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Friday, October 13, 2017

Desperate Measures by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While not all musicals from Shakespeare have worked and updates are particularly risky, "Desperate Measures" avoids all of the pitfalls and is a refreshing and satisfying work in its own rig…

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Androboros: Villain of the State by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Ralph Lewis, apparently not trusting the material – or finding the play too dated – has staged a carnival-esque version (adapted by S.M. Dale in June 2016) which includes 16 son…

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Apple Tree by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Part of the problem is the lack of innovation in Ray Roderick’s staging in this show which calls out for invention and clever handling of sets and props. Devin Vogel’s colorless stage de…

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The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although director Kimberly Senior who also piloted the Chicago production has staged the play with elegance, she never really turns up the heat so that there are not many sparks in Carter’…

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Show-Off by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The central character is actually Mrs. Fisher who worries about her children and plots to open Amy’s eyes to her husband’s faults. Unfortunately, Annette O’Toole has been directed to p…

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The new story concerns Wayne Hopkins, an American boy whose parents die tragically and his Uncle Dave informs him that he is a wizard and must attend a special school in England. Wayne is so…

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Monday, October 2, 2017

As You Like It (CSC) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Known as the Shakespeare play with the most song lyrics, the production also includes a deliciously bouncy new score by Stephen Schwartz in different musical styles from the 1920’s – 195…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Charm by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Chicago playwright Philip Dawkins makes a memorable New York debut with an involving and engrossing play which at the performance under review you could have heard a pin drop, so rapt was th…

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Climbers by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The play isn’t just about social climbers but those who want to game the system and live beyond their income, and their sense of entitlement rivals that of the 1990’s. However, this is 1…

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

On the Shore of the Wide World by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Neil Pepe’s production of Simon Stephens’ "On the Shore of the Wide World" will not please all. The pace is consciously slow – like the life lived by these characters. However, the wai…

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Sorcerer (New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

This 1877 operetta, now celebrating its 140th anniversary, has been reduced to the nine major roles and the chorus has been eliminated. The result is a streamlined version that moves along a…

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Loveless Texas by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the plot has been reset in Loveless, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1929, it is an improvement over the original story as a romantic comedy: Shakespeare’s version ends wi…

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Baroness – Isak Dinesen’s Final Affair by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

As Blixen, Pelletier is riveting as she wraps her cocoon around the unsuspecting but susceptible young man. Catlike and sinuous as she stalks him and the stage, she is cajoling, seductive, m…

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

La Fanciulla del West (New York City Opera) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The newly reconstituted New York City Opera opened its second full season with a shared production of Puccini’s rarely performed "La Fanciulla del West" created in collaboration with the T…

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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Inanimate by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Performed by The Bats, the resident company of The Flea Theater, the world premiere of "Inanimate" is the inaugural production in their new home on Thomas Street, between Church and Broadway…

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Suitcase Under the Bed by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Exquisitely produced by the Mint Theater, Jonathan Bank’s direction is leisurely and slow, which undercuts the theatricality of all but the last and the most satisfying one, 'The King of S…

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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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