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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Lessons in Survival: 1971 by Joseph Pisano

Originally broadcast on "Soul!," an early PBS program dedicated to showcasing Black arts and politics, Baldwin and Giovanni's one-on-one echoes contemporary concerns while also remaining dec…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Islander: A New Musical by Joseph Pisano

An import from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, "Islander" embraces that renowned international jamboree's artistry and experimentalism, most notably by forgoing musicians for sound looping ma…

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

American Buffalo by Joseph Pisano

The 1975 play "American Buffalo," now onstage at the Circle in the Square Theatre in a crackling revival, remains the quintessential Mamet experience, the one that should be seen to fully ap…

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Suffs by Joseph Pisano

Unfortunately, while Wells (Nikki M. James) and Mary Church Terrell (Cassondra James), another renowned Black suffragist, occasionally pop up to offer intersectional insights, they mostly c…

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Monday, April 18, 2022

The Little Prince by Joseph Pisano

Essentially, Mouron boils the story down to a couple lines about love and beauty, while eliding any sense of the loss, isolation, and dread that the novella also poetically conveys. Her litt…

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Alex Edelman: Just for Us by Joseph Pisano

Despite the familiar visual trappings--mic stand, performer-blinding stage lights, and a dull curtain backdrop--Edelman's deceptively free-flowing talents hew more towards the monologist Spa…

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

A Touch of the Poet by Joseph Pisano

Director Ciarán O'Reilly confidently lets the clever cast explore their characters' profound complexities, which means forcing the audience to simply accept a few psychological contradictio…

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Sunday, February 27, 2022

Space Dogs by Joseph Pisano

Heyman and the rest of the production team quickly turn "Space Dogs" into an exercise of quantity over quality. More lights. More noise. More projections. More props. It's theater as sensory…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 09:48PM
Thursday, February 17, 2022

Made by God by Joseph Pisano

It's just that, as the fictional Eva supplants the non-fictional Ann onstage, the play reverses course and sacrifices its human scale back to the rhetorical, with pro-life Eva and pro-choice…

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Monday, February 7, 2022

Long Day’s Journey into Night by Joseph Pisano

But, again, O'Hara does these actors no favors, forcing them to contend with incongruous historical information while also depriving them of the greatest acting benefit O'Neill's four-act pl…

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Streets of New York by Joseph Pisano

Cue the Irish Rep and its remounting of artistic director Charlotte Moore's musical "The Streets of New York," which the theatre first premiered twenty years ago in the aftermath of Septembe…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 11:52PM
Monday, November 22, 2021

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Joseph Pisano

Performed as one long 80-minute monologue, A Girl is a Half-formed Thing also offers actor Jenn Murray little, if any, respite, laying on her shoulders complete responsibility for telling ev…

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Autumn Royal by Joseph Pisano

Previously only known for his novels and short stories, first-time playwright Kevin Barry brings the same full-hearted doom and gloom to the stage in "Autumn Royal" that was evidenced in his…

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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Six: The Musical by Joseph Pisano

More concert than musical, the 80-minute show's libretto adds little to its cast album, with the lyrics of each queen's autobiographical song also pruning their individual histories to a poi…

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical by Joseph Pisano

Since it's difficult to make fun of something that was never meant to be taken seriously in the first place, Hogue and director Nick Flatto are often left to spin their wheels by simply reha…

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Tumacho by Joseph Pisano

To review dramatist/lyricist/composer Ethan Lipton's "Tumacho" almost feels like missing the point of this endearingly oddball "play with songs," a comic pastiche of Western and horror trope…

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:46PM
Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory by Joseph Pisano

It might be about 90 years too late, but writer/director Ciarán O'Reilly is throwing a good old-fashioned Irish wake, with poems, songs, and a slice of barmbrack (Irish sweet bread) or each…

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Grand Horizons by Joseph Pisano

Bess Wohl's "Grand Horizons" opens with a pas de deux of marital inertia as Nancy (Jane Alexander) and Bill (James Cromwell), two near-octogenarians wasting their twilight days in a so-calle…

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Maz and Bricks by Joseph Pisano

Created and first performed during the run-up to the 2018 national referendum that eventually led to the amendment's repeal, Maz and Bricks, a part of the Origin Theater Company’s 1st Iris…

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Jagged Little Pill by Joseph Pisano

Given the personal nature of Morissette's artistic output, it might be surprising to learn that the Broadway version of Jagged Little Pill doesn't take the easy biographical route for its bo…

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A Christmas Carol by Joseph Pisano

Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge and Dashiell Eaves as Bob Cratchit in a scene from Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (Photo credit: …

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pumpgirl by Joseph Pisano

Told as a series of alternating, interlocking monologues, there is a "Rashomon"-esque quality to "Pumpgirl" that grows more obvious as the play's story comes into focus. Not only do the rela…

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bella Bella by Joseph Pisano

Like a great many history plays, Harvey Fierstein's "Bella Bella" is as much about the present as the past, paralleling everything that's gone wrong now with what went wrong then. Unsurprisi…

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Monday, October 28, 2019

The Rose Tattoo by Joseph Pisano

To be sure, Serafina and Alvaro's romance is less than credible, but director Trip Cullman wisely commits to it completely, recognizing that Williams really hasn't given him any other choice…

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mothers by Joseph Pisano

The first act of Anna Moench's "Mothers" concludes with a genuine shock as the playwright startlingly upends all of our expectations. Visually punctuated by Wilson Chin's suddenly not-so-sta…

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Only Yesterday by Joseph Pisano

As John, Christopher Sears is an enjoyable pill, perfectly offset by Tommy Crawford's Paul whose amiable placidity is almost Buddha-like. More importantly, both actors have impressive musica…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Moscow Moscow Moscow by Joseph Pisano

Halley Feiffer's new comedy, the obsessively titled "Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow," is an intermittently funny ten-minute parody of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters." Unfortunatel…

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Plough and the Stars by Joseph Pisano

The Irish Repertory Theatre ends its thirtieth season by going back to the beginning, with a sturdy revival of Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars." An historical prequel to the other t…

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Poor of New York by Joseph Pisano

One of the theater's most skilled 19th-century melodramatists, Boucicault was uninterested in the finer points of history, character development, or narrative objectivity which, of course, i…

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Juno and the Paycock by Joseph Pisano

From this group of familiar faces, O'Reilly and Keating are particularly strong in their second go-around, finding notes in Jack and Joxer's codependent relationship that are both hilarious …

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Shadow of a Gunman by Joseph Pisano

Director Ciarán O’Reilly handles O'Casey's abrupt tonal shifts well, transitioning from laughter to tears to horror with barely a hint of contrivance. A top-notch production team greatly …

SOURCE: www.theaterscene.net at 12:59PM