Alan Miller

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Reviews (29)
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A Seat on the Aisle

"An exceptionally well-written play – a family drama, a mystery, and a black comedy all in one...Neary’s ear for dialogue is terrific but that’s not all the play has going for it: it also has been blessed with a truly extraordinary cast...But when all is said and done, the play really belongs to Gordon Clapp. His is an award-worthy performance as Johnny...It is a performance that will remain with you long after you have left the theater." Full Review

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75
A Seat on the Aisle

"We were rather disappointed by the plays in Series A. We have just seen the plays in Series B, however, and we found them to be far more entertaining...'Ibis' is far and away the most convoluted and intricate of the three works – perhaps even a bit too much so for a one-act play...I found 'Sparring Partner' to be the best of the three plays, not only because of LaBute’s writing but equally importantly because of Joanna Christie’s and Keilyn Durrel Jones’s sparkling performances." Full Review

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85
A Seat on the Aisle

"'Time Stands Still' is an insightful and incisive exploration of the changes that occur in people’s lives...It is also a thought-provoking commentary on the ethical considerations which might enter into one’s choosing to photograph an injured or dying child rather than coming to the assistance of the child. The four actors are all outstanding, each in his or her own way." Full Review

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80
A Seat on the Aisle

“David Llewelyn-Williams delivers a strong performance as Alan John Williams (and of the rest of his family to boot), dealing not only with Harry Houdini’s magical and escapist escapades but also with the most serious issues of life, death and survival. In addition, however, he has sprinkled his performance with delightful bits of sleight-of-hand and other legerdemain that lighten the mood and never fail to entertain.” Full Review

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80
A Seat on the Aisle

"A wonderfully entertaining first act...It is in the second act that everything comes together and that all the loose ends are tied up...By play’s end, we have also re-discovered deeper truths...Elizabeth Boag does an excellent job of revealing the dreams and aspirations that the lower-class poorly educated Dawn still harbors in her soul. And Alastair Whatley does a similarly fine job in exhibiting Oliver’s growth over time." Full Review

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70
A Seat on the Aisle

"An extraordinary one-woman show...As a theatrical performance, Melville leaves nothing to be desired...A performance that truly deserves five stars...But as to the play itself, and the message it seeks to convey, that is an entirely different matter...Owen is championing a world in which a sense of entitlement justifies individual irresponsibility...If you still believe in individuals taking responsibility for their own lives, you’re still likely to appreciate Melville’s terrific performance." Full Review

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90
A Seat on the Aisle

"A very powerful and beautifully written work...This outstanding production really is one not to be missed...The actors’ performances are superb across the board. I was especially impressed by Quinn Cassavale who is vibrant, courageous and passionate as Madeleine and by Neal Mayer who is as coldly Mephistophelian as Sir Charles Sturman as one can possibly imagine. But I also thought that Lauren Currie Lewis is delightful as the innocent Killaine." Full Review

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90
A Seat on the Aisle

"This outstanding production was well worth waiting for...Because 'A Talk in the Park' is so different from the other four plays, some critics over the years have contended that it should not have been included...I actually consider it the best of the five plays, the one that is the most thought-provoking, and the one that leads us to reassess the other four in a different light...The five-person ensemble cast is absolutely brilliant with each called upon to play diametrically different roles." Full Review

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25
A Seat on the Aisle

"Felicity Houlbrooke and Filipa Braganca both deliver truly spectacular performances in 'Echoes.' But, sad to say, their talents are largely squandered on this play which is little more than a superficial diatribe...In dueling monologues, Tillie and Samira expound on their ordeals and ultimate disillusionments but without ever really acknowledging any responsibility for their own actions...The play really is nothing more than an extreme feminist and far left polemic." Full Review

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95
A Seat on the Aisle

"A wonderful revival of the long lost play...An excellent production...This production of Hazel Ellis’s 'Women Without Men' clearly deserves a place in that panoply of Mint successes...Suffice it to say that the entire production is first-rate, in no small measure due to its first-rate cast... If there is a special place in Heaven reserved for women who work so well together to provide us all with such a fine theatrical experience, these women can all start adjusting their wings." Full Review

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80
A Seat on the Aisle

"If you enjoyed the book or the movie or found either to be inspirational, then I have little doubt that you will enjoy this staging of the play immensely. And even if you didn’t much care for the book or the film, you still might get a kick out of this stage production, if only for the splendid performances. But if fine acting isn’t enough for you and you seek something less spiritual and more substantial in a play, then maybe you ought just take a pass on this one." Full Review

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60
A Seat on the Aisle

"The play wasn’t big on plot structure when it was first produced and, not surprisingly, it isn’t any bigger on plot structure in this latest incarnation...This would have been a much better play, I believe, if Wilson had allowed his plot ideas to evolve and then resolved them, instead of just leaving them out there as unresolved background issues, focusing solely on his characters’ emotional reactions...Given the play as it has been written, however, the cast has performed splendidly." Full Review

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80
A Seat on the Aisle

"So if you’ve seen 'The Seagull,' there might not seem to be much point in your attending 'Songbird' as well, since the musical breaks no new ground and won’t really add to your understanding of the human condition – except for one thing: the cast of 'Songbird' is absolutely superb and they have done a terrific job with the material they have been given." Full Review

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90
A Seat on the Aisle

"The play has its funny moments but the humor is very dark and it is much more a hauntingly macabre play than an amusing one. Ms Hulme-Beaman’s performance is absolutely riveting as she expresses through words, actions and expressions the devolution of a superficially charming and delightful but fundamentally deeply disturbed little girl." Full Review

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90
A Seat on the Aisle

"Excellent revival...Erin Cronican is absolutely sensational...Much of the success of this production must be attributed to her performance. That is not to deny that Ms. Cronican has been very ably supported in this production by the other members of The Seeing Place Theater’s ensemble cast. " Full Review

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85
A Seat on the Aisle

"Katarina delivers an extraordinary monologue describing her social, cultural, intellectual and sexual growth while in thrall to Adam – and the price she pays for it...Elinor DiLorenzo’s performance as Katarina is spot on, capturing the passions, the frustrations, the aspirations, the resentments and the ambivalences of a young woman in today’s politically correct yet still largely patriarchal society. It is a performance not to be missed." Full Review

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35
A Seat on the Aisle

"Instead of a joyously entertaining yiddishkeit musical, we are being treated to a depressing rendition of the Jewish immigrant experience with excessive emphasis on the horrors of Romanian pogroms...Caplan is an immensely talented performer...In this depressingly tasteless musical, Caplan’s enormous talents are largely squandered...Not only that it is depressing and gratuitously gory...but also that it is tasteless, puerile, and misogynistic while paying lip service to political correctness." Full Review

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60
A Seat on the Aisle

"Haigney’s 'Winter Break' stands head and shoulders above the other two...Haigney has done a superb job in depicting the alternative realities perceived by the three Khouris, and Schaschl, Dornfeld, and Sickmann are terrific at conveying their distinctively differing emotional states...LaBute’s 'Hate Crime', on the other hand, was disappointing...'Percentage America' by Carter W. Lewis, is based on a very clever series of conceits...But it doesn’t quite work." Full Review

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60
A Seat on the Aisle

"'My Eyes Went Dark' turns out not to be particularly intellectually challenging, despite the questions it raises, because once raising them it doesn’t really do anything more with them. The premise of the play is a valid one but the play itself could use a lot more editing and fleshing out. And so my bottom line is this: the play itself is somewhat disappointing but the actors’ performances are phenomenal and those performances alone are justification enough for your seeing this one." Full Review

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85
A Seat on the Aisle

"A satiric masterpiece...Gogol’s play remains one for the ages...A rollicking adaptation...'The Government Inspector' is the latest of that company’s string of classic revivals of which Red Bull may be justifiably proud...Both Michael Urie and Michael McGrath are outstanding in their starring roles...Both Distler’s set design and Grimes' costume design also deserve positive mention; they provide the perfect backdrop for this exuberant production." Full Review

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65
A Seat on the Aisle

"'Echoes' remains just as much 'an extreme feminist and far left polemic' as it was in its original incarnation...'Angel' makes this dual entry of 'Angel & Echoes' in this year’s Brits Off Broadway production truly worth seeing...It is an empowering and exhilarating play that focuses on women’s strengths rather than their victimhood and it is Avital Lvova’s performance that makes it especially memorable." Full Review

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90
A Seat on the Aisle

"Here’s our bottom line on 'Hero’s Welcome:' we loved it and it’s clearly another Ayckbourn hit...The play is rife with plots and subplots...The cast of 'Hero’s Welcome' consists of the same three men and two women. To be sure, Richard Stacey truly comes into his own here in the starring role of Murray. Nor is this to to say that the other members of the cast aren’t just as good here as they were in 'Confusions' for they truly are." Full Review

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60
A Seat on the Aisle

"It seems to me that there really is much less to Richard Bean’s 'Toast' than first meets the eye. At first blush, the play, set in a drab, sterile bakery factory in Hull, appears to be something of an existential metaphor for the transience and meaninglessness of human life…And yet it is all for naught…'Toast’s' seven man ensemble cast is truly outstanding, but as for the play itself, not so much." Full Review

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85
A Seat on the Aisle

"The juxtaposition [of the plays] was not only imaginatively conceived but, equally important, it was intelligently and creatively executed...A lot is packed into that brief hour-and-a-half...The entire production gets by with a minimal set, which presents no real problem in 'Abortive' and 'Embers' which originally were produced as radio dramas. It is a bit more of a problem in 'Unveiling'...The play’s director and its outstanding cast still make it work." Full Review

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65
A Seat on the Aisle

"The six plays are by seven different playwrights; their settings run the gamut from Greenwich Village to Memphis, Tennessee to Northern Ireland; and plotlines range from the pleasures of sexting to the ramifications of PTSD. But for all their differences, they do share a unifying theme in their exploration of the human imagination and its location somewhere between fantasy and reality." Full Review

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80
A Seat on the Aisle

"Retro Productions is an exceptionally talented theatre company dedicated to the presentation of 'good theatrical stories that have an historical perspective - with an emphasis on the 20th century'...This revival does not come across as dated at all. Indeed, although the internet and sexting may have supplanted videotaping in today’s world, the play’s message is as salient today as it ever was." Full Review

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90
A Seat on the Aisle

"A delightfully rambunctious production…This is an extraordinary work – a tongue-in-cheek comedy, an existential and absurdist tour-de-force that owes as much to Samuel Beckett as it does to William Shakespeare…This instance of gender-blind casting works beautifully, with both Larson and Vammer providing a welcome degree of light-hearted insouciance in their roles." Full Review

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75
A Seat on the Aisle

"An extraordinary surrealistic theatrical production that brilliantly captures and exposes Saudi Arabia's contradictions...The play does hit a few false notes...But that said, the work succeeded in hitting its mark much more often than it failed, a credit both to the playwright and to the entire cast." Full Review

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85
A Seat on the Aisle

"The play unfolds as a series of brief vignettes rather than as a linear story line and is most effective in doing so. After 90 minutes of this, a full picture has emerged, reflecting the playwright’s view of men behaving badly. Despite its being somewhat dated, 'Boy’s Life' is still a thought-provoking and funny play." Full Review