Monday, September 25, 2017

Appreciation of Peter Hall by Stephen Unwind by Admin

This was a man who loved words, the exact turn of the phrase, its cadence and where the stress falls, whether in Shakespeare or Pinter, Beckett or Stoppard, and his commitment to the nuance …

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Small World by David Kaufman

Both as written by Stroppel and portrayed by Stephen D’Ambrose (Stravinsky) and Mark Shanahan (Disney), it also becomes clear that they are equally imperious--at first. Though they’re bo…

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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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

One Night Only (running as long as we can) by Darryl Reilly

Barnes’ choreography is a delightful blend of ballet, modern dance and stylized movement. She and Bass are highly skilled and have a great chemistry together that recalls that of an accomp…

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The Violin by David Kaufman

In fact, Harry Feiner’s marvelous, you-are-there set design for "The Violin" made me think of 'American Buffalo" (set in a shabby pawn shop) before the first words of the play were even ut…

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Stairway to Stardom by Joel Benjamin

Disguised as a snazzy cabaret act, set against constantly projected images from a sleazy Eighties public access talent show—from which the show’s title is derived—the short, intense pe…

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William Hickey: Reminiscences by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic “I have to go to LA, to lose the Oscar to Don Ameche,” was William Hickey’s explanation about his upcoming absence from his scene study class at HB Studio in New …

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement by Darryl Reilly

The affable Gerardo Rodriguez is hilarious as José and brings great dramatic depth to the role. As Joe, the personable Andrew Blair utilizes his geeky but appealing persona to humanize the …

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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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Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias by David Kaufman

The awkwardly titled "The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias" has problems beyond its nomenclature. What, if anything, is it ultimately about? Though it claims to be a “satiric…

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Flatiron Hex by Darryl Reilly

Dazzling hand puppets, stick puppets, marionettes and shadow puppets that are projected onto screens, which were all created by Godwin, depict this gallery of archetypal characters.  These …

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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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A.R. Gurney’s Memorial at The Music Box by Darryl Reilly

Sigourney Weaver, who acted in Gurney’s plays Mrs. Farnsworth and Crazy Mary, periodically appeared onstage with her husband Jim Simpson. Mr. Simpson was the former Artistic Director of Th…

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In a Little Room by Darryl Reilly

Luis-Daniel Morales as Charlie, David Triacca as Guy, and Jeb Kreager as Manning in a scene from “In a Little Room” (Photo credit: Zachary Zerlin Photography) Darryl Reilly, Critic It’…

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dietrich Rides Again by Joel Benjamin

On a multi-tiered set that takes advantage of every square inch of the tiny Medicine Show Theatre—designed by the authors—Ms. Kostek narrated Dietrich’s life story, from middle class c…

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Ariel Rivka Dance: 10th Anniversary Season by Joel Benjamin

Ms. Grossman tended toward overuse repetition of movements and arm gestures. Emotional states were supported by little else than the titles and her husband’s gemlike scores. “No Words,…

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For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday by Darryl Reilly

In interviews, Ruhl says she intends this play as a gift to her mother who played Peter Pan in Iowa as a teenager.  As noble as this goal is, "For Peter Pan on her 70th birthday" never cohe…

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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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Saturday, September 9, 2017

On The Town…With Chip Deffaa…Sept 9, 2017 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

In the first half of her career, Barbara Cook was a top leading lady in musical theater, famously originating roles in such Broadway shows as “The Music Man” and “She Loves Me.” (Dec…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Works & Process Rotunda Project: “Falls the Shadow” by Joel Benjamin

The title comes from T.S. Eliot’s "The Hollow Men," the one that famously includes the line: “This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper” - which is exactly how Falls…

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The Itch by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Zelman-Doring’s cryptic scenario of deeply close twin siblings (Ana offers to masturbate Simon when he is tied up in a chair)  is out of Sam Shepard and her dialogue is a pleasing cr…

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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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Friday, September 1, 2017

Charolais by Darryl Reilly

As in one of Alan Bennett’s "Talking Heads" monologues, Stapleton offers a richly detailed portrait of an ordinary person that revels in the mundane.  She also adds the arresting device o…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

If Only… by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Klingenstein beautifully and simply renders his fictional account with exquisite detail and emotion.  Klingenstein’s dialogue is precise and filled with sharp epigrams.  It’s all a…

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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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Friends Call Me Albert by Darryl Reilly

Billed as a “bio-epic,” playwright Zachary Desmond emphasizes the epic in his uneven though compelling approach.  Mr. Desmond affectionately imparts biographical details of Einstein’s…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

False Stars by Joel Benjamin

Nora Sørena Casey’s "False Stars," part of this year’s Corkscrew Festival at the Paradise Factory, starts slowly but gradually grows more involving as all the interconnections between t…

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Heartless Bastard by Darryl Reilly

Much of the play is like an odd synthesis of 1960’s theatrical satires. There are absurdist shades of Murray Schisgal, Elaine May, and particularly of Jules Feiffer's "Little Murders," lac…

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Van Gogh’s Ear by Joel Benjamin

Projected titles indicate place and year—beginning with Arles, 1888 and progressing until van Gogh’s suicide—which we hear as an offstage gunshot—in July of 1890. The audience is tre…

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