Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory by Joseph Pisano

It might be about 90 years too late, but writer/director Ciarán O'Reilly is throwing a good old-fashioned Irish wake, with poems, songs, and a slice of barmbrack (Irish sweet bread) or each…

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

The Confession of Lily Dare by David Kaufman

The inestimable Charles Busch has come up with something of a dud, as well as redundant, with his latest play, "The Confession of Lily Dare." Even its title leaves a lot to be desired. Base…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Seesaw by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although J2 Spotlight’s artistic director Robert W. Schneider who staged this show has given it a vigorous production and cast a delightful Gittel in Stephanie Israelson, he is unable to d…

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Look Back in Anger by Mark Dundas Wood

This current New York City revival, directed by Aimée Fortier, shifts the focus largely away from Jimmy and onto Alison (Elizabeth Scopel). Critics have described this character as passive,…

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The Commons by Joel Benjamin

Could there be five more self-involved, selfish, self-deceptive characters than those who populate Lily Akerman’s "The Commons" at the 59E59 Theaters?  No, these five roommates aren’t e…

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Frankenstein by David Kaufman

If it sounds challenging to do a two-performer version of "Frankenstein," it proves just that in the current production at the CSC, being performed in repertory with a new stage version of "…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

The Sickness by Christopher Caz

Even before the playwright pays homage to William S. Burrough’s "Naked Lunch" through this last line, one is already drawing comparisons to the psychotic, structureless existence of that n…

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The Sabbath Girl by David Kaufman

The trite set-up makes all of the characters one-dimensional, with the Jewish Seth a “knish maker” and shop owner on “Hester Street, Angie groping to find herself--not to mention a par…

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Ashley Blaker: Goy Friendly by Joel Benjamin

"Goy Friendly" is clearly meant as a light entertainment with lecture-demonstration components and succeeds as such.  It’s delightful spending time with this superb raconteur, even if he …

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stew by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In making her professional stage debut courtesy of Page 73, Zora Howard has written a powerful kitchen sink drama in 'Stew," as much about making a literal stew as about the emotional stew t…

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Happy Birthday Doug by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Droege’s sharp and well-observed writing renders each of these familiar figures with biting depth, achieving grand mini-portraiture. Though preoccupied with comedy, an undercurrent of …

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Where We Stand by Darryl Reilly

Amidst the hubbub that includes coerced audience clapping and singalongs, we attempt to discern what the point is. It appears to be the story of an outsider who takes up residence in a rural…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Mint Theater Company has rediscovered and championed British actor/playwright Miles Malleson with Conflict and Yours Unfaithfully. Now they have combined two of his one acts adapted from…

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Chasing the River by Mark Dundas Wood

The subject matter of "Chasing the River" is, of course, viable, but the play is not as nuanced and insightful as one would hope—nor is it particularly gripping. Sometimes the action feels…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) by Darryl Reilly

ICE raids, harrowing border crossing journeys and transferring money home are depicted in the rousing and moving play "Fandango For Butterflies (and Coyotes)." It’s derived from undocument…

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bookwriter Jonathan Marc Sherman has wisely kept the story in its period. However, his dialogue is almost word for word lifted from the screenplay which is rather old hat for those of us hav…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Grand Horizons by Joseph Pisano

Bess Wohl's "Grand Horizons" opens with a pas de deux of marital inertia as Nancy (Jane Alexander) and Bill (James Cromwell), two near-octogenarians wasting their twilight days in a so-calle…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Medea (Brooklyn Academy of Music) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Simon Stone’s adaptation is engrossing for its surprising updates, it never captures the emotions, seeming more like a gimmick that a reworking of the Greek tragedy. With most of the…

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CunningGraham Technique Comparison by Joel Benjamin

Hosted by the Graham Company’s elegant director Janet Eilber, the program began with some historical comments after which two groups of dancers, one representing the Graham technique from …

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Friday, February 7, 2020

Sister Calling My Name by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

An author can be too close to his or her material so that the real story fails to be revealed. Inspired by his own family events, Buzz McLaughlin’s Sister Calling My Name has a fascinating…

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Border People by Mark Dundas Wood

Hoyle has brought his most recent play, "Border People," to New York City in a production directed by Nicole A. Watson. It’s a work dedicated to people who dwell along borders of various s…

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake by Joel Benjamin

“The legend returns” claimed the fliers and posters for "Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake"’s short season at the New York City Center.  That proclamation wasn’t far from the truth.  "S…

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A Soldier’s Play by Joel Benjamin

David Alan Grier, Blair Underwood and Billy Eugene Jones in a scene from Charles Fuller’s “A Soldier’s Play” at the American Airlines Theatre (Photo credit: Joan Marcus) Joel Benjami…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Doctors Jane and Alexander by Christopher Caz

Additional credit can be given to Simon and Wolkowitz’s performances by the excellent supporting cast and Einhorn’s writing. The script's one weakness appears to be an insistence on prov…

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Brecht: Call and Respond (an evening of three one-acts) by Darryl Reilly

“Producing theatrical works that feature compelling stories created by emerging theater artists” is from the New Light Theater Project’s self-description. Their vastly and thoughtfully…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

PackRat by Darryl Reilly

Writer and director Renee Philippi’s appealing scenario is simple, heartfelt and dramatic. It’s realized by Ms. Philippi’s supreme command of stagecraft that revels in theatricality. D…

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Friday, January 31, 2020

The New York Pops: “Find Your Dream: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein” by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The New York Pops’ latest concert, Find Your Dream, was a glorious tribute to nostalgia. Not only was it an evening of the beloved songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein with selectionsfrom all …

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Really Really Gorgeous by Mark Dundas Wood

"Really Really Gorgeous" has an often-amusing absurdist and surrealistic sensibility. Plot turns take on the illogical quality that exists in dreams or in kids’ games of “Let’s pretend…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

92Y Lyrics & Lyricists Series: E.Y. “Yip” Harburg: Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream by Joel Benjamin

The 92nd St. Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists, one of New York’s leading propagators of the Great American Songbook, featured the witty and sardonic songs of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg in its most…

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Emojiland: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

Smiling Faces, Skull, Princess, Pile of Poo and other notable emojis cavorting around might have made for a peppy contained sophisticated children’s show. The creators of "Emojiland: The M…

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

My Name Is Lucy Barton by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Laura Linney is never one to avoid a challenge. When she last appeared at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre she was alternating in the roles of “Regina” and “Birdie…

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