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Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Price review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘all-star cast fails to unify’ by Nicole Serratore

With contrived accents and mannered performances, Terry Kinney’s production of Arthur Miller’s The Price lacks genuine dramatic punch. The tension in this

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Joan of Arc: Get Into the Fire, It's Probably Better than this Musical by Nicole Serratore

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (Photo: Tammy Shell)When your show involves two virgin checks on your leading lady, you may want to rethink everything you did to get yourself there. E-v-e-r-y-t-h…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sunday in the Park With George starring Jake Gyllenhaal – review at Hudson Theatre, New York by Nicole Serratore

Jake Gyllenhaal has proven in plays, on and off Broadway (Constellations, If There is I Haven’t Found It Yet), that he is an

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close – review at Palace Theatre, New York by Nicole Serratore

Those clamouring for Glenn Close’s musical return to Broadway won’t be disappointed. She gives a suitably grandiose performance as the reclusive screen

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

August Wilson’s Jitney review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘piercing drama’ by Nicole Serratore

Honour, family, lost promise, and legacy are the broad themes that August Wilson hones in Jitney, his tale of a motley crew

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Self-Care: A 24-Decade Reflection by Nicole Serratore

For months I’ve struggled to write about my time at Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music.  I could not head into 2017 with this piece hanging over my head any longer. &…

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Top 10 of 2016: US edition by Nicole Serratore

In 2016 I promised myself I would cut back on theater.  I saw 90 less shows in 2016 (180) than I did in 2015 (270).  <pats self on the back>Here are the 10 shows which made m…

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Othello starring David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig – review at New York Theatre Workshop by Nicole Serratore

In his intimate production of Othello, director Sam Gold lures the audience in as co-conspirators to Daniel Craig’s playful Iago as we

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 review on Broadway – ‘atmospheric and open-hearted’ by Nicole Serratore

This new musical adaptation of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, which started life Off-Broadway at a 99-seat theatre, has been scaled up for

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

New York Theatre Workshop: Off-Broadway’s home for radical writers and directors by Nicole Serratore

In years past, to see Hollywood heavyweights on stage such as Daniel Craig or Daniel Radcliffe you would have to buy a

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Backstage in Biscuit Land: Welcoming All by Nicole Serratore

Courtesy of Touretteshero"Hands on buzzards.""Biscuit wave.""Pony cunts."Suddenly, Jess Thom looks sheepish. That last phrase was unplanned. Language is slippery and in Backstage In Biscuit…

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Ironbound: Rationing Love by Nicole Serratore

Marin Ireland & Morgan Spector. Photo by Sandra CoudertMartyna Majok's new play Ironbound slyly lures you in with a well-set snare.  She gets you comfortable watching a couple fight…

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rey: I Needed Her by Nicole Serratore

I didn't know how much I needed Rey until I met her.  Image: Lucasfilm I'm one of those children of the Return of the Jedi generation--in the sweet-spot of Kenner marketi…

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Top 10 of 2015: UK/International Edition by Nicole Serratore

It’s no secret I love plays.  But it certainly comes out more when you see what shows I prioritize when I travel.  I did see some musicals but I didn't like them.  This Top …

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Top 10 of 2015: U.S. Edition by Nicole Serratore

Another year of broken promises to myself.  An effort to see less theater this year resulted in me seeing 60 more shows over last year.  New personal record: 265 shows. Eeeek. Stop…

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Lazarus: Waiting for Lift-Off by Nicole Serratore

Watching artists you love make a show that fails to achieve lift-off can be rough.  You know they have the talent and vision, but after two hours of waiting for it to appear you realize…

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

10 Out of 12: The Drama of Theater by Nicole Serratore

Anne Washburn loves her meta-narratives and with 10 Out of 12 we watch a play about tech-ing a play. Although this is for all intents and purposes a "backstage" drama that is at times wicked…

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Glass Menagerie: The Ugly Truth by Nicole Serratore

Photo by Sanne PeperAs mother and son wrap their hands around each other’s hands, there is kindness, understanding, frustration, control, and acquiescence.  Sam Gold’s minimalist pr…

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Goldberg: An Unexpected Thrill by Nicole Serratore

In a massive room full of people seated in hammock chairs wearing noise-canceling headphones, you could still hear coughing.  I gave up counting the coughs after 40 but a healthy remind…

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Edinburgh Quick Cuts by Nicole Serratore

I reviewed only a handful of the 70 shows I saw at EdFringe. So here are my links to those reviews and just a few notes on works I didn't get to write about otherwise (and I have a separate …

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John: The Voices All Around Us by Nicole Serratore

Somehow this review got left in my drafts...so I'm reviving it now...with some spoilers. Annie Baker peels back the layers of a relationship in crisis in her new play, John. With an eerie …

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ross Sutherland and His Adventures in Videotape by Nicole Serratore

Scottish poet, storyteller, and artist Ross Sutherland arrives in New York this week with a show called Stand By for Tape Back-Up.  It's a meditation on grief, nostalgia, and the odd bi…

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Forest Fringe 2015: Quick Wrap-Up by Nicole Serratore

Some thoughts on Forest Fringe 2015. Another year of exciting work by artists who were largely new to me. Week OneThis Is Not A Magic Show: Vincent Gambini’s sleight of hand show like his…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I Heart Catherine Pistachio: Save Us All by Nicole Serratore

Walking out of I Heart Catherine Pistachio, my first thought was “What the ever-loving fuck was that?” My second thought was, “Damn, I really didn’t want that to end.” Lee Mattins…

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Annie Baker and Sam Gold: In Collaboration by Nicole Serratore

Signature Theatre hosted a short pre-show talk with Annie Baker and Sam Gold to discuss their artistic collaboration.  This coincides with the fifth show they are working on together, J…

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Oklahoma: Hello! by Nicole Serratore

There is toe-tapping and foot-stomping in Daniel Fish’s production of Oklahoma! but with the first crash of electric guitar reverb in the show, it quickly becomes apparent this iteration i…

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

All The Things That Are Not Hamilton: A July Preview by Nicole Serratore

Download file It may feel like the only show actually happening in July is a little scrappy musical called Hamilton but we found a lot of other shows worth your time.  We’ve got some …

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tis Pity She's a Whore: Bloody Camp by Nicole Serratore

With perhaps a nod too far into camp at times the Red Bull Theater production of John Ford's famous, bloody, incest tragedy still managed to show the hypocrisy and vanity of men, the power o…

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Friday, May 22, 2015

The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld by Nicole Serratore

Self portrait, 1985Ink on boardCollection of Harvard University© The Al Hirschfeld Foundation.www.AlHirschfeldFoundation.orgAl Hirschfeld's career as the dynamic, visual chronicler of the A…

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Monday, May 11, 2015

An American in Paris: The Lime Lollipop by Nicole Serratore

Perhaps a week after visiting Berlin was the wrong time to see a "new" American musical set in post-war Europe.  I had just been served a healthy dose of post-war European history from …

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Airline Highway: Messy Lives by Nicole Serratore

Where do addicts, hookers, strippers, and fuck ups end up? In New Orleans, apparently the answer is the Hummingbird Motel on Airline Highway. A crumbling rundown motel that like all its de…

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