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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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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Rules of Desire by Darryl Reilly

"Extremities" on a ship best sums up its playwright William Mastrosimone’s adept, if off-kilter, new psychological thriller "Rules of Desire," that’s been given a tidy production. In it,…

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Anatomy of a Suicide by Darryl Reilly

"Anatomy of a Suicide"’s title is more than accurate as two suicides are depicted. Dramatizing such subject matter would usually be intrinsically harrowing. However, acclaimed British play…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Happy Birthday Doug by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Droege’s sharp and well-observed writing renders each of these familiar figures with biting depth, achieving grand mini-portraiture. Though preoccupied with comedy, an undercurrent of …

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Where We Stand by Darryl Reilly

Amidst the hubbub that includes coerced audience clapping and singalongs, we attempt to discern what the point is. It appears to be the story of an outsider who takes up residence in a rural…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) by Darryl Reilly

ICE raids, harrowing border crossing journeys and transferring money home are depicted in the rousing and moving play "Fandango For Butterflies (and Coyotes)." It’s derived from undocument…

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Brecht: Call and Respond (an evening of three one-acts) by Darryl Reilly

“Producing theatrical works that feature compelling stories created by emerging theater artists” is from the New Light Theater Project’s self-description. Their vastly and thoughtfully…

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Monday, February 3, 2020

PackRat by Darryl Reilly

Writer and director Renee Philippi’s appealing scenario is simple, heartfelt and dramatic. It’s realized by Ms. Philippi’s supreme command of stagecraft that revels in theatricality. D…

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Emojiland: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

Smiling Faces, Skull, Princess, Pile of Poo and other notable emojis cavorting around might have made for a peppy contained sophisticated children’s show. The creators of "Emojiland: The M…

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Monday, January 27, 2020

The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker by Darryl Reilly

The show was conceived, directed and designed by Theodora Skipitares. Her treatment of these biographical details is that of a fanciful saga with the awestruck tone of a children’s book. T…

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Friday, January 24, 2020

The Woman in Black by Darryl Reilly

Fog wafting, an empty rocking chair moving by itself, blackouts, ghostly apparitions and crashing music are all part of the spooky fun in "The Woman In Black." Scary moments, intriguing hoku…

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie by Darryl Reilly

With her richly expressive character voice, alternating between appealing deepness and wonderfully hitting high notes, she beautifully does justice to each song. We see every hallowed surrea…

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

Miss America’s Ugly Daughter:  Bess Myerson & Me by Darryl Reilly

More in the spirit of Carrie Fisher than Christina Crawford, performer Barra Grant chronicles her life and that of her famous mother in her engaging and smartly presented self-written solo s…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

In Praise of Frances Sternhagen on her 90th Birthday by Darryl Reilly

As a seasoned New York theatergoer, I experienced her immense talents many times and today is cause to recall a few of her unheralded performances. The post In Praise of Frances Sternhagen …

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Or, An Astronaut Play by Darryl Reilly

A lively cast comprised of Harrison Unger, Caturah Brown, Tay Bass and Jonathan Cruz not only deliver exceptional performances during the inconsequential "Or, An Astronaut Play," they also…

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Monday, December 23, 2019

Remembering Denise Winters (1953 – 2019) by Darryl Reilly

Elaine Stritch and I were among the many stars and strivers whom this preeminent and gracious NYC photographer vividly rendered by her profound portraits. The post Remembering Denise Winte…

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All that Chat

Oct 06, 2019: Slave Play
Oct 17, 2019: The Sound Inside - Studio 54
Feb 01, 2020: The Minutes
Mar 31, 2020: Diana - Longacre Theatre
Apr 19, 2020: Sing Street - Lyceum Theatre