Sunday, October 21, 2018

Travisville by Darryl Reilly

Mr. Harper’s taut construction, solid plotting and detailed characters all yield to a suspenseful, emotionally shattering and entertaining experience. As in the works of Henrik Ibsen, Arth…

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Emma and Max by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Solondz’s mordant wit makes this the darkness of tragicomedies. Brooke and Jay’s delusions so typical of white entitlement are entire their own. When we finally hear from Brittany, she t…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

On Beckett by Joseph Pisano

Along with excerpts from Godot and a couple of Beckett's novels, Irwin relies heavily on several "arcane" prose pieces from a collection Beckett dubbed "Texts for Nothing." Irwin was first i…

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future  by Darryl Reilly

For the first 25 minutes, the bushy red-bearded, receding with flowing hair Mr. Butler appears solo performing a series of his delightful songs. Butler superbly plays the banjo, guitar and h…

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Popcorn Falls by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

However, the play’s humor is very mild. The jokes are on the level of “My steeple is drooping! I swear this never happened to me before,” from Pastor Peters, and “George Washington d…

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Hitler’s Tasters by David Kaufman

Though its title couldn’t be clearer or more transparent, "Hitler’s Tasters" proves anything but that, as it merges the past, when Hitler was still alive, with the present, when fresh au…

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Salome by Joel Benjamin

This M-34 production, under Rutherford’s direction, doesn’t rise to stratospheric heights.  Quite the opposite:  Rutherford’s direction and writing turns Salome into a fascinating do…

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Aynur, with special guest Kinan Azmeh (September 30, 2018) by Jean Ballard Terepka

Each song – some traditional folk ballads and some national calls to history and identity – became, in Aynur’s hands, an individual work of art, intricately structured and elegantly pa…

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The Crossing: Of Arms and the Man by Jean Ballard Terepka

Nally’s extensive program notes provided insights on the program, whose title comes from the opening line of Virgil’s "Aeneid," “Arma virumque cano” … “I sing of arms and the man…

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Midnight at The Never Get by Darryl Reilly

Mark Sonnenblick’s exceptional book is an accomplished mixture of prodigious research, well-drawn characters and adept if misguided construction. It skillfully dramatizes the gay experienc…

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Girl From the North Country by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Set in a dark time, "Girl From the North Country" creates a community on stage as do the best plays and musicals. Its tale of lost souls attempting to keep their heads above water is univers…

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Winning Side by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

In dramatizing the story of Wernher von Braun, James Wallert’s "The Winning Side" makes compelling the concept of ethics in science: should we admire a mathematical genius who has had anti…

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night by Darryl Reilly

Presented by the San Francisco-based The Custom Made Theatre Company, this production is masterminded by its artistic director Brian Katz who adapted and directed it. Mr. Katz’s accomplish…

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Final Follies by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

It would be a pleasure to report that A.R. Gurney’s last play entitled “Final Follies” performed with two early works, is one of his best, but that is not the case. As directed by Davi…

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The Evolution of Mann by Joel Benjamin

Henry’s roommate and confidante, Gwen (a solid, appealing Leslie Hiatt) has her own heartache to deal with:  Her wife, Diana, has left her, accusing Gwen of infidelity.  Gwen and Henry s…

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Suddenly by Darryl Reilly

Mercer’s direction coordinates the outstanding design components into an aesthetically successful presentation with some neat stage pictures and tableaux. However, the deliberate quest for…

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Wild Abandon by Joseph Pisano

What our mothers owe us - and what we owe them - is at the heart of Leenya Rideout's one-woman autobiographical show, "Wild Abandon." In it, the prodigiously accomplished singer, songwriter,…

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

What the Constitution Means to Me by Darryl Reilly

Though going off on tangents, the captivating performer Heidi Schreck’s self-written fascinating theatrical memoir "What the Constitution Means to Me" is a feminist-centric personal odysse…

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The Nap by David Kaufman

It isn’t revealing too much to say that the play culminates with a real Snooker match between two men vying ultimately for the world championship and ostensibly being watched by 23 million…

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Bernhardt/Hamlet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

"Bernhardt/Hamlet" is structured as a backstage comedy. Sarah rehearses with French stage star Constant Coquelin playing both The Ghost and Polonius, worries that she is losing 29-year-old l…

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Experimenting with Katz by Joel Benjamin

Gill expertly writes each character as three dimensional, giving each complex backgrounds, making it clear that each benefits from knowing the others.  A mundane Scrabble game is as reveali…

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

“Don’t Call Me Shirley!: John Burns sings Shirley Bassey” by Darryl Reilly

Darryl Reilly, Critic John Burns and William Demaniow at The Puplex. “At first glance, we don’t look like we have much in common,” quipped vocalist John Burns during his uproarious cab…

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Monday, October 1, 2018

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

What gives "A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur" its special cachet in the Williams canon is that its storyline and heroine called Dorothea very much suggest a prequel to A Streetcar Named Desir…

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The Eleventh Hour! by Darryl Reilly

Nevin Denham is a morose N.J. basement band guitarist whose estranged up and coming astrophysicist girlfriend Amy Leonardo moves to New York City to be an intern for Mr. Tyson at the Hayden …

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Previous experiments from this adventurous theater group helmed by artistic director Eric Tucker include two versions of Twelfth Night performed in repertory, Hamlet and Saint Joan performed…

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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company: Analogy Trilogy by Joel Benjamin

Jones has become known for applying his wide-ranging choreography and sharp mind to storylines that take on chunks of history—including some shockingly modern history.  He displays his sh…

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Pop Punk High by Darryl Reilly

Anderson Cook’s jocular book is a silly amalgam of "Grease" and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" with shades of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Composer and lyricist Ben Lapidus’ Green Day…

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Because I Could Not Stop: An Encounter with Emily Dickinson by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Stranger still is the choice of Angelica Page to play Dickinson who looks rather too healthy to be the famously thin and sallow-faced writer known from the one famous photograph. She makes D…

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Richard Holbrook: It’s Time for a Loved Song: The Lyrics of Alan Jay Lerner by Darryl Reilly

Holbrook’s enduring youthful presence, twinkling charm and commanding vocal authority make him the ideal vessel to channel Lerner’s monumental achievements. Through his concisely informa…

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The True by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

If these characters sound familiar, they are based on real people who populated Albany politics four decades ago. "The True," a world premiere play by Sharr White ("The Other Place," "The Sn…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

I Was Most Alive with You by Joseph Pisano

In Craig Lucas’s "I Was Most Alive with You," two down-on-their-luck television writers mine recent personal tragedy for their latest project, hoping, with the Book of Job as their inspira…

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