Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Reflections of Derek Jarman by Darryl Reilly

The iconoclastic gay British film director sadly died 25 years ago today at the age of 52 from AIDS. Encountering him from afar made a great impression on me. The post Reflections of Derek …

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Monday, February 18, 2019

ON THE TOWN … with CHIP DEFFAA, February 18, 2019 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Westchester Broadway's Ain't Misbehavin'--the 208th offering at this venerable dinner theater--is indeed in good hands. For starters, it is directed by none other than Richard Maltby Jr., w…

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The Waiting Game by David Kaufman

Welcome to "The Waiting Game," a play by Charles Gershman, which has the makings for a meaningful drama, but never really amounts to much. A large part of the problem is the nondescript and …

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Thelonious! by Mark Dundas Wood

Welch and the play’s director, Jonathan Weber, seem to be going for a sort of Ionesco-esque ambience here. The story unfolds in a broadly played, cartoonish way. Occasionally, a satirical …

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Dance of Death by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Clark has chosen to direct the play as though it were drawing room comedy. Beginning and ending the play with a game of cards, there is the suggestion that for Edgar and Alice this is all a …

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It has been well publicized that the Harper Lee estate filed a lawsuit in February 2018 alleging that the play deviated too much from the novel. They should not have worried. As directed by …

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Maverick by Darryl Reilly

"The Whole World Was Watching: My Life Under the Media Microscope" is the autobiography of the South Carolina native journalist and television production figure Frank Beacham that was publis…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Bonnie’s Last Flight by Christopher Caz

"Bonnie’s Last Flight" peppers its character moments with humorous sketches and air travel anecdotes. Some don’t hit their mark, but most do. There’s an especially amusing and thoughtf…

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The 1970 play was originally adapted by playwright Saul Levitt (who previously turned the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Andersonville" into a successful trial play) from Berrigan’s free ve…

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Day Before Spring by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The York production has been directed and adapted by Marc Acito who has condensed the original two act script into a long one-acter. Realizing that the original setting of 1948 for a tenth y…

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Mies Julie by David Kaufman

Yaël Farber’s adaptation of Strindberg’s classic "Miss Julie," "Mies Julie" shifts the scene and setting from 1880’s Sweden to the Karoo in South Africa on Freedom Day in 2012--or the…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

God Said This by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If this family seems familiar, Winkler wrote about them in her 2016 play, "Kentucky," set seven years ago, when Hiro returned home for the first time from NYC in order to stop her sister’s…

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Betty and The Belrays by Joel Benjamin

The creator of "Betty & The Belrays," now at the Theater for the New City, pretty much dares you to compare his well-meaning, but cartoony, new musical to Hairspray, a comparison in whi…

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God Shows Up by Darryl Reilly

Filichia has had a long and storied career as a theater critic and author of several books on the topic. His having witnessed a multitude of productions, this immersion informs "God Shows Up…

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Exposed by Mark Dundas Wood

The play is a thoughtful and illuminating look at the attractions and perils of a career in adult entertainment. Lauren’s story is a cautionary tale, yes, but the underlying attitude of th…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

A Man for All Seasons by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In recent years the play has not fared with such acclaim. A 2008 Broadway revival starring Frank Langella eliminated the narrator character of The Common Man, the play’s cleverest device, …

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Balletboyz: “Young Men” by Joel Benjamin

The two directors/founders of BalletBoyz, Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, directed and photographed the film which also included Pérez’s choreography.  Although the movie certainly ill…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Drum Love (African American Dance Theater) by Sheila Kogan

Part of the tradition is the audience’s response. There was hooting and hollering from the audience, sounding like they were at a rock concert, but it was impossible not to get caught up i…

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True West by David Kaufman

Having seen it at least four times before, I can say with certainty that Sam Shepard’s "True West" (1980) is a firm and solid play: a play to be pondered both while you’re watching it an…

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Book review: “And One More Thing ” by Quentin Crisp by Darryl Reilly

A delightful new collection of material from that flamboyant sage. There’s the script of his one-man show, unseen poems and pithy observations galore. The post Book review: “And One …

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Glen by Darryl Reilly

Comprised of 27 short scenes in two parts that are each designated as being two acts and ranging from 1945 to 1954, "The Glen" is a stewpot of a play inspired by a real person’s life. Glen…

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Anne of Green Gables: Part I by Joel Benjamin

Directed with touching simplicity by Henry and choreographed with a lyrical flow by Lorna Ventura, this Anne tells the well-known story utilizing a combination of voiceover readings, project…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ah, Wilderness! by Darryl Reilly

In three acts, we get idealized Norman Rockwell-style Americana. As in his dramas, O’Neill’s sense of structure is totally idiosyncratic. Ah, Wilderness! is shorter than his dramas but s…

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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Gatz by Joel Benjamin

Director John Collins made the more than seven hour running time a breeze with his attention to detail, moving his cast of office workers/Gatsby characters with such naturalness that, as eac…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York” by Joel Benjamin

"We’ll Have Manhattan: Rodgers & Hart in New York," created and narrated by the soon-to-become Broadway’s Tootsie (in the new Broadway musical), Santino Fontana found most of its em…

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Whirlwind by Christopher Caz

These two mild points aside, Jaffee’s script is nevertheless hugely successful in conveying this man-vs-nature clash; his use of clever dialogue and idiosyncratic characters keep the topic…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Carmelina by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Though not in the same class with Alan Jay Lerner’s masterpiece, "My Fair Lady," "Carmelina" has a similar theme: how a young woman reinvents herself. While the three soldiers are under th…

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The American Tradition by Mark Dundas Wood

There are many dimensions to Ray Yamanouchi’s "The American Tradition," directed by Axel Avin, Jr. for the New Light Theater Project. On one level, it’s an adventure story about a daring…

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Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State by Darryl Reilly

The Brooklyn-born Quinn has been performing stand-up since the 1980’s and his seasoned wise guy New Yorker persona was once showcased on Saturday Night Live and in recent years in several …

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The Convent by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Jessica Dickey’s "The Convent" may not have any new answers and may cover familiar material, it does so with such vitality and theatricality, that it becomes a memorable experience.…

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope by Darryl Reilly

The young British actor Mark Farrelly brilliantly channels the 20th century cultural icon’s witty presence in his highly theatrical self-written solo show. The post Quentin Crisp: Naked H…

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