Category: theater (reviews)

review: Edwin, The Story of Edwin Booth

Music by Marianna Rosett Book and Lyrics by Eric Swanson Directed by Christopher Scott Featuring Dana Watkins, Patricia Noonan, Deanne Lorette Great Circle Productions @ Theatre at St. Clement’s 423 West 46th Street September 4, 2016 – September 18, 2016 production site Attend the tale of Edwin Booth. Edwin Booth (Dana Watkins) was one of several acting brothers, illegitimate son

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review: The Trojan Women

by Ellen McLaughlin adapted from Euripides Directed by Anne Cecelia Haney Featuring The Bats Flea Theatre 41 White Street August 24, 2016 – September 26, 2016 [opened September 1, 2016] production site Adapter Ellen McLaughlin has pared and focused, and world events persist in keeping the themes of Euripides’ The Trojan Women relevant: war devastates both the fighting soldiers and

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review: Summer Shorts 10 Series B

Summer Shorts 10 Series B Black Flag by Idris Goodwin Queen by Alexander Dinelaris The Dark Clothes of Night by Richard Alfredo Throughline Artists at 59E59, 59 East 59th July 22, 2016 — September 3, 2016 [Series B opened August 7] These slightly belated musings cover the three one acts that rounded out the 2016 10th annual Summer Shorts festival by Throughline Artists. The “B” set

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review: Summer Shorts 10 Series A

Summer Shorts 10 Series A The Helpers by Cusi Cram After the Wedding by Neil LaBute This is How it Ends by A Rey Pamatmat Throughline Artists at 59E59, 59 East 59th July 22, 2016 — September 3, 2016 [Series A opened July 31] Two evenings of three one-act plays are currently running as the tenth annual Throughline Artists Summer Shorts. I have attended these

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review: No End of Blame: Scenes of Overcoming

by Howard Barker Directed by Richard Romagnoli Featuring Alex Draper, David Barlow, Valerie Leonard Potomac Theatre Project / NYC at Atlantic Stage 2 July 5, 2016 – August 7, 2016  production site The second revival in Potomac Theatre Project’s repertory pair currently running at Atlantic Stage 2 is a wildly successful metaphorical, artistic, political romp through twentieth-century history

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review: Good

by C.P. Taylor Directed by Jim Petosa Featuring Michael Kaye, Tim Spears, Valerie Leonard Potomac Theatre Project / NYC at Atlantic Stage 2 July 5, 2016 – August 7, 2016  production site There is a scene that falls early in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg that captures in less than 10 minutes what C.P. Taylor‘s Good, as directed

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Mike Daisey’s ‘The Trump Card’ at FringeArts

[article as originally published in Broad Street Review, July 21, 2016.] The Trump Card. Mike Daisey wrote and performed, Isaac Butler directed. July 14 and 21, 2016 at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. (215) 413-1318 or fringearts.com. Donald Trump’s face is everywhere these days. In Mike Daisey’s newest monologue The Trump Card, playing at FringeArts

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review: Simon Says

Written by Mat Schaffer Directed by Myriam Cyr Featuring Brian Murray, Vanessa Britting, Anthony J. Goes Culture Project at Lynn Redgrave Theater July 6, 2016 – July 30, 2016  production site On an inviting set designed by Janie Howland that any book-lover entering the Lynn Redgrave Theater could move into — comfortable furniture, books shelved and piled on tables

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review: The Healing

Written by Samuel D. Hunter Directed by Stella Powell-Jones Featuring Mary Theresa Archbold, Shannon DeVido, Pamela Sabaugh Theater Breaking Through Barriers at the Clurman Theatre June 11, 2016 – July 16, 2016  production site “It almost looks like a sitcom set,” says an audience neighbor, some minutes before the lights go down on Samuel D. Hunter‘s

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review: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Written by Israel Horovitz Directed by Barnet Kellman Featuring Francesca Choy-Kee, Angelina Fiordellisi, Judith Ivey, Estelle Parsons Cherry Lane Theatre June 7, 2016 – July 17, 2016  production site Resist the instinct to toss away the two-sided insert in your Playbill for Israel Horovitz‘s newest offering, Out of the Mouth of Babes. This sheet with wall

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