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Monday, September 18, 2023

Swing State by Sarah Downs

Swing State is unique in that it is a political play that is not overtly political.  Focusing on the human, the play sets out the emotional terrain on which ideologies and preconceptions ca…

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Friday, September 1, 2023

A Will to Live by Sarah Downs

Masha King takes on the role of Helena Weinrauch in this astonishing one-woman show.  She is riveting in her portrayal of a woman reliving the dreadful years of World War II during which sh…

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The Tempest by Sarah Downs

In the Public Theater's musical adaptation of The Tempest, currently running at the Delacorte Theater, Shakespeare’s convoluted story of betrayal, revenge and love has been condensed into …

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

The Half-God of Rainfall by Sarah Downs

I don't know if it's the direction or the writing -- or both, but The Half-God of Rainfall does not fare well, despite a fine cast and brilliant set design. The material is so clearly in lo…

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Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Flex by Sarah Downs

Flex, at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater, is a play about friendship, ambition and hope, as played out in the fiercely competitive world of sport. It is 1997 and the nascent WNBA has given femal…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Ballet Hispánico by Sarah Downs

Ballet Hispánico, where have you been all my life?  Where have I been? This is a true blue dance company, and future performances are on my ‘must see’ list. The Company demonstrates …

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Fallen Angels by Sarah Downs

Fallen Angels, written in 1925, centers on the competition of two women over the same old flame.  (scandale!)  Each is not-so-silently convinced that she was the one he loved more.  A Cow…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Wet Brain by Sarah Downs

I saw Wet Brain and lived to tell the tale.  A story of one family’s relationship to addiction, the play barrels its way through a tangle of emotional damage in a claustrophobic marathon …

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Monsoon Wedding, the Musical by Sarah Downs

Monsoon Wedding, the Musical is an absolute delight. Bursting with color, dance and lots and lots of marigolds, it's the kind of musical that reminds you why it's so much fun to go to thea…

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Women’s Voices, presented by Danse Lumière by Sarah Downs

Women's Voices" paid tribute to the work of women in the arts, including excerpts from ballets created by women, and a panel discussion, in which Artistic Director and choreographer Kathryn …

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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Cecil Beaton’s Diaries by Sarah Downs

In his diaries Beaton bares his teeth more than his soul, choosing to belittle lesser mortals and excoriate in private those whom he had to endure in public. He maintains the façade of the…

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Temple University Orchestra – Jazz at Lincoln Center by Sarah Downs

In a flurry of energetic percussion, daring brass and beguiling strings, the various ensembles shone, performing in several styles, from a pure classical sound, through old school jazz with …

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Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Yes, I Can Say That! by Sarah Downs

In her one woman show Yes, I Can Say That!, Judy Gold shoots from the hip, right across our collective bow, in an impassioned wake-up call to remind us what 'free speech' means. And of how …

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Tuesday, March 7, 2023

The Rewards of Being Frank by Sarah Downs

First there was Ernest, now there is Frank.  The Rewards of Being Frank, at the ART/New York Theatre, a sequel to Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest, is a delightful and much need…

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Monday, February 27, 2023

black odyssey by Sarah Downs

black odyssey at the Classic Stage is a brilliant voyage into a world of myth and mystery.  At once epic and intimate, the play follows the hazardous journey of Ulysses as he searches for a…

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Friday, February 17, 2023

Cornelia Street by Sarah Downs

I wanted to like Cornelia Street more than I did, especially because I loved the actual café.  Alas, the musical left me a little cold.  It feels clumsy, as if it is trying to be too many…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Piaf! The Show (2023 world tour) by Sarah Downs

In this solo concert, Nathalie Lermitte personifies Edith Piaf without doing an impression or imitation.  Rather, Lermotte has internalized the spirit of Piaf’s specialty, the chanson ré…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

The Far Country by Sarah Downs

In The Far Country, playwright Lloyd Suh explores how far someone will go, and how far away you will travel, in search of what you hope will be a better life -- and how that voyage can compl…

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Monday, November 21, 2022

The Patient Gloria by Sarah Downs

In her delightfully irreverent play The Patient Gloria, Gina Moxley takes aim at those preconceptions, joyously dissecting patriarchy with in-your-face abadon.  Brilliant, funny and subervi…

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Sandra by Sarah Downs

Sandra is a marathon feat of storytelling, following the footsteps of a woman who risks everything in service of a friend, who has apparently disappeared while on a trip to Mexico. As the m…

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Friday, November 11, 2022

East Side After Dark, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey at the Cafe Carlyle by Sarah Downs

Everything old is new again in East Side After Dark at the Café Carlyle.  In their return engagement at Café Carlyle, cabaret (and husband and wife) team John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molas…

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Friday, October 28, 2022

Wuthering Heights by Sarah Downs

Wuthering Heights has gotten a makeover at St. Ann's Warehouse in a production that blows across the stage like a tempest on the moors. Imaginative and visually stimulating, with beautiful …

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Death of a Salesman by Sarah Downs

The more I think about it the more I love this production. It's visually striking, beautifully acted and deeply affecting. Previously to me the play has been more of a jagged little pill, …

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Chekhov’s First Play by Sarah Downs

Funny, complex, startling, engrossing -- Chekhov's First Play in the hands the brilliantly creative minds at Dead Centre, is a whoopee, let your hair down theatrical experience. You must s…

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Friday, October 21, 2022

F*CK7THGRADE by Sarah Downs

Backed by her childhood band, "The Secrets of the Vatican" (in reality her multi-talented musical director Julie Wolf, and two members of the all-female rock trio "Antigone Rising," Nini Cam…

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Friday, October 14, 2022

La Divina, The last Interview of Maria Callas by Sarah Downs

Shelley Cooper conveys Callas’s innate elegance and theatricality.  She wisely does not attempt to impersonate Callas; rather she delves into La Divina’s soul, embodying the singer in p…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

1776 by Sarah Downs

Impassioned and well intentioned, this spare production of 1776 benefits from the talents of a strong cast, but eventually suffers from the production’s desire to Get Its Point Across. Yo…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Betty Buckley at Cafe Carlyle by Sarah Downs

The evening had a breezy quality -- a little Sondheim here, some Joni Mitchell there, a touch of Rodgers and Hart, and even a dash of Paul Simon. It is as if Ms. Buckley is rooting around i…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

This Beautiful Future by Sarah Downs

I am sure I am missing something, but reading the many words of praise for this play, extolling its beauty and otherworldly, paradigm shifting style, I have to wonder if I saw the same show …

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Strings Attached by Sarah Downs

Two cosmologists and particle physicist get on a train… Strings Attached explores the softer side of physics, in its various intersections of thought and emotion, science and faith, r…

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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Bobby Conte at Birdland by Sarah Downs

Bobby Conte is an energy vortex, daring the audience not to be swept away by his charisma and sheer abandon. Supported by a kicking 10 piece band conducted by Pianist and Musical Director ex…

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