Category: theater (reviews)

Evangeline – Moves Elegantly But Loses the Plot

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, June 14, 2017.] Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic narrative poem Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie from 1847 (yes, I looked it up) muses poetically on the serious topics of separated lovers and the expulsion of the French from the expansive New France colony Acadia that straddled parts of modern

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Review: The Price at American Airlines Theatre

[Caption: Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, and Tony Shalhoub, making an assessment of lives lived in The Price. Photo: Joan Marcus.] [article as originally published in Exeunt Magazine, April 11, 2017.] Arthur Miller wrote The Price in the late 1960s when he was in his early 50s and America was erupting in civil demonstration about wars and

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Fornes Meets O’Neill in Talbott’s Gravedigger’s Lullaby

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, March 28, 2017.] For the trio of society’s cast-offs at the core of Jeff Talbott’s 90-minute play The Gravedigger’s Lullaby, life is having a pot with barely enough stew, a work day sweating over laundry or digging graves, and an evening enduring an inconsolable baby’s cries. There are

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Chess Match No. 5 – Movement, Light, Sound, a Board Game

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, March 27, 2017.] The experiential onslaught of Chess Match No. 5 begins as you enter the steeply pitched seating of the June Havoc Theatre. Suspended iridescent strings of bare bulbs – a not infrequent element of set designs over the past few years – are illuminated before the

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review: Turning Page

by Angelica Page Directed by Wilson Milam Featuring Angelica Page Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street February 10, 2017 – March 16, 2017 production site Look away for a moment and a multi-week run can be shortened (as this one has, with a few weeks apparently lopped off a run that that was originally announced into April that is

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review: Sunset Boulevard

Featuring Glenn Close, Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon, Fred Johanson Palace Theatre 1564 Broadway Open February 9, 2017 production site The orchestra is huge and muffled, the set is fascinating and disassembled, and a dead man mannequin rises in the first moments then floats several stories up throughout the proceedings. Amidst these distractions at the storied Palace Theatre, part

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Class Fades In

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, February 9, 2017.] Class, culture, language, appropriation, and integrity underscore the quiet power of Tanya Saracho’s Fade produced by Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater. A story about storytelling, a play about the creative process, a demonstration of culture meeting commerce and two characters from very different

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Tulis McCall on Aging, Invisibility, and Regret

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, January 20, 2017.] “When you’re a woman of a certain age,” Tulis McCall impishly informs us, “regret is everywhere.” McCall’s one woman show Are You Serious?, running Sundays through the end of March at the Cornelia Street Café (where it has been charming audiences since late 2016), is

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Exeunt New York’s Most Memorable Shows of 2016

[I am one voice among many in this piece that asked NYC based Exeunt contributors to nominate one (or in some cases two) productions that haunted us, rather than our top 10 or 15 or more. Originally published by “Exeunt Staff” in Exeunt Magazine, December 31, 2016.] Rather than a Top 10 list, the critics

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Ethan Lipton’s ‘The Outer Space’: Outer space, inner life

[article as originally published in Broad Street Review, December 10, 2016.] Its musical stylings draw from folk, jazz, and klezmer strains, with strong lyrics delivered in a mesmerizing deadpan by playwright and lead singer Ethan Lipton. While there’s not much action in Leigh Silverman’s staging – it’s a concert after all – these tunes are

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