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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

"Message in a Bottle" - When love hurts by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonMany solo shows have more than a whiff of the psychiatrist's couch about them.  And since much art springs from the struggles of the artists, that can be expected. …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Provincetown Theater's "The Laramie Project" Sparkles by Byrne Harrison

By Greg WaagnerFrom the moment theatre patrons tender their tickets and enter the performance space for the Provincetown Theater’s production of The Laramie Project, they are transported f…

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Almelem - Creating the narrative and spinning the story by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonSome of the stories I've enjoyed most over the years are those that take something completely familiar and turn it on its head.  Sean Williams' remarkable Almelem joins…

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Theatre in Troubled Times - "Eight Tales of Pedro" and "Nazis and Me" by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonArt is a product of its time, and for many artists, now is a particularly difficult one.  In the era of Trump values, artists, especially those from traditionally margi…

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Resident Acting Company in Reading of Shaw's DON JUAN IN HELL September 24 at Players Club by Byrne Harrison

This fall, The Resident Acting Company, a new troupe drawn from the performing ensemble of The Pearl Theatre Company, will present "The Language Series," a new readings series at The Players…

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Monday, March 28, 2016

"Buried Child" - Life on the edge by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by Monique CarboniRain can have a very cleansing effect. Washing away the dust accumulated from years of neglect and stagnation to reveal something new or long forgott…

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"iNSIGNIFICANCE" - A question of what really matters by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderA Professor (Max Baker), a Ballplayer (Anthony Comis), an Actress (Susannah Hoffman) and a United States Senator (Michael Pemberton). People who, on the surface seem to…

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"a room of my own" - Where you don't always get what you want by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderWho knew an endless stream of profanity could be so hilarious? All it takes is the proper character(s) to say the words; lines delivered perfectly straight and a situation t…

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"Dot" - Straddling two separate worlds by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderMost people, whether they want to admit it or not, routinely exist in two separate planes of existence. The first being life as it actually is, while the second is life as t…

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"Nice Fish" - Where life happens when you're doing something else by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderOffering a look at a type of lifestyle that’s probably foreign to most city dwellers, yet touching on themes that are universal, American Repertory Theater's presentation …

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"Please Continue" - Where gray is the most prevalent color of all by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderTo get along, you have to go along. A frequent explanation when facing with an uncomfortable situation. But how long will a person continue to do something they feel is mora…

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Marjorie Prime" - An interesting tale of memory by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by Jeremy DanielCoping with grief is the premise behind Jordan Harrison's fascinating drama Marjorie Prime, a tale which offers a bit of The Twilight Zone as…

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

"Harry Shearer and Judith Owen's Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?)" - Totally Brilliant by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderBy Arkanjel ProductionsHusband and wife Harry Shearer and Judith Owen offer a perfect way to ring in the 2016 holiday season with their annual party, Christmas Without Tears…

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"Dear Elizabeth" - The Enduring Power of Friendship by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderFinding a kindred soul can be a wonderful thing. Someone to tell your personal thoughts, feelings and hopes without fear of condemnation or dismissal. Such was the case with…

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular - The Perfect Way to Ring in the Holiday Season by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by MSG EntertainmentAs constant as the changing of the seasons is the annual appearance of the Christmas Spectacular at New York's Radio City Musical Hall, which has b…

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Perfect Arrangement" - Not so perfect for those involved by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by James LeynseMost everyone has a public persona they show to the outside world. One stripped off only in the comfort of one's own home and only to those to whom you …

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"Antigone" - Where compromise is sadly not an option by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by Stephanie BergerBranches which bend under the force of a raging storm are often able to survive, while those that hold fast and try to resist the oncoming onslaught…

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"Old Times" - A tantalizing journey by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderMemory can be highly selective. The way one recalls a given event with absolute certainty may not at all be the way it actually happened. Such is the case in Harold Pinter's…

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"A Murder Mystery Karaoke Show" - I Know What You Sang Last Summer by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonI will admit that I really enjoy karaoke.  I also really enjoy watching self-absorbed teenagers get picked off one by one in a good slasher movie.  It never occurr…

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Tales Told Way Out of School - Verna Gillis' "Tales From Geriassic Park: On the Verge of Extinction" by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonVerna GillisIt's generally agreed that there is a shortage of good roles for women, especially those of a certain age.  If only everyone could meet that challenge by wr…

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Friday, October 2, 2015

"The Christians" - Whose faith is it anyway? by Byrne Harrison

Reviewed by Judd HollanderPhotos by Joan MarcusPreaching the world of God is a great responsibility. For what you say in that respect affects not only how you see yourself, but how you are s…

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

"Mercury Fur" - Where Denial is Not a River in Egypt by Byrne Harrison

Reviewed by Judd HollanderPhotos by Monique CarboniIn 1988 there was an off-Broadway show that featured, as one of its segments, two actors in a talk show setting discussing how to deal with…

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Isle of Klezbos by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonPhoto by Angela JimenezOne of the best things about going to downtown theatre venues (in this case, Dixon Place) is the opportunity to browse the postcards for upcoming show…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonAlthough I have become a regular at this monthly event, it has been a while since I've written about The Astoria Bookshop Storytelling Show hosted by the talented David Laws…

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

"Dr. Faustus" - One Man Who Went Too Far by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by Joan MarcusPlaywright Christopher Marlowe looks at man's quest for ultimate power and knowledge, and the pitfalls that come with it in his work Doctor Faustus. An i…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"The Immortal Coil" - Revenge with a flourish by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonPhotos by Derek BarbantiErasmus Bernstein (John Michalski) is a playwright who was the voice of his generation.  A Salinger-like personage, he has finally written his n…

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Monday, June 15, 2015

"A Human Being Died That Night" - Putting a Face on Evil by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by Richard TermineWhen it comes to war criminals and those responsible for mass killings, there's a tendency to think of them as inhuman monsters because it's far more…

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"'Tis Pity She's a Whore" - When Loves Goes Far Astray by Byrne Harrison

By Judd HollanderPhoto by Richard TermineWhat if Romeo & Juliet were in fact brother and sister? So it asks in the press materials for Red Bull Theater's absolutely brilliant production …

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Interview with Aubrie Therrien, Artistic Director of DreamStreet Theatre Company by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonCompany photos by Kendra HeislerThis weekend, DreamStreet Theatre Company, which was founded by Karuna and Len Heisler to bring the joy of theatre to special needs…

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Friday, May 8, 2015

NY Boylesque Festival Performer Profile - Gilbert de moccos by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonThe New York Boylesque Festival weekend kicks off tonight with a teaser party at the Knitting Factory and is followed by tomorrow's main event at B.…

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NY Boylesque Festival Performer Profile - Rify Royalty by Byrne Harrison

By Byrne HarrisonThe New York Boylesque Festival weekend kicks off tonight with a teaser party at the Knitting Factory and is followed by tomorrow's main event at B.…

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