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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night Dream" is perfect comedy for July or August and adding a meal is an even cleverer idea. Presented jointly by Food for Love Productions and Third Ra…

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Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Midsummer: A Banquet" is an auditory and oral treat, a light entertainment for this time of year. Using Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook’s skillfully adapted abridgment of Shakespeare…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Native Son by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kelley’s adaptation begins with the murder of Mary which avoids preparing us for the limited life of opportunity that Bigger leads in the Black Belt of Chicago and making him less sympathe…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Composer-lyricist Joe Inconis’ follow up to his teen favorite, "Be More Chill," is not only a showcase for musical comedy actress Annie Golden but a tribute to the Blaxploitation and Marti…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Coriolanus (Free Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" has a great deal to warn us about as a cautionary tale, it is also not as deep or as poetic a play as his major tragedies. Daniel Sullivan’s production f…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Neil LaBute’s “Appomattox” is the most substantial of the three plays and deals with a topic new to his work. Two long-time friends, Frank, black, and Joe, white, are having a picnic i…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mojada by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following up on Luis Alfaro’s critically acclaimed Chicano retelling of Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex" called "Oedipus El Rey," The Public Theater now stages his equally relevant and timely "M…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Series A of this year’s Summer Shorts: 13th Festival of New American Short Plays is unified around the theme of death and dying and how it affects the living. Lest you think that this soun…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Rolling Stone by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is not until the second act of British playwright Chris Urch’s "The Rolling Stone" that the play catches fire but from then on the drama is explosive, compelling and very disturbing. On…

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Havel: the Passion of Thought by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The three Havel one acts, known as "The Vanek Plays," though written separately, were originally banned in Czechoslovakia and performed secretly in people’s living rooms as well as being p…

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Barabbas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Will T.F. Carter’s "Barabbas" is very outspoken on the topic of political corruption in Peru, the play is dramatically weak as so much of it is exposition. In each scene we learn a l…

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

The Comedian’s Tragedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Matthew Amendt’s new play "The Comedian’s Tragedy" asks the burning question why did Aristophanes, the master of Greek comedy, never write any tragedies. Socrates in Plato’s "Symposium…

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Toni Stone by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Lydia R. Diamond’s "Toni Stone" is a tour de force for one actress and Obie Award winner April Matthis gives a bravura performance as the first woman to play professional baseball as part …

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

The Secret Life of Bees by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Nottage’s book is faithful to the novel while at the same time reducing some of the melodrama and streamlining the story to reduce the number of characters to a cast of 13. Sheik’s score…

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Sunday, June 23, 2019

The Mountains Look Different by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

A mash-up of Eugene O’Neill’s "Anna Christie" (set in Manhattan and off the coasts of Provincetown and Boston) and "Desire under the Elms "(with a rural New England setting), the play is…

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Handbagged by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director Indhu Rubasingham’s production is engrossing and entertaining, this talky and dense play may be difficult to follow for Americans who either do not know or have forgotten…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing (Free Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Kenny Leon has made his reputation with trenchant productions of contemporary and new plays by such authors as Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Katori Hall and Lydia R. Diamond. N…

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Little Women by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kate Hamill who has had success with "Sense and Sensibility" (Bedlam), "Pride and Prejudice" (Primary Stages), and "Vanity Fair "(The Pearl Theatre) has now turned her sights to Louisa May A…

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Dying City by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under Shinn’s direction, Winstead making her stage debut is very low-key, almost as an observer in her own story. True she works as a therapist, one who tries not to reveal her personal fe…

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Long Lost by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play offers no catharsis as the actors are so low-key throughout, all much too calm even when the stakes are rising. As a result, there is little or no tension even when we realize the p…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Public Servant by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bekah Brunstetter’s new play, "Public Servant," has its heart in the right place. It shares with The Cake, seen earlier this year at Manhattan Theatre Club, the first part of a trilogy wit…

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

In the Closet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

G. Austin Allen’s set is a larger-than-life closet draped in purple cloth and which also includes a kitchen. To this room comes the older man in his mid-60’s who has discovered that as h…

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Mac Beth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Schmidt’s streamlined adaptation of Shakespeare’s Scottish tragedy is played by a cast of seven schoolgirls who meet in an abandoned urban field after school without any set up other tha…

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico (Cirque du Soleil) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico" is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th original production and its 18th performed under The Big Top. The name is a combination of the Spanish word for light (luz) and…

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Enter Laughing the Musical by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As David, Chris Dwan does not make one forget the inimitable Grisetti who spun every moment into a comic turn. However, Dwan is charming as the undaunted hero who must deal with problems beh…

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Proof of Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Never really losing her cool, Pressley always commands the stage even though scenic designer Alexis Distler has made it difficult by creating a huge private room, beautiful in its understate…

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Beetlejuice by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Not all cult movies need to be made into musicals, particularly those that are dependent on special effects which the cinema does better than the stage. This is demonstrated by the new Broad…

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Monday, May 20, 2019

BLKS by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Poet Aziza Barnes’ first play, "BLKS," now at MCC Theater Space is raucous, vulgar, outrageous and contemporary in Robert O’Hara’s hilarious, over-the-top production. Following the adv…

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Passage by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Christopher Chen’s exquisite and mystical "Passage" being produced by the Soho Rep is inspired by E.M. Forster’s "A Passage to India," borrowing its plot and character relationships. But…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Owen Wingrave by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Witnessing the LOTNY production makes one wonder why "Owen Wingrave" is not performed more often: it has a small cast of eight with juicy roles for all of the characters, evenly divided betw…

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Monday, May 13, 2019

The Archbishop’s Ceiling by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As president of International PEN, the worldwide association of writers, from 1966 – 1969, playwright Arthur Miller moved about Eastern Europe freely and witnessed a great many troubling e…

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