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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Tumacho by Joseph Pisano

To review dramatist/lyricist/composer Ethan Lipton's "Tumacho" almost feels like missing the point of this endearingly oddball "play with songs," a comic pastiche of Western and horror trope…

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory by Joseph Pisano

It might be about 90 years too late, but writer/director Ciarán O'Reilly is throwing a good old-fashioned Irish wake, with poems, songs, and a slice of barmbrack (Irish sweet bread) or each…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Grand Horizons by Joseph Pisano

Bess Wohl's "Grand Horizons" opens with a pas de deux of marital inertia as Nancy (Jane Alexander) and Bill (James Cromwell), two near-octogenarians wasting their twilight days in a so-calle…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Maz and Bricks by Joseph Pisano

Created and first performed during the run-up to the 2018 national referendum that eventually led to the amendment's repeal, Maz and Bricks, a part of the Origin Theater Company’s 1st Iris…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jagged Little Pill by Joseph Pisano

Given the personal nature of Morissette's artistic output, it might be surprising to learn that the Broadway version of Jagged Little Pill doesn't take the easy biographical route for its bo…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Christmas Carol by Joseph Pisano

Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge and Dashiell Eaves as Bob Cratchit in a scene from Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (Photo credit: …

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pumpgirl by Joseph Pisano

Told as a series of alternating, interlocking monologues, there is a "Rashomon"-esque quality to "Pumpgirl" that grows more obvious as the play's story comes into focus. Not only do the rela…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bella Bella by Joseph Pisano

Like a great many history plays, Harvey Fierstein's "Bella Bella" is as much about the present as the past, paralleling everything that's gone wrong now with what went wrong then. Unsurprisi…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Rose Tattoo by Joseph Pisano

To be sure, Serafina and Alvaro's romance is less than credible, but director Trip Cullman wisely commits to it completely, recognizing that Williams really hasn't given him any other choice…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mothers by Joseph Pisano

The first act of Anna Moench's "Mothers" concludes with a genuine shock as the playwright startlingly upends all of our expectations. Visually punctuated by Wilson Chin's suddenly not-so-sta…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Only Yesterday by Joseph Pisano

As John, Christopher Sears is an enjoyable pill, perfectly offset by Tommy Crawford's Paul whose amiable placidity is almost Buddha-like. More importantly, both actors have impressive musica…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Moscow Moscow Moscow by Joseph Pisano

Halley Feiffer's new comedy, the obsessively titled "Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow," is an intermittently funny ten-minute parody of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters." Unfortunatel…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Plough and the Stars by Joseph Pisano

The Irish Repertory Theatre ends its thirtieth season by going back to the beginning, with a sturdy revival of Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars." An historical prequel to the other t…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Poor of New York by Joseph Pisano

One of the theater's most skilled 19th-century melodramatists, Boucicault was uninterested in the finer points of history, character development, or narrative objectivity which, of course, i…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Juno and the Paycock by Joseph Pisano

From this group of familiar faces, O'Reilly and Keating are particularly strong in their second go-around, finding notes in Jack and Joxer's codependent relationship that are both hilarious …

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Shadow of a Gunman by Joseph Pisano

Director Ciarán O’Reilly handles O'Casey's abrupt tonal shifts well, transitioning from laughter to tears to horror with barely a hint of contrivance. A top-notch production team greatly …

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Alone It Stands by Joseph Pisano

Breen's script, a succession of rapid-fire vignettes divided in half by an unnecessary intermission, tries to compensate for its lack of depth with imagined multitudes. According to a promot…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Emperor’s Nightingale by Joseph Pisano

Although Chua is less interested in beauty for beauty's sake than Andersen, the look and sound of "The Emperor's Nightingale" is still stunning, drawing on a wealth of traditional Chinese ar…

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Thanksgiving Play by Joseph Pisano

Many comic artists have noted that great humor often comes from great tragedy, though, inevitably, sometimes the latter overwhelms the former, and all you’re left with is a lot of indignat…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Thunderbodies by Joseph Pisano

In Kate Tarker's satiric "Thunderbodies," America is a relentlessly strange place, where people spout nonsense, act without reason, and are led by the narcissistic man-baby they've elected p…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

On Beckett by Joseph Pisano

Along with excerpts from Godot and a couple of Beckett's novels, Irwin relies heavily on several "arcane" prose pieces from a collection Beckett dubbed "Texts for Nothing." Irwin was first i…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Wild Abandon by Joseph Pisano

What our mothers owe us - and what we owe them - is at the heart of Leenya Rideout's one-woman autobiographical show, "Wild Abandon." In it, the prodigiously accomplished singer, songwriter,…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I Was Most Alive with You by Joseph Pisano

In Craig Lucas’s "I Was Most Alive with You," two down-on-their-luck television writers mine recent personal tragedy for their latest project, hoping, with the Book of Job as their inspira…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Agnes by Joseph Pisano

Unfortunately, Worsham’s efforts just confirm the play’s central problem: only the relationship between June and Charlie has any real depth. As for the rest of the characters, although M…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Comfort Women: A New Musical by Joseph Pisano

In telling the rest of this shattering story, the creators of Comfort Women, inexplicably, rely heavily on musical theater conventions that result in wrongheaded, if not downright offensive,…

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Brecht on Brecht by Joseph Pisano

But when things slow down a bit, especially during the musical interludes and longer dramatic pieces, Petosa’s eight performers -- four lead (Christine Hamel; Jake Murphy; Harrison Bryan; …

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Desperate Measures by Joseph Pisano

Shakespearean spoofs are almost as old as Shakespeare himself, dating back to at least the Restoration period. Although the vast majority has faded into history, there are still some real st…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Woman and Scarecrow by Joseph Pisano

Unfortunately, O'Reilly’s heavy reliance on the production team is also indicative of a significant problem: the play is repetitive. Despite finding new, and often lovely, poetic ways to c…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Joseph Pisano

There’s a brilliant play buried somewhere in Caryl Churchill’s "Light Shining in Buckinghamshire," a bottom-up historical epic about the English Civil War that the acclaimed British writ…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Replay by Joseph Pisano

To be sure, there are examples of talented playwrights who have also been able to tread the boards without tripping over their feet, or tongues. Harold Pinter, Noël Coward, Tracy Letts: the…

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

We Live by the Sea by Joseph Pisano

Devised collaboratively by Patch of Blue, a London-based theater company, the play also benefits from a talented supporting cast. Alexandra Simonet makes Hannah’s caretaker fatigue evident…

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