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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Lonesome Blues by Darryl Reilly

The show then become energized when Babatundé describes how Jefferson was discovered by a music executive when he was singing on the Texas streets while holding a tin cup. A recording contr…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

First Love by Darryl Reilly

“This is the world of Magritte,” and indeed it is. The play opens with a young woman silently appearing and wearing a flowing white gown, a derby with a flower and a pipe. This takes pla…

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Red Hills by Darryl Reilly

Christopher McLinden as David and Patrick J. Ssenjovu as God’s Blessing are both personable but the material inspires their overwrought characterizations to be overwrought. Musician Farai …

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf by Darryl Reilly

“What a dump” is the immortal opening line of Edward Albee’s dramatic masterpiece, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".  In the inane spoof "Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf," it…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Another Woman’s Baby by Darryl Reilly

Blonde, of ample physique, and possessed of an appealing matter of fact vocal delivery that soars with range, Mollenkamp has an engaging everywoman persona. She veers from dry humor to raw e…

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Scissoring by Darryl Reilly

In the African-American Abigail, Ms. Quintana creates a complex protagonist who is sympathetic, exasperating and engaging. She is fascinated by the journalist Lorena Hickok who had a storied…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Frank Loesser: Lyricist” by Darryl Reilly

Artistic director, writer, arranger and host David Loud was at lectern off to the side onstage and passionately delivered his erudite and informative commentary at length. Mr. Loud grew up w…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Let’s Get Ready Together by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Lizzie Stern has an ear for contemporary discourse and her dialogue is well-crafted. The characters are appealing and are finely detailed. The universal focus is on the relationsh…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Exquisita Agonía by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Cruz realizes his scenario with his patented style. There’s rueful humor, Chekhovian reveries and a sense of the mystical all with a demonstrative Latin sensibility. The dialogue is fi…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Devil of Choice by Darryl Reilly

Director Shira-Lee Shalit provides breakneck pacing, swift scene transitions and compelling stage compositions that include the presence of the violinist.  The visual and the verbal are in…

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Monday, May 28, 2018

The Diana Tapes by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Clements’ treatment of these events is straightforward and confirms existing perceptions of these figures. Diana is charismatic but immature and self-aggrandizing, Morton is a go-gette…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

the hollower by Darryl Reilly

Bit and Otto recall tomboy Frankie Addams and Berenice the maid from Carson McCullers’ "The Member of the Wedding" while Pigman and Missy parallel Pozzo and Lucky from Samuel Beckett’s "…

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

She-She-She by Darryl Reilly

Conceived by Carrie Heitman and written by Cynthia Babak it was developed in workshops over the last three years by the Hook & Eye Theater company. According to Chad Lindsey’s directo…

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Time’s Journey through a Room by Darryl Reilly

In the spirit of the loquacious Winnie in Samuel Beckett’s "Happy Days," the animated Yuki Kawahisa beautifully portrays Honoka with sunny depth. Maho Honda as Arisa, the play’s unifyin…

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Hercules Didn’t Wade in the Water by Darryl Reilly

"Hercules Didn't Wade in the Water" is the winner of the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc.’s 2017 Emerging Playwrights Competition and this is its premiere. Michael A. Jones’ passionate eloqu…

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Bump by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Atik complements her engaging contemporary scenario with creative theatricality. Interspersed are vignettes with six performers depicting the members of a nationwide pregnancy Internet m…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Me and My Girl by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Carlyle’s giddy opening is a thrilling mise-en-scène of a chorus line of servants, floating props and a grand back drop of a miniature representation of the country estate where the a…

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Unexpected Joy by Darryl Reilly

With a Judy Collins-style mane of blonde hair and wearing jeans and suede, the sleek Luba Mason as Joy certainly looks the part. That mien is reinforced by Ms. Mason’s smoothly conversatio…

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Transparent Falsehood: An American Travesty by Darryl Reilly

The one bright spot is the 15-minute segment “Without Precedent.” It’s the title of Trump’s imaginary HBO comedy special and is the highlight of Ezra Barnes’ terrific performance a…

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dance Nation by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Barron’s conception is more of an agenda driven fantastical tract rather than a well-crafted play with a cohesive plot. Her tone is of exaggeration and artifice with mannered dialogue …

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Rainmaker by Darryl Reilly

“Never judge a heifer by the flick of her tail” is just one of the many kernels of down home wisdom in playwright N. Richard Nash’s lovely piece of Americana, The Rainmaker. It’s bee…

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The New York Pops’ 35th Birthday Gala, “Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Menken” by Darryl Reilly

Angela Lansbury’s electrifying surprise appearance was the grandest of the many highlights of the New York Pops’ sensational 35th Birthday Gala, "Part of His World: The Songs of Alan Men…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Judas by Darryl Reilly

With a contemporary sensibility, Mr. Patrick dramatizes the familiar situations with simplicity, lively dialogue and tasteful irreverence. There is also excessive philosophical speechifying …

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical by Darryl Reilly

Mr. McAnuff who worked wonders with his direction of "Jersey Boys" here offers a chilly vision that evokes a sterile landscape replicating a heavenly waiting room in connection with Robert B…

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Daybreak by Darryl Reilly

A speech of Madame Arcati’s from Noël Coward’s "Blithe" Spirit recited in Armenian is just one of the many highlights of Nicole Ansari’s awesome performance as Victoria.  The long-ha…

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The Shakespeare Conspiracy by Darryl Reilly

"The Shakespeare Conspiracy" is based on Ted Bacino’s novel of the same title that he and Rufus Cadigan have adapted for the stage. Their effort is not in the league of such highly skilled…

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Friday, April 27, 2018

It Came from Beyond by Darryl Reilly

In the mode of vibrant Broadway leading ladies of the likes of Donna Murphy is the red haired and vivacious Kaitlyn Baldwin as the home economics teacher, Ms. Benson and as Private Jayne, th…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn’s Cultural Medallion Dedication by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. “The Fourposter transformed our lives and we were here!” reminisced the actress Tandy Cronyn at New York City’s Historic Landma…

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Dress of Fire by Darryl Reilly

The epic myth of the Trojan War gets a fanciful treatment in playwright Nina Kethevan’s "Dress of Fire."  Lasting about 95 minutes, it still packs in a lot of incidents with 12 actors som…

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Mangled Beams by Darryl Reilly

Scenic designer Dedalus Wainwright utilizes a simple assortment of benches and office furniture for the first act. For the second, Mr. Wainwright creates a configuration of gray wood platfor…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Seafarer by Darryl Reilly

Wearing a funereal suit, a black topcoat and a black fedora, Matthew Broderick as Mr. Lockhart has initial dry pleasantness giving way to chilling steeliness as he takes on the persona of a …

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