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July 15, 2010

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:
La Cage aux Folles (musical, PG-13, adult subject matter, reviewed here)
Fela! * (musical, PG-13, adult subject matter, reviewed here)
Million Dollar Quartet (jukebox musical, G, reviewed here)
South Pacific * (musical, G/PG-13, some sexual content, brilliantly staged but unsuitable for viewers acutely allergic to preachiness, closes Aug. 22, reviewed here)

OFF BROADWAY:
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (comedy, G, suitable for bright children, original Broadway production reviewed here)
Avenue Q (musical, R, adult subject matter and one show-stopping scene of puppet-on-puppet sex, reviewed here)
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)

IN ASHLAND, ORE.:
Hamlet (Shakespeare, PG-13, closes Oct. 30, reviewed here)
Ruined (drama, PG-13/R, violence and adult subject matter, closes Oct. 31, reviewed here)
She Loves Me (musical, G, suitable for children capable of enjoying a love story, closes Oct. 30, reviewed here)

IN GARRISON, N.Y.:
The Taming of the Shrew/Troilus and Cressida (Shakespeare, PG-13, playing in rotating repertory through Sept. 5, reviewed here)

IN GLENCOE, ILL.:
A Streetcar Named Desire (drama, PG-13, adult subject matter, extended through Aug. 15, reviewed here)

CLOSING SOON OFF BROADWAY:
The Grand Manner (drama, PG-13, adult subject matter, closes Aug. 1, reviewed here)
The Merchant of Venice (Shakespeare, PG-13, adult subject matter, closes Aug. 1, reviewed here)

CLOSING NEXT WEEK IN CHICAGO:
The Farnsworth Invention (drama, G, too complicated for children, closes July 24, reviewed here)

CLOSING NEXT WEEK IN OGUNQUIT, ME.:
The Sound of Music (musical, G, completely child-friendly, closes July 24, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY IN CHICAGO:
Killer Joe (black comedy-drama, X, extreme violence and nudity, reviewed here)

Posted July 15, 2010 12:00 AM

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