Thursday, July 27, 2017

Jessica by Joel Benjamin

Vermillion writes distinctive characters who each have their own language, but fails to make his story believable or emotionally gripping by turning it into something closer to the surreal, …

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Jewels (Lincoln Center Festival) by Joel Benjamin

The three-part ballet is considered Balanchine’s tribute to the three major artistic influences in his professional life:  the French school, the Russian school and, of course, his own Am…

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Money Talks: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

The genial Ralph Byers’ performance as Franklin is heroic as he is onstage for virtually the entire length of the show. Mr. Byers marvelously sings, dances and cracks wise, while channelin…

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Arcadia by Joel Benjamin

The joy of Stoppard’s writing comes to the fore as the second act characters debate what happened in the first act, too often getting it all wrong, misinterpreting the evidence or jumping …

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Night Tide by Darryl Reilly

Mora works as a mermaid in a tank at the sideshow owned by the crusty, old Captain Murdock who rescued and raised her. As her romance with Johnny blossoms, there are complications. Her previ…

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pity in History by Darryl Reilly

"Pity in History" was a teleplay commissioned by the BBC, and was broadcast on July 4, 1985. In the cast were Alan Rickman as the chaplain, Ian McDiarmid as the cook, and Anna Massey as the …

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Marvin’s Room by David Kaufman

If you saw the original New York production of "Marvin’s Room," you may find yourself feeling that the play was more effective when it was presented in the far more intimate environment of…

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Navigator in Love by Joel Benjamin

Hapless Rostom (a perfectly cast Michael Propster who wears his emotions close to the surface) is low man on the totem pole in a nameless construction company and is removed from his comfort…

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Trump Lear by Joel Benjamin

"Trump Lear" turns out to be a gem, a brilliant gem with many facets that shine an intensely comic light on Trump. It’s a brutally honest x-ray as only a comedy can be, a sardonic, scary, …

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil: An American Myth by Darryl Reilly

Vamping and slinking around in a bright, red tunic laden with rhinestones and wearing black tights, the vivacious Lesli Margherita steals and salvages the show as Mephistopheles. With the ph…

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Errol and Fidel by Darryl Reilly

Conveying the premature decrepitness of Errol Flynn with flair is Jonathan Stewart. His hair styled and with a thin mustache, the charming Mr. Stewart resembles Flynn and channels his dissol…

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie by Darryl Reilly

Physically lean, with gaunt but animated features, the immensely charming David M. Lutken plays the narrator and sings many of the numbers. Mr. Lutken magnificently captures the essence of G…

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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

Martin Denton, Martin Denton by David Kaufman

In the spirit of being a critic, the play is always describing and commenting on itself, in other words, even as it unfolds--a kind of meta-theater experience that may not be to everyone’s…

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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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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Custody by Joel Benjamin

Shannon and Brendan are first seen in her simply decorated apartment in 1994 on her 41st birthday just before Brendan’s departure for Phoenix to join his significant other Ted (who doesn…

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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

To T, or Not to T by Darryl Reilly

While wearing an all black ensemble of a cap, T-shirt, shorts and sneakers, D’Lo commandingly holds forth with plentiful pop culture references in 70 minutes.  Possessing the powers of an…

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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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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jen Shyu: Nine Doors by Jean Ballard Terepka

After fifteen years of formal study, Shyu incorporates five distinct music traditions in her newest work: “epic storytelling (Pansori), East Coast shaman music (DongHaeAhnByeolShinGut), an…

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The Enchantment by Darryl Reilly

"The Enchanter” is Alland, a magnetic and noted sculptor in Paris, in 1888, who has been through many women. He has become the object of desire for Louise. She is a 32-year-old, free-spiri…

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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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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Kim’s Convenience by Darryl Reilly

In 85 minutes, playwright Ins Choi achieves the supreme goal of The Theater, making an audience laugh while engaging their emotions.  The dialogue is flavorful and richly comical with expos…

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

American Ballet Theatre: Whipped Cream by Joel Benjamin

Richard Strauss’ surprisingly lighthearted score was first staged as a ballet in 1924 to a libretto he also wrote.  Strauss is, of course, best known for his serious, dark operas ("Salome…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Momix: Opus Cactus by Joel Benjamin

In eighteen short sections, Pendleton and his dancers evoke images of the western deserts of the U.S., using whatever means necessary, be it skateboards, puppetry, classical Indian dance, ac…

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Lydia Johnson Dance 2017 Season by Joel Benjamin

Johnson’s choreographic ethic borders on the minimalistic, repeating some basic movements, particularly certain arm gestures, in all of the works.  In two of the three ballets, it works, …

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Me the People: The Trump America Musical by Darryl Reilly

The animated and charismatic Mr. Spitaletta is the standout of the cast, vibrantly appearing in numerous roles.  Highlights of his portrayals are a commanding Russian agent spoofing Danny K…

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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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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hedy! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr by Darryl Reilly

The show also explores Lamarr’s improbable career as an inventor.  She and composer George Antheil held a patent for a miniaturized player-piano mechanism that was synchronized with radio…

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