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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Yerma - Where Need Becomes A Dangerous Obsession by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderDirector Simon Stone's reinterpretation of Federico García Lorca's Yerma is, quite simply, one of the best shows of this or any other theatre season. Enj…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Jerry Springer-The Opera by Judd Hollander

A Good Idea Taken Too FarReviewed by Judd HollanderIn the world of tabloid talk shows, few are more famous, or infamous, than "The Jerry Springer Show". A place where relationships, question…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Flight - Putting A Human Face On A Hot Button Issue by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe McKittrick Hotel, home to such artistic triumphs as Sleep No More and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, has another winner with their latest offering, Flig…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hey, Look Me Over! - It's What's Not There That's The Problem by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFor the last quarter of a century, the appeal of the Encores! series at New York City Center has been the opportunity for audiences to see little known, or long for…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Disco Pigs - the Pangs of Youth by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderIt’s great to have a best friend when you’re a child. Someone you can tell secrets to, watch television with, and just hang out together. But as one grows …

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

He Brought Her Heart Back In A Box - The Many Shades of Racial History by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderShadows of the past run long and deep, and breaking free to find your own way is not as easy as it may seem. A point Adrienne Kennedy makes clear in her absolutely …

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Undertaking - A Pallid Examination of the Dark Side by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderA theatrical documentarian gets pulled into his own subject in The Undertaking, now at 59E59 Theaters.After working on various projects for the investigative t…

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Ballyturk - Where The End Of The Road Is Just Out Of Sight by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderIf "sleep is freedom", as one character points out in Enda Walsh's Ballyturk, then it follows that ignorance is bliss and knowledge offers an awareness that can be …

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Friday, December 29, 2017

The Children - Posing Questions of Responsibility by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander"I don't know how to want less", exclaims Hazel (Deborah Findlay) in Lucy Kirkwood's dystopian drama The Children. This Londontransfer currently having its North Am…

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Friday, December 22, 2017

It's A Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Play - All About Making A Difference by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderEach person’s life touches others, often in the most unexpected ways. It’s a lesson learned by George Bailey in the 1946 film “It’s A Wonderful Life", and g…

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Downtown Race Riot - A Matter of Perception by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderJust because one person has an opinion of how they stand in a cultural context, doesn't mean people with different social perspectives share that same opinion. This…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Who's Holiday! - One Woman, Starting Again by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFor the record, the Grinch did not pat Cindy Lou Who on the butt during that long ago Christmas Eve, nor was she possibly three years old at the time the two first …

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Harry Clarke - One Man's Search for Himself by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderBilly Crudup gives a powerful performance in David Cale's Harry Clarke. A one-man play about the realizations and pitfalls that come with self-discovery, now at the…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Illyria - Offering Much, But Not Telling Enough by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe birth pangs of the New York Shakespeare Festival, particularly its conflicts with the New York City Parks Department and city planner Robert Moses are the stuff…

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Of Thee I Sing - It's Message Still Soars by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderSatire may be what closes on Saturday night, as playwright George S. Kaufman once said, but that was certainly not the case for the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical O…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Home Place - Not Always Where The Heart Is by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe breakdown of the status quo can be tough on those who've lived by it for so long. An issue Brian Friel examines in his 2005 dramaThe Home Place. The work having…

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Measure For Measure - A cup more than half empty by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderElevator Repair Service, known for taking literary classics and adapting them to the stage - with results ranging from somewhat interesting to completely astonishin…

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Friday, October 6, 2017

A Clockwork Orange - Where It's All In The Eyes Of The Beholder by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderOne of the more provocative dramas to hit the Off-Broadway stage in recent years is the U.K. import, A Clockwork Orange. A transfer of Anthony Burgess’ 1962 …

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday - A Tale of Family, Childhood and Mortality by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe subtext to the question "when did you grow up" is "when did you stop being a child"? A question explored in Sarah Ruhl’s bittersweet drama For Peter Pan …

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Parallelogram - A Bit Off The Mark by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderWhat if you knew exactly how your life was going to turn out, and there was absolutely nothing you could do to change it? One woman finds herself in exactly that si…

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Fun and Frolic, But Too Little Heart by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe Public Theater pulls out all the stops with its eye-catching presentation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Delacorte Theater in Central …

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Opening Skinner’s Box - An Interesting Intellectual Voyage by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe theatrical group Improbable takes a look at the struggle to understand the human condition, as well as its strengths, weaknesses and limits in Opening Skinner's…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Assassins - A musical bulls-eye by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderThe world has long had a morbid fascination with those who try to kill public figures, while at the same time trying to understand what makes them tick. These eleme…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Measure for Measure - A Probing Look at Hypocrisy by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderWhat you sew, so shall you eventually reap. A warning that could easily apply to William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, currently being given an enjoyable …

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Julius Caesar - Where Absolute Certainty Can Be Your Undoing by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFew plays are as consistently topical as William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Offering a forceful lesson on the perils of blind ambition, the show is being p…

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Julius Caesar - Where Absolute Certainty Can Be Your Undoing by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderFew plays are as consistently topical as William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Offering a forceful lesson on the perils of blind ambition, the show is being p…

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Government Inspector - Looking Out For Number One Was Never This Much Fun by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderRed Bull Theater forgoes any kind of subtlety and nuance in presenting The Government Inspector. Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Nikolai Gogol's 1836 work Revizor, …

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Whirligig - Too many coincidences by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderA subtitle for The Whirligig, the new drama by Hamish Linklater, could very well be "Six Degrees of Separation Lite". Presented by The New Group and currently …

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Arlington and Rooms - Studies of Isolation by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderPlaywright Enda Walsh examines those caught up in situations of oppression and loneliness with his works Arlington and Rooms. Vastly different in the…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Days - Not Always Happy, But a Riveting Tale by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd Hollander  Denial becomes a powerful weapon of survival in the Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days. The show running through May 28 at Th…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

In & Of Itself - A question of who we are and what we see by Judd Hollander

Reviewed by Judd HollanderBefore taking their seats in the Darryl Roth Theatre, audience members come face-to-face with a wall of cards. The different offerings listing various life choices.…

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