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Helen Shaw


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Recent articles by Helen:

Dana H. Is Harrowing and Unmissable

Theater Review: Lucas Hnath’s ‘Dana H.’ on Broadway, with Deirdre O’Connell, is harrowing and unmissable. → Read More

The Lehman Trilogy (Almost) Delivers on Its Investment

Theater Review: ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ transfers to Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Adrian Lester → Read More

Multidimensional Blackness in Thoughts of a Colored Man

It’s “explicitly about making visible what’s usually kept private.” → Read More

Is This a Room Asks Questions America Can’t Answer

Theater Review: ‘Is This a Room,’ starring Emily Davis as Reality Winner, transfers to Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. → Read More

Pop Renaissance! Six: The Musical Fans Lose Their Heads Over Broadway Opening

Theater Review: ‘Six: The Musical’ finally opens at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 2021 after the pandemic shutdown. → Read More

Figuring Out Failure in the First Person: The Nosebleed and Hindsight

Theater reviews of Aya Ogawa’s ‘The Nosebleed’ at the Japan Society and Alix Sobler’s ‘Hindsight’ at the Paradise Factory. → Read More

Bill T. Jones’s Deep Blue Sea Includes Everything and the Kitchen Sink

Dance Review: Bill T. Jones’s ‘Deep Blue Sea’ at the Park Avenue Armory is a piece of theater and dance art awash in its own ideas. → Read More

The Tonys That Had to Do Everything

From platform to camera angles to decisions about what’s featured, last night’s telecast of the Tony awards worked against a lot of things the theater needs. → Read More

The Highs and Lows of the 2021 But Actually 2019-2020 Tony Awards

The highs and lows of the 2021 Tony Awards, with wins for Moulin Rouge! and The Inheritance, a performance from Jennifer Holliday, reunion duets, and more. → Read More

Bond and Costanzo, Emotions Laid Bare, in Only an Octave Apart

If you clap hard enough — and you’d better — you’ll hear their encore, a mash-up of “Walk Like an Egyptian” and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten. → Read More

Sanctuary City Isn’t Always a Refuge

An undocumented-immigration story that takes a sharp turn. → Read More

Review: In ‘Sun & Sea,’ Econihilism Goes to the Beach

It’s all fun and games till someone loses a climate. → Read More

Ruth Ozeki, Amplifier

Ruth Ozeki will publish her fifth book, a novel titled ‘The Book of Form and Emptiness.’ It follows Benny, a teenager who begins to hear the voices of everything around him. ‘The Book of Form and Emptiness’ comes out on September 21. → Read More

22 New and Returning Theater Performances to See This Fall

The most anticipated theater performances this fall include Marianne Elliott’s ‘Company’ revival, ‘Letters of Suresh,’ ‘SIX: The Musical,’ ‘Waitress,’ ‘Lackawanna Blues,’ ‘Mrs. Doubtfire,’ ‘Nollywood Dreams,’ ‘The Book of Mormon,’ ‘Clyde’s’ and more. → Read More

Emily Davis Doesn’t Do Impressions

“Is This a Room,” by Tina Satter and her company, Half Straddle, will open at the Lyceum on Broadway. With a script drawn from the FBI recording of Reality Winner’s arrest, the show balances on never-before-on-Broadway star Emily Davis as Reality. → Read More

Ni Mi Madre Is a Stellar One-Man, One-Mom Show

Theater review of Arturo Soria’s ‘Ni Mi Madre,’ produced in 2021 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. → Read More

In Islander, a Toxic Man Faces Off With Himself

In Katie Brook and Liza Birkenmeier’s ‘Islander,’ an NHL star player’s verbatim transcripts are built into drama. → Read More

Pass Over Reaches for the Promised Land

Theater Review: Review of the Broadway transfer of Antoinette Nwandu’s ‘Pass Over,’ the first play to open after the pandemic closure. → Read More

Enemy of the People Wants You to Choose Your Own Misadventure

Enemy of the People at the Park Avenue Armory—the biggest, fanciest, splashiest in-person indoor theater event in New York since the shutdown—has been adapted into a one-woman (Ann Dowd), 90-minute interactive tragedy by director Robert Icke. → Read More

Sex and Window-Shopping: Seven Plays for Seven Deadly Sins

Theater review of ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ in the Meatpacking District, a series of ten-minute plays staged in retail-store windows. → Read More