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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Broadway Review: “Tootsie” Grapples with Gender at the Marquis Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

“Tootsie” has arrived and the lights on Broadway, especially those the Marquis theater where the musical is in residence, are shining much brighter because of the energy generated by the…

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Nantucket Sleigh Ride” in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center Theater by Joseph Verlezza

The utmost effort of the cast and creative team cannot overcome the pitch and roll of this tumultuous ride that never dives beneath the surface to discover the meaning of the contrived story…

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s “Fiddler on the Roof” at Stage 42 by David Roberts and Joseph Verlezza

Tradition. Culture. Politics. Love. Tevye grapples with these four and more in National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s “Fiddler on the Roof” currently running at Stage 42.

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: Fiasco Theater’s Production of “Merrily We Roll Along” at Laura Pels Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Director Noah Brady moves the action along at a nice pace and makes the reversal of time clear and entertaining with some clever costume changes but fails to dig deep enough into each of the…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Off-Off-Broadway Review: “The Waiting Game” at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

The play is more about the mechanisms that people use to cope with loss whether it be from death or terminated relationships. The problem here is that we never discover how those people feel…

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “Eddie and Dave” at Atlantic Stage 2 by Joseph Verlezza

The entire cast seems to be having a good time as they move through the antics provided by director Margot Bordelon. The result is somewhat of an overlong television comedy sketch that does …

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Off-Broadway Review: “I’m Not A Comedian . . . I’m Lenny Bruce” at the Cutting Room by Joseph Verlezza

This one-man show is testament that his stand-up comedy was more abrasive than funny and reinforces the power of words. Mr. Bruce exposed the hypocrisy of humanity in such an unconventional …

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Broadway Review: “The Ferryman” at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

This is a monumental piece of theater that will stand up to the test of time. It is a thrilling drama of crime and passion that infects a peculiar family which is navigating a contentious, p…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Broadway Review: “The Cher Show” at the Neil Simon Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

There is nothing groundbreaking about this show, but it is good solid entertainment with performances that would be hard to beat. It sheds some light on the journey of a musical icon but als…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Hello Girls” at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

There is no doubt that the so called “Hello Girls,” the bilingual operators that were sent to the front line to operate secured switchboards, were invaluable to the Signal Corps units in…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Lewsiton/Clarkston” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater by Joseph Verlezza

Hopefully there will be another extension to the current run in its present state. Playwright Samuel D. Hunter has written a new classic American play, not quite a tragedy, but that being sa…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Broadway Review: “The New One” at the Cort Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Most of the humor during this section is heteronormative, almost bordering on self-pity and inclusive only of birthing parents. There is nothing wrong with this choice except for the fact th…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

Broadway Review: “The Prom” at the Longacre Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

Director and Choreographer Casey Nicholaw coaxes laughs and candor out of every scene but knows when to turn the tide to profound passion. As always he fills the stage with powerful, high oc…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Gloria: A Life” at the Daryl Roth Theatre on Union Square by Joseph Verlezza

This is not an ordinary piece of theater but is certainly a relevant dramatic presentation, considering the power of the current Me Too movement. It is not the start of something new but rat…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Broadway Review: “King Kong” at the Broadway Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

By no means is it perfect but the audience will not even care, as they are swept up by the amazing creature, who is brought to life by the hearts and souls of eleven human handlers, who enab…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Black Light” at Greenwich House Theater by Joseph Verlezza

Jomama is the performer and alter ego of Daniel Alexander Jones who created the production “Black Light” now playing at Greenwich House Theater after a successful run at Joe’s Pub. She…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Midnight at the Never Get” at York Theatre Company by Joseph Verlezza

Although Mr. Bolen’s performance is fine, it appears to be overly melodramatic and animated – even though it is how he wants to see himself – as opposed to who he really is in this mem…

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: Primary Stages’ “Final Follies” at the Cherry Lane Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

The entire cast is more than competent under the careful direction of David Saint who moves the evening along at a steady pace. Mr. Saint does what he can with the new and antiquated scripts…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Long Lost John: A Lennon Family Story” at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival by Joseph Verlezza

Currently running at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival at the 14th Street Y, the new play entitled “Long Lost John: A Lennon Family Story” by Eddie Zareh examines the early childhood o…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Sunset Village” at the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival by Joseph Verlezza

“Sunset Village,” the new play by Michael Presley Bobbitt, is having its premiere as part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival at the 14th Street Y. The success of this show will certa…

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: National Yiddish Folksbiene’s “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Museum of Jewish Heritage by Joseph Verlezza

The entire twenty-six-member cast is wonderful and works diligently to reach the core of this story in the native Yiddish language which proves to authenticate the time and place. They are s…

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Pedro Pan” at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row by Joseph Verlezza

The soul of this production truly lies in the exemplary cast that is flawless. Wilson Jermaine Heredia (a sincere Papi) will melt your heart with his vocal prowess. Genny Lis Padilla (a lovi…

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Saintliness of Margery Kempe” at The Duke on 42nd Street by Joseph Verlezza

The production may have a few comic moments; but, they are far and few between the laborious and dull script that the actors must flounder through to get an exuberant response from the audie…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “Carmen Jones” Pulsates at Classic Stage Company by Joseph Verlezza

This ninety-five-minute adaption of the rarely revived “Carmen Jones” is tightly constructed by Mr. Doyle, with a remarkable cast of ten extremely talented and tenacious actors who embod…

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Concert Review: Kathryn Stein Memorial Concert Featuring Chita Rivera at the 92nd Street Y Theresa L. Kaufmann Hall by Joseph Verlezza

The concert was more than just a song and dance routine: Ms. Rivera proved to be a wonderful storyteller, sharing anecdotes of her opportunities and professional relationships that occurred …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “All I Want Is One Night” at 59E59 Theaters by Joseph Verlezza

Ms. Walker certainly captures the intriguing beauty of the chanteuse and deftly delivers each of the eight musical numbers intoxicating the audience with her pure, seductive soprano vocals.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Devil of Choice" Falters at LAByrinth Theater Company at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

There are no new insights into the common themes addressed, and the production feels more like an exercise for the actors, given the many fits and starts. Director Shira-Lee Shalit does litt…

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: "Peace for Mary Frances" at the New Group by Joseph Verlezza

The competent cast including such distinguished veteran actors as Johanna Day, J. Smith-Cameron, and Lois Smith attempt to dig deep into their characters, but it seems impossible to bring an…

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Off-Broadway Review: "The Beast in the Jungle" at the Vineyard Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

This is a production that pushes boundaries of traditional musical theater relying on the melodic score by John Kander, sometimes reminiscent of his earlier work and always pleasing to the e…

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Broadway Review: "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical" at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre by Joseph Verlezza

The song list is wonderful with some less familiar delights, but it is the rapture of those disco warhorses that are unmistakably crowd pleasing. The revelation of the breakout “Love to Lo…

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Off-Broadway Review: “The Gentleman Caller” at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Through Saturday May 26, 2018) by Joseph Verlezza

There is quite a bit of foreplay but no actual winner in the sexual cat and mouse game farcically played out in Abingdon Theatre Company's "The Gentleman Caller" at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

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