Category: theater (reviews)

Gideon Ponders Life In His Playhouse

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, November 20, 2016.] Performer Gideon Irving claims he surfs couches as a professional house guest in exchange for his intimate performances. In fact, he’ll survey the audience for future places to hang his hat for the night before the performance concludes. You arrive with the logical expectation that

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review: Among the Dead

by Hansol Junt Directed by Ralph B. Peña Featuring Will Dagger, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Diana Oh, Mickey Theis Ma-Yi Theater Company @ HERE (SubletSeries@HERE) 145 6th Avenue November 6, 2016 – November 26, 2016 production site [featured image caption: Among the Dead. [L-R] Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Diana Oh, Mickey Theis. Photo: Hunter Canning.] Each location in the three

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Master Harold Assumes His Place

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, November 16, 2016.] The slightly run down tea shop setting in the current Signature revival of Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the boys — directed by the playwright and designed by Christopher H. Barreca (set), Susan Hilferty (costume), Stephen Strawbridge (lights), and John Gromada (sound) — feels

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Review: The Clearing

[article as originally published in Exeunt Magazine, October 15, 2016.] [featured image caption: A modernist gloss on Irish history. Photo: Carol Rosegg.] 59E59 THEATERS ⋄ 6TH – 23RD OCTOBER 2016 Concept trumps history, even Cromwell’s 17th-century Irish ethnic cleansing. Martha Wade Steketee reviews. A history play re-conceived as a modernist gloss on universal themes can reveal

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Chris Gethard Shows the Funny Side of Depression

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, October 13, 2016.] Chris Gethard’s solo play about depression, his long-term relationship with his odd-ball therapist Barbara, vivid experiences with a range of mind-altering substances, and the joy of making people laugh, directed with nuance by Kimberly Senior, is more than standup packaged as a play. This show

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Review: Holiday Inn at Studio 54

[article as originally published in Exeunt Magazine, October 9, 2016.] Shaking the blues away at Christmas at the Holiday Inn There’s a moment deep in the first act of Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical where a scene of flying tap shoes reveals the glowing, rapturous possibilities of this production—blending all manner of twee,

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Deconstructing The Black Crook at Abrons Arts Center

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, October 4, 2016.] Repossession, privileged history, origin story, or folderol? An audience member at The Black Crook: An Original, Magical, and Spectacular Musical Drama at the Abrons Arts Center’s Underground Theater might think they’re poised to experience a riff on the first American musical, yet could be forgiven

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Julie Halston Reads Her Life

[article as originally published in Theater Pizzazz, September 17, 2016.] “Sit back, relax, Mama’s gonna read.” The lanky instantly recognizable and inviting presence of Julie Halston, described as “a cross between Joan Rivers and Hayley Mills” (and I’d add with a vocal delivery that has blended delightfully over time with that of her great friend

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review: The Birds

by Conor McPherson Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier Directed by Stefan Dzeparoski Featuring Antoinette LaVecchia, Tony Naumovski, Mia Hutchinson-Shaw BirdLand Theatre + 1st Irish @ 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street September 9, 2016 – October 1, 2016 production site I’m usually a sucker for a play staged in a bare black box with crisp white

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review: Blossom

Written and directed by Spencer Lott Featuring Jamie Agnello, Chelsea Fryer, Sam Jay Gold, Robert M. Stevenson, Rowan Magee Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street September 9, 2016 – September 24, 2016 Worlds unfold on screen and in soundscapes and on nursing home walls in Blossom, a puppet-and-human play about end of life and living in the moment currently charming

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