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Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Piece of Work: A Text of Hamlet Remixed by Nicole Serratore

Preserving performance is a challenge. How do you document multi-faceted work that involves sound, light, text, bodies, and music? Video may take images of it but rarely captures it. For Ann…

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The TEAM: “Towards collective liberation” by Nicole Serratore

New York collaborative theatre heroes The TEAM are staging 'Primer for a Failed Superpower', a multi-generational pop concert of protest songs. Nicole Serratore sits in on rehearsals. The po…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Nicole Serratore: Cinema broadcast leaves angels with dimly-lit faces by Nicole Serratore

Theatre productions beamed into the cinema act as soft diplomacy for the industry. It expands access beyond physical theatres and national boundaries,

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Angels In America: Home Again by Nicole Serratore

Andrew Garfield in Angels in America (Photo: Helen Maybanks)Sometimes a show is a time capsule to another part of your life. I saw Tony Kushner’s Angels in America on Broadway just after I…

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Memory and Memorial: Come from Away and Villa by Nicole Serratore

Photo: Play Co.Guillermo Calderón's play Villa is about three women asked to resolve the impossible--how should they treat the remains of General Pinochet's demolished Villa Grimaldi, …

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The Ferryman: Everything and Nothing by Nicole Serratore

(Photo: Johan Persson)Can a play be both rich and slight?  Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman makes me believe so. Set in Armagh, Northern Ireland in 1981, it is inevitable that The Fe…

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Marvin’s Room review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘slight and ponderous’ by Nicole Serratore

When it opened Off Broadway in 1991, Scott McPherson’s Marvin’s Room was viewed through the lens of the Aids crisis – the

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

My Personal Fake Obie Awards by Nicole Serratore

We ended up not doing this piece for Exeunt...but I had these fake Obie awards that I wanted to give out for work in 2016 so I thought I would share. Best Play About Economic AnxietyDominque…

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Measure for Measure review at Polonsky Shakespeare Center, New York – ‘an illuminating production’ by Nicole Serratore

In Simon Godwin’s taut production of Measure for Measure the audience enters the theatre via the back entrance through Mistress Overdone’s brothel. Greeted by

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

1984 review at Hudson Theatre, New York – ‘dark, audacious production’ by Nicole Serratore

Sales of George Orwell’s novel, 1984, have skyrocketed since the inauguration of Donald Trump. It’s an apt moment for Robert Icke and

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Review: Maps For A War Tourist at Dixon Place by Nicole Serratore

Activism, terrorism, and Turkish politics shape this Performative Essay starring two tortoises The post Review: Maps For A War Tourist at Dixon Place appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Derren Brown: Secret review Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘a series of dazzling acts’ by Nicole Serratore

The first rule of Derren Brown: Secret is you need to keep it secret. Magician and mentalist Brown is making his American

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: The Little Foxes at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre by Nicole Serratore

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon give strong voices to the complex women in Lillian Hellman's play The Little Foxes The post Review: The Little Foxes at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre appeared fir…

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Anastasia at Broadhurst Theatre by Nicole Serratore

Screen addiction threatens to steal all the attention in Broadway's Anastasia. The post Review: Anastasia at Broadhurst Theatre appeared first on Exeunt Magazine.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Miss Saigon review at Broadway Theatre, New York – ‘a muddled revival’ by Nicole Serratore

Mega-musical Miss Saigon is back on Broadway. But despite the presence of its trademark helicopter the thrills are limited in Laurence Connor’s

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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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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Battle for Contextual Criticism by Nicole Serratore

A New York Times review sparked fury for critiquing Mark Twain's racial politics. Here, Nicole Serratore steps into the critical dispute over Big River and representation in theatre. The pos…

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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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