Anthony Piccione

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Reviews (36)
June is the First Fall
West Village
On Stage Blog

“While the role of Asian culture is certainly present in this play, the theme that lies at the core of the plot is the complex emotions and strong tensions that many parents and their LGBTQ children face even to this day. That’s something that...is explored in-depth and on a very human level in this play...The ensemble of actors do a flawless job bringing these emotionally and psychologically complex characters to life...A strong contender for the best play I’ve seen so far in 2019.” Full Review

Selkie
East Village
On Stage Blog

“A lackluster tale of sex, romance, kidnapping, drug addiction, and domestic violence...This mediocre and underwhelming script – along with the fairly decent, but not outstanding, actors failed to get theatergoers to care for the characters or to think about the issues it explores...The main redeeming qualities of this show have everything to do with its visual aesthetic – with regards to the show’s set and lighting design." Full Review

Catch the Sparrow
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

“A compelling story about the final reunion of an ailing father and his estranged adult son...The play is written wonderfully...From beginning to end, this well-written drama managing to keep the audience focused and wondering how this situation will ultimately end...All of the actors in this play succeed in bringing to life characters that are deeply damaged, occasionally humorous, often perhaps relatable, and consistently fascinating to watch...Very powerful.” Full Review

Small Craft Warnings
West Village
On Stage Blog

“Rather than tell one cohesive plot from beginning to end, the play depicts multiple characters and their individual threads...The fact that this play preserves that individuality of the characters – while making them all come across as people with compelling backstories – is a big part of what makes it worth watching...Maisonett and Vath turned in particularly compelling performances...Morafetis steals the show." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“A compelling, well-written play. It does a very fine job at exploring issues of sexual harassment, and what it means to be a feminist in 2018, on a very human level, and does so with an excellent balance of both light humor and potent drama. Starts off a bit slow, and there are some mildly unnecessary scenes...However, you forget about that by the time of the play’s emotional climax...One of the most wonderfully written plays focusing on this issue.” Full Review

Caligula
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"Under the direction of Dempsey, the play is brought to life is brought to life in a manner that is both minimalistic while still highly theatrical, emphasizing the dramatic performances of these characters over set and lighting design...Some scenes in the play drag on, at times, and not all of the humor seemed to land with audiences...If there’s anything about the production that stands out, it’s the dark and bloody climax of the play, which was performed and directed flawlessly." Full Review

A Blanket of Dust
Soho/Tribeca
On Stage Blog

"While I’m personally not a believer in the conspiracy theories that are delved into in this play, I do admire the way in which it deals with topics of government corruption and suppression of free speech...I felt a piece like this deserved a stronger ensemble. Not that it’s the worst I’ve seen, but still, I couldn’t help but leave the theater feeling rather underwhelmed...I think this play still deserves to be seen by theatergoers, due to the conversation it’s bound to spark among audience m... Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The second I got home from the performance, I found myself wishing it was still on Netflix for me to watch, as I couldn’t get enough from the show itself! It’s an absolutely hilarious comedy show, and is worthy of all the praise it’s received in the years leading up to this Off-Broadway production. It’s one of the funniest events I’ve attended over the past year or so, and strongly encourage you to attend, interact, and be prepared to laugh!" Full Review

45 Coffee Dates
East Village
On Stage Blog

"A vividly-detailed autobiography of a middle-aged woman who describes her past journeys and struggles in life...Plenty of humor along the way, but also quite a few sad moments...Not all the jokes landed, but there were plenty others that did, and the more emotional parts of the play certainly resonated...Kasper takes the audience with her on her journey with captivating energy...Elliot stages this show wonderfully." Full Review

We Are A Masterpiece
East Village
On Stage Blog

"The play tells a story of death, friendship, and coping with life and with loss, as it hones in on its characters in a very human and in-depth manner, as the plot rotates from character to character, weaving together and ultimately building toward a powerful climax...Wonderfully directed...While it takes some time for the story to build up, the last few scenes of the play are among the most powerful I've seen in recent productions." Full Review

The Melting Pot
Soho/Tribeca
On Stage Blog

"Under the direction of Keegan, the play is staged in a minimalistic, almost Brechtian fashion. The actors are all onstage throughout the show...and occasionally even interact with the audience...Gaines stands out as having a charming stage presence in the lead role of Vera...A well-written play, and one of the better pieces I've seen brought to life so far this year...One of those plays that gets better over the course of the night...A political drama just as much as it's a love story." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Under the direction of Joan Kane, the play is staged wonderfully and leaves the audience engaged throughout all the humorous moments of the play, as well as the more emotional ones...The cast of this show does an overall solid job at bringing these characters to life...This was a very well-produced revival of a very well-written play, which is easily one of the better plays I’ve reviewed that revolve around themes of love and romance." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"A very cute and entertaining production...Benson does an excellent job at bringing this play to life...It is the cast which is easily what makes this particular production worth going to see. Standing out among this talented ensemble is Marcus Watson, who proves to be particularly energetic and versatile in the role of Puck...This was a very playful, colorful, and delightful production of a classic play." Full Review

Constellarium
Soho/Tribeca
On Stage Blog

"I couldn't help but wish there were more actors in a larger ensemble...The intent was for this to be a one-person show, but still, it did leave me with the feeling that this is something that could easily have been added, and might have enhanced the production further...Overall, the production is staged very nicely, and in terms of the visual aesthetic, it should be quite pleasing to all audiences...I found this to be a very admirable children's show." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The show starts off slow...The second play was a major improvement...While the show tilts toward being a positive experience, it is still a mixed bag, particularly in terms of the writing. This isn’t too surprising to me, as that seems to be the case quite often, with many one-act play events. Nonetheless, there is enough talent and there are enough funny moments in this production that make it worth going to see." Full Review

Soundview Summer
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

“I always love well-written, thought-provoking plays which deal with issues that many people deal with on a regular basis...For me, ‘Soundview’ was very much an example of such a play...What makes the story even better is the fact that it is brought to life by a phenomenal cast...A gripping play that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing of this play.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

“This particular production reminded me why the works of this playwright continue to be produced frequently...Arguably, the strongest aspect of this production was the way it was staged and its overall ambiance and atmosphere...In terms of the acting, the cast of this production overall was decent...It makes me feel glad I didn’t just stay home watching horror movies on Halloween. Given the long applause at the end of the show, I suspect I’m not alone when I say that.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Indeed, this play feels strangely timely...A few of the newer bits – clearly added in for this modern adaptation – do almost come off like too much of a forced attempt to draw connections to modern times...Still, this did not greatly detract from the overall experience, and it was still a solid production...The plot and biting political humor of the play remains potent today, and the enormous energy and talent put into this production make it worth checking out, and judging for yourself." Full Review

Till We Meet Again
East Village
On Stage Blog

“The play’s concept is certainly one that makes for a compelling and thought-provoking drama...However...the play dragged on slowly, and by the end...I was left with no feeling or emotional investment for its characters....While the play was not without...flaws, it nonetheless is a drama that leaves you thinking...and it deserves credit for exploring overlooked, if not uncomfortable, themes and issues." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“One of the most impressive and sophisticated musicals to premiere in the NYC indie theatre scene...The show is a cross between musical theatre and straight-up ballet...and it generally excels in both areas...The real highlights...are the technical production elements...The only downside is that the plot is somewhat cliché, and it’s hard to feel much sympathy for either of the lead characters by the end of the show...Nonetheless...A stunning visual spectacle.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

“The show seems to revolve less around the characters of Hansel and Gretel, and more around their evil stepmother, who is a Latina woman...It seems to perpetrate some of the worst stereotypes surrounding the Hispanic community – particularly Hispanic women...Then, there’s the rest of the show, which is mediocre at best...In an adaptation where a large chunk of the 'humor' is reliant on a racially insensitive stereotype, performances alone are not enough to save the production.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

“President Truman is brought back to life by...Byrnes, who brings a unique perspective to a role such as this, having once served as a Congressional aide...In terms of Mr. Byrnes’ performance, he does indeed come off as presidential...It does a fine job at not only capturing a period in history that has long since passed, but at eloquently showing the audience how some aspects of American politics never really changed." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“An old-fashioned, well-written American drama set in a contemporary setting. With the help of some intelligent and emotional dialogue, this play triumphs in drawing people into the lives of these characters, and exploring the motives and psychology behind them...The show has such a strong cast of actors. Not only is Lyman’s writing talent on full display here, but so is her acting ability, as she succeeds in delivering an emotional and nuanced performance.” Full Review

Girl Inside the Mirror
East Village
On Stage Blog

"This provocative performance piece is one that surrounds the audience with a sense of what it is like to be constantly objectified as a woman...I can imagine that nearly any woman who sees this will relate significantly to the content of this piece, on some level. The show is beautifully choreographed, down to every detail...The entire show is a stunning visual experience that needs to be seen with your own eyes...One of those shows that needs to be seen by as many people as possible." Full Review

The Bed Show
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

“An intimate production which revolves around the themes of dating, sleeping, sex, and dreams, sometimes in a humorous manner, and other times, in a rather dark and serious manner...It isn’t quite a conventional production...Perhaps not the most creative example of immersive theatre...nonetheless a worthwhile event...I strongly recommend coming prepared to participate...As long as you do that, than this will likely be a unique theatrical experience that you’ll enjoy." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“A fairly eclectic and entertaining, albeit imperfect, collections of plays...With a very fine set design that feels like a leg up from what I’m used to from these events...While this collection of one-acts isn’t without its weak spots, it is nonetheless filled with both funny dialogue – and occasionally some thought-provoking moments – that make it worth seeing...If you’re a fan of silly, and sometimes raunchy, romantic comedy, than you should especially consider coming out to the IRT Theater.” Full Review

American Tranquility
East Village
On Stage Blog

for a previous production "Probably one of the best one-person shows that I’ve ever reviewed, both in terms of its performance and its concept...I was skeptical...whether Mr. Damiano could actually pull off a performance of each of these diverse characters...Yet I was easily proven wrong. The play does a very fine job at exploring the division in modern American society on a very human level, and Damiano seamlessly pulls off each of the four individual performances of the characters in his show." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Some of the first few scenes were engaging, but as the play progressed, it became more and more obvious that this was not the cohesive vision of one particular artist. Rather, the emphasis seems to be more on the play’s creative process...What’s more impressive, on the other hand, is the staging and production aesthetics...While I admire these playwrights for attempting this unique exercise, I can’t help but think that more collaboration would have made the show even better." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"A well-written play...one of the better pieces I've seen brought to life so far this year...It’s one of those plays that gets better over the course of the night, as the relationship between Vera and David progresses and evolves...Captures the lives of Jews and immigrants in the early 20th century, while also showing us how the essence of the problems our world faced over a century ago have never really left us...A political drama just as much as it's a love story." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"An emotional roller coaster that ultimately builds toward a poignant and powerful climax...The play is staged beautifully...The best performance of the night was that of Zoey O’Toole, who turned in an exceptionally emotional performance as Beatrice...This play succeeds, in a way that I can’t say about some other plays I’ve seen, in managing to tie it all together, and making it feel like it’s all relevant to the broader story of this family." Full Review

Rosemary and Time
East Village
On Stage Blog

"It’s a compelling concept for drama, to be sure, and there are moments in the play that I enjoyed. I only wish this play had been more successful at staying focused on that crucial aspect of the plot...It drags on at certain points, over the course of two hours, treating the audience often to what felt like unnecessary dialogue...Under the direction of Kathy Gail MacGowan, the staging is very clean and orchestrated wonderfully." Full Review

As Is
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"What makes this play distinct is the way it focuses not so much on the broader, more political aspects of this time period. Rather, it hones in specifically on the more personal and intimate aspects of dealing with AIDS...The result is a very poignant story that, while taking place in 1985, could still potentially be relevant even today in 2018...Staged beautifully...Wonderfully cast, filled with actors who do a magnificent job at bringing the show to life." Full Review

Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
On Stage Blog

for a previous production “As the plot unfolds, the audience is treated to plenty of twists, turns and hilarious dialogue...Not only is it the plot and humor that makes this show impressive, but also the music and lyrics...Lapidus’s score is both cleverly written and highly successful in evoking the nostalgia for the pop punk bands...Performed excellently by the four live band members...Performed at a high-energy level that keeps the audience laughing and engaged...You’ll be in for a fun time.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The script wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. There were a few funny moments and the plot became slightly more interesting during the second half, but overall, I found it to be a mediocre and somewhat dated story which relies too heavily on the appeal of the celebrity figure around whom the plot revolves...The cast did a fine job at bringing these characters to life...While I wasn’t exactly a fan of the play itself, on the whole it was well-produced." Full Review

Diary of a Madman
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"A particularly fine visual and theatrical experience...This adaptation of the original story is very well-written, and is delivered with an energy that vividly displays the dark, psychological troubles of this character...The main highlight of this production is the performance of Volok...He is very clearly immersed in the character and keeps the audience captivated and entertained...Won’t leave you bored for a second." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Entertaining from beginning to end. In her performance, Ms. Wine proves to be a charming and warm presence on stage, often proving to be successful in getting audience members to laugh, while consistently keeping them engaged. The use of dance and movement adds to the overall performance and the experience of the show...Bound to make you laugh at times, while also being potentially relatable to some audience members." Full Review