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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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Friday, April 13, 2018

Aloha, Aloha, or When I Was Queen: Is That Voice Still Mine? by Dan O'Neil

There is a dizzying effect to the realization / acknowledgement of one’s cringe-worthy actions as white person to date, and Aloha Aloha gives that kaleidoscopic wheel quite the healthy spi…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Lucky Ones, Cracked Open at The Connelly by Dan O'Neil

there’s never enough time and we’re always reaching back, trying to remember what it felt like to crack wide open for the first time.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Wordy Worlds of Mac Wellman by Dan O'Neil

The evening resembles what one might imagine how a Moth Storytelling Hour might play out if it were held at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Disruptive Cuteness by Dan O'Neil

Responding to CUTE ACTIVIST at the Bushwick Starr: "Does this play want me to ‘like’ it or to ‘crying face’ it?"

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Geoff Sobelle’s House Party – ‘HOME’ at BAM by Dan O'Neil

Sobelle’s work relies heavily on what one might describe as “sleight-of-staging,” which I’ll posit here is a cross between what a magician does with objects (cards and the like) and …

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Wrestling with the formula for “Dance Theater” via Big Dance Theater’s 17c by Dan O'Neil

Stylistically, Big Dance Theater’s 17c (part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival through November 18th, tickets from $24) invites comparison to (among other works) the film…

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Bearing Witness To A Dragon-Slayer In The Body Of A Waif: Heather Christian’s ANIMAL WISDOM by Dan O'Neil

She exists, she conjures, she illuminates through whisper and scream.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Should We All Move To Lexington? An Interview with Stephanie Troyak by Dan O'Neil

Dan O'Neil interviews Tantztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch dancer Stephanie Troyak, and asks the question: "Can we make this?"

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: Paradiso: The Memory Room by Dan O'Neil

Dan O'Neil steps into an escape room as part of an immersive theater project. The post Review: Paradiso: The Memory Room appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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In Which A Booking Cancellation At The New Ohio Creates Space For Radical Community Recalibration: #AmericaAF by Dan O'Neil

To attend is to remind yourself how much we miss by relying on established institutions to deliver us our culture, pre-curated and mixed just so, on whatever silver platter they might have r…

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