David Cote, New York Observer

David Cote

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New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by David:

Deirdre O’Connell Holds Us Utterly Captive in ‘Dana H.’

Here’s the thing about this harrowing fugue state of a play, written by Lucas Hnath and directed by Les Waters: O’Connell never speaks. → Read More

‘Is This A Room’ Brings Downtown Weird to Broadway

The world is getting weirder by the day. I think the audience is ready for it now. → Read More

Ruben Santiago-Hudson Makes Music of the Past in ‘Lackawanna Blues’

On at the Manhattan Theatre Club, ‘Lackawanna Blues’ explores survival and finding heart in your own life, backed by harmonica. → Read More

These Queens Will Rock You in Broadway’s ‘Six’

Focused on the famous wives of Henry VIII of England, a fresh perspective on a harrowing history of marital trouble, power, and empowerment. → Read More

This Fall Black Theater Takes New York City

The fall 2021 season is bustling with excellent theater about Black stories, experiences, and joy. From the experimental to new favorites. → Read More

Dance Masters and Brand-New Opera in NYC This Fall

Performances of opera, dance, and more are back and we are so grateful. The best of fall 2021 in dance and opera is here. → Read More

Shakespeare Gets a Harlem Renaissance in ‘Merry Wives’

Playwright Jocelyn Bioh’s ‘Merry Wives’ marvels audiences at Shakespeare in the Park with a modern approach to the canon. → Read More

Broadway Drama Is Back With the Scorching ‘Pass Over’

Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s “Pass Over” has the makings of a modern and Black retelling of “Waiting for Godot” yet stands alone, moving. → Read More

Actress Ann Dowd Courts Your Vote in ‘Enemy of the People’

A drama, featuring headphones and audience participation, but is 'Enemy of the People' hitting the mark? → Read More

Damned Enjoyable: ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ in the Meatpacking District

At 'Seven Deadly Sins' — a suite of short plays staged in storefronts in the Meatpacking District — it’s still under glass, this time with writhing, exotic specimens offered up for moral scrutiny. → Read More

Best of Theater Summer 2021, From ‘Merry Wives’ to ‘Seven Deadly Sins’

Our top theater picks for summer 2021, full of wicked performances from 'Whore's Eye View' to 'Tiny House.' → Read More

The Summer’s Best Performances of Dance and Opera, From Lincoln Center to Alvin Ailey

As we move forward and through our "post-pandemic" feelings, rejoice with our list of best dance and opera this summer to experience. → Read More

‘This American Wife’ Sits at the Crossroads of Camp and ‘Real Housewives’

"This American Wife," an avant-garde, haute-camp allegory of seduction, corruption, and betrayal that conspicuously consumes itself. → Read More

Stage and Screen Not at All Star-Crossed in ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The National Theatre’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ focuses refreshingly more on the angst of these star-crossed lovers than the heat. → Read More

Experiencing Theater Again at Off Broadway’s ‘Blindness’

'Blindness' opened at Daryl Roth Theatre April 6th in a neon evening and an ushering in of live performance in New York City again. → Read More

Bittersweet Medical Comedy ‘Men’s Health’ Drops Trou at Audible

Daniel Goldfarb's audio-play "Men's Health," streaming on Audible, takes a blunt and hilarious view towards an often under discussed topic. → Read More

A Stranger on the Phone Creates Drama in ‘A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call’

"A Thousand Ways (Part One): A Phone Call" is a new approach to theater at Under the Radar Festival with socially distanced participation → Read More

‘This Is Who I Am’ Review: Differences Simmer in a Father-Son Kitchen Drama

Domestic pain and culinary craft combine to quietly wrenching effect in 'This Is Who I Am,' a Zoom drama by Amir Nizar Zuabi streaming at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. → Read More

Jefferson Mays Acts the Dickens Out of ‘A Christmas Carol’

Performing an abridged but faithful version of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Jefferson Mays keeps this holiday tradition alive for streaming audiences. → Read More

An Online Festival Lets You Into Playwright Adrienne Kennedy’s Haunted World

Playwright Adrienne Kennedy gets a long overdue major retrospective, streaming online courtesy of the Round House Theatre and McCarter Theatre Center. → Read More