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Maya Phillips

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‘Raisin’ gets its time in the sun again

To begin with, you’ve got Lorraine Hansberry’s great work, a Tony Award-winning play that became the first play written by a Black woman to premiere on Broadway.

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No more games in ‘A Doll’s House’

The idea of the independent, self-actualized female is one that we know—but not so much so that we take the idea for granted, as to some degree, the age-old expectations and stereotypes of women’s roles in society still remain.

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Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart dive into the absurd in ‘Waiting for Godot’ and ‘No Man’s Land’

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are the best pairing since peanut butter and jelly

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Southern charm and gentlemen callers in ‘The Glass Menagerie’

A Southern domestic drama about beautifully flawed and broken individuals, the play sports many elements of what has come to define the great Tennessee Williams as a playwright.

Ed Harris delights in ‘The Jacksonian’

This is an odd play, full of poeticism, pain, discomfort and topics that unnerve.

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‘Welcome Home Sonny T’ tackles prejudice, gun violence

“Welcome Home Sonny T,” written by William Electric Black (also known as Ian Ellis James, a seven-time Emmy Award-winning writer for his work on “Sesame Street”), is a play from his “Gunplays” series that seeks to put the issue of gun violence in perspective and explore the causes behind it.

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10 films to watch about Nelson Mandela

The past few years have seen filmmaker after filmmaker step up to tell the story of Nelson Mandela

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‘The Snow Geese’ coasts on Broadway

Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds”) makes a not–so–brilliant return to Broadway as a widowed mother facing financial trouble during World War I in “The Snow Geese.”

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‘Ender’s Game’ falls flat

"Ender’s Game” ends up falling a little flat in the end.

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‘How I Learned to Drive’ keeps it all in the family

There are rules to learning how to drive

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Haunted Halloween theater picks

If you haven’t already gotten that costume and stocked up on your candy, then you’d better head to the store, because Halloween is right around the corner. While downtown will be flooded with floats and costumed revelers on Oct. 31 as part of the annual Village Halloween Parade (www.halloween-nyc.com), you’d be remiss to forget about all the other spooky special surprises this city has to offer in the next week. Whether they’re full of phantoms, mummies, ghosts or even pumpkin pie, these Halloween-themed theatrical offerings boast a couple of tricks and plenty of treats for theatergoers.

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Nothing but fish stories in ‘Big Fish’

There’s more than one way to tell a story: One man’s goldfish is another man’s whale. That’s why “Big Fish,” the new Broadway musical of stories about witches, mermaids, werewolves, assassins, giants and a very big fish, teems with imagination, wonder and plenty of fishy tales.

Tragic, young love in ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Two young lovers, two warring families and a tale of ill-fated love, heartbreak and death: Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” has been performed, filmed, transformed and reinvented so many times that it is pretty damn near impossible to find a person who hasn’t encountered the classic tragedy in some form or another.

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‘Winnie Mandela’ fails to inspire

The story of Nelson and Winnie Mandela is a fascinating one: Nelson Mandela was jailed for 27 years for his anti-Apartheid activism and then later became the symbol of change as he became the president of South Africa, and Winnie Mandela became a controversial activist who was referred to as the “Mother of the Nation” before being vilified for her methods. There is a lot of importance, subtlety and history to a story like this, but the new movie “Winnie Mandela” fails on all accounts to bring this story to light.

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‘I Give It a Year’ revels in awkward humor

Written and directed by “Borat” writer Dan Mazer, “I Give It a Year” takes all the romantic comedy tropes and stereotypes (I’m looking at you, Hugh Grant) and turns them on their heads.

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Discovering FringeNYC

The New York International Fringe Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America, is coming to New York’s finest venues on Aug. 9-25 for its 17th year. With 185 shows to choose from, you can have your pick of anything from drama and comedy to dance, puppetry, solo shows, vaudeville and more. Sure, the range of choices can be a bit overwhelming, but here are a few festival picks to prepare you for one of the best events New York has to offer this summer.

There’s a story in ‘Storyville’

Welcome to Storyville, New Orleans, where the prostitutes wait with blue books in hand, where the politicians slip their dollars under the table, where the music is always playing and where everyone is doing what they can to make it. The York Theatre Company presents “Storyville,” a tale of love, music and the death of New Orleans’ seediest, most infamous red-light district.

Caryl Churchill play gets serious about money

As PR consultant Dolcie Starr says in Caryl Churchill’s “Serious Money,” “There’s ugly greedy and sexy greedy,” and “Serious Money,” with all of its greed, is seductive in all the right ways. The Potomac Theatre Project brings Churchill’s play to life at the Atlantic Stage 2.

E A comedy for the end of days

Special to the AmNews If the world's going to hell, head for the hills ......