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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Burning Doors by Darryl Reilly

Nicolai Khalezin wrote Burning Doors with dramaturgy by him and Natalia Kaliada.  Their aim is to bring attention to currently jailed artists Petr Pavlensky and Oleg Sentsov by weaving in …

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires by Darryl Reilly

The audience sitting on three sides of the airy playing area on wooden benches is part of Clifton Chadick’s super, environmental scenic design.  The floor is covered with wood chips, logs…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Syncing Ink by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Njikam offers a witty take on the classic mythology of a hero’s episodic journey with a lively African-American slant. There are a lot of high school and college scenes with wise teach…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

…and then I meowed… by Darryl Reilly

Marinelli’s performance also contributes to the ennui. Heavy set, possessing a sullen countenance, speaking in a light voice, and lethargically shuffling around, he’s not the most charis…

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Tym Moss: (A) Live!! Fun! Fabulous!! Flamboyant!!! by Darryl Reilly

Possessed of a soaring tenor baritone voice that forcefully hits every note, an immensely likeable persona and boundless energy as he dances with brio, Moss commands the stage for 70 minutes…

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Basement by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Hagins has crafted an involving and affective take of a perennial scenario that captures the nostalgic essence of wartime films and plays of the past.  There’s the spirit of "Casablan…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

No Wake by Darryl Reilly

In 85 minutes, we really don’t learn much Rebecca, Nolan or Sukey as Mr. Donnelly imparts scant biographical details about them, but strangely does for Padgett. Donnelly takes the perennia…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

A Soldier’s Play by Darryl Reilly

Director Charles Weldon acted in the 1983, Mark Taper Forum’s Los Angeles production, and besides his meticulous casting he has perfectly rendered this revival. Mr. Weldon’s physical sta…

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home by Darryl Reilly

In terms of the atmospherically detailed writing and Mr. Moad’s enjoyably intense performance that recalls a Sam Shepard hero, “Quittin’ Meth” is the most powerful of the program and…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Breeders by Darryl Reilly

There are plentiful comic one-liners and also sharp observations in Mr. Giles’ well-crafted dialogue.  Giles perfectly renders all four characters with personality details and traits.  T…

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Treasurer by Darryl Reilly

With her slim physique, flawless diction, melodiously husky voice and imperious bearing, Dunagan is commanding. She conveys the character’s arrogance, selfishness and harrowing mental decl…

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

One Night Only (running as long as we can) by Darryl Reilly

Barnes’ choreography is a delightful blend of ballet, modern dance and stylized movement. She and Bass are highly skilled and have a great chemistry together that recalls that of an accomp…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

William Hickey: Reminiscences by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “I have to go to LA, to lose the Oscar to Don Ameche,” was William Hickey’s explanation about his upcoming absence from his scene study class at HB Studio in New …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement by Darryl Reilly

The affable Gerardo Rodriguez is hilarious as José and brings great dramatic depth to the role. As Joe, the personable Andrew Blair utilizes his geeky but appealing persona to humanize the …

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Flatiron Hex by Darryl Reilly

Dazzling hand puppets, stick puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets that are projected onto screens, which were all created by Godwin, depict this gallery of archetypal characters.  These …

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A.R. Gurney’s Memorial at The Music Box by Darryl Reilly

Sigourney Weaver, who acted in Gurney’s plays Mrs. Farnsworth and Crazy Mary, periodically appeared onstage with her husband Jim Simpson. Mr. Simpson was the former Artistic Director of Th…

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In a Little Room by Darryl Reilly

Luis-Daniel Morales as Charlie, David Triacca as Guy, and Jeb Kreager as Manning in a scene from “In a Little Room” (Photo credit: Zachary Zerlin Photography) Darryl Reilly, Critic It’…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Darryl Reilly

In interviews, Ruhl says she intends this play as a gift to her mother who played Peter Pan in Iowa as a teenager.  As noble as this goal is, "For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday" never cohe…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Itch by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Zelman-Doring’s cryptic scenario of deeply close twin siblings (Ana offers to masturbate Simon when he is tied up in a chair)  is out of Sam Shepard and her dialogue is a pleasing cr…

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Charolais by Darryl Reilly

As in one of Alan Bennett’s "Talking Heads" monologues, Stapleton offers a richly detailed portrait of an ordinary person that revels in the mundane.  She also adds the arresting device o…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

If Only… by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Klingenstein beautifully and simply renders his fictional account with exquisite detail and emotion.  Klingenstein’s dialogue is precise and filled with sharp epigrams.  It’s all a…

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Friends Call Me Albert by Darryl Reilly

Billed as a “bio-epic,” playwright Zachary Desmond emphasizes the epic in his uneven though compelling approach.  Mr. Desmond affectionately imparts biographical details of Einstein’s…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Heartless Bastard by Darryl Reilly

Much of the play is like an odd synthesis of 1960’s theatrical satires. There are absurdist shades of Murray Schisgal, Elaine May, and particularly of Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders," lac…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Afterglow by Darryl Reilly

Having a background in dance accounts for Gelman’s mesmerizing staging that is filled with finely choreographed sequences. Characters take showers onstage with actual water cascading on th…

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

High School Coven by Darryl Reilly

Set in a California, Bay Area high school, there we meet the four students who prattle on in contemporary lingo. Gradually, and without any explanation we learn that they are witches. An epi…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Georama: An American Panorama Told on Three Miles of Canvas by Darryl Reilly

Book writers West Hyler and Matt Schatz have taken these facts and woven a charming piece of Americana that explores idealism coming up against cynicism. It’s very well structured, amusing…

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Backbeard: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

Matthew McElligott, Larry Tuxbury and Brian Sheldon’s book is a witty, smart and sharp take on pirate lore laced with a child’s sense of individuality, tolerance and inclusivity.  It’…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Unwritten Law by Darryl Reilly

Writer and co-creator Chesney Snow is also the performer.  Mr. Snow appeared in the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of the a capella musical "In Transit" as the narrator.  Snow is …

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Steven Berkoff is 80: An Appreciation by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic There were so many brave young actors and actresses whom one felt were brilliantly talented, but their genius crashed against the morbid rocks of indifference and stupi…

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Places by Darryl Reilly

"I wanted the audience to see 'Places,' not as a ‘museum’ piece, but a piece that was relevant TODAY. Nazimova was fighting the things in the 19th century and early 20th century that we …

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Money Talks: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

The genial Ralph Byers’ performance as Franklin is heroic as he is onstage for virtually the entire length of the show. Mr. Byers marvelously sings, dances and cracks wise, while channelin…

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