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, extended through June 29, 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)

CLOSING SOON 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 SATURDAY IN WESTPORT, CONN.:

A Song at Twilight (drama, PG-13, reviewed here)

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Almanac: Alva Johnston and Fred Smith on celebrity

“A celebrity has a negative or an inverted sense of hearing; he can hear his name not being mentioned at forty paces.”
Alva Johnston and Fred Smith, “How to Raise a Child: The Education of Orson Welles, Who Didn’t Need It” (Saturday Evening Post, Jan. 27, 1940)

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