Paterson Joseph as a distinguished 18th-century Briton in his solo show, “Sancho: An Act of Remembrance.” Credit Richard Termine “Sancho: An Act of Remembrance,” which was originally presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, has reopened at the National Black Theater, 2031-33 5th Ave, Manhattan; 866-811-4111. Here is the original review, which appeared on Dec. 18, 2015. Paterson Joseph introduces his solo show, “Sancho: An Act of Remembrance,” with the story of its genesis. “Politics wasn’t the first reason I wrote this play,” he tells the audience at BAM…

Term of Affection? Ethnic Slur? Theater Union Decides That ‘Gypsy’ Must Go.

“It’s an honor to be called a gypsy — it’s a title to be proud of,” said the stage actress Chita Rivera, a two-time Tony Award winner who has been performing on Broadway since the 1950s. “If anything it brings attention to the word and the group. I have always considered myself a gypsy and still do.” Equity, which has been increasing its focus on diversity, has decided now is the moment for the term to go. “We have to be sensitive to the words we use,” said R. Kim…

Review: A Spanish Stage Provocateur Makes a Blood-Dripping Debut

Photo Angélica Liddell in her challenging but transfixing theater work “Esta Breve Tragedia de la Carne (This Brief Tragedy of the Flesh).” Credit Marina Levitskaya MONTCLAIR, N.J. — The local debut of the Spanish theatermaker Angélica Liddell has been a long time coming. She created her company, Atra Bilis Teatro, in 1993 and went on to become a darling of the most prestigious European stages with often transgressive, hair-raising shows in which she pushed her body to its physical and, possibly, mental limits. Now Montclair State University’s Peak Performances series…

Ellen Burstyn Honors a Friendship With a Futurist

In a phone interview from her home in New York, Ms. Burstyn — who’s won a Tony for “Same Time, Next Year,” an Oscar for “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” and an Emmy for “Political Animals” — spoke about her friendship with Mr. Fuller, her former co-stars Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. and a long-ago #MeToo moment. Here are edited excerpts from the conversation. Having known Bucky, as you call him, what did you think when you first read the script? I was glad to see Bucky still being talked…

Bette Midler to Return to ‘Hello, Dolly!’ This Summer

Bette Midler will return to Broadway, playing another six weeks in the title role of “Hello, Dolly!” before the revival closes this summer. Scott Rudin, the show’s lead producer, said early Friday he would close the show on Aug. 25, about 17 months after performances began. The show opened to strong reviews and won four Tony Awards, including for best musical revival and for Ms. Midler’s performance. Ms. Midler, who played the title role until January, will return on July 17. She will succeed Bernadette Peters, who has been playing…

Review: Whose ‘Fair Lady’? This Time, Eliza’s in Charge

Poor Eliza. It’s not enough that her own father sells her for five pounds to the bully phonetician Henry Higgins. Or that Higgins strips her of her ragged clothes and Cockney accent so she can become a refined if useless lady. No, the former flower girl is also a failure of feminism, if recent criticism is to be believed. Don’t believe it. The plush and thrilling Lincoln Center Theater revival of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” that opened on Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater reveals Eliza Doolittle as…

‘Carousel’ Dances Are a New Feather in the Enigmatic Justin Peck’s Cap

When Justin Peck emerged as a professional choreographer in 2012, he seemed immediately a master of his trade. His dances for the new revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel,” at the Imperial Theater on Broadway, are yet another feather in his cap. Though just 30 years old, he’s already acquired such renown that, in Matthew Lopez’s new play “The Inheritance” (now at the Young Vic in London), “the latest Justin Peck” is spoken of as a must-see New York artistic event. Mr. Peck remains a dancer (soloist rank)…