Thursday, January 18, 2018

Disco Pigs by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

John Haidar’s energized production turns this material into a tour de force for Campbell and Lynch who are continually moving about spewing volumes of words, almost choreographed by moveme…

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Undertaking by Darryl Reilly

Dull, smug and interminable," The Undertaking" is a multimedia play written by Steve Cosson that explores the meaning of death.  Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp and Greek mythology are trotte…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

John Lithgow: Stories by Heart by David Kaufman

But in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, Lithgow tells an even more compelling tale about growing up with his father Arthur Lithgow, an actor who taught Shakespeare even as he opened and ran S…

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2018 LaBute New Theater Festival by Darryl Reilly

With the support of film director, screenwriter and playwright Neil LaBute, the St. Louis Actors’ Studio has held an annual festival of one-act plays since 2013.  This is the third year t…

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America’s Favorite Newscaster by Joseph Pisano

Another irony is that while Fury is kind of a bore, another character is not. Yeah, you guessed it. Him. When the president (David O. Friedman) appears in Fury’s bedroom like the Ghost of …

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Harold Pinter and Nicholas Hytner by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Harold Pinter “He’s a fucking fine actor,” said Harold about the actor who had just ruined an otherwise excellent production. “It’s a fucking hard job, acting…

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Band’s Visit by Joel Benjamin

Yazbek’s songs—ranging from the darkly comic “Welcome to Nowhere” (sung by the town folk) to Dina’s romantically tinged “Omar Sharif” and ending with the upbeat, danceable “C…

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mankind by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Robert O’Hara’s fertile premise might have made for a provocative, sober sci-fi take on gender roles, sexuality and parenthood. Instead, it’s broadly conceived and lame. The…

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Soaring Wings by Joel Benjamin

The famous Chinese ability to subsume themselves in crowds was evident in the flowing choreography for the mass “flight” of the Ibis across the stage.  The precision of the corps de bal…

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Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) by Darryl Reilly

Shaw employs the gruff cadences of George C. Scott and Weaver has the calm and measured tone of Peter Sellers and both are thoroughly delightful.  Their tremendous rapport is most evident i…

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BrouHaHa by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Washington, D.C.’s acclaimed Happenstance Theater is making is New York debut with its 2015 show "BrouHaHa," which has been seen previously in Baltimore, Maine and New Haven. Taking for it…

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Doric Wilson: An Eminent Outlaw by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Doric Wilson circa 2011. “Making magic out of nothing,” is how Doric Wilson described his 50-year devotion to the penury of alternative theater. Why am I writing ab…

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

H.M.S. Pinafore (NYGASP) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Along with some contemporary updating which always gets a laugh, Albert Bergeret’s direction is sharp and shrewd and his conducting of Sullivan’s sprightly and animated score is equally …

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Frank Langella is 80: A Stream of Consciousness Tribute by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic It is not widely known that among Frank Langella’s many accolades, including four Tony Awards, there was also a hat named after him. In the winter of 2003, after Sund…

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The Nubian Word for Flowers/Rainbird by Jean Ballard Terepka

The set for the opera was itself a living, organic phenomenon; it functioned as an additional character in the opera. IONE sat near the moveable stage-flats; her back was to the audience, ye…

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Composer Portraits Series: Chen Yi by Jean Ballard Terepka

Chen Yi’s music is, in the best possible sense, powerful: it affirms. Musicians and audience alike, at the end of each piece, are strengthened in the continuing determination to do one’s…

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Cruel Intentions: The Musical by Darryl Reilly

As "Rock of Ages" did for the 1980’s, "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" does for the 1990’s. This is a carefree entertainment accompanied by the revelry incited by a two-item minimum in a …

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The Tallis Scholars: Heinrich Isaac at 500 by Jean Ballard Terepka

The Tallis Scholars’ most recent turn in the Columbia University Miller Theatre Early Music Series was billed as “Heinrich Isaac at 500.” This concert title wasn’t quite accurate: th…

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein by Joel Benjamin

Fairchild speaks well and communicates much with his physique, but his choreography is repetitive and uninventive.  Here was a chance to breathe new life into a too familiar character.  Al…

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Gerald Cohen: Voyagers, for Clarinet and String Quartet by Jean Ballard Terepka

Cohen then spoke; he presented the four-movement structure of the piece about to be performed. Although various passages in "Voyagers" evoked the diversity of music offerings on the Golden R…

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Meteor Shower by David Kaufman

Steve Martin’s old/new wonderful comedy, "Meteor Shower," is about two California couples getting together for the first time--again, and again, and again. Like "Groundhog Day," it keeps s…

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Monday, December 25, 2017

A Charlie Brown Christmas by Darryl Reilly

Vince Guaraldi’s monumental jazz themes are beautifully rendered by musical director Jenny Shiroma on piano, Laura Hamel on percussion and Billie Sholen on bass. This talented trio also pe…

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Saturday, December 23, 2017

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Winter 2017 Season by Joel Benjamin

The middle work, “Walking Mad,” choreographed by the Swede, Johan Inger, has inadvertently taken on an urgency and timeliness.  Always a surreal study of off-handed violence, the curren…

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Farinelli and the King by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Giving a performance of the caliber of his earlier Shakespeare’s Globe portrayals of the Countess Olivia in "Twelfth Night" and the title role of "Richard III" which also played Broadway…

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Twelfth Night, or What You Will (Fiasco Theater) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While not as memorable as several previous Fiasco Theater productions, this "Twelfth Night" takes a while to get where it is going. After winding up the plot in the first half, it settles do…

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Moses’ famously crowded and contentious career is glossed over except for his final battle with Jacobs over the Lower Manhattan Expressway. "Bulldozer" doesn’t even give a good summary o…

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Irving Berlin: In Person by Darryl Reilly

Deffaa’s great achievement is joining the narrative portions with just the right song.  An anecdote about encountering Florenz Ziegfeld having an office dalliance with a chorus girl is fo…

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A 2017 10 Best List by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Looking back at the 128 performance reviews I wrote for in 2017, these shows were outstanding and quite memorable. My assignments rarely include Broadw…

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Regular Little Houdini by Joseph Pisano

Daniel LLewelyn-Williams in “A Regular Little Houdini” (Photo credit: Sheri Bankes) In 1905, the chief constable of the Newport, South Wales, police department declaimed the “impenetra…

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DakhaBrakha by Jean Ballard Terepka

Playing both traditional and modern instruments, usually amplified, all four musicians supplement and expand Ukrainian folk melodies and songs with rhythmic and stylistic adaptations as well…

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The New York Pops: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Darryl Reilly

Joni Mitchell’s “River” was given a powerful rendition by guest artist Megan Hilty.  The blonde and statuesque Ms. Hilty was a glorious vision wearing a luminous white wedding dress a…

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