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Sunday, September 29, 2019

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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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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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

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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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

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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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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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Not Even the Good Things by Darryl Reilly

If ever a play needed a talkback afterwards, Joseph Scott Ford’s bewildering, grating and slight "Not Even the Good Things" does. By the end of its gobsmacking 75 minutes, the eerie ever-p…

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

No One Is Forgotten by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Winter Miller offers a shakily hollow mélange of Genet, Beckett and Pinter with her two women in a prison cell scenario taking place in an unnamed foreign country. Ms. Miller’s…

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

The White Dress by Darryl Reilly

Packed with emotion, adolescent angst and eventfully picaresque, "The White Dress" is playwright Roger Q. Mason’s passionate autobiographical saga of a “gender non-conforming queer pers…

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Friday, June 28, 2019

John Burns Is a Sexy Beast by Darryl Reilly

Gracefully clomping around in silver pumps and clad in a short-sleeved black jumpsuit, the upper portion adorned with shimmering multi-colored sequins in the configuration of the rainbow, th…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Casting Aspersions by Darryl Reilly

Passero’s expressive tenor voice, twinkling eyes, seasoned character actor presence which recalls that of Michael Tucker and jovial personality enables him to entertainingly chronicle his …

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Yes! Reflections of Molly Bloom by Darryl Reilly

Employing her charming accent with its expressive vocal cadences and exhibiting her alluring sleek physicality and charismatic presence, Moloney totally embodies Molly Bloom as she forcefull…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Galas by Darryl Reilly

This first-ever revival of "Galas" intentionally coincides with World Pride and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings. It honors the memory of Ludlam who died of AIDS in 1987 at th…

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The Great Novel by Darryl Reilly

The perennial tale of a noble servant exploited by a self-absorbed upper class family is given a bewildering and tedious treatment by playwright Amina Henry in "The Great Novel." It’s an e…

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Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical by Darryl Reilly

Living up to its title, a racially and physically diverse game company of ten male performers really are nude throughout "Camp Morning Wood: A Very Naked Musical." It succeeds as a joyous fl…

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A Strange Loop by Darryl Reilly

Twenty-five-year-old African-American Michigan native and New York University graduate Usher is an usher at a Disney Broadway musical who is writing an autobiographical musical about his tro…

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Pauline Kael: Reflections upon her centennial by Darryl Reilly

Today is the centennial of that irascible and preeminent American film critic and I offer my thoughts and reminiscences upon this significant occasion. The post Pauline Kael: Reflections …

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