All stories by Scotty Bennett on BroadwayStars

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Small Acts of Daring Invention by Scotty Bennett

If the play's goal is to pay homage to Wright, it misses the mark for most audiences. If one is unfamiliar with Wright, most of the symbols revealed in the play will not be understood in ter…

SOURCE: at 04:41PM
Saturday, May 11, 2024

Redemption Story by Scotty Bennett

"Redemption Story," written by Peregrine Teng Heard, is an exploration into the psyche of Connie Lee, an actor with 20 years of experience acting in noir films of the 1940’s and 1950’s, …

SOURCE: at 10:19AM
Tuesday, May 7, 2024

David and Katie Get Re-Married by Scotty Bennett

"David and Katie Get Re-Married" is the creation of David Carl and Katie Hartman. Using original songs, funny and timely commentary, and interesting props, they take a musical romp through t…

SOURCE: at 11:23PM
Wednesday, May 1, 2024

The Frybread Queen by Scotty Bennett

"The Frybread Queen," a unique narrative penned by Carolyn Dunn and brought to life under the direction of Vickie Ramirez, delves into an intergenerational conflict sparked by the death of a…

SOURCE: at 11:29PM
Sunday, April 28, 2024

In the Common Hour by Scotty Bennett

"In the Common Hour" is a play with text by Marie Glancy O'Shea inspired by the writings of Italian author Italo Calvino of six stories about an other-dimensional place on the edge of realit…

SOURCE: at 12:12PM
Thursday, April 25, 2024

Stargazers by Scotty Bennett

The scenes establishing the outlines of the mystery tend to be episodic rather than tightly integrated narrative, building tension to a dramatic resolution. Colette Robert's direction of the…

SOURCE: at 03:19PM
Saturday, April 20, 2024

Agreement by Scotty Bennett

What makes this play such an extraordinary experience is how McCafferty’s words are presented in a way that captures the intensity and stress of the three days of point and counterpoint. W…

SOURCE: at 11:38PM
Sunday, April 14, 2024

Sperm Donor Wanted (or, The Unnamed Baby Play) by Scotty Bennett

In a funny recounting of what happened when they placed an ad on Craig's List, they finally found a couple they thought would work. Charles and Aaron are a biracial gay couple. Charles is wh…

SOURCE: at 10:00PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Witchland by Scotty Bennett

David Silberger, Mars Holscher and Geoffrey Grady in a scene from Tim Mulligan’s “Witchland” at Chain Theatre (Photo credit: Jordan Schreiber) Scotty Bennett, Critic If you think livin…

SOURCE: at 03:32PM
Friday, April 5, 2024

Herself by Scotty Bennett

The cast of Tim McGillicuddy’s “Herself” at Gural Theatre at A.R.T/New York Theatres (Photo credit: Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation) Scotty Bennett, Critic Consider, if you will, bein…

SOURCE: at 04:50PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Bathhouse.pptx by Scotty Bennett

Theatrical productions can sometimes be exhilarating, moving, provocative, informative, perplexing, confusing, dull, or bad. "Bathhouse.pptx," written by Jesús I. Valles and directed by Cha…

SOURCE: at 03:52PM
Saturday, March 23, 2024

Pharaoh by Scotty Bennett

This show, as conceived by Shulman, creates a unique theatrical experience combining narrative text with Kathakali, a form of traditional Indian dance exquisitely performed by Kalamandalam J…

SOURCE: at 03:07PM
Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Medea (Fusion Theatre) by Scotty Bennett

This production could be more balanced in the performances, with some characters being solidly played and others being line-readings lacking body movements that add to the dialogue. There ar…

SOURCE: at 03:23PM
Monday, March 11, 2024

Tuesdays with Morrie by Scotty Bennett

Seadog Theater’s current revival of "Tuesdays with Morrie," with exceptional direction by Erwin Maas, is a beautifully orchestrated presentation starring Len Cariou as Professor Morrie Sch…

SOURCE: at 05:51PM
Friday, March 8, 2024

Maiden Voyage by Scotty Bennett

Under Alex Keegan's skillful direction, the characters are allowed to develop their understanding of who they are and how they fit in an organization traditionally run by men. The captain is…

SOURCE: at 05:23PM
Saturday, February 24, 2024

The Order of the Golden Scribe: Initiation Tea by Scotty Bennett

"The Order of the Golden Scribe: Initiation Tea" is an immersive and interactive theater experience co-created by Shuai Chen and Arlo Howard, who also directed. It combines a story about a s…

SOURCE: at 11:00PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Until Dark by Scotty Bennett

The balance is off between the two storylines. If the most crucial dramatic element of the story is the legal issue surrounding consent, the dynamics of the sisters’ current and historical…

SOURCE: at 12:56PM
Thursday, February 15, 2024

you don’t have to do anything by Scotty Bennett

"you don’t have to do anything" written by Ryan Drake is a story that explores a gay man’s coming of age from the time he was in seventh grade until graduating from college. It is set in…

SOURCE: at 06:06PM
Monday, February 5, 2024

The Boy Who Listened to Paintings by Scotty Bennett

Alyson Reim Friedman, Thom Brown III, Niko Zylik as young Nicky, Donovan Counts, Alisa Ermolaev and William Broderick in a scene from the new musical “The Boy Who Listened to Paintings” …

SOURCE: at 10:30PM
Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The Fantastical Fellowship: Final Quest for the Crisis Crystal XXVII by Scotty Bennett

The hardworking cast takes us along on the quest by playing multiple characters and using a wide array of props scattered on tables at the edge of the performance space. The transformations …

SOURCE: at 01:05PM
Monday, January 22, 2024

Crime and Punishment by Scotty Bennett

Tyson’s portrayal of Raskolnikov is riveting as he moves through the elements leading inexorably to his mental collapse. The exchanges with Porfiry are woven together with encounters with …

SOURCE: at 05:55PM
Friday, January 19, 2024

Brighter than the Sun by Scotty Bennett

Hendley is solid in his performance as the narrator of his and his grandmother’s story. His presentation commands attention without demand, smoothly and effortlessly focusing on the words …

SOURCE: at 12:22PM
Thursday, January 11, 2024

Ernie’s Secret Life by Scotty Bennett

The show is well presented but lacks a clear narrative, leaving viewers with more questions than answers. Is it about a man's journey to self-discovery or an exploration into a confusing haz…

SOURCE: at 12:30AM
Monday, December 25, 2023

Becoming Chavela by Scotty Bennett

Ranchera is a style of traditional Mexican folk music with origins in the ranchos of rural Mexico. The songs are about love, patriotism, or nature and are usually sung by men. The vocals hav…

SOURCE: at 01:30PM
Saturday, December 9, 2023

The Inheritance of a Long-Term Fault by Scotty Bennett

"The Inheritance of a Long-Term Fault," written by Mêlisa Annis and directed by Vanessa Morosco, is an extraordinary play that explores how the societal structures across many cultures have…

SOURCE: at 08:56PM
Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Killin’ Republicans by Scotty Bennett

"Killin’ Republicans," concept and libretto by Dick D. Zigun and music by Arturo Rodriquez, directed by vagabond, is billed as a rock opera about violence towards certain Republican Party …

SOURCE: at 01:28PM
Tuesday, November 28, 2023

United Nations: The Other West by Scotty Bennett

"United Nations: The Other West," written and directed by Bossert, is an outstanding example of the hybrid theatrical system he has created. This production is an extension of his 2022 "Unit…

SOURCE: at 11:55PM
Thursday, November 16, 2023

Ode to the Wasp Woman by Scotty Bennett

"Ode to the Wasp Woman," written and directed by Rider McDowell, is a play done in the style of film noir and true crime films of the 1950’s. The show focuses on the events leading up to t…

SOURCE: at 03:52PM
Monday, November 6, 2023

Hell Dialogues by Scotty Bennett

The production was conceived in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a group of actors was performing "No Exit (Huis clos)." They decided to adapt the ideas of Sartre’s work into…

SOURCE: at 12:06AM
Thursday, November 2, 2023

#UglyCry by Scotty Bennett

What is remarkable about Mack's performance is that she is reliving the grieving process with every performance. It is not a fictional story with an actor taking on a role; this is a powerfu…

SOURCE: at 05:36PM
Wednesday, November 1, 2023

The Mysterious Case of Kitsy Rainey by Scotty Bennett

Mikel Murfi skillfully brings to life a handful of colorful characters in a rural town where Farnon is the cobbler. The transitions from one character to the next are done with shifts in pos…

SOURCE: at 12:08AM

All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards