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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pandemic Diary August: Zombies, Lawyers, and Sexual Tension by Nicole Serratore

August has been heavily defined by suddenly having homework to do. I signed up for a Korean language class and now I make a lot of flashcards and recite them walking down the street. My brai…

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

My Favorite K-Dramas Ranked by Nicole Serratore

Just to keep a ranking of the shows I've blogged about...all subject to change:  1) Crash Landing On You: Just the perfect blend of comedy, drama, and romance with a narrative that sustain…

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Pandemic Diary July: Wounded Men, Questionable Healing by Nicole Serratore

In July, I fell into FOUR shows which involved men with traumatic childhoods and the women who patiently put up with their nonsense and fall in love with them so they can heal. The woman may…

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Pandemic Diary July: Goblins, Kings, and No Zombies by Nicole Serratore

July was packed with personal self-care. I found a new therapist and said goodbye to my old elliptical machine. I hilariously tried to stop the elliptical from squeaking with a series of lub…

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Pandemic Diary June: Characters Filled with Fight by Nicole Serratore

I’ve felt quite precious about some of the shows I’ve been watching during the pandemic. Something about the vulnerability of the characters has made me protective of them. Maybe my hea…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

Pandemic Diary May: Grasping for K-Drama Straws by Nicole Serratore

Things I learned watching K-dramas My TV viewing in May was all over the map. This is probably a sign I'm not doing as well as I think I am doing. My brain pinging from place to place as I…

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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Pandemic Diary April: Mr. Sunshine by Nicole Serratore

The one day I went for a big walk. If March was a month of bittersweet longing (served up by Crash Landing On You) then April, when I started watching Mr. Sunshine, was more serious and…

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pandemic Diary March: Crash Landing on You by Nicole Serratore

Talking someone into watching Crash Landing On You March was the hardest month of the pandemic for me. Someone in my building was hospitalized with COVID-19 very early in the month. From …

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Playwright Martyna Majok: ‘I want fluid to leak from your face. That’s what I want theatre to do’ by Nicole Serratore

After nearly giving up playwriting altogether, Martyna Majok went on to win a Pulitzer for Cost of Living. She tells Nicole Serratore

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Girl from the North Country review at Belasco Theatre, New York – ‘beautifully sung but baffling Bob Dylan musical’ by Nicole Serratore

Conor McPherson’s play with music, set to the songs of Bob Dylan, tells the story of a collection of woebegone characters living

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

West Side Story review at Broadway Theatre, New York – ‘Ivo van Hove refreshes a classic musical’ by Nicole Serratore

Controversies have dogged Ivo van Hove’s production of West Side Story, surrounding injuries, protests, and bold cuts to the material (the dropping

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Anatomy of a Suicide review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘Alice Birch’s beautiful, aching play’ by Nicole Serratore

Alice Birch’s beautiful, aching play depends on the careful delivery of synchronised and overlapping dialogue from characters in three time periods who

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Roundabout Underground: Step inside New York’s 62-seat studio that fosters global writing stars by Nicole Serratore

Best known for its revivals of musicals and the classics, the not-for-profit Roundabout Theatre Company branched out into new work more than

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Friday, January 31, 2020

Medea review at Brooklyn Academy of Music – ‘Rose Byrne stars in Simon Stone’s stylised adaptation’ by Nicole Serratore

Director and adaptor Simon Stone’s contemporary take on Medea shrinks the tragedy to such an individual level that the deeper questions surrounding

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Top 10 of 2019 by Nicole Serratore

By the numbers for 2019:174 shows seen (down from 203 last year)27% of work seen by artists of color (up from 25% last year) 62% of work seen by underrepresented artists (up from 50% last ye…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Jagged Little Pill review at Broadhurst Theatre, New York – ‘some scorching moments’ by Nicole Serratore

Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s debut album, this new musical uses her music to explore serious subjects – rape, addiction, transracial adoption and

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Lyceum Theatre, New York – ‘an atmospheric, enveloping staging’ by Nicole Serratore

Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol does not reinvent Charles Dickens’ festive fable but it delivers an enjoyable holiday experience complete

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

Cyrano review at Daryl Roth Theatre, New York – ‘Peter Dinklage is superb in a confused musical adaptation’ by Nicole Serratore

Neither a fully formed musical nor a staged concept album, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring music and

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Friday, October 18, 2019

The Sound Inside review at Studio 54, New York – ‘Mary-Louise Parker stars in a mysterious two-hander’ by Nicole Serratore

Playwright Adam Rapp’s Broadway debut, The Sound Inside, is a slippery mystery featuring a subtle central performance from Mary-Louise Parker. Parker plays Bella, a

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Rose Tattoo review at American Airlines Theatre – ‘Marisa Tomei shines in a disappointing revival’ by Nicole Serratore

With its religious idolatry, white dress purity, red rose lust, and Sicilian superstition, Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo is an unlikely comedy.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Slave Play review at Golden Theatre, New York – ‘searing satire’ by Nicole Serratore

In his Broadway debut, Slave Play, Jeremy O Harris sharply explores how white supremacy interferes with interracial relationships today. Harris plunges the

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Sunday review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘form-bending and tender’ by Nicole Serratore

Jack Thorne’s compassionate new play, Sunday, is more experimental and complex than at first blush. With explosive dance breaks and Gatsby-style narration,

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Hercules review at Delacorte Theater, New York – ‘community musical staging of the Disney film’ by Nicole Serratore

UK audiences were introduced to the Public Theater’s Public Works programme through Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Twelfth Night at the Young Vic

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Ejaculation review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘earnest but confusing’ by Nicole Serratore

Finnish artists Essi Rossi and Sarah Kivi set out to educate themselves and the audience on women, sex, and desire in Ejaculation:

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Watching Glory Die review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘heartbreaking tale of teen in prison’ by Nicole Serratore

Watching Glory Die makes clear from its title where it is going to go. Based on a true story about a young

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Shit review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘riveting performances’ by Nicole Serratore

Getting a brief glimpse of the shattered, abused child within the aggressive adult woman standing before us is a remarkable achievement of

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Friday, August 9, 2019

A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego review at Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘fuzzy tone’ by Nicole Serratore

A Brief History of the Fragile Male Ego walks a wobbly line between poking fun at the oversensitivity of men and expressing

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IvankaPlay review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘perfectly puzzled scowl’ by Nicole Serratore

Imagine if Ivanka Trump had a heart! Suspend your disbelief. This is the fictional speculation that playwright Charles Gershman engages in for

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Passengers review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘probing physical theatre’ by Nicole Serratore

Physicalising the exhausting, throbbing struggle when parts of your mind do battle with each other, Passengers is a probing look at both

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Algorithms review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘spirited debut play’ by Nicole Serratore

Sadie Clark’s Algorithms is a romcom with more com than rom. Using movie references, pop music, and online dating as its framework,

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wild Swimming review at Beneath, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘confident comedic exploration of gender rights’ by Nicole Serratore

Wild Swimming is an anachronistic romp tackling history, gender politics and art. With fourth-wall breaking, audience assistance and improvised elements, the work

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2019-2020 BROADWAY SEASON
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