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Friday, August 10, 2018

Pushkin by Darryl Reilly

Gambling, palace intrigue and poetry abounds in playwright Jonathan Leaf’s imaginative and engrossing historical drama "Pushkin." In the course of two acts and numerous scenes, the eventfu…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Beloved by Darryl Reilly

Translated into English from the Swedish by Charlotte Barslund, Ms. Langseth’s trite sexual obsession scenario is reminiscent of the novels of Patricia Highsmith and the French thriller fi…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III by Darryl Reilly

That renowned man of the theater Austin Pendleton’s concept to adapt and combine portions of William Shakespeare’s "Henry VI, Part 3" with Richard III is intriguing and textually success…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

This American Wife by Darryl Reilly

Reveling in their grating vocal affectations, gesticulating at a fever pitch or moving catatonically and projecting snarky personas they hold forth on their revered subject in various permut…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope by Darryl Reilly

This plotless, mostly sung-through exhibition conveys the tumultuous 20th century urban African-American experience through Micki Grant’s dazzling score for which she wrote both the music …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Le Blanc by Darryl Reilly

A central concern of the play is detailing Wellington’s five love interests: a white guy he meets at a hilarious Brooklyn vegan party, an Indian young man, an 18-year-old Muslim food cart …

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Before We’re Gone by Darryl Reilly

Its maddening structure, extraneous scenes and superfluous characters diminish but do not totally obliterate the potency of playwright Jerry Small’s romantic drama, "Before We’re Gone." …

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Stray by Darryl Reilly

As the sleek and black-clad Tanya Marquardt vigorously wraps up her self-written 60-minute autobiographical show "Stray," with her giddy dancing and hurling her ponytail around, the aimless …

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Pattern at Pendarvis by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Gray infuses his straightforward 70-minute interview treatment with tension, suspense and drama. A third character, Norm Hansen is a 60-year-old straight married board member of Pendarvi…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Matt de Rogatis is Richard III by Darryl Reilly

Street Theatre. “I’ll be delivering the longest soliloquy from any Shakespeare play,” Mr. de Rogatis explained about the substitution of Richard III’s celebrated opening line for a s…

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Pedro Pan by Darryl Reilly

Rebecca Aparicio’s book is a skillful fictionalization of the true story of Operation Pedro Pan, which facilitated the immigration of over 14,000 children from Cuba to the United States be…

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Innit by Darryl Reilly

Structured as a series of confessional vignettes, Innit begins in the school psychologist’s office and alternates between there and Kelly’s home. Her 34-year-old mother works at a sandwi…

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Get the Boat by Darryl Reilly

Though designed as an agitprop exploration with one woman as “Bad” and the other as “Good,” Ms. Brennan's simple yet effective writing elevates it into a quietly powerful work. The d…

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

whatdoesfreemean? by Darryl Reilly

Filloux in collaboration with director Amy S. Green have distilled the raw data they gathered into a searing and poignant narrative containing absurdist flourishes that include a talking lab…

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Chatter by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Kahn’s dialogue is a witty amalgam of up to the minute lingo, well-observed lifestyle data, psychological insights and emotional depth that all realistically and artfully conveys the c…

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Songs for a New World by Darryl Reilly

The unison of Jason Robert Brown’s accomplished score, Kate Whoriskey’s exciting direction and Rennie Harris’s vibrant choreography make this New York City Center Encores! Off-Center…

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

God Save Queen Pam by Darryl Reilly

This is "God Save Queen Pam"’s world premiere and though spirited, it’s sluggish at a full length of two and half hours with an intermission.  There’s repetitiousness, extraneousness …

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Coming Clean by Darryl Reilly

For 85 minutes, we get a take on the gay male experience that includes a randy Midwestern adolescence, waitering and escorting in Manhattan, crystal meth and recovery.  The writing is well-…

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Laura Bush Killed a Guy by Darryl Reilly

With her honeyed and smoky Texan vocal inflections, wearing a short-haired lustrous brown wig and costume designer Rhonda Key’s gleaming trim white suit, actress Lisa Hodsoll is phenomenal…

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Log Cabin by Darryl Reilly

Harrison’s dialogue is well-crafted and often in setup punchline mode peppered with plentiful pop culture references that falls flat. The overall effect is of a rote accumulation of touchs…

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders by Darryl Reilly

The audience is frequently called upon to participate onstage and from their seats with one elaborate portion involving their driver’s licenses. London vacation photos of Mr. Beckman, a gu…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lonesome Blues by Darryl Reilly

The show then become energized when Babatundé describes how Jefferson was discovered by a music executive when he was singing on the Texas streets while holding a tin cup. A recording contr…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

First Love by Darryl Reilly

“This is the world of Magritte,” and indeed it is. The play opens with a young woman silently appearing and wearing a flowing white gown, a derby with a flower and a pipe. This takes pla…

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Red Hills by Darryl Reilly

Christopher McLinden as David and Patrick J. Ssenjovu as God’s Blessing are both personable but the material inspires their overwrought characterizations to be overwrought. Musician Farai …

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf by Darryl Reilly

“What a dump” is the immortal opening line of Edward Albee’s dramatic masterpiece, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".  In the inane spoof "Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf," it…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Another Woman’s Baby by Darryl Reilly

Blonde, of ample physique, and possessed of an appealing matter of fact vocal delivery that soars with range, Mollenkamp has an engaging everywoman persona. She veers from dry humor to raw e…

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Scissoring by Darryl Reilly

In the African-American Abigail, Ms. Quintana creates a complex protagonist who is sympathetic, exasperating and engaging. She is fascinated by the journalist Lorena Hickok who had a storied…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Frank Loesser: Lyricist” by Darryl Reilly

Artistic director, writer, arranger and host David Loud was at lectern off to the side onstage and passionately delivered his erudite and informative commentary at length. Mr. Loud grew up w…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Let’s Get Ready Together by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Lizzie Stern has an ear for contemporary discourse and her dialogue is well-crafted. The characters are appealing and are finely detailed. The universal focus is on the relationsh…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Exquisita Agonía by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Cruz realizes his scenario with his patented style. There’s rueful humor, Chekhovian reveries and a sense of the mystical all with a demonstrative Latin sensibility. The dialogue is fi…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Devil of Choice by Darryl Reilly

Director Shira-Lee Shalit provides breakneck pacing, swift scene transitions and compelling stage compositions that include the presence of the violinist.  The visual and the verbal are in…

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