Aron Canter (critic)

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Reviews (24)
Pathetic
Lower E Side
Theatre's Leiter Side

"Jarcho does not pull punches, and her company is not for the faint of heart…'Pathetic' is about female desire and death, but here the themes are in manifest conversation. While the Greek mythology works to repress female sexuality, Jarcho's work exposes the hypocrisy, violence, and oppression of the concept…The play suggests that female desire causes death, both the literal death of characters, but also a moral and psychological death, a powerful obverse feminist statement." Full Review

Link Link Circus
Upper E Side
Theatre's Leiter Side

"An absolutely charming 'theatrical conference' on Rossellini's academic research and conclusions...Coltish and didactic, charming and effective, the work is a must see for any animal lover…The work, though, is rarely desultory, and while silly, never capricious. An erudite, natural performer who communicates with great confidence and focus, Rossellini is refreshingly playful and informative…Rossellini is genuinely fascinated in the subject matter and shares it with an open heart." Full Review

Spaceman
East Village
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "An engrossing and very fine piece of theater...A play about god in the age of science...Successful in transporting us into an entirely new place...The most impressive aspect of this impressive piece is how we are right there with Commander Stevens. We hear the very sounds she hears...We glance up to that space, as if we could see something there as welI...It's an impressive manipulation of the performance co-presence, and a testament to a good play." Full Review

Cruel Intentions
Greenwich V
Stage Buddy

"Full of fun high school sex and drama...It’s a fun evening, cute, just a wee bit sexy, and super silly...The story is really there to provide a context for the performance of our favorite ‘90s pop songs...This is a satisfying play: hearing the lines we love, predicting or being surprised about the songs they choose to include. In a way, this is as close to a ‘sure thing’ performance you are going to find. If you are about that ‘90s pop life, you'll love it.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“The script has a breathing pattern that is remarkably chill and thoughtful, easy to follow yet constantly reinventing...Donly’s language, imagery, and ideas are far more sophisticated than whatever summary I could ever approach...Hughes' sensitive production of them just hits every note right...It is so wonderful how this piece can live so peacefully yet have such charged dimensions...It is a script of wonder, so wonder with it...A production of detail, empathy, and intelligence." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A remarkably silly new work...And while some of the silliness leaves something to be desired, a lot of it is at the beating heart of 'Whiskey Pants', ultimately a very hardworking production...The work is fun, and while there are just a handful of jokes, the experience is a jovial one with a shot or two of the dramatic. Though a greater foundation would've done wonders for the piece, there’s still a ride of a time in Williamsburg 'Whiskey Town.'" Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass are the most fun choreographers ever...They are a profoundly conceptual, endlessly sensitive, and frighteningly interesting company as well...They’re not only dance athletes but dance geniuses...These are sophisticated contemporary dance ideas, and Barnes and Bass share them in the most fun, engaging, silly way. What an accomplishment!" Full Review

Petie
Chelsea
Stage Buddy

"This well-performed, thoughtful drama about a family haunted by a tragedy explores the intricacies of intimacy and the difficulty of moving on...Fischer, as Bonnie, is able to connect with the emotional gravity of the character, and it’s impressive...As much as 'Petie' is about this tragic situation, it is about how these people in this particular place deal with this tragic situation, and it opens the work to new avenues of empathy. For a play with this many virtues, that’s a great thing." Full Review

The Itch
West Village
Stage Buddy

“A very nice new play…A smart and well-developed structure…Buchheister’s direction, a light touch with strong theatrical instincts, creates compelling moments as well…The play has some unhelpful unresolved questions, but the ambiguity of the core relationship gave the work an American honestly I appreciated. Awesome, another awesome, and super sad, American family play.” Full Review

Dear Jane
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"'Dear Jane,' a very nice and hardworking play, is tangled in the weeds of the details of its story...The events themselves, jumping from one era to another, and never lasting for more than a minute, don’t coalesce into something substantive. We are left longing, at times overwhelmed, with a lot of details and not much understanding...This play has some serious self-reflection, and where many solo performances that deal with similar content fall short, 'Dear Jane' stands out." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"It does not ultimately coalesce to make one strong statement, and if you wish to exit the theater with one unifying message, you may be disappointed. But, for me no matter, all the different elements individually project a great deal of passion, the spirit of revolution, and that seems to be what the group was after...The play, in a sort of selfish way, seems more concerned with its volts of evocative moments than in any clear communication." Full Review

Terezin
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“'Terezin' is a call to remember. I appreciate a work of art that insists we fulfill an ethical responsibility, though the performance unsurprisingly is difficult and heavy…The play is clearly meant to be brutal…Tolkien’s writing finds its full expression in the monologues, which contain an unexpected gravity and poetic imagery. They are performed deftly and with professional commitment by the large cast…The choreography is sparing but clear, at times evocative and consistently impassioned.” Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Makes impressive, honest choices that reveal new colors in the classic script. The production distinguishes itself through its unique portrait of Blanche…She comes off here as a practical woman broken down by the sorry and painful conditions of her life…As portrayed by Russell Peck, the first genderqueer actor the Williams estate has granted the rights to play the role…Blanche doesn't seem like a liar. Her untruths and misdirections are central to the character, so this choice is significant." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"A production focusing on the titular character's madness and the military context surrounding many of the play's events. The result is an expressive, macho rendition that, at times-because it's so involved in the passion it's trying to generate-fails to clearly tell the story…The actors shift about awkwardly, abandoning clear recitation. The performance space…is never activated nor made cogent. At times, the actors speak facing upstage...a definite distraction." Full Review

Hold These Truths
East Village
Stage Buddy

"A wonderful documentary of an American hero. The work is professionally performed and rendered, which allows for this great American story to be fully told...De la Fuente’s performance is remarkably efficient, buoyant, and specific with some of the best elocution I’ve encountered recently to buttress wonderful storytelling...De la Fuente told the story so clearly...There was never a wasted movement, no act didn’t contribute to the tale...It totally worked." Full Review

Jack Goes Boating
East Village
Stage Buddy

“The charming script has many juicy acting opportunities, though the somewhat unkempt production does leave many unrealized. Still, the work has some genuinely charged partnering moments...I am a fan of this company, their spirit, their go-get-it nature, their mission statement, the plays they choose to produce. Though this work was unrealized, I will not give up on their work: despite some red flags, there are other beacons of light.” Full Review

Red Light Winter
East Village
Stage Buddy

"An excellent play by Adam Rapp, getting a remount in a very fine production, genuinely speaks to the nuances of our experiences, the volume of what we encompass, the peculiar range of our true feelings...It is exciting and dynamic to be with these two characters, both performed remarkably well, both written remarkably well, implicitly debating what the well written play can accomplish." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"An effective and fun piece of theater storytelling...Though the trappings may feel pretentious to some and soap opera-y to others, the work finds a very fine balance of understated behavior and vivid descriptions, keeping the story in a genuine place, never bogging down the pacing...While the events of 'Tomorrow in the Battle' probably won't stick with you, and certainly won't surprise you, the production is strong enough to create drama." Full Review

Pomegrenade
West Village
Stage Buddy

"The text has a sound synchronicity between the Greek story and its contemporary component: the refugee crisis seems like a logical if tragic repercussion to the acts of the gods...and the stories blend together well. The play's monologues, though, drift and sway too liberally. While they are performed with heart, they are very difficult to keep up with. Nonetheless, I enjoyed watching the ensemble perform and the thrust they brought to their monologues." Full Review

Sam's Tea Shack
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The fact that 'Sam's Tea Shack' works is clearly thanks to co-writers Ben Gassman and Soghor. Now, you may feel mad awkward, but that’s Sam’s comedy style...You can’t be around a genuinely charming dude who thinks he's a failure for over an hour and not feel a little down yourself...See 'Sam’s Tea Shack' because it is funny and because it is a unique and tight theater experience. And be ready to dish it out, that'll really make it good fun." Full Review

Lone Star (2017)
Upper W Side
Stage Buddy

“Damn funny…Each performer embodied their character with real aptitude and solid detail work…If there was an issue with the show, it was the space, which took too long to capture the intimacy of the backyard behind the bar. So while the jokes kept landing...the closeness and the trust the brothers had for each other was undercut by a strange sense of displacement. Part of this is a staging issue...The play works because the text is sneaky and charming and, I’ll say it again, for real funny.” Full Review

Cloud 9
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"Seeing Place Theater does this masterwork more than justice in a very fine production...They take this beast of a play, bursting with energy and opportunity, and produce an intelligible and pointed and very enjoyable production…A production totally invested in the characters, the actors' performance of those characters, the relationships between the characters, and the nuances of the double-casting…The cast performed with great aptitude, a sophisticated quasi-Brechtian performance.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Though Godwin's production may not do much to broaden the horizons of the play, and, yes, got a li'l gimmicky, it certainly tells an awesome story well…This production distinguishes itself with some seriously great acting…Shakespeare is rewarding because the works are rich with characters and dynamics and scenarios that cross-mingle morally and ethically and emotionally, creating a web of a good time. 'Measure for Measure' certainly fulfills all of this in its own charming way.” Full Review

The Reception
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"It’s less like a play and less like a dance but more like a Squat Theater performance that impresses and overwhelms you...I wish the parties I attended were so fun...'The Reception' is a performance for anyone who has ever wanted to video tape their party, study the elements, and understand it in greater detail. But that’s too much nonsense, go see this performance, it’s a much better evening." Full Review