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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Maverick by Darryl Reilly

"The Whole World Was Watching: My Life Under the Media Microscope" is the autobiography of the South Carolina native journalist and television production figure Frank Beacham that was publis…

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Monday, February 11, 2019

God Shows Up by Darryl Reilly

Filichia has had a long and storied career as a theater critic and author of several books on the topic. His having witnessed a multitude of productions, this immersion informs "God Shows Up…

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Book review: “And One More Thing ” by Quentin Crisp by Darryl Reilly

A delightful new collection of material from that flamboyant sage. There’s the script of his one-man show, unseen poems and pithy observations galore. The post Book review: “And One …

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Monday, February 4, 2019

The Glen by Darryl Reilly

Comprised of 27 short scenes in two parts that are each designated as being two acts and ranging from 1945 to 1954, "The Glen" is a stewpot of a play inspired by a real person’s life. Glen…

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Ah, Wilderness! by Darryl Reilly

In three acts, we get idealized Norman Rockwell-style Americana. As in his dramas, O’Neill’s sense of structure is totally idiosyncratic. Ah, Wilderness! is shorter than his dramas but s…

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State by Darryl Reilly

The Brooklyn-born Quinn has been performing stand-up since the 1980’s and his seasoned wise guy New Yorker persona was once showcased on Saturday Night Live and in recent years in several …

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Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope by Darryl Reilly

The young British actor Mark Farrelly brilliantly channels the 20th century cultural icon’s witty presence in his highly theatrical self-written solo show. The post Quentin Crisp: Naked H…

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Joan by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Stephen Belber offers an intricate character study comprised of a barrage of brief nonlinear scenes chronicling the eventful existence of a woman from childhood to the age of 62. …

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Eco Village by Darryl Reilly

Similar to a flatly serious youth exploitation flick circa 1970, playwright Phoebe Nir’s utopia-in-the-wilderness yarn "Eco Village," is likeably inept. There’s a hallucinogenic drug din…

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Secret Identity by Darryl Reilly

At the center of "Secret Identity" is Keith Weiss who plays JT. The proverbially baby-faced Mr. Weiss is physically, emotionally and vocally entrancing. With his rumbling low voice and expre…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Master of the Crossroads by Darryl Reilly

Amidst the flamboyance, Mr. Calderon significantly explores topical issues. The depiction of post-traumatic stress disorder, the eternal dramatic clash between brothers and the plight of the…

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Darryl Reilly

Though exhibiting its source material’s young adult sensibility, Ally Sheedy’s highly effective stage adaption is totally absorbing for adults as well. Ms. Sheedy shrewdly captures the s…

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Yvonne Constant: “Aznavour As Is” by Darryl Reilly

“Emmenez Moi” was the stirring opening number performed by the French Ms. Constant as she majestically strode through Don’t Tell Mama’s cabaret room and onto the small stage. With he…

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

LaBute New Theater Festival 2019 by Darryl Reilly

An exhilarating trio of short plays by that noted cultural provocateur Neil LaBute make their New York City premieres in this edition of the LaBute New Theatre Festival 2019.  Since 2013, t…

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Wendell & Pan by Darryl Reilly

A spirited cast and a talented director do their best to bring playwright Katelynn Kenney’s heartfelt but leaden "Wendell & Pan" to the stage. It’s an unsatisfying family secrets…

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Fool’s Lear by Darryl Reilly

Whether being pushed in a wheelchair or hobbling around on a cane, Mark Peters is an excellent Lear. Mr. Peters forcefully captures all of the character’s pathos, humor and despair with hi…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Bleach by Darryl Reilly

Do you have any objection to being touched?” asks the theater representative of audience members when they check in at the Brooklyn basement where British playwright Dan Ireland-Reeves’ …

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Smoker by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Brader’s writing on this fascinating subject is sharp, insightful and well-observed. As a performer, Brader’s breezy personability endows his personal odyssey with an appealing every…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Spitting in the Face of the Devil by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Brader is an engaging and soulful performer with a smooth and pleasing vocal delivery. Brader is an admirer of Spalding Gray and channels that monumental artist’s impassioned sense of …

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Friday, January 4, 2019

The Good Adoptee by Darryl Reilly

Employing humor, documentary detail and suspense, Bachner offers an emotional detective story. Wit and whimsy meld with poignancy as the picaresque quest begins in present day New York City.…

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Monday, December 31, 2018

The Return of Bina Sharif by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “I’m not a real dancer but in this play, I celebrate my health.” Bina Sharif emotionally said to the audience following the curtain call of her self-written play,…

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine by Darryl Reilly

A hard-edged picaresque fable is what playwright Lynn Nottage came up with in her enjoyable, "Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine" that premiered in 2004. A two-time Pulitzer-Prize win…

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A 2018 10 Best List by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic There were so many exceptional original plays among the 144 productions that I reviewed for in 2018. In addition, several solo shows were outstanding, …

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Goode’s structure is creatively simple, the eight reindeers offer their foul-mouthed sometimes conflicting testimony one by one. Rudolph is unable to appear as he is confined to a padd…

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

If Loving Yule is Wrong, I Don’t Want to be Right by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “Nothing brings you closer than almost breaking a hip together!” cracks performer John Burns about his later in life romance that culminated in marrying his husband…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show by Darryl Reilly

Except for “Santa Baby” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” virtually every Christmas song in existence is wonderfully performed during the pleasant holiday extravaganza, Ruben & Cl…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Noura by Darryl Reilly

In 90 minutes, Ms. Raffo packs in a great deal. We learn about Iraq’s past and present, religious lore, marital conflicts, unrequited love and the hardships of immigrants. The stiff treatm…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Selkie by Darryl Reilly

“Why did I marry such an idiot?!” exclaims Deanna about her goofy husband Keaton. Not only is he an inept drug dealer but he has also kidnapped a seal who is presently in human form and …

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Tricky Part by Darryl Reilly

Overbearing nuns, eccentric priests and confusing religious tenets are detailed with stand-up comedy gusto by performer Martin Moran in recounting his Colorado Catholic upbringing during his…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Step into the Sun by Darryl Reilly

Pink’s “Perfect” was the exhilarating finale of singer Christopher Caswell’s vivacious cabaret act, "Step into the Sun." Fourteen eclectic, mostly unconventional numbers were perform…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Chasing the New White Whale by Darryl Reilly

Visually impressive due to the inventive work of scenic designer Donald Eastman and director Arthur Adair’s fine staging, "Chasing the New White Whale" is playwright Mike Gorman’s muddle…

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