Friday, August 17, 2018

The New One by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Comedian/monologist Mike Birbiglia, best known for "Sleepwalk with Me," has the remarkable knack of finding humor in autobiographical crises that shouldn’t be funny but in his hands are up…

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The Sarasota Ballet: Summer 2018 by Joel Benjamin

The Sarasota Ballet, under the direction of Iain Webb, a former leading dancer with the Royal Ballet, has, to the benefit of the dance world, been collecting works by the British master chor…

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Less Than 50% by David Kaufman

Though there are recurring references to Woody Allen and more specifically to "Annie Hall" during the 90-minute piece, "Less Than 50%" bears as much resemblance to that Oscar-winning film as…

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Pushkin by Darryl Reilly

Gambling, palace intrigue and poetry abounds in playwright Jonathan Leaf’s imaginative and engrossing historical drama "Pushkin." In the course of two acts and numerous scenes, the eventfu…

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Twelfth Night 2018 (Free Shakespeare in the Park & Public Works) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Shaina Taub’s joyful and sunny updated musical version of Shakespeare’s comedy, "Twelfth Night," is back in a full production courtesy of Free Shakespeare in the Park and Public Works wh…

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Straight White Men by David Kaufman

Given how physically playful the brothers are with each other--and with their father--"Straight White Men" is that rare play that even has a credited choreographer, Faye Driscoll. In additio…

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Beloved by Darryl Reilly

Translated into English from the Swedish by Charlotte Barslund, Ms. Langseth’s trite sexual obsession scenario is reminiscent of the novels of Patricia Highsmith and the French thriller fi…

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Head Over Heels by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Under Michael Mayer’s fast-paced direction, "Head Over Heels" starts badly and busily but eventually slows down to a delightful Elizabethan parody on love and gender. While not all of The …

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Shorts 2018 – Festival of New American Plays: Series A by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Along with its twists and turns, Bohjalian’s "Grounded" is so fully explored that it is hard to believe that it is a first play. On the long wait on the runway at Kennedy Airport for a fli…

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III by Darryl Reilly

That renowned man of the theater Austin Pendleton’s concept to adapt and combine portions of William Shakespeare’s "Henry VI, Part 3" with Richard III is intriguing and textually success…

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This Ain’t No Disco by Joel Benjamin

"This Ain’t No Disco" is a compressed, zany look at the years in the 1970s that Studio 54 ruled the social whirl of New York City, complete with debauchery, drugs, loud music, semi-nudity …

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The House That Will Not Stand by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Gardley makes use of a little known piece of American history: while Louisiana was under Spanish and later French rule, it had a three-tiered racial system. Aside from white settlers and bla…

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Monday, August 6, 2018

MOMIX: 2018 Season by Joel Benjamin

It’s easy to see why MOMIX is one of the most popular dance troupes in the world.  Beauty, strength, ingenuity combine in often ingenious choreography.  A generous program of short works…

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Summer Shorts 2018 – Festival of New American Short Plays: Series B by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The plays in Summer Shorts 2018 - Festival of New American Short Plays have often had a theme running through all the offerings in one evening, however they were concealed or obscured. This …

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

ON THE TOWN WITH CHIP DEFFAA… for Aug 3rd, 2018 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Today’s column will be focusing on theatrical rights. The first rule in the theater, for anyone contemplating presenting a play: make sure you have the right to present the work. That …

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Friday, August 3, 2018

American Players Theatre: Midwest Summer Theater Destination by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Having added the 200-seat indoor Touchstone Theatre in 2009 to the outdoor Hill Theater with a capacity of 1,089, the season which began on June 14 now runs until November 18. It currently s…

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

This American Wife by Darryl Reilly

Reveling in their grating vocal affectations, gesticulating at a fever pitch or moving catatonically and projecting snarky personas they hold forth on their revered subject in various permut…

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My Life on a Diet by Joel Benjamin

Hence:  "My Life on a Diet," a comically rich stroll through her career in TV, theater and film.  Written by Taylor and her late husband, Joseph Bologna and originally directed by Bologna,…

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Comfort Women: A New Musical by Joseph Pisano

In telling the rest of this shattering story, the creators of Comfort Women, inexplicably, rely heavily on musical theater conventions that result in wrongheaded, if not downright offensive,…

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Tevye Served Raw by Joel Benjamin

Three actors—Yelena Shmulenson, Allen Lewis Rickman (Velvel in the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man”) and Shane Baker (“the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today”)—ma…

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof (The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene) by Joel Benjamin

Steven Skybell’s Tevye warms up from a salt-of-the-earth, everyday philosopher to the much put-upon tragic existential hero upon whom God—to whom he speaks frequently—has heaped much t…

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Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope by Darryl Reilly

This plotless, mostly sung-through exhibition conveys the tumultuous 20th century urban African-American experience through Micki Grant’s dazzling score for which she wrote both the music …

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Fire in Dreamland by David Kaufman

Built in 1904, Dreamland was considered the most elegant and ambitious of Coney Island’s amusement parks--until it burnt to a crisp in 1911. A new play by Rinne Groff, "Fire in Dreamland" …

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Le Blanc by Darryl Reilly

A central concern of the play is detailing Wellington’s five love interests: a white guy he meets at a hilarious Brooklyn vegan party, an Indian young man, an 18-year-old Muslim food cart …

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Brecht on Brecht by Joseph Pisano

But when things slow down a bit, especially during the musical interludes and longer dramatic pieces, Petosa’s eight performers -- four lead (Christine Hamel; Jake Murphy; Harrison Bryan; …

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The Possibilities & The After-Dinner Joke by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If "The After-Dinner Joke"’s 66 scenes seem cinematic, that is due to the fact that it originally was a teleplay commissioned by BBC for the series "Plays for Today" examining public issue…

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Before We’re Gone by Darryl Reilly

Its maddening structure, extraneous scenes and superfluous characters diminish but do not totally obliterate the potency of playwright Jerry Small’s romantic drama, "Before We’re Gone." …

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Monday, July 23, 2018

The Originalist by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

n what easily could have become a one-man show, playwright Strand has cleverly created dramatic tension by first introducing us to a second character and later a third. Set during the 2012-2…

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Stray by Darryl Reilly

As the sleek and black-clad Tanya Marquardt vigorously wraps up her self-written 60-minute autobiographical show "Stray," with her giddy dancing and hurling her ponytail around, the aimless …

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Pattern at Pendarvis by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Gray infuses his straightforward 70-minute interview treatment with tension, suspense and drama. A third character, Norm Hansen is a 60-year-old straight married board member of Pendarvi…

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Matt de Rogatis is Richard III by Darryl Reilly

Street Theatre. “I’ll be delivering the longest soliloquy from any Shakespeare play,” Mr. de Rogatis explained about the substitution of Richard III’s celebrated opening line for a s…

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