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Friday, August 28, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: WHORL INSIDE A LOOP (Second Stage Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THROWN BY A LOOP I’m not partial to dramas set in prisons; these tend to be ugly, depressing, violent and hopeless, or worse—sentimental, and I find myself reluctant to be transported t…

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: KISS ME OR CUT OFF MY HEAD (Soho Photo Gallery) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ALTRUISM OR ARTISTRY? Margaret’s Safe Place, “a boarding facility that houses the most vulnerable students of The Kibera School for Girls” in Kenya, sheltering girls from domestic sexu…

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THREESOME (59E59) by Dmitry Zvonkov

MÉNAGE À TWADDLE At the conclusion of Yussef El Guindi’s new play Threesome it isn’t unreasonable to ask oneself the following question: What does the semi-comic attempt of three young…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: RUTHLESS! (St. Luke’s) by Dmitry Zvonkov

TOOTHLESS RUTHLESS Though useful as a showcase for the capable performers and boasting some excellent singing, Joel Paley’s revival of his gray farce Ruthless!, a self-referential spoof o…

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: ADA/AVA (3LD Art & Technology Center) by Dmitry Zvonkov

SHADOW (OF A) PLAY Visually striking and radiating love and sincerity, Manual Cinema’s shadow-puppet show Ada/Ava, which attempts to explore septuagenarian Ada’s inner turmoil  after th…

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: MY PERFECT MIND (59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THEIR PERFECT MINDS Written by director Kathryn Hunter and performers Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge, My Perfect Mind begins with Dr. Witznagel (Mr. Hunter) coming out onto Michel Vale…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: AFGHANISTAN, ZIMBABWE, AMERICA, KUWAIT (The Gym at Judson) by Dmitry Zvonkov

GREAT DEPICTION OF WAR, BUT WHAT FOR? Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, begins in near darkness with a Serbian Woman (Jelena Stupljanin) in a de…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE SOUND AND THE FURY (Elevator Repair Service at The Public Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

HOW SWEET THIS SOUND The standout theater company Elevator Repair Service (ERS), much acclaimed for their six-hour-plus show Gatz, among others, brings the first part of William Faulkner’s…

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: NEW COUNTRY (Cherry Lane Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

EVERYTHING OLD COUNTRY FEELS NEW AGAIN In Mark Roberts’ delightful and moving play New Country, skillfully directed by David Harwell, 25-year-old country music star Justin is up to his usu…

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: ONE HAND CLAPPING (Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING In Lucia Cox’s play One Hand Clapping, which she adapts from the 1961 Anthony Burgess novel and brings as director to 59E59 Theaters as part of their Brits O…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: DORUNTINE (Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA at The Interart Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ALBANIAN/AMERICAN STORYTELLING As my Albanian friend put it: “The legend of Doruntine is the very core around which the Albanians’ national code of morals is organized (say those who bel…

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: OUR CLASS (The Temple Emanu-El, Skirball Center) by Dmitry Zvonkov

FIRST CLASS Directed by Cosmin Chivu, the staged reading of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s play Our Class at the Skirball Center is everything one would expect from such an enterprise when put to…

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Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: COMIDA DE PUTA (MultiStages Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

PUTA TO THE TEST Inspired by the Ancient Greek drama surrounding Hippolytus, and set in a present-day South Bronx bodega, Desi Moreno-Penson’s new play Comida De Puta attempts to combine N…

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: GREAT KILLS (Theater for the New City) by Dmitry Zvonkov

OK KILLS In Tom Diriwachter’s Great Kills, Tim, an overeducated 40-year-old loser who still lives in his father’s house on State Island, invites his successful childhood friend Robert ov…

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: TWELFTH NIGHT (Bedlam at Dorothy Strelsin Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

LIVING ROOM THEATER Not long ago a frequent theater companion commented to me about a production we had just seen: “So many of these shows, if (the performers) had put them on at home for …

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: JUDGMENT ON A GRAY BEACH, YOUR PROCESS HAS BEGUN (La MaMa & Dramma International Theatre Ensemble) by Dmitry Zvonkov

JUDGMENT ON A GRAY BEACH PROCESS Elia K. Schneider stages an engaging spectacle with her Judgment on a Gray Beach, Your Process Has Begun, a dialogue-free experimental piece that imagines th…

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE NOMAD (The Bats at The Flea Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

KEEP WANDERING Always charming and energized, The Bats (the resident company of The Flea Theater) put forth yet another valiant effort, this time with the world premiere of The Nomad, with b…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE GROUNDLING (Axis Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ON SOLID GROUNDLING Writer/director Marc Palmieri puts together an entertaining piece of theater with his comedy The Groundling, about Bob, the middle-aged owner of a successful landscaping …

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE LION (Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THE MANE EVENT Watching writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show The Lion, directed by Sean Daniels, the element I am most taken with is Mr. Scheuer’s radiant charisma. His earne…

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: KIND SOULS (Libra Theater Company at Theatre 54) by Dmitry Zvonkov

UNWIELDY BUT SOULFUL Tom Diggs’s allegorical fable Kind Souls attempts to examine how two loving individuals behave when forced to choose between losing their lives and losing their souls.…

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Film Review: BALLET 422 (directed by Jody Lee Lipes) by Dmitry Zvonkov

PASSIVE APPROACH MAKES FOR SUPERFICIAL DOCUMENTARY We are a fly on the wall in Jody Lee Lipes’ documentary Ballet 422, which follows 25-year-old New York City Ballet (NYCB) dancer and emer…

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Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: NO ONE LOVES US HERE (New Light Theater Project at Urban Stages) by Dmitry Zvonkov

NO ONE BUT US CHICKENS At intermission, following the first act of Ross Howard’s black comedy satire No One Loves Us Here, my companion expressed to me, in a whirlwind of expletives, her b…

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS (The Directors Company at 59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

A BUMPY ROAD TO A STRAIGHTFORWARD POLITICAL THRILLER A deadly explosion goes off in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. The U.S. blames a terrorist group they say is funded by t…

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE WOODSMAN (Strangemen & Co. at 59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

WIZARDLY THEATER THAT COMES WITH A HEART The Woodsman, James Ortiz’s delightful and dark invention, which he stars in and co-directs with Claire Karpen, dramatizes the story of how the Tin…

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: CAFÉ SOCIETY SWING (59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THE WORLD ON A SWING The year is 1948 and a hack reporter (the entertaining Evan Pappas), ordered by his editor to do a hatchet job on Barney Josephson and his revolutionary Greenwich Villag…

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: SOUL DOCTOR (Actors Temple Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

DELIGHTFUL IN SPITE OF ITSELF Ordinarily, a musical with a book as superficial, obvious and corny as Daniel S. Wise’s Soul Doctor would make me cringe. Add to this David Schechter’s on-t…

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST (Flux Theatre Ensemble) by Dmitry Zvonkov

FOREST ENTRY After her car breaks down during a storm, Josie (a sympathetic Rachael Hip-Flores), a young woman searching for her father years after he mysteriously vanished, happens upon a c…

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Off-Broadway Music Theater Review: ON BEHALF OF NATURE (Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble at BAM) by Dmitry Zvonkov

BEHALF AND HALF Personal works of art, in which the artist must invent a new language all her own to communicate her unique dreams, are, for me, the most valuable kinds. But one consistent c…

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Broadway Theater Review: SIDE SHOW (St. James) by Dmitry Zvonkov

A TWIN/LOSE SITUATION Henry Krieger’s succulent score and the co-leads’ powerful, penetrating voices are among the few reasons to see Side Show, a dull bio-musical set in the first half …

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: MAJOR BARBARA (The Pearl Theatre Company) by Dmitry Zvonkov

MAJOR TO MINOR The Pearl Theatre Company and Gingold Theatrical Group’s revival of George Bernard Shaw’s 1905 comedy Major Barbara feels like theater for people who go to shows for the …

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Off-Broadway Theater Review: POWERHOUSE (Sinking Ship Productions at New Ohio Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

SINKING SHIP SAILS IN UNCHARTERED WATERS My favorite element in Powerhouse, a delightful new devised play created by director Jon Levin, writer Josh Luxenberg and the Sinking Ship Ensemble, …

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