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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Happy Birthday Doug by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Droege’s sharp and well-observed writing renders each of these familiar figures with biting depth, achieving grand mini-portraiture. Though preoccupied with comedy, an undercurrent of …

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Where We Stand by Darryl Reilly

Amidst the hubbub that includes coerced audience clapping and singalongs, we attempt to discern what the point is. It appears to be the story of an outsider who takes up residence in a rural…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) by Darryl Reilly

ICE raids, harrowing border crossing journeys and transferring money home are depicted in the rousing and moving play "Fandango For Butterflies (and Coyotes)." It’s derived from undocument…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Brecht: Call and Respond (an evening of three one-acts) by Darryl Reilly

“Producing theatrical works that feature compelling stories created by emerging theater artists” is from the New Light Theater Project’s self-description. Their vastly and thoughtfully…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

PackRat by Darryl Reilly

Writer and director Renee Philippi’s appealing scenario is simple, heartfelt and dramatic. It’s realized by Ms. Philippi’s supreme command of stagecraft that revels in theatricality. D…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Emojiland: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

Smiling Faces, Skull, Princess, Pile of Poo and other notable emojis cavorting around might have made for a peppy contained sophisticated children’s show. The creators of "Emojiland: The M…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker by Darryl Reilly

The show was conceived, directed and designed by Theodora Skipitares. Her treatment of these biographical details is that of a fanciful saga with the awestruck tone of a children’s book. T…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The Woman in Black by Darryl Reilly

Fog wafting, an empty rocking chair moving by itself, blackouts, ghostly apparitions and crashing music are all part of the spooky fun in "The Woman In Black." Scary moments, intriguing hoku…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie by Darryl Reilly

With her richly expressive character voice, alternating between appealing deepness and wonderfully hitting high notes, she beautifully does justice to each song. We see every hallowed surrea…

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Miss America’s Ugly Daughter:  Bess Myerson & Me by Darryl Reilly

More in the spirit of Carrie Fisher than Christina Crawford, performer Barra Grant chronicles her life and that of her famous mother in her engaging and smartly presented self-written solo s…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

In Praise of Frances Sternhagen on her 90th Birthday by Darryl Reilly

As a seasoned New York theatergoer, I experienced her immense talents many times and today is cause to recall a few of her unheralded performances. The post In Praise of Frances Sternhagen …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Or, An Astronaut Play by Darryl Reilly

A lively cast comprised of Harrison Unger, Caturah Brown, Tay Bass and Jonathan Cruz not only deliver exceptional performances during the inconsequential "Or, An Astronaut Play," they also…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Remembering Denise Winters (1953 – 2019) by Darryl Reilly

Elaine Stritch and I were among the many stars and strivers whom this preeminent and gracious NYC photographer vividly rendered by her profound portraits. The post Remembering Denise Winte…

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

A 2019 Ten Best List by Darryl Reilly

These superior revivals, bold new plays and a terrific solo show were the most fascinating and memorable productions I experienced this year. The post A 2019 Ten Best List appeared first on…

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Pockets by Darryl Reilly

Frothiness abounds in "Pockets," an amusing spoof of British musicals that’s presented by the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe Robot Teammate.  The rollicking score is a collaboration betw…

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Darryl Reilly

Besides Mr. Skittles, there are 18 other characters of different races, ages, genders and sexualities. They’re a cross section of the downtrodden and those involved with aiding them. Ex-co…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Where Are We Now by Darryl Reilly

Possessed of an awesome soaring tenor voice, the magnetic Dutch-German Mr. Ratzke offers not a conventional cover band-style tribute show with slavish imitation, but instead a thrilling perf…

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The Thin Place by Darryl Reilly

After pillaging Ibsen in "A Doll's House, Part 2" and lampooning the former First Couple for "Hillary and Clinton," vaunted playwright Lucas Hnath’s latest piffle, "The Thin Place" is a Wa…

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ray gun say0nara by Darryl Reilly

Fabulous technical elements and spirited performances from a large ensemble of actors, singers and dancers cannot overcome the authorial negligence of the musical science fiction pastiche, "…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand by Darryl Reilly

Cariou is now appearing Off-Broadway as the titular character in playwright George Eastman’s slight though moving two-character work, Harry Townsend's Last Stand. Sharp one-liners, funny s…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

MsTrial by Darryl Reilly

Prominent Georgia attorney Dep Kirkland “decided to listen to his own voice, and walked away from the legal field altogether to pursue his previously private dream of acting, writing, and …

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

A Bright Room Called Day by Darryl Reilly

Maddeningly alternating between being an absorbing historical drama and a grating exercise in self-indulgence,  "A Bright Room Called Day" is author Tony Kushner’s reimagining of his 198…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Young Man from Atlanta by Darryl Reilly

Yes, Mr. Foote’s eloquent take on the souring of the American Dream has shades of Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman," but with his idiosyncratic and powerful command of dramatic writi…

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Other Than We by Darryl Reilly

An old man who is an homage to Noam Chomsky is metamorphosed into an owl through the aid of a cloth mask and a print costume with a technician behind him flapping the wings, accompanied by t…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dear Laurie Lawrence by Darryl Reilly

The late NYC performer’s 60th birthday was commemorated by a lovely concert at The Duplex with the proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The post Dear Laurie Lawrence a…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Virgo Star by Darryl Reilly

Following a comically exaggerated shootout, the two men make out. A cowgirl and a Mexican woman get together. At one point performers blindfold audience members for a brief bit. There’s a …

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Evita by Darryl Reilly

Solea Pfeiffer in a scene from New York City Center’s revival of “Evita” (Photo credit: Joan Marcus) Darryl Reilly, Critic Abandoning elaborate scenery and projections for her spirited…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fires in the Mirror by Darryl Reilly

The Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Sonny Carson are among the two dozen celebrities, cross section of New Yorkers, and male and female integral figures of diverse ethnicities that a…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Film review: “Leonard Soloway’s Broadway” by Darryl Reilly

The life of the prolific theater producer whose career began in the 1940’s is chronicled in this eventful and entertaining show business documentary. The post Film review: “Leonard Solo…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Darryl Reilly

Seven vibrant and diverse women of color take the stage and speak, sing and dance at the start of this shining revival of author Ntozake Shange’s landmark play, "For Colored Girls Who Have…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America by Darryl Reilly

Revolutionary War patriots Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin are eerily represented by male and female black performers wearing tweaked 18th…

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