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BROADWAY REVIEW: My Fair Lady

Poor Eliza. It’s not enough that her own father sells her for five pounds to the bully phonetician Henry Higgins. Or that Higgins strips her of her ragged clothes and Cockney accent so she can become a refined if useless lady. No, the former flower girl is also a failure of feminism, if recent criticism is to be believed. Don’t believe it. The plush and thrilling Lincoln Center Theater revival of Lerner and Loewe’s “My Fair Lady” that opened on Thursday at the Vivian Beaumont Theater reveals Eliza Doolittle as a hero instead of a puppet — and reveals the musical, despite its provenance and male authorship, as an ur-text of the #MeToo moment. Indeed, that moment has made “My Fair Lady,” which had its Broadway premiere in 1956, better than it ever was.

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OTHER REVIEW: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

April 19, 2018: LONDON — All biographical musicals build to a climactic mini-concert, but I’ve rarely heard an audience greet one with the mighty roar that looks likely to be a continuing feature of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” which opened Tuesday at the Aldwych Theater here.

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OFF-BROADWAY REVIEW: The Seafarer

April 18, 2018: The Devil wears Matthew Broderick in the Irish Repertory Theater’s production of “The Seafarer,” Conor McPherson’s wonderful 2006 play about a brimstone-scented Christmas Eve in Dublin. And no, Mr. Broderick has not, to my knowledge, created a clothing line.

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OFF-BROADWAY REVIEW: Mlima’s Tale

April 15, 2018: Those of you who don’t believe in ghosts are likely to think again after seeing “Mlima’s Tale,” Lynn Nottage’s beautiful, endlessly echoing portrait of a murder and its afterlife. In this taut, elegantly assembled production, which opened on Sunday night at the Public Theater, a magnificent specter stalks this planet, contaminating the lives of everyone he encounters.

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