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American Utopia review: David Byrne starts making sense

The country is far from perfect, a Broadway audience will not chant the names of black Americans killed by police. The singer presses on More than a concert and less than a musical, a one-man show with a full backing band, American Utopia brings recent solo album, also called American Utopia, a back-up singer (Chris Giarmo) enters, then another (Tendayi Kuumba), a bassist (Bobby Wooten III, a pocket sun) follows, a guitarist (Angie Swan, sharkskin cool), percussionists and soon the stage is thronged with bodies, all in gray suits, all…

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Hillary and Clinton review Laurie Metcalf on winning form in solid drama

The Tony award winner dominates as the politician in a 2008-set work of speculative stage drama with John Lithgow as her supportive husband Remember when Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Hampshire? This isnt revisionist history. She lost the state to Bernie Sanders in 2016. But in 2008, after an embarrassing finish in Iowa, she beat out Barack Obama. Suddenly, her campaign had momentum. For a while anyway. Lucas Hnaths play, Hillary and Clinton, slight and not especially timely, returns HRC to that contest, nearly a decade before…

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A Dolls House, Part 2 review sophisticated sequel offers vibrancy and wit

Laurie Metcalf gives a thrilling performance in a speculative follow-up to Henrik Ibsens defining 1879 masterwork There are sofa plays and dinner table plays. Plays about beds and bathtubs, armchairs and kitchen sinks. Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House, the 1879 masterwork and shocker, is a drama about a door. So is Lucas Hnaths A Dolls House Part 2, a brisk and brainy sequel, directed by Sam Gold, which has entered Broadway at the close of the season. A Dolls House ends with Nora Helmer walking out her front door, leaving…

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