SYRE (Jaden Smith)

Jaden Smith’s Syre is nepotism at its finest.

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JESUS HOPPED THE ‘A’ TRAIN (Signature Theatre)

Every year, I track all the major off-Broadway theatre company’s seasons to determine whose deserves to be crowned the best of, currently, 2017-2018. It’s still too early to declare a winner, but based on its three revivals this fall, the Signature Theatre looks like the odds-on favorites.

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MARCEL + THE ART OF LAUGHTER (Theatre for a New Audience)

Given the relatively newfound popularity of 90-minute plays, double-bills of one-acts have largely gone out of style. What hasn’t faded over hundreds of years of theatre history are works that mix farce and slapstick, with a plethora of self-aware winking thrown in.

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SUBURBICON: When Someone Other Than the Coen Brothers Makes a Coen Brothers Movie

Tony Kushner once likened a complex play to a lasagna. Much like an Italian-minded chef, a writer should try to stuff as many different ingredients as possible into their constructions to expansively deepen the flavor, yet not too many as to make the overall structure tumble under its own excessive weight – a tenuous balancing act that requires precise hands to create such complicated concoctions.

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