Sunday, September 25, 2022

This Beautiful Future by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If you like your W.W. II history unadulterated, you may object to a love story between a French teenage girl and a Nazi soldier even if they are inexperienced and innocent and unaware of wha…

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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Fauna by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Is it possible to be completely truthful in attempting to tell the life of a famous author in a biofilm? That is the premise of Argentinian novelist and playwright Romina Paula’s "Fauna" n…

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Burn by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although Alan Cumming is a charismatic performer, the distracting video design, the often overpowering music, and the often flashing lighting by Tim Lutkin, gets in the way of viewing the sh…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Faust et Hélène & L’heure espagnole by Tony Marinelli

Maurice Ravel’s delightful 'L’heure espagnole," usually paired with his other opera, "L’enfant et les sortilèges," is here paired with "Faust et Hélène," an obscure cantata by Lili …

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Four Saints in Three Acts by Joel Benjamin

Greenspan isn’t always totally clear when switching points of view, but made up for this by turning the entire, long script into a wonderland of gestures, vocalizations, postures and movem…

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Jasper by Joseph Pisano

Most poignantly, when Drew starts to wonder if maybe their son's survival has been the opposite of a blessing, Andrea expresses horror for a thought that, thanks to Pimentel's touchingly sub…

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Sacco and Vanzetti: A New American Opera by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The finished score by Lehrman is 50% music he created based on themes by Blitzstein: pieces of his unproduced 1932 opera "The Condemned" (an earlier work about Sacco and Vanzetti), a march, …

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Our Man in Santiago by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Mark Wilding’s "Our Man in Santiago" is billed as a “raucous political farce” but it is neither loud and noisy nor hilariously funny. Inspired by Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 1974 articl…

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Love, Sex and Real Estate by Joel Benjamin

"Love, Sex & Real Estate" moves swiftly, thanks to John D. McNally’s direction.  He skillfully manages the quick shifts between romantic liaisons, real estate discussions, Ugo’s you…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:30PM
Saturday, September 17, 2022

Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from his ability to create multiple characters with his voice and body language, Strathairn’s physicality is remarkable in aging from a young man to a senior citizen before our eyes …

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning by Tony Marinelli

Revived by Retro Productions, we are treated to Eric Overmyer’s alternative Victorian fantasy, "On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning," that takes three vibrant, independent women of 1…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:58PM
Monday, September 12, 2022

Strings Attached by Joel Benjamin

From the clever double entendre title to its fantastical involvement of three famous long dead physicists, Carole Buggé’s "Strings Attached" tries very hard to rise out of the morass what…

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Burbank: Walt Disney in Crisis by Christopher Caz

Although "Burbank: Walt Disney in Crisis" occasionally has its actors delivering monologues out to the audience, the most compelling drama occurs from the interactive scenes between the acto…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:41AM
Saturday, September 10, 2022

My Onliness by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"My Onliness," Robert Lyons’ latest stage work, is a musical homage to Polish avant-garde playwright Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (active 1918-1934) but who resurfaced during the 1960’s w…

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Los Otros by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A fresh antidote to the usual brassy, loud rock musicals of today, "Los Otros" slows down the tempo and the sound level with a story of the experiences of two people who learn to love, cope …

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Saturday, September 3, 2022

As You Like It (Public Works) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Public Works’ musical adaptation of "As You Like It" is an enchanting evening of summer fun under the stars. Trimmed to a long one act, the story is accessible for both those who know the …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 10:11PM
Thursday, September 1, 2022

Kinky Boots by Joseph Pisano

Several years after vacating its Broadway home, "Kinky Boots" has settled in to a cozier off-Broadway venue, Stage 42, at a presumed discount for theatergoers, albeit with a much smaller orc…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:50PM

ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME by Tony Marinelli

Commissioned by the Ma-Yi Theater Company, Daniel K. Isaac’s brilliant "ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME" was born out of the actor-playwright’s realization that he knew way more about Shakespe…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Near Disaster of Jasper & Casper by Christopher Caz

As a piece of writing, "The Near Disaster of Jasper & Casper" is whacky and creative, and except for a couple of out-of-place bits of humor, one involving a middle finger and another a c…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:37AM
Monday, August 29, 2022

Two Jews, Talking by Joel Benjamin

If Samuel Beckett had been a Jew, his "Waiting for Godot"’s Estragon and Vladimir could have emerged as the equally quirky "Two Jews, Talking," in the appealing new two-hander by Ed. Weinb…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 08:17PM
Friday, August 26, 2022

Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle by Joel Benjamin

Part of Ramón’s game plan to increase attendance is to create a Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle mascot.  In a move that changes his life, Arlo is drafted to don a hilarious, smelly rat co…

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

'Hyprov" is a delightful and surprising evening as there is no telling how it will turn out. Will the Hyprovisers be good at their improvs? Will they stay in character? How will they deal wi…

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Titanique by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Titantique" is the most hilarious musical parody to play New York in many a year. Since international superstar Céline Dion only got to sing one song at the end of James Cameron’s blockb…

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

macbitches by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is not until the last 15 minutes of Sophie McIntosh’s new play, "macbitches," that a dramatic event takes place. Up until then the play is mostly the chit chat of acting majors talking …

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Friday, August 19, 2022

The Sarasota Ballet 2022 by Joel Benjamin

The second Ashton ballet was "Varii Capricci," his clever take on Bronislava Nijinska’s "Les Biches" from 1924.  Her ballet was a tongue-in-cheek comment on the sexually liberated, chic y…

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

New AMT Theater Opens with an Eye on Building Community by Admin

“We want to make a difference in people's lives,” says Tapper.  “We want to do new shows, to encourage new writers and directors.  We want to feature children's shows and get young …

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Monday, August 15, 2022

The Inconvenient Miracle: A Mysterious Birth Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Samantha Streich and Deijah Faulkner in a scene from “The Inconvenient Miracle: A Mysterious Birth Musical” at The Episcopal Actors Guild (Photo credit: Ahron R. Foster) Victor Gluck, Ed…

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Friday, August 12, 2022

BAAND Together Dance Festival 2022 at Lincoln Center by Joel Benjamin

The dancers were attired in puffy white tutus and black tights, the men bare-chested—chic costumes by the choreographer.  They pranced, undulated their torsos, tossed each other around an…

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Adventures in Vegas by Joel Benjamin

A tiny dynamo, Bell Wolff, early in her career, found the perfect role as Ermengarde in several productions of "Hello, Dolly!". She yearned to perform the bigger part of Minnie Faye and near…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:22PM
Saturday, July 30, 2022

Oresteia (Almeida Theatre) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If you have ever seen a play by Aeschylus, you know how static and slow they are, made up entirely of monologues and choral odes with hardly any action. It was Sophocles and Euripides who ad…

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Friday, July 29, 2022

Hit the Wall by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Jake Shore’s "Hit the Wall," though limited in its range, is very successful in its goals. It gives Adam Files and Alexandra Guerrero juicy roles as the aging mentor and the younger studen…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:17PM

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