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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Pain of My Belligerence by Darryl Reilly

Jaw-dropping plot twists, painfully forced au courant dialogue, awkward sex scenes and a jagged central performance all make the world premiere of Halley Feiffer's "The Pain of My Belligeren…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Appointment by Darryl Reilly

chorus line of singing and dancing fetuses follows the eerily comical beginning of "The Appointment" where we first meet them posed as if they’re in wombs and babbling in baby talk. When o…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

All Our Children by Darryl Reilly

“These are difficult times, a character observes in playwright Stephen Unwin's engrossing historical drama, "All Our Children," that crackles with tension. Nazi Germany’s forced euthanas…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Humours of Bandon by Darryl Reilly

The blonde, animated and spunky Ms. McAuliffe portrays 16-year-old Dublin resident Annie who’s been dancing since childhood. Wearing tights, a T-shirt and a varsity jacket, McAuliffe’s d…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

No Exit by Darryl Reilly

Absent scenery, with a character excised and fiercely performed, this stripped down taut revival of Jean-Paul Sartre’s "No Exit" is quite compelling and faithful to the spirit of the origi…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

June Is the First Fall by Darryl Reilly

The personable Alton Alburo as Don manages to make this underdeveloped character compelling with his charming presence. Playing his father David with easygoing humor and poignancy is the out…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Faust 2.0 by Darryl Reilly

Director Sharon Ann Fogarty’s colossal staging weaves together the many disparate technical elements into a unified mini-epic event. Actors sit at a long rectangular table and their images…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Sondheim: Wordplay” by Darryl Reilly

Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli’s direction melded the performers with expert physical placement sprinkled with occasional dance bits that made for lively presentatio…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Women Behind Bars by Darryl Reilly

Referencing the 1950 women’s prison drama "Caged" and synthesizing all of the conventions of that cinematic genre, the late playwright Tom Eyen crafted the 1975 camp classic "Women Behind …

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations by Darryl Reilly

"Ain't Too Proud to Beg," “Get Ready,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “You're My Everything” and of course “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” are am…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Life Sucks by Darryl Reilly

“Did you know that this play is called "Life Sucks"?” says a character in playwright Aaron Posner’s meta-theatrical Life Sucks. It’s a wild yet emotionally resonant work “sort of …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Accidentally Brave by Darryl Reilly

“Everything is copy” was Nora Ephron’s maxim about the potential of all of one’s life experiences to be fashioned into narrative material if one has the cachet to be paid attention …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Remembering Duane Bodin (1932-2018) by Darryl Reilly

The death of a long inactive performer with a fine career during Broadway’s Golden Age understandably went unnoticed. He was my neighbor in the 1980’s. The post Remembering Duane Bodin …

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Day I Became Black by Darryl Reilly

A searing epiphany at "The Day I Became Black"’s climax redeems its uneven mixture of confessional and stand-up. The show is written and performed by the engaging biracial young comedian a…

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest: Two Ways by Darryl Reilly

It’s billed as “Two Ways” because this event is comprised of differing versions performed in repertory. There is the self-explanatory “Conventional Casting” and the “Reversed Cas…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hatef**k by Darryl Reilly

There’s stinging dialogue, solid construction and high powers of observation that accurately render the fractious literary milieu with Imran’s offstage agent a major figure. These all en…

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Chick Flick the Musical by Darryl Reilly

Suzy Conn’s zesty score is a fusion of her peppy music and well-crafted lyrics. “Quandary” is rhymed with “laundry” and among the 14 bright songs there’s a comical ode to Meryl S…

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Monday, March 11, 2019

If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka by Darryl Reilly

Dynamically presented and sensationally performed, "If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka" is playwright Tori Sampson's maddeningly overblown adaptation of a fable with music. A surfeit o…

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Imagining Madoff by Darryl Reilly

Employing his rumbling deep voice, his thinning hair slicked back and veering from snarling cheeriness to reflective introspection, Jeremiah Kissel swaggering in a power suit gleefully give…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Recent Alien Abductions by Darryl Reilly

Devilishly enigmatic and culminating in an eerie denouement, playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas' stylized warring brothers yarn "Recent Alien Abductions" confidentially veers tonally, seemi…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Dying in Boulder by Darryl Reilly

Lanford Wilson’s celebrated humanistic style and spirit are wonderfully evoked by playwright Linda Faigao-Hall in her moving family drama "Dying in Boulder." Its articulate characters con…

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Good Friday by Darryl Reilly

A scorching and ingeniously plotted exploration of feminism versus rape culture in the contemporary United States is achieved in "Good Friday." Playwright Kristiana Rae Colón’s audacious,…

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Eat the Devil by Darryl Reilly

In this madcap universe, passengers on a jet are caught in a space warp known as a “corn hole” that was caused by Amazon’s tampering with the atmosphere to speed up delivery times, Ama…

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

We Are the Tigers by Darryl Reilly

The show’s talented mastermind is Preston Max Allen. Mr. Allen’s rollicking score is a pounding collection of catchy pop and showtune melodies matched with sharp lyrics. Allen’s well-c…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reflections of Derek Jarman by Darryl Reilly

The iconoclastic gay British film director sadly died 25 years ago today at the age of 52 from AIDS. Encountering him from afar made a great impression on me. The post Reflections of Derek …

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Maverick by Darryl Reilly

"The Whole World Was Watching: My Life Under the Media Microscope" is the autobiography of the South Carolina native journalist and television production figure Frank Beacham that was publis…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

God Shows Up by Darryl Reilly

Filichia has had a long and storied career as a theater critic and author of several books on the topic. His having witnessed a multitude of productions, this immersion informs "God Shows Up…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Book review: “And One More Thing ” by Quentin Crisp by Darryl Reilly

A delightful new collection of material from that flamboyant sage. There’s the script of his one-man show, unseen poems and pithy observations galore. The post Book review: “And One …

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Glen by Darryl Reilly

Comprised of 27 short scenes in two parts that are each designated as being two acts and ranging from 1945 to 1954, "The Glen" is a stewpot of a play inspired by a real person’s life. Glen…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ah, Wilderness! by Darryl Reilly

In three acts, we get idealized Norman Rockwell-style Americana. As in his dramas, O’Neill’s sense of structure is totally idiosyncratic. Ah, Wilderness! is shorter than his dramas but s…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State by Darryl Reilly

The Brooklyn-born Quinn has been performing stand-up since the 1980’s and his seasoned wise guy New Yorker persona was once showcased on Saturday Night Live and in recent years in several …

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