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Friday, April 20, 2018

Mangled Beams by Darryl Reilly

Scenic designer Dedalus Wainwright utilizes a simple assortment of benches and office furniture for the first act. For the second, Mr. Wainwright creates a configuration of gray wood platfor…

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Seafarer by Darryl Reilly

Wearing a funereal suit, a black topcoat and a black fedora, Matthew Broderick as Mr. Lockhart has initial dry pleasantness giving way to chilling steeliness as he takes on the persona of a …

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Bob O’Hare: Unfinished Business …a love story by Darryl Reilly

The white-haired O’Hare’s appealing tenor voice with its regional cadences is expressive. His instrument is in the realm of a tuneful storyteller who mines laughs and emotions with vocal…

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Children of a Lesser God by Darryl Reilly

A regular on the television series "Dawson’s Creek" and currently appearing on "The Affair," the affable Joshua Jackson plays James. Mr. Jackson’s talents are not showcased in this produ…

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Happy Birthday, Wanda June by Darryl Reilly

War, guns, Vietnam, the excesses of capitalism, toxic masculinity, blind American patriotism and feminism are among the targets of Mr. Vonnegut’s characteristically overloaded satire. Such…

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dutch Masters by Darryl Reilly

In 70 gripping minutes, Keller takes this familiar premise in a compelling direction. His biting dialogue reflects the divisive era during the mayoralty of the African-American David Dinkins…

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Wicked Frozen by Darryl Reilly

Zoe Farmingdale’s book is a tart and good-natured treatment of the salvation of a high school misfit. The cheery, witty and melodious score has lyrics by Ms. Farmingdale and Toby Singer an…

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Goldstein by Darryl Reilly

Michael Roberts’ music is a tuneful assortment of melodies some of which have an appropriate ethnic flavor. Mr. Roberts’ lyrics range from inspired to rudimentary with the overall score …

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Leisure, Labor, Lust  by Darryl Reilly

Besides depicting the upper crust, the lives of the servants are harshly detailed with inspiration from social documentarian Jacob Riis’ muckraking journalism. There are searing descriptio…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Dinner with Georgette by Darryl Reilly

Michel Foucault and Walt Whitman are quoted offstage at the beginning of "Dinner With Georgette." It’s riddled with pretentious nonsense masquerading as profundity and this bit is a harbin…

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92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Irving Berlin: American” by Darryl Reilly

This biographical survey concert fused together several strands. There were the zesty performances by Danny Gardner, Emily Hsu, Holly Butler, Richard Riaz Yoder, Jada Temple and Bryonha Mari…

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Rocktopia by Darryl Reilly

Eleanor Roosevelt gets the biggest round of applause during the projected cultural icons slideshow as Queen’s “We Are The Champions” is histrionically performed in "Rocktopia." It’s …

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Distant Observer: Tokyo/New York Correspondence by Darryl Reilly

Noted theater artist John Jesurun wrote the opening sequence. From 2014 to 2017, Mr. Jesurun engaged in a collaboration with Japanese playwright and director Takeshi Kawamura. They each wrot…

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Grand Hotel, The Musical by Darryl Reilly

“We'll Take a Glass Together” is an exhilarating production number. Brandon Uranowitz’s animated youthfulness is up to the task of equaling the impact of Michael Jeter’s legendary tu…

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

My Brilliant Divorce by Darryl Reilly

The lithe and silvery-haired Ms. Gilbert dazzles for 90 minutes as she addresses the audience directly with her warm and joyous presence. She tells jokes, sings, and dances, all while convey…

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shooter by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Graber’s trite scenario is rendered as a superficial by-the-numbers treatment and the presentation is overwrought.  Near the end there is an exchange between Jim and Gavin as they sit…

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Dogs of Rwanda by Darryl Reilly

Dan Hodge commandingly plays the American narrator who has written a book about his youthful experiences in Rwanda during its 1994 civil war and genocide. Mr. Hodge created the role in the 2…

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Halcyon Days by Darryl Reilly

One sits there for two hours numbed by the experience of watching the talented cast often vigorously playing for laughs that aren’t there. They are Rand Guerrero, Ralph Guzzo, William Lane…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Speed Queen by Darryl Reilly

Hilariously impersonating Marlene Dietrich while playing an accordion, singing and trotting about, is one of the grand highlights of performer Phoebe Legere’s "Speed Queen."  Spanning fro…

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Breitwisch Farm by Darryl Reilly

Esperance Theater Company’s artistic director Ryan Quinn directed the production. Mr. Quinn’s inventive staging is vigorous and aesthetic yielding in visually charged sequences that ener…

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Folk Wandering by Darryl Reilly

They’re friends in the present. Someone picks up yellowed newspaper articles from the past.  Then we’re in New York City’s Lower East Side in 1911. We meet the spunky 13-year-old Rose…

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Friday, March 2, 2018

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

"Candide"’s giddy overture was of course the euphoric opening number of the 92nd Street Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: "Lenny’s Lyricists." This was a splendid concert celebrati…

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Loneliest Number by Darryl Reilly

Author Lizzie Vieh’s brilliant play "The Loneliest Number" initially appears to be a slight off-beat comedy about a swinging couple’s encounters but after its first third evolves into a …

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Time No Line by Darryl Reilly

In the moving and affirmative final sequence, journal entries from 1989 to 1990 are projected as text that details deaths of friends. Kelly is on the floor silently drawing shapes with white…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

High Noon by Darryl Reilly

Conceived by the Axis Company, this treatment oddly renames the characters which is just one of its many baffling qualities that perhaps seeks to comment on the present. It’s really "High …

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Platonov, or A Play with No Name by Darryl Reilly

Director Jessica Burr’s fast-paced yet thoughtful staging includes over-lapping dialogue, rapid entrances and exits all over the space and striking visual flourishes. Ms. Burr’s tremendo…

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Pete Rex by Darryl Reilly

The homeowner Pete is wearing gym shorts and a T-Shirt and is a biology teacher with an Associate’s Degree who wanted to be a paleontologist. Bo is his childhood best friend. Pete has brok…

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harriet’s Return: Based Upon the Legendary Life of Harriet Tubman by Darryl Reilly

Employing an authentic and strong Southern dialect, Ms. Meadows sounds and looks like she really is a person in the 1840’s. This vocal expertise combined with Meadows’ altering of her ph…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hey, Look Me Over! New York City Center Encores! at 25 by Darryl Reilly

Writer-performer Bob Martin recycles his sweater-clad disaffected “Man in the Chair” character from his 2006 Broadway musical "The Drowsy Chaperone." The conceit is that he’s a disgrun…

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Against the Hillside by Darryl Reilly

The production is not helped by William Carden’s heavy-handed direction.  Scene transitions are punctuated by sound designer and composer Shane Rettig’s blaring, pulsing and overwhelmin…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Portrait of Maureen Stapleton by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Maureen Stapleton by Raphael Soyer (1968) This striking portrait of Maureen Stapleton was painted by Raphael Soyer in 1968, a pivotal year in her life and career. It’…

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