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July 16, 2009

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)
Avenue Q * (musical, R, adult subject matter and one show-stopping scene of puppet-on-puppet sex, closes Sept. 13, reviewed here)
The Little Mermaid * (musical, G, entirely suitable for children, closes Aug. 30, reviewed here)
Mary Stuart (drama, G, far too long and complicated for children, closes Aug. 16, 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:
The Fantasticks (musical, G, suitable for children capable of enjoying a love story, reviewed here)
Our Town (drama, G, suitable for mature children, reviewed here)
Ruined (drama, PG-13/R, sexual content and suggestions of extreme violence, closes Sept. 6, reviewed here)

IN CHICAGO:
The History Boys (drama, PG-13/R, adult subject matter, too intellectually complex for most adolescents, extended through Sept. 27, reviewed here)
A Minister's Wife (musical, PG-13, closes Aug. 2, reviewed here)

IN GARRISON, N.Y.:
Pericles and Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare, PG-13, playing in repertory through Sept. 6, reviewed here)

CLOSING SOON ON BROADWAY:
The Norman Conquests (three related comedies, PG-13, comprehensively unsuitable for children, playing in repertory through July 26, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY ON BROADWAY:
God of Carnage * (serious comedy, PG-13, adult subject matter, reopens Sept. 8 and runs through Nov. 15, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY OFF BROADWAY:
The Rivalry (historical drama, G, too complicated for children, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY IN LA JOLLA:
Restoration (serious comedy, PG-13, reviewed here)

Posted July 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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