Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ballet Festival 2019: Program A by Joel Benjamin

The Joyce Theater is presenting a two-week Ballet Festival, four programs under the artistic direction of Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet.  Each program is curated by a differe…

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Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night Dream" is perfect comedy for July or August and adding a meal is an even cleverer idea. Presented jointly by Food for Love Productions and Third Ra…

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Measure for Measure (The Acting Company) by Mark Dundas Wood

William Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure" (circa 1604)—the story of a woman who is sexually victimized by a man in power—seems as though it would lend itself to an adaptation crafted…

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Rinse, Repeat by Darryl Reilly

Within five brisk opening minutes, playwright Domenica Feraud crisply establishes her characters, imparts exposition and creates tension in her shattering and finely written contemporary fam…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical by Darryl Reilly

"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" exuberantly conceived as the memory of a middle-aged married couple’s first time having sex provides a few enjoyable minutes in the execrable "Bat Out of …

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Native Son by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kelley’s adaptation begins with the murder of Mary which avoids preparing us for the limited life of opportunity that Bigger leads in the Black Belt of Chicago and making him less sympathe…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Composer-lyricist Joe Inconis’ follow up to his teen favorite, "Be More Chill," is not only a showcase for musical comedy actress Annie Golden but a tribute to the Blaxploitation and Marti…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Coriolanus (Free Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" has a great deal to warn us about as a cautionary tale, it is also not as deep or as poetic a play as his major tragedies. Daniel Sullivan’s production f…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Blak Whyte Gray (Boy Blue) by Joel Benjamin

Co-conceived by Asante and Kenrik “H2O” Sandy who choreographed and directed the production, "Blak Whyte Gray" was constructed in two parts and three sections.  Part I began with “Why…

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Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Neil LaBute’s “Appomattox” is the most substantial of the three plays and deals with a topic new to his work. Two long-time friends, Frank, black, and Joe, white, are having a picnic i…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mojada by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following up on Luis Alfaro’s critically acclaimed Chicano retelling of Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex" called "Oedipus El Rey," The Public Theater now stages his equally relevant and timely "M…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Moulin Rouge! The Musical by Darryl Reilly

As the romantic, tubercular and charismatic Satine, the magnetic Ms. Olivo delivers a ferocious, sensual and grandiose performance that’s one of the most memorable recently seen on Broadwa…

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Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Series A of this year’s Summer Shorts: 13th Festival of New American Short Plays is unified around the theme of death and dying and how it affects the living. Lest you think that this soun…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Little Gem by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Murphy’s writing is a rich amalgam of biographical data, pivotal incidents and humane observations. The monologue structure has the three characters alternately expressing themselves i…

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Two’s a Crowd by David Kaufman

Co-written by and starring Rita Rudner (who is not only a playwright and performer but also an author, film writer, producer and director, with many TV appearances to her credit), "Two’s a…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Rolling Stone by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is not until the second act of British playwright Chris Urch’s "The Rolling Stone" that the play catches fire but from then on the drama is explosive, compelling and very disturbing. On…

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Rock of Ages by Darryl Reilly

"Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard in a smashing live rendition accompanies a lusty production number at a seedy Los Angeles strip club with scantily clad pole dancers and creepy patron…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Moscow Moscow Moscow by Joseph Pisano

Halley Feiffer's new comedy, the obsessively titled "Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow," is an intermittently funny ten-minute parody of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters." Unfortunatel…

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Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky by Joel Benjamin

The title of playwright Dianne Nora’s fascinating new work, "Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky," is disingenuous.  Is it about you-know-who?  Well, yes and no.  There were …

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Patience by Mark Dundas Wood

Unfortunately, Daniel’s ambivalence proves to be an impediment to the success of Patience. It would be one thing if he were a strong character, torn about which path he’ll take moving fo…

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

A White Man’s Guide to Rikers Island by Darryl Reilly

Wearing a green prison uniform, the tall athletic blonde curly-headed Mr. Stewart who is in his early 20’s delivers an enthralling performance. Speaking in smooth rich tones that convey a …

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Freddie Falls in Love by Joel Benjamin

How Freddie resolves his amorous adventures is cleverly handled by Blackstone using an imaginative combination of ballet, modern dance, mime and popular dance forms.  The score is made up o…

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Tender Napalm by Darryl Reilly

The power and majesty of the theater are affirmed by this ravishing production of the acclaimed English playwright Philip Ridley’s two-character play, "Tender Napalm." For 75 enchanting m…

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“the way she spoke” by David Kaufman

Written by Isaac Gomez, who lives across the border in El Paso, Texas, "the way she spoke" is a one-woman show that fails to speak to us: it’s performed by Mexican film star Kate del Casti…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Havel: the Passion of Thought by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The three Havel one acts, known as "The Vanek Plays," though written separately, were originally banned in Czechoslovakia and performed secretly in people’s living rooms as well as being p…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees by Darryl Reilly

Dressed in gray jeans, a gray T-shirt and white sneakers, the gutsy seasoned comic Ms. Novak expertly paces, gesticulates and does wild double take after double take while clutching a microp…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

I Spy A Spy by Darryl Reilly

Cluttered, lively and quaint, the zany musical comedy "I Spy A Spy" is reminiscent of the sort of lightweight material directorial legend George Abbott would have had a go at in the late 196…

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth by Darryl Reilly

Dedicated to “creating socially and politically acute theatre for the 21st century” the PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) for their 33rd season offers this exuberant revival of Tom Stopp…

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In the Penal Colony by Mark Dundas Wood

Playwright and director Miranda Haymon has, like numerous dramatists before her, dramatized this story—except that she has significantly repurposed it. Working with three African-American …

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Maria Kochetkova: Catch Her If You Can by Joel Benjamin

Russian-born Maria Kochetkova, the petite ballerina who spent the major portion of her career with the San Francisco Ballet, has turned herself into a small-scale Diaghilev.  Her Maria Koch…

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Six Years Old by Joel Benjamin

"Six Years Old" is a gem of a play, its facets polished by the director Helen Handelman.  Every emotional revelation, no matter how subtle is illuminated by the acting of its four-member ca…

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