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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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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Invention of Tragedy (Mac Wellman Festival: Perfect Catastrophes) by Darryl Reilly

Halfway through the abstract hijinks there are fleeting references to terrorists, getting in trouble for bringing a little knife on an airplane and vague political debates as the tone grows …

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Derren Brown: Secret on Broadway by Darryl Reilly

The shaven-headed, athletic and charismatic Derren Brown is a well-known personality in the United Kingdom due to his award-winning theatrical and television presentations. With his resoundi…

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Wives by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Backhaus’ writing is erudite, well-shaped and imaginative but isn’t funny which is problematic considering it’s intended as a barbed comedy until its heartfelt metaphysical conclu…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Belleville by Darryl Reilly

The small studio theater space where the show is performed with its basic living room scenic design informs director Cameron Clarke’s resourceful and bold staging. Working in such a confin…

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again by Darryl Reilly

The latest edition of the recurring political humor show "Laughing Liberally" is titled "Make America Laugh Again" and is decidedly anti-Trump. It’s created by the brilliant veteran comed…

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Felix Starro by Darryl Reilly

The score with Ms. Hagedorn’s sharp lyrics and composer Fabian Obispo’s pointed melodies in the manner of Stephen Sondheim and John Kander is quite accomplished with its rousing group nu…

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Contact High: A New Musical by Darryl Reilly

Hass directed and his stilted staging is adequate. Simple entrances and exits, cast members going through the theater’s aisle and basic character interactions occur. Some performances are …

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sea Wall / A Life (Broadway) by Darryl Reilly

On screen and stage Gyllenhaal has exhibited his talent and star quality to great effect many times. "A Life" is not one of those shining occasions as he is just passable in it. Stammering, …

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Stormy Weather by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Wills’ demonstrates a facility for dramatic writing with his snappy dialogue and fast-paced scenario that inspires laughter and also incites thoughtfulness. Amidst the merriment are ke…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

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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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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