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July 30, 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)
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 ASHLAND, OREGON:
The Music Man (musical, G, very child-friendly, closes Nov. 1, reviewed here)

IN CHICAGO:
The History Boys (drama, PG-13/R, adult subject matter, too intellectually complex for most adolescents, closes Sept. 27, 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:
Mary Stuart (drama, G, far too long and complicated for children, closes Aug. 16, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY IN CHICAGO:
A Minister's Wife (musical, PG-13, reviewed here)

Posted July 30, 2009 12:00 AM

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