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Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+ by Darryl Reilly

For "The Importance of Being Earnestly LGBTQ+" which wildly lives up to its title, director Maarten Cornelis updates Wilde’s scenario to present day New York City. Currency is in dollars; …

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Friday, July 2, 2021

The Watering Hole by Darryl Reilly

There are installations, written words, video projections, and recorded spoken word. One setting is intended as a break area where patrons can dance or play with beachballs. Other interactiv…

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Aporia: “Morning Was Safe” by Darryl Reilly

Two police detective partners have breakfast while working a case at a generic U.S.A. hotel in author Gabriel Nathan’s electric 15-minute play Morning Was Safe. Mr. Nathan’s dialogue cra…

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Two Jack Lemmon Triumphs by Darryl Reilly

He died 20 years ago today at the age of 76. Why am I moved to note this anniversary? For the same reason I was compelled to see "Tribute" onstage. Viewing 1973’s "Save the Tiger" as a chi…

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Darryl Reilly: Podcast Guest by Darryl Reilly

During Mr. Reilly’s breezy segment his life, career and views on theater were discussed. The Bronx-born Reilly has been a critic for seven years, is a member of the Drama Desk and has a BF…

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Grodin on Letterman by Darryl Reilly

Grodin created his meta gag in 1973, which was that he was playing a snide and combative version of himself. He was so good at it that some audience members gasped at his rudeness and home v…

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Thursday, June 10, 2021

George Rose Recalled by Darryl Reilly

Highlights of Ed Dixon’s sharp writing and grand acting inlcude joyous recreations of George Rose in My Fair Lady and The Pirates of Penzance, a sad mini portrait of Ray Walston and being …

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Consider Your Ass Kissed by Darryl Reilly

“We have remained dear friends for 45 years, so I know the stories she has to tell. You’ll love this!” wrote Alex Trebek of Ruta Lee in his foreword. The post Consider Your Ass Kissed…

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Edward Morehouse (1924 – 2021) by Darryl Reilly

The HB Studio Facebook page thread about his death was filled with former students’ testimonials of his greatness. There was mention of a video of him on YouTube, it’s a revelation. The …

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

The Importance of Being Earnest by Darryl Reilly

Of course, there’s Wilde’s brilliance with his ingenious epigrams, the barbed skewering of the British class system and the precise plot. Most importantly, this glorious document preserv…

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Gruesome Playground Injuries by Darryl Reilly

Cameron Cueva Clarke and Logan Alexis Troyer , each offer riveting performances energetically rendering the poignant complexities of their dysfunctional characters. Director Tyler Riley’s…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Housewives of Secaucus: What a Drag! by Darryl Reilly

The captivating cast of actors who are here drag artistes is comprised of Philip McLeod, Ryan Stutz, Cammerron Baits, Jacob P.S. Lemmenes, and Sam Brackley. While striding around and danc…

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

John Cullum: An Accidental Star by Darryl Reilly

This glorious career retrospective solo show by the 91-year-old two-time Tony Award-winner has been crisply filmed for streaming. The post John Cullum: An Accidental Star appeared first on …

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Ruth Stage’s 50/50 Raffle by Darryl Reilly

A distinguished local theater company’s pandemic-delayed revival of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” opens in January 2022, and there’s a novel raffle to fund it. The post Ruth Stage’s 50/5…

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Friday, March 26, 2021

The Bloomingdale Theater Company by Darryl Reilly

NYC-based actor Connor Chase Stewart has founded a troupe which performs scenes from classic plays via Zoom as an artistic outlet during the pandemic. The post The Bloomingdale Theater Comp…

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Monday, January 11, 2021

John Heilpern (1942-2021) by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic English journalist John Heilpern died of cancer at the age of 78 on January 7, 2021, in New York City. Mr. Heilpern’s sparkling reportage of the London theater scene …

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

Remembering Jason Robards by Darryl Reilly

The great American actor died 20 years ago today at the age of 78. I became fascinated with him during his 1970’s consecutive Oscar-winning renaissance. The post Remembering Jason Robards …

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Friday, December 18, 2020

Listening Pleasures by Darryl Reilly

Sam Fragoso, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Santopadre and Studs Terkel’s broadcasts have provided me with entertainment and enlightenment during this pandemic. The post Listening Pleasures ap…

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Friday, December 4, 2020

The 1970 Tony Awards by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “This is my first award, so please be kind” cooed Noël Coward after he sauntered down a spiral staircase to accept his 1970 honorary Tony Award from Cary Grant, wh…

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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Stand-up on Allen Street by Darryl Reilly

The atmosphere of a comedy club was replicated outside a NYC café at this Filipino-centric event held during the pandemic where polished comics entertained a masked audience. The post St…

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Stephanie Lynn Wilson (1953-2020) by Darryl Reilly

This Bronx-born Off-Off-Broadway dynamo strove to put people of color on the stage in her substantive and empowering material. Appearing in one of her plays was so memorable. The post Steph…

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Friday, June 12, 2020

A 2020 Four Best List by Darryl Reilly

With New York City theater in limbo for the foreseeable future, now seems the time to acknowledge the outstanding presentations of this COVID-19 era. The post A 2020 Four Best List appear…

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

My Circle in the Square by Darryl Reilly

“Romeo and Juliet” at this unique theater was the first Broadway show I saw. Rex Harrison, George C. Scott and Brian Bedford were also memorable there. The post My Circle in the Squar…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups by Darryl Reilly

This 1980’s obscure and brief-running dark work is my favorite play. I later met the author’s wife, which inspired Rupert Pupkin-style delusions. The post Jules Feiffer’s Grown Ups ap…

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Monday, April 13, 2020

Pandemic Diversions by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Like many, I have sought solace through entertainment during these first weeks of shelter-in-place. This is a roundup of the most enriching such works. María Irene For…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Last Theater Show by Darryl Reilly

Here are accounts of productions I attended just before live performances traumatically ceased in NYC due to COVID-19; one review was not published before. The post The Last Theater Show app…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Vincent Price Was Oscar Wilde by Darryl Reilly

There are happy and distracting memories to ponder while the arts and life are in limbo due to COVID-19. Lauren Bacall also appears in this recollection. The post Vincent Price Was Oscar Wi…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment by Darryl Reilly

With its eloquent nods to conceptual art, good-natured comedic tone and superior performance, "The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment" is an intelligent entertainment. The post The Artist W…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Unknown Soldier by Darryl Reilly

The declarative lyrics are written by Mr. Goldstein and the show’s composer Michael Friedman. Mr. Friedman was a notable musical theater figure who died of HIV-related causes in 2017, at t…

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Friday, March 6, 2020

The Hot Wing King by Darryl Reilly

“Spicy. Cajun. Alfredo. With Bourbon Infused. Crumbled. Bacon” is the hoped-for path to victory for the pivotal Memphis cooking competition in award-winning playwright Katori Hall’s up…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Dana H. by Darryl Reilly

Wearing costume designer Janice Pytel’s arresting black and red ensemble, Ms. O’Connell mostly sits in a chair on scenic designer Andrew Boyce’s authentically detailed drab and ominous…

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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
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Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54