Adrienne Sowers

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Reviews (44)
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"Has intrigue and high concept aplenty, with a script lauded as one of the next big things in non-traditional, semi-post-dramatic performance. Navigating this play is an exercise in learning to be comfortable with discomfort...It does not grant the audience the satisfaction that they are conditioned to anticipate from narrative performance...Not for everyone and may not resonate with all aesthetics. But it accomplishes cleverly what it sets out to do." Full Review

City of No Illusions
East Village
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“Against a backdrop of lovely live music, a rather predictable kitchen-sink-style realist plot unfolds...It feels as though the issues supersede character development...The need for human connection and seeing beyond differences is a driving force of this play, and the moments that achieve it play out beautifully. There is ample charm and well-mined humor...But ultimately the execution falls a bit flat...Intent and energy are wonderful things, but they can only take one so far." Full Review

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“Moratti’s interpretation makes it difficult to engage with the text...The conceit of the production is interesting enough...But ultimately the dynamics end there...It becomes muddled and confusing when actors playing mid-to-minor characters change roles...The text is edited well..The energy of the cast pushes the pulse. One would be remiss to discount the stunning original music...Unfortunately, the lack of nuance onstage ultimately undermines a promising conceit and aesthetic.” Full Review

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“A singular experience. The eerie, nihilistic, Strindbergian performance hits the audience with a visceral and twisting silent terror...A world that stirs our most profound fears...The movement work is incredibly strong...There is clearly a linear structure to the production, but it is best experienced in waves. To live within each moment, and float or crash into the following, feels most appropriate for fully investing in the dystopian world so meticulously created. ” Full Review

The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
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"A well-crafted family drama...The potential for an explosively gripping show is present, with a strong script and compelling performances, but in this particular performance, the direction felt slack...The stakes that playwright Jaki McCarrick has built into the script are high and tangible, and though the acting by the strong ensemble is formidable, the production tends to lack a luster that seems to be bubbling just below the surface." Full Review

Beep Boop
East Village
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for a previous production "Amid brilliant physical clowning and laser specific silent action is a pervasive sense of loneliness away from the devices...Saudek is ablaze with unfailing energy and specificity. His expressiveness is unparalleled, and each movement is curated to optimal effect. 'beep boop' is simultaneously a celebration and indictment of our relationship to our devices." Full Review

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"The actors playing these teenagers bring heart and honesty to rather challenging roles. Romeo’s decision to set the action among high schoolers is a strong one...The script addresses this tricky subject matter deftly, never exonerating the perpetrator, never sounding like an after-school special, never blaming the victim for drinking...Benko’s guiding hand combined with the actor’s strong performances make Romeo’s play dynamic, challenging, and memorable." Full Review

Inferno A-Go-Go
Midtown W
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"DeLa brings her trademark spark and wit to the stage, and even more confidence and polish as a seasoned performer...This play has a phenomenally strong dramaturgical backbone, and the layers of campy wit layered over it create a fully fleshed, insanely fun expedition. Amid clever musical covers, tongue-in-cheek video projection...there is a tremendous amount of heart poured into every moment...The balance struck between tugging on heartstrings and ticking funny bones is sheer perfection." Full Review

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“The singing sprinkled throughout is lovely, adding tremendous heart to the piece...The movement is incredibly creative and clever...Despite an eighty-five minute running time, 'The Snow Queen' at times feels a bit longer. Some of the acting is a bit presentational and difficult to connect with...The underlying joy and truth could use some reinforcement...Charming and fun, and with just a bit more oomph will delight audiences of all ages.” Full Review

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“The all-woman cast is incredibly talented; most notably Morris, who plays both child and adult Laura with honesty and specificity...Krieger has created a play that carries itself with precision and tenderness...Has a great deal of heart and carries the audience through time seamlessly. Even a house-lights snafu and a freezing auditorium can’t detract from the themes, performances, and beautiful design of the play. It is definitely a play to see before its close in December." Full Review

Aliens Coming
Gramercy
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"'Aliens Coming' is charming and clearly a labor of love. It is delivered with a tremendous amount of mirth by a young and enthusiastic cast...However, there is some unevenness that detracts a bit from the bubbly zaniness...There are some plot holes and logistical loopholes in terms of world building...The largest hurdle to overcome in experiencing this play is the sound balance...A few body mics on major characters would make a world of difference.” Full Review

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"This is a fearless production, helmed by Everett Quinton. The script is strange, the premise is absurd, and there are puppet piranhas (brilliantly and comically executed by Satoshi Haga). It is uncomfortable in all the right ways, and even if the humor isn’t your typical preference, the talent in, and skilled execution of, this play, are undeniable. It is a delightful, murderous, piranha-filled romp." Full Review

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"Stanton’s energy and focus carry the action well, though there are occasional moments when the performance pushes the language a bit too hard, causing both to feel overwrought...Amid the lovely language and rather complex metaphors, there is a tangible disconnect between the play’s intent and the experiential understanding of the writer...In the post-show discussion billed as Act II...the energy with which that feedback was received was incredibly negative." Full Review

The View UpStairs
East Village
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"A phenomenal cast carries a powerful and moving experience...There are a few occasions where the out-of-time elements clash with the smoothness of the play as a whole...A tightening of these details would help drive the authenticity of the play even further. Minor specificity issues aside, 'The View UpStairs' is a poignant, exuberant, touching musical that explores a dark day in LGBTQIA history. This play is a special experience, and shows promise for a bright and successful future." Full Review

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"This ‘80s-style throwback antic comedy is deftly directed by Charles Maryan, with fantastic timing. Visually, the production is striking...While the jokes land and the ensemble carry the energy well, the play at times seems a bit too much like its setting...An interesting concept that pales behind lazzi and caricature-like traits. For the genre, it succeeds, but it feels more like a revival of an aesthetic than a reinvention of it." Full Review

MOPE
Midtown W
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"A hilarious and incisive deconstruction of toxic masculinity, this new play is sidesplittingly funny, until it is decidedly not. Hardy’s brilliant script soars in the hands of director RJ Tolan. The world is rich and clear. Characters deep and tangible. The story is gripping and though at a certain point the conclusion begins to feel inevitable, it does not feel predictable...The chemistry, timing, and ensemble work is stellar...This play is definitely one to catch before its short run ends." Full Review

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"Irving carries the energy of a one-man, nearly two-hour show with laser-sharp focus and deliberate storytelling. He makes it feel so natural and effortless that the evening is more like one spent with a dear friend...Delightful surprises and fantastic music support the magic Irving spins. One surprise turns into a song, which folds into a story, which intersects with another, creating a brilliant, sparkling web of joy. This is a piece that earns rapt attention and investment." Full Review

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"The entanglement of the narratives works well in the second half of the show, however the first act has some trouble finding its feet...As the play becomes more ephemeral and ethereal, with heavy ambiance and puppet work, the story finds its pace and drive. Perhaps with a little more time, 'Phantasmagoria' will develop a first act that performs to the level of its second. The promise of a strong ensemble cast and compelling design has the potential for a spectacular spectre-driven experience." Full Review

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"With spunky musical numbers and nods to the source material, this show is a spirited romp...A charismatic ensemble cast work fantastically together...Featuring high-camp drag portrayals of beloved television characters and snappy innuendos, the timing and sass of 'Thank You' is a breath of fresh Floridian air. The show is still finding its feet with some of the nuances of timing and delivery, but the charm and wit of 'Thank You' carries the production quite a distance. Full Review

The Good Earth
Soho/Tribeca
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"This cast is extraordinary. The ensemble work is stunning and the ownership of every moment of the script is absolutely gripping...All breathe incredible passion and specificity into their roles...Under Boulton’s guidance, the small-town culture and the ire at displacement by a faceless entity is palpable...This production is simple and direct, joyous and heartbreaking...'The Good Earth' transports the audience to Wales and makes the experience of one small village resonate around the globe." Full Review

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“Part play, part performative installation art, and entirely captivating. The ensemble cast are utterly brilliant, as individuals and as a cohesive unit...This celebratory energy in both design and performance can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. The piece starts at a high energy level and never waivers, which though a testament to the skill and dedication of the cast, sometimes muddles the importance assigned to individual moments...There is no way to leave the theatre feeling low.” Full Review

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"The demands of this production are highly taxing, emotionally and physically, and each member of the cast attacks the process with prowess. Their cohesiveness is hypnotic and nearly superhuman…The cast is constantly connected and engaged; the faltering moments seem to lie in the overall structure and shape of 'Body'...Though the piece itself is not done growing, it stands on strong legs and moves confidently in the direction of its goal." Full Review

Mac Beth
West Village
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"This production examines of Shakespeare’s most grittily famous plays through the lens of the teenage experience...Here, packed into ninety breakneck minutes and delivered by a cast of entirely young women, the play has a newfound palpability...The conceit of this play is compelling enough to draw attention, and it’s execution lives up to the hype and then some...A rock-solid production, and well worth a trip." Full Review

Skin
Midtown W
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"A singular experience in the power of silence and signal...’Skin’ takes on the various connotations of the titular word. The vignette structure is dramaturgically sound, with excellent balance...to create dynamics in tone and tempo without giving the audience aesthetic whiplash...The work of the ensemble is stunning and strikes the delicate balance of appearing effortless while showcasing the talent of the performers...An engaging, memorable production.” Full Review

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“An ambitious piece...There are shining moments, and some major talent...As the play moves forward...The social commentary becomes heavy-handed to the point that it is difficult to see the play around it...The overt bludgeoning of the central theme becomes tedious...The aesthetic and conceit of the play are engrossing, which compensates a bit for the overwrought components...Perhaps with a bit of time, the potential to be something singular could be reached.” Full Review

Soundstage
Soho/Tribeca
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"The technical composition is flawless...Roth gives a seamless performance...The entire piece feels like a kind of dance...Some beats teeter between vulnerable and self-indulgent. There’s a great deal to take in and it can be challenging to know where one’s attention ought to fall...However, once one lets go and allows themselves to sink into the haunting, out-of-time world...’Soundstage’ is a singular experience for audiences that enjoy something off the beaten path.” Full Review

Scraps
Soho/Tribeca
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"A brilliant and earth-shattering portrayal of the effects of police shootings in the black community...'Scraps' is disturbing, relentless and beautiful. Transitioning from kitchen-sink realism to abstract expressionist game-show style, Inoa’s lyrical freight train of a dialogue-driven script is a triumph...A stunning play, and this production is a testament to a collaborative team with a shared vision...It is not to be missed." Full Review

Beloved
Midtown W
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“A lovely new Swedish play....With heart and humor, Langseth’s play transcends cultural barriers to push against the line between love and obsession, healthy change and rash infatuation...DiLorenzo is charming and captivating as Katerina...Curtiss’ direction moves the play along at a riveting pace...The clarity with which every element of this play is addressed is dramaturgically bulletproof. ‘Beloved’ is worth battling crowds to experience before its brief run comes to an end.” Full Review

The Fourth Wall
Midtown W
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"Under the guiding hand of director Christopher Burris, the nuances of absurdism and genuine human emotion are well-navigated by a talented cast...Set during George W. Bush’s presidency, many of the themes and issues resonate with today’s audiences, seen in light of the current administration’s 'leadership'...Gurney’s script has a few challenging moments...The satire is at times a lot to take, but the direction, performances, and design use the ridiculousness of the piece as intended." Full Review

Ms. Estrada
Soho/Tribeca
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"A rap musical adaptation of 'Lysistrata' penned by four men...The concept is strong...'Lysistrata' is rife with material to mine. With sharp performances against a stunning design, the show has promise. Unfortunately, the problematic execution of the script itself detracts from the talent onstage...It meanders and doesn't seem to know what it ultimately wants to do...Bringing more women into the writing and development process would give this script much-needed nuance and depth." Full Review

Jack and the Beanstalk
Lower E Side
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"For children’s theatre, this production is on the longer side at just under two hours (with intermission), but remains engaging throughout. There is flash, charm, and interaction for the younger audience, and cleverly crafted entendre to keep an older audience entertained...Most importantly for a family show, the diversity onstage – performers of different sizes, abilities, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, etc. – expresses the spirit of the community in which the play is produced." Full Review

Arden/Everywhere
Gramercy
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"Featuring a diverse cast including many immigrants to the US, director Jessica Bauman’s play is rich and gripping...This production reverberates with a relevant and engaging energy. The fantastic cast breathes vibrant life into the text, with a commitment to relentless pacing and allowing the stream-of-consciousness nature of the dialogue to come alive...Layering in personal narratives and native languages of various cast members brings 'As You Like It' to new life." Full Review

Trinkets
East Village
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for a previous production “The energy and specificity of the production fall short of the potential set forth by the writing. There are significant moments where the cast shines, but they are offset with low energy. As a whole, it feels like an early tech rehearsal, with actors marking through their parts but holding back from going full-out. There is tremendous potential in this play. Perhaps with more time in front of audiences, 'Trinkets' will find its footing and deliver on its promise of dazzle.” Full Review

Soot and Spit
West Village
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"The experience is rich and singular. Energy and psychic texture reverberate through the space. Every member of the stellar cast gives a full, vibrant performance...Best absorbed as an experience rather than by hanging onto a traditional sense of plot...Director Kim Weild guides this play with a masterful hand, while allowing each individual member of the cast and creative team to shine. 'Soot and Spit' is a singular experience that cannot be missed." Full Review

Nibbler
West Village
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“.At the conclusion of the piece, one is uncertain as to exactly what story they’ve just witnessed. It’s not that the facts of the play are unclear, but that the 'why' of the piece proves elusive. The production is charming and well put together, with strong performances from a capable young cast…‘Nibbler’ in its current state feels like a solid effort by a young company, but does not quite reach the level of storytelling prowess needed to evoke an invested reaction.” Full Review

Calderon's Two Dreams
East Village
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“An energetic and committed ensemble is to be commended for sustaining the energy and intention throughout the piecest…The puppetry and performances are solid, but as a whole, the latter 'Life is a Dream' falls short of being as engaging as the former. It’s a rare experience to see both these texts in the same performance, and for some, the length and unevenness may detract from the timeless and compelling messages contained therein.” Full Review

Babel
East Village
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"The stellar ensemble offers a fresh take on the story of the 'Tower of Babel,' utilizing acrobatics, movement theatre, and contemporary dance. The story is linear and specific, compelling to seasoned avant-garde audiences but direct enough for audiences less familiar with nonverbal pieces to follow...The play leaves the audience feeling hopeful and united, which proves timely for the current state of American culture and politics." Full Review

Holden
West Village
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"The cast is strong and deliver compelling performances with fantastic relationships. The humor is dark yet laser-sharp, physical timing is impeccable, and the specificity of intention is clear in the actors’ performances...The solid technique in both performance and design are undermined by the lack of specificity in the circumstances surrounding the killers’ captivity, leading one to lose connection with the moment at hand to ponder the greater logistics of the conceit." Full Review

Trans-Jester
West Village
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"Delightfully crass humor…A one-person show that balances social commentary with toilet humor to achieve a brilliant aesthetic and emotional balance. Bunny expertly works with the audience energy, driving the piece while tweaking nuances on the fly to hold the audience in the palm of her brooch-bejeweled hand…The joy that Bunny brings to the stage is nothing short of infectious, and audiences cannot help but feel a connection, not only to Bunny, but to each other." Full Review

Slumber
Brooklyn
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"With amazing aerial acts, contortion, acrobatics, tumbling, break dancing, and clever audience interaction, this piece almost makes one feel bad for enjoying murder so very much...The ensemble is incredible, and under director Josh Aviner’s guidance, rules the space with fervor and delight...A talented cast, a compelling story, phenomenal physical performances, and rollicking energy are a winning combination." Full Review

Crackskull Row
Chelsea
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for a previous production "Director Kira Simring clearly guided the cast in building a tight ensemble. Yet it is the moments when the tension spikes and the reality becomes blurred that the specificity wanes...The story and language of 'Crackskull Row' are exquisite, and the performances from the actors are lovely against a beautifully designed set. However, looking at the piece as a whole, it falls short of becoming triumphant by leaving the audience asking questions that detract from the play rather than enhance it." Full Review

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“It is a compelling story set against a beautifully designed visual world, and containing moments of honest humor and poignancy. However, this production is a bit loose around the edges. One can sense moments of lagging action or lack of specificity that drive the audience to lose attention and focus...Additionally, the script itself runs long, and needs a trim...Perhaps with a bit more time, ‘Bob’ will find its way to victory as a captivating and enlightening theatrical experience.” Full Review

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"Moments of intimacy between audience and performers juxtapose in brilliant contrast against performance art, which traverses expertly into a moment of musical revue…This stellar cast makes use of a large and complex space, creating moments of truth, intimacy, and questioning that are incredibly compelling...It is a visceral, thoughtful, compelling piece that works with the audience to create meaning. A stellar effort that is not to be missed." Full Review

Ironbound
West Village
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"Martyna Majok’s 'Ironbound' shines grittily as an expertly-crafted theatrical experience that reaches audiences on a visceral, gut-punching level. Director Daniella Topol guides an exceptional cast through the barbs and minefields of time and relationships that expose the beating heart of humanity and strife. Marin Ireland gives a powerhouse performance." Full Review