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:
Bullets Over Broadway (musical, PG-13, closes Aug. 24, reviewed here)
Cabaret (musical, PG-13/R, nearly all performances sold out last week, closes Jan. 4, reviewed here)
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (musical, PG-13, all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)
Matilda (musical, G, all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)
Les Misérables (musical, G, too long and complicated for young children, nearly all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)
Once (musical, G/PG-13, reviewed here)

OFF BROADWAY:
The Fantasticks (musical, G, suitable for children capable of enjoying a love story, reviewed here)

IN GARRISON, N.Y.:
The Liar (verse comedy, PG-13, closes Aug. 31, reviewed here)
Othello-Iago-Depot-300x200Othello (Shakespearean tragedy, PG-13, closes Aug. 30, reviewed here)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespearean comedy, PG-13, closes Aug. 29, reviewed here)

IN NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO:
Arms and the Man (comedy, G/PG-13, closes Oct. 18, reviewed here)
When We Are Married (comedy, PG-13, closes Oct. 26, reviewed here)

CLOSING SOON ON BROADWAY:
Rocky (musical, G/PG-13, closes Aug. 17, reviewed here)

CLOSING NEXT WEEK OFF BROADWAY:
When We Were Young and Unafraid (drama, PG-13, closes Aug. 10, reviewed here)

CLOSING SUNDAY IN GLENCOE, ILL.:
The Dance of Death (drama, PG-13, reviewed here)

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Almanac: Patrick O’Brian on the corrupting effect of colonialism

INK BOTTLE“A conquering race, in the place of that conquest, is rarely amiable; the conquerors pay less obviously than the conquered, but perhaps in time they pay even more heavily, in the loss of the humane qualities. Hard, arrogant, profit-seeking adventurers flock to the spoil, and the natives, though outwardly civil, contemplate them with a resentment mingled with contempt, while at the same time respecting the face of conquest—acknowledging their greater strength.”

Patrick O’Brian, The Mauritius Command

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