This Week on Stage: 'The Pride' starring Hugh Dancy opens in NYC

This past week, off-Broadway production The Pride, an exploration of gay culture past and present starring Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw (at left), opened. EW’s Thom Geier awarded the production a B and said that it “grabs you with it’s considerable intelligence and heart.” Meanwhile, another off-Broadway show, A Lie of the Mind—a revival which is directed by Ethan Hawke and stars Laurie Metcalf and Keith Carradine—hit the boards. EW’s Jeff Labrecque lauded Hawke for assembling “a marvelous combination of players to torment each other and resurrect the spellbinding uneasiness of the original” before awarding it a grade of an A–.

If you’re looking for some live theater, check out the EW.com Stage hub for up-to-date news and reviews; or consult this handy guide below, which includes links to all of our stage reviews of current shows. (Note: The reviews are typically of the show’s original casts.)

BROADWAY

The Addams Family — Musical; opens 4/8/2010

All About Me — Musical Revue starring Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein; opens 3/18/10

American Idiot — Musical; opens 4/20/2010

A Behanding in Spokane — Comedy starring Christopher Walken; opens 3/4/10

Billy Elliot — Musical; opened 11/13/08; EW grade: B+La Cage Aux Folles — Musical Revival starring Kelsey Grammer; opens 4/18/10

Chicago — Musical Revival; opened 11/14/1996; EW grade: A+

Collected Stories – Drama Revival starring Linda Lavin; opens 4/28/10

Come Fly Away — Musical created, choreographed, and directed by Twyla Tharp; opens 3/25/10

ENRON — Drama starring Norbert Leo Butz; opens 4/27/10

Fela! – Musical; opened 11/23/2009; EW grade: B+

Fences — Drama Revival starring Denzel Washington; opens 4/26/10 – 7/11/10

God of Carnage — Comedy starring Jimmy Smits and Christine Lahti; opened 3/22/2009; EW grade: A–

Hair — Musical Revival; opened 3/31/2009; EW grade: A–

In the Heights — Musical; opened 2/14/2009; EW grade: A–

Jersey Boys — Musical; opened 11/7/2005; EW grade: A

Lend Me a Tenor – Comedy Revival starring Anthony LaPaglia, Tony Shalhoub, and Justin Bartha; opens 4/4/10

The Lion King — Musical; opened 11/13/1997; EW grade: A+

Lips Together, Teeth Apart – Drama Revival starring Megan Mullally and Patton Oswalt; opens 4/29/10 – 6/20/10

A Little Night Music — Musical Revival starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; opened 12/13/09; EW grade: B+

Looped — Drama starring Valerie Harper as Tallulah Bankhead; opens 3/14/10

Love Never Dies — Musical sequel to Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber; opens 11/11/10

Mamma Mia! — Musical; opened 10/18/2001; EW grade: B+

Mary Poppins — Musical; opened 11/16/2009; EW grade: A–

Memphis — Musical; opened 10/19/2009; EW grade: C+

Million Dollar Quartet — Musical; opens 4/11/10

The Miracle Worker — Drama Revival starring Abigail Breslin; opens 3/3/10

Next Fall – Drama; opens 3/11/10

Next to Normal — Musical; opened 4/19/2009; EW grade: A

The Phantom of the Opera — Musical; opened 1/26/1988

Present Laughter — Comedy Revival starring Victor Garber; opened 1/21/2010 – 3/21/10; EW grade: B–

Promises, Promises — Musical Revival starring Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth; opens 4/25/10

Race — Drama starring James Spader and Kerry Washington; opened 12/6/2009; EW grade: C

Red – Drama starring Alfred Molina; opens 4/1/10 – 6/13/10

Rock of Ages — Musical; opened 4/7/2009; EW grade: C+

Sondheim on Sondheim — Musical Revue; opens 4/22/10 – 6/13/10

South Pacific — Musical Revival; opened 4/3/2008; EW grade: A

Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark — Musical starring Alan Cumming and Evan Rachel Wood; opens 2010

Time Stands Still — Drama starring Laura Linney; opened 1/28/2010 – 3/27/10; EW grade: A–

A View From the Bridge – Drama Revival starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson; opened 1/24/2010 4/4/2010; EW grade: B+

West Side Story — Musical Revival; opened 3/19/2009; EW grade: B

Wicked — Musical; opened 10/30/03; EW grade: B

OFF BROADWAY

Ages of the Moon – Drama starring Stephen Rea; opened 1/27/10 – 3/21/10; EW grade: B–

A Lie of the Mind — Drama directed by Ethan Hawke and starring Keith Carradine and Laurie Metcalf; opened 2/18/10 – 3/20/10; EW grade: A–

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps – Comedy; reopens 3/25/10; EW grade: B+

As You Like It — Comedy; opened 1/26/10 – 3/13/10; EW grade: B–

Avenue Q — Musical; reopened 10/21/2009; EW grade: A

Blue Man Group — Special Performance; opened 11/11/1991

Equivocation — Drama; opens 3/2/10 – 3/28/10

The Fantasticks — Musical Revival; opened 6/16/2008; EW grade: B+

A Lie of the Mind — Drama Revival starring Keith Carradine and Laurie Metcalf; opens 2/18/10 – 3/20/10

Love, Loss, and What I Wore — Drama; opened 10/1/2009; EW grade: B+

Mr. & Mrs. Fitch — Comedy starring John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle; opens 2/22/10 – 3/21/10

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part I — Drama; opened 11/20/2009 – 5/8/10; EW grade: A–

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part II Drama; opened 12/17/09 – 5/8/10; EW grade: B+

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part III — Drama; opens 1/26/10 – 5/8/10; EW grade: A

Our Town — Drama Revival; opened 2/26/2009 – 3/14/10; EW grade: A-

The Pride – Drama starring Hugh Dancy and Ben Whishaw; opens 2/16/10 – 3/20/10; EW grade: B

Stomp — Special Performance; opened 2/27/1994

ELSEWHERE

The 101 Dalmatians Musical (National tour) — Musical; EW grade: B–

August: Osage County (National tour with Estelle Parsons) — Drama; EW grade: A

Brief Encounter (Minneapolis) — Drama With Music; 2/11/10 – 4/2/10; EW grade: A

Dreamgirls (National tour with Syesha Mercado) — Musical; EW grade: B+

The Female of the Species (Los Angeles) — Comedy starring Annette Bening; opened 2/11/10 – 3/14/10; EW grade: C+

(Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened November 2004; EW grade: A–

LOVE (Las Vegas) — Musical Revue; opened 8/24/2006; EW grade: A–

Love Never Dies (London) — Musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber; opens 3/9/10

Mary Poppins (National tour) — Musical; EW grade: B

Mystere (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened 5/25/1993; EW grade: A

The Pee-wee Herman Show (Los Angeles) — Comedy; opened 1/20/10; EW grade: B

O (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened October 1998; EW grade: A-

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (National tour) — Drama with Music; opened 1/6/10; EW grade: B-

Zumanity (Las Vegas) — Special Performance; opened September 2003; EW grade: C

More Stage coverage from EW.com:
New ‘Glee’ promo: ‘Come on, girls!’
What ex-Idol would you see on Broadway?
‘La Bete’ with David Hyde Pierce to be revived on Broadway, West End

Photo credit: Joan Marcus


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  • nyc theatergoer

    I just saw “The Pride” this week and I found it absolutely transfixing. So much of the drama that’s produced about gay history is thudding and obvious, but “The Pride,” in its fluid combination of a play set in 1958 and one set in 2008, manages to say things about gay life that are complicated, philosophical, and completely ring true. I can’t really do justice to how deeply this play resonated with me in the space of a comment, but if you have a chance, go!

    All the cast members are excellent, too–Hugh Dancy is dreamy as usual, and very talented, but it’s Ben Whishaw (from Bright Star) and Andrea Riseborough (from Happy Go Lucky) who really impressed me this time.

  • Ed

    It is frustrating when writers make such simple grammar mistakes. And it’s equally frustrating when writers, when quoting other articles, repeat the same mistake. You quote EW’s review of The Pride: it “grabs you with it’s considerable intelligence and heart.” Its, when possessive, has no apostrophe. It is careless when a writer makes this elementary mistake, but it’s downright sad when a writer quotes another another article and neither corrects the mistake in his own article nor the source material.

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