Friday, August 23, 2019

Contact High: A New Musical by Darryl Reilly

Hass directed and his stilted staging is adequate. Simple entrances and exits, cast members going through the theater’s aisle and basic character interactions occur. Some performances are …

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Guangzhou Ballet of China: “Carmina Burana” & “Goddess of the Luo River” by Joel Benjamin

Presented at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater by the China Arts and Entertainment Group Ltd., the company used its impressive resource of dancers in two large-scale ballets:  "Godde…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Waiting for Johnny Depp by Mark Dundas Wood

What’s best about "Waiting for Johnny Depp" is Vivino’s performance. My, does she ever get a workout during the play’s 100-minute running time. She has 15 or so musical numbers (some o…

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ballet Festival 2019: Program D by Sheila Kogan

The fourth piece, titled “3 with D” was choreographed by Javier de Frutos and was the only performance that included live music. Patrick Gallagher was on piano in front of the stage and …

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sea Wall / A Life (Broadway) by Darryl Reilly

On screen and stage Gyllenhaal has exhibited his talent and star quality to great effect many times. "A Life" is not one of those shining occasions as he is just passable in it. Stammering, …

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Stormy Weather by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Wills’ demonstrates a facility for dramatic writing with his snappy dialogue and fast-paced scenario that inspires laughter and also incites thoughtfulness. Amidst the merriment are ke…

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Under Siege (Yang Liping Contemporary Dance Company of China) by Joel Benjamin

Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival 2019 presented the lavish, yet somehow intimate, "Under Siege," a stunning production of the Yang Liping Contemporary Dance Company of China.Its chi…

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Ballet Festival 2019: Program A by Joel Benjamin

The Joyce Theater is presenting a two-week Ballet Festival, four programs under the artistic direction of Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet.  Each program is curated by a differe…

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Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

William Shakespeare’s "A Midsummer Night Dream" is perfect comedy for July or August and adding a meal is an even cleverer idea. Presented jointly by Food for Love Productions and Third Ra…

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Ballet Festival: Program A by Joel Benjamin

Joseph Sissens in Sir Frederick Ashton’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits,” in The Joyce Theater’s Ballet Festival (Program A) (Photo credit: Maria Baranova)The Joyce Theater is present…

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Measure for Measure (The Acting Company) by Mark Dundas Wood

William Shakespeare’s "Measure for Measure" (circa 1604)—the story of a woman who is sexually victimized by a man in power—seems as though it would lend itself to an adaptation crafted…

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Midsummer: A Banquet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Midsummer: A Banquet" is an auditory and oral treat, a light entertainment for this time of year. Using Zach Morris and Victoria Rae Sook’s skillfully adapted abridgment of Shakespeare…

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Rinse, Repeat by Darryl Reilly

Within five brisk opening minutes, playwright Domenica Feraud crisply establishes her characters, imparts exposition and creates tension in her shattering and finely written contemporary fam…

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Bat Out of Hell – The Musical by Darryl Reilly

"Paradise by the Dashboard Light" exuberantly conceived as the memory of a middle-aged married couple’s first time having sex provides a few enjoyable minutes in the execrable "Bat Out of …

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Native Son by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Kelley’s adaptation begins with the murder of Mary which avoids preparing us for the limited life of opportunity that Bigger leads in the Black Belt of Chicago and making him less sympathe…

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Broadway Bounty Hunter by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Composer-lyricist Joe Inconis’ follow up to his teen favorite, "Be More Chill," is not only a showcase for musical comedy actress Annie Golden but a tribute to the Blaxploitation and Marti…

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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

While Shakespeare’s "Coriolanus" has a great deal to warn us about as a cautionary tale, it is also not as deep or as poetic a play as his major tragedies. Daniel Sullivan’s production f…

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Blak Whyte Gray (Boy Blue) by Joel Benjamin

Co-conceived by Asante and Kenrik “H2O” Sandy who choreographed and directed the production, "Blak Whyte Gray" was constructed in two parts and three sections.  Part I began with “Why…

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Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Neil LaBute’s “Appomattox” is the most substantial of the three plays and deals with a topic new to his work. Two long-time friends, Frank, black, and Joe, white, are having a picnic i…

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mojada by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Following up on Luis Alfaro’s critically acclaimed Chicano retelling of Sophocles’ "Oedipus Rex" called "Oedipus El Rey," The Public Theater now stages his equally relevant and timely "M…

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Moulin Rouge! The Musical by Darryl Reilly

As the romantic, tubercular and charismatic Satine, the magnetic Ms. Olivo delivers a ferocious, sensual and grandiose performance that’s one of the most memorable recently seen on Broadwa…

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Summer Shorts 2019: 13th Annual Festival of New American Short Plays: Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Series A of this year’s Summer Shorts: 13th Festival of New American Short Plays is unified around the theme of death and dying and how it affects the living. Lest you think that this soun…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Little Gem by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Murphy’s writing is a rich amalgam of biographical data, pivotal incidents and humane observations. The monologue structure has the three characters alternately expressing themselves i…

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Two’s a Crowd by David Kaufman

Co-written by and starring Rita Rudner (who is not only a playwright and performer but also an author, film writer, producer and director, with many TV appearances to her credit), "Two’s a…

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Rolling Stone by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It is not until the second act of British playwright Chris Urch’s "The Rolling Stone" that the play catches fire but from then on the drama is explosive, compelling and very disturbing. On…

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Rock of Ages by Darryl Reilly

"Pour Some Sugar on Me" by Def Leppard in a smashing live rendition accompanies a lusty production number at a seedy Los Angeles strip club with scantily clad pole dancers and creepy patron…

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Moscow Moscow Moscow by Joseph Pisano

Halley Feiffer's new comedy, the obsessively titled "Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow," is an intermittently funny ten-minute parody of Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters." Unfortunatel…

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Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky by Joel Benjamin

The title of playwright Dianne Nora’s fascinating new work, "Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky," is disingenuous.  Is it about you-know-who?  Well, yes and no.  There were …

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Patience by Mark Dundas Wood

Unfortunately, Daniel’s ambivalence proves to be an impediment to the success of Patience. It would be one thing if he were a strong character, torn about which path he’ll take moving fo…

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

A White Man’s Guide to Rikers Island by Darryl Reilly

Wearing a green prison uniform, the tall athletic blonde curly-headed Mr. Stewart who is in his early 20’s delivers an enthralling performance. Speaking in smooth rich tones that convey a …

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Freddie Falls in Love by Joel Benjamin

How Freddie resolves his amorous adventures is cleverly handled by Blackstone using an imaginative combination of ballet, modern dance, mime and popular dance forms.  The score is made up o…

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