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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 10 2013

When The Color Purple premiered on Broadway in 2005, New York Times critic Ben Brantley complained that the stage musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was overstuffed—that it tried too hard to do too much too fast, and suffered as a result. "Watching this beat-the-clock production summons the frustrations of riding through a picturesque stretch of country in a supertrain," Brantley wrote. "The landscape looks seductively lush and varied; the local populace seems lively and inviting. . . . But it all passes by in a watercolor blur." Sure enough, this summer, in London, director John Doyle put on an authorized revival that cut 30 minutes from the original show, paring it down to what Doyle perceived as its essentials. (From what I've read, it sounds a lot like Court Theatre's gracefully astringent Porgy and Bess of 2011.) Continue reading >>

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