Andy Propst

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Reviews (70)
American Theater Web

"It's a scary, fractured ride, and also one that, despite two first-rate performances, becomes somewhat wearisome...'The Father' initially intrigues, but as it moves forward, Zeller's strategy to disorient while also evincing André's mental decline becomes increasingly gimmicky...There's an indubitable pull to the material and the performances, but one can't help but wish that it had been offered up in a less distancing manner." Full Review

Bright Star
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"It's a sweet, romantic, sepia-toned look back to the first half of the 20th century that's beautifully supported by the score Martin and Brickell have written...Director Walter Bobbie, working with choreographer Josh Rhodes, deploys the structure that houses the band to help give the show a sweeping cinematic feel...The appealingly tuneful journey to the show's conclusion proves to be consistently satisfying and ultimately moving." Full Review

American Theater Web

"It's a recipe for theatrical cheesiness beyond compare and one that's served up with gusto by a spectacular array of Broadway talent...Anyone with even a passing familiarity with the genre at hand will anticipate most of what happens to these folks well before it takes place...'Disaster!,' thanks to the inestimable talents of the company, has steady enough theatrical sea-legs to provoke roars of laughter for those looking for a goofball night out." Full Review

American Theater Web

"'Broadway and The Bard' ultimately succeeds because, throughout, Cariou commands attention during the spoken portions of the piece (one longs for him to take on some Shakespeare in the city soon). And when singing, his voice has a suppleness to it that charms." Full Review

Sojourners
East Village
American Theater Web

for a previous production "Unfortunately, much of Udofia's detail-rich script plays as if it were a series of overlapping monologues, many of which repeat the same information. Further undermining the potential of the play is Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's direction which requires the performers to generally look toward the audience as they speak...It's a pity because the tales that Udofia's sharing are pungent, and Iskandar has a superlative four person ensemble at his disposal." Full Review

American Theater Web

"The densely constructed piece also happens to be frustratingly sprawling, nevertheless it has the ability to amuse and stir hearts...They are all performances to savor, and oftentimes they are enough to help theatergoers overlook the moments when Greenberg attempts to make his play more grandiose than it probably needs to be." Full Review

Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
American Theater Web

for a previous production "The play slowly and consistently goes to work on theatergoers' minds and hearts, and in the end, proves to be work that is both deeply moving and thought-provoking. Throughout, the cast delivers Morisseau's drama—and comedy—with aplomb." Full Review

American Theater Web

"Directed with smoothness by Jeff Calhoun. Oftentimes resembles the sort of loosely constructed one-man performance one might find in a cabaret venue...Further setting the show apart from cabaret is Hines’ backing, not just some small three to five piece combo, but a thrillingly brassy nine-piece ensemble...Ultimately, the headliner needs only his innate charm to capture audiences’ hearts, but for any holdouts, these other dancers cinch the deal." Full Review

American Theater Web

"It charms, amuses, and stirs. Often in the same moment...The joys of the production become abundantly apparent...This 'Fiddler' looks extraordinary...It all combines to make this 'Fiddler on the Roof' one that, for today, seems as if it is somehow definitive." Full Review

Lazarus
East Village
American Theater Web

"Strands of plot and motivation whirl together in what could be described as an electro-kaleidoscope of text, song, and imagery...The cumulative effect of this the show becomes one of both frustration and rapt fascination. It’s pretty difficult to not get sucked in by the remarkably intense and thoughtful performances...The problem is that even as 'Lazarus' draws theatergoers in, it delivers confusing roadblocks." Full Review

China Doll
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"The repetitive information in the calls and Pacino’s often stammering delivery mean that 'China Doll' can make much of the first half of the play exceptionally slow-going...There’s some joy to be had in watching Pacino command attention with offbeat intensity. Further, the play’s indictment of how big business and wealth has the potential to corrupt our political system has an unfortunate and disheartening timeliness." Full Review

Rose
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Kathleen Chalfant has found a terrific showcase for her estimable talents in Laurence Leamer’s 'Rose.' This one-woman show about the matriarch of the Kennedy clan doesn’t hold many surprises dramatically...Leamer’s contrived ratcheting up of tension using this device and his awkward conceit that allows Mrs. Kennedy to launch into her recitation of family lore may undermine Rose dramatically, but they do not deter Chalfant from delivering a marvelously crafted performance." Full Review

American Theater Web

"Will the rhythm get you at the new bio-tuner 'On Your Feet,' which tracks Gloria Estefan’s journey from an ordinary life in Miami to that of a global singing sensation? The answer is neither an emphatic 'yes' nor a heartfelt 'no.' Instead, the best response is 'sporadically'... Performances and the music itself rouse audiences at 'On Your Feet,' pulling them from the doldrums that come during the course of this latest Broadway bio-tuner.” Full Review

Lost Girls
West Village
American Theater Web

"Pollono’s written a play that’s veers between caustic tartness and sweetness to terrific effect...The cumulative effect of the two stories proves not only moving but also thought-provoking...Under Bonney’s direction, the ensemble deliver immaculately crafted performances...The ensemble’s fine work means that all of characters are people for whom theatergoers begin to root early on." Full Review

Allegiance
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Based purely on the emotional resonance of its subject matter, the new musical 'Allegiance' demands attention...The production also features a top-notch cast, including George Takei, who is making his Broadway debut and whose presence adds a painful verity to the show. This actor, along with his family was placed in one of the internment camps. Given all of this, it feels churlish to carp about the shortcomings of 'Allegiance,' and at the same time, it also feels painfully necessary." Full Review

American Theater Web

"Havergal’s conceit for the piece is that all of Greene’s characters are played by a quartet of actors who assume both male and female roles. Not only do they alternate between playing Henry and Augusta, but also all of the characters whom the two meet during their journeys. It’s a recipe for some high-spirited acting, and under Jonathan Silverman’s fine direction, this new production boasts four performances to savor." Full Review

American Theater Web

“‘Homecoming King’ sparks some chuckles and elicits a few smiles…Many of the pieces of the Minhaj’s narrative are familiar, but there’s enough that’s unexpected to ensure that theatergoers never feel as if they are experiencing theatrical déjà vu...The difficulty with the show, ultimately, is not one of content, but rather structure. Minhaj too frequently appears to be meandering through his memories rather than taking theatergoers on a focused journey through them.” Full Review

Empanada Loca
West Village
American Theater Web

"Directed by the playwright and featuring a riveting performance by Daphne Rubin-Vega, the show focuses on Dolores, a woman who has taken to living in the tunnels beneath the surface of Manhattan...Playwright Mark’s beautifully conceived and densely-packed text proves to be a playground for Rubin-Vega, who turns in a bravura performance." Full Review

Hard Love
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"The twists and turns that Lerner provides border on ones that theatergoers might expect from a daytime (or even nighttime) serial drama, and often, the piece can becomes less than credible. Thankfully, director Scott Alan Evans has two graceful performers at his disposal who help make the production feel a bit more substantial...Unfortunately, 'Hard Love' itself, even though it’s grappling with some fascinating issues, is often difficult to swallow." Full Review

The Gin Game
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Coburn’s gentle play brims with humor...The play also has genuine heart...Watching as these two warily embark on a late life friendship---letting their guards down with one another---proves to be immensely satisfying and touching. Similarly, Leonard Foglia has directed this two-hander with economy and breeziness." Full Review

Cloud Nine
Chelsea
American Theater Web

"Thanks to a remarkable new production, Churchill’s comedy proves to be remarkably contemporary...Somehow theatergoers feel both drawn in and kept at the slightest remove, so as to keep emotional and intellectual engagement on equal footing...By the time the play reaches its conclusion, there’s not just a sense of satisfaction in having re-encountered it but also one that it is a modern classic, capable of both provoking thought and stirring the heart." Full Review

The Quare Land
Gramercy
American Theater Web

"'The Quare Land' induces some hearty chuckles. At the same time, however, it’s a bit difficult to accept the lengths to which Rob will go to seal the deal, and the demeaning ways in which Hugh turns Rob into a toadie fail to amuse. Similarly, the production’s climax comes not so much as a shock as quick-fix attempt to wind up this shaggy dog story...Regardless it’s a joy to spend 70 minutes in Maloney’s presence." Full Review

Fulfillment
Soho/Tribeca
American Theater Web

"Bradshaw has never been afraid to fill his plays with characters whose contradictions are as real as the ones theatergoers find in themselves and their own intimates, and with 'Fulfillment,' the playwright once again does a sensational job of refusing to reconcile or explain away these individuals’ dualities. They just are, and that’s what makes 'Fulfillment' so troubling. It feels real. The audience’s sense of the characters’ verity only becomes more palpable given the terrific performances." Full Review

How to Live on Earth
Soho/Tribeca
American Theater Web

"Kaufman’s conceit, which ultimately provides a gentle lesson in being present in one’s world and not dreaming of one somewhere else, refreshes. Unfortunately, the playwright’s meandering plot-lines and one-dimensional characters make portions of 'Earth' slow going. Directed with economy by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, the show does, however, spark thanks to a trio of beautifully conceived performances." Full Review

The Christians
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"In Les Waters’ presentational staging, which has the actors using hand-held microphones throughout, it falls to lighting designer Ben Stanton to differentiate between the open and closed-door meetings, and he does a superlative job in helping theatergoers understand when the action has shifted. Equally impressive are the performances." Full Review

Head of Passes
East Village
American Theater Web

"It’s the bifurcation of the piece that makes the production both intriguing and unsatisfying. Despite solid direction from Tina Landau, a superlative physical production, and fine performances, the two halves of 'Passes' never completely feel as if they belong together. Such complaints, however, can be put aside for one reason alone: Rashad’s bravura performance...Rashad’s exquisite performance makes 'Head of Passses' unquestionably compelling." Full Review

American Theater Web

"Delicacy abounds in Scott Ellis' gorgeous revival of 'She Loves Me'. From David Rockwell's pastel-colored sets to Laura Benanti's lilting soprano, the show brims with gentle pleasures...Scott Ellis' breezy production unfolds within the confines of Rockwell's handsome scenic design that works like a swirling pop-up book...In this production that looks and sounds so remarkable, it's rough to just not fall for the musical bon-bon that is 'She Loves Me'." Full Review

Eclipsed
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Five performers are turning in immaculate and heartrending performances in Danai Gurira's 'Eclipsed'...Rich in detail and drama, the characters' stories are rife for searing performances, and the company, led by Lupita Nyong'o, deliver turns that simultaneously touch and amuse...Under Liesl Tommy's assured direction, Nyong'o's cast mates deliver equally nuanced and appealing performances...Immensely moving and unquestionably rewarding." Full Review

Washer/Dryer
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Nandita Shenoy has the makings for a pretty good sitcom in her new play 'Washer/Dryer'… Shenoy has a good ear for dialogue and sets up some funny situations. The problem, though, is that she does this at the expense of logic...Nevertheless, 'Washer/Dryer' breezes along as Johnny and Sonya swerve around the complications that crop up over the course of one rather frenetic evening." Full Review

Wide Awake Hearts
Midtown E
American Theater Web

"Gall gives none of the characters names. They are simply A, B, C, and D, and this abstraction distances theatergoers from the action, allowing them instead to concentrate on the blurred layers of the script...In director Stefan Dzeparoski's sparely elegant staging, which benefits enormously from shrewdly conceived projection design that makes the filmic aspects of the piece spring to life with a noir-like sensuality and blazing lighting design, the query lingers and teases the imagination." Full Review

American Theater Web

"As alluring as these performances are and despite the mutli-layered event that is Lewis' impressively nuanced performance, Kulick's revisitation to the play underwhelms...Kulick's decision to reset the play in modern times might add a certain immediacy, there's a sense that costumes, the performers' accents, and Sheik's intriguing music are only laid on top of the action...It's rough to not wish that the overall conceit for this 'Mother Courage' were as brave as Lewis herself." Full Review

Noises Off
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"In Jeremy Herrin’s splendid new production, 'Noises Off' once again inspires gales of laughter from theatergoers. Frayn’s conceit for the show couldn’t be more inspired…In what might be the show-stealing performance among a group of terrific comic performances, Megan Hilty plays Brooke to the hilt." Full Review

American Theater Web

for a previous production "Christmas memories don’t get much more tuneful or joyously poignant than those found in the new musical 'The First Noel'…Beyond just being tuneful joys, the numbers sound terrific in the intimate space thanks to powerhouse vocals from both the principals and the ensemble…The show unfolds seemingly all around theatergoers, which makes it nearly impossible to not get pulled into the tale and its redemptive and happy ending." Full Review

The Golden Bride
Financial
American Theater Web

for a previous production "The confection—with a lighter-than-air score, a charming libretto, and slyly funny lyrics—essentially takes period uptown romantic musical comedy tropes and transfers them to a milieu that would have appealed to Lower East Side audiences of the day. The result is a slightly loopy and always lovely-sounding show that also happens to be a great example of cultural appropriation...A top-notch physical production completes the picture for this sterling revisitation to 'Golden Bride.'" Full Review

American Theater Web

"Somehow the show never feels completely old had and always manages to charm...Aspects of the show don’t always delight as much as the parts that focus on the kids, but they need to be part of the mix. Thankfully, Fellowes’ book and Lawrence Connor’s efficient production make sure that the young performers—with Dewey at their side—are never far from the spotlight...it’s the rock tunes that linger well after the curtain has fallen on immensely enjoyable new show." Full Review

Gigantic
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Unfortunately, the balance is all off...there are moments when the show does actually tug at the heart...The trouble is that this bit of 'summer loving' is surrounded by so much silliness that it feels like whiplash when the writers bring this to the fore...Scott Schwartz has directed 'Gigantic' so that it bounds along energetically and fluidly, but his work never manages to make the musical’s dichotomous elements blend into a cohesive or satisfying whole." Full Review

Nora
West Village
American Theater Web

"Pendleton’s staging turns the piece into a genuinely eerie domestic tragedy…It’s a recipe for a galvanizing revisitation, but the reality is that 'Nora' only occasionally sparks to life because of a curiously idiosyncratic performance form Jean Lichty in the title role…'Nora' ends with its heroine making a shocking decision, and though Pendleton’s production sends theatergoers on a speedy and intriguing collision course to it, it’s an uneven and never completely satisfying journey." Full Review

Misery
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Neither William Goldman’s script nor Will Frears’ production will disappoint people who are looking to revisit their favorite moments in the story...For some theatergoers, the recreation of on stage of the familiar narrative will be enough. For those audiences members who are looking for a little more, there are two wonderful surprises...The production settles for the middle-of-the-road, giving audiences exactly what they might expect." Full Review

Shear Madness
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"Interactive theater comedies don’t get much daffier or more featherweight than the whodunit 'Shear Madness'...Given the glee that the show inspired at a recent press preview, it would seem that theatergoers are eager to take part in the murder mystery experience...The show requires a company skilled in both scripted and improvisational comedy, and director Bruce Jordan has at his disposal a sextet of performers who deliver both with panache." Full Review

Therese Raquin
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"The painterly precision of Evan Cabnet’s staging of 'Therese Raquin' astonishes...British star Keira Knightley turns in a performance of remarkable exactness in the title role...Unfortunately, these assets do not always serve the play to the best results. For while the piece tells the theoretically chilling story of a woman who ultimately becomes complicit in murder, it never becomes much more than a relatively clinical and intellectual experience." Full Review

The Humans
Midtown W
American Theater Web

for a previous production "Directed with a sure hand by Joe Mantello, the company balances the play’s mixture of comedy and drama with finesse...The group does get through their Thanksgiving meal and, unsurprisingly, a more than a few secrets come out as the gathering progresses. If not all of them are surprises, it doesn’t matter or diminish the impact of 'The Humans,' which provides an articulate and heartrending picture of a family weathering difficult times." Full Review

First Daughter Suite
East Village
American Theater Web

"The combination of LaChiusa’s inventive storytelling and wide-ranging music creates a playground for the production’s nine-member cast, working under the sure-handed direction of Kirsten Sanderson. Vocally the company cannot be beat. Each of the performers traverses LaChiusa’s melodies with both ease and power." Full Review

Futurity
East Village
American Theater Web

"Pretty amazing and heady stuff for musical theater. Equally impressive as the concept for the show is its score. The songs are filled with erudite lyrics that also brim with emotion and compel theatergoers to contemplate the contemporary relevance of the tale...'Futurity' proves to be very much like the invention at its center: forward-thinking and experimental. And though it’s not fully successful, it’s difficult to not admire the attempt." Full Review

American Theater Web

"Zestfully directed by Michael Barakiva, the play zips along merrily up until the moment when the quartet faces exposure. At this juncture, Payne’s script loses some of its bubbliness and veers toward the pedantic as Payne attempts to make grand statements about gay self-loathing and complicity in persecution. Despite this shift in tone, the production overall proves difficult to resist." Full Review

Old Times
Midtown W
American Theater Web

"On some levels the concept---and the high-energy, fast-paced performances that it demands---serves the play, but only in a limited way..This 'Old Times' has a certain superficiality to it, and that the menace they pose to one another over their respective claims on Kate’s life becomes muted...While this excursion to 'Old Times' never bores---and in fact can be quite entertaining and is viscerally stimulating---it never delivers an emotional punch." Full Review

The Gray Man
Soho/Tribeca
American Theater Web

"At the center of the production are two utterly charming performances...Farmer’s revelations about who has been abducting the neighborhood kids---and about the reality of Simon’s world---do not come as terribly surprising, but it really doesn’t matter. 'The Gray Man' is all about the atmosphere that’s ideal for this time of the year." Full Review

Catch The Butcher
West Village
American Theater Web

"In pairing two people benumbed in contemporary society, 'Butcher' has some promise, but it rapidly becomes preposterous as Nancy initially acquiesces unquestioningly to many of Bill’s demands. Seidel stretches credulity even further, though, once she begins to tire of her existence with her captor-lover. Directed by Valentina Fratti, the actors deliver unevenly." Full Review

Pondling
Midtown E
American Theater Web

"For anyone in touch with their inner child who might still be stinging from perceived injustices or unmet needs, the story of 'Pondling' has a decided pull. It’s difficult, though, to give in to the piece wholeheartedly though because of Hulme-Beaman’s curiously and unpleasantly conceived performance...One wants to root for this girl and see her achieve the happiness she longs for. At the same time, though, she seems desperately in need of some hearty discipline." Full Review

Hamlet in Bed
West Village
American Theater Web

"It’s an terrifically rich scenario, and under Lisa Peterson’s astute direction, the show unfolds like a highly theatrical noir...The play itself proves to be not as thoroughly engaging...By the play’s end though, Laurence’s writing recovers, and he leaves the characters and theatergoers with a marvelous hanging question mark about who these people are." Full Review

STOOPDREAMER
Chelsea
American Theater Web

"Playwright Pat Fenton delivers a gentle ode to an era, a place, and a romance which have all seemingly disappeared forever...Black and white images are projected, and these, combined with Fenton’s graceful text, evoke past and present to make this brief theatrical memory a piece to treasure." Full Review