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Friday, April 12, 2019

Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid Off by Mark Dundas Wood

Celebrating 10 years of storytelling and soul-bearing with a great new anthology. The post Kevin Allison Took a Chance — and the RISK! Paid Off appeared first on Clyde Fitch Report.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Miracle in Rwanda by Mark Dundas Wood

The one-woman show "Miracle in Rwanda"—starring Malaika Uwamahoro and directed by George Drance—relates the true-life experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza. As a young woman, she survived …

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Bathsheba’s Psalms, Or a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath by Mark Dundas Wood

Ranger spins the story for a 2019 audience mindful of and vigilant about sex and gender issues—especially those involving consent, privilege and toxic masculinity. The play transpires in a…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me by Mark Dundas Wood

The premise of the show (directed by Oliver Butler) is that the 2019 Schreck has decided to recreate one of the many presentations she participated in at American Legion halls around the cou…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Shareholder Value by Mark Dundas Wood

Attea’s point concerns business models that are overly focused on the needs of shareholders, rather than on those of management and employees. But the play is curiously bloodless. Strong p…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Fat Lady Sings by Mark Dundas Wood

Jean-Claude van Itallie, one of the key figures in New York’s Off-Off Broadway theater in the 1960’s, takes on Trumpian politics in his new play, "The Fat Lady Sings" (directed by David …

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Strangers in the World by Mark Dundas Wood

You may leave "Strangers" with mixed reactions. The proceedings onstage may make you feel as disoriented and tetchy as the villagers themselves. The characters’ words as they vainly try to…

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Death of a Driver by Mark Dundas Wood

The play is carefully plotted, and the tragic action that Snider builds runs its course in a logical, plausible fashion. But something about "Death of a Driver" never quite catches fire. The…

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish by Mark Dundas Wood

The property is now more than a half-century old. But this production makes it seem as though the 1964 iteration were merely an English-language version of a classic from even longer ago. Th…

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Billie, Malcolm & Yusef by Mark Dundas Wood

Thompson does good work as Billie—she looks like her and sounds like her when singing. Too bad, though, that her songs are all ballads. It would have been nice to hear her sing something m…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Thelonious! by Mark Dundas Wood

Welch and the play’s director, Jonathan Weber, seem to be going for a sort of Ionesco-esque ambience here. The story unfolds in a broadly played, cartoonish way. Occasionally, a satirical …

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Exposed by Mark Dundas Wood

The play is a thoughtful and illuminating look at the attractions and perils of a career in adult entertainment. Lauren’s story is a cautionary tale, yes, but the underlying attitude of th…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

The American Tradition by Mark Dundas Wood

There are many dimensions to Ray Yamanouchi’s "The American Tradition," directed by Axel Avin, Jr. for the New Light Theater Project. On one level, it’s an adventure story about a daring…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

SKIN by Mark Dundas Wood

Broken Box Mime Theater’s SKIN is a collection of short plays loosely centered around its one-word title. The pieces run the gamut in terms of subject matter, approach and tone. Or course,…

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Behind the Sheet by Mark Dundas Wood

Obviously, this is a play for which any sort of a happy ending will be deeply compromised, but what Simpson does so beautifully is show us how these women overcome their suspicions and envy …

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Maestro by Mark Dundas Wood

Eve Wolf’s play is essentially a monodrama, with John Noble portraying the title character. The production is a rich one, both visually and aurally. It features an abundance of live music,…

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Real by Mark Dundas Wood

The supernatural scenario is a little like something one might find on an eerie episode of Alfred Hitchcock’s old TV anthology. Unfortunately, it all comes off as fairly stilted and heavy-…

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Pirates of Penzance 2018 (NYGASP) by Mark Dundas Wood

In the plus column, it was easy on the eyes. Scenic designer Lou Anne Gilleland created agreeable though not particularly elaborate sets: a rocky stretch of seashore for the first act and a …

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by Mark Dundas Wood

But these speeches are only a part of the soundscape. The production is suffused with music—all of it a cappella vocalizing by the cast. We hear barracks songs, patriotic songs, hymns and …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

The Net Will Appear by Mark Dundas Wood

Gradually, as the course of a year passes, we learn about the characters’ trouble-filled off-stage lives: Rory is coping with being part of a broken family; Bernard suffered loss early in …

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (2018) by Mark Dundas Wood

It’s a very presentational show. The six ensemble members comprise a sort of group narrator, working in tandem to relate the memories of the Thomas character for the audience—sometimes s…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The New One on Broadway by Mark Dundas Wood

"The New One," directed by Seth Barrish, is about Birbiglia and his wife’s decision to become parents, the struggles they go through to arrive at pregnancy, and his fretfulness about how b…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gloria: A Life by Mark Dundas Wood

The play succeeds in part because it takes such an upbeat view of Steinem and her career. Early in the play, the character proclaims herself to be a “hope-aholic”—and her stalwart opti…

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Kennedy: Bobby’s Last Crusade by Mark Dundas Wood

There are some fine elements in the portrayal. Arrow’s Kennedy-clan dialect seems believable—though maybe slightly over-baked at points (especially when, late in the play, he sings bits …

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Yeomen of the Guard by Mark Dundas Wood

As for cast standouts, Greenwood excelled both musically and dramatically. His ringing, expressive vocals and crisp diction made him an audience favorite. And he created an effective charact…

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Review of ‘A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer’ by Mark Dundas Wood

Like his breakthrough 1944 play The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ A Lovely Sunday for Creve Couer (1979) is set in a humble St. Louis apartment in the 1930s. It’s another of the m…

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Review of ‘Days to Come’ by Mark Dundas Wood

Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come (now at the Mint Theater Company) was not a success when it premiered in New York in 1936. In fact, this second play of the Hellman canon (after The Children…

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Friday, August 3, 2018

The Actors Fund’s Performing Arts Legacy Project by Mark Dundas Wood

If you’re a celebrity actor, the world can easily learn about your life and career. You probably have your own website—and there may even be a fan-site or two out there devoted to you. I…

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review of ‘My Life on a Diet’ by Mark Dundas Wood

My Life on a Diet, starring Renée Taylor (now at the Theatre at St. Clement’s), is also the name of a book by Taylor, published in 1986. The stage version has been around for a while too.…

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Review of ‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ by Mark Dundas Wood

The plot of the 1965 Broadway musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever centers on reincarnation. A kooky young New Yorker, Daisy Gamble, visits a psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Bruckner, for help …

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Review of ‘Transparent Falsehood: An American Travesty’ by Mark Dundas Wood

It seems sometimes that every other entertainer working these days has a Trump impersonation at the ready, though many seem to miss the mark by a mile. I’ve never been especially enthused …

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