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Friday, June 14, 2019

Convention by Darryl Reilly

Regrettably these achievements are marred by hollow tangents, diluting the play’s potential power. Having come up with a such a novel premise, Rocco is carried away by a concern with form …

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 by Darryl Reilly

“It’s best when each performer is older, or younger, or of a different gender- expression, ethnicity, or ability than you might expect. This keeps the play vibrating in your imagination…

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Madame Lynch by Darryl Reilly

Eliza Lynch (1833-1886) was an Irishwoman who grew up in France and became a courtesan. In 1854 she began a relationship with Francisco Solano López, the son of Paraguay’s president. He l…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Messiah by Darryl Reilly

Flashbacks, speechifying, conspiracy theories involving J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, disco sequences, the scourge of crack cocaine, hip hop numbers, other-worldly fantasies and violence all …

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Happy Talk by Darryl Reilly

Abrasive as a subpar episode of Maude and reaching a sour psychological thriller-style finale out of Craig’s Wife, Happy Talk is playwright Jesse Eisenberg’s muddled family drama.  It…

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

#yourmemorial by Darryl Reilly

The black-accented stage has a raised runway platform, a square platform, a bench and some furniture. From these basic elements, scenic designer Susannah Hyde crafts an ideal landscape for t…

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Around the World in 80 Days by Darryl Reilly

Laughter and oohs and ahs abound from an audience of all ages during this exuberant and wildly theatrical stage adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel "Around the World in 80 …

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Original Sound by Darryl Reilly

The eternal heartbreak of show business is given a fresh spin in playwright Adam Seidel’s exhilarating contemporary drama, "Original Sound" that skewers the music industry. Mr. Seidel’s …

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Friendly’s Fire by Darryl Reilly

Viewing the abstract configuration onstage that could be from a Whitney Biennial before "Friendly's Fire" begins instantly informs us we’ll be in a fantasyland. Indeed, playwright John Pat…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lockdown by Darryl Reilly

Ernie Morris is a middle-aged widowed African-American writer who arrives  at a contemporary unnamed prison to be a volunteer. A young corrections officer explains in great detail all of th…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

The Brothers Paranormal by Darryl Reilly

Is a young Asian woman a ghost or a melancholiac’s hallucination? That is the haunting question vividly answered in playwright Prince Gomolvilas’ gripping thriller "The Brothers Paranorm…

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Friday, May 3, 2019

The Bigot by Darryl Reilly

"The Bigot"’s mouthpiece is the splendid Stephen Payne. Scruffy and silver-haired, Mr. Payne revels in Jim’s cantankerousness and physical decrepitude. Bellowing in his resonant twangy v…

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala: “Hat Full Of Stars: The Songs of Cyndi Lauper” by Darryl Reilly

"Kinky Boots" ’ uplifting finale "Raise You Up/Just Be" was a euphoric highlight of The New York Pops’ marvelous tribute concert "Hat Full Of Stars: The Songs Of Cyndi Lauper. " The 2013…

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Entangled by Darryl Reilly

Culturally relevant, emotionally resonant but languidly conceived, "Entangled" dramatizes the issue of gun violence in the contemporary United States. Playwrights Gabriel Jason Dean and Char…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Link Link Circus by Darryl Reilly

“Welcome to the smallest circus in the world!” exclaims the beaming Isabella Rossellini at the start of her self-written whimsical performance piece "Link Link Circus." “This show is a…

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Friday, April 26, 2019

safeword. by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Asher here continues to mine the subject of human sexuality, but lightning has not struck twice. That is chiefly due to Asher’s misguidedly grandiose direction (with associate director…

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Then They Forgot About the Rest by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Georgina Escobar presents an exuberant hodgepodge of sci-fi elements and satirical corporate bits with a feminist slant. Ms. Escobar’s punchy pseudo-scientific dialogue carries…

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The Pain of My Belligerence by Darryl Reilly

Jaw-dropping plot twists, painfully forced au courant dialogue, awkward sex scenes and a jagged central performance all make the world premiere of Halley Feiffer's "The Pain of My Belligeren…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

The Appointment by Darryl Reilly

chorus line of singing and dancing fetuses follows the eerily comical beginning of "The Appointment" where we first meet them posed as if they’re in wombs and babbling in baby talk. When o…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

All Our Children by Darryl Reilly

“These are difficult times, a character observes in playwright Stephen Unwin's engrossing historical drama, "All Our Children," that crackles with tension. Nazi Germany’s forced euthanas…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

The Humours of Bandon by Darryl Reilly

The blonde, animated and spunky Ms. McAuliffe portrays 16-year-old Dublin resident Annie who’s been dancing since childhood. Wearing tights, a T-shirt and a varsity jacket, McAuliffe’s d…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

No Exit by Darryl Reilly

Absent scenery, with a character excised and fiercely performed, this stripped down taut revival of Jean-Paul Sartre’s "No Exit" is quite compelling and faithful to the spirit of the origi…

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

June Is the First Fall by Darryl Reilly

The personable Alton Alburo as Don manages to make this underdeveloped character compelling with his charming presence. Playing his father David with easygoing humor and poignancy is the out…

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Faust 2.0 by Darryl Reilly

Director Sharon Ann Fogarty’s colossal staging weaves together the many disparate technical elements into a unified mini-epic event. Actors sit at a long rectangular table and their images…

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Sondheim: Wordplay” by Darryl Reilly

Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli’s direction melded the performers with expert physical placement sprinkled with occasional dance bits that made for lively presentatio…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Women Behind Bars by Darryl Reilly

Referencing the 1950 women’s prison drama "Caged" and synthesizing all of the conventions of that cinematic genre, the late playwright Tom Eyen crafted the 1975 camp classic "Women Behind …

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations by Darryl Reilly

"Ain't Too Proud to Beg," “Get Ready,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “Since I Lost My Baby,” “You're My Everything” and of course “Papa Was a Rollin' Stone” are am…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Life Sucks by Darryl Reilly

“Did you know that this play is called "Life Sucks"?” says a character in playwright Aaron Posner’s meta-theatrical Life Sucks. It’s a wild yet emotionally resonant work “sort of …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Accidentally Brave by Darryl Reilly

“Everything is copy” was Nora Ephron’s maxim about the potential of all of one’s life experiences to be fashioned into narrative material if one has the cachet to be paid attention …

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Remembering Duane Bodin (1932-2018) by Darryl Reilly

The death of a long inactive performer with a fine career during Broadway’s Golden Age understandably went unnoticed. He was my neighbor in the 1980’s. The post Remembering Duane Bodin …

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Day I Became Black by Darryl Reilly

A searing epiphany at "The Day I Became Black"’s climax redeems its uneven mixture of confessional and stand-up. The show is written and performed by the engaging biracial young comedian a…

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