Tanner Stransky
December 12, 2009 AT 02:00 PM EST

The past week saw the opening of two new shows in New York City. The first is a new play from David Mamet, Race, which EW critic Lisa Schwarzbaum awarded a C grade and called “a four-person dramatic tap dance about the lies blacks and whites tell each other about each other.” The other—without a doubt, much lighter fare—is a lost backstage play called So Help Me God starring Kristen Johnston that EW’s Jessica Shaw gave a B, commenting that “Johnston seems to relish every second” of her time on stage, “strutting around the stage in diva-worthy capes and lacy gowns, flicking her hand when she wants to dismiss a company member from her presence or, worse yet, the playwright.” Seemingly, a character that Johnston was made to embody.

But, of course, Race and So Help Me God are not all that’s on the boards right now. Looking for something else? 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.)


The Addams Family — Musical; opens 2010

Billy Elliot — Musical; opened 11/13/08; EW grade: B+

Burn the Floor — Musical; opened 8/3/09 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: A-

Bye Bye Birdie — Musical Revival starring John Stamos; opened 10/15/2009 – 1/24/2010; EW grade: C+

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

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

Finian’s Rainbow — Musical Revival; opened 10/29/2009; EW grade: B-

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-

In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play — Comedy; opens 11/19/2009 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: B-

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas — Musical Revival; 11/13/2009 – 1/3/2010

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

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

A Little Night Music — Musical Revival starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury; opens 12/13/2009

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+

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; opens 1/24/2010

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

Ragtime — Musical Revival; opened 11/15/2009; EW grade: A

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

The Royal Family — Comedy Revival; opened 10/8/09 – 12/13/09; EW grade: B+

Shrek the Musical — Musical; opened 12/14/2008 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B+

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

Superior Donuts — Drama; opened 10/1/09 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B

The 39 Steps — Comedy; opened 1/4/2008; EW grade: B+

Time Stands Still — Drama starring Laura Linney; opens 1/28/2010

A View From the Bridge — Drama Revival starring Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson; opens 1/24/2010

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

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

Wishful Drinking — Drama/Comedy starring Carrie Fisher; opened 10/4/2009 – 1/17/2010; EW grade: A-


Altar Boyz — Musical; opened 3/1/2005 – 1/10/2010; EW grade: B+

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

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

The Brother/Sister Plays — Drama; opened 11/17/09 – 12/20/09; EW grade: A

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

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter — Drama; opened 12/3/2009 – 12/20/09; EW grade: C+

Idiot Savant — Comedy starring Willem Dafoe; opened 11/4/2009 – 12/20/2009; EW grade: C-

Let Me Down Easy — Drama starring Anna Deavere Smith; opened 10/7/2009 – 1/4/2009; EW grade: A-

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

My Wonderful Day — Drama; opened 11/18/2009 – 12/13/2009; EW grade: A-

Nightingale — Drama starring Lynn Redgrave; opened 11/3/2009 – 12/13/2009; EW grade: C

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

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part II Drama; opens 12/17/09;

Our Town — Drama Revival; opened 2/26/2009

So Help Me God! — Comedy starring Kristen Johnston; opened 12/7/09 – 12/20/09; EW grade: B

The Starry Messenger — Drama starring Matthew Broderick; opened 11/23/2009 – 12/12/09; EW grade: D

Stomp — Special Performance; opened 2/27/1994

A Streetcar Named Desire — Drama starring Cate Blanchett; opened 12/2/09 – 12/20/09; EW grade: B+

This — Drama starring Julianne Nicholson; opened 12/2/09 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B+

The Toxic Avenger Musical — Musical; opened 4/6/2009 – 1/3/2010; EW grade: B

The Understudy — Comedy starring Julie White, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Justin Kirk; opened 11/5/2009 – 1/13/2010; EW grade: B+


The 101 Dalmatians Musical (national tour) — Musical; EW grade: B-

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

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

Equivocation (Los Angeles) — Drama; 11/10/2009 – 12/20/2009; EW grade: B-

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

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

Mary Poppins (Los Angeles) — Musical; 11/13/2009 – 2/7/2010; EW grade: B

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

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

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

More Stage coverage from EW.com:

‘The Pee-Wee Herman Show’ is back! For reals!

Valerie Harper returns to Broadway in ‘Looped’

Corbin Bleu to star in Broadway’s ‘In the Heights’

Edward Albee’s new play to open in August 2010

Al Pacino to play Shylock in Shakespeare in the Park

De Niro, Springsteen recognized at Kennedy Center Honors

Off Broadway’s ‘Altar Boyz’ to close

‘So Help Me God’ review

‘Race’ review

Photo credit: Robert J. Saferstein

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