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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Theatre4the People and the Matthew Corozine Studio present ‘Under the Dragon’s Tail’ by Isaac Byrne by Patricia Contino

Real experts like E. M. Forester and Virginia Woolf knew what reviewers go out of their way explaining in wordy detail:  there is no such thing as a simple plot.  Like offline real life, a…

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Monday, July 18, 2022

Cassandra Rosebeetle and JL Marlor’s ‘The Final Veil’ at the cell theatre by Patricia Contino

  Co-Creator/Co-Choreographer/Director/Producer/Lead Performer Cassandra Rosebettle and Co- Creator/Composer/Librettist JL Marlor describe The Final Veil as a movement opera.  Unlike trad…

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Monday, May 9, 2022

For Some…The Future Was Female: 2 Reinvented Icons by Patricia Contino

  Hopefully, with a lot of numerousness, the truer story of women in history and the arts will continue.  #MeToo and COVID partially started this reckoning, and these two recent works are …

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

IRT Theater presents Arthur Schnitzler’s ‘Round Dance’ by Patricia Contino

  Does love make the world go round?  Is there such a thing as a random encounter?  In 1897, Viennese playwright Arthur Schnitzler asked these questions in Reigen (Round Dance). which in …

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company’s Revival of ‘A Day in Hollywood/A Night at the Ukraine at Theatre Row by Patricia Contino

It was hard not thinking about what was happening in Ukraine (the “The” was dropped when independence was declared in 1991) when J2 Spotlight Theater’s captivating revival of A Day i…

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Monday, February 14, 2022

‘Space Dogs’ Blast Off at MCC Theatre by Patricia Contino

The Jetsons had Astro.  Doctor Who K-9 and Karvanista.  Boxey adopted robotic Daggit after the first Battlestar Galactica survived the Cylon attack but the poor kid’s pet didn’t.  Th…

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Revisiting 2 Icons: A Dance Solo and a Legacy by Patricia Contino

Recipes, coffee franchises, fashion, even outfits worn to museum galas are labeled “iconic.”  The performing arts have no shortage of them either.  Towards the end of 2021, two very di…

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Thursday, November 4, 2021

United Solo Theatre Festival 2021 presents Lynn Needle’s SIX SOLOS – Legend, Myth and Nature by Patricia Contino

  Following this unprecedented time of isolation, the United Solo Theatre Festival 2021 is back at Theatre Row.  On October 28, choreographer, teacher, and gifted visual memoirist Lynn N…

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Bated Breath Theatre Company presents ‘Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec’ in Greenwich Village by Patricia Contino

  Part street theatre, part walking tour and all fun, Bated Breath Theatre Company’s, Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec uses the West Village as its stage.  Extended through Nove…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble Presents ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ by Patricia Contino

  Ivan Ilyich Golovin died a hard death.  Judgement of the Imperial Court official’s soul is left to his creator – Leo Tolstoy – whose edicts are more dogmatic than any Supreme Being…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020

The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. presents ‘a photograph/lovers in motion’ by Ntozake Shange, by Patricia Contino

  Neither Michael (Imana Breaux) nor Sean David (Adrain Washington) would recognize their present-day San Francisco hometown.  The aspiring artists’ relationship, told in Ntozake Shang…

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Swan Lake’ at New York City Center by Patricia Contino

  “DO NOT FEED THE SWANS” reads the sign posted at the edge of the lake The Prince (James Lovell) staggers towards.  Drunk, unhappy and unloved, he’s ready to end it all when The Swa…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ at La MaMa by Patricia Contino

  Imagine being  a primarily self-taught scientist who wrote several almanacs, built a clock that ran 50 years, corresponded with Thomas Jefferson and was so brilliant performing measureme…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) Presents ‘Timon of Athens’ by Patricia Contino

  The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) approximates that the Bard wrote Timon of Athens and King Lear between 1604-1606.  Lear is a masterpiece about dysfunctional families, abuse of p…

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

New Ohio Theatre for Young Minds presents UP CLOSE FESTIVAL by Patricia Contino

  Being the reviewer is fun stuff but can be awkward – particularly when covering children’s theatre, when the only reactions that matter most are from those wearing glittery unicorn ho…

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The New Stage Theatre Company’s ‘Near to the Wild Heart’ by Patricia Contino

    2020 marks the centennial of Clarice Lispector’s birth.  The Ukrainian-Jewish refugee who settled in Brazil has long been acclaimed as a feminist trailblazer in male dominated South…

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Chase Brock Experience’s ‘The Four Seasons’ by Patricia Contino

  The November 26, 2019 publication of The UN environment programme Emissions Gap Report 2019  confirms yet again that Earth is in serious trouble.  Findings directed specifically at th…

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Monday, November 18, 2019

BAM Next Wave 2019: ‘The End of Eddy’ by Patricia Contino

  “From my childhood I have no happy memories. I don’t mean to say that I never, in all those years, felt any happiness or joy. But suffering is all-consuming: it somehow gets rid of an…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

DruidShakespeare: Richard III at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival by Patricia Contino

  DruidShaekespeare’s Richard III  is a bruising experience, which is as it should be.  The Irish troupe’s contribution to the tenth anniversary season of Lincoln Center’s White L…

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ars Nova presents ‘Dr. Ride’s American Beach House’ by Liza Birkenmeier by Patricia Contino

  Historic events impact lives.  There are the famous examples of Walt Whitman’s Civil War poetry, Abraham Zapruder’s home movie of the events in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963 and…

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Sunday, October 27, 2019

‘Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation’ at The Triad by Patricia Contino

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation is review-proof.  Creator/Writer/Director Gerard Alessandrini started parodying The Great White Way in 1982, and The Triad Theatre (158 West 72nd St…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Next Wave 2019: ‘The Second Woman’ at BAM Fisher by Patricia Contino

The happiest and worst memories are those that last, re-playing over and over in one’s head.  Movies have the same effect, like smiling when thinking about Han Solo winking at Princess Le…

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Friday, October 18, 2019

William Forsythe: A Quiet Evening of Dance at The Shed by Patricia Contino

  Walking to The Shed, NYC’s newest cultural center on West 30th Street and 11th Avenue, is a visual lesson in urban planning.  After exiting the A train on 34th Street at the eyesore …

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Co•Lab Dance at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center by Patricia Contino

“What did you do on your summer vacation?” is a big conversation starter this time of year  Dancers dance, whether on tour, as featured guests at festivals, or for members of American…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Ma-Yi Theater Company Presents the World Premiere of “Felix Starro” at Theatre Row by Patricia Contino

  Like many musicals, Felix Starro, opening Ma-Yi Theatre Company’s 30th anniversary season at Theatre Row, is about the tenuous connection between family and faith.  What makes Feli…

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Lara Spencer Won’t Read This and I Don’t Care by Patricia Contino

My first reaction to Good Morning America anchor Lara Spencer’s insensitive remarks about young Prince George taking ballet lessons was primal outrage.  Ballet is one of my “things” �…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Joyce Ballet Festival Program C, or The Art of the Arabesque by Patricia Contino

  Arabesque: “One of the basic poses in ballet, arabesque takes its name from a form of Moorish ornament. In ballet it is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which c…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Yang Liping Contemporary Dance’s ‘Under Siege’ at Mostly Mozart by Patricia Contino

  Since there is no longer a Lincoln Center Festival (the moral being never hire a former college president who believed locals could summer in Salzburg or other pricey European festivals j…

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Midsummer Dance Card: Tradition Defined by Patricia Contino

  A delightful part of ballet history was at the Joyce July 7-14. The Dance is an art because it demands vocation, knowledge, and ability. It is a fine art because it strives for an ideal, …

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Final Performances of Megan Monaghan Rivas’s ‘Three Musketeers: 1941’ This Weekend! by Patricia Contino

    Even if King Arthur didn’t return to the aid of Great Britain during World War II, other heroes like Wonder Woman, Captain America, Sherlock Holmes and The Scarlet Pimpernel aided th…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Celebrations Two Legends Remembered During PRIDE Month by Patricia Contino

It’s been 30 years since photographer  Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) and choreographer Alvin Ailey (1931-1989) died from AIDS.  The June-long celebration of civil rights and respect …

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