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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Off-Broadway Theater Review: PONDLING (59E59) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ON GOLDEN PONDLING In her perfect little one-woman show Pondling, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman is captivating as Madeleine, a little girl who lives with her older brother on her grandfather’s fa…

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: WHORL INSIDE A LOOP (Second Stage Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THROWN BY A LOOP I’m not partial to dramas set in prisons; these tend to be ugly, depressing, violent and hopeless, or worse—sentimental, and I find myself reluctant to be transported t…

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: KISS ME OR CUT OFF MY HEAD (Soho Photo Gallery) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ALTRUISM OR ARTISTRY? Margaret’s Safe Place, “a boarding facility that houses the most vulnerable students of The Kibera School for Girls” in Kenya, sheltering girls from domestic sexu…

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THREESOME (59E59) by Dmitry Zvonkov

MÉNAGE À TWADDLE At the conclusion of Yussef El Guindi’s new play Threesome it isn’t unreasonable to ask oneself the following question: What does the semi-comic attempt of three young…

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: RUTHLESS! (St. Luke’s) by Dmitry Zvonkov

TOOTHLESS RUTHLESS Though useful as a showcase for the capable performers and boasting some excellent singing, Joel Paley’s revival of his gray farce Ruthless!, a self-referential spoof o…

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: ADA/AVA (3LD Art & Technology Center) by Dmitry Zvonkov

SHADOW (OF A) PLAY Visually striking and radiating love and sincerity, Manual Cinema’s shadow-puppet show Ada/Ava, which attempts to explore septuagenarian Ada’s inner turmoil  after th…

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: MY PERFECT MIND (59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THEIR PERFECT MINDS Written by director Kathryn Hunter and performers Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge, My Perfect Mind begins with Dr. Witznagel (Mr. Hunter) coming out onto Michel Vale…

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: AFGHANISTAN, ZIMBABWE, AMERICA, KUWAIT (The Gym at Judson) by Dmitry Zvonkov

GREAT DEPICTION OF WAR, BUT WHAT FOR? Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait, written and directed by Daniel Talbott, begins in near darkness with a Serbian Woman (Jelena Stupljanin) in a de…

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: THE SOUND AND THE FURY (Elevator Repair Service at The Public Theater) by Dmitry Zvonkov

HOW SWEET THIS SOUND The standout theater company Elevator Repair Service (ERS), much acclaimed for their six-hour-plus show Gatz, among others, brings the first part of William Faulkner’s…

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: NEW COUNTRY (Cherry Lane Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

EVERYTHING OLD COUNTRY FEELS NEW AGAIN In Mark Roberts’ delightful and moving play New Country, skillfully directed by David Harwell, 25-year-old country music star Justin is up to his usu…

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Off-Broadway Theater Review: ONE HAND CLAPPING (Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters) by Dmitry Zvonkov

THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING In Lucia Cox’s play One Hand Clapping, which she adapts from the 1961 Anthony Burgess novel and brings as director to 59E59 Theaters as part of their Brits O…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Off-Off-Broadway Theater Review: DORUNTINE (Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA at The Interart Theatre) by Dmitry Zvonkov

ALBANIAN/AMERICAN STORYTELLING As my Albanian friend put it: “The legend of Doruntine is the very core around which the Albanians’ national code of morals is organized (say those who bel…

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