Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Derren Brown: Secret by David Kaufman

It quickly becomes apparent that Brown is a master at reading body language--no less than facial and vocal expressions--to manipulate the many audience-members who participate and to read th…

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ellen Cornfield/Cornfield Dance: “Close-Up” (2017) by Joel Benjamin

There was a mysterious coolness about “Close-Up” which, according to a program note by Ms. Cornfield, was meant to delve into the personalities of her five dancers, doing this by assigni…

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Laurie Lawrence (1959-2017) by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “She was very clear that she wanted her life to be celebrated, not mourned,” said Erica Dubno, who superlatively organized the packed, 90-minute memorial tribute to…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Deborah Zall Project: “In the Company of Women” 2017 by Joel Benjamin

All but one of Zall’s works were solos and all were based on famous literary figures: “George Sand” (ruminating on her lost love, Chopin), “Mary Tyrone” (from "Long Day’s Journe…

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys: Glory Be to Thee O Lord: Songs of Faith, Hope and Love by Jean Ballard Terepka

But the concert didn’t have the satisfaction of a big blockbuster – such as Haydn’s Creation, with which the season began – or of two or three masterworks. Music of the Anglican trad…

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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

Spamilton by David Kaufman

Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Dan Rosales, Juwan Crawley and Nora Schell (original cast) in a scene from “Spamiliton” (Photo credit: Carol Rosegg) David Kaufman, Critic Though i…

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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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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Battery Dance – Spring 2017 by Joel Benjamin

The final work, “On Foot” was choreographed by Hollander and seven company members. It featured a Middle East-tinged score by Kinan Azmeh and Anouar Brahem and sensational visual art, m…

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They Promised Her the Moon by Darryl Reilly

In the ambitious T"hey Promised Her the Moon," playwright Laurel Ollstein explores a relatively untold chapter of American history. Solidly written but unsatisfyingly structured as a clunky…

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Limón Dance Company: Spring 2017 Season by Joel Benjamin

“Corvidae,” Colin Connor’s contribution to the program, was staged to the relentless first movement of a Philip Glass Violin Concerto. The title refers to the scientific name of the f…

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Monday, May 15, 2017

The View UpStairs by David Kaufman

On the fourth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in 1973, an arsonist set fire to a gay bar in New Orleans, killing 32 people. This tragic yet forgotten episode in gay history is not only…

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Seven Spots on the Sun by Darryl Reilly

Director Weyni Mengesha’s physical staging is proficient since for 80 minutes the actors are competently placed throughout for a fluid presentation. Unfortunately, Ms. Mengesha has the so…

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Iphigenia in Splott by Darryl Reilly

The writing is poetically descriptive and moderately engrossing with plentiful profanity. It is, however, a decidedly grim scenario despite abundant humor. The conclusion is a rhetorical a…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Days by Joel Benjamin

At the end of this "Happy Days," it’s difficult not to be heartbroken by Ms. Wiest’s Winnie, particularly when she gets a rare glance at her significant other, Willie, who manages to cra…

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The Golden Apple by Darryl Reilly

Handsome musical theater leading man Ryan Silverman is a commanding Ulysses with his operatic singing. Jeff Blumenkrantz is marvelously humorous and pitiful as Menelaus, Helen’s jilted hus…

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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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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bandstand by Joel Benjamin

All the actors in the band play their instruments with panache and perfect period style, including Cott whose piano doodling is terrific. James Nathan Hopkins plays the cute, upbeat saxopho…

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John Simon is 92 today by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “For Darryl who isn’t Wally Shawn,” meticulously inscribed John Simon, along with his signature, in my copy of his collected theater reviews. This massive…

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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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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation by Joel Benjamin

All the acting is sharp, from the upper-crusters taken in by Paul (Lisa Emery, Michael Countryman and Ned Eisenberg) to their kids (Colby Minifie, Keenan Jolliff, Ned Riseley, and Cody Kostr…

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Fossils by David Kaufman

Though the printed script, such as it is, is credited to Nel Crouch, Crouch is listed in the program as only the director, and "Fossils" is rather “By” Bucket Club, described as an “as…

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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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Entertaining Mr. Sloane by Darryl Reilly

That this production has such an ideal Sloane puts it into the stratosphere.  With his sculpted physique, prevalent musculature and chiseled features that recall the young Malcolm MacDowell…

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Composer Portraits Series: Klas Torstensson by Jean Ballard Terepka

"Elliott loves bebop" is a much more satisfying piece than either "Sonerna" or "No slash" on their own. It would be no matter what. But the experience of having listened to the two quartets …

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Groundhog Day by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Karl gives a captivating performance that’s a whirlwind of energy, charisma and exceptional singing and dancing.  It’s a commanding star turn that cannot quite compensate for the sh…

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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, May 4, 2017

Oslo by David Kaufman

The clarity of this new play by J.T. Rogers does not only rely on the smart yet surefire way it’s written, but also on the masterful staging by Bartlett Sher, who, after recent productions…

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Titicut Follies by Joel Benjamin

The original film is brazen in its guerilla-style filmmaking, a good deal of which was surreptitiously produced right under the noses of the Institution’s officials.  To anyone who knows …

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The New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala: “Something Wonderful” by Darryl Reilly

The sensational highlight of the concert was a medley from "South Pacific." “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right out of My Hair” had the luminous Ashley Park euphorically performing that sh…

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