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Monday, September 28, 2020

What Do You Miss? Reflections on KAREN, I SAID by Dan O'Neil

Eliza Bent is about as close to a recognizable brand as you can get in downtown theater land (I say this in a good way) - she has a specific and winning skewed sensibility and a propensi…

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Monday, February 17, 2020

TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever: Watch out for TJ by Dan O'Neil

All those toxic names on our money, our buildings, even our clothing. How they got there, and what it might mean to strip them of their meaning and power.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

THE CONVERSATIONALISTS converse with cinema by Dan O'Neil

The made-up movie feels like one of those sweeping international melodramas with lots of expansive cinematography. In the minds of it creators, it’s an epic-length narrative replete with m…

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Friday, January 17, 2020

DISTANCES SMALLER THAN THIS ARE NOT CONFIRMED confronts the unconfirmable by Dan O'Neil

It’s about how we try to use stories to explain things that we otherwise can’t explain, and how sometimes even those stories don’t do the work for us. How do we keep doing the work aft…

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Do you Believe? Lucas Hnath’s THE THIN PLACE by Dan O'Neil

We lean in, unable to control our own desire to be persuaded, even as we know that this is a play, this is not true, this is just another gesture in a world full of them

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Do You Cocktail? A New Party Game Emerges in Chelsea by Dan O'Neil

It’s less an interview and more a listening circle — if you are comfortable talking in front of a group, you’ll be just fine at it

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Inciting Conversation: @GaryXXXFisher’s BLACK EXHIBITION by Dan O'Neil

If you can say one thing, and only one thing, about Harris’s body of work thus far, it’s that it certainly seems to incite conversation.

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Monday, November 11, 2019

Experimental Theater Built To Survive the Zombie Apocalypse: Radiohole’s NOW SERVING by Dan O'Neil

even if death is on everyone’s menu, lurking somewhere after dessert, this evening, we survived

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Liza Birkenmeier on Dr. Sally Ride, the Scientific Method, and Sexual Power Dynamics by Dan O'Neil

I went in with this insane piece, this musical phantasmagoria island site-specific thing -- and came out with my most, sort of, small quiet piece I've ever made that really relies upon, for …

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Monday, October 21, 2019

THE JOHNSONS: a Comedic Nightmare Version of the American Dream by Dan O'Neil

It’s not always clear what we’re looking at, but perhaps Henry is tearing down the house, family, and narrative form itself with hope alongside rage.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Weird Lingerers: The “Heroes of the Fourth Turning” plot their battles at Playwrights Horizons by Dan O'Neil

Their arguments, even when hate-filled, are lucidly formed and difficult to penetrate. There’s a weird thrill of uncomfortable relief when we find ourselves half-agreeing with them.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

In Conversation: Joshua William Gelb & Nehemiah Luckett on JAZZ SINGER by Dan O'Neil

It’s the concept of being brave and having a safe space that is safe enough that you can feel brave -- because it takes bravery to have those conversations that you know will be difficult,…

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Show Lasts Longer Than It May Appear – WATERBOY AND THE MIGHTY WORLD by Dan O'Neil

You feel, given the virtuosity and care demonstrated onstage, that you owe this much. You can carry all this. If you let it fall, it’ll break the spell. Don’t spill the water.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Tranquility Disrupted – Sean Donovan’s CABIN by Dan O'Neil

Donovan builds a tranquil place effortlessly, and then creates darkness within the negative (theatrical) space around it, using it as atmospheric pressure to hold the memory in place.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Literacy of Delight – In Conversation with Bailey Williams and Sarah Blush by Dan O'Neil

You can get close to truth but you can’t ever - in my opinion - I don’t think any story is ever true.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Both Lynchian & Eno-esque, PLANO Swirls Ever Inward by Dan O'Neil

If life is a race, all the characters here are lagging behind the leader, just hoping to keep up and find space to breath amidst the density of inevitable heartbreak that comes along with li…

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Verisimilitude of the Mad Ones by Dan O'Neil

I’m not sure I would call Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie a play, as such, if only because a play suggests an exterior blueprint which is then built or enacted by a group of performers and desig…

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Monday, April 1, 2019

The Story Variations of MARJANA AND THE FORTY THIEVES by Dan O'Neil

through sharing, repeating, layering, and rephrasing, the company finds a way to both underline and subvert the brutality without explicitly pointing at it.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

William Burke’s Containers: VARIATIONS ON THE MAIN by Dan O'Neil

It’s not so much a communing with the dead as an un-containing of the self, casting meaning into the void, hoping perhaps to receive some echo of that meaning back, in the shape of a hug, …

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Half Straddle’s IS THIS A ROOM at the Kitchen by Dan O'Neil

Tina Satter’s direction and Half Straddle’s pitch-perfect company establish and then maintain an unblinking focus that cuts through the dissipating fog and rewards the audience’s taut …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Watching of THE MAKING OF KING KONG by Dan O'Neil

The Making of King Kong sets out to unpack the monstrosity of our current cultural moment via the monkey, simultaneously evoking a 1930s acting style (transatlantic accents abound) while com…

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Extended Play(fulness) & Big Dance Theater’s Antigonick by Dan O'Neil

While the subject matter is dead serious, the style and aesthetic approach feels giddy, unafraid of big stupid choices when they’re appropriate.

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Saturday, October 20, 2018


There is pain, hurt, lovesickness for miles in every direction, emanating from this club across the country, world, and intergalactic beyond.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

How Smart is OKLAHOMA? by Dan O'Neil

What makes this Oklahoma more than just smart is how it ruthlessly strips away the glaze of nostalgia that usually accompanies such restagings in order to uncover what seemingly must have al…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Confrontation & Complication: THE REVOLVING CYCLES TRULY AND STEADILY ROLL’D by Dan O'Neil

Payne keeps his audience from jumping ahead to any particular conclusion by deploying a second (bigger, metatheatrical) frame around Karma’s story, one in which the house lights keep comin…

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Athletic Kinesthetic Action On Stage by Dan O'Neil

Their movement allows them to take up all the space, filling the stage all the way to the frame.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

An Unfiltered Description of UGLY at Bushwick Starr by Dan O'Neil

We share our sweat, our humidity, our heat. We weather it, as Kelly does inside the box.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Three Days Kaleidoscoping at NACL by Dan O'Neil

What was I doing? Why was I here? What had I hoped to achieve from this? So many people I didn’t know! Communal living having its obvious benefits, but not that easy to suddenly just find …

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Marie and Bruce, forty years later by Dan O'Neil

Hammel draws us in to her experience, while granting us a bit of separation from the material itself (which is unrelentingly bleak, flirting with misogyny, although its view of the male spec…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Neverland Dystopia? by Dan O'Neil

This is Peter Pan set in a dystopian futureland, the music acting as a remnant of a memory of a time when feeling was more possible, when childhood was more innocent; before we found ourselv…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What Happens When Elevator Repair Service Stages a Play? by Dan O'Neil

How do you deconstruct a deconstruction?

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