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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sperm Donor Wanted (or, The Unnamed Baby Play) by Scotty Bennett

In a funny recounting of what happened when they placed an ad on Craig's List, they finally found a couple they thought would work. Charles and Aaron are a biracial gay couple. Charles is wh…

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Witchland by Scotty Bennett

David Silberger, Mars Holscher and Geoffrey Grady in a scene from Tim Mulligan’s “Witchland” at Chain Theatre (Photo credit: Jordan Schreiber) Scotty Bennett, Critic If you think livin…

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Friday, April 5, 2024

Herself by Scotty Bennett

The cast of Tim McGillicuddy’s “Herself” at Gural Theatre at A.R.T/New York Theatres (Photo credit: Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation) Scotty Bennett, Critic Consider, if you will, bein…

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Bathhouse.pptx by Scotty Bennett

Theatrical productions can sometimes be exhilarating, moving, provocative, informative, perplexing, confusing, dull, or bad. "Bathhouse.pptx," written by Jesús I. Valles and directed by Cha…

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Saturday, March 23, 2024

Pharaoh by Scotty Bennett

This show, as conceived by Shulman, creates a unique theatrical experience combining narrative text with Kathakali, a form of traditional Indian dance exquisitely performed by Kalamandalam J…

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Medea (Fusion Theatre) by Scotty Bennett

This production could be more balanced in the performances, with some characters being solidly played and others being line-readings lacking body movements that add to the dialogue. There ar…

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Tuesdays with Morrie by Scotty Bennett

Seadog Theater’s current revival of "Tuesdays with Morrie," with exceptional direction by Erwin Maas, is a beautifully orchestrated presentation starring Len Cariou as Professor Morrie Sch…

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Friday, March 8, 2024

Maiden Voyage by Scotty Bennett

Under Alex Keegan's skillful direction, the characters are allowed to develop their understanding of who they are and how they fit in an organization traditionally run by men. The captain is…

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Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Order of the Golden Scribe: Initiation Tea by Scotty Bennett

"The Order of the Golden Scribe: Initiation Tea" is an immersive and interactive theater experience co-created by Shuai Chen and Arlo Howard, who also directed. It combines a story about a s…

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Until Dark by Scotty Bennett

The balance is off between the two storylines. If the most crucial dramatic element of the story is the legal issue surrounding consent, the dynamics of the sisters’ current and historical…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

you don’t have to do anything by Scotty Bennett

"you don’t have to do anything" written by Ryan Drake is a story that explores a gay man’s coming of age from the time he was in seventh grade until graduating from college. It is set in…

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Monday, February 5, 2024

The Boy Who Listened to Paintings by Scotty Bennett

Alyson Reim Friedman, Thom Brown III, Niko Zylik as young Nicky, Donovan Counts, Alisa Ermolaev and William Broderick in a scene from the new musical “The Boy Who Listened to Paintings” …

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Fantastical Fellowship: Final Quest for the Crisis Crystal XXVII by Scotty Bennett

The hardworking cast takes us along on the quest by playing multiple characters and using a wide array of props scattered on tables at the edge of the performance space. The transformations …

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Crime and Punishment by Scotty Bennett

Tyson’s portrayal of Raskolnikov is riveting as he moves through the elements leading inexorably to his mental collapse. The exchanges with Porfiry are woven together with encounters with …

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Brighter than the Sun by Scotty Bennett

Hendley is solid in his performance as the narrator of his and his grandmother’s story. His presentation commands attention without demand, smoothly and effortlessly focusing on the words …

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Ernie’s Secret Life by Scotty Bennett

The show is well presented but lacks a clear narrative, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. Is it about a man's journey to self-discovery or an exploration into a confusing haz…

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Monday, December 25, 2023

Becoming Chavela by Scotty Bennett

Ranchera is a style of traditional Mexican folk music with origins in the ranchos of rural Mexico. The songs are about love, patriotism, or nature and are usually sung by men. The vocals hav…

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Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Inheritance of a Long-Term Fault by Scotty Bennett

"The Inheritance of a Long-Term Fault," written by Mêlisa Annis and directed by Vanessa Morosco, is an extraordinary play that explores how the societal structures across many cultures have…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Killin’ Republicans by Scotty Bennett

"Killin’ Republicans," concept and libretto by Dick D. Zigun and music by Arturo Rodriquez, directed by vagabond, is billed as a rock opera about violence towards certain Republican Party …

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

United Nations: The Other West by Scotty Bennett

"United Nations: The Other West," written and directed by Bossert, is an outstanding example of the hybrid theatrical system he has created. This production is an extension of his 2022 "Unit…

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Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ode to the Wasp Woman by Scotty Bennett

"Ode to the Wasp Woman," written and directed by Rider McDowell, is a play done in the style of film noir and true crime films of the 1950’s. The show focuses on the events leading up to t…

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Hell Dialogues by Scotty Bennett

The production was conceived in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a group of actors was performing "No Exit (Huis clos)." They decided to adapt the ideas of Sartre’s work into…

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

#UglyCry by Scotty Bennett

What is remarkable about Mack's performance is that she is reliving the grieving process with every performance. It is not a fictional story with an actor taking on a role; this is a powerfu…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey by Scotty Bennett

Mikel Murfi skillfully brings to life a handful of colorful characters in a rural town where Farnon is the cobbler. The transitions from one character to the next are done with shifts in pos…

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Thursday, October 26, 2023

David Dean Bottrell: The Death of Me Yet by Scotty Bennett

All eight stories are engagingly woven into a pattern that illustrates the things that help us understand what it is to encounter a fear of death or even a fear of living. David Dean Bottrel…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Chasing Happy by Scotty Bennett

"Chasing Happy," written by Michel Wallerstein and directed by Alexa Kelly, is a five-character comedy about a gay love triangle. It unravels like a pilot for a television sitcom that borrow…

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Friday, October 20, 2023

Down the Road by Scotty Bennett

Lee Blessing's "Down The Road" is a tale that explores what can happen when "normal" people are confronted with the psychopathy of evil in the form of a charming, ego-centric serial killer. …

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

The Lights Are On by Scotty Bennett

"The Lights Are On," written by Owen Panettieri and directed by Sarah Norris, is a psychodrama that plays with two ideas: are we really who we think we are, and what are the reasons we do wh…

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Friday, October 13, 2023

The Picher Project by Scotty Bennett

"The Picher Project" is a bluegrass and folk-infused musical conceived and directed by Quentin Madia, with music, book, and lyrics by Madia and Lauren Pelaia. This show is based on real-life…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2023

The Making of a Great Moment by Scotty Bennett

"The Making of a Great Moment" by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by James Barry is a play about a pair of actors who are the principal players and only members of a bicycle theatrical tou…

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Twisted by Scotty Bennett

It takes considerable skill for competent actors to play at being bad actors, and many of the cast members succeed. It is not a bad play, but the overarching problem with the show is that it…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards