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John Lahr

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#MeToo Takes the Stage

In London, Mamet’s new “Weinstein play” repels critics but delights audiences

A Monster Among Angels

The Night of the Iguana, now in an eloquent production in London, is Tennessee Williams’s last great work

Louche Cannon

With Fleabag, Phoebe Waller-Bridge has caught lightning in a bottle. When someone hits with such a seismic wallop, it’s both a miracle and a mystery. Why now? Why her?

The Panto Season ’Tis upon Us

The British pantomime is noisy, camp, and a complete hoot

Lost Worlds Retrieved

Leopoldstadt, Tom Stoppard’s new (and perhaps last) play, is an act of historical excavation and personal reparation

The View from Here

Ralph Fiennes and David Hare put the coronavirus on trial

Father of the Blues

August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom soars in a new film adaptation with Viola Davis, bringing the playwright’s voice to a whole new generation

The Good, the Bach, and the Ugly

Playwright Nina Raine unpicks the difficult personality of the 18th-century composer

The Bright Side of Life

A swarm of musicals open in London’s West End, proving that both the fun and the show must go on

A Four de Force

The sole performer onstage, actor and director Ralph Fiennes brings T. S. Eliot’s words to life and into the now

Behind Enemy Lines

A new play revisits the bellicose 1968 Gore Vidal v. William F. Buckley Jr. presidential-nominating debates with the benefit of hindsight

Come to the Cabaret

It’s a night of re-invention and immersion with Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley in a new revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s decadent musical

Trump in Iambic Pentameter

Meet the British playwright who has turned modern-day American politics into a Shakespearean comedy

Making a Murderer

In London, a new play about President Vladimir Putin and Boris Berezovsky, from the man behind The Crown, is both topical and terrifying

Along Came Marilyn

A newly discovered letter by Arthur Miller about his young bride, Marilyn Monroe, reveals the playwright’s rookie mistake: marrying a bombshell blonde he barely knew

Guys and Dolls: A Musical Fable of Broadway

Solid Sender

A new immersive production of Guys and Dolls in London is an all-around delight

Cowboy Mouth

Barry Humphries

John Lahr remembers the vivacious comedian whose profound observations about life both shocked and delighted audiences for almost seven decades

In the Rehearsal Room

A new play about Richard Burton and Sir John Gielgud offers a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes politics of the theater

Our Life in Art

The Iannucci Treatment

Boris Johnson and his successors, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, are skewered on the London stage in a caustic new play by Veep and The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci

Stanislavsky’s Method

Performed in Paris and set in America, Tony Award winner Richard Nelson’s new play reimagines a day on tour with Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Russian theater troupe

Talking to the Hand

Fifteen years after Jerusalem, Jez Butterworth’s new play is a rich and masterful portrait of a divided family of women