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Thursday, July 1, 2021

Off-Broadway Opening: PERSUASION (BEDLAM at the Connelly) by Dmitry Zvonkov

PERFORMANCES BEGIN SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 LIMITED 7-WEEK ENGAGEMENT The amazing theater company BEDLAM is coming back to New York with PERSUASION, a new play by Sarah Rose Kearns a…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Theater Preview: THE JACKSONIAN (The New Group Off Stage) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ORIGINAL CAST MEMBERS OF THE JACKSONIAN UNITE FOR WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING The New Group will present as part of its Reunion Reading Series Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. featuring original…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 12:48PM
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Off-Broadway Theater Review: HAPPY TALK (The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center) by Dmitry Zvonkov

EVERYTHING IS HAPPY INDEED In Jesse Eisenberg’s very funny and poignant one-act Happy Talk the excellent Susan Sarandon plays Lorraine, an amateur actress whose rosy, self-serving delusion…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 08:23AM
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Off-Broadway Theater Review: SOCRATES (The Public) by Dmitry Zvonkov

SOC ON THIS Perhaps one of the reasons Socrates has become a god-like figure in the world of philosophy is that we know very little about the actual man who existed during the dawn of writin…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 11:39PM
Monday, February 11, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: THE DANCE OF DEATH (Classic Stage Company) by Dmitry Zvonkov

DONE TO DEATH “I thought we might show more decorum by keeping our long miserable mistake to ourselves,” Alice tells Edgar after he expresses his intention to celebrate their silver wedd…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 01:20PM
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Off-Broadway Theater Review: EMMA AND MAX (Todd Solondz World Premiere at The Flea Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

CASTE ASIDE Todd Solondz, one of the most profound filmmakers working today (Happiness, Welcome to the Dollhouse), begins his first play Emma and Max — which he also directs — w…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 09:06PM
Monday, September 24, 2018

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: BEEP BOOP (HERE) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THIS ONE’S A BEEPER Richard Saudek’s one man show beep boop begins with a man struggling to break through an elastic translucent membrane. He succeeds and is born — spit out of…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:06PM
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Off-Broadway Theater Review: EVERYONE’S FINE WITH VIRGINIA WOOLF (Elevator Repair Service) by Dmitry Zvonkov

EVERYTHING’S FINE, BUT WHAT IF WE ALSO HAD BEEN AFRAID? Starting out as a parody of Edward Albee’s Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Kate Scelsa’s Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Wo…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:04PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Off-Broadway Theater Review: OEDIPUS EL REY (The Public Theater in collaboration with the Sol Project) by Dmitry Zvonkov

A REY OF SUNSHINE ENDS UP CLOUDY Director Chay Yew mounts a spectacular production of Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey, a reworking of Sophocles’ tragedy set in the Barrio of present-day Los…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 09:58PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Off-Broadway Theater Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE (Elevator Repair Service/The Public Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

FULL MEASURE More often than not, stagings of Shakespeare plays turn into dull, tedious exercises. The reasons for this vary but the one problem that always seems present is the lack of an a…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 09:34PM
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR (New World Stages) by Dmitry Zvonkov

UNDER INSPECTION Michael Urie pops and sparkles as Ivan Alexandreyevich Hlestakov, a foppish but penniless out-of-work clerk who gets mistaken for the Czar’s inspector by the corrupt offic…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:04PM
Sunday, July 9, 2017

Broadway Theater Review: MARVIN’S ROOM (Roundabout) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ROOM TO GROW In a way Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room is a perfect play. It’s like a well-ordered house, comfortable, professionally decorated, where everything works. The story is str…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 08:18PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: STET (Abingdon Theatre Company at the June Havoc Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

STET OFFENSIVE After watching Kim Davies’ inspired S&M play Smoke, about two young people connecting in the kitchen of a house in which a sex party is in progress, I became an instant…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 05:52PM
Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: RADIANT VERMIN (59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

RADIANT THEATER In Philip Ridley’s brilliant black satire Radiant Vermin, a seemingly nice, average twenty-something couple with an infant, tells us of the horrible things they did to get …

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 04:15AM
Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: CONFUSIONS (59E59Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

A BRILLIANT TRIFLE Watching members of the Stephen Joseph Theatre perform Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions under the playwright’s helmsmanship, I found myself mentally comparing the troupe to…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 10:33PM
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: BODY: ANATOMIES OF BEING (Blessed Unrest at The New Ohio Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

MINDING THE BODY When the lights come up on Body: Anatomies of Being, the nine cast members walk out and stand at the foot of the stage facing the audience, all of them naked save one, who i…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 04:41PM
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: ORPHEUS DESCENDING (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival at St John’s Lutheran Church) by Dmitry Zvonkov

WILLIAMS ASCENDING Irene Glezos delivers a lovely, stirring performance as Lady in Austin Pendleton’s staging of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece Orpheus Descending. A force of nature, La…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:52PM
Monday, March 28, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE EFFECT (Barrow Street Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THE EFFECT OF GREAT THEATER In Lucy Prebble’s captivating two-act, The Effect, crisply directed by David Cromer, 20-somethings Connie (Susannah Flood) and Tristan (Carter Hudson) meet as t…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 08:36PM
Monday, March 14, 2016

Broadway Theater Review: THE HUMANS (Roundabout Theatre Company at the Helen Hayes Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ALL TOO HUMAN Stephen Karam’s remarkable new play The Humans begins with Erik Blake (the excellent Reed Birney) standing on the upper level of a shabby, half-dark basement/ground-floor ten…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 10:33PM
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THAT PHYSICS SHOW (The Elektra Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

LET’S GET PHYSICS ALL For parents who recall Professor Julius Sumner Miller’s television programs with nostalgia, who wish the Science Channel had more science shows, and for whom qu…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:07PM

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE WILDNESS: SKY-PONY’S ROCK FAIRY TALE (Ars Nova) by Dmitry Zvonkov

PHONY PONY TALE There exists a type of small theater production in which a lack of resources—material ones and, sometimes, those less tangible—is made up for by the show’s intimacy an…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:07PM
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: BURIED CHILD (The New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center) by Dmitry Zvonkov

BURIED BETWEEN THE LINES In Scott Elliott’s surefooted staging of Sam Shepard’s imperfect Buried Child, watching Ed Harris sitting on a raggedy couch under an old blanket in front of a l…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:36AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Off-Broadway Theater Review: I AND YOU (59E59) by Dmitry Zvonkov

HE AND SHE AND ME The performers’ abundant charm can’t overcome the script’s shortcoming in I and You, Lauren Gunderson’s tedious comedic drama about two high schoolers attempting a …

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 09:10PM
Monday, December 21, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE GOLDEN BRIDE (National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene) by Dmitry Zvonkov

A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE I guess it’s my own fault, but when I read about The Golden Bride, a Yiddish operetta from 1923 that was lost in the 40s, found in the 80s, and is now enjoying its firs…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 09:58PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: A WILDER CHRISTMAS (Peccadillo Theater Company at Theatre at St. Clement’s) by Dmitry Zvonkov

OUR CHRISTMAS TOWN Under Dan Wackerman’s superb direction, Peccadillo Theater Company’s A Wilder Christmas, comprised of two Thornton Wilder one-acts—The Long Christmas Dinner and Pull…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 06:05AM
Monday, November 30, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review : NEW YORK ANIMALS (Bedlam Theatre Company at the New Ohio Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

OUR ANIMAL FELLOWS The always energized and entertaining Bedlam theater company opens their current season with New York Animals, Steven Sater’s musical play about New York City life in th…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:26PM
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: NORA (Cherry Lane) by Dmitry Zvonkov

NEITHER NORA Nora, Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, centers on its titular character, a beautiful young wife and mother, whose cozy life at her husband’s…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:37PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: EMPANADA LOCA (Labyrinth Theater Company) by Dmitry Zvonkov

LOVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA Daphne Rubin-Vega delivers a riveting performance in Empanada Loca, a sinewy one-woman show written and directed by Aaron Mark. Inspired by the legend of Sweeney To…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 08:14PM

Off-Broadway Theater Review: FUTURITY (Soho Rep and Ars Nova at the Connelly Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

A CERTAIN FUTURITY César Alvarez’s fascinating musical Futurity begins with Mr. Alvarez and Sammy Tunis taking the stage as themselves, greeting the audience, engaging in improvised ban…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 07:10PM
Monday, September 28, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: ANTIGONE (BAM Harvey Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ANTIGONE AND JULIETTE In Anne Carson’s crisp new translation of Sophkles’ Antigone, the great Juliette Binoche embodies the title character, a young woman who breaks the law under penalt…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 12:52PM

Off-Broadway Theater Review: HAMLET IN BED (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

HAM IN BED At the beginning of Hamlet in Bed, when its author and co-star Michael Laurence comes up to the standup microphone at the front of the stage, I can’t help wanting him to succee…

SOURCE: Stage and Cinema at 12:52PM

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