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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Letters of Suresh by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the characters never meet in person, they communicate mostly through letters that are spoken by the actors directly to the audience, and then halfway through the play, in texting wh…

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Marshall Pailet’s direction is breezy and fastpaced, the dialogue has too many Borscht belt jokes (“Take my Grandma, for instance. No really take her-,” Camp Rosenblatt, “As my…

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Bedlam’s Persuasion by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bedlam’s 2014 production of "Sense and Sensibility," adapted by Kate Hamil from the novel by Jane Austen, and directed by Eric Tucker, set the bar so high for cleverness, originality and w…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sanctuary City by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Martyna Majok writes powerfully and brilliantly about marginalized people, particularly undocumented immigrants living in Northern New Jersey, as in "Ironbound" and her 2018 Pulitzer Prize-w…

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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Yeah, But Not Right Now by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Holmes’ songs include clever lyrics particularly “Facebook,” “I Can Be That Guy” and "Beautiful Girl in the Front Row.” His expert playing on the keyboard allows him to have duet…

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Sun & Sea by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Performed by a cast of 15 singers and enacted in pantomime by numerous local volunteers all dressed in swimwear, Sun & Sea is a typical day at the beach in which we hear the thoughts of …

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

What Happened? The Michaels Abroad by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The new play, ironically, does not take place in Rhinebeck, New York, like the preceeding 11 plays but as explained in its subtitle it concerns “Conversations in Angers, France,” the hom…

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Ni Mi Madre by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As his mother Bete (pronounced Bet–chi), Soria is bigger than life without a great deal of assistance from props, costuming or make-up. When he enters carrying an offering to the stage whi…

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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Semblance by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Written and directed by White who is the Obie and Lily Award winning director of "Our Dear Dead Drug Lord" (WP Theater) and "What to Send Up When It Goes Down" (Public Theater, BAM Fisher an…

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Friends! The Musical Parody by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem with the show now at The Jerry Orbach Theater is director Tim Drucker’s frenetic, over-the-top staging and the artificially broad presentational style of the acting, similar to…

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Wake of Dorcas Kelly by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Early in the play, songs are sung by various members of the cast including the anachronistic “The House of the Rising Sun,” (sung twice) set in New Orleans in the twentieth century. The …

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Saturday, June 19, 2021

The Alcestiad by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Aside from the unevenness of the acting, Drance’s production has no consistent tone, shifting from comedy to drama to tragedy and back again. Not all of his interesting ideas are carried t…

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Blindness by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Read by unseen British stage star Juliet Stevenson, "Blindness" is as timely as Albert Camus’ "The Plague" with its story of an epidemic which affects first a community, then a city and fi…

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Lilies" is an attempt at old-fashioned theater or to couch a modern story in old-fashioned trappings. The problem with the play for modern audiences may be stated in its subtitle, “The Re…

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Monday, May 17, 2021

Tennessee Rising: The Dawn of Tennessee Williams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the chronology is somewhat convoluted as the text occasionally skips around grouping some similar events (such as two trips to New York City), if you follow along, the script depicts W…

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Monday, April 26, 2021

Two Sisters and a Piano by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Directed by the author, "Two Sisters and a Piano" reveals its roots as a radio play from its reliance on poetry and language: this is a cat-and-mouse game in which the participants use words…

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Girl from the North Country (Broadway) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Set in a dark time, "Girl from the North Country" creates a community on stage as do the best plays and musicals. Its tale of lost souls attempting to keep their heads above water is univers…

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coal Country by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

For "Coal Country," an investigation into the April 5, 2010 West Virginia disaster at Massey Energy’s Upper Big Branch coal mine which killed 29 men, authors Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen …

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

The Unsinkable Molly Brown by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director/choreographer Kathleen Marshall has given the Transport Group production staged at The Abroms Arts Center a rousing production, the major problem still exists with the stor…

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

About Love by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The inspiration for "About Love" is Ivan Turgenev’s "First Love," one of the greatest of all novellas. Subtitled “a play with songs and music,” that is exactly what it is: a dramatic p…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mr. Toole by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Vivian Neuwirth’s "Mr. Toole" is a fitting tribute to a charismatic teacher and a brilliant author. However, the play, in the form it currently is in, seems to have been shoehorned into a …

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Cambodian Rock Band by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Mixing fiction and fact, new Signature Theatre Residency playwright Lauren Yee’s "Cambodian Rock Band" is an engrossing, entertaining and appalling  investigation into the Khmer Rouge’s…

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

No Strings by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following its opening production of Cy Coleman’s equally rarely seen "Seesaw," J2 Spotlight Musical Theater Company is presenting a fully staged version of "No Strings" as the second produ…

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Monday, March 2, 2020

All the Natalie Portmans by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

MCC Theater’s New York premiere of C.A. Johnson’s new play "All the Natalie Portmans" is a lovely work which resembles other such modern coming of age plays from Carson McCullers’ "The…

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blues for an Alabama Sky by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Pearl Cleage’s "Blues for an Alabama Sky" gets a belated New York premiere courtesy of Keen Company in its 20th season. Although seen in many regional theaters since its 1995 premiere at t…

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Dracula (Classic Stage Company) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As the centerpiece of its spring season, Classic Stage Company is presenting a repertory of adaptations of two legendary Gothic horror stories: Bram Stoker’s "Dracula" and Mary Shelley’s…

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Friday, February 21, 2020

a photograph / lovers in motion by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Now that The Public Theater’s 2019 revival of the late Nzotake Shange’s "for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf" has been critically acclaimed once again…

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Seesaw by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although J2 Spotlight’s artistic director Robert W. Schneider who staged this show has given it a vigorous production and cast a delightful Gittel in Stephanie Israelson, he is unable to d…

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stew by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In making her professional stage debut courtesy of Page 73, Zora Howard has written a powerful kitchen sink drama in 'Stew," as much about making a literal stew as about the emotional stew t…

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Chekhov/Tolstoy: Love Stories by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The Mint Theater Company has rediscovered and championed British actor/playwright Miles Malleson with Conflict and Yours Unfaithfully. Now they have combined two of his one acts adapted from…

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bookwriter Jonathan Marc Sherman has wisely kept the story in its period. However, his dialogue is almost word for word lifted from the screenplay which is rather old hat for those of us hav…

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Oct 17, 2021: Dana H. - Lyceum Theatre
Mar 28, 2022: Plaza Suite - Hudson Theatre
Apr 07, 2022: The Minutes - Studio 54
Apr 28, 2022: Macbeth - Lyceum Theatre