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Monday, January 17, 2022

This Beautiful Future by Darryl Reilly

First presented in London in 2017, this shimmering U.S. premiere affirms its acclaim. The Australian-born Ms. Kalnejais’ writing is highly crafted, imaginative and affective. Kalnejais was…

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Sugar Ray by Darryl Reilly

For 80 minutes, Mr. Wilson commands the stage with his expressive voice and charismatic physical presence. Wilson portrays Robinson from robust youth to early middle-age beset by early Alzhe…

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

A 2021 Five Best List by Darryl Reilly

In the past, my annual wrap up excluded Broadway but this year Broadway presented the bulk of the year’s outstanding works. The post A 2021 Five Best List appeared first on TheaterScene.…

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Technopoly by Darryl Reilly

With narrative flashes reminiscent of Rod Serling’s striking storytelling, "Logic & Hope" is a resonant examination of a heterosexual marriage during the era of early COVID-19. A coope…

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire by Darryl Reilly

Broadway fixture Rob McClure occasionally channels Robin Williams with sparkling riffs and simulated ad libs but makes the roles of Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire his own and each distinctive esp…

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Little Christmas Miracles by Darryl Reilly

Ideally, the good-natured play with music, "Little Christmas Miracles" would perform only at matinees before an audience mostly of eager children rather than seasoned theatergoers. The post…

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Camille O’Sullivan: “Where Are We Now?” by Darryl Reilly

David Bowie’s "All the Young Dudes" triumphantly rendered with a touch of Dixieland is one of several grand numbers in the spirited Irish-French performer Camille O'Sullivan’s engaging t…

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Selling Kabul by Darryl Reilly

Will a former Afghani U.S. Armed Forces interpreter get himself and his family out of the country before he’s captured by the Taliban in 2013? This is the crux of playwright Sylvia Khoury…

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Visitor by Darryl Reilly

David Hyde Pierce taking off his suit trousers to practice on a drum in his boxer shorts is one of many hilarious bits that are meshed with drama in "The Visitor." It’s a faithful, resonan…

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Dark Outside by Darryl Reilly

The Off-Off-Broadway world premiere of "The Dark Outside," nonagenarian English playwright Bernard Kops’ poetic, archetypal and fantastical family secrets drama is problematic. Directoria…

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Tammany Hall by Darryl Reilly

Co-creators and co-directors Darren Lee Cole and Alexander Flanagan-Wright have crafted a novel documentary premise, enforced with immaculate historical detail without being pedantic. The e…

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Ziel Dance Theater: “Freedom ≠ Britney” by Darryl Reilly

“Work Bitch,” “Oops! I Did It Again” and “Gimme More” are also among the choice hits included in the show’s delirious soundtrack, interspersed with audio statements by Britney …

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Brecht on Brecht by Darryl Reilly

Director Nicholas Viselli’s physical staging crackles with force and exhibits visual flair with numerous arresting stage pictures. Bert Scott’s artfully simple scenic design conveys the …

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Monday, October 25, 2021

Ziel Dance Theater: “And There it Was” by Darryl Reilly

Magnificent leaps, graceful gestures with his hands and arms, grand turns, and Martial Arts-style moves are all to be experienced by Tomislav Nevistic’s exceptional modern dance technique.…

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Clifford Odets in Staten Island by Darryl Reilly

An idealistic down on his luck Filipino American father home schools his two children. To teach them about The Great Depression and the present U.S. economy, he has them study the plays of C…

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Friday, October 22, 2021

The Lehman Trilogy by Darryl Reilly

Wearing costume designer Katrina Lindsay’s artful business attire is the distinguished British trio of Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Adrian Lester. They initially portray the three …

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Friday, October 15, 2021

Lackawanna Blues by Darryl Reilly

Employing his majestic vocal and physical talents, Santiago-Hudson supremely differentiates each of his brief characterizations with specificity and pathos. There’s also a poignant dynami…

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

F.I.R.E. by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Blauvelt has a fine ear for contemporary dialogue, sharply delineates her seven characters and gradually sets up a credible plot. The resolution is a familiar take on the financial world…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Hindsight by Darryl Reilly

The pop music classics of the 1980’s intermixed with audio clips of President Ronald Reagan telling jokes is an apt pre-show soundtrack to playwright Alix Sobler’s "Hindsight." With Stop…

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Scott Raneri: Extra! Extra! by Darryl Reilly

The title, Extra! Extra! refers to Raneri’s past livelihood as a prolific screen background player in such television shows as The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. “I’m finally playing the lead …

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Ruth Stage and The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation by Darryl Reilly

A highlight of the benefit is to be a rehearsal sequence of the troupe’s upcoming revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin" Roof, featuring cast members Alison Fraser and Austin Pendleton. The product…

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Sunday, September 19, 2021

The Last of the Love Letters by Darryl Reilly

We’re transported to Ms. Chen’s boldly oppressive spacious prison set with bars, an austere bed, a urinal, a tank to vomit in, and a retractable metal staircase for a menacing authority …

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Monday, August 23, 2021

The Book of Moron by Darryl Reilly

“Do I believe in heaven and hell or another parallel universe? If I parallel park in a parallel universe will I be double parking?” muses the affable performer Robert Dubac during his c…

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Alma Baya by Darryl Reilly

"Alma Baya" is distinguished by its impressive production design which wondrously theatricalizes what we’re used to from experiencing science fiction on the screen and television. Scenic d…

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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Trial on the Potomac: The Impeachment of Richard Nixon by Darryl Reilly

Rich Little, belatedly making his New York stage debut in the role of Richard Nixon is the show’s magnetic anchor. George Bugatti crafts a wild scenario, meshing Allen Drury’s sense of p…

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ by Darryl Reilly

For "The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+" which wildly lives up to its title, director Maarten Cornelis updates Wilde’s scenario to present day New York City. Currency is in dollars; …

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Friday, July 2, 2021

The Watering Hole by Darryl Reilly

There are installations, written words, video projections, and recorded spoken word. One setting is intended as a break area where patrons can dance or play with beachballs. Other interactiv…

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Aporia: “Morning Was Safe” by Darryl Reilly

Two police detective partners have breakfast while working a case at a generic U.S.A. hotel in author Gabriel Nathan’s electric 15-minute play Morning Was Safe. Mr. Nathan’s dialogue cra…

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Two Jack Lemmon Triumphs by Darryl Reilly

He died 20 years ago today at the age of 76. Why am I moved to note this anniversary? For the same reason I was compelled to see "Tribute" onstage. Viewing 1973’s "Save the Tiger" as a chi…

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Darryl Reilly: Podcast Guest by Darryl Reilly

During Mr. Reilly’s breezy segment his life, career and views on theater were discussed. The Bronx-born Reilly has been a critic for seven years, is a member of the Drama Desk and has a BF…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Grodin on Letterman by Darryl Reilly

Grodin created his meta gag in 1973, which was that he was playing a snide and combative version of himself. He was so good at it that some audience members gasped at his rudeness and home v…

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All that Chat

Sep 14, 2021: Chicago - Ambassador Theatre
Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre