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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kiss Me, Kate starring Kelli O’Hara – review at Studio 54, New York – ‘the leads sparkle’ by Nicole Serratore

Scott Ellis’ revival of the Cole Porter musical unites the effervescent Kelli O’Hara with the rakish Will Chase for a production that

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Off-Broadway’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene: bringing Yiddish theatre to the rest of the world by Nicole Serratore

Off-Broadway’s National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene began a century ago by bringing international theatre to the Yiddish-speaking population. Today it brings Yiddish theatre

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Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fleabag review at Soho Playhouse, New York – ‘belly laughs and agonising wounds’ by Nicole Serratore

Nothing has dulled Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sharp-edged, caustic, comedic solo show, Fleabag, since it premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013. What has

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Playwright Leah Nanako Winkler: ‘We need more Asian-American women on stage’ by Nicole Serratore

Leah Nanako Winkler knew she wanted to be a writer when she was about seven. The playwright had been underestimated in her

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Rent: Live review on Fox – ‘mixed performances and technical issues’ by Nicole Serratore

Fox’s broadcast of Jonathan Larson’s cult 1990s musical Rent: Live ended up being Rent: Pre-Taped due to the injury of Brennin Hunt,

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

True West review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘a bold performance from Ethan Hawke’ by Nicole Serratore

Sam Shepard’s play about brotherly animosity and the mythical American West returns to Broadway in a kinetic production by James Macdonald featuring

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Choir Boy review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘Tarell Alvin McCraney’s superb Broadway debut’ by Nicole Serratore

The new play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, winner of the best adapted screenplay Oscar for Moonlight, is set in the Charles R

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Top 10 of 2018 by Nicole Serratore

This tends to be the place where I've kept track of my yearly theater stats. And this year felt like a lot of work so I counted out what I did.203 shows seen (not counting duplicate visits)2…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Clueless the Musical review at Pershing Square Signature Center, New York – ‘contrived and heavy-handed’ by Nicole Serratore

Though the familiar characters and central romance remain in Amy Heckerling’s musical adaptation of her hit 1995 film, Clueless, the nostalgia factor

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Monday, December 10, 2018

New York’s Lark theatre laboratory: ‘We ask writers for raw, personal work. We don’t care if it’s good’ by Nicole Serratore

It’s all about the work for New York’s Lark theatre laboratory, which has helped develop Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and the careers of

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Monday, December 3, 2018

The Cher Show review at Neil Simon Theatre, New York – ‘fun, if clumsy, jukebox musical’ by Nicole Serratore

With nostalgic tunes, kitsch design, and oodles of Bob Mackie sequins, The Cher Show is a suitably dazzling new jukebox musical based

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: The Off-Broadway new-writing venue transforming itself by Nicole Serratore

For its current shows, the West Village’s Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has radically redesigned its auditorium and ditched half the seats. Its artistic

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

King Kong review at Broadway Theatre, New York – ‘spectacular puppetry, jumbled production’ by Nicole Serratore

This new musical version of King Kong, roaring its way onto Broadway, features some spectacular puppetry. But though the ape is great

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe review at Studio 54, New York – ‘punchy performances’ by Nicole Serratore

This new play about a fact-checking dispute at a magazine feels incredibly timely. Exploring the relationship between fact and fiction, journalism and the

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Oklahoma! review at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York – ‘a startling reimagining of a classic musical’ by Nicole Serratore

In his startling, minimalist reimagining of Oklahoma!, director Daniel Fish foregrounds the carnality and violence that has always formed part of this

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Friday, September 28, 2018

The Nap review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘wacky snooker comedy’ by Nicole Serratore

Richard Bean’s broad, and at times crude, comedy, The Nap, premiered in Sheffield, the home of UK snooker, in 2016. The play’s plot

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bernhardt/Hamlet review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘a riveting performance from Janet McTeer’ by Nicole Serratore

It would be a real thrill to see Janet McTeer do Hamlet. In Theresa Rebeck’s new play Bernhardt/Hamlet we get glimpses, though

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Edinburgh fringe review: The Chore of Enchantment at Underbelly by Nicole Serratore

Sleight of hand: Vincent Gambini's magic show is an exploration of political deception. The post Edinburgh fringe review: The Chore of Enchantment at Underbelly appeared first on Exeunt Maga…

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Extinguished Things review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘restrained exploration of the traces we leave behind’ by Nicole Serratore

Writer-performer Molly Taylor unpacks the lives of the couple she grew up down the street from. A jumble of memories, objects and

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Never Vera Blue review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘Intricately told story of domestic abuse’ by Nicole Serratore

Linking together several non-linear storytelling strands, Never Vera Blue by Alexandra Wood addresses the experience of domestic abuse and violence. From subtle

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Egg review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant aerial work’ by Nicole Serratore

Marrying aerial movement to the process of egg donation may not be the most obvious of creative choices, but the physical risks

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Edinburgh Review: One Life Stand at Summerhall by Nicole Serratore

Sisyphus with a shitty cell phone: Nicole Serratore reviews Eve Nicol's play about modern relationships. The post Edinburgh Review: One Life Stand at Summerhall appeared first on Exeunt Maga…

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Trump Lear review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘Strange, amusing blend of Shakespeare and Donald Trump’ by Nicole Serratore

David Carl and Michole Biancosino’s Trump Lear manages to be both a fair rendering of an abridged production of Shakespeare’s Lear and

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Edinburgh review: Angry Alan at Underbelly by Nicole Serratore

Waves of anger: Nicole Serratore writes on Penelope Skinner's play, and the grim realities of toxic masculinity online. The post Edinburgh review: Angry Alan at Underbelly appeared first on …

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Re: Production review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘smart look at career and family challenges’ by Nicole Serratore

What happens when a couple is in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together, but the question of

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Heroine review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘eye-opening story of a soldier’s sexual assault’ by Nicole Serratore

Sexual violence in the US military is all too frequent, under-reported, and rarely prosecuted. Writer-performer Mary Jane Wells’ one-woman show Heroine recounts

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Not Yet Suffragette review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘sluggish and inconsistent feminist comedy’ by Nicole Serratore

Somewhere between lecture, cabaret and stand-up, Natalie Cutler’s one-woman show Not Yet Suffragette gives a history lesson on women’s rights, battles and

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Our Country review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘complex story of a tangled brother-sister relationship’ by Nicole Serratore

Siblings share so much – whether it’s their make-believe games, whispered stories or their own brand of rough-housing. In Annie Saunders’ and

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Vessel review at Underbelly, Edinburgh – ‘thoughtful exploration of abortion in Ireland’ by Nicole Serratore

Abortion in Ireland is a knotty subject. Laura Wyatt O’Keeffe’s play Vessel attempts to untangle some of that complexity. With careful, fine detail,

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Edinburgh Review: Ulster American at Traverse Theatre by Nicole Serratore

Nicole Serratore reviews Ulster American, a new play 'so wild it beggars belief'. The post Edinburgh Review: Ulster American at Traverse Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey review at Underbelly Cowgate, Edinburgh – ‘intriguing but inconsistent’ by Nicole Serratore

Writer-performer Kit Finnie explores the fascinating, tragic experiences of scandal-plagued Hollywood silent film star, Mabel Normand in Kit Finnie: Mabel and Mickey.

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