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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Midnight Coleslaw’s Tales from Beyond The Closet!!! by Tony Marinelli

Perhaps "Midnight Coleslaw’s Tales from Beyond The Closet!!!" ’s tagline “an evening of boner-chilling terror” was not meant to be a typo. The premise of an evening of one-act plays …

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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

The Fires by Tony Marinelli

Raja Feather Kelly, an award-winning choreographer of recent Broadway musicals "A Strange Loop" and "Lempicka," as well as "Teeth," the recent Playwrights Horizons success imminently getting…

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Saturday, May 25, 2024

Three Houses by Tony Marinelli

Someone once coined the adage, “Write what you know.”  For the past few seasons, we have seen many writers have a lot to say about surviving the Covid lockdown, but none so eloquently a…

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Saturday, May 11, 2024

Staff Meal by Tony Marinelli

Koogler began writing "Staff Meal" in January 2020 and completed the first draft in April 2020…well, he certainly had time on his hands, but so did a lot of people. It’s a wonder we didn…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Exagoge by Tony Marinelli

As we are instructed early on, the meal and the service are divided into 15 sections. The Seder is held in the midst, or as a significant part, of the whole of the play. It is then complemen…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Orlando by Tony Marinelli

While the ensemble cast is excellent throughout, we do feel Taylor Mac’s absence when he goes offstage to change costumes (and that is quite a few times, one more sumptuous than the other …

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Thursday, April 25, 2024

Still by Tony Marinelli

The performances are quite stellar. Jayne Atkinson’s Helen is simply gorgeous. We do see that woman who 30 years ago wore a red dress to a party…and that was enough for Mark and Lorraine…

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Friday, April 19, 2024

House of Telescopes by Tony Marinelli

Playwright Kairos Looney has given us a gift in these painfully beautiful moments. We explore a family’s various ways of approaching love for and duty to each other with the result that we…

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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Teeth by Tony Marinelli

Sarah Benson’s direction is spot-on, but we find ourselves wishing the closing scene was more than just a plethora of bloody penises. This is where the creatives needed to say, “Okay, th…

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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Eugene Onegin by Tony Marinelli

Enter young baritone Edwin Joseph. He has that dark curly hair and handsome face, yes, and the crucial understanding of the necessary swagger and selfishness that carries this character thro…

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Sunday, March 10, 2024

Existentialism by Tony Marinelli

The text created by Bogart in collaboration with Maddow and Zimet is a collage of assembled passages from the works of Sartre and de Beauvoir, amongst others. Maddow and Zimet don’t often …

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Spiritus/Virgil’s Dance by Tony Marinelli

It is a rare author indeed that can take uncomfortable material, and by uncomfortable that is, to hear, digest, and process a subject no one likes as a subject of conversation, and then give…

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

White Rose: The Musical by Tony Marinelli

While we are presented with characters who are doing a noble thing and can be touched by what they go through to accomplish their task, Brian Belding’s book and lyrics repeatedly take us o…

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Sunday, December 17, 2023

Less Lonely by Tony Marinelli

Jes succeeds where some other bio-storytellers fail. Jes’ secret is being comfortable in their own skin to relate intensely personal experiences yet create a sense of universality, or comm…

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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Lone Star by Tony Marinelli

Probably only David Rabe’s "Sticks and Bones" (part of his Vietnam trilogy that included "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel" and "Streamers") is as demonstrative as "Lone Star" in its dep…

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Monday, November 27, 2023

Amusements by Tony Marinelli

There are frequent breaks in thought such as “I forgot to mention at the top that I will be injecting my jokes with a bit of humor tonight as a way to keep them both engaging and fun.” T…

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

Sad Boys in Harpy Land by Tony Marinelli

Tatarsky uses language in a fresh way, ultimately giving the sensation of having created her own. There are so many thoughts overlapping, and there are accompanying unintelligible sounds and…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Stereophonic by Tony Marinelli

Not since Stephen Sondheim’s "Sunday in the Park with George" have “civilians” gotten so close to the creative individual’s “process” when attending a theater piece. David Adjmi�…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Redwood by Tony Marinelli

If an audience can willingly get past the contrivance that the distant relative Stevie meets over coffee, a young white man whose family generations ago once owned (and fathered!) slaves in …

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

The Refuge Plays by Tony Marinelli

Nathan Alan Davis’ "The Refuge Plays," if one pays attention, is exactly about refuge: growing up with it (because someone else has lovingly created it for you), seeking it (if you feel yo…

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Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Big Trip: Part 2 – Three Love Stories Near a Railroad by Tony Marinelli

To say that Krymov works like no other director is an understatement not to be taken lightly. He is known for his inventive Russian adaptations, but he has also been earning a reputation for…

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Sunday, October 15, 2023

(pray) by Tony Marinelli

nicHi douglas’ vision is one of evocative beauty, one that gives us stage pictures to treasure for some time. The seated women fanning themselves with beautiful white fans as they watch on…

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Friday, October 6, 2023

Communion by Tony Marinelli

LaBanca’s performance in his own play defies superlatives. Including us in his choir at the beginning of the show says it all. We are relieved that he still finds joy in teaching. As he pu…

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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Big Trip: Pushkin “Eugene Onegin” In Our Own Words by Tony Marinelli

Krymov’s production is a rapturous love letter to the making of theater. He unearths how we really tell our stories by our emotions, what we hide, as much as what we reveal. He uses his st…

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

20 Seconds: A Play with Music by Tony Marinelli

Sweitzer inhabits over a dozen characters in this play entitled "20 Seconds: A Play with Music," albeit two of them are him when young and him telling us the story now…two people he knows …

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Friday, September 22, 2023

Prometheus Firebringer by Tony Marinelli

Somewhere there are rules for what theatre is supposed to do: it should entertain, it should instruct, it should provoke. To say that Annie Dorsen’s "Prometheus Firebringer" checks all the…

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Saturday, September 2, 2023

A Will to Live by Tony Marinelli

Director Rick Hamilton effectively steers the sad tale away from an endless maudlin saga. After all, the “spoiler” is in the program. Helena Weinrauch is alive and well and in her late 9…

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Monday, July 17, 2023

I’m Gonna Marry You Tobey Maguire by Tony Marinelli

Playwright Samantha Hurley does beautiful justice to the life and times (and the inner workings of the mind) of this early teen with not a lot going on but for her own fantasy world and self…

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Sunday, June 11, 2023

Wet Brain by Tony Marinelli

Caswell’s dialogue for and wry observation of a family this dysfunctional is quite compelling. Scenes where two of the siblings verbally gang up on the third are fraught with humor as much…

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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Evelyn Brown (A Diary) by Tony Marinelli

While the painstaking entry upon entry yearn to be something of import, we can’t help but feel it takes a certain steadfastness and desperate commitment to make the banal seem so extraordi…

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Saturday, May 20, 2023

Romeo and Juliet (NAATCO/Two River Theater) by Tony Marinelli

And the production is loaded with action. Except for the tender love scenes, the play moves at almost breakneck speed. Where most modern productions of Shakespeare tend toward languor, this …

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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