Wednesday, February 22, 2017

See Reverse by Darryl Reilly

Presented by the acclaimed Broken Box Mime Theater, "See Reverse" consists of ten short pieces with some even shorter vignettes sometimes in between. Lasting close to two hours with an inte…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cabaret Spotlight: Hey There, Good Times by John Hoglund

The measure of a singer's worth is in the ear of the beholder. What is one person's Piaf is another person's Barbra. There's no magic formula to being one of the great ones. All one can do i…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Life According to Saki by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The evening is narrated by Saki (played by an appealing and suave David Paisley) talking to us from the trenches of France, in 1916. His five soldiers (played by Phoebe Frances Brown, Ellen …

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ring Twice for Miranda by Joel Benjamin

Although "Ring Twice" is filled to the brim with socio-political symbolism, it’s not likely that the author was trying for any direct reference to the current maddening political scene sin…

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The Dressmaker’s Secret by Joel Benjamin

The playwrights have a keen understanding of this place and time, helped by the simple, but telling scenery of Stephen C. Jones, who also lit the small performing space to give the illusion …

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunset Boulevard by Darryl Reilly

The score remains an uneven but catchy patchwork that has yielded several choice songs amidst the acceptable filler. Mr. Lloyd Webber’s music is a heady pastiche of old movie melodies wit…

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Adam by Darryl Reilly

With slicked back hair, a melodiously rough voice and a smooth physical presence, Timothy Simonson offers an accurate impression of Powell that captures his swagger. Mr. Simonson’s appeal…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Composer Portraits Series: Beat Furrer featuring Either/Or by Jean Ballard Terepka

This is serious work. Without defiance of traditional or conservative contemporary classical music simply for mere defiance’s haughty sake, Furrer is developing his own particular vocabula…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Object Lesson by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Illusionist/actor Geoff Sobelle’s show is a combination of happening, art installation, and a meditation on the role objects have in our lives. Using audience participation, objects both h…

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Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

One of the remarkable things about the theater songs of Kurt Weill is that like the later songs of Stephen Sondheim they are all really little one act plays which give the performers a great…

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Complexions Contemporary Ballet 2017 at the Joyce by Joel Benjamin

“Star Dust,” Rhoden’s tribute to rock original David Bowie forced Rhoden to study and use each of the nine chosen songs as vignettes to comment on Bowie’s magic, the superb quirkines…

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Jonah and Otto by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the play is at times Pinteresque, it is talky in a way Pinter never is, explaining everything over and over, covering the same ground again and again. Nothing much happens other than t…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Big Broadcast on East 53RD by Ryan Mikita

Rounding out the cast are Alexis Bronkovic as Ruth--Penny’s best friend--and Bill Tatum, who plays Ray’s boss. Once again, the driving motivation behind nearly every character is nowhere…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Darryl Reilly

Red-haired, animated and engagingly boyish, 18-year-old Nicholas Barasch is sensational as Huckleberry Finn. Mr. Barasch is onstage virtually the entire time and winningly carries the show.…

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Boys of a Certain Age by Darryl Reilly

This volatile quartet battle over the personal and the political during a Scotch-fueled weekend at Ira’s Fire Island house. There’s not much in the way of plot, but secrets are revealed…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Batsheva Dance Company: “Last Work” by Joel Benjamin

The centerpiece of “Last Work” was the image of a single dancer, in a blue costume, jogging on a treadmill far upstage while the rest of the troupe, dressed in chic practice outfits by E…

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Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi: Predictions Past Present and Future by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The only real high-tech exchanges take place only three times during the run of the show. At the performances of February 6, 9 and 17, one of the roles in "Camera Obscura" will be performed …

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Friday, February 10, 2017

The Mother of Invention by Darryl Reilly

Playwright James Lecesne has been acclaimed for his solo performance works, most recently "The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey." Here, he has written a traditional play employing thea…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bound to Rise by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Unfortunately, Policoff’s book is too cluttered with characters too allow for much development. While some of his lyrics are clever, most are prosaic and heavy-handed. As played by music d…

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Monday, February 6, 2017

The Liar by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

However, it is Ives’ joy in language that is the most infectious. The rhymed couplets keep coming and surprising us over and over again (bitter/twitter; prize/rhapsodize, jocular/interlocu…

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Made in China by Ryan Mikita

The ensuing journey is a bizarre and sometimes hilarious exploration of China and the culture within, even if it doesn’t always make the most sense. "Made in China" makes the most of the l…

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

New York Polyphony: Palestrina’s “Marcellus Mass” by Jean Ballard Terepka

The second work of the evening was the world premiere of Ivan Moody’s Vespers Sequence. In careful, clear program notes, Moody described his goals in his compositions in general and in thi…

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92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Get Happy: Harold Arlen’s Early Years” by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The show began with Arlen’s first hit, “Get Happy,” 1930, and ended with his 1939 score for the MGM film, "The Wizard of Oz." The first half of the evening was devoted to Arlen’s sta…

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Drunkle Vanya by Darryl Reilly

Periodically the cast calls for a “Family Meeting.” The theme from Jeopardy is played on a kazoo and three audience members are picked to come up. The one who is wearing the funniest n…

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Yen by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There are many questions that the author fails to answer. Although the boys have not attended school in years and Bobbie has been diagnosed as ADHD and should be in the British equivalent of…

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Incident at the Hidden Temple by Ryan Mikita

Behind the theme of war," Incident at the Hidden Temple" is a thriller of sorts. Sisters Ava (Ying Ying Li) and Lucy (Briana Sakamoto), first seen in China travelling on a train littered wit…

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Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose by Darryl Reilly

What truly distinguishes the show is Dixon’s fearless psychological focus on Rose and himself. The predominant theme is of hero worship and its bruising disappointments. It also attempts…

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Making Dreams a Reality: First Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Shares Her Journey to Off Broadway Musical by Courtney Marie

I’ve been watching Miss America since I was very little, and my sister and I would get dressed up every year in crowns and gowns and banners and I saw Miss Pennsylvania, Marla Wynne, in '9…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Star Dust: A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic Dazzling visualizations of nine, iconic songs are superbly choreographed by Dwight Rhoden in Star Dust: A Ballet Tribute to David Bowie. The Complexions Contemporary Ba…

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Milk and Honey by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the jokes may be hoary, Unger’s production has cut down on the show’s sentimentality and given it a sharp edge which elevates the material. As the heroine Ruth, Runofsson is genuin…

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Jitney by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson has himself won a Tony Award for his performance in Wilson’s "Seven Guitars" and has directed acclaimed Off Broadway revivals of "The Piano Lesson" and "Seve…

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