Friday, November 17, 2017

School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Darryl Reilly

Ms. Bioh’s snappy dialogue perfectly renders the rhythms of teenage lingo and the pain beneath the bravado, emitting the universality of adolescence.  Bioh’s construction is meticulous …

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Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale by Darryl Reilly

Tunde Skovran as Shari and Julia Ubrankovics as Clara are sensational. The brunette Ms. Skovran and the blonde Ms. Ubrankovics are a dynamic team who each offer vivid portrayals with their p…

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The Mad Ones by Darryl Reilly

Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s original book is filled with incidents, vignettes, reflections, observations, and flashbacks, but short on actual plot.  There is deciding on which co…

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book review: “Sense of Occasion” by Harold Prince by Darryl Reilly

The first 26 chapters are the original text of "Contradictions" with each followed by “”Reflections,” where Prince variously corrects, expands upon and ruminates about that portion.  …

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AlieNation: The Journey I Never Made & A Story of Love and Soccer by Joseph Pisano

Adhering admirably to its cultural mission, Kairos Italy Theater is treating downtown audiences to a double-bill of smartly written Italian one-acts, each exploring the contentious topic of …

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train by Joel Benjamin

Guirgis and Brokaw manage to find the back-handed humor and pathos of this scene which sets the mood for a profane and scatological play that hits the audience between the eyes with its fres…

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Prague, 1912 (The Savoy Café Yiddish Theatre) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

There is a fascinating story to be told in Franz Kafka’s involvement with the Yiddish theater in Prague during 1912 but Lu Hauser’s play isn’t it. "Prague, 1912 (The Savoy Café Yiddis…

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Conquest of the Universe Or When Queens Collide by David Kaufman

Played to perfection with an infectious joy by one and all, the entire cast also takes a deadly serious attitude towards their lines and their actions. Indeed Ludlam’s "Conquest" invokes "…

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Billy and the Killers by Joseph Pisano

In their new rock musical "Billy and the Killers," lyricist/librettist Jim Shankman and composer Peter Stopschinski channel Nicholas Ray, David Lynch, Elvis Presley, and Dashiell Hammett to …

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

ON THE TOWN…. with CHIP DEFFAA , November 8, 2017 by Chip Deffaa, Editor-At-Large

Memo to Broadway producers: You need to do everything you can to hook the next generation while they're young. I got hooked on theater because I saw the greatest performers, the greatest sh…

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Romantic Trapezoid by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

The problem is that under Albert Bonilla’s stolid and matter-of-fact direction, Elizabeth Ingham and Zack Calhoon's characters never come alive. Just trading quips is not a sophisticated s…

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Of Thee I Sing (MasterVoices) by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Leave it to George S. Kaufman and collaborator Morrie Ryskind (the Marx Brothers’ "The Cocoanuts," "Animal Crackers," "A Night at the Opera" as well as the Gershwins’ "Strike Up the Band…

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Lady Macbeth and Her Lover by Darryl Reilly

With her marvelously fluty voice, imperious bearing, expressive physicality and animated facial features, Maja Wampuszyc as the haughty Corrine recalls Geraldine Page in all her grand glory.…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

What We’re Up Against by Joseph Pisano

With "What We’re Up Against," Theresa Rebeck looks back a quarter century to a time when gender inequality in the workplace was a real problem. Oh, wait…yep, unfortunately, if Rebeck’s…

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The Red Shoes by Joel Benjamin

Hanging over this presentation is, as indicated, the film which divides the audience into those who did not see it and must take or leave Bourne’s clever version and those who saw it and c…

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

People, Places & Things by David Kaufman

The hype that surrounds an award-winning performance on one side of the Atlantic can often preclude its impact if and when it arrives on the other side. This is not the case, I’m happy to …

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Must by Darryl Reilly

It’s New Mexico in 1881, and during a series of short scenes, Billy contemplates his life.  His stern mother, rough father, stalwart girlfriend and his sly pursuer, Sheriff Pat Garrett, a…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Christen Lien: Elpis and The Dark Side of Hope Tour Launch by Jean Ballard Terepka

Christen Lien is an exciting artist, playing innovative music for viola, combining formal and informal, classical and electronic elements. She brings an eclectic intelligence, alternately di…

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

The Fight by Darryl Reilly

Playwright Jonathan Leaf’s prodigious research, accomplished dramatic construction and clever device of threading a mystery throughout the events make the play quite engrossing.  There’…

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Big Apple Circus 2017 by Joel Benjamin

The Wallenda family’s act is the climax of a show that is held together by Ringmaster Ty McFarlan and the ongoing antics of Grandma the Clown and Joel Jeske aka Mr. Joel.  The big-voiced …

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Marcel + The Art of Laughter by Darryl Reilly

Like the great comedy teams, Jos Houben and Marcello Magni are a study in contrasts.  The Belgian Mr. Houben is tall, animated and relies on breezy patter.  The Italian Mr. Magni is short,…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Knives in Hens by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

While the script describes the setting as simply a “rural place,” British and European productions apparently have set the play in medieval times. It is definitely pre-industrial as the …

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Tartuffe by Darryl Reilly

Complementing his gorgeous stage pictures, director Craig Smith’s vibrant staging has the actors in constant motion on the small playing area.  The cast precisely paces, dashes and undula…

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Last Match by David Kaufman

With so many interruptions, it hardly makes for riveting theater, and it never becomes as riveting as a genuine tennis match can be, even though one is ostensibly taking place from the begin…

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Occupied Territories by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

Well-meaning and sincere," Occupied Territories" is both generic and stereotyped, offering a story television and the movies have been offering for years: the traumatic effect of a father’…

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Red Roses, Green Gold by Darryl Reilly

The score is comprised of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter’s Grateful Dead music and lyrics with additional music and lyrics by Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, and Bill Kreutzmann. It…

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Wicked Clone or How To Deal With The Evil by Darryl Reilly

Billed as a “cinema musical,” there is extensive use of film clips.  Much of these are reminiscent of cheesy, 1960’s-style, dubbed European co-production Middle Ages epics, with dashe…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

This One’s for the Girls by Joel Benjamin

During the jam-packed ninety minutes of "This One’s For the Girls," the foursome run through a batch of songs that show the ups and downs of the last one hundred or so years through the ey…

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Torch Song by David Kaufman

While superficially poignant, "Torch Song" remains what it always was: a fierce play about the need for respect as a gay person, when it was painfully more difficult to come by acceptance, l…

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dolores Claiborne by Victor Gluck, Editor-In-Chief

King’s "Dolores Claiborne" would seem a strange choice for dramatization as the book is a monologue told entirely by its protagonist at a police interrogation over a murder on Little Tall …

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Strange Interlude by Joel Benjamin

Martha Graham called her dancers “athletes of God.”  Watching David Greenspan perform all the roles in a six-hour marathon performance of Eugene O’Neill’s 1928 melodrama, Strange In…

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