Adrienne Urbanski

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Reviews (47)
Theatre is Easy

"Not as overtly thematically linked as 'Series A,' but all seem to hone in on the personal conflicts that arise in close relationships… LaBute succeeds in tackling slave reparations in a manner that never becomes overly preachy or PC, while also offering insight into heterosexual male friendships." Full Review

Public Servant
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"The evident awkwardness and discomfort the characters display regarding Miriam’s CP, and their discussions with her about it, allow 'Public Servant' to tackle misconceptions and stereotypes head-on without ever becoming too preachy or PC. This accomplishment is one of the strongest aspects of the production...'Public Servant,' much like a TV drama, is quick to pivot towards a happy ending and a heart-warming message." Full Review

Emma & Max
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"Even while shedding light on the ugliness present in American society, 'Emma and Max' still manages to create great aesthetic beauty. There may not be any hope or redemption for these characters, but Solondz has created comedy and commentary out of fictional lives that might just be closer to reality than we think." Full Review

Stray (The Tank)
Midtown W
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“This compelling combination of memoir and music creates a truly one-of-a-kind theatrical experience...A work of dazzling ingenuity and raw self expression that hasn’t been edited and refined and dulled...While the autobiographical pieces are compelling, they often feel fragmented and incomplete...Marquardt’s genuine passion for her art, and her admiration for the creativity of others, comes across strongly." Full Review

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“While not as hard-hitting as it could be, this satire about former First Lady Laura Bush features a hilarious script from Ian Allen and an appealing performance from Lisa Hodsoll...Light on political commentary and analysis...Hodsoll is immensely appealing as Laura Bush...Her performance transcends mere satire or impersonation...As the show goes on, it gains momentum...Offers an opportunity to take a break from our current frustrations and laugh at our political past.” Full Review

Good for Otto
Midtown W
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"A large, dazzling cast of talented and well-known actors helps to compensate for a bloated script...Attempts to follow the threads of many characters and the intricacies of their disordered thinking...Taking up further stage time are many musical numbers...While these certainly do serve to lighten the looming darkness of the characters' lives, Rabe could have cut a few and devoted more time to his patients finding resolution...Eschews standard plot structure, and lacks a clear climax." Full Review

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"While 'Hate Crime' features excellent acting and some compelling dialogue, it fails to reach the level of quality seen in LaBute's other works...Haigney wisely leaves 'Winter Break' ending open to interpretation, giving some fresh juice to a well-trodden topic...'Percentage America' is a timely work, echoing the sad state of affairs of 'fake news' and biased, untrustworthy reporting. All three actors maximize the power and humor of Lewis's script." Full Review

Dear Jane
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Despite trying to cover too much ground at once, this is a well-acted, emotionally charged drama...There are plenty of touching moments of dramatic tension, but perhaps too many to encompass in just one play, to the point where some important moments are sped through to get to the next one...Despite a disorienting beginning and lack of character development, 'Dear Jane' becomes an enthralling play once it gains momentum. Under the direction of Hilbe, it features strong acting." Full Review

Underground
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"Van Tricht has some compelling ideas here, but the themes and message are too underdeveloped for the audience to truly feel her vision. This play feels a bit like a first act of a two-act play, or like a play missing a final scene...Despite the play’s brevity, the three-person cast makes the most of the comedic and emotionally charged moments. The set also makes the most of the smallest of 59E59’s spaces." Full Review

Lone Star (2017)
Upper W Side
Theatre is Easy

"A brief but intriguing look at the struggles of a Vietnam War veteran in Texas in the 1970s...The actors' talents compensate for such a small space and minimalist set. Although McLure's characters are somewhat one-dimensional, the actors do their best to add believability and emotional complexity...A slight work with deeper meaning beneath its deceitfully superficial humor...Overall, both the cast and the opening act show endearing enthusiasm." Full Review

Divorce Party
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"While Wimmer often goes for absurdist humor, the more realistic and relatable jokes are the funniest ones...Wimmer clearly knows how to write humorous situations and compelling characters, but keeping things a little closer to earth might result in a better, more relatable play. The cast puts their all into the roles, giving the performance a ceaseless energy...There is plenty to like in this production, but those who are not fans of absurdist humor might not appreciate every joke." Full Review

Kyle
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"Where 'Kyle' succeeds the most is the physical comedy and witty dialogue, as Cassidy and James play off of each other well, under the direction of Emily Owens...Giving more of a glimpse into the psychology of an addict and what motivates one to seek out the constant chemical escape of drugs would strengthen this piece and provide more realism to the appealing comedy. Yet there is enough authenticity here due to the real-life experience at the core of this piece." Full Review

Blurred Lines
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"A timely discussion of rape culture and sexual assault through a series of vignettes, sometimes dramatic and sometimes comedic...Some scenes in 'Blurred Lines' are stronger than others, but as a whole it sends a vital and powerful message about what it means to be a young woman in today’s world...Each scene is also augmented by well-staged physical comedy. The moments of drama and intense emotion are also delivered and handled well." Full Review

The Collector
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"The two immensely talented actors comprising the cast unleash the tense emotions of their characters into this small space, pulling the audience into the room with them as they battle in a war of the psyches...The strength in this piece comes from the actors who display intense, raw emotion in their characters, under the expert direction of Lisa Milinazzo...'The Collector' is a riveting production that will have you at the edge of your seats." Full Review

Mechanics of Love
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"The cast embodies each of their often absurd characters fully...Guha’s script uniquely pokes fun at the absurd behaviors and ideals society associates with 'falling in love,' causing the audience to ask what love really is...While the madcap humor sails for most of the play, it begins to sink by the end, going off into tangents and losing focus on the very aspects that gave it flight. Perhaps with some revising and refocusing, Guha’s work could be a thing of greatness." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"A compelling piece that tells a familiar story in a new way…Alia Kache has created a work with both a strong social message, as well as a strong visual aesthetic. The coquettish dolls mimicking the behaviors associated with femininity raise many social questions about gender roles...Overall, this is a captivating work evocative of childhood whimsy and also representative of the darker side of beauty." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“While the plot of ‘The Wedding Warrior’ might seem to be the stuff of rom-com fluff, it has an authenticity owing to Dressler’s real-life experience. Her sadness seems relatable rather than forced or self-indulgent. She also shows a great knack for comedy as she shifts into kooky characters and parodies women setting up for a fight when it’s time to throw the wedding bouquet. All in all, ‘The Wedding Warrior’ is a sweetly endearing comedy.” Full Review

Austin
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"There’s a lot to like here, and Cusick has certainly picked some compelling themes and created some engrossing characters. However, the scenes feel incomplete, as if the best pieces were edited out...While these unresolved questions help propel interest, their ambiguity leads to confusion about who these characters truly are and whether we should be invested in them emotionally. Cusick has created the groundwork here for a great play, but as is, 'Austin' has not fulfilled its potential." Full Review

Stet
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"'Stet' succeeds in tackling an emotional and controversial issue in a nuanced manner. Kim Davies’ script turns the case into an enthralling story that held my attention from start to finish...Each cast member gives believability to their character’s emotional turns...This production successfully tackles a difficult social issue of grave importance without becoming overly preachy and didactic or creating maudlin characters.” Full Review

Happily After Ever
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"Parody creates a way to successfully poke fun at societal gender roles, but it does not provide the best set up for exploring a serious issue fraught with emotion. All of the characters are so one-dimensional that it is difficult to feel any empathy for their dilemma...The actors excel in their roles, augmenting their laugh inducing cluelessness with physical comedy. 'Happily After Ever' might be uneven, but it does bring to light some important issues all while inducing plenty of chuckles." Full Review

Snow White
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"This dazzling one of a kind dance piece mixes burlesque, baroque, ballet, acrobatics, and musical theater to create a new take on the Snow White tale that manages to be both edgy and erotic while also whimsical and dreamy...In the end the Snow White tale seems to merely be a narrative to string together some visually stunning song and dance numbers put on by a talented and classically trained cast." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"This very superficial examination of dysfunctional coupledom is light on insight but heavy on the laughs....Here, women and men are limited to the one dimensional stereotypes perpetuated by sitcoms and reality shows...Joke-wise, the bawdy humor has far more hits than misses. So if you’re looking for an entertaining outing with your friends, then this is the show for you." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Beautiful' places more focus on the music than the story and plot, making it not so much a tribute to Carole King’s life as it is a tribute to her large body of work...King’s relationship with Gerry is glossed over and we learn little about what their life is like. This leads to the end of their relationship feeling less dramatic and climactic than it could have been...Anyone who was not a fan of King’s songs before the show will most likely be one by curtain call." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'Dating, Depression and Dirtbags' has a compelling story and an amusing script, and with a louder and slightly more streamlined delivery it would be sure to leave any audience in stitches. Most likely any woman (or perhaps man) who has had to deal with their own romantic woes will identify with Zagreda’s humorous story of journeying towards inner strength and recovery. Those recovering from their own heartbreak will find catharsis in the show’s humor and authenticity." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Darker than usual for 'Summer Shorts,' all three plays in 'Series A' tackle suicide and illness…the standout by far is Courtney Baron's attention-grabbing Here I Lie…By exploring the motives of two woefully misguided...people, Baron creates immensely compelling writing." Full Review

Trick or Treat
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"This pitch-black comedy manages to find humor in the unearthing of buried family secrets...The first half of the play is suspenseful drama mixed with dark comedy...Under the direction of Carole Dunne, each cast member convincingly navigates the play's twists, turns and changes in tone, challenges that might have easily sabotaged the show in lesser hands...'Trick or Treat' straddles the line between genres." Full Review

Agnes
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

“This compelling drama about emotional connection is thoroughly engrossing from start to finish...While some of the plot turns might be well suited for a steamy soap opera...McMullen explores the characters’ inner motivations and how desire and the need to love and be loved can go awry. While the production initially is heavy on jokes, it soon becomes focused on heavy conflict as truths are revealed...Each member of ‘Agnes’’ cast meets the challenge of their character's emotional journey.” Full Review

The Originalist
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

“Playwright Strand has crafted his characters well...’The Originalist’ feels authentic and its dialogue rings true. Gero and Ifeachor maximize the tension and humor in their well-staged debate scenes, and Gero is especially charismatic as Scalia, evoking empathy and a sense of humanity despite his hardline conservatism. Under the guidance of director Molly Smith, he maximizes the humor of the character, pushing the laugh potential in each wisecrack.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Although Greene's script may sometimes seem like an incongruent juxtaposition of tragic plot and comedic action, her characters' candid discussions excavate spot-on truths about our current society...Each of the cast members skillfully maneuvers from dramatic to comedic moments and makes the emotional scenes feel authentic...Haltman and her team use this unique script as an impetus to create an unusual and innovative theatrical experience." Full Review

Time No Line
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"This look at Kelly’s lifelong drive to create art and be heard makes this a compelling piece worth experiencing...The most compelling and touching moments are when Kelly delves into his experience living as a gay man in lower Manhattan in the 80s and early 90s...A unique mix of visual art, dance, video, and music that shows Kelly’s range as an artist. The rich history he has lived through and his ceaseless desire to express himself creatively make his show immensely compelling and endearing." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Jack:' Playwright Ross shows a knack for the minor dramas of everyday life, whereas the two-person cast, under the guidance of director O'Donnell, convincingly portrays messy, sometimes illogical emotions...'Playing God' is rather slight, but there are a few witty one-liners worthy of laughs...Compared to the other short works, 'Acolyte' is tauter, with a faster pacing and a more sophisticated premise, providing plenty of food for thought once the curtain has come down." Full Review

In a Word
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"An immensely clever, well-written work that explores grief and memory, creating a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience...An immensely clever play from start to finish. Lauren Yee's intelligent script is matched by the production's staging ...The actors help to pull off a script that requires a lot of skill as time and characters shift constantly and quickly...The sort of innovative, well-written play that one hopes to find in Off-Broadway theatre, so see it before it closes." Full Review

Invincible
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"This clever, laugh-inducing play provides plenty of comedic relief along with some deeper thoughts regarding class...The characters themselves are stereotypes...However, these stereotypes become more complex and the sitcom humor widens and deepens into something far more thought-provoking...Each of the actors succeeds in transitioning their character from a superficial comedic sketch to a more complex and emotionally dramatic performance." Full Review

Fossils
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"An enthralling, one-of-a-kind production...The performers all have terrific chemistry, playing off one another with ease, and imbuing humor into each line and gesture...There are loads of clever storytelling devices and jokes that build upon the show's themes, making this the sort of the show you would probably have to see twice in order to catch everything...All of this makes 'Fossils' the sort of innovative, knock-you-off-your-seat show you hope to chance upon." Full Review

Dark Vanilla Jungle
Lower E Side
Theatre is Easy

"As this play is a monologue, its strength depends on the performer, who must create this entire world alone onstage. Luckily, Braverman is up to the task, showcasing her impressive acting skills...Ridley’s powerful script offers a compelling commentary on societal misogyny and patriarchal power struggles...However, Andrea’s delusional and paranoid state sometimes eclipses the story, and a bit more clarity could create a better platform for the ideas Ridley so smartly showcases." Full Review

Orion
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"While the scenes of this play can be quite dramatic and sentimental, they are anchored by monologues...The lines delivered in these moments are the most insightful and well-written in the play and add depth and breadth to a play that might feel like a flimsy romantic drama without these looks into the characters’ interiors...Overall, 'Orion' is an entertaining and engaging play that captures the intense emotions and confusion that accompany young love." Full Review

Senior Moment
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"‘Senior Moment’ uses one man’s move into assisted living as an opportunity for enthralling, sitcom-y humor…‘Senior Moment‘ is an enjoyable play that brings to light the experience of coping with aging and trying to grab at happiness in the short time one has left. The light-hearted, quip-filled humor is thoroughly engaging and laugh-inducing...The cast effectively milks every last laugh from Vogel’s script and convincingly embodies their characters." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Gives Shelley the attention she so rightly deserves...The cast members prove themselves to be talented at taking on multiple roles, using puppetry, and providing differing voices and sound effects...The truly unique 'Phantasmagoria' provides plenty of spooky fun, but, through its discussion of Mary Shelley and her work, also plenty of brain food that will leave you cerebrally stimulated long after the actors have taken their bows." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Oliver is an energetic and captivating performer who truly puts her heart into her performance, showing skill in both her movement and her delivery. Her vivaciousness is contagious, and one cannot help but root for her and her story of determination....While one might expect a story about motherhood and the challenges of autism to be overly sentimental and preachy, this production is rather an honest, heartfelt tale about family, love, and motherhood that anyone might relate to." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Katz proves herself to be both a gifted writer and performer as she creates a work that is humorous, insightful, and reflective of our current time. Katz is able to embody each of her well-developed characters so fully, both in terms of voice and mannerisms, that it is easy to forget this is a solo show. The struggles of her characters are both touching and laugh-out-loud funny." Full Review

Tailspin! (FringeNYC)
East Village
Theatre is Easy

“While the events that inspired ‘Tailspin!’ may not be fresh in audiences’ minds to give this play the resonance it might have had a year ago, it still offers plenty of comedic insight into our entertainment-centric lives...Each of the actors (guided by director Kelly Webb) shows a knack for physical humor and for delivering their lines with the full comedic potency intended by playwright Zach Stephens.” Full Review

The Red Room
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

“Succeeds in creating a resonant portrait of a family torn apart by crisis and grief. Guided by Jenny Beth Snyder, each cast member makes the volatile emotions erupting throughout this production feel authentic and powerful...Some greater discussion of the brother’s murder and its particulars might have strengthened the plot and emotion of this production, but even as is ‘The Red Room’ explores important questions related to justice and loss.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“The two actors pull this play along, even with lines that dart into extreme drama and sometimes sentimentality, making each line feel authentic and making the events of the play compelling ones. They are just as convincing as eight-year-olds as they are as 38-year-olds. Through the strength of their emotional and nuanced performances the actors make us believe two characters wanting to love each other, battle scars and all.” Full Review

Connected
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"There is not a lot in terms of subject matter that is new within this production, but the characters are complex and well-developed enough so that even a story line that might feel a bit tired is imbued with freshness. The strength of the actors' performances also serves to make this show an engaging one...'Connected' held my interest from start to finish, and I found myself riveted as I waited to see what would happen to the sympathetically rendered characters." Full Review

Wide Awake Hearts
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"'Wide Awake Hearts' is one of the most cleverly written plays I’ve seen in a while, and surprisingly the writer’s focus on being clever turns out to be its one flaw...While this play would have been stronger with more scenes showcasing emotion and character development, it still is a strongly acted, stream-lined production that showcases honest moments of raw emotion laid bare by an immensely talented cast." Full Review

Nice Girl
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"Strong performances from the cast and a detailed, well-designed set help to make this an enthralling production. While the plot and premise of 'Nice Girl' may not sound particularly unique or enticing, this appealing and compelling piece is proof that a high-quality production featuring exceptional actors can make what might seem like a run of the mill storyline into something extraordinary." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"There’s little that’s envelope-pushing or edgy about this musical, and yet it succeeds in being both fun and joyful...Despite following the typical fare of Broadway musicals, the musical numbers which comprise 'Kinky Boots' feel far more fresh and engaging than those of other shows...Despite the fact that this show feels familiar, it is successfully hilarious and engaging...One cannot help but leave the theater with a feeling of joy." Full Review