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A Broadway revival set in the circus. A re-imagined Tennessee Williams classic. A Shakespeare musical. A post-apocalyptic play about “The Simpsons.” A comedy about being Jewish. Whatever the source material or the subject matter, what do all of these shows have in common? They feature some of the best ensemble acting seen on New York stages this year. This year is impossible to discuss without mentioning “Pippin.” Even those who dislike the Stephen Schwartz musical can’t dismiss this spellbinding version, transformed by director Diane Paulus into a circus of delights. Featuring an impeccable leading cast—including Tony winners Patina Miller and Andrea Martin—alongside professional acrobats, the production highlights diverse talents that complement each other, making the entire show literally soar.  Like “Pippin,” the John Tiffany–helmed “The Glass Menagerie” transferred from American Repertory Theater this season, with arguably the Williams play’s most original concept. On a set floating in black goo, »

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