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'SpongeBob SquarePants' delights on Broadway — theater review

In Broadway’s delightful but overstuffed “SpongeBob SquarePants,” an ocean-floor volcano about to erupt sends Bikini Bottom residents scurrying — and the musical’s beloved title character into hero mode. No spoiler on how the natural disaster plays out, but the show ...

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'Once on This Island' bewitches — theater review

Broadway’s bewitching revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s “Once on This Island” is filled with beauty. The ravaged set, meanwhile, appears to have seen better days. Make no mistake: That’s by design. The show takes place on a Caribbean ...

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'The Wolves' packs a punch at Lincoln Center: theater review

If you’re into soccer, you know that a bicycle kick is a rare and dazzling move requiring special talent and agility. Sarah DeLappe’s play “The Wolves,” about a girls high school soccer team, is a theatrical bicycle kick. Smart, nimble ...

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Bedlam ‘Peter Pan’ nothing to crow about — theater review

This “Peter Pan” gets old fast. So it goes for the Bedlam theater company’s confounding adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s age-old story of a boy who won’t grow up. As usual in the tale, there’s talk of a face seen at ...

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'Illyria' recalls Public Theater birth pains — theater review

Unlike his terrific time-specific plays at the Public Theater — each opened on the day it took place — writer and director Richard Nelson’s new drama is site-specific. It summons the birth of the Public Theater and its free summer ...

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Lame plot, Trump jokes sink 'The Portuguese Kid' — theater review

Snap out of it, writers! The Donald Trump references are so tired it’s not funny. That goes for all 12 of them in “The Portuguese Kid,” a cartoonish and surprise-free rom-com starring “Seinfeld” alum Jason Alexander written and directed by ...

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Elizabeth McGovern heads ‘Time and the Conways’ — theater review

Emmy nominee Elizabeth McGovern makes an assured return to Broadway as a lousy British mother in J.B. Priestley’s family drama “Time and the Conways.” Toodleoo, “Downton Abbey.” And while McGovern heads the Roundabout revival, the brightest star — if not ...

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‘The Honeymooners’ musical not quite the greatest: theater review

Anyone with a passing knowledge of — or interest in — Jackie Gleason’s much-loved 1950s sitcom “The Honeymooners” knows that one of its catchphrases is “Baby, you’re the greatest.” The new musical based on the short-lived (just 39 episodes) but ...

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‘As You Like It’ with Ellen Burstyn — theater review

Between life-or-death exiles and jumbled romances, “As You Like It” is built to spark a gamut of emotions. Alas, the Classic Stage Company’s revival of Shakespeare’s rom-com fires so few of them. Even with Ellen Burstyn, the award-winning star, who ...

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‘A Clockwork Orange’ with muscle, not menace — theater review

You won’t find a fitter, tighter, more fat-free group of actors than the one in Off-Broadway’s jacked-up “A Clockwork Orange.” Too bad this striking and elaborately choreographed show’s grip isn’t half as taut. For all of the in-your-face six-packs, the ...

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