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Friday, April 28, 2017

Hamlet. A Version by Darryl Reilly

The dialogue of Ileana Alexandra Orlic’s English translation is problematic. Floating around are a few Shakespearean snippets, but otherwise it’s rather stilted. Without much verbal gr…

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lone Star by Darryl Reilly

Alternating between flavorfully humorous and darkly revealing dialogue, Mr. McLure vibrantly renders his characters’ personalities and motivations. There’s a hilarious analysis of the i…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The New York Pops: “You’ve Got a Friend: A Celebration of Singers and Songwriters” by Darryl Reilly

“A really fun mix-tape of some our favorite songs…with no through line,” was how Steven Reineke, the exuberant music director and conductor of The New York Pops, described this delight…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Charleses by Darryl Reilly

The dialogue is sparse as various mundane activities are depicted, such as learning to drive, shaving and ordering food from a deli. The infants are played by adult actors. The cast wears …

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mourning the Living by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Hogan’s dialogue is well crafted and the structure is stageworthy, but it all comes across as a playwriting exercise rather than a full-fledged dramatic work. Medically, Hogan’s pre…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

CasablancaBox by Darryl Reilly

“The structure of 'CasablancaBox' is inspired by another filmmaker’s technique, Robert Altman’s roaming camera,” writes playwright Sara Farrington and director Reid Farrington in the…

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

“Rosalee Pritchett” & “The Perry’s Mission”: Two one-act plays by Darryl Reilly

"Rosalee Pritchett" and "The Perry's Mission" are in the provocative tradition of such works of the period as Amiri Baraka’s 1964 play Dutchman and Melvin Van Peebles’ 1970 film "Waterme…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

The Profane by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Zayd Dohrn has a facility for setups, punch lines and zingers that might play well as an HBO situation comedy attempting to mix humor with seriousness. As a theater piece, his p…

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Perversion by Darryl Reilly

If only there were perversion in "Perversion." Instead, it’s a tedious, mélange of the absurdist styles of Jean Genet, Eugène Ionesco, Jules Feiffer and Dr. Seuss. There’s the eerie …

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

William Inge in Rep: Picnic & Come Back, Little Sheba by Darryl Reilly

Though rather flawed in execution, there is much to enjoy in "Picnic" & "Come Back, Little Sheba": William Inge in Repertory. It is also revelatory in proving William Inge’s high ran…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Growing Up Gonzalez by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Rojas vividly creates an entertaining panorama of the Puerto Rican community in The Bronx of the 1960’s and 1970’s. A gallery of characters and numerous incidents are lovingly descri…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The New Yorkers: A Sociological Musical Satire by Darryl Reilly

Herbert Fields’s book was based on a story by E. Ray Goetz and New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno. This clunky concert adaptation by Jack Viertel is crammed with double entendres, puns, ana…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jack Charles V The Crown by Darryl Reilly

His innate charm, joy of performing and theatrical grandeur is always on display in this show. All of those qualities combined with his resonant, Australian accented vocal delivery makes it …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

When It’s You by Darryl Reilly

Speaking in an engaging Texas twang, the blonde Reeder recounts Ginnifer’s somber story with emotional straightforwardness and humor. Employing her expressive facial features, striking ey…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant by Darryl Reilly

Beckett lived in rural France, and his nearby neighbor, Boris Roussimoff, helped him build a cottage on his property in 1953. Beckett grew close to the family, and offered to drive Andre to…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Significant Other by Darryl Reilly

It’s well constructed, the dialogue is snappy and filled with some funny one-liners. The milieu is that of upper middle class Manhattan white-collar workers. Moderately entertaining, it …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Light Years by Darryl Reilly

Playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen with developer Oliver Butler, creatively evoke the tragic, nostalgic spirit of Booth Tarkington’s "The Magnificent Ambersons" and the wonderment of …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The New York Pops: “Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb” by Darryl Reilly

“It looks like when you got your Kennedy Center Honor!” exclaimed Mr. Reineke, as a spotlight shone on John Kander, who was attending the concert from a first tier box at Carnegie Hall. …

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Monday, March 13, 2017

The Gravedigger’s Lullaby by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Jeff Talbott offers an overall well-written and plotted social drama that detours into a strident political battle over capitalism. The sympathetic characters are trapped by thei…

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Villa by Darryl Reilly

Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón constructs a simple, engrossing and often funny scenario. Three women, all named Alejandra, have been selected as members of a deliberative, special co…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: “The Actor Uncovered: A Life in Acting” by Michael Howard by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Howard is eminently qualified to hold forth on the subject, having been a prominent New York City acting teacher for over 60 years. Concurrently with an active theatrical career, he stu…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Miriam Colón 1936-2017 by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Miriam Colón died recently at the age of 80. She was a great actress who had a long and distinguished career on the stage, screen and television. She arrived in New Yo…

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

All the Fine Boys by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Erica Schmidt has a minor aptitude for believably snappy dialogue, but not much else. Her tired scenario is astonishingly familiar and offers no fresh insights. That adolescence…

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William Daniels: There I Go Again by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic You need to somehow get into a play, be seen in it, remembered for your performance, and be seen by a person (an author or director or producer) who just happens to hav…

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Interview: A New Musical by Darryl Reilly

Composer Soo Hyun Huh’s original music is a fine and eclectic assortment of modern melodies. The English lyrics are written by Bryan Michaels. The combined results are stilted and pedestr…

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Turning Page by Darryl Reilly

Much is made of her numerous Oscar nominations, and this reaches a wonderfully presented climax. She finally wins the award for Best Actress on her eighth nomination for the 1985 screen adap…

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Kunstler by Darryl Reilly

In "Kunstler," playwright Jeffrey Sweet recounts the defense attorney’s life and career in his well-written, comprehensively researched, and affectionate treatment. The conceit is that Ku…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fish Men by Darryl Reilly

Each character is conveniently a different, representative type of oppressed nationality. Though Tirado goes overboard in detailing these culturally diverse, downtrodden characters’ backst…

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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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