Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical by Darryl Reilly

Living up to its title, a racially and physically diverse game company of ten male performers really are nude throughout "Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical." It succeeds as a joyous fl…

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Little Women by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kate Hamill who has had success with "Sense and Sensibility" (Bedlam), "Pride and Prejudice" (Primary Stages), and "Vanity Fair "(The Pearl Theatre) has now turned her sights to Louisa May A…

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Open by Christopher Caz

Skillman unfolds an achingly beautiful story, dropping bits and pieces of Kristen’s thoughts and memories as she balances her tightrope of love, commitment, sacrifice and transformation. H…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pauline Kael: Reflections upon her centennial by Darryl Reilly

Today is the centennial of that irascible and preeminent American film critic and I offer my thoughts and reminiscences upon this significant occasion. The post Pauline Kael: Reflections …

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Three Musketeers: 1941 by Joel Benjamin

Megan Monaghan Rivas’ gender-bending take on the popular, much-adapted Alexandre Dumas 1844 novel, "The Three Musketeers," moves the action from the 17th century to Paris during World War …

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Square Go by Mark Dundas Wood

Scottish playwrights Kieran Hurley and Gary McNair explore the murky pre-adult domain with candor and humor in "Square Go," an appealing two-hander directed by Finn Den Hertog and featuring …

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune by David Kaufman

Given references to "Prizzi’s Honor," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar, " Haagen-Dazs Vanilla Swiss Almond, and VCRs, the otherwise effective revival of "Frankie and Johnny"--now on Broadway at th…

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Convention by Darryl Reilly

Regrettably these achievements are marred by hollow tangents, diluting the play’s potential power. Having come up with a such a novel premise, Rocco is carried away by a concern with form …

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The Pygmalion Effect by Joel Benjamin

By placing his ballet in the realm of the high-strung ballroom world, Eifman supplied himself plenty of excuses to make dances that bounced about the stage to his score of a parade of waltze…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dying City by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under Shinn’s direction, Winstead making her stage debut is very low-key, almost as an observer in her own story. True she works as a therapist, one who tries not to reveal her personal fe…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Lone Star by Mark Dundas Wood

Such lukewarm response may be attributable, at least in part, to the changing times. Lone Star focuses on a not-so-old Good Ol’ Boy from rural Texas named Roy (de Rogatis). He’s a Vietna…

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Long Lost by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play offers no catharsis as the actors are so low-key throughout, all much too calm even when the stakes are rising. As a result, there is little or no tension even when we realize the p…

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Midnight Street by Joel Benjamin

Cohen is clearly an intelligent, well-read man, familiar with the twists and turns of different periods and styles.  "Midnight Street" is chock full of ideas, poetic meanderings and some wo…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Public Servant by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bekah Brunstetter’s new play, "Public Servant," has its heart in the right place. It shares with The Cake, seen earlier this year at Manhattan Theatre Club, the first part of a trilogy wit…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

In the Closet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

G. Austin Allen’s set is a larger-than-life closet draped in purple cloth and which also includes a kitchen. To this room comes the older man in his mid-60’s who has discovered that as h…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

God of Marz by Evan Lambert

As for the show’s humor, there were moments when Sheen should have played her emotions straight instead of going for laughs (a.k.a. the #1 rule of comedy acting) -- but there’s time for …

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Butterflies by Mark Dundas Wood

"Butterflies," which won the Mario Fratti Award at New York’s “In Scena!” theater festival in 2016, has been translated by Carlotta Brentan and directed by Jay Stern in a production at…

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Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 by Darryl Reilly

“It’s best when each performer is older, or younger, or of a different gender- expression, ethnicity, or ability than you might expect. This keeps the play vibrating in your imagination…

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

 Baby Jane Dexter Has Died and Everybody Hurts by John Hoglund

Baby Jane Dexter (Photo credit: Stephen Mosher) John Hoglund, Critic When it comes to the real thing, few artists have impacted audiences with such a raw honesty only to reveal a powerful vo…

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Límon Dance Company: Spring 2019 Season by Sheila Kogan

Having its world premiere, “Radical Beasts in the Forest of Possibilities” is a collaboration of choreographer Francesca Harper with iconic composer/performer Nona Hendryx and the dancer…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Madame Lynch by Darryl Reilly

Eliza Lynch (1833-1886) was an Irishwoman who grew up in France and became a courtesan. In 1854 she began a relationship with Francisco Solano López, the son of Paraguay’s president. He l…

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Michael Mao Dance 2019 by Joel Benjamin

Michael Mao Dance is celebrating 26 years of presenting Mao’s work and if his recent program at the Ailey Citigroup Theater is any evidence, there is reason to believe he will continue for…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mac Beth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Schmidt’s streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy is played by a cast of seven schoolgirls who meet in an abandoned urban field after school without any set up other tha…

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Messiah by Darryl Reilly

Flashbacks, speechifying, conspiracy theories involving J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, disco sequences, the scourge of crack cocaine, hip hop numbers, other-worldly fantasies and violence all …

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Octet by Joel Benjamin

Malloy, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, has taken a novel approach, staging Octet as if it were a 12-step program in which all the members of the group express their inner thoughts thr…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico (Cirque du Soleil) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico" is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production and its 18th performed under The Big Top. The name is a combination of the Spanish word for light (luz) and…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1965 & 1978 by Joel Benjamin

Several songs were from flop shows and given new life by Streisand:  “He Touched Me” from "Drat! The Cat!" sung with infectious flirtatiousness by Lianne Marie Dobbs; “Why Did I Choos…

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Enter Laughing the Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As David, Chris Dwan does not make one forget the inimitable Grisetti who spun every moment into a comic turn. However, Dwan is charming as the undaunted hero who must deal with problems beh…

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Curse of the Starving Class by Joel Benjamin

The original production of "Curse of the Starving Class" in 1977 was a shocker even for a time when permissiveness prevailed.  Kinney seems to have decided that the play Shepard wrote isn…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Proof of Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Never really losing her cool, Pressley always commands the stage even though scenic designer Alexis Distler has made it difficult by creating a huge private room, beautiful in its understate…

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Feral by Mark Dundas Wood

All of this is brought to life via digital camera, which captures the movement of the figures on a quickly assembled “set” that is, in effect, a whole miniature seaside town, with busine…

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