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This Week on Stage: Good 'Fences' makes good Tony front-runner

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fences_washingtonA bevy of new shows opened on Broadway over the past week, as New York’s theater season winds down before the cut-off for Tony Award eligibility. Nominations will be announced this Tuesday in advance of the June 13 show.

On that note, the Denzel Washington and Viola Davis-led revival of August Wilson’s Fences (the stars are pictured at left, with Chris Chalk) looks like it may land itself some Tony nods, for Best Play Revival as well as stars Davis and Washington. Melissa Rose Bernardo reviewed the show for EW, giving it mostly good marks and a B grade overall, though she took issue with Washington soft-pedaling some of the drama for punchlines. Bernardo also reviewed the revival of Collected Stories, giving it a B+ and saying that star Linda Lavin “is relishing, but not milking, her role as a writer/professor/reluctant mentor.” EW’s Thom Geier had a mixed reaction to the from-London production of Enron, a play starring Norbert Leo Butz and 24’s Gregory Itzin. In his B- review, Geier praised “several clever touches,” including “the depiction of the Lehman Brothers as Siamese twins in a single suit” but remarked, too, that Enron sometimes “plays like 60 Minutes on acid.”

Back over in the musical world, both Promises, Promises and Everyday Rapture opened. EW’s Lisa Schwarzbaum gave the revival of Promises a B+, singling out star Sean Hayes and supporting player Katie Finneran for breaking “through barriers of time and setting to produce timeless audience laughs of pleasure,” while faulting costar Kristin Chenoweth and her apparent “discomfort in her role.” As for Everyday Rapture, Geier said that Sherie Rene Scott’s nearly one-woman show is like “a beautiful day in the neighborhood” and gave it a B+.

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, which includes links to all of our stage reviews of current shows as well as ticket information. (Note: The reviews are typically of performances with the show’s original cast.)

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