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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jack Charles V The Crown by Darryl Reilly

His innate charm, joy of performing and theatrical grandeur is always on display in this show. All of those qualities combined with his resonant, Australian accented vocal delivery makes it …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

When It’s You by Darryl Reilly

Speaking in an engaging Texas twang, the blonde Reeder recounts Ginnifer’s somber story with emotional straightforwardness and humor. Employing her expressive facial features, striking ey…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant by Darryl Reilly

Beckett lived in rural France, and his nearby neighbor, Boris Roussimoff, helped him build a cottage on his property in 1953. Beckett grew close to the family, and offered to drive Andre to…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Significant Other by Darryl Reilly

It’s well constructed, the dialogue is snappy and filled with some funny one-liners. The milieu is that of upper middle class Manhattan white-collar workers. Moderately entertaining, it …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Light Years by Darryl Reilly

Playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen with developer Oliver Butler, creatively evoke the tragic, nostalgic spirit of Booth Tarkington’s "The Magnificent Ambersons" and the wonderment of …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The New York Pops: “Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb” by Darryl Reilly

“It looks like when you got your Kennedy Center Honor!” exclaimed Mr. Reineke, as a spotlight shone on John Kander, who was attending the concert from a first tier box at Carnegie Hall. …

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Gravedigger’s Lullaby by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Jeff Talbott offers an overall well-written and plotted social drama that detours into a strident political battle over capitalism. The sympathetic characters are trapped by thei…

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Villa by Darryl Reilly

Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón constructs a simple, engrossing and often funny scenario. Three women, all named Alejandra, have been selected as members of a deliberative, special co…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: “The Actor Uncovered: A Life in Acting” by Michael Howard by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Howard is eminently qualified to hold forth on the subject, having been a prominent New York City acting teacher for over 60 years. Concurrently with an active theatrical career, he stu…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Miriam Colón 1936-2017 by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Miriam Colón died recently at the age of 80. She was a great actress who had a long and distinguished career on the stage, screen and television. She arrived in New Yo…

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

All the Fine Boys by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Erica Schmidt has a minor aptitude for believably snappy dialogue, but not much else. Her tired scenario is astonishingly familiar and offers no fresh insights. That adolescence…

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William Daniels: There I Go Again by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic You need to somehow get into a play, be seen in it, remembered for your performance, and be seen by a person (an author or director or producer) who just happens to hav…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Interview: A New Musical by Darryl Reilly

Composer Soo Hyun Huh’s original music is a fine and eclectic assortment of modern melodies. The English lyrics are written by Bryan Michaels. The combined results are stilted and pedestr…

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Turning Page by Darryl Reilly

Much is made of her numerous Oscar nominations, and this reaches a wonderfully presented climax. She finally wins the award for Best Actress on her eighth nomination for the 1985 screen adap…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Kunstler by Darryl Reilly

In "Kunstler," playwright Jeffrey Sweet recounts the defense attorney’s life and career in his well-written, comprehensively researched, and affectionate treatment. The conceit is that Ku…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fish Men by Darryl Reilly

Each character is conveniently a different, representative type of oppressed nationality. Though Tirado goes overboard in detailing these culturally diverse, downtrodden characters’ backst…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

See Reverse by Darryl Reilly

Presented by the acclaimed Broken Box Mime Theater, "See Reverse" consists of ten short pieces with some even shorter vignettes sometimes in between. Lasting close to two hours with an inte…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunset Boulevard by Darryl Reilly

The score remains an uneven but catchy patchwork that has yielded several choice songs amidst the acceptable filler. Mr. Lloyd Webber’s music is a heady pastiche of old movie melodies wit…

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Adam by Darryl Reilly

With slicked back hair, a melodiously rough voice and a smooth physical presence, Timothy Simonson offers an accurate impression of Powell that captures his swagger. Mr. Simonson’s appeal…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Darryl Reilly

Red-haired, animated and engagingly boyish, 18-year-old Nicholas Barasch is sensational as Huckleberry Finn. Mr. Barasch is onstage virtually the entire time and winningly carries the show.…

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Boys of a Certain Age by Darryl Reilly

This volatile quartet battle over the personal and the political during a Scotch-fueled weekend at Ira’s Fire Island house. There’s not much in the way of plot, but secrets are revealed…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Mother of Invention by Darryl Reilly

Playwright James Lecesne has been acclaimed for his solo performance works, most recently "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey." Here, he has written a traditional play employing thea…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Drunkle Vanya by Darryl Reilly

Periodically the cast calls for a “Family Meeting.” The theme from Jeopardy is played on a kazoo and three audience members are picked to come up. The one who is wearing the funniest n…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose by Darryl Reilly

What truly distinguishes the show is Dixon’s fearless psychological focus on Rose and himself. The predominant theme is of hero worship and its bruising disappointments. It also attempts…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Star Dust: A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Dazzling visualizations of nine, iconic songs are superbly choreographed by Dwight Rhoden in Star Dust: A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie. The Complexions Contemporary Ba…

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Golgotha by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Refael’s simple but well-crafted scenario takes place in a contemporary apartment in Israel, and has the elderly Salvado looking back at his past. This is theatrically achieved by hav…

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Joe Franklin and Me by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic SUNDAY With the countenance of a vintage stuffed owl and that of a Friar’s Club Buddha, and wearing a cranberry blazer, JOE FRANKLIN sat through the penultimate p…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

PEER GYNT & the Norwegian Hapa Band by Darryl Reilly

A major flaw is Peer Gynt. Personable, co-composer Park plays the title role. When we first see him, he’s wearing a hipster wool cap, plaid shirt and eyeglasses. Possessed of a good sing…

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The Great American Drama by Darryl Reilly

Essentially it’s a glorified and arch 90-minute, scripted, sketch comedy show. The conceit is that it’s inspired by audience suggestions. The composition of the program changes from per…

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

2017 LaBute New Theater Festival by Darryl Reilly

Reading David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest while lying on a couch is Jay, a slacker-looking type in his 30’s. Sitting in the living room nearby is his 60ish mother who enjoys watching…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Consider the Lilies by Darryl Reilly

As Paul Harold, a 60ish artist, Pendleton has a leading role that wonderfully showcases his idiosyncratic and considerable talents. With his unruly white hair, limber physicality and distin…

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