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Friday, May 20, 2022

The Oracle by Darryl Reilly

This premiere five-performance Off-Off-Broadway showcase run of "The Oracle" is best viewed as a tryout, and the production’s presentational flaws are cited with that belief. Co-author El…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

André & Dorine by Darryl Reilly

This charming show comes from the acclaimed Spanish troupe, Kulunka Teatro. The ensemble of Jose Dault, Garbiñe Insausti and Edu Cárcamo all offer awesome physically commanding silent port…

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

A Case for the Existence of God by Darryl Reilly

Though there’s two well-delineated characters and a compelling plot, "A Case for the Existence of God" plays out like a 90-minute cerebral exercise, reaching an unsatisfying pseudo-fantast…

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Mr. Saturday Night by Darryl Reilly

Anyone else may find this decent show to be a tired affair which just about sustains its two-and-half-hour running time. The memory-piece book by Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel is b…

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Funny Girl by Darryl Reilly

Beanie Feldstein’s clunky rendition of “I'm the Greatest Star” crystalizes the absurdist dimension of this off-kilter first Broadway revival of the 1964 musical, "Funny Girl." With her…

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Friday, April 22, 2022

How I Learned to Drive by Darryl Reilly

A lure of this Broadway premiere revival is 25 years later experiencing the acclaimed performances of much of its original cast. Being a memory play, their current ages are irrelevant, espec…

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Friday, April 15, 2022

To My Girls by Darryl Reilly

Lee peppers his worn scenario with plenty of pop, cultural and political references, well-crafted zingers and familiar conflicts. Dating apps, "Dancer from the Dance," "Sex and the City" are…

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Monday, April 11, 2022

Queens Girl in the World by Darryl Reilly

Whether frenetically dancing, rhapsodizing over Nancy Drew, fretting about when she’ll wear a bra or reacting horrified upon learning about sex, Ms. Curry performs with the verve of Lily T…

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Take Shape by Darryl Reilly

An astronaut in a space station, a YouTube cooking show, evicted apartment residents and a romance on the rocks are a few of the dramatic and antic incidents depicted in "Take Shape," an ent…

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Saturday, April 2, 2022

Plaza Suite by Darryl Reilly

Audience laughter abounds during Matthew Broderick and Sara Jessica Parker’s uproarious performances in this splendid first Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s 1968 hit comedy, "Plaza Suite…

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Chinese Lady by Darryl Reilly

Presentational flourishes abound in director Ralph B. Peña’s gorgeous physical staging which combines small-scale spectacle with humanity. Scenic designer Junghyun Georgia Lee provides a…

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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Garbageman by Darryl Reilly

Unfortunately, Huff the author of the psychological puzzler "A Steady Rain" in which Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman starred in on Broadway in 2009, and who has written  episodes of the telev…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Little Girl Blue by Darryl Reilly

Nina Simone’s vocal talents, physical presence and spirit are all dazzlingly channeled by Laiona Michelle in her engaging self-written biographical concert-style musical, "Little Girl Blue…

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Jane Anger by Darryl Reilly

Puns, witty repartee, double entendres, verbal wordplay out of Abbott and Costello, sight gags and slapstick all abound in playwright Talene Monahon's zany, edgy and accomplished historical…

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Out of Time by Darryl Reilly

Conceived and directed by Les Waters, his staging of Out of Time is of purposeful simplicity. The actors are seated, standing or in motion fulfilling the intentions of each author. The stage…

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Unamerican by Darryl Reilly

So rages legendary Right Wing Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in playwright Claude Solnik’s well-observed historical fantasia about the 1950’s anti-Communist Blacklist, "The Unam…

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

sandblasted by Darryl Reilly

A woman’s arm falls off soon into playwright Charly Evon Simpson’s engrossing allegory, "sandblasted." Ms. Simpson’s tone beautifully mixes the comic with the wistful, her dialogue is …

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

The Same by Darryl Reilly

Lisa and The Other Lisa are the two characters in acclaimed Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s haunting short play, "The Same." The conceit that The Other Lisa is Lisa 10 years ago is soon disc…

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Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Tambo and Bones by Darryl Reilly

The dynamic W. Tré Davis and Tyler Fauntleroy deliver rousing performances as Tambo and Bones. Each is possessed of a limber physicality, superior comic timing and dramatic depth. Their imm…

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Skeleton Crew by Darryl Reilly

Set in the breakroom of a stamping plant in 2008, Ms. Morisseau achieves a high level of dramatic writing with this well observed exploration of Black working-class life. Each of the short s…

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Hang by Darryl Reilly

After a grand Pippin-style introductory opening, one exhilarating number follows another in acclaimed theater maker Taylor Mac’s "The Hang." Derived from jazz and opera, this vibrant music…

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Monday, January 17, 2022

This Beautiful Future by Darryl Reilly

First presented in London in 2017, this shimmering U.S. premiere affirms its acclaim. The Australian-born Ms. Kalnejais’ writing is highly crafted, imaginative and affective. Kalnejais was…

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Monday, January 10, 2022

Sugar Ray by Darryl Reilly

For 80 minutes, Mr. Wilson commands the stage with his expressive voice and charismatic physical presence. Wilson portrays Robinson from robust youth to early middle-age beset by early Alzhe…

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Sunday, December 26, 2021

A 2021 Five Best List by Darryl Reilly

In the past, my annual wrap up excluded Broadway but this year Broadway presented the bulk of the year’s outstanding works. The post A 2021 Five Best List appeared first on TheaterScene.…

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Friday, December 24, 2021

Technopoly by Darryl Reilly

With narrative flashes reminiscent of Rod Serling’s striking storytelling, "Logic & Hope" is a resonant examination of a heterosexual marriage during the era of early COVID-19. A coope…

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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire by Darryl Reilly

Broadway fixture Rob McClure occasionally channels Robin Williams with sparkling riffs and simulated ad libs but makes the roles of Daniel and Mrs. Doubtfire his own and each distinctive esp…

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Little Christmas Miracles by Darryl Reilly

Ideally, the good-natured play with music, "Little Christmas Miracles" would perform only at matinees before an audience mostly of eager children rather than seasoned theatergoers. The post…

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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Camille O’Sullivan: “Where Are We Now?” by Darryl Reilly

David Bowie’s "All the Young Dudes" triumphantly rendered with a touch of Dixieland is one of several grand numbers in the spirited Irish-French performer Camille O'Sullivan’s engaging t…

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Monday, December 6, 2021

Selling Kabul by Darryl Reilly

Will a former Afghani U.S. Armed Forces interpreter get himself and his family out of the country before he’s captured by the Taliban in 2013? This is the crux of playwright Sylvia Khoury…

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Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Visitor by Darryl Reilly

David Hyde Pierce taking off his suit trousers to practice on a drum in his boxer shorts is one of many hilarious bits that are meshed with drama in "The Visitor." It’s a faithful, resonan…

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Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Dark Outside by Darryl Reilly

The Off-Off-Broadway world premiere of "The Dark Outside," nonagenarian English playwright Bernard Kops’ poetic, archetypal and fantastical family secrets drama is problematic. Directoria…

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