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Friday, February 16, 2018

Pete Rex by Darryl Reilly

The homeowner Pete is wearing gym shorts and a T-Shirt and is a biology teacher with an Associate’s Degree who wanted to be a paleontologist. Bo is his childhood best friend. Pete has brok…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman by Darryl Reilly

Employing an authentic and strong Southern dialect, Ms. Meadows sounds and looks like she really is a person in the 1840’s. This vocal expertise combined with Meadows’ altering of her ph…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hey, Look Me Over! New York City Center Encores! at 25 by Darryl Reilly

Writer-performer Bob Martin recycles his sweater-clad disaffected “Man in the Chair” character from his 2006 Broadway musical "The Drowsy Chaperone." The conceit is that he’s a disgrun…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Against the Hillside by Darryl Reilly

The production is not helped by William Carden’s heavy-handed direction.  Scene transitions are punctuated by sound designer and composer Shane Rettig’s blaring, pulsing and overwhelmin…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Portrait of Maureen Stapleton by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Maureen Stapleton by Raphael Soyer (1968) This striking portrait of Maureen Stapleton was painted by Raphael Soyer in 1968, a pivotal year in her life and career. It’…

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The Cult Play by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Cusumano has crafted a scenario that though familiar is gripping.  The timeless craving for lost souls seeking a purpose in life by handing over their existence to charlatans is freshly…

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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The New York Pops: Heart and Soul by Darryl Reilly

“September” by Earth, Wind and Fire was gorgeously mashed up with Kool & The Gang’s “Celebration” and was the soaring opening number of The New York Pops’ exhilarating rhyth…

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Mr. Chekhov and Mr. Porter by Darryl Reilly

The first act is a faithful and skillful hour-long condensation of "The Seagull." The second act is a clever hour-long vaudeville-style amalgam of "The Cherry Orchard," "Uncle Vanya" and "Th…

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Delta in the Sky with Diamonds or Maybe Not by Darryl Reilly

Classic movies such as "It’s a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "Moonstruck" are citied in the play and author June Daniel White is clearly inspired by and seeks to emulate th…

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

WinterWorks 2018: “Look Me in the Eyes” by Darryl Reilly

“I never met a peanut butter junkie” is one of the many sharp zingers in Fran Handman’s romantic park bench meetup, "A New York Encounter" (directed by Elowyn Castle) between an older …

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Balls by Darryl Reilly

Playwrights Kevin Armento and Bryony Lavery take the well-known facts that have been explored in documentaries and in the feature film "Battle of the Sexes" and shovel on a cascade of imagin…

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “The Bobby Darin Story” by Darryl Reilly

Whether bantering with the audience, displaying energetic dance moves, reciting factual details or performing Bobby Darin’s signature songs, the boyish Groff was sensational. “Splish Spl…

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Diary of a Madman by Darryl Reilly

Soviet born actor Ilia Volok is quite personable and definitely commands the stage; his performance is heroic but it is so intense and his accent is often intrusive. Comical and sensitive po…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sheila by Darryl Reilly

Murky, glacial and hypnotic, "Sheila" is a dreamy reunion drama among two 28-year-old women who haven’t seen each other in 10 years. It recalls the sort of off-beat female-centric play dir…

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Until the Flood by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Orlandersmith skillfully organizes the material into short monologues that are revelatory, insightful and often tinged with humor.  Visually striking with her animated facial features a…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Undertaking by Darryl Reilly

Dull, smug and interminable," The Undertaking" is a multimedia play written by Steve Cosson that explores the meaning of death.  Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp and Greek mythology are trotte…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 LaBute New Theater Festival by Darryl Reilly

With the support of film director, screenwriter and playwright Neil LaBute, the St. Louis Actors’ Studio has held an annual festival of one-act plays since 2013.  This is the third year t…

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Harold Pinter and Nicholas Hytner by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Harold Pinter “He’s a fucking fine actor,” said Harold about the actor who had just ruined an otherwise excellent production. “It’s a fucking hard job, acting…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mankind by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Robert O’Hara’s fertile premise might have made for a provocative, sober sci-fi take on gender roles, sexuality and parenthood. Instead, it’s broadly conceived and lame. The…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Darryl Reilly

Shaw employs the gruff cadences of George C. Scott and Weaver has the calm and measured tone of Peter Sellers and both are thoroughly delightful.  Their tremendous rapport is most evident i…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Doric Wilson: An Eminent Outlaw by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Doric Wilson circa 2011. “Making magic out of nothing,” is how Doric Wilson described his 50-year devotion to the penury of alternative theater. Why am I writing ab…

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Frank Langella is 80: A Stream of Consciousness Tribute by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic It is not widely known that among Frank Langella’s many accolades, including four Tony Awards, there was also a hat named after him. In the winter of 2003, after Sund…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cruel Intentions: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

As "Rock of Ages" did for the 1980’s, "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" does for the 1990’s. This is a carefree entertainment accompanied by the revelry incited by a two-item minimum in a …

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Monday, December 25, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Darryl Reilly

Vince Guaraldi’s monumental jazz themes are beautifully rendered by musical director Jenny Shiroma on piano, Laura Hamel on percussion and Billie Sholen on bass. This talented trio also pe…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Irving Berlin: In Person by Darryl Reilly

Deffaa’s great achievement is joining the narrative portions with just the right song.  An anecdote about encountering Florenz Ziegfeld having an office dalliance with a chorus girl is fo…

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A 2017 10 Best List by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Looking back at the 128 performance reviews I wrote for in 2017, these shows were outstanding and quite memorable. My assignments rarely include Broadw…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The New York Pops: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Darryl Reilly

Joni Mitchell’s “River” was given a powerful rendition by guest artist Megan Hilty.  The blonde and statuesque Ms. Hilty was a glorious vision wearing a luminous white wedding dress a…

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hundred Days by Darryl Reilly

Written by The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, the show presents a stylized take on the couple’s love at first sight meeting, the complications it caused with their partners at the time, their…

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Monday, December 11, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants, The Broadway Musical by Darryl Reilly

Decked out in nerdy regalia of a yellow shirt, red tie and plaid pants with suspenders, Ethan Slater is terrific as SpongeBob. The immensely personable Mr. Slater wonderfully sings, dances a…

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Hold These Truths by Darryl Reilly

With expressive and limber physicality, animated facial features, piercing eyes, and a smoothly resonant voice, Mr. de la Fuente vividly depicts Mr. Hirabayashi from youth to old age.  Magn…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Jason Bishop: Believe in Magic by Darryl Reilly

He grew up in rural Pennsylvania, was raised by foster families, and learned about magic by reading books at the public library. These biographical details add depth to his shaded yet sunny …

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