Friday, June 22, 2018

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective Presents “Water Music” by Jean Ballard Terepka

One special feature of this concert was also a mark of C4’s maturity and clout as a musical organization with a well-deserved reputation for excellence: they sponsor the IGNITE commissioni…

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Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders by Darryl Reilly

The audience is frequently called upon to participate onstage and from their seats with one elaborate portion involving their driver’s licenses. London vacation photos of Mr. Beckman, a gu…

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Philadanco! (The Philadelphia Dance Company) by Joel Benjamin

The theme running through the four works presented, three of them New York premieres, was of sadness and anger.  Even “Folded Prism” by Thang Dao, an abstract dance work, had an unsettl…

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Othello (Shakespeare in the Park) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In the recent Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi’s "Otello," Otello was white which left no reason for his jealousy if he was identical to all the Venetians around him. In the current …

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Lonesome Blues by Darryl Reilly

The show then become energized when Babatundé describes how Jefferson was discovered by a music executive when he was singing on the Texas streets while holding a tin cup. A recording contr…

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The Maid’s Tragedy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Director Lucy Gram uses six actors to play 11 roles which has worked for such companies as Bedlam and Fiasco. However, here the four actresses play both men and women, three of them never ch…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Manufacturing Mischief by Joel Benjamin

Noam Chomsky, Karl Marx, Ayn Rand, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and a “Tiny” Trump all on stage at the same time, verbally jousting with each other?  Pedro Reyes’ "Manufacturing Mischief" at…

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Dan Cody’s Yacht by David Kaufman

Both Kevin and Cara are single parents, which is only the beginning of the many parallels and contrasts at the heart of "Dan Cody’s Yacht." Though it might come to seem overly formulaic, b…

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Ivanov (State Theatre of Nations) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The chance to see Anton Chekhov’s first produced play, "Ivanov," not only in the original Russian (with English surtitles) but in modern dress proves to be a revelation. Staged by Russia…

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

First Love by Darryl Reilly

“This is the world of Magritte,” and indeed it is. The play opens with a young woman silently appearing and wearing a flowing white gown, a derby with a flower and a pipe. This takes pla…

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All I Want Is One Night by Joel Benjamin

Part of 59E59’s Brits Off-Broadway 2018 festival, Jessica Walker’s "All I Want is One Night" takes place in an odd combination of cabaret and antique shop.  Theater B in the 59E59 Theat…

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Red Hills by Darryl Reilly

Christopher McLinden as David and Patrick J. Ssenjovu as God’s Blessing are both personable but the material inspires their overwrought characterizations to be overwrought. Musician Farai …

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Tosca Opdam by Jean Ballard Terepka

Opdam’s de Raaff playing, in contrast, was marvelous. The composer took his inspiration from Willem de Kooning’s 1977 painting, "North Atlantic Light." De Raaff and Opdam both captured t…

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The Fourth Wall by David Kaufman

Though A.R. Gurney chose a familiar definition of the theater as the title for his 1992 play, "The Fourth Wall" ultimately proves less about the theater than about its four characters. And a…

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fruit Trilogy by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Her newest work, "Fruit Trilogy," an evening of three one acts, “Pomegranate,” “Avocado” and “Coconut,” has all of the strengths and weaknesses of her previous stage plays which …

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Desperate Measures by Joseph Pisano

Shakespearean spoofs are almost as old as Shakespeare himself, dating back to at least the Restoration period. Although the vast majority has faded into history, there are still some real st…

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf by Darryl Reilly

“What a dump” is the immortal opening line of Edward Albee’s dramatic masterpiece, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?".  In the inane spoof "Everyone’s Fine with Virginia Woolf," it…

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Secret Life of Humans by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Though it wouldn’t be fair to reveal it here for audiences about to see the play, the “secret” actually turns out to be one that has been widely known for some time as it is all over t…

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Another Woman’s Baby by Darryl Reilly

Blonde, of ample physique, and possessed of an appealing matter of fact vocal delivery that soars with range, Mollenkamp has an engaging everywoman persona. She veers from dry humor to raw e…

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Scissoring by Darryl Reilly

In the African-American Abigail, Ms. Quintana creates a complex protagonist who is sympathetic, exasperating and engaging. She is fascinated by the journalist Lorena Hickok who had a storied…

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Friday, June 8, 2018

Life Among the Aryans by Rory O'Regan

"Life Among the Aryans" is the latest work from Ishmael Reed, the American poet, novelist, essayist, and Pulitzer-Prize nominee. Directed by Rome Neal, the play’s thematic nexus lies in di…

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

92Y’s Lyrics & Lyricists Series: “Frank Loesser: Lyricist” by Darryl Reilly

Artistic director, writer, arranger and host David Loud was at lectern off to the side onstage and passionately delivered his erudite and informative commentary at length. Mr. Loud grew up w…

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Woman and Scarecrow by Joseph Pisano

Unfortunately, O'Reilly’s heavy reliance on the production team is also indicative of a significant problem: the play is repetitive. Despite finding new, and often lovely, poetic ways to c…

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Let’s Get Ready Together by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Lizzie Stern has an ear for contemporary discourse and her dialogue is well-crafted. The characters are appealing and are finely detailed. The universal focus is on the relationsh…

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Tchaikovsky: None but the Lonely Heart by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The letters alternate with the musical portions played by Ji on piano, Ari Evan on cello and Stephanie Zyzak on violin in various combinations which are beautiful but it is never clear in wh…

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Our Lady of 121st Street by Joel Benjamin

The current staging of "Our Lady" at The Pershing Square Signature Center, directed by Phylicia Rashad, magically now comes across as an addled, profane sitcom.  It’s entertaining and at …

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Brokeback Mountain by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While "Brokeback Mountain" impresses in its sincerity, it does not move which is a serious problem considering the romantic and tragic plot. Director Jacopo Spirei’s cast is in fine form a…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Stage Life by David Kaufman

The Cast of “Stage Life” (Photo credit: Courtesy of Creative Arts Lab) David Kaufman, Critic As conceived and adapted by Martin Tackel, Stage Life is too ambitious by half. While it atte…

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Exquisita Agonía by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Cruz realizes his scenario with his patented style. There’s rueful humor, Chekhovian reveries and a sense of the mystical all with a demonstrative Latin sensibility. The dialogue is fi…

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C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective presents New Music with NY Composers Circle by Jean Ballard Terepka

The nine pieces on this program differed tremendously from each other in style, tone and effect. However, two important qualities unified all the performances. First, the composers all cause…

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Devil of Choice by Darryl Reilly

Director Shira-Lee Shalit provides breakneck pacing, swift scene transitions and compelling stage compositions that include the presence of the violinist.  The visual and the verbal are in…

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