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December 24, 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, closes Jan. 10, reviewed here)
Fela! * (musical, PG-13, adult subject matter, reviewed here)
Finian's Rainbow (musical, G, suitable for children, dramatically inert but musically sumptuous, reviewed here)
God of Carnage (serious comedy, 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:
Avenue Q (musical, R, adult subject matter and one show-stopping scene of puppet-on-puppet sex, reviewed here)
The Emperor Jones (drama, PG-13, contains racially sensitive language, closes Jan. 31, reviewed here)
The Fantasticks (musical, G, suitable for children capable of enjoying a love story, reviewed here)
The Orphans' Home Cycle, Parts 1 and 2 (drama, G/PG-13, too complicated for children, will be performed in rotating repertory with third part of cycle starting on Jan. 7, closes Mar. 28, reviewed here and here)
Our Town (drama, G, suitable for mature children, reviewed here)

CLOSING SOON OFF BROADWAY:
The Understudy (farce, PG-13, closes Jan. 17, reviewed here)

CLOSING NEXT WEEK ON BROADWAY:
Superior Donuts (dark comedy, PG-13, violence, closes Jan. 3, reviewed here)

Posted December 24, 2009 12:00 AM

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