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June 26, 2008

TT: So you want to see a show?

Here's my list of recommended Broadway, off-Broadway, and out-of-town shows, updated weekly. In all cases, I gave these shows favorable reviews (if sometimes qualifiedly so) in The Wall Street Journal when they opened. For more information, click on the title.

Warning: Broadway shows marked with an asterisk were sold out, or nearly so, last week.

BROADWAY:
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps * (comedy, G, suitable for bright children, reviewed here)
August: Osage County * (drama, R, adult subject matter, reviewed here)
Avenue Q (musical, R, adult subject matter and one show-stopping scene of puppet-on-puppet sex, reviewed here)
Boeing-Boeing (comedy, PG-13, cartoonishly sexy, reviewed here)
A Chorus Line (musical, PG-13/R, adult subject matter, closes Aug. 17, reviewed here)
Gypsy * (musical, PG-13, adult subject matter, reviewed here)
The Little Mermaid * (musical, G, entirely suitable for children, reviewed here)
November (comedy, PG-13, profusely spattered with obscene language, closes July 13, reviewed here)
Passing Strange (musical, PG-13, adult subject matter, reviewed here)
South Pacific * (musical, G/PG-13, some sexual content, brilliantly staged but unsuitable for viewers acutely allergic to preachiness, reviewed here)

OFF BROADWAY:
Adding Machine (musical, PG-13, adult subject matter, too musically demanding for youngsters, closes Aug. 31, reviewed here)

REOPENED OFF BROADWAY:
The Fantasticks (musical, G, suitable for children capable of enjoying a love story, reviewed here)

IN SUBURBAN CHICAGO:
The Lion in Winter (serious comedy, PG-13, adult subject matter, closes Aug. 3, reviewed here)

CLOSING NEXT WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Julius Caesar/Antony and Cleopatra (drama, PG-13, adult subject matter, performed in alternating repertory through July 6, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY IN CHICAGO
The Comedy of Errors (comedy, PG-13, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY IN MONTGOMERY, ALA.:
The Count of Monte Cristo/Romeo and Juliet (drama, G/PG-13, performed in alternating repertory through June 29, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY ON BROADWAY:
Sunday in the Park with George * (musical, PG-13, too complicated for children, closes June 29, reviewed here)

Posted June 26, 2008 12:00 AM

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