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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hold These Truths by Darryl Reilly

With expressive and limber physicality, animated facial features, piercing eyes, and a smoothly resonant voice, Mr. de la Fuente vividly depicts Mr. Hirabayashi from youth to old age.  Magn…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic by Darryl Reilly

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania, was raised by foster families, and learned about magic by reading books at the public library. These biographical details add depth to his shaded yet sunny …

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? by Darryl Reilly

David Gow is the show’s producer and he also plays Tommy Flowers.  Mr. Gow perhaps saw this showy role as a vehicle for him to shine in and he does up to a point.  Gow is an appealing, v…

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hot Mess by Darryl Reilly

Crumm and DeVito have a marvelous chemistry together and terrific mutual comic timing that make them seem like a real couple. Their compelling performances energize and elevate what could ha…

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Richard Holbrook: “The Many Moods of Christmas” by Darryl Reilly

With his commanding and emotionally expressive baritone voice, the eternally boyish Holbrook wearing formal wear, vividly performs a program drawn from show tunes, Hollywood musicals, classi…

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Book review: “The Last Word” by Quentin Crisp by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic With his characteristic philosophical drollness, Quentin Crisp’s posthumous, third volume of autobiography, The Last Word is not only an entertaining chronicle but a …

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Home for the Holidays by Darryl Reilly

"American Idol" winner Candice Glover, "The Voice"’s Josh Kaufman, "America’s Got Talent"’s  Bianca Ryan and the attractive, married couple Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens, who are …

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Latin History for Morons by Darryl Reilly

After his teenaged son is called a “beaner” by one of his classmates at a WASPy private school, Leguizamo is inspired to educate the rest of the United States about the overlooked achiev…

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Friday, November 17, 2017

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Bioh’s snappy dialogue perfectly renders the rhythms of teenage lingo and the pain beneath the bravado, emitting the universality of adolescence.  Bioh’s construction is meticulous …

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Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale by Darryl Reilly

Tunde Skovran as Shari and Julia Ubrankovics as Clara are sensational. The brunette Ms. Skovran and the blonde Ms. Ubrankovics are a dynamic team who each offer vivid portrayals with their p…

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The Mad Ones by Darryl Reilly

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s original book is filled with incidents, vignettes, reflections, observations, and flashbacks, but short on actual plot.  There is deciding on which co…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book review: “Sense of Occasion” by Harold Prince by Darryl Reilly

The first 26 chapters are the original text of "Contradictions" with each followed by “”Reflections,” where Prince variously corrects, expands upon and ruminates about that portion.  …

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Lady Macbeth and Her Lover by Darryl Reilly

With her marvelously fluty voice, imperious bearing, expressive physicality and animated facial features, Maja Wampuszyc as the haughty Corrine recalls Geraldine Page in all her grand glory.…

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Must by Darryl Reilly

It’s New Mexico in 1881, and during a series of short scenes, Billy contemplates his life.  His stern mother, rough father, stalwart girlfriend and his sly pursuer, Sheriff Pat Garrett, a…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Fight by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Jonathan Leaf’s prodigious research, accomplished dramatic construction and clever device of threading a mystery throughout the events make the play quite engrossing.  There’…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Marcel + The Art of Laughter by Darryl Reilly

Like the great comedy teams, Jos Houben and Marcello Magni are a study in contrasts.  The Belgian Mr. Houben is tall, animated and relies on breezy patter.  The Italian Mr. Magni is short,…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Tartuffe by Darryl Reilly

Complementing his gorgeous stage pictures, director Craig Smith’s vibrant staging has the actors in constant motion on the small playing area.  The cast precisely paces, dashes and undula…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Red Roses, Green Gold by Darryl Reilly

The score is comprised of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter’s Grateful Dead music and lyrics with additional music and lyrics by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Bill Kreutzmann. It…

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Wicked Clone or How To Deal With The Evil by Darryl Reilly

Billed as a “cinema musical,” there is extensive use of film clips.  Much of these are reminiscent of cheesy, 1960’s-style, dubbed European co-production Middle Ages epics, with dashe…

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Off the Meter, On the Record  by Darryl Reilly

Set designer Charlie Corcoran ingeniously has the small stage’s walls adorned with sections of a yellow cab.  Off to the side is a piece containing the steering wheel from where McDonagh …

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Burning Doors by Darryl Reilly

Nicolai Khalezin wrote Burning Doors with dramaturgy by him and Natalia Kaliada.  Their aim is to bring attention to currently jailed artists Petr Pavlensky and Oleg Sentsov by weaving in …

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires by Darryl Reilly

The audience sitting on three sides of the airy playing area on wooden benches is part of Clifton Chadick’s super, environmental scenic design.  The floor is covered with wood chips, logs…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Syncing Ink by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Njikam offers a witty take on the classic mythology of a hero’s episodic journey with a lively African-American slant. There are a lot of high school and college scenes with wise teach…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

…and then I meowed… by Darryl Reilly

Marinelli’s performance also contributes to the ennui. Heavy set, possessing a sullen countenance, speaking in a light voice, and lethargically shuffling around, he’s not the most charis…

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Tym Moss: (A) Live!! Fun! Fabulous!! Flamboyant!!! by Darryl Reilly

Possessed of a soaring tenor baritone voice that forcefully hits every note, an immensely likeable persona and boundless energy as he dances with brio, Moss commands the stage for 70 minutes…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Basement by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Hagins has crafted an involving and affective take of a perennial scenario that captures the nostalgic essence of wartime films and plays of the past.  There’s the spirit of "Casablan…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

No Wake by Darryl Reilly

In 85 minutes, we really don’t learn much Rebecca, Nolan or Sukey as Mr. Donnelly imparts scant biographical details about them, but strangely does for Padgett. Donnelly takes the perennia…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Soldier’s Play by Darryl Reilly

Director Charles Weldon acted in the 1983, Mark Taper Forum’s Los Angeles production, and besides his meticulous casting he has perfectly rendered this revival. Mr. Weldon’s physical sta…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home by Darryl Reilly

In terms of the atmospherically detailed writing and Mr. Moad’s enjoyably intense performance that recalls a Sam Shepard hero, “Quittin’ Meth” is the most powerful of the program and…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Breeders by Darryl Reilly

There are plentiful comic one-liners and also sharp observations in Mr. Giles’ well-crafted dialogue.  Giles perfectly renders all four characters with personality details and traits.  T…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Treasurer by Darryl Reilly

With her slim physique, flawless diction, melodiously husky voice and imperious bearing, Dunagan is commanding. She conveys the character’s arrogance, selfishness and harrowing mental decl…

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