Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The New Yorkers: A Sociological Musical Satire by Darryl Reilly

Herbert Fields’s book was based on a story by E. Ray Goetz and New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno. This clunky concert adaptation by Jack Viertel is crammed with double entendres, puns, ana…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Emperor Jones by Joel Benjamin

Directed by Ciarán O’Reilly as a feverish nightmare, this "Emperor," in just over an hour, exposes the inner reaches of the mind of the title character, Brutus Jones (played with a boomin…

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Beneath the Gavel by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Bated Breath Theatre Company specializes in original works inspired by and in partnership with museum collections and exhibitions. However, this show about the fate of the “Haddie Weisenbe…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

The Price by David Kaufman

Maybe “fireworks” is too strong a word for a production that is more of a slow burn. The play begins when Mark Ruffalo, as Victor, walks up, into the top floor of the home his family was…

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Who Would Be King by Joel Benjamin

Jason Slavick’s direction keeps the cast rollicking along, taking advantage of every inch of Ars Nova. He is helped by an energetic cast, all on the same wavelength, giving their physical…

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Angry Young Man by David Kaufman

The confusion and the rapid pace of the production pretty much engulf--and finally overwhelm--the extremely complicated story of"Angry Young Man." The performers, on the other hand, make thi…

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Glass @ 80: Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso by Jean Ballard Terepka

Beginning in the 1980s, Glass and Suso collaborated on several projects. Genet’s difficult, demanding, essentially un-actable and relentlessly fracturing play, "The Screens," elicited from…

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jack Charles V The Crown by Darryl Reilly

His innate charm, joy of performing and theatrical grandeur is always on display in this show. All of those qualities combined with his resonant, Australian accented vocal delivery makes it …

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

And what of the play which had its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2005? Parsons’ uneven production cannot keep this long play from seeming unwieldy. In fact, using so many actors …

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C.S. Lewis On Stage: The Most Reluctant Convert by David Kaufman

As he impersonates the British writer C.S. Lewis, Max McLean relies on little more than a pipe, a brown suit and tie, and a rather mellifluous voice to become the Anglican philosopher and no…

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Anything Goes by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The score which has been drawn from the four previous New York productions of Anything Goes plays like a Cole Porter greatest hits parade and almost all of the songs are among his most popul…

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Otello (LoftOpera) by Admin

LoftOpera is a feisty little company that operates around Brooklyn, especially Bushwick. They are giving" Otello" in LightSpace Studios, a disco on Flushing Avenue about the size of a high s…

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When It’s You by Darryl Reilly

Speaking in an engaging Texas twang, the blonde Reeder recounts Ginnifer’s somber story with emotional straightforwardness and humor. Employing her expressive facial features, striking ey…

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The Moors by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Although the play demonstrates a surface knowledge of the genre and the period, it wants to have it both ways: it takes place in 1840 in a desolate mansion on the Yorkshire Moors but the cha…

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant by Darryl Reilly

Beckett lived in rural France, and his nearby neighbor, Boris Roussimoff, helped him build a cottage on his property in 1953. Beckett grew close to the family, and offered to drive Andre to…

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

White Guy on the Bus by David Kaufman

Musical star Robert Cuccioli has to call upon his experience playing both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to become Ray in "White Guy on the Bus," a first-rate, new play by Bruce Graham, that has mo…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Significant Other by Darryl Reilly

It’s well constructed, the dialogue is snappy and filled with some funny one-liners. The milieu is that of upper middle class Manhattan white-collar workers. Moderately entertaining, it …

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Come From Away by Joel Benjamin

The songs push the plot along, ranging from numbers about the locals’ dealing with valuable resources (“Blankets and Bedding”) to the quiet awe the visitors express at the local scener…

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The Light Years by Darryl Reilly

Playwrights Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen with developer Oliver Butler, creatively evoke the tragic, nostalgic spirit of Booth Tarkington’s "The Magnificent Ambersons" and the wonderment of …

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

If I Forget by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Steven Levenson’s "If I Forget" is the kind of family drama that doesn’t get written much anymore: one that has something to say other than just depicting a dysfunctional situation. Not …

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wakey, Wakey by Joel Benjamin

"Wakey, Wakey" is Will Eno at his surreal, troubling, beautiful best, a play both challenging and easily absorbed. He truly approaches the unapproachable: the meaning of life. The post Wak…

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The Glass Menagerie by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Sam Gold’s revival of "The Glass Menagerie," the fifth major production of the play in New York since 2005, is such a one. He has decided to remove all of the historical relevance as well …

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The New York Pops: “Life is a Cabaret: The Songs of Kander and Ebb” by Darryl Reilly

“It looks like when you got your Kennedy Center Honor!” exclaimed Mr. Reineke, as a spotlight shone on John Kander, who was attending the concert from a first tier box at Carnegie Hall. …

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Deconstruction by Joel Benjamin

The acting isn’t detailed or expansive enough to make Leaf’s words come alive or give the slightest notion of the intelligence of these three. Ms. Dobbins’ McCarthy is far too girlish…

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Linda by David Kaufman

A revolving stage permits set designer Walt Spangler to depict, with dead-on realism and dispatch, not only Linda’s home--including an upstairs bedroom, which her daughters share--but also…

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The Gravedigger’s Lullaby by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Jeff Talbott offers an overall well-written and plotted social drama that detours into a strident political battle over capitalism. The sympathetic characters are trapped by thei…

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Villa by Darryl Reilly

Chilean playwright Guillermo Calderón constructs a simple, engrossing and often funny scenario. Three women, all named Alejandra, have been selected as members of a deliberative, special co…

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Composer Portraits Series: Misato Mochizuki by Jean Ballard Terepka

Neither a “Western composer” nor a “Japanese composer,” Mochizuki hasn’t sought to manufacture some sort of mix-and-match blend. She doesn’t borrow or build add-ons. Instead, see…

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: “The Actor Uncovered: A Life in Acting” by Michael Howard by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Howard is eminently qualified to hold forth on the subject, having been a prominent New York City acting teacher for over 60 years. Concurrently with an active theatrical career, he stu…

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The Penitent by David Kaufman

Perhaps because Mamet-regular Jordan Lage is so effective as Richard, the scenes between Charles and his own attorney prove the most effective. While Laura Bauer’s sensible costumes do all…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Skin of Our Teeth by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Thornton Wilder’s "The Skin of Our Teeth" with its benign belief in the resilience of the human condition is unlike any other American play you are likely to see. Both heavily influenced b…

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