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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Imminently Yours by Mark Dundas Wood

The comedy "Imminently Yours," written by the mononymous “Karimah” and staged by The Negro Ensemble Company, is largely about the importance to communities of honoring their “elders.…

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Friday, June 21, 2019

[Veil Widow Conspiracy] by Mark Dundas Wood

The set designer (Yu-Hsuan Chen) and lighting designer (Reza Behjat) have obviously worked collaboratively to create some effective—and often beautiful—stage pictures. Loops of light are…

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Square Go by Mark Dundas Wood

Scottish playwrights Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair explore the murky pre-adult domain with candor and humor in "Square Go," an appealing two-hander directed by Finn Den Hertog and featuring …

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lone Star by Mark Dundas Wood

Such lukewarm response may be attributable, at least in part, to the changing times. Lone Star focuses on a not-so-old Good Ol’ Boy from rural Texas named Roy (de Rogatis). He’s a Vietna…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Butterflies by Mark Dundas Wood

"Butterflies," which won the Mario Fratti Award at New York’s “In Scena!” theater festival in 2016, has been translated by Carlotta Brentan and directed by Jay Stern in a production at…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Feral by Mark Dundas Wood

All of this is brought to life via digital camera, which captures the movement of the figures on a quickly assembled “set” that is, in effect, a whole miniature seaside town, with busine…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined by Mark Dundas Wood

Eve Wolf’s new play for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, titled "Hans Christian Andersen: Tales Real & Imagined," suggests that the real-life Andersen might actually have appreci…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone by Mark Dundas Wood

Claire Kiechel’s "Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone" (directed by Steve Cosson) gives audiences a glimpse of the last stand of the author’s great grand-uncle, a dancer-actor-painter-sculptor wh…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Killing Time by Mark Dundas Wood

This British production is a family effort, as Forsyth and Mills are mother and daughter in real life. The play is worth seeing primarily for the sharp and uncompromising performance of Fors…

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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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