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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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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Dork Knight by Darryl Reilly

O'Connell’s script is a well-structured series of confessional anecdotes interwoven with the lore of the movies. His performance is a riveting blend of stand-up comedy and grand stage act…

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Monday, January 16, 2017

DannyKrisDonnaVeronica by Darryl Reilly

In "DannyKrisDonnaVeronica," playwright Lawrence Dial bitingly delves into the lives of two Brooklyn couples each with two small children. Through his precise, often humorous and realistic …

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Mark Felt, Superstar by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Rosenblum’s dense book is a rudimentary and repetitive serio-comic treatment imparting the minutia of that cause célèbre. In 1972, burglars connected to Republican President Richard…

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

For Annie by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Beth Hyland’s very effective conceit is that we’re watching the dress rehearsal of Annie Lambert’s memorial celebration in an auditorium of the State University of New York …

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Monday, December 26, 2016

A Christmas Carol (Blessed Unrest) by Darryl Reilly

Director and choreographer Jessica Burr has created a number of dazzling moments with her precise unison of expressive staging, movement and dance. With only a few vintage trunks and a door…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by Darryl Reilly

The Heath, The McKittrick Hotel’s restaurant, bar and music venue, has been dressed up with appropriate signs and objects such as a stuffed wolf to resemble a pub in Scotland. After the a…

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Richard Holbrook: “Always December” by Darryl Reilly

“The Little Drummer Boy” was an emotionally shattering highlight of Richard Holbrook: "Always December." Mr. Holbrook’s performance of this perennial was revelatory due to the intensi…

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Monday, December 19, 2016

The New York Pops: “Make the Season Bright” by Darryl Reilly

The beautiful wreath and garlands hanging above the stage were festively lit up for the wonderful finale, the “Jingle Jangle Sing-Along.” All of the performers appeared and encouraged t…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

In Transit by Darryl Reilly

The score by Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth is a pleasant collection of serviceable songs. Their book, based on their original concept, is a workm…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley by Darryl Reilly

Raucous highlights include a jive reinterpretation of A Christmas Carol, “by Chazzie D, about a cat called Scrooge...who lives in Scrooge Tower.” There’s also Buckley’s irreverent t…

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Wolves by Darryl Reilly

The audience sits on either side of the large runway stage that set designer Laura Jellinek has arrestingly fashioned into an indoor soccer field. It’s a green vista of Astro Turf that gi…

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rancho Viejo by Darryl Reilly

LeFranc’s dialogue is a marvelous blend of the realistic and mundane. The well-delineated main characters all express themselves with true to life simplicity. Plot developments are the c…

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Big Uncut Flick by Darryl Reilly

"The Big Uncut Flick is a 1953 live, mid-day movie program broadcast on the Dumont network. The audience is addressed as if they were the studio audience. The stereotypical hosts are a marr…

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Private Manning Goes to Washington by Darryl Reilly

The real life Internet hacktivist and Reddit developer Aaron Swartz contrives to have his fictional childhood friend Billy, who is a theater teacher of prisoners, to collaborate on a play ab…

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Old Times by Darryl Reilly

Besides guiding these engaging performances, director Christopher Martin has meticulously staged the action on the arresting minimalist set that he designed. The floor and brick walls are …

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

My Name Is Gideon: I’m Probably Going to Die, Eventually by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Irving has an amazing singing voice that soars from octave to octave. His witty songs include a funny one about texting. He tells an epic story about his parents meeting. His musician…

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