Thursday, January 26, 2023

Without You by Joseph Pisano

And that's the agonizing tension in "Without You;" in his lyrical responses to Larson, Rapp is well aware that it's not a back-and-forth, that Larson can't say anything more than he has alre…

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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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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Colin Quinn: Small Talk by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Small Talk," like its title suggests, is less unified than Quinn’s earlier shows. He also uses its format to wander from topic to topic, seemingly randomly without much structure. It allo…

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Natalia Osipova: Force of Nature by Joel Benjamin

The ballerina Natalia Osipova easily transformed herself from spectral to sensuous to eerie in just the first half of her 'Force of Nature" program at the New York City Center. The show—pr…

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Memorial by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Not only is Livian Yeh’s "Memorial" revealing in its historic depiction of a recent piece of American history, it is additionally a very satisfying dramatic work. It is also very pertinent…

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical by Joel Benjamin

When the older Diamond reaches an existential breaking point, he finally stands up, stage center and takes command of his memories, experiences and his life with an intensely concentrated re…

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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Not About Me by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Eduardo Machado’s 11th play to premiere at Theater for the New City is called "Not About Me" which is a complete misnomer as it is about his life for the last 40 years with his alter ego a…

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Hong Kong Ballet: “Romeo + Juliet” by Joel Benjamin

Webre went for acrobatics and precision rather than passion.  Perhaps, the Chinese Communist regime frowns upon openly sexual expression in dance.  Perhaps Webre can’t summon anything bu…

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Monday, January 16, 2023

The Dog Show by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Ivan Faute’s "The Dog Show" is ambitious in trying to tell a story by holding back on the details. Unfortunately, the method has grave, unresolved problems. For most of the first act we ha…

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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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Monday, January 9, 2023

The Collaboration by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Bettany and Pope are each very convincing as Warhol and Basquiat since they are made up to look exactly like they did in life, they seem to be in two different plays, using different a…

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Thursday, January 5, 2023

H.M.S. Pinafore (NYGASP) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Albert Bergeret’s old-fashioned production does not sparkle, it is a solid, steady ship that satisfies with all its jokes intact plus a few new ones like the hilarious drunken scene …

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under the direction of Karl Janes and Andy Smith, Tim Crouch is a very commanding performer, using his resonant baritone to paint pictures with words, holding our attention at all times. Nar…

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Sunday, January 1, 2023

On the Town with Chip Deffaa: From Anatevka to Wales by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

"Fiddler"--brilliantly directed by Joel Grey—is an unusually impactful production. It’s emotionally rich, moving, and timeless. And wholly believable.  They had me from the first words …

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Darkness After Night: Ukraine by Joel Benjamin

"Darkness: unfolds in many very short scenes with some confusing transitions.  Dubashin, the traitor to Russia, finally gets to confront Number One in a knock-down personal battle.  The on…

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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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Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Ohio State Murders by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

McDonald is mesmerizing as she speaks Kennedy’s strong, clear, poetic and evocative prose. We never forget that McDonald’s Suzanne Alexander is giving a lecture but she changes ages in a…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Des Moines by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Michael Shannon, Hari Nef, Heather Alicia Simms, Arliss Howard and Johanna Day in a scene from Denis Johnson’s “Des Moines” at Theatre for a New Audience (Photo credit: Gerry Goldstein…

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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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Some Like It Hot by Joel Benjamin

Matthew López & Amber Ruffin (book) and Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman (music and lyrics) have transformed the written-for-laughs film into a joyous musical, keeping much of the sharp…

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Sunday, December 18, 2022

Becky Nurse of Salem by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In any event, Ruhl has not written a play set in 1692 or a sequel to "The Crucible" but a comedy about free-spirited Becky Nurse, a descendant of the accused witch Rebecca Nurse, a pious 71-…

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Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Far Country by Joseph Pisano

All of the above occurs prior to the intermission and, if "The Far Country" has a shortcoming, it's that the second half feels like a sequel to what came before rather than a continuation of…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022

On the Town with Chip Deffaa: At the Museum of Broadway by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Everyone who loves theater owes a debt of gratitude to Julie Boardman and Diane Nicoletti.  About five years ago, they got the idea of creating a museum in the theater district, dedicated t…

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Monday, December 12, 2022

The Weak and the Strong by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Erik Ehn’s title "The Weak and the Strong" taken from St. Paul may refer to the bad choices that some people make that others avoid, but it seems to only reinforce the clichés of most wes…

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Ain’t No Mo’ by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jordan E. Cooper’s scathing new racial comedy, "Ain’t No Mo’" has made the successful transition to Broadway with five of the six original actors from the previous Public Theater stagi…

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Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road by Tony Marinelli

The York Theatre Company’s masthead reads “Where Musicals Come to Life…” and that couldn’t be more evident in their new production, "Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road." Originally…

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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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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx by Joel Benjamin

Under the permissive direction of Garfield-Szita—who also designed the costumes—the cast comes across more as members of a sitcom than a serious drama, not helped by Morgenstein’s depe…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Underneath the Skin by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Famed performance artist John Kelly has brought his latest show, "Underneath the Skin" to La MaMa, subtitled “A Penetrative Portrayal of a Queer Giant Based on the life and work of Samuel …

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Monday, December 5, 2022

KPOP by Joseph Pisano

Adopting the hokey framing device of a concert documentary, Kim turns the impending U.S. debut of a South Korean entertainment company's three hottest acts into a triptych of rigorously gend…

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