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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr by Darryl Reilly

The show also explores Lamarr’s improbable career as an inventor.  She and composer George Antheil held a patent for a miniaturized player-piano mechanism that was synchronized with radio…

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Horse by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Bentley has vibrantly coordinated all of the presentational elements into an intriguing 75-minute production with her commanding staging. The present, the past, and inner lives all conve…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Traveling Lady by Darryl Reilly

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Foote (1916-2009) was acclaimed for his cycle of plays that celebrated his native, rural Texas that included "The Trip to Bountiful."  In "The Traveling Lady," he…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

That Which Remains by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Donovan’s enthralling opening sequence sets the tone for the production. Behind the curtains are actors in silhouette with their shadows on view.  Other cast members appear to the sid…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Attack of the Elvis Impersonators by Darryl Reilly

Lazarus’ score is an entertaining blend of rock, pop and show tunes.   None of Elvis Presley’s actual songs are heard, but there are a number of clever takeoffs such as “Viva Milwauk…

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Death Comes for the War Poets by Darryl Reilly

In the play which is billed as “a dramatic verse tapestry,” playwright Joseph Pearce ably weaves together poems and diary entries by Sassoon and Owen with extracts of other writers of th…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Zero Hour by Darryl Reilly

Bearded, stocky and with that distinctive, wild comb-over of salt and pepper hair and wearing an artist’s smock, Brochu vividly conveys the visual, vocal and personality characteristics of…

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Maps For A War Tourist by Darryl Reilly

Created by the documentarian theatre company Sister Sylvester, "Maps for a War Tourist" was intended to be a biographical exploration of the life of Deniz Karacagil. A former Turkish art st…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Remembering Evangeline by Darryl Reilly

Carlo Adinolfi plays John, the performance artist. With his British accent and wiry physicality he has an intense presence but possesses limited charisma. Mr. Adinolfi’s simple but inspi…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Great Again by Darryl Reilly

The goal of their three week Women in Theatre Festival is “a direct response to gender disparity in theatre leadership, casting, and production, the objective of WIT is to broaden the oppo…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The End of Longing by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Perry has certainly followed the maxim, “write what you know.” We follow the romantic and personal travails of four stereotypical, contemporary Los Angles types who have the financi…

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Friday, June 2, 2017

The Government Inspector by Darryl Reilly

Director Jesse Berger’s fast-paced staging is an exuberant amalgam of physical and verbal virtuosity combined with visual flair. A highlight is a crowd of characters hurrying into a close…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

The Woman Who Was Me by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Grandbois’ engrossing scenario is in the vein of such feminist fantastical works as "Diary of a Mad Housewife" and "Up the Sandbox." An expedition to a salsa dance club, buying a pupp…

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Boy Who Danced On Air by Darryl Reilly

It is set in present-day rural Afghanistan. Several years earlier, Paiman as a child was sold by his father to the well to do Jahandar. The two have an intense emotional and physical invol…

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Reprise by Darryl Reilly

Amidst Mr. Maierson’s barrage of mechanical set-ups and punch lines, there are a few amusing jokes and insightful observations. Reprise is in the tradition of substantive romantic comedie…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Laurie Lawrence (1959-2017) by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “She was very clear that she wanted her life to be celebrated, not mourned,” said Erica Dubno, who superlatively organized the packed, 90-minute memorial tribute to…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

They Promised Her the Moon by Darryl Reilly

In the ambitious T"hey Promised Her the Moon," playwright Laurel Ollstein explores a relatively untold chapter of American history. Solidly written but unsatisfyingly structured as a clunky…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Seven Spots on the Sun by Darryl Reilly

Director Weyni Mengesha’s physical staging is proficient since for 80 minutes the actors are competently placed throughout for a fluid presentation. Unfortunately, Ms. Mengesha has the so…

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Iphigenia in Splott by Darryl Reilly

The writing is poetically descriptive and moderately engrossing with plentiful profanity. It is, however, a decidedly grim scenario despite abundant humor. The conclusion is a rhetorical a…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Golden Apple by Darryl Reilly

Handsome musical theater leading man Ryan Silverman is a commanding Ulysses with his operatic singing. Jeff Blumenkrantz is marvelously humorous and pitiful as Menelaus, Helen’s jilted hus…

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

John Simon is 92 today by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “For Darryl who isn’t Wally Shawn,” meticulously inscribed John Simon, along with his signature, in my copy of his collected theater reviews. This massive…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Darryl Reilly

That this production has such an ideal Sloane puts it into the stratosphere.  With his sculpted physique, prevalent musculature and chiseled features that recall the young Malcolm MacDowell…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Groundhog Day by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Karl gives a captivating performance that’s a whirlwind of energy, charisma and exceptional singing and dancing.  It’s a commanding star turn that cannot quite compensate for the sh…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala: “Something Wonderful” by Darryl Reilly

The sensational highlight of the concert was a medley from "South Pacific." “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right out of My Hair” had the luminous Ashley Park euphorically performing that sh…

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Babes in Toyland (MasterVoices) by Darryl Reilly

Victor Herbert’s 1903 operetta "Babes in Toyland" was presented by MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), in a splendid concert production, to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Mus…

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Her Opponent by Darryl Reilly

Provocative, startling, and theatrical, "Her Opponent" is a recreation of the 2016 U.S. presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The twist is that actors of reverse ge…

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Hamlet. A Version by Darryl Reilly

The dialogue of Ileana Alexandra Orlic’s English translation is problematic. Floating around are a few Shakespearean snippets, but otherwise it’s rather stilted. Without much verbal gr…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lone Star by Darryl Reilly

Alternating between flavorfully humorous and darkly revealing dialogue, Mr. McLure vibrantly renders his characters’ personalities and motivations. There’s a hilarious analysis of the i…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The New York Pops: “You’ve Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters” by Darryl Reilly

“A really fun mix-tape of some our favorite songs…with no through line,” was how Steven Reineke, the exuberant music director and conductor of The New York Pops, described this delight…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Charleses by Darryl Reilly

The dialogue is sparse as various mundane activities are depicted, such as learning to drive, shaving and ordering food from a deli. The infants are played by adult actors. The cast wears …

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mourning the Living by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Hogan’s dialogue is well crafted and the structure is stageworthy, but it all comes across as a playwriting exercise rather than a full-fledged dramatic work. Medically, Hogan’s pre…

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