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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sincerity Forever & Bad Penny (Mac Wellman Festival: Perfect Catastrophes) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Flea Theater is honoring one of its co-founding members, playwright Mac Wellman, with a five play festival called “Perfect Catastrophes” which includes two world premieres and three …

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

L.O.V.E.R. by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If you are put off by the idea of women defining themselves based on the men in their lives, then Lois Robbins’ one-woman play "L.O.V.E.R." is not for you. However, if you concede that the…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

American Moor by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Cobb is titanic in this piece bringing his resonant voice and impressive physical presence to bear on the most famous classic role for a Black actor in the canon as well as his thoughts abou…

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Decky Does a Bronco by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Making is U.S. debut 19 years after its Scottish premiere in an actual park, Douglas Maxwell’s "Decky Does a Bronco" is a worthy addition to the dramatic literature of plays about childhoo…

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Lear: That Old Man I Used to Know by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Hopkins had added selections from Lewis Carroll (references to the Jabberwock and “The White Knight’s Song: The Aged Age Man,” the poem which gives her the new title), Emily Dickinson …

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Cooping Theory 1969: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Poseidon Theatre Company’s "The Cooping Theory 1969: Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe?," described as a "new immersive paranormal experience,” is set at the RPM Underground which is more inter…

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Make Believe by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bess Wohl’s new play, "Make Believe," is a fascinating study of how the traumas of childhood affect our adult lives, particularly the damage seen and unseen parents inflict on their offspr…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Tech Support by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Deborah Whitfield’s 'Tech Support" offers a clever idea in order to review feminism in the past century. Unfortunately, her rather superficial approach misses a great many opportunities. T…

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Eureka Day by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jonathan Spector’s "Eureka Day" now having its East Coast premiere at Walkerspace is a blisteringly satiric and provocative play torn right out of the headlines. Ostensibly about how one p…

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Described as a multimedia production, "Da Vinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience" is actually a lecture by art historian Mark Rodgers to slides of the masterpieces of these two geni…

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Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Exes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Lenore Skomal’s "The Exes" wants to revive the Broadway-style sex comedies of the 1950’s and 60’s, earlier called boulevard comedy. Unfortunately, not only is the formula passé but te…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night Dream" is perfect comedy for July or August and adding a meal is an even cleverer idea. Presented jointly by Food for Love Productions and Third Ra…

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Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Midsummer: A Banquet" is an auditory and oral treat, a light entertainment for this time of year. Using Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook’s skillfully adapted abridgment of Shakespeare…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Native Son by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kelley’s adaptation begins with the murder of Mary which avoids preparing us for the limited life of opportunity that Bigger leads in the Black Belt of Chicago and making him less sympathe…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Composer-lyricist Joe Inconis’ follow up to his teen favorite, "Be More Chill," is not only a showcase for musical comedy actress Annie Golden but a tribute to the Blaxploitation and Marti…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Coriolanus (Free Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" has a great deal to warn us about as a cautionary tale, it is also not as deep or as poetic a play as his major tragedies. Daniel Sullivan’s production f…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Neil LaBute’s “Appomattox” is the most substantial of the three plays and deals with a topic new to his work. Two long-time friends, Frank, black, and Joe, white, are having a picnic i…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mojada by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following up on Luis Alfaro’s critically acclaimed Chicano retelling of Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex" called "Oedipus El Rey," The Public Theater now stages his equally relevant and timely "M…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Series A of this year’s Summer Shorts: 13th Festival of New American Short Plays is unified around the theme of death and dying and how it affects the living. Lest you think that this soun…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Rolling Stone by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is not until the second act of British playwright Chris Urch’s "The Rolling Stone" that the play catches fire but from then on the drama is explosive, compelling and very disturbing. On…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Havel: the Passion of Thought by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The three Havel one acts, known as "The Vanek Plays," though written separately, were originally banned in Czechoslovakia and performed secretly in people’s living rooms as well as being p…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Barabbas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Will T.F. Carter’s "Barabbas" is very outspoken on the topic of political corruption in Peru, the play is dramatically weak as so much of it is exposition. In each scene we learn a l…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Comedian’s Tragedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Matthew Amendt’s new play "The Comedian’s Tragedy" asks the burning question why did Aristophanes, the master of Greek comedy, never write any tragedies. Socrates in Plato’s "Symposium…

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Toni Stone by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Lydia R. Diamond’s "Toni Stone" is a tour de force for one actress and Obie Award winner April Matthis gives a bravura performance as the first woman to play professional baseball as part …

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Nottage’s book is faithful to the novel while at the same time reducing some of the melodrama and streamlining the story to reduce the number of characters to a cast of 13. Sheik’s score…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Mountains Look Different by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A mash-up of Eugene O’Neill’s "Anna Christie" (set in Manhattan and off the coasts of Provincetown and Boston) and "Desire under the Elms "(with a rural New England setting), the play is…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Handbagged by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director Indhu Rubasingham’s production is engrossing and entertaining, this talky and dense play may be difficult to follow for Americans who either do not know or have forgotten…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing (Free Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Kenny Leon has made his reputation with trenchant productions of contemporary and new plays by such authors as Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Katori Hall and Lydia R. Diamond. N…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Little Women by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kate Hamill who has had success with "Sense and Sensibility" (Bedlam), "Pride and Prejudice" (Primary Stages), and "Vanity Fair "(The Pearl Theatre) has now turned her sights to Louisa May A…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dying City by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under Shinn’s direction, Winstead making her stage debut is very low-key, almost as an observer in her own story. True she works as a therapist, one who tries not to reveal her personal fe…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Long Lost by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play offers no catharsis as the actors are so low-key throughout, all much too calm even when the stakes are rising. As a result, there is little or no tension even when we realize the p…

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