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:

Act One (drama, G, too long for children, closes June 15, reviewed here)

Bullets Over Broadway (musical, PG-13, reviewed here)

Cabaret (musical, PG-13/R, virtually all performances sold out last week, closes Jan. 4, reviewed here)

Casa Valentina (drama, PG-13, closes June 15, some performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

The Cripple of Inishmaan (serious comedy, PG-13, reviewed here)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (musical, PG-13, nearly all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Matilda (musical, G, many performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Les Misérables (musical, G, too long and complicated for young children, most performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Of Mice and Men (drama, PG-13, nearly all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Once (musical, G/PG-13, reviewed here)

A Raisin in the Sun (drama, G/PG-13, all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Rocky (musical, G/PG-13, 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)

IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:

Henry IV, Parts One and Two (Shakespeare, PG-13, playing in rotating repertory, closes June 7 and 8, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY OFF BROADWAY:

The Heir Apparent (verse comedy, PG-13, reviewed here)

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Almanac: W.H. Auden on the drunkard

“His refusal to accept the realities of this world, babyish as it may be, compels us to take another look at this world and reflect upon our motives for accepting it. The drunkard’s suffering may be self-inflicted, but it is real suffering and reminds us of all the suffering in this world which we prefer not to think abut because, from the moment we accept this world, we acquired our share of responsibility for everything that happens in it.”
W.H. Auden, “The Prince’s Dog”

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