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Friday, November 22, 2019

BOLD AND BROODING by Jessica Branch

By omitting parts of the text, this production finds a way to bring new gravitas to the 1897 drama.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

THE PLAY THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED by Jessica Branch

CSC’s minimalist staging of Shakespeare’s spookiest play takes the slippage between stage and reality to whole new levels.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

DEN OF DREAMS by Jessica Branch

There is genius in this production that transcends the campiness of its plot and score.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

THE WITCHING HOUR by Jessica Branch

Young women in Catholic schoolgirl garb take to the cursed play, diving deep into the shifting alliances and bloody frenzy.

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Monday, April 29, 2019

THE NOT-SO-LIGHT FANTASTIC by Jessica Branch

This is a compelling portrayal of an honest, caring man working through a painstaking moral process.

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UNRAVELING IN REVERSE by Jessica Branch

The action unfolds backwards in this musical, as a group of friends rewind back to where their bond was strong.

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ILLUMINATING BRIGHTNESS by Jessica Branch

Willy Holtzman’s biopic celebrates the life of stage and screen star Judy Holliday.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

BIG IRISH FAMILY by Jessica Branch

Each of the many characters in Jez Butterworth s remarkable drama is drawn with distinct detail.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

DISINTEGRATION OF CLASS by Jessica Branch

In this thoughtful production, Primary Stage presents three of A.R. Gurney s one-act plays.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

GENDER AND POWER by Jessica Branch

Theresa Rebeck’s latest play takes on an interesting premise but fails to stick the landing.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

WIT AND WHIMSY by Jessica Branch

Tom Stoppard’s 1917 tour-de-force can be a mess of historical and literary references, but it is handled deftly by this director and cast.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

CINDERELLA STORY by Jessica Branch

Replete with lush beauty and stellar performances, this version stays true to its origins.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

CIRCUS SIDESHOW by Jessica Branch

This show succeeds in getting the audience to empathize with the heartrending betrayals and unspeakable yearnings of these sideshow characters.

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HOLDING BACK THE CHAOS by Jessica Branch

Edward Albee’s two-hander works well today under Lila Neugebauer’s deft direction.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

THE FALLOUT ZONE by Jessica Branch

Lucy Kirkwood’s latest examines the decades-old relationship between three old friends.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PIPE DREAMS by Jessica Branch

Unfortunately, the characters in Dominique Morisseau s drama reach no real resolution or realization.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

THE VICES PREVAIL by Jessica Branch

Modern innovations can t solve all the problems in Shakespeare’s notoriously problematic play.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE FICKLE MOB by Jessica Branch

Drawing parallels with Trump, this stylish production says as much about the public as it does about the president.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

THE PRICE OF FREE LOVE by Jessica Branch

This reclaimed relic from 1933 can still raise some eyebrows.

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LIAR LIAR, FRANCE ON FIRE by Jessica Branch

An excellent cast adds layers of nuance to this boisterous comedy.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

UNSINKABLE OPTIMISM by Jessica Branch

Sutton Foster shines in this striking, thoughtful, stripped-down production.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

ROMANTIC ENTANGLEMENTS by Jessica Branch

The action is light and lively in this production of Oliver Goldsmith’s classic comedy.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU NEED by Jessica Branch

An excellent cast brings to life complex characters struggling with unfulfilled lives.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A LONG VOYAGE by Jessica Branch

With its sprawling, epic storyline, it takes serious ambition to put on this play.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

MIDLIFE CRISES by Jessica Branch

This new comedy from Mark Gerrard deftly takes on monogamy, mortality and sexual liberation.

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

END OF THE PARTY by Jessica Branch

Philip Ridley’s post-apocalyptic play paints a nightmarish picture but fails to make the characters relatable.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

CELEBRATED FAILURES by Jessica Branch

John Leguizamo s winning, infectious one-man show walks you through his embattled past and Hollywood ups and downs, entertaining even through the rough stuff.

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IN LOW GEAR by Jessica Branch

Although the play lacks the pace and sense of socio-political setting that the film accomplishes, watching these actors makes this a worthy night of theater.

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THEATER FOR EGGHEADS by Jessica Branch

While much has been made of Arcadia s 19th century intellectual intrigue, the human complexities, which drive this piece, could have used some more gas.

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LONELY SPECTER by Jessica Branch

The role of the protagonist is a worthy challenge for Olympia Dukakis , but the rest of the play offers a setting decidedly unworthy.

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HOW TO BE DAZZLED WITHOUT ACTUALLY CARING by Jessica Branch

While the singing and dancing are acting are quite good, someone forgot to put the same amount of effort into the plot.

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