Saturday, June 25, 2022

Pacific Northwest Ballet 2022 by Joel Benjamin

For the company’s director, Peter Boal, this short season was a homecoming of sorts.  He was a principal dancer in the New York City Ballet which calls the David H. Koch its artistic home…

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Corsicana by Darryl Reilly

"Corsicana" is a heartfelt and absorbing family drama that’s been given a pretentiously distracting production: just for starters, its cryptic houselights up preamble is at odds with the p…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Circle Jerk by Darryl Reilly

In 'Circle Jerk," this cocky duo confidently preen, bray and cavort while donning various wigs and flamboyant costumes as multiple fey stock characters for over two numbing hours of their se…

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Garden of Alla: The Alla Nazimova Story by Joel Benjamin

Romy Nordlinger has written and is performing the monodrama, "Garden of Alla: The Alla Nazimova Story," at the TheaterLab.  Directed by Lorca Peress, "Garden of Alla" gives us this eccentri…

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Queen by Christopher Caz

Shekar’s script is extremely smart, funny at just the right moments, and morally gripping. Her characterizations of Ariel and Sanam are fully formed, uniquely individual and carefully comp…

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Brooks Atkinson: Attention Must Be Paid by Darryl Reilly

''Atkinson was the conscience of the theater. He rediscovered Off-Broadway in the 50's when other critics did not want to bother going off the beaten path. His standards were tough, but his …

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Paul Taylor Dance Company 2022 by Joel Benjamin

The new work on the program, a world premiere, was “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers” by Michelle Manzanales, choreographed to John Lennon & Paul McCartney, Bob Marley, Harry Woods an…

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Bedwetter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Comedian Sarah Silverman has turned her bestselling memoir, "The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee,"  into a musical with the help of co-book writer Joshua Harmon, author of…

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Monday, June 13, 2022

The Refugees by Joel Benjamin

Kaliski attempts a clever conceit marrying "The Oresteia" characters to the modern tragic story of the homeless hordes. Does "The Oresteia" provide an effective jumping off point to explore …

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Five By Tenn: An Evening of Short Plays by Tennessee Williams by Darryl Reilly

Tennessee Williams’ full-length play’s titles, characters and dialogue have been part of the consciousness since "The Glass Menagerie"’s 1944 premiere. During his peak years of the 194…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Gratitude by Darryl Reilly

The animated Aline Salloum fearlessly embraces all of Najaf’s unsettling complexities, delivering a riveting performance. In the early sexually frank verbal exchanges, Ms. Salloum marvelou…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Mr. Parker by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Mr. Parker," the latest play by Michael McKeever whose "Daniel’s Husband" has been produced twice Off Broadway, has been given a stylish production by director Joe Brancato who also direc…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

A Healthy House by Joel Benjamin

Diriwachter is particularly skilled in writing working class vernacular.  The Father and Tim speak the same language and he catches all the subtleties of decades of ups and downs.  He also…

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Islander: A New Musical by Joseph Pisano

An import from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Islander" embraces that renowned international jamboree's artistry and experimentalism, most notably by forgoing musicians for sound looping ma…

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B-Boy Blues The Play by Darryl Reilly

Can a 27-year-old Black gay professional journalist and a 21-year-old Blatino bicycle messenger with an out of wedlock son find love and happiness together in Brooklyn? That is the crux of a…

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Monday, June 6, 2022

On the Town with Chip Deffaa: On Fanny Brice and “Funny Girl” by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

I’ve often told friends what an impact "Funny Girl" had on me.  That was the show that made me fall completely, utterly, and permanently in love with Broadway. I was a teenager when I saw…

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Sky of Darkness by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following the lead of Francis Ford Coppola’s "Apocalypse Now," Siting Yang has updated Conrad’s "Heart of Darkness" to the present but left the story mainly set in Africa. In "Sky of Dar…

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Saturday, June 4, 2022

A Kid Like Rishi by Joel Benjamin

Origin Theatre Company’s stark production of Kees Roorda’s A Kid Like Rishi is a totally involving Rashomon-like take on a real-life tragedy:  In November of 2012, 17-year-old Rishi Cha…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

…what the end will be by Darryl Reilly

In four scenes spanning a few months, Ra renders his gay family trio’s life events, medical situations, numerous clashes and resolutions with pungent topicality. The pandemic is referenced…

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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Romeo & Bernadette: A Musical Tale of Verona & Brooklyn by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Romeo & Bernadette" is a musical comedy worthy of the name that delivers on all counts. Mark Saltzman’s spoofing of the old story is great fun and his lines are very clever. The score…

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Monday, May 30, 2022

Fat Ham by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

James Ijames’ "Fat Ham" (all puns intended) is the latest and most successful modern riff on the Bard turning Hamlet into an expression of the Black experience while at the same time havin…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

The Legend of the Waitress & The Robber by Darryl Reilly

Written by Renee Philippi, this witty mockery of authoritarianism is derived from Friedrich Schiller’s play "The Robbers" and the Korean novel "The Story of Hong Gildong." Composer and…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in That Order) by Joel Benjamin

Takiff is a skilled performer who never loses the audience no matter how angry or sardonic he gets.  He is helped by the mood setting lighting of Elizabeth M. Stewart and the sound and vide…

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Golden Shield by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although playwright Anchuli Felicia King’s plays have been performed in London, Washington, D.C., Staunton (Virginia), Melbourne, and Sydney, her Susan Smith Blackburn Prize-nominated "Gol…

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Three Sisters by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While this is not an in-depth interpretation and at times seems a bit superficial, Will Pomerantz’s production of "Three Sisters" is a true ensemble making it appear that these people have…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

The Oracle by Darryl Reilly

This premiere five-performance Off-Off-Broadway showcase run of "The Oracle" is best viewed as a tryout, and the production’s presentational flaws are cited with that belief. Co-author El…

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Oh God, A Show About Abortion by Joel Benjamin

Alison Leiby’s "Oh God, A Show About Abortion" is probably the most level-headed work about that much debated subject, perhaps too level-headed.  While the United States is going through …

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Karpovsky Variations by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Adam Kraar’s new drama, "The Karpovsky Variations," is a memory play about a dysfunctional family of driven people and the music that inspired them. Unfortunately, in its current form it i…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

André & Dorine by Darryl Reilly

This charming show comes from the acclaimed Spanish troupe, Kulunka Teatro. The ensemble of Jose Dault, Garbiñe Insausti and Edu Cárcamo all offer awesome physically commanding silent port…

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

¡Americano! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tony Valdovinos who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, was 18 before he found out that he was an undocumented immigrant. The new musical "¡Americano!" is based on the true story of his life and c…

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Paradise Square by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Based on historical facts, the new and exciting musical "Paradise Square" tells a story of fictional characters caught up in real events which lead up to the Draft Riots that occurred in Man…

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