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Friday, October 12, 2018

Midnight at The Never Get by Darryl Reilly

Mark Sonnenblick’s exceptional book is an accomplished mixture of prodigious research, well-drawn characters and adept if misguided construction. It skillfully dramatizes the gay experienc…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night by Darryl Reilly

Presented by the San Francisco-based The Custom Made Theatre Company, this production is masterminded by its artistic director Brian Katz who adapted and directed it. Mr. Katz’s accomplish…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Suddenly by Darryl Reilly

Mercer’s direction coordinates the outstanding design components into an aesthetically successful presentation with some neat stage pictures and tableaux. However, the deliberate quest for…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

What the Constitution Means to Me by Darryl Reilly

Though going off on tangents, the captivating performer Heidi Schreck’s self-written fascinating theatrical memoir "What the Constitution Means to Me" is a feminist-centric personal odysse…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

“Don’t Call Me Shirley!: John Burns sings Shirley Bassey” by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic John Burns and William Demaniow at The Puplex. “At first glance, we don’t look like we have much in common,” quipped vocalist John Burns during his uproarious cab…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Eleventh Hour! by Darryl Reilly

Nevin Denham is a morose N.J. basement band guitarist whose estranged up and coming astrophysicist girlfriend Amy Leonardo moves to New York City to be an intern for Mr. Tyson at the Hayden …

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Pop Punk High by Darryl Reilly

Anderson Cook’s jocular book is a silly amalgam of "Grease" and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" with shades of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Composer and lyricist Ben Lapidus’ Green Day…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Richard Holbrook: It’s Time for a Loved Song: The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner by Darryl Reilly

Holbrook’s enduring youthful presence, twinkling charm and commanding vocal authority make him the ideal vessel to channel Lerner’s monumental achievements. Through his concisely informa…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

You Wouldn’t Expect by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Anselmi succeeds at imparting her solid research on the subject through her sharp dialogue spoken by her strong characters. The play falters with the addition of a chorus who are actors …

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya by Darryl Reilly

Exhibiting talent and charm but with relatively impassive vocal deliveries are the trio who portray Anna Politkovskaya and other characters such as soldiers, medical personnel and military o…

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Antigone in Ferguson by Darryl Reilly

The 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown inspired this exuberant concert-style presentation of Sophocles’ classic Greek tragedy entitled "Antigone in Ferguson." Director Bryan Doerries…

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I Hear You and Rejoice by Darryl Reilly

Exhibiting the dazzling wizardry of someone who trained at the École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Murfi is breathtaking as he clowns, mimes and barrels all over the space while distinctively ren…

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Monday, September 17, 2018

THE AЯTS by Darryl Reilly

Conceived and written by Kevin Doyle, "THE AЯTS" offers sophomoric antics that are a virtual parody of performance art techniques. There’s a lot of buzzers à la Richard Foreman. The sho…

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Conduct of Life by Darryl Reilly

Farce meets tragedy in a fictional unnamed Latin American country in "The Conduct of Life." It’s a raucous yet insightful fantasia about military oppression taking its toll on the populace…

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Naturalists by Darryl Reilly

Ms. McCarrick’s appealing premise of redemptive romance is in fact subsidiary to the IRA angle as in the program she states that this event is the inspiration for her play. The two threads…

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In the Bleak Midwinter by Darryl Reilly

In 14 concise scenes lasting 85 minutes, Ms. Lyman quite skillfully transforms the familiar premise of a resolute aged person clashing with her relatives over giving up her independence into…

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

In the Penal Colony by Darryl Reilly

Director Miranda Haymon’s electric staging of her pared down yet faithful adaptation is filled with dialogue characteristic of Kafka and bracing sequences. Basketball is a key visual metap…

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Private Peaceful by Darryl Reilly

Wearing a realistic period uniform and donning a metal helmet, the youthful and animated Mr. O’Regan recalls the electric persona of the young Tom Courtney as he vividly portrays numerous …

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Intrusion by Darryl Reilly

More in the style of informative advocacy event for the lecture circuit then a theatrical work, "Intrusion" wanly tackles the subject of rape. "I set out to create a show that addresses the …

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Scraps by Darryl Reilly

This production is presented by The Flea and the cast is drawn from their resident acting company, The Bats. Exhibiting heartbreaking resilience Alana Raquel Bowers as Aisha dominates the pl…

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Remnant by Darryl Reilly

War, time and death are hauntingly explored in the eerie high-tech performance piece "Remnant," a company project by Theater Mitu. It’s based on interviews with a cross section of people t…

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Pretty Woman: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

With Tony nominations for "Rocky," "On the Twentieth Century" and "Groundhog Day," 44-year-old Andy Karl’s charisma and considerable talents have been well demonstrated. In "Pretty Woman: …

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Henry VI (NAATCO) by Darryl Reilly

Presented by NAATCO (National Asian American Theatre Company), it has a virtually all-Asian excellent cast of sixteen, several of whom play roles of opposite genders. Creatively conceived by…

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Monday, August 20, 2018

R.R.R.E.D. by Darryl Reilly

Spirited, tuneful and fabulously performed but lacking a strong plot, the silly "R.R.R.E.D." might have made for a lively hour-long cabaret show. However, as a full-length musical, it’s a …

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Pushkin by Darryl Reilly

Gambling, palace intrigue and poetry abounds in playwright Jonathan Leaf’s imaginative and engrossing historical drama "Pushkin." In the course of two acts and numerous scenes, the eventfu…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Beloved by Darryl Reilly

Translated into English from the Swedish by Charlotte Barslund, Ms. Langseth’s trite sexual obsession scenario is reminiscent of the novels of Patricia Highsmith and the French thriller fi…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III by Darryl Reilly

That renowned man of the theater Austin Pendleton’s concept to adapt and combine portions of William Shakespeare’s "Henry VI, Part 3" with Richard III is intriguing and textually success…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

This American Wife by Darryl Reilly

Reveling in their grating vocal affectations, gesticulating at a fever pitch or moving catatonically and projecting snarky personas they hold forth on their revered subject in various permut…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope by Darryl Reilly

This plotless, mostly sung-through exhibition conveys the tumultuous 20th century urban African-American experience through Micki Grant’s dazzling score for which she wrote both the music …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Le Blanc by Darryl Reilly

A central concern of the play is detailing Wellington’s five love interests: a white guy he meets at a hilarious Brooklyn vegan party, an Indian young man, an 18-year-old Muslim food cart …

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Before We’re Gone by Darryl Reilly

Its maddening structure, extraneous scenes and superfluous characters diminish but do not totally obliterate the potency of playwright Jerry Small’s romantic drama, "Before We’re Gone." …

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