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  1. theater review
    A Cherry Orchard That Chops Down Most of the TreesChucking out the familiar in search of the truth.
  2. movie review
    Jerrod Carmichael Has Already Outgrown On the Count of ThreeHis feature directorial debut is a dark comedy about suicide that works more than it doesn’t, but still feels like a blip in a career that’s moved on.
  3. movie review
    Pleasure Can’t Get Out of Its Own HeadNinja Thyberg’s feature debut offers a judgment-free journey through the adult-film industry but never really gets going as a character study.
  4. movie review
    The Lifeless New Firestarter Will Leave You ColdThey took a Stephen King novel and turned it into a hostage video starring Zac Efron.
  5. theater review
    Straight Line Crazy Gives Us Robert Moses Without the FireA very talky, very static play.
  6. theater review
    Which Way to the Stage Takes a Superfan’s View of the WorldEmbodied by two characters on the far fringes of theatrical success.
  7. theater review
    Oh God, A Show About Abortion Could Not Be More RelevantAlison Leiby’s one-woman show doesn’t have the spark it needs — so it’s handy that its audience is already on fire.
  8. theater review
    Alice Childress’s Wedding Band Returns, Well-BurnishedChildress’s bitter play, now married to a modern sensibility, returns on a wave of acclaim.
  9. movie review
    There Is Hell, and Then There Is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessFaced with infinite plot possibilities, Marvel couldn’t come up with a less sexist Wanda story line?
  10. theater review
    Two Men, Twin Falls: Samuel Hunter’s A Case for the Existence of GodSamuel D. Hunter’s play about male friendship, latter-day American desperation, and the passage of time.
  11. spoilers
    Ozark’s Finale Gave Us Shock Without SubstanceThe Netflix thriller’s final moments are emblematic of what often made the show more frustrating than fulfilling.
  12. theater review
    Something Distanced This Way Comes: Craig and Negga in MacbethCelebrity squares off against experiment, from Birnam Wood to Dunsinane.
  13. movie review
    In Memory, Liam Neeson Gets to Act More Than UsualMartin Campbell’s hitman-with-dementia film offers visceral violence and surprising anguish.
  14. movie review
    Gaspar Noé’s Vortex Is His Most Human Film. And His Cruelest.Every second of this brutal, beautiful film seethes with emotion of an intensely personal kind.
  15. theater review
    POTUS and Mr. Saturday Night Mine Laughs From Behind the ScenesTwo comedies about the business of image-making.
  16. theater review
    A Strange Loop Moves to Broadway, Its Furious Energy Changed But IntactMichael R. Jackson’s metamusical masterpiece spins forward.
  17. theater review
    The Skin of Our Teeth Is No DinosaurSure, some of the humor is dated. But that third act is anything but.
  18. movie review
    Hit the Road Treads Softly Between Trespass and TransformationThere is a sparseness to Hit the Road that reveals the ways fear, paranoia, and loss turn us into people we might not like.
  19. opera review
    A Lucia di Lammermoor With Rust Belt BloodshedGirl of the golden Midwest?
  20. theater review
    If Someone Takes a Spill: Funny Girl ReturnsBeanie Feldstein takes the titular role.
  21. classical review
    A Blockbuster Evening With John Williams at Carnegie HallJoined by violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the composer conducted a night of his greatest movie hits.
  22. movie review
    The Perfection in Miniature of Céline Sciamma’s Petite MamanThe Portrait of a Lady on Fire director’s latest is about a simple but devastating child’s fantasy.
  23. movie review
    How to Save a Movie Star From HimselfIn The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Nicolas Cage tries very hard to be Nicolas Cage.
  24. movie review
    In Praise of The Northman’s Ruthless UnrelatabilityThe Alexander Skarsgård Viking saga makes no effort to bend its characters toward modern sensibilities, and you know what? It’s great.
  25. theater review
    In Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, Cruelty Provides the MuseIn this tale of an executioner in 1960s England, a master of the mean joke turns laughs against the viewer.
  26. theater review
    for colored girls Returns to Broadway in a Triumphant RevivalThe dance-theater gem still glows.
  27. theater review
    The Predatory Dance of How I Learned to DrivePaula Vogel’s play still manages to make the unbearable watchable — thanks in part to Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse.
  28. tv review
    Okay, I’d Like to Escape Russian Doll’s Time Loop NowWhen everything everywhere all at once backfires.
  29. theater review
    The Minutes on Broadway Feels a Few Years Too LateThere was a time when Tracy Letts’s play, about a city council with a secret, felt prescient. But real life has outstripped its satire.
  30. movie review
    The Dour Secrets of Dumbledore Doesn’t Know Why It’s Here EitherIt’s the product of a lucrative fictional universe that no one seems to know how to build on but keeps going anyway, a franchise in search of a story.
  31. theater review
    American Buffalo: Gorgeous Performances, Small Author IssueIt’s a beautifully served slice of classic Mamet … if you still have the appetite.
  32. theater review
    No Nose, Yes Delts: James McAvoy Is Our Generation’s Great CyranoYou will not (and I cannot) get over this performance.
  33. book review
    In the Novel Post-Traumatic, a Trauma Plot Refuses the ObviousIn Chantal V. Johnson’s novel Post-Traumatic, the story of one woman’s breakdown feels visceral and specific.
  34. theater review
    The Little Prince Crash-lands on This PlanetNon.
  35. theater review
    Birthday Candles, With Debra Messing, Is Not Much of a PartyThere’s too much sugar in that cake she bakes.
  36. movie review
    Sequelitis Claims Its Latest Victim With Sonic the Hedgehog 2Jim Carrey does what he can, but this time it’s not enough. Unlike the first movie, this one feels like pure product.
  37. classical-music review
    A St. Matthew Passion That Speaks Even to NonbelieversAt Carnegie Hall, Bernard Labadie and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s brought out the drama in the Bach.
  38. movie review
    The Kamikaze Wish Fulfillment of AlineIn playing a fictionalized version of the Quebecois singer, writer-director-actor Valérie Lemercier gets at the absurd heart of the biopic genre.
  39. theater review
    Suffs Casts a Complicated Vote for a Complicated HistoryVotes for women, soberly musicalized.
  40. theater review
    Does Take Me Out Still Hit the Strike Zone?Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play about a gay baseball superstar returns.
  41. theater review
    The Multiple Original Sins of Paradise SquareOver-workshopped and yet still under-theatricalized.
  42. movie review
    Nitram Dares You Not to Look AwayViolence is its own form of language in filmmaker Justin Kurzel’s portrait of an Australian mass shooter.
  43. movie review
    Richard Linklater Overdoses on Nostalgia in Apollo 10½The Netflix animated ode to a ’60s childhood, as voiced by Jack Black, is too cozy for its own good.
  44. movie review
    Somehow, Morbius Is FunIt’s a brisk, over-the-top thriller, with plenty of atmosphere and a couple of genuinely moving performances at its heart.
  45. art review
    The Whitney Biennial Falters OnThe 2022 show has just enough high points to get you through it — including three stunning Charles Ray sculptures.
  46. theater review
    Heather Christian’s Oratorio for Living Things Sings the Universe ElectricA hymn to the elemental life cycle.
  47. theater review
    Plaza Suite Contains the Bleakest Comedy I’ve Seen in YearsParker and Broderick drown the pangs of middle age in room-service Champagne.
  48. theater review
    Confederates Does Battle With Two Peculiar InstitutionsToggling between the antebellum south and the academy today.
  49. theater review
    Help Is an Essay Dressed Up As a PlayProfessor Claudia Rankine looks for America’s soul in its airports.
  50. movie review
    Everything Everywhere All at Once Dizzies Itself Into TranscendenceMichelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan star in a maximalist almost-masterpiece that’s as much a family drama as it is about saving the multiverse.
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