By Jason Clark
Updated May 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT
Credit: Chad Batka

Three weeks until the Tony Awards, and the Broadway extensions (i.e. bids for prospective votes) are in full swing. The Trip to Bountiful has announced an extension to Sept. 1, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has announced it will extend several more weeks to July 28 (as star Sigourney Weaver amusingly pointed out: “the audience’s response is so enthusiastic—and, also, we need the money.”). Billy Crystal warmed the hearts of many by announcing that he will be reviving his Tony-winning solo effort 700 Sundays for a holiday run later this year. And though it’s May, there’s no slowdown for new Off-Broadway offerings, among them a comic take on the Constitution by a former SNL-er and the long-awaited return of one of last season’s most acclaimed new musicals. Click on the links below to read the full reviews:

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional: After his triumphant take on the history of the world-Long Story Short, which also aired on HBO-Colin Quinn returns to take on our seasoned forefathers. Our own Ray Rahman found it admittedly more fun than history class, “like a gleefully demented yet strangely astute book report… that’s just fine—the important thing is that Quinn is pro-funny”. EW grade: B+

A Family For All Occasions: Philip Seymour Hoffman takes a movie breather to helm an intimate family drama for his beloved Labyrinth Theater Company, starring The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey DeMunn. Critic Melissa Rose Bernardo found it less than cozy, calling it “uninspired”, adding that “much of it isn’t even plausible, in fact. “ EW grade: C-

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812: After a smash run at in a tiny midtown space last year, the Russian-flavored electropop musical (pictured above) returns for a summer run in NYC’s meatpacking district. Did the magic continue? Thom Geier’s enthusiastic take certainly makes it apparent, noting it “captures the essence of Tolstoy’s meandering epic and its intrinsic Russian-ness, while and still building to a surprisingly moving finale of longing and loss… by the end of this sensational and singular Off Broadway production, there may not be a dry eye in the dacha.” EW grade: A-

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