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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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Monday, April 17, 2017

Gently Down the Stream by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In between the scenes between the two men in Beau’s living room, Rufus records Beau’s reminiscences of his life and times. In this way, Sherman gives us a review of what things were like…

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Theaterworks NYC’s stage version of Rick Riordan’s best-selling novel, "The Lighting Thief," about Percy Jackson and other demi-gods, first seen in 2014, has returned in an expanded two …

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Vanity Fair by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tucker’s production uses seven actors playing 20 named characters plus members of the ensemble: the women (Joey Parsons and Hamill play one each, good girl Amelia Sedley and bad girl Becky…

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Miss Saigon by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The scenic design with original concept by the late Adrian Vaux, production design by Totie Driver & Matt Kinley, and projections by Luke Halls is as eye-filling as a movie would be. Th…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Du Barry Was a Lady by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The show has a great many topical references to celebrities of 1939 (Minsky, Sophie Tucker, Tallulah Bankhead, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt) not all of whom still ring any bells for most t…

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Church & State by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Rob Nagle (who created the role in the Los Angeles production) plays “compassionate conservative” North Carolina Senator Charles Whitmore who is up for reelection in a statistical dead h…

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Joan of Arc: Into the Fire by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Don’t blame singer Jo Lampert who gives a passionate performance as the Maid of Orleans. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been given anything very interesting to sing in this mostly sung-throug…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Beneath the Gavel by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bated Breath Theatre Company specializes in original works inspired by and in partnership with museum collections and exhibitions. However, this show about the fate of the “Haddie Weisenbe…

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

And what of the play which had its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2005? Parsons’ uneven production cannot keep this long play from seeming unwieldy. In fact, using so many actors …

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Anything Goes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The score which has been drawn from the four previous New York productions of Anything Goes plays like a Cole Porter greatest hits parade and almost all of the songs are among his most popul…

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The Moors by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the play demonstrates a surface knowledge of the genre and the period, it wants to have it both ways: it takes place in 1840 in a desolate mansion on the Yorkshire Moors but the cha…

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

If I Forget by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Steven Levenson’s "If I Forget" is the kind of family drama that doesn’t get written much anymore: one that has something to say other than just depicting a dysfunctional situation. Not …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Glass Menagerie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Sam Gold’s revival of "The Glass Menagerie," the fifth major production of the play in New York since 2005, is such a one. He has decided to remove all of the historical relevance as well …

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Skin of Our Teeth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Thornton Wilder’s "The Skin of Our Teeth" with its benign belief in the resilience of the human condition is unlike any other American play you are likely to see. Both heavily influenced b…

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Messenger #1, A New Ancient Greek Tragedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In addition to the swiftness of the storytelling and the use of contemporary language, Jackson uses a sort of upstairs-downstairs approach. Aside from what is happening to the royals, we als…

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