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This Week on Stage: I know you're excited about 'The Pee-wee Herman Show' but what am I?

In case you haven’t heard, Pee-wee Herman is currently making quite the comeback! Specifically, right now, Paul Reubens is staging a show in L.A. with his former childlike-but-grown-up persona as the subject. EW’s Adam B. Vary reviewed the production, awarding it a B grade and saying that, while watching, “feelings of goodwill for Pee-wee Herman come rushing back.” Meanwhile, back in New York City, a revival of Noël Coward’s play Present Laughter, starring Victor Garber as narcissistic stage legend Garry Essendine, opened. “For the most part, however,” I said in my review of the show,” Present Laughter lives up to its name.” Laughter earned itself a B-.

If you’re looking for some live theater, check out the 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 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+

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

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

ENRON – Musical; opens 4/27/10

Fela! – Musical; opened 11/23/2009; 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-

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

Lend Me a Tenor – Comedy Revival; 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

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

Looped – Drama; opens 3/14/10

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; 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

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

Sondheim on Sondheim – Musical Revue; opens 4/22/10

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; 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


Ages of the Moon – Drama starring Stephen Rea; opens 1/27/10 - 3/7/10

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

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

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

Circle Mirror Transformation – Drama; opened 12/15/09; EW grade: A

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

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

The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Part I – Drama; opened 11/20/2009 - 3/25/10; EW grade: A-

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part II Drama; opened 12/17/09 - 3/25/10; EW grade: B+

The Orphan’s Home Cycle, Part III – Drama; opens 1/26/10 - 3/25/10

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

Stomp – Special Performance; opened 2/27/1994


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+

(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

Palestine, New Mexico (Los Angeles) – Drama; opened 12/13/09 - 1/24/2010; EW grade: C+

The Pee-wee Herman Show (Los Angeles) – Comedy; opens 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

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

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