Category: theater (reviews)

Early O’Neill Plays Show Future Promise

[article originally published in Theater Pizzazz, June 19, 2016.] Communing with the early work of theatrical familiars has its charms. Rifling through juvenilia on paper or early play script efforts newly staged, it’s possible to identify themes that later preoccupy a writer, upon which we can reflect and analyze, smugly, with great omniscience from a several-decade

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review: Gorey

Gorey Written and directed by Travis Russ Featuring Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, Aiden Sank Life Jacket Theatre Co @ SubletSeries@HERE April 30, 2016 – May 22, 2016  production site In the basement performance space at HERE, Life Jacket Theatre Company presents a mesmerizing single-character seventy-five-minute theatrical experience, with three performers, at least four puppets, projected images and animation, what

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review: Murrow

Murrow by Joseph Vitale Directed by Jeremy Williams Featuring Joseph J. Menino Phoenix Theater Ensemble @ The Wild Project, NYC May 4, 2016 – May 22, 2016  production site As part of a 1950s McCarthy-era witch hunt theatrical extravaganza (perhaps with a nod uptown to Ivo van Hove’s revival of Arthur’s Millers The Crucible on Broadway) that is

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review: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl is a Half-formed Thing Adapted and directed by Annie Ryan From novel by Eimear McBride Featuring Aoife Duffin The Corn Exchange and Cusack Projects @ Baryshnikov Arts Center April 20, 2016 – April 30, 2016  production site [featured image caption: Aoife Duffin. Image by Fiona Morgan.] It’s impossible to experience A Girl is a Half-formed Thing without thinking of

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review: Sex with Strangers

Sex with Strangers by Laura Eason Directed by David Saint Featuring Kyle Coffman, Joanna Rhinehart Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre April 8, 2016 – May 8, 2016  production site [This is the fifth of five reviews for shows viewed in Philadelphia during the April 2016 annual meeting of the American Theatre Critics Association.] The Philadelphia Theatre

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review: An Octoroon

An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Directed by Joanna Settle Featuring James Ijames, Justin Jain, Ed Swidey Wilma Theater, Philadelphia March 16, 2016 – April 10, 2016  production site [This is the fourth of five reviews for shows viewed in Philadelphia during the April 2016 annual meeting of the American Theatre Critics Association.] A visit to one

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review: The Nether

The Nether by Jennifer Haley Directed by Seth Rozin Featuring Bi Jean Ngo, Greg Wood, Tim Moyer, Griffin Stanton-Ameisen, Emi Branes-Huff InterAct Theatre Company @ The Drake, Center City Philadelphia March 25, 2016 – April 17, 2016  production site [This is the third of five reviews for shows viewed in Philadelphia during the April 2016 annual meeting of the

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review: Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Star Catcher by Rick Elice Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Music by Wayne Barker Directed by Bill Van Horn Featuring Brandon O’Rourke,  Ian Merrill Peakes, Aaron Cromie Walnut Street Theatre, Philadeophia March 15, 2016 – May 1, 2016  production site [This is the second of five reviews for shows viewed in

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review: Two Trains Running

Two Trains Running by August Wilson Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges Featuring Darian Dauchan, Kash Goins, Johnnie Hobbs, Jr., Lakisha May, E. Roger Mitchell, U.R., Damien J. Wallace Arden Theatre Co., 40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia March 10, 2016 – April 10, 2016  production site [This is the first of five reviews for shows viewed in

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review: House Rules

House Rules by A. Rey Pamatmat Directed by Ralph B. Peña Featuring Tina Chilip, Jojo Gonzalez, Mia Katigbak, Tiffany Villarin Ma-Yi Theater Company, SubletSeries@HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue March 25, 2016 – April 16, 2016 production site “Listen to me and learn to play the game or prepare for a motherfucking solitary existence.” (Twee to Momo)

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