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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

ray gun say0nara by Darryl Reilly

Fabulous technical elements and spirited performances from a large ensemble of actors, singers and dancers cannot overcome the authorial negligence of the musical science fiction pastiche, "…

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Harry Townsend’s Last Stand by Darryl Reilly

Cariou is now appearing Off-Broadway as the titular character in playwright George Eastman’s slight though moving two-character work, Harry Townsend's Last Stand. Sharp one-liners, funny s…

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

MsTrial by Darryl Reilly

Prominent Georgia attorney Dep Kirkland “decided to listen to his own voice, and walked away from the legal field altogether to pursue his previously private dream of acting, writing, and …

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Sunday, December 1, 2019

A Bright Room Called Day by Darryl Reilly

Maddeningly alternating between being an absorbing historical drama and a grating exercise in self-indulgence,  "A Bright Room Called Day" is author Tony Kushner’s reimagining of his 198…

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Friday, November 29, 2019

The Young Man from Atlanta by Darryl Reilly

Yes, Mr. Foote’s eloquent take on the souring of the American Dream has shades of Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman," but with his idiosyncratic and powerful command of dramatic writi…

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Other Than We by Darryl Reilly

An old man who is an homage to Noam Chomsky is metamorphosed into an owl through the aid of a cloth mask and a print costume with a technician behind him flapping the wings, accompanied by t…

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Dear Laurie Lawrence by Darryl Reilly

The late NYC performer’s 60th birthday was commemorated by a lovely concert at The Duplex with the proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The post Dear Laurie Lawrence a…

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Virgo Star by Darryl Reilly

Following a comically exaggerated shootout, the two men make out. A cowgirl and a Mexican woman get together. At one point performers blindfold audience members for a brief bit. There’s a …

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Evita by Darryl Reilly

Solea Pfeiffer in a scene from New York City Center’s revival of “Evita” (Photo credit: Joan Marcus) Darryl Reilly, Critic Abandoning elaborate scenery and projections for her spirited…

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Fires in the Mirror by Darryl Reilly

The Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Sonny Carson are among the two dozen celebrities, cross section of New Yorkers, and male and female integral figures of diverse ethnicities that a…

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Film review: “Leonard Soloway’s Broadway” by Darryl Reilly

The life of the prolific theater producer whose career began in the 1940’s is chronicled in this eventful and entertaining show business documentary. The post Film review: “Leonard Solo…

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Darryl Reilly

Seven vibrant and diverse women of color take the stage and speak, sing and dance at the start of this shining revival of author Ntozake Shange’s landmark play, "For Colored Girls Who Have…

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Monday, November 11, 2019

The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America by Darryl Reilly

Revolutionary War patriots Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Richard Henry Lee, John Hancock and Benjamin Franklin are eerily represented by male and female black performers wearing tweaked 18th…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

A Life in the Rye by Darryl Reilly

A seated actor dressed all in black wearing a beret beats a conga drum on a confined playing area.  Other actors in period costumes sit at small cabaret tables and chairs as thick wafts of …

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The Great Society by Darryl Reilly

LBJ’s ambitious social programs in the United States of the 1960’s being sidetracked by the folly of the Vietnam War and his mishandling of the unrest caused by the Civil Rights Movement…

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Monday, November 4, 2019

An Enchanted April by Darryl Reilly

The enduring resonance of its source material is evident in "An Enchanted April" during this uneven stage musical adaptation. Lasting two hours and 45 minutes with an intermission, its initi…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Catastrophe Club by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Burnam’s futuristic conceit is engrossing and the theme of a repressed figure looking back at a more joyous way of life is potent. The present day portions are amiable but only fitfull…

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Soft Power by Darryl Reilly

Hillary Clinton wearing a glittery red pantsuit leading a Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen-style production number set in a Busby Berkeleyesque recreation of a McDonald’s with giant sparkling Fren…

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Remembering Mary E. Allen (1954 – 2019) by Darryl Reilly

Searching Facebook recently, I discovered that a brilliant, colorful and unsung creative figure I encountered in my youth, died earlier this year. The post Remembering Mary E. Allen (1954 …

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Fear by Darryl Reilly

"The Cosby Show," "Home Improvement" and "Roseanne" are among Mr. Williams’ prominent credits as a television writer and producer. Williams also has had several plays produced and has dire…

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Molly Sweeney by Darryl Reilly

As is Mr. Friel’s The Faith Healer, Molly Sweeney is a monologue play. Here, instead of being separated in individual acts, the three characters appear on stage together without interactin…

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Book review: Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs by Darryl Reilly

Admirers of the legendary performer should be enthralled by this quite probably definitive chronicle of her life and career that’s written with zest. The post Book review: Still Here: The…

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Book review: “Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch” by Alexandra Jacobs by Darryl Reilly

Admirers of the legendary performer should be enthralled by this quite probably definitive chronicle of her life and career that’s written with zest. The post Book review: “Still Here: …

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Dublin Carol by Darryl Reilly

Bearded, bald and utilizing a pronounced Irish accent, the physically imposing Jeffrey Bean is towering as John. The beaming Mr. Bean’s delightful bonhomie gives way to harrowing anguish a…

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation by Darryl Reilly

This is the latest edition of creator, writer and director Gerard Alessandrini’s enduring musical spoof skewering present and past NYC theater that he inaugurated- in 1982 and has had over…

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Monday, October 14, 2019

Slave Play by Darryl Reilly

A mulatto slave is sodomized with a large black dildo while in a canopy bed by his master’s wife who is decked out in Madonna-style dominatrix regalia. A white indentured servant fellates …

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Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Darryl Reilly

Numb from two straight-through hours of far-right speechifying emoted in perpetual semi-darkness, the audience at "Heroes of the Fourth Turning" then endures a ghastly aria of despair by a L…

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Darryl Reilly

A downer by its nature, "Nothing Gold Can Stay" is playwright Chad Beckim’s heartbreaking 95-minute family drama depicting the ravages of rampant opioid addiction in the present day United…

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Kingfishers Catch Fire by Darryl Reilly

It’s 1948 and we’re in an Italian prison where “The Beast of Rome,” German SS Colonel Herbert Kappler (1907-1978) is serving a life sentence for war crimes. Kappler was the Chief of …

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday by Darryl Reilly

Though off-putting, "Sunday"’s periodic non sequitur choreographic interludes become a respite from its bad writing and grating performances. For no discernable reason, characters stop sp…

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Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo by Darryl Reilly

Katsura Sunshine is the stage name of this charismatic 49-year-old Toronto-born performer who relocated to Japan and apprenticed to a Rakugo artiste. Mr. Sunshine eventually became a notable…

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