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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Review: David Greenspan performs ‘Four Saints in Three Acts’ by Erin Kahn

Gertrude Stein’s Four Saints in Three Acts is, to put it bluntly, nonsensical. An avant-garde opera with a libretto by Stein and a score by Virgil Thomson, it’s more word-driven than pl…

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Review: ‘Our Man in Santiago’ by Erin Kahn

A CIA newbie with orders to remove the Chilean President walks into a bombed out palace. What could go wrong? In Mark Wilding’s delightful comedy Our Man in Santiago, loosely inspired by …

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Review: ‘My Onliness’ by Erin Kahn

Gertrude Stein once said of her own writing: “if you enjoy it, you understand it.” If that’s true, then I suppose I understood My Onliness: a world premiere musical about a mad king an…

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Thursday, August 25, 2022

Review: ‘Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle’ by Erin Kahn

What’s it like to work at a job that’s slowly sucking the life and soul out of you–and is it worth it? That seems to be one of the questions asked by Alexander Perez in his dark comedy…

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Sunday, August 21, 2022

Review: Blurring Boundaries by Erin Kahn

“There’s no reality in which I don’t fall in love with you.” So says a nervous but excited bride on her wedding day, as she and her husband-to-be wait for their civil ceremony. A 10-…

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Review: ‘Macbitches’ by Erin Kahn

From time to time, a play can take you by surprise. That was the case with Chain Theater’s macbitches, written by Sophie McIntosh and directed by Ella Jane New. While intrigued by the prem…

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Friday, August 19, 2022

Review of ‘Down to Eartha’ by Erin Kahn

Eartha Kitt was described by Orson Welles as “the most exciting woman in the world.” Yet for 10 years, she was blacklisted from work in the United States. Why? Because she spoke her mind…

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Friday, August 12, 2022

Review of Sister Shakes Productions’ ‘Romeo & Juliet’ by Erin Kahn

What makes a play queer? Is it simply a queer cast? A queer aesthetic? Or something more? Billed as a queer and gender-blind, abridged and I quote “hilarious version of this beloved classi…

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Interview with playwright Alexander Perez by Erin Kahn

A year ago, I had the opportunity to review Alexander Perez’s dark comedy Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle, which follows a team of overworked, underpaid employees at a rundown amusement par…

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Friday, August 5, 2022

Review of ‘Mammelephant’ by Erin Kahn

Scene: the Sakha Republic, Siberia. Some time in the future, a genetically engineered mammelephant (half mammoth, half elephant) has an existential crisis in a man-made park created to solve…

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Review of ‘Happy Life’ by Erin Kahn

Kathy Ng’s Happy Life, directed by Kat Yen at Walkerspace, is not a show for everyone. Nor is it a show for the faint of heart. But if kinky, morbid humor is your thing, well guess what, i…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Review of ‘The Bedwetter’ by Erin Kahn

10-year-old Sarah Silverman has one big, big problem. Well, to be honest, she has more than one problem. Her parents are newly divorced, her mother hasn’t left her bed in weeks, and her ol…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

Review of ‘Dough’ by Erin Kahn

I’ve seen some weird stuff lately, but I’m very glad I took a chance on French playwright/director David Lescot’s Dough. A Compagnie du Kairos production presented by Villa Albertine a…

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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: ‘The Legend of the Waitress and the Robber’ by Erin Kahn

In the name of liberty, four robbers are hatching a plot to steal everyone’s phones. They’re dressed in gray uniforms that sort of resemble pajamas, and black felt bandit masks that seem…

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Monday, May 23, 2022

Review of ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Erin Kahn

Maya Angelou’s 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has already been adapted for both film and stage, but New York City Children’s Theater’s world-premiere production at Theatr…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Review of ‘Jews, God, and History’ by Erin Kahn

What does it mean to be a Jew today? That’s the main question asked in Michael Takiff’s clever if convoluted solo show Jews, God, and History (Not Necessarily in That Order), currently p…

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Review of ‘Golden Shield’ by Erin Kahn

“Poetry is what gets lost in translation,” said Robert Frost. And after watching Anchuli Felicia King’s engrossing and poetic Golden Shield, I’m inclined to add “as is love.” Dir…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Review of ‘iNegro, a rhapsody’ by Erin Kahn

“I want to write something so Black that God can’t ignore me.” Playwright and performer Kareem M. Lucas speaks these words while standing on a huge wooden cross enshrined in a massive …

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

Review of André & Dorine by Erin Kahn

From time to time, to quote my favorite song from Dear Evan Hansen, “words fail.” At the moment, words fail as I search for a way to describe (and adequately praise) a show whose gentle …

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Review of ‘The Road Back’ by Erin Kahn

“Whether on stage in front of an audience, or over the phone to a friend – we need to tell our stories. When we tell our stories, we give others permission to do the same. This is how w…

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Review of ‘Shooting Celebrities’ by Erin Kahn

Mary Todd Lincoln: misunderstood First Lady, bereft mother, obsessive widow–and now, the unlikely subject of a trippy piece of experimental theatre. In american vicarious’ new work Shoo…

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Interview with Adam Kraar by Erin Kahn

Playwright Adam Kraar is interested in cross-cultural, cross-generational stories. His latest work, The Karpovsky Variations, follows one young woman’s search for her scattered, elusive fa…

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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

‘Songs about Trains’: a foot-stomping, powerhouse look at the outsiders who built America by Erin Kahn

I was hooked from the title. As someone who loves folk music and was largely raised on “songs about trains,” I was pretty sure I was going to love it before I even stepped into the thea…

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Thursday, March 31, 2022

In ‘Gong Lum’s Legacy,’ love is dangerous by Erin Kahn

Much has been written (and, especially lately, staged) about marginalized people’s troubled relationships with the non-marginalized. But what about the relationships of different marginali…

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Becky Baumwoll of Broken Box Mime Theater talks using mime to cross barriers by Erin Kahn

Take Shape, Broken Box Mime Theater’s newest devised show, explores ten stories about emergence and transformation. It’s the company’s first Mainstage show in three years, and to cele…

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Caution: ‘#SoSadSoSexy’ may turn you into even more of a feminist by Erin Kahn

Women have really been getting screwed over from the beginning. That was one of my takeaways from #SoSadSoSexy, presented by Tapestry Collective at The Tank. Written and created by Emily Co…

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Friday, March 11, 2022

‘Jane Anger’ is an irreverent, hilarious new take on the Bard by Erin Kahn

If you’re a Shakespeare aficionado who wants to laugh out loud for two hours straight and doesn’t mind a touch of bawdy humor, then Jane Anger is for you. The Jennifer Campos Production…

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Thursday, March 10, 2022

Thanks to Steve Earle, ‘Coal Country’ strikes a deep chord by Erin Kahn

In my experience, any production that includes Steve Earle on its creative team is sure to have at least a few good things going for it. In the case of Coal Country, Audible Theater’s new …

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Monday, March 7, 2022

‘Debate: Baldwin vs Buckley’ brings the famous 1965 debate closer than ever by Erin Kahn

In 1965, James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. faced off at the University of Cambridge, on live tv and in front of an overly packed house, on a question that, 57 years later, is no less …

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Review: Prayer for the French Republic by Erin Kahn

In 1927, my great-great grandfather wrote a letter home from Germany. With admirable wit and evident pleasure, Nathan Low writes about visiting his father’s cousins in Ludwigshafen. Though…

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Monday, February 7, 2022

The 2022 FRIGID Festival by Erin Kahn

One of New York’s biggest (and best) theatre festivals is back. The 16th Annual FRIGID Festival brings together artists from across the Indie Theatre Community, with plenty of fun, excitin…

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