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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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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hype Man: a break beat play by Darryl Reilly

“Hip hop gave me my name” says Peep One, a captivating young mixed race woman who is a beat maker; the one who crafts the tune for a hip hop song. This is one of numerous pertinent detai…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Darryl Reilly

As Michael, the soulful and animated Michael Broadhurst enthralls as he rhapsodizes about his deceased wife, philosophically opines and stalwartly copes. Jonathan Judge-Russo has shattering …

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Other Josh Cohen by Darryl Reilly

Cute, whimsical and lightly enjoyable, the musical "The Other Josh Cohen" is hampered by its lack of a compelling plot. “This is the story of a strange piece of mail that changed my life.…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

American Son by Darryl Reilly

“That’s it?” is likely to be one’s reaction at the conclusion of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown’s tidy topical 90-minute racial drama "American Son." Theater enthusiasts often …

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The Female Role Model Project by Darryl Reilly

Kim Kardashian West, Melania Trump and Chinese popstar Bingbing Fan appear as wacky contestants on a philosophical gameshow hosted by Oprah Winfrey in the lighthearted, thoughtful and souped…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Beautiful Day Without You by Darryl Reilly

Did Blaze, a Doberman Pinscher, cause the death of Pippi, a German Shepherd-Chihuahua mix? That is the crux of Italian playwright Marco Calvani’s three-character, way-out, occasionally hil…

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Waiting for Godot (Druid Theatre) by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Hynes has the cast at full speed emphasizing slapstick and employing stylized poses and gestures.  There’s exaggerated choreography-like movement such as extending legs and dipping do…

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Monday, November 5, 2018

I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce by Darryl Reilly

Purring sensually with a slight nasal New York accent, dressed in a black suit, white shirt and a black tie and handling a microphone while in front of its stand, actor Ronnie Marmo vocally …

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Sycorax, Cyber Queen of Qamara by Darryl Reilly

Delightfully growling in a quasi-Middle Eastern accent, her head encased in a babushka, plastered with makeup, wearing a flowing robe and hobbling on a cane, Sandra Bargman is terrific as t…

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Inner Voices 2018 by Darryl Reilly

Three original one-act solo-performer musicals comprise "Inner Voices 2018," presented by the Premieres theater company. Since 2008 they’ve produced several editions of this enterprise. Th…

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Good Grief by Darryl Reilly

"Good Grief" opens with a celestial sequence and continues with Nkechi’s narration. Sometimes incidents are replayed in order to get them closer to the truth since all are memories and not…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

When We Went Electronic by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Stephens has a substantial pedigree with her previous works having appeared at prestigious institutions and winning awards. The piffle on display here does exhibit craft, discipline and …

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Sesar by Darryl Reilly

Christopher Plummer’s guest appearance on a 1987 episode of "The Cosby Show" giving a Shakespearean mini-recital in the Huxtable living room had a profound effect on writer and performer O…

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by Darryl Reilly

Brian Patrick Murphy as Danny and Lisa Fernandez as Roberta have a thrilling intensity, playfulness and chemistry together. With their accurate Bronx accents, youthful weariness and emotiona…

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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Travisville by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Harper’s taut construction, solid plotting and detailed characters all yield to a suspenseful, emotionally shattering and entertaining experience. As in the works of Henrik Ibsen, Arth…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future  by Darryl Reilly

For the first 25 minutes, the bushy red-bearded, receding with flowing hair Mr. Butler appears solo performing a series of his delightful songs. Butler superbly plays the banjo, guitar and h…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Midnight at The Never Get by Darryl Reilly

Mark Sonnenblick’s exceptional book is an accomplished mixture of prodigious research, well-drawn characters and adept if misguided construction. It skillfully dramatizes the gay experienc…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night by Darryl Reilly

Presented by the San Francisco-based The Custom Made Theatre Company, this production is masterminded by its artistic director Brian Katz who adapted and directed it. Mr. Katz’s accomplish…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Suddenly by Darryl Reilly

Mercer’s direction coordinates the outstanding design components into an aesthetically successful presentation with some neat stage pictures and tableaux. However, the deliberate quest for…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

What the Constitution Means to Me by Darryl Reilly

Though going off on tangents, the captivating performer Heidi Schreck’s self-written fascinating theatrical memoir "What the Constitution Means to Me" is a feminist-centric personal odysse…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

“Don’t Call Me Shirley!: John Burns sings Shirley Bassey” by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic John Burns and William Demaniow at The Puplex. “At first glance, we don’t look like we have much in common,” quipped vocalist John Burns during his uproarious cab…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

The Eleventh Hour! by Darryl Reilly

Nevin Denham is a morose N.J. basement band guitarist whose estranged up and coming astrophysicist girlfriend Amy Leonardo moves to New York City to be an intern for Mr. Tyson at the Hayden …

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Pop Punk High by Darryl Reilly

Anderson Cook’s jocular book is a silly amalgam of "Grease" and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" with shades of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Composer and lyricist Ben Lapidus’ Green Day…

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