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Thursday, June 8, 2023

The Shylock and the Shakespeareans by Scotty Bennett

Einhorn has reshaped the dramatic elements of the original play to focus primarily on antisemitism. What he achieves is a show that highlights how the antisemitism of the 16th century is con…

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

GAS by Scotty Bennett

"GAS" by Charles Cissel explores the “never-never land” of a war without end. It is a time when the characters examine the unreality of the experience. It occurs within an ill-defined di…

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Hidden by Scotty Bennett

The play is structured as a mystery and that is being revealed with sensitivity and care. As each element is shown, a clearer picture of what is at stake emerges. A discussion in Act II abou…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Khan!!!The Musical, A Parody Trek-tacular by Scotty Bennett

The music is well-done, with the songs fully integrated into the storyline and lyrics that help define essential elements of the character's nature and are filled with inside Star Trek refer…

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Sunday, May 7, 2023

Bliss Street by Scotty Bennett

The main issue with this show is the lack of clarity in the book. Who is the play about, the father or the son? Act I is primarily a story about Paul Sub and his business ventures leading up…

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

The Singing Sphere by Scotty Bennett

I left with questions about what I had just experienced. It was not a feeling of dismissal but one of consideration for the experience. It was and is not a question of good or bad but whethe…

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Friday, April 21, 2023

Celino v. Barnes: The Play by Scotty Bennett

Where does one begin to tell the story of two manifestly successful lawyers who mixed professionalism with adolescent ideation? A case where one wants a career as a serious law practitioner …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Bringer of Doom by Scotty Bennett

"Bringer of Doom," written by Joe Thristino and smoothly directed by Mark Koenig, is a comedy about Lotte and her effort to exact revenge against her estranged mother, Esme, because of a pub…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Darkness of Light: Confessions of a Russian Traveler by Scotty Bennett

"Darkness of Light: Confessions of a Russian Traveler," written and directed by Michael Mailer and Alexander Kaletski, is a story of an artist's journey from the restrictions of one politica…

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Lunch Bunch by Scotty Bennett

"Lunch Bunch" by Sarah Einspanier and directed by Tara Ahmadinejad is a rapid-fire comedy with farce ensemble timing in the service of a serious underlying topic, presented on a bare-bones s…

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Saturday, March 25, 2023

Trilogy II by Scotty Bennett

"Trilogy II" by Garry Batson, directed by Evria Ince-Waldron, is three one-act plays depicting the struggles of African-American families faced with difficult and troubling events. The good …

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

This G*d Damn House by Scotty Bennett

The direction by Ella Jane New delivers this emotionally complex story with skill and sensitivity. There are only a few instances when the action doesn't entirely ring true, such as the open…

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Saturday, March 18, 2023

The Conductor by Scotty Bennett

"The Conductor," by novelist Ishmael Reed and directed by Carla Blank, is a play that uses the revival of the Underground Railroad system as a device to address several contemporary socio-po…

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Sunday, March 12, 2023

War Dreamer by Scotty Bennett

"War Dreamer" is a compelling exploration into the psychology of a female veteran who served in Iraq. It is a depiction of the struggles of a veteran to make sense of the memories, nightmare…

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Friday, March 10, 2023

I Love My Family, But… by Scotty Bennett

The show is billed as a musical, but it is more concert than play, strong in music and weak in the storyline. The songs cover a lot of emotional ground, many with a humorous edge, but the bo…

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Sunday, February 26, 2023

Kissing the Floor by Scotty Bennett

The ensemble in this show does an outstanding job. Christina Bennett Lind as Annie gives us a direct and well executed view of a frightened, emotionally conflicted woman amid a psychological…

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Sunday, February 19, 2023

Kingfish by Scotty Bennett

The set is a bare-bones representation of a boat with fishing gear, picnic coolers, and fish made from paper. The lighting is basic, given the nature of the venue, a small basement theater. …

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Untitled Calamity Jane Play by Scotty Bennett

"Untitled Calamity Jane Play" by Kati Frazier is a memory play attempting to make sense of all the different versions of the iconic woman, Calamity Jane. As directed by Akia Squitieri, the p…

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

Proud by Scotty Bennett

This moment is where the message of the play becomes apparent. From this point on, the dialogue will be about the planet's condition and humankind's responsibility for that condition. Althou…

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Friday, February 10, 2023

Who Murdered Love? by Scotty Bennett

What is a mystery inside a riddle wrapped in an enigma? A Winston Churchill question from 1939 aptly fits a play with music set in 1924 that toys at being a murder mystery. As a play with mu…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Field of Mars by Scotty Bennett

The set by Sascha van Riel has the feel of an unfinished work, with minimal props and an amateurish feel. His lighting does help in moving the story along, but the play itself doesn’t rise…

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Offal Endings by Scotty Bennett

"Offal Endings" is billed as "a dark comedy" but it is more of a drama with some comedic elements. It grapples with complicated subjects and is not always successful. It "reads" better than …

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Friday, December 23, 2022

Richard Holbrook: “Christmas Magic in the Big Apple” by Scotty Bennett

"Christmas Magic in the Big Apple" continues Richard Holbrook's many years of presenting Christmas season shows. What sets his productions apart from many other performers is his view that t…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore by Scotty Bennett

Sommerville gives an exquisite reading of Betsy's emotional highs and lows, embracing the difficult range of expression so that the audience can experience the intensity of the feelings bein…

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Monday, December 19, 2022

The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes by Scotty Bennett

While Arthur Greenleaf Holmes is the creation of a talented comedian Gordon Boudreau as is Holmes poetry, the presentation is very much true to the era being presented. It is funny. It is ba…

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Friday, December 9, 2022

La Race by Scotty Bennett

Taylor Reynolds has directed an excellent ensemble in bringing this play to life in an engaging, thought-provoking, and heartfelt way, but not without some issues. Through his direction and …

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