Wednesday, April 24, 2019

17 Border Crossings by Joel Benjamin

"17 Border Crossings" is one of the most technically adroit Off-Broadway shows to be seen thanks to the split second cooperation between Phillips’ spare scenery design, David Todaro’s br…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Hillary and Clinton by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are such consummate stage performers that they could read the phone book and keep us mesmerized. As directed by Joe Mantello in Lucas Hnath’s "Hillary and C…

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Then They Forgot About the Rest by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Georgina Escobar presents an exuberant hodgepodge of sci-fi elements and satirical corporate bits with a feminist slant. Ms. Escobar’s punchy pseudo-scientific dialogue carries…

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The Pain of My Belligerence by Darryl Reilly

Jaw-dropping plot twists, painfully forced au courant dialogue, awkward sex scenes and a jagged central performance all make the world premiere of Halley Feiffer's "The Pain of My Belligeren…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Appointment by Darryl Reilly

chorus line of singing and dancing fetuses follows the eerily comical beginning of "The Appointment" where we first meet them posed as if they’re in wombs and babbling in baby talk. When o…

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Be More Chill on Broadway by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Be More Chill," the dazzling and inventive musical based on the cult Young Adult novel by Ned Vizzini, has made a successful transfer to Broadway Lyceum Theater with the same cast and an ex…

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

White Noise by David Kaufman

After she won the Pulitzer Prize for "Topdog/Underdog," one approached a new play by Suzan-Lori Parks with great expectations--expectations that are strongly rewarded by her latest work, "Wh…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Martin Vidnovic: Broadway & Beyond by Joel Benjamin

With the medley of “My Romance” and “My Funny Valentine,” he warmed up and came to a gentle boil with the two songs from "Baby": “At Night She Comes Home to Me” and “With You,…

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Oklahoma! by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Like John Doyle’s reconceived musical revivals ("Allegro," "Passion," "Pacific Overtures," "Carmen Jones," "The Cradle Will Rock"), Fish’s production is minimalist but with a difference.…

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Twelfth Night (Duende Productions) by Joel Benjamin

By stripping down the show and performing it in a white box theater space with minimal scenery and costumes, the eight actors, doubling up on parts, have fun interpreting Shakespeare’s lus…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Those who loved The Mad Ones’ "Miles for Mary" which had an extended run at Playwrights Horizons last year after its premiere at The Brooklyn Starr in 2016, will be greatly disappointed by…

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All Our Children by Darryl Reilly

“These are difficult times, a character observes in playwright Stephen Unwin's engrossing historical drama, "All Our Children," that crackles with tension. Nazi Germany’s forced euthanas…

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Ain’t No Mo’ by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Delving into black life and attitudes now, the play is hilarious - but not laugh-out-loud funny. Unfortunately, in Stevie Walker-Webb’s fine production at The Public’s LuEsther Theater, …

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Humours of Bandon by Darryl Reilly

The blonde, animated and spunky Ms. McAuliffe portrays 16-year-old Dublin resident Annie who’s been dancing since childhood. Wearing tights, a T-shirt and a varsity jacket, McAuliffe’s d…

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Juno and the Paycock by Joseph Pisano

From this group of familiar faces, O'Reilly and Keating are particularly strong in their second go-around, finding notes in Jack and Joxer's codependent relationship that are both hilarious …

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Sincerely, Oscar by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The show also uses the 3D holographic technology called IceMagic which attempts to bring us the late Oscar Hammerstein II as a hologram enacted and spoken by actor Bob Meenan. Aside from an …

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Miracle in Rwanda by Mark Dundas Wood

The one-woman show "Miracle in Rwanda"—starring Malaika Uwamahoro and directed by George Drance—relates the true-life experiences of Immaculée Ilibagiza. As a young woman, she survived …

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Charlie’s Waiting by Joel Benjamin

Ludovica Villar-Hauser, the play’s keen eyed and eared director (and artistic director of Parity Productions the company responsible for this presentation), paces the fine actors for the u…

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The Lehman Trilogy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A three and half hour play with only three actors spanning 163 years might not be your idea of entertainment, but the National Theatre’s production of "The Lehman Trilogy" is one of the mo…

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I Carry Your Heart by David Kaufman

Though playwright Kelly strives for poetry at times--in addition to that last quote, consider Josh’s mother calling him a “terminal optimist” and also learning that the play’s title …

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Monday, April 8, 2019

No Exit by Darryl Reilly

Absent scenery, with a character excised and fiercely performed, this stripped down taut revival of Jean-Paul Sartre’s "No Exit" is quite compelling and faithful to the spirit of the origi…

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Bathsheba’s Psalms, Or a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath by Mark Dundas Wood

Ranger spins the story for a 2019 audience mindful of and vigilant about sex and gender issues—especially those involving consent, privilege and toxic masculinity. The play transpires in a…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Do You Feel Anger? by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s new play, "Do You Feel Anger?," which had its world premiere at the 2018 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, she has attempted…

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June Is the First Fall by Darryl Reilly

The personable Alton Alburo as Don manages to make this underdeveloped character compelling with his charming presence. Playing his father David with easygoing humor and poignancy is the out…

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Natalia Osipova’s Pure Dance with David Hallberg by Sheila Kogan

The evening consisted of a number of short dances in varying styles, but the final piece, “Valse Triste,” was the most successful. Osipova wore a simple, off-the-shoulder, blue dress and…

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Cradle Will Rock by David Kaufman

Many of Blitzstein’s melodic tunes are plunked out on the piano by several of the players at various points. But the fault is not only due to Doyle’s direction: what’s missing from Bli…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

What the Constitution Means to Me by Mark Dundas Wood

The premise of the show (directed by Oliver Butler) is that the 2019 Schreck has decided to recreate one of the many presentations she participated in at American Legion halls around the cou…

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The White Devil by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Not seen in New York since 1965, John Webster’s Jacobean revenge play, "The White Devil," has been given a juicy, vigorous modern dress production by Red Bull Theater which specializes in …

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Lori Belilove and The Isadora Duncan Dance Company: “March Madness” by Joel Benjamin

Belilove, who has taught Sara Mearns of the New York City Ballet to perform some of these works, divided the concert into dances to Schubert, Chopin, Brahms and Scriabin, all original Duncan…

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The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Shakespeare’s politically charged Roman tragedy, "Julius Caesar," has always been a touchstone for inflaming emotions. In earlier times, monarchs used to ban the play when uprisings were i…

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Tilt by Joel Benjamin

The Experimental Theater Space at the Abrons, a not particularly large black box, was turned into a complex construction site by the "Tilt" creative staff, a truly unique interactive set. …

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