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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Afterglow by Darryl Reilly

Having a background in dance accounts for Gelman’s mesmerizing staging that is filled with finely choreographed sequences. Characters take showers onstage with actual water cascading on th…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

High School Coven by Darryl Reilly

Set in a California, Bay Area high school, there we meet the four students who prattle on in contemporary lingo. Gradually, and without any explanation we learn that they are witches. An epi…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Georama: An American Panorama Told on Three Miles of Canvas by Darryl Reilly

Book writers West Hyler and Matt Schatz have taken these facts and woven a charming piece of Americana that explores idealism coming up against cynicism. It’s very well structured, amusing…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Backbeard: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

Matthew McElligott, Larry Tuxbury and Brian Sheldon’s book is a witty, smart and sharp take on pirate lore laced with a child’s sense of individuality, tolerance and inclusivity.  It’…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Unwritten Law by Darryl Reilly

Writer and co-creator Chesney Snow is also the performer.  Mr. Snow appeared in the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of the a capella musical "In Transit" as the narrator.  Snow is …

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Steven Berkoff is 80: An Appreciation by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic There were so many brave young actors and actresses whom one felt were brilliantly talented, but their genius crashed against the morbid rocks of indifference and stupi…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Places by Darryl Reilly

"I wanted the audience to see 'Places,' not as a ‘museum’ piece, but a piece that was relevant TODAY. Nazimova was fighting the things in the 19th century and early 20th century that we …

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Money Talks: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

The genial Ralph Byers’ performance as Franklin is heroic as he is onstage for virtually the entire length of the show. Mr. Byers marvelously sings, dances and cracks wise, while channelin…

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Night Tide by Darryl Reilly

Mora works as a mermaid in a tank at the sideshow owned by the crusty, old Captain Murdock who rescued and raised her. As her romance with Johnny blossoms, there are complications. Her previ…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pity in History by Darryl Reilly

"Pity in History" was a teleplay commissioned by the BBC, and was broadcast on July 4, 1985. In the cast were Alan Rickman as the chaplain, Ian McDiarmid as the cook, and Anna Massey as the …

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth by Darryl Reilly

Vamping and slinking around in a bright, red tunic laden with rhinestones and wearing black tights, the vivacious Lesli Margherita steals and salvages the show as Mephistopheles. With the ph…

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Errol and Fidel by Darryl Reilly

Conveying the premature decrepitness of Errol Flynn with flair is Jonathan Stewart. His hair styled and with a thin mustache, the charming Mr. Stewart resembles Flynn and channels his dissol…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie by Darryl Reilly

Physically lean, with gaunt but animated features, the immensely charming David M. Lutken plays the narrator and sings many of the numbers. Mr. Lutken magnificently captures the essence of G…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

To T, or Not to T by Darryl Reilly

While wearing an all black ensemble of a cap, T-shirt, shorts and sneakers, D’Lo commandingly holds forth with plentiful pop culture references in 70 minutes.  Possessing the powers of an…

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Enchantment by Darryl Reilly

"The Enchanter” is Alland, a magnetic and noted sculptor in Paris, in 1888, who has been through many women. He has become the object of desire for Louise. She is a 32-year-old, free-spiri…

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kim’s Convenience by Darryl Reilly

In 85 minutes, playwright Ins Choi achieves the supreme goal of The Theater, making an audience laugh while engaging their emotions.  The dialogue is flavorful and richly comical with expos…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Me the People: The Trump America Musical by Darryl Reilly

The animated and charismatic Mr. Spitaletta is the standout of the cast, vibrantly appearing in numerous roles.  Highlights of his portrayals are a commanding Russian agent spoofing Danny K…

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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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