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May 26, 2011

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.

BROADWAY:
Anything Goes (musical, G/PG-13, mildly adult subject matter that will be unintelligible to children, closes Jan. 8, reviewed here)
Born Yesterday (comedy, G/PG-13, closes July 31, reviewed here)
The House of Blue Leaves (serious comedy, PG-13, closes July 23, reviewed here)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (musical, G/PG-13, perfectly fine for children whose parents aren't actively prudish, reviewed here)
The Importance of Being Earnest (high comedy, G, just possible for very smart children, closes July 3, reviewed here)
Million Dollar Quartet (jukebox musical, G, reviewed here)
The Motherf**ker with the Hat (serious comedy, R, adult subject matter, closes July 17, reviewed here)

OFF BROADWAY:
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)
Play Dead (theatrical spook show, PG-13, utterly unsuitable for easily frightened children or adults, reviewed here)

CLOSING SOON OFF BROADWAY:
By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (comedy, PG-13, closes June 12, reviewed here)
A Minister's Wife (serious musical, G, far too complicated for children, closes June 12, reviewed here)

CLOSING NEXT WEEK IN SAN DIEGO:
Life of Riley (serious comedy, PG-13, closes June 5, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY OFF BROADWAY:
The School for Lies (verse comedy, PG-13, impossible for children, reviewed here)

Posted May 26, 2011 12:00 AM

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