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Friday, July 1, 2022

Epiphany by Darryl Reilly

Ira Levin’s sense of eerie foreboding initially looms over playwright Brian Watkins’ entrancing drama, "Epiphany." As a reunion dinner party comically unfolds, we anxiously await superna…

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Love Quirks by Darryl Reilly

Four appealingly performed single Manhattan roommates’ tangled romantic lives are depicted in the pleasant contemporary Off-Broadway musical, "Love Quirks," which has a rapturous score. C…

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Corsicana by Darryl Reilly

"Corsicana" is a heartfelt and absorbing family drama that’s been given a pretentiously distracting production: just for starters, its cryptic houselights up preamble is at odds with the p…

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Circle Jerk by Darryl Reilly

In 'Circle Jerk," this cocky duo confidently preen, bray and cavort while donning various wigs and flamboyant costumes as multiple fey stock characters for over two numbing hours of their se…

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Brooks Atkinson: Attention Must Be Paid by Darryl Reilly

''Atkinson was the conscience of the theater. He rediscovered Off-Broadway in the 50's when other critics did not want to bother going off the beaten path. His standards were tough, but his …

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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Five By Tenn: An Evening of Short Plays by Tennessee Williams by Darryl Reilly

Tennessee Williams’ full-length play’s titles, characters and dialogue have been part of the consciousness since "The Glass Menagerie"’s 1944 premiere. During his peak years of the 194…

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Friday, June 10, 2022

Gratitude by Darryl Reilly

The animated Aline Salloum fearlessly embraces all of Najaf’s unsettling complexities, delivering a riveting performance. In the early sexually frank verbal exchanges, Ms. Salloum marvelou…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

B-Boy Blues The Play by Darryl Reilly

Can a 27-year-old Black gay professional journalist and a 21-year-old Blatino bicycle messenger with an out of wedlock son find love and happiness together in Brooklyn? That is the crux of a…

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

…what the end will be by Darryl Reilly

In four scenes spanning a few months, Ra renders his gay family trio’s life events, medical situations, numerous clashes and resolutions with pungent topicality. The pandemic is referenced…

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Friday, May 27, 2022

The Legend of the Waitress & The Robber by Darryl Reilly

Written by Renee Philippi, this witty mockery of authoritarianism is derived from Friedrich Schiller’s play "The Robbers" and the Korean novel "The Story of Hong Gildong." Composer and…

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Friday, May 20, 2022

The Oracle by Darryl Reilly

This premiere five-performance Off-Off-Broadway showcase run of "The Oracle" is best viewed as a tryout, and the production’s presentational flaws are cited with that belief. Co-author El…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

André & Dorine by Darryl Reilly

This charming show comes from the acclaimed Spanish troupe, Kulunka Teatro. The ensemble of Jose Dault, Garbiñe Insausti and Edu Cárcamo all offer awesome physically commanding silent port…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Case for the Existence of God by Darryl Reilly

Though there’s two well-delineated characters and a compelling plot, "A Case for the Existence of God" plays out like a 90-minute cerebral exercise, reaching an unsatisfying pseudo-fantast…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Mr. Saturday Night by Darryl Reilly

Anyone else may find this decent show to be a tired affair which just about sustains its two-and-half-hour running time. The memory-piece book by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is b…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Funny Girl by Darryl Reilly

Beanie Feldstein’s clunky rendition of “I'm the Greatest Star” crystalizes the absurdist dimension of this off-kilter first Broadway revival of the 1964 musical, "Funny Girl." With her…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

How I Learned to Drive by Darryl Reilly

A lure of this Broadway premiere revival is 25 years later experiencing the acclaimed performances of much of its original cast. Being a memory play, their current ages are irrelevant, espec…

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Friday, April 15, 2022

To My Girls by Darryl Reilly

Lee peppers his worn scenario with plenty of pop, cultural and political references, well-crafted zingers and familiar conflicts. Dating apps, "Dancer from the Dance," "Sex and the City" are…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Queens Girl in the World by Darryl Reilly

Whether frenetically dancing, rhapsodizing over Nancy Drew, fretting about when she’ll wear a bra or reacting horrified upon learning about sex, Ms. Curry performs with the verve of Lily T…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Take Shape by Darryl Reilly

An astronaut in a space station, a YouTube cooking show, evicted apartment residents and a romance on the rocks are a few of the dramatic and antic incidents depicted in "Take Shape," an ent…

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Plaza Suite by Darryl Reilly

Audience laughter abounds during Matthew Broderick and Sara Jessica Parker’s uproarious performances in this splendid first Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s 1968 hit comedy, "Plaza Suite…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Chinese Lady by Darryl Reilly

Presentational flourishes abound in director Ralph B. Peña’s gorgeous physical staging which combines small-scale spectacle with humanity. Scenic designer Junghyun Georgia Lee provides a…

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Garbageman by Darryl Reilly

Unfortunately, Huff the author of the psychological puzzler "A Steady Rain" in which Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman starred in on Broadway in 2009, and who has written  episodes of the telev…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Little Girl Blue by Darryl Reilly

Nina Simone’s vocal talents, physical presence and spirit are all dazzlingly channeled by Laiona Michelle in her engaging self-written biographical concert-style musical, "Little Girl Blue…

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Jane Anger by Darryl Reilly

Puns, witty repartee, double entendres, verbal wordplay out of Abbott and Costello, sight gags and slapstick all abound in playwright Talene Monahon's zany, edgy and accomplished historical…

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Out of Time by Darryl Reilly

Conceived and directed by Les Waters, his staging of Out of Time is of purposeful simplicity. The actors are seated, standing or in motion fulfilling the intentions of each author. The stage…

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Unamerican by Darryl Reilly

So rages legendary Right Wing Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in playwright Claude Solnik’s well-observed historical fantasia about the 1950’s anti-Communist Blacklist, "The Unam…

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

sandblasted by Darryl Reilly

A woman’s arm falls off soon into playwright Charly Evon Simpson’s engrossing allegory, "sandblasted." Ms. Simpson’s tone beautifully mixes the comic with the wistful, her dialogue is …

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Same by Darryl Reilly

Lisa and The Other Lisa are the two characters in acclaimed Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s haunting short play, "The Same." The conceit that The Other Lisa is Lisa 10 years ago is soon disc…

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tambo and Bones by Darryl Reilly

The dynamic W. Tré Davis and Tyler Fauntleroy deliver rousing performances as Tambo and Bones. Each is possessed of a limber physicality, superior comic timing and dramatic depth. Their imm…

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Skeleton Crew by Darryl Reilly

Set in the breakroom of a stamping plant in 2008, Ms. Morisseau achieves a high level of dramatic writing with this well observed exploration of Black working-class life. Each of the short s…

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Hang by Darryl Reilly

After a grand Pippin-style introductory opening, one exhilarating number follows another in acclaimed theater maker Taylor Mac’s "The Hang." Derived from jazz and opera, this vibrant music…

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