Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Ruben & Clay’s Christmas Show by Darryl Reilly

Except for “Santa Baby” and “The Little Drummer Boy,” virtually every Christmas song in existence is wonderfully performed during the pleasant holiday extravaganza, Ruben & Cl…

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Truth About Santa by Christopher Caz

This nonsensical, broad comedy is penned by the clever Greg Kotis ("Urinetown"). Songs and arrangements by Steven Gross are whimsical and entertaining, and costume designer Whitney Locher pr…

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Noura by Darryl Reilly

In 90 minutes, Ms. Raffo packs in a great deal. We learn about Iraq’s past and present, religious lore, marital conflicts, unrequited love and the hardships of immigrants. The stiff treatm…

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

A Child’s Christmas in Wales (2018) by Mark Dundas Wood

It’s a very presentational show. The six ensemble members comprise a sort of group narrator, working in tandem to relate the memories of the Thomas character for the audience—sometimes s…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Experiments in Opera: Modularias by Jean Ballard Terepka

Since 2010, Experiments in Opera, founded by composers Aaron Siegel, Matthew Welch and Jason Cady, has presented all sorts of new works that simultaneously affirm and challenge the very idea…

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Selkie by Darryl Reilly

“Why did I marry such an idiot?!” exclaims Deanna about her goofy husband Keaton. Not only is he an inept drug dealer but he has also kidnapped a seal who is presently in human form and …

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Hard Problem by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Tom Stoppard, our most cerebral modern playwright, has finally written a play that one would have expected from him all along. "The Hard Problem," his first play in ten years, is literally a…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Quicksand by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Quicksand," Nella Larsen’s 1928 award-winning first novel, has been given an ambitious, epical stage adaptation by Everyday Inferno Theatre Company working out of the IRT Theater. While R…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Shadows: A Dance Musical by Joel Benjamin

The flier for "Shadows," subtitled "A Dance Musical," calls it “a Gothic ghost love story,” adding, “It’s Twyla Tharp meets Stephen King.”  If only. "Shadows," written by Randall …

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The Tricky Part by Darryl Reilly

Overbearing nuns, eccentric priests and confusing religious tenets are detailed with stand-up comedy gusto by performer Martin Moran in recounting his Colorado Catholic upbringing during his…

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The Emperor’s Nightingale by Joseph Pisano

Although Chua is less interested in beauty for beauty's sake than Andersen, the look and sound of "The Emperor's Nightingale" is still stunning, drawing on a wealth of traditional Chinese ar…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Twyla Tharp: Minamalism and Me by Joel Benjamin

Her quietly wry, gently self-deprecating autobiographical lecture demonstration, “Minimalism and Me,” was the first half of a program devoted to her early works. These works more often t…

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Step into the Sun by Darryl Reilly

Pink’s “Perfect” was the exhilarating finale of singer Christopher Caswell’s vivacious cabaret act, "Step into the Sun." Fourteen eclectic, mostly unconventional numbers were perform…

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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Lifespan of a Fact by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In a time of fake news, these timely and topical questions are raised in the delightful new Broadway play "The Lifespan of a Fact," a dramatization by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and…

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lewiston/Clarkston by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is presenting a theatrical event by Idaho theater poet Samuel D. Hunter ("The Whale," "A Bright New Boise," "The Few," "Pocatello," "The Healing," "The Harves…

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Chasing the New White Whale by Darryl Reilly

Visually impressive due to the inventive work of scenic designer Donald Eastman and director Arthur Adair’s fine staging, "Chasing the New White Whale" is playwright Mike Gorman’s muddle…

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Life x 3 by Joel Benjamin

"Life X 3" was first seen in 2003 at the Circle in the Square.  This revival is tauter and funnier.  Perhaps this smaller venue refracts the play in a different way, but these four actors …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Two by Friel by David Kaufman

The attempt to draw comparisons between two disparate one-act plays by Brian Friel proves forced and effortful. In a program note for "Two by Friel," now playing at the Irish Repertory Theat…

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Shadow of Heroes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While Alex Roe’s minimalist production is both sharp and engrossing, the play offers viewers several problems. Aside from the three main characters, the play has 23 other speaking roles wi…

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Downstairs by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Ostensibly about domestic abuse, the evidence is all offstage and we must surmise this from the defeated condition of the heroine Irene played by Ms. Daly. Her husband Gerry (John Procaccino…

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Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon by Christopher Caz

Playing the developmentally challenged title character Bernie, Stephanie Gould captures the innocence and charm of this young woman, sometimes with broad strokes, but always with sincerity a…

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Wild Goose Dreams by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In offering a window on a world most New York theatergoers know little about, Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams is a fascinating look at Korean culture. On the other hand, what appears to be…

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Tom Pain (based on nothing) by Joel Benjamin

Hall is not helped by an over-zealous production that, for some reason, turns the Signature’s Irene Diamond Stage into a construction site, complete with drop cloths, ceiling netting and l…

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

The New York Pops – Song and Dance:  The Best of Broadway by Joel Benjamin

The New York Theatre Ballet performed the lovely, all-female, “Come to Me, Bend to Me” from that musical, a sweet look at pre-wedding preparations in the ancient village of Brigadoon.  …

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Hype Man: a break beat play by Darryl Reilly

“Hip hop gave me my name” says Peep One, a captivating young mixed race woman who is a beat maker; the one who crafts the tune for a hip hop song. This is one of numerous pertinent detai…

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A limited number of lucky fans will be invited to have pizza and cake with the cast of School of Rock from 5:30-6:15 PM inside the Winter Garden Theatre before attending that evening’s 7:0…

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me by Darryl Reilly

As Michael, the soulful and animated Michael Broadhurst enthralls as he rhapsodizes about his deceased wife, philosophically opines and stalwartly copes. Jonathan Judge-Russo has shattering …

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King Kong by Joel Benjamin

Designed by Johnny Tilders, the puppet Kong is phenomenal, a 20-foot tall, 2,000 pound marionette operated by the ten-person King’s Company, members of the cast assigned to operating the a…

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Eve’s Song by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Both a theatrical surprise and a very accomplished dramatic work, Patricia Ione Lloyd’s "Eve’s Song" is one of the best theatrical experiences to be had in New York at this time. With a …

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

The New One on Broadway by Mark Dundas Wood

"The New One," directed by Seth Barrish, is about Birbiglia and his wife’s decision to become parents, the struggles they go through to arrive at pregnancy, and his fretfulness about how b…

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The Other Josh Cohen by Darryl Reilly

Cute, whimsical and lightly enjoyable, the musical "The Other Josh Cohen" is hampered by its lack of a compelling plot. “This is the story of a strange piece of mail that changed my life.…

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