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Monday, November 22, 2021

Diana, The Musical by Joel Benjamin

If you are a Princess Diana completist, "Diana: The Musical" will satisfy your needs along with the deeper Spencer and The Queen and all the innumerable documentaries about this ill-fated fa…

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Bronx Babe by Joel Benjamin

When Sonny Marie Lee stepped onto the stage of the Actors Temple Theatre as the eponymous "The Bronx Babe" I thought she was putting the audience on, acting the stereotypical, Noo Yawk accen…

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

A Turtle on a Fence Post by Joel Benjamin

Unfolding from a stand-up comedy routine—“A prisoner walks into a bar…!”—and set in a comedy venue designed with ingenuity and style by Walt Spangler, Turtle veers from hokey to ho…

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Caroline, or Change by Joel Benjamin

"Caroline, or Change" is an important musical, more now than in 2004.  It should be seen.  The Roundabout production, though somewhat flawed, still communicates the complicated relationshi…

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Swan Lake Rock Opera by Joel Benjamin

Now there’s "Swan Lake Rock Opera" created by Mirit Shem-Ur (book and lyrics), Tsedi Sarfati (director and dramaturge) and Sharona Pick (music production and additional music).  The show …

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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Lucinda Childs’ “Dance” at The Joyce Theater by Joel Benjamin

Before the dancers appeared live, "Dance" commenced with a burst of Glass’ iconic, pulsating music—here pre-recorded, originally performed live—and a still from LeWitt’s original vid…

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

New York City Center’s 2021 Fall for Dance Festival: Programs 1 and 2 by Joel Benjamin

The final work on Program 1 was its finest.  A.I.M. By Kyle Abraham presented its director’s “Our Indigo: If We Were a Love Song,” a deeply moving paean to the darker meanings of love…

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Monday, October 11, 2021

1-2-3 Manhunt by Joel Benjamin

DiMurro writes with an acute sense of the rhythm of New York speech and its old-school jargon, helped by director William Roudebush’s complementary sense of timing, not to mention four exp…

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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Denishawn: Dances by Ruth St. Denis & Ted Shawn by Joel Benjamin

The dances on this program are perfect examples of the Denishawn aesthetic which combined what was then exoticism with impeccable theatricality.  The Denishawn troupe was very much of its t…

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Between the Bars by Joel Benjamin

Benjamin Viertel directs "Between the Bars" brilliantly finding the balance between theatricality and reality.  Each character emerges as distinct and multidimensional, even the guards who …

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Monday, September 27, 2021

The Wayward Daughter of Judah the Prince by Joel Benjamin

It is to the credit of the entire cast—dressed in Anthony Paul-Cavaretta’s period tunics and flowing robes—that Lackey’s sometimes over-the-top dialogue lands credibly. Two other ele…

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Ragamala Dance Company: Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim by Joel Benjamin

As the opaquely complicated plot played out on the stage, the three lead dancers (Ranee, Aparna and Ashwini Ramaswamy) took turns displaying impeccable Bharatanatyam technique:  feet adorne…

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

My Mother’s Severed Head by Joel Benjamin

Sadly, these promises aren’t kept in this mishmash of plots and characters that never quite meshes into a viable whole; it remains an unsteady comedy/fantasy never morphing into a smooth-r…

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Roles and Rules of Comedy by Joel Benjamin

"Roles and Rules of Comedy," six short comedic bits of fluff written and directed by Harold Dean James is a character-driven view of contemporary New York City.  Presented at the elegant Pl…

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Friday, August 20, 2021

BAAND Together Dance Festival at Lincoln Center by Joel Benjamin

It’s unlikely that New York City will ever see these five troupes sharing a stage again.  This was a festive occasion despite being uneven in tone and not particularly representative of a…

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

George M. Cohan Tonight! by Joel Benjamin

It is definitely worth a gander for both its subject matter and its performer, the disarming and immensely talented Jon Peterson who also adapted the one-man play from Chip Deffaa’s origin…

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Two Noble Kinsmen by Joel Benjamin

Hamilton Clancy, the artistic director of The Drilling Company, joins forces with his assistant director Karla Hendrick to stage The Two Noble Kinsmen in a modern-dress version that makes th…

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Charmed Life: From Soul Singing to Opera Star by Joel Benjamin

She gets to sing everything from the Patsy Kline classic “Crazy,” “Respect” (made famous by Aretha Franklin), and “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess to generous, beautifully acted …

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Friday, July 9, 2021

Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings) by Joel Benjamin

In what might just be the best stage role of her career, Jackie Hoffman plays the multi-faceted Ariana in E. Dale Smith’s "Fruma-Sarah (Waiting in the Wings)" at Nancy Manocherian’s the …

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Friday, July 2, 2021

Aporia: “Icarus and Amina” by Joel Benjamin

The Icarus of Icarus and Amina is a poster of Henri Matisse’s brilliantly colorful abstraction of that Greek mythological character who soared too close to the sun, and Amina (Sidney Carut…

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Friday, June 25, 2021

Audience (The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre) by Joel Benjamin

Havel’s Audience represents CAMT’s first foray into modern Czech literature having previously staged imaginative productions of folk material.  This visit to contemporary theater, unfor…

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sloppy Bonnie: A Roadkill Musical for the Modern Chick by Joel Benjamin

Written by Krista Knight and Brinegar, Sloppy Bonnie follows its title character (played with irresistible zest by Amanda Disney) as she lays waste to everything and everyone in her path, le…

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Monday, May 31, 2021

New Chamber Ballet: “Sea” & “Sun” by Joel Benjamin

“Sea,” according to Magloire’s program notes is “loosely inspired by the movement of waves.”  Five dancers—Anabel Alpert, Megan Foley, Amber Neff, Rachele Perla and Alison Tatsu…

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Sutton Foster: “Bring Me to Light”  by Joel Benjamin

Sutton Foster, one of the shining lights of New York City’s currently dimmed theater scene, glowed in Sutton Foster/Bring Me to Light.  Her voice and interpretations were the richest they…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Ephrat Asherie Dance: “Odeon” by Joel Benjamin

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, the artistic director of the effervescent Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) has absorbed the disciplines of a number of dance forms:  hip-hop, breaking, Latin-American…

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Monday, March 29, 2021

The Jackson C. Frank Listening Party w/Special Guest by Joel Benjamin

Aguirre manages to have written a play that doesn’t feel like a play thanks to his interpretation of the main character.  He doesn’t overdo the emotions, letting the songs carry that we…

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Jericho by Joel Benjamin

"Jericho" has a great deal going for it.  It is directed by Marsha Mason and features Jill Eikenberry.  These two formidable theater artists’ participation promises quality which is evid…

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company: “Solo Suites” by Joel Benjamin

Now directed by the energetic and warm Enrique Cruz DeJesus, Alpha Omega provided welcome relief from months of quarantine and angst with “Solo Suites,” a breezy—in every sense of the …

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Monday, July 20, 2020

Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble: “Rooms2020” by Joel Benjamin

“Rooms2020” was to have been presented in a live season which was aborted by the current Covid crisis. Instead, the troupe has presented the work artfully streamed in a version that is m…

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Monday, March 16, 2020

West Side Story by Joel Benjamin

Van Hove's energetic cast is too often lost among the video images which is sad because they are a wonderfully scrappy group of actor/dancer/singers who give their all.  (I’m told that th…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Nederlands Dans Theater 2020 by Joel Benjamin

If one were to come to conclusions about the Netherlands after seeing the three ballets presented by the Nederlands Dans Theater at the New York City Center, the Netherlands would clearly co…

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