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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Fern Hill” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Part group therapy, part intervention, part Doctors Phil and Ruth, “Fern Hill,” currently running at 59E59 Theaters through Sunday October 20, 2019, rehearses the events at Sunny’s (Ji…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Off-Off-Broadway Review: “A White Man’s Guide to Rikers Island” at The Producers Club by David Roberts

Playwrights Roy and Webb never lose site of the significance of the young Richard’s crime. The “Guide” is not about claiming innocence. It is about Richard’s sense of entitlement. Hi…

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Only Yesterday” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Writing a play about two iconic figures like Paul McCartney and John Lennon is risky business. Detailed information about their lives, their work, and their relationships is abundant and rea…

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Colt Coeur’s “Eureka Day” at Walkerspace by David Roberts

Jonathan Spector’s “Eureka Day,” currently running at Walkerspace through Saturday September 21, is a complex and thoughtful trope for the upside and downside of such moral ambiguity a…

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Red Bull Theater’s “American Moor” at Cherry Lane Theatre by David Roberts

Keith Hamilton Cobb has been on an urgent mission, crisscrossing the United States since 2013 performing his “American Moor.” Mr. Cobb’s almost-one-man-show is a trope, here an extende…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Dust” at New York Theater Workshop in the Fourth Street Theater by David Roberts

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s groundbreaking “On Death and Dying” was first published in 1969. The Grief Cycle outlined in this book remains the standard for understanding the “stages” …

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Chatillion Stage Company’s “Tech Support” at 59E59 Theaters by David Roberts

Chatillion Stage Company’s “Tech Support,” currently running at 59E59 Theaters, begins with the play’s protagonist Pamela Stark (Margot White) frantically pacing around in her West V…

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Broadway Review: “Sea Wall / A Life” at the Hudson Theatre by David Roberts

After a successful run at the Public’s Newman Theater earlier this year, “Sea Wall / A Life” by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne opened at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre on August 8th, 2019.…

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Ma-Yi Theater Company’s “Felix Starro” at Theatre Row by David Roberts

Currently running at Theatre Row, Ma-Yi Theater Company’s “Felix Starro” launches the Company’s 30th Anniversary Season. The musical is based on Filipino-American writer Lysley Tenor…

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Make Believe” at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater by David Roberts

In the first forty minutes of “Make Believe,” under Michael Greif’s careful direction, the young cast of four successfully provides the needed exposition for the success of the final 4…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Final Thoughts on the Engaging “Rinse, Repeat” at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Cente by David Roberts

In her somewhat autobiographical play “Rinse, Repeat” which will end its extended successful run at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center on Saturd…

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Off-Broadway Preview: “Little Shop of Horrors” Opens at The Westside Theatre by David Roberts

The producers of the Off-Broadway return of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s landmark musical “Little Shop of Horrors” have announced that Tony Award nominee Gideon Glick (“To Kill A …

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Off-Broadway Preview and Interview: Lenore Skomal Shares Her Thoughts on Her New Off-Broadway Play “The Exes” by David Roberts

David: Lenore, your new off-Broadway show “The Exes” officially opens on Thursday August 15th at Theatre Row. That’s getting close! What are your thoughts and feelings as the opening a…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Off-Off-Broadway Review: “Just Outside the Door” at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival by David Roberts

Necromancy does not fare well in Esteban R. Alvarez III’s “Just Outside the Door” which just ended its three-performance run at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival. The play’s protag…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Off-Off-Broadway Review: “Florida Man” at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival by David Roberts

In “Florida Man” by Michael Presley Bobbitt, a young man racked with guilt digs up his dead father William Crud (the crud of a memory John Higgins) to give him the proper Viking funeral …

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Little Gem” at Irish Repertory Theatre by David Roberts

Over the period of a year, three generations of Irish women share their stories ad seriatim while in a medical office waiting room. Amber (a spitfire Lauren O’Leary) rehearses her life fro…

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Off Broadway Preview: Broadway Bound Theatre Festival Announces 2019 Lineup with Eighteen Curated New Works by David Roberts

In a celebratory move uptown to the theater district, the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, celebrating its third year in Manhattan, has announced its 2019 season lineup at Theatre Row, 410 W…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Opera Review: “Stonewall” at the Rose Theater in Jazz at Lincoln Center by David Roberts

To celebrate its third year of presenting an LGBTQ+ opera in the month of June – and the 50th Anniversary of the Riots at Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn – the New York City Opera co…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Final Performances of “The Plough and the Stars” at Irish Repertory Theatre by David Roberts

Charlotte Moore directs the cast of "The Plough and the Stars" with a passionate commitment to excellence. Her staging brings out the best in each actor and assures that each actor’s chara…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “A Strange Loop” at Playwrights Horizons by David Roberts

Last season, two off-Broadway plays – “Daddy” and “Slave Play” (both by Jeremy O. Harris) – highlighted significant issues about the self-identity of young black gay and queer me…

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Enter Laughing: The Musical” at York Theatre Company by David Roberts

After a successful run in 2008 of the musical “Enter Laughing” a revised version of the original “So Long 174th Street” which was a Broadway flop in 1976, The York Theatre Company ha…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Nomad Motel” at Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2 by David Roberts

There is nothing new in “Nomad Motel” and the important themes the play shrouds are ineffectively and weakly developed. The young actors give the play their very best and cannot be held …

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Dying City” at Second Stage Theater’s Tony Kiser Theater by David Roberts

Although Christopher Shinn’s characters are well developed and their conflicts believable enough, the plot developed by those “problems” is not as believable and suffers from a lack of…

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Octet” in the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center by David Roberts

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts in Dave Malloy’s a cappela musical “Octet” currently playing in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Cen…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Primary Stage’s “Little Women” at Cherry Lane Theatre by David Roberts

“I can’t abide seeing a body stuffed into the wrong role.” – Jo to Meg in “Little Women” Kate Hamill’s retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” plays at Primary St…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Broadway Review: “Frankie and Johnny at the Claire de Lune” at the Broadhurst Theatre by David Roberts

“Pretend that we’re the only two people in the entire world, that’s what I’m doing, and it all falls into place.” – Johnny to Frankie Moonlight – the kind of light that shines …

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Something Clean” at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre by David Roberts

Charlotte and Doug Walker’s son Kai will be home from prison in three months to begin his court remanded probation. Kai is a white university student athlete who was convicted of raping a …

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “The Pink Unicorn” at the Episcopal Actors’ Guild by David Roberts

Because the playwright chooses to include a compendium of LGBTQ history, the script becomes didactic and cumbersome. Elise Forier Edie would have been better off allowing Trisha to take cent…

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Original Sound” at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre by David Roberts

What a pleasant surprise to walk into the Studio space at Cherry Lane Theatre and see a fresh, new look developed for the exciting new production “Original Sound” by Adam Seidel. Scenic …

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Happy Talk” at the New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre by David Roberts

Happy talk – the type of verbal communication, replete with counterfeit smiles, that too often serves as a replacement for authentic connection between individuals – cascades across the …

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “BLKS” in the Newman Mills Theater at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space by David Roberts

Poet-playwright Aziza Barnes puts many ingredients into their script blender to whip up a “comedic look” at the lives of Octavia (Paige Gilbert), Imani (Alfie Fuller), and June (Antoinet…

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