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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Summer Shorts 2017: Festival of New American Short Plays – Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the three plays in Summer Shorts 2017: Festival of New American Short Plays – Series B have been given proficient productions each seems ultimately unsatisfactory. All seem like firs…

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Friday, August 11, 2017

A Parallelogram by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bruce Norris’ "A Parallelogram" endeavors to explore some sobering facts about the effect of the future on the present and responsibility to others. Unfortunately, the play ends up being l…

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jerry’s Girls by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The revival at the York is being seen in yet a new version of the show that began as a cabaret in 1981 and went to Broadway in 1985. Created by director Larry Alford, choreographer Wayne Alf…

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the physical production has been well-thought-out, the script seems to have no interpretation other than a great deal of slapstick comedy which does not much register. The cast vari…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Shorts 2017: Festival of New American Short Plays – Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Acolyte" by Graham Moore, Academy Award winner for his 2013 screenplay for "The Imitation Game," is a more substantial play than the other two. Based on an historical occurrence in 1954, it…

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Singing Beach by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from the destructive nature of the storm and that the "Pegasus" eventually arrives at a desert shore, there isn’t much to be learned about climate change. We never know if Sleeper lo…

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Pipeline by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

From Dominique Morisseau, the author of the critically acclaimed Skeleton Crew, Detroit ’67 and Sunset Baby, comes another powerfully provocative and riveting, but overwrought, play which …

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

1984 by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Icke and MacMillan’s version is tricked up with much multimedia, sound and lights, and disorientation. Faithful to the book, it claims to be the first adaptation to include Orwell’s appe…

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Napoli, Brooklyn by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

True, here these Italian American sisters growing up in Park Slope, 1960, don’t want to get to some place as much as get away from someplace else. As they exit their teens, their home has …

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Of Human Bondage by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Albert Schultz’s program note explains that the production set itself two challenges: first, that Philip Carey would never leave the 16-foot red square center stage, and that all …

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Bastard Jones by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bastard Jones is surprisingly accessible for a contemporary musical based on a long and episodic 18th century novel. Sophisticated and off-color, naughty but nice, it proves to be a sharp an…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Ovo (Cirque du Soleil) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Wall is also used by the performers who climb on it, disappear into it, and use it as both a platform and a launching pad. The most remarkable act is the finale – the “Trampo Wall”…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Measure for Measure (Theatre for a New Audience) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

He has updated the play to a contemporary city rife with decadence and corruption. The audience enters the theater from backstage in order to visit Mistress Overdone’s brothel with sex toy…

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

In a Word by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Told mainly in reenacted flashbacks, In a Word plays multiple language games. It also proves the limits of language. Can you really describe exactly what happens at any given moment? And if …

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Cost of Living by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play is enlightening for a physically abled audience as to the needs of the disabled both physically and emotionally. Both stories include a tender, poignant bathing scene as the caretak…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweetee by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Sweetee" is an admirable attempt to depict determination in the face of prejudice in the Deep South 80 years ago. While the cast appears to be older than their characters, they make a valia…

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Friday, June 9, 2017

On Strivers Row by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Like in a Noel Coward comedy, the witty zingers come fast and furious: “That her big white Cadillac looks like a pregnant Frigidaire,” “Did you say she was from Newark or Noah’s Ark?…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Whirligig by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Say this for actor Hamish Linklater: he writes juicy parts for his fellow actors. He also knows how to set up a sense of community. The New Group production directed by its artistic director…

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Building the Wall by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unlike such political plays as Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible," David Hare’s "Stuff Happens" and the current "Oslo" by J.T. Rogers, Building the Wall is speculative political fiction. Pro…

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Sojourners & Her Portmanteau by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Expect great things from Udofia in the future. Both plays demonstrate that she writes full-bodied, three-dimensional characters, while "Her Portmanteau" reveals that she can also write a pla…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Pacific Overtures by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The playing space designed by Doyle is a narrow white runway with a stool at one end and at the other, an archway created by continuing the flooring into the air on which Japanese writing ap…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Lucky One by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Jesse Marchese has cast the play very strangely. Ari Brand’s Bob is a good deal shorter than his younger brother so that one must continually remind one’s self which is which. A…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

T.B. Sheets by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The opening resembles that of Mann’s novel: a horse and buggy deliver a visitor to a tuberculosis sanitarium on a mountain top overlooking a valley, suggesting that the unspecified time is…

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Friday, May 12, 2017

A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Hnath’s new story is absorbing and twisty, interestingly creating an entirely new set of ethical and social questions than was handled by Ibsen in 1879. He has handled it in a similar fash…

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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

McCollum is both charming and charismatic playing among other characters the self-entitled and irresponsible Bruce, the hippie techie Sal, Kat’s spaced-out boss Madison, and the intrepid a…

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Retro Productions’  50th anniversary revival of Paul Zindel’s "And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little" put the spotlight on an almost forgotten play that is worthy of revival. Shay Gines’ p…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Marry Harry by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The two leads David Spadora and Morgan Cowling are charming but that isn’t really enough to carry the show. The script isn’t too kind to their parents. As Big Harry, Lenny Wolpe is overb…

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Roundabout by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the play seems to have something to say about economics and political systems, it is simply a very light romantic comedy making use of elements of change during the Great Depression…

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

War Paint by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Written by the same team that created the musical version of "Grey Gardens" (Doug Wright, book, Scott Frankel, music, and Michael Korie, lyrics) which gave Ebersole the two best roles of her…

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Present Laughter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As the ageing matinee idol who never forgets to check his appearance in the mirror, Kline plays a man who is always acting, both on stage and off. His animated physicality in his roles has a…

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Samara by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play seems to be in the genre of the classic Western movie though highly poeticized and slow-paced. It resembles the 60’s films of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah but with much less plo…

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