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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Devil of Choice" Falters at LAByrinth Theater Company at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

There are no new insights into the common themes addressed, and the production feels more like an exercise for the actors, given the many fits and starts. Director Shira-Lee Shalit does litt…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Peace for Mary Frances" at the New Group by Joseph Verlezza

The competent cast including such distinguished veteran actors as Johanna Day, J. Smith-Cameron, and Lois Smith attempt to dig deep into their characters, but it seems impossible to bring an…

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Off-Broadway Review: "The Beast in the Jungle" at the Vineyard Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

This is a production that pushes boundaries of traditional musical theater relying on the melodic score by John Kander, sometimes reminiscent of his earlier work and always pleasing to the e…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Broadway Review: "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

The song list is wonderful with some less familiar delights, but it is the rapture of those disco warhorses that are unmistakably crowd pleasing. The revelation of the breakout “Love to Lo…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Gentleman Caller” at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Through Saturday May 26, 2018) by Joseph Verlezza

There is quite a bit of foreplay but no actual winner in the sexual cat and mouse game farcically played out in Abingdon Theatre Company's "The Gentleman Caller" at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Broadway Review: "Carousel" at the Imperial Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

The beloved Rogers and Hammerstein “Carousel” has not often been revived on the Broadway stage since it first opened to critical acclaim in 1945, so this third incarnation, after a long …

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Broadway Review: "My Fair Lady" at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater by Joseph Verlezza

Mr. Sher envisions a new fair lady, empowered to become all she is capable of being, unshackled from a male dominated society and free from shame and abuse. It is an important and brave inte…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "The Seafarer" at Irish Repertory Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

It is always a pleasure to see Mr. Broderick take the stage, and it is admirable that he lends his star power to a successful off-Broadway company, but he has not taken full advantage of the…

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Broadway Review: "Children of A Lesser God" at Studio 54 by Joseph Verlezza

Lauren Ridloff is a joy to watch as Sarah and gives an impressive Broadway debut, sculpting words with fluid movements that float in the air, accompanied by miens of anger, joy, passion and …

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Broadway Review: "Mean Girls" Pleases at the August Wilson Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

The new Broadway musical “Mean Girls,” based on the 2004 hit movie, is sure to secure a home on the Great White Way for some time to come, as it tickles the fancy of a new generation of …

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Broadway Review: "Escape to Margaritaville" is an Absolute Pleasure at the Marquis Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Of course, if you want to dig into the story, there are life lessons to be discovered, but the real treasure that everyone will find without any effort is fun. Do yourself a favor, forget yo…

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story" Weaves Magic at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

The deft direction by Christian Barry keeps the journey fluid, never wasting a glance or movement to communicate an emotion. Playwright Hannah Moscovitch presents a script that is clear, con…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Amy and the Orphans" at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

In the new play “Amy and the Orphans,” disability, dysfunction, and delusion are the contentious components that drive an anomalous family unit to a place they were not expecting to visi…

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "A Letter to Harvey Milk" at Theatre Row's Acorn Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Based on the short story by Leslea Newman, the play deals with an interesting time in the history of the Gay movement but fails to provide a positive outlook or generate interest in the even…

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Party Face” at New York City Center Stage II by Joseph Verlezza

Unfortunately this party is too predictable and plays more like a simple sitcom sans substance or stability. Basically everything goes wrong. The script undermines the important relevant cor…

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Bright Colors and Bold Patterns" at SoHo Playhouse by Joseph Verlezza

The dialogue of quick witted repartee, consists of insults, abusive humor and innuendos that are dated and trivial adding nothing to the dimension of the character or movement of the plot. I…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Broadway Review: "Meteor Shower" at the Booth Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

The stellar cast is fine and probably makes the evening palpable by adhering to the slick direction of Mr. Zaks who obviously decided to surrender to lighthearted entertainment taking advant…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Off-Broadway Review: "Twelfth Night" at Classic Stage Company by Joseph Verlezza

Co-directed Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, the action moves at a quick pace but is at times burdened by the musical interludes which breaks the pace of the farce.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Broadway Review: "Once On This Island" at Circle in the Square Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Even with all its distraction and pitfalls, for those who have never visited this island before, it will be a marvelous vacation. There would be no reason to revive a musical unless it is se…

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Broadway Review: "JUNK" at Lincoln Center Theater by Joseph Verlezza

Director Doug Hughes moves the action along at rapid pace to match the nature of the activities of radical takeovers, inside trading and federal investigation.

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Off-Broadway Review: "The Mad Ones" at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

The New York premiere of the not-so-new musical “The Mad Ones” is making its New York premiere and being presented by Prospect Theater Company at 59E59 theaters. It is a coming of age st…

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