Performing Arts

Theater Review: ‘Paint Your Wagon’

Elizabeth (Jenni Barber) is a wife sold to rich miner Ben (Keith Carradine) in “Paint Your Wagon,” presented by Encores! at New York City Center. (Joan Marcus)
Elizabeth (Jenni Barber) is a wife sold to rich miner Ben (Keith Carradine) in “Paint Your Wagon,” presented by Encores! at New York City Center. (Joan Marcus)

NEW YORK—”There’s gold in them thar hills,” as the recent Encores! production of the 1951 tuner “Paint Your Wagon” (book and lyrics by Alan Jay...

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    Theater Review: ‘Placebo’

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  • Jillian Vanstone as Alice and Dylan Tedaldi as the White Rabbit in the National Ballet of Canada’s production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” (Aleksandar Antonijevic)

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