Arpita Mukherjee

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Reviews (22)
Dinner With Georgette
East Village
Stage Buddy

"One of the most exciting directors working today, Heyman creates theatre magic out of nothing...A difficult play to stage and enact...I felt myself playing catch up to the story that kept introducing more characters, variables, time periods and historical facts...But you'll remain entertained by an excellent cast and visual surprises and delights. Heyman has a penchant for difficult texts and you can trust her to take you on another wonderful journey." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"In the current political climate, a musical like 'A Letter to Harvey Milk' can remind each of us of the importance of tolerance and understanding...Successful due to a range of musical numbers that run the gamut of funny to moving...Evan Pappas’ direction is thoughtful and precise with quick scene transitions for a breezy 90-minute show...The musical is shy in conflict and drama, opting for characters who are so likable that it’s hard to discern how each one grows." Full Review

No-No Boy
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Narasaki’s adaptation parses through a dense and layered novel to find the dramatic action necessary to portray the text theatrically. The cast is excellent...There was no lighting design: the lights stay on the whole time...The actors sometimes have to awkwardly come out of character in front of the audience, dissolving the effect of their performances...'No-No Boy' tells an important story. The play is worth watching for the actors and their truly brave performances." Full Review

Linda
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The play is rich with themes...However, the production never quite finds its footing....Dee was captivating and completely believable as Linda...After two hours of going around with Linda, even we are left exhausted...The cast never fully seems comfortable in the space of the set, and 'Linda' ultimately suffers from the same problem the plot brings up–expectations...The production struggles to maneuver the tonal changes for a play that is essentially a dark comedy that isn't very funny." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Those looking for clear narrative arcs and thematic structures will find the impressionistic 'Tell Hector' difficult...The ambition of the work is not always fully realized in this production. Under Mendizibal's direction, the cast, though quite able, feels disconnected, and the ensemble's performances come across as scattered...Flaws aside, there is a lot to love in this work by the 28-year-old playwright. Go and see it and be able to say, 'I was there when her magic was discovered.'" Full Review

Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Wiley’s performance is intense and passionate...Her performance keeps the audience connected throughout. The rest of ensemble is top-notch as well...The writing explores each character’s story, the struggles and losses, and delves into complicated motivations...With so many conflicts, Hudes does not always delve deeply into each, but the ensemble rises to the challenge...Hudes’ latest work is an unapologetic and brave look at America." Full Review

Chang(e)
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"The world created by Soomi Kim and director Suzi Takahashi is so vivid that it stays with you long after the play is over, due in no small part to the efforts of the design team…At the center of it all is an awe-inspiring performance by Soomi Kim, who is on stage the entire ninety minutes…The storytelling is unconventional, but that’s the note that feels right for 'Chang(e).'" Full Review

Rule of 7x7
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Each of the plays could have benefited from more rehearsal. Sometimes, the actors focused more on performing rather than reacting to their scene partners. The relationships between characters didn’t always resonate. The stars of the night were definitely the playwrights, each of whom penned stories that ranged from funny to thought-provoking to moving to downright wacky. If you haven’t made your way to check out the series yet, you should." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The work on display by Neil LaBute, Matthew Lopez and Vicki Ramirez proves why these playwrights are the voices of contemporary American theatre...The reason these shorts are so successful even though they are anything but summery is that despair is conveyed with a light hand." Full Review

Stage Buddy

for a previous production "David Carl’s embodiment of the Gary Busey persona is surprisingly also rounded out with some endearing qualities. Carl keeps Busey human, allowing the audience to get led into 'Hamlet' by someone as crazy as he...Carl is always able to return to the melody and in his hands, Shakespeare’s language sings...Carl does sacrifice the emotional weight of the work...Using a real, vulnerable moment could have undercut the madcap tone of the play, lending it more dimension." Full Review

The Old Masters
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"The narrative itself might leave certain audience members dissatisfied, especially with how the plot turns towards the end. In what feels like a page out of Neil LaBute, playwright Sam Marks has taken a risk. I think the risk pays off, and the credit goes entirely to Kulz...Kulz’ performance as Ben is worthy of indulgence, as is 'The Old Masters.'" Full Review

Admissions
Upper W Side
Stage Buddy

"You’ll find in 'Admissions' Harmon’s acerbic wit combined with the self-loathing that so many of Harmon’s characters display. The performances by Hecht, Garman, and Edelman are superb...Aukin paces the action of the play well...It’s difficult to parse through the play’s intentions and the audience reactions...You may or may not agree with the point of view presented in this play. Whichever side you fall on, just know there’s another." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A production that is imaginatively staged...Performances by Nelis and Zimet are proof that veterans of the form can make a meal out of even thinly drawn characters, introducing the audience to worlds that are not on the page...Maddow has constructed a risky work, exemplary of the history and mission of 'The Talking Band.' Luckily, she has a director like Heyman at her side who handles the challenge with remarkable skill and innovation." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Delicately crafted by unendingly talented playwright Sylvia Khoury and directed with precision by William Carden. The performances of the cast are measured, given the stakes of the play, and it'll be hard for you to find a wrong note. Tafti gives a compelling performance as Sayid, the man being watched, and Kakkar is convincing as his pragmatic other half Reem. A standout is Avery Whitted who plays Anthony, a young soldier, and provides some of the play's more explosive moments." Full Review

Beardo
Brooklyn
Stage Buddy

"The production is sometimes adventurous, sometimes euphoric, and sometimes downright ludicrous...Craig can be surprisingly clever and sometimes the songs are oddly touching. The cast is terrific in its commitment to the eccentricity of the work...Damon Daunno shines as the protagonist...Even when the book provides no context for the action leaving the audience bewildered, Daunno keeps us grounded. Director Ellie Heyman creates a wonderful atmosphere for the actors to play in." Full Review

Holden
West Village
Stage Buddy

"For a long time, I’ve been obsessed with J.D. Salinger...For someone like me, the exploration of the myth and the man in 'Holden' is compelling...On the rare occasion, the production loses its precise grounding...Make no mistake about it, this is a polished work, one undoubtedly other critics will deem 'relevant'...It is a familiar story to us, part of the document of American life, documented and seen so often, and yet so rarely truly confronted." Full Review

Promising
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"What sets 'Promising' apart is the precise, machine-like direction of Terry Berliner...It’s a polished production, displaying the kind of shine and gloss one might expect from a political campaign. This choice also creates a coldness in the production’s tone, one that keeps the audience at a distance, even in the final emotional scene...Berliner has accomplished yet another brave production with a distinct point of view." Full Review

Hamlet in Bed
West Village
Stage Buddy

"Peterson may have been stretching to add elements to a play that was built on a shaky foundation. Her film noir style lends the work a seriousness that it doesn’t quite earn. The projection and lighting design serve Peterson’s vision well, creating shadows and fog, but at the end, I came out wishing that a play that held so much promise had been more than smoke and mirrors." Full Review

Three Days To See
East Village
Stage Buddy

"What ends up hampering the performances is the heavy-handed direction...The last ten minutes of 'Three Days to See' are the most successful and affecting part of the production. Cummings and his cast are successful in creating a character out of an icon and to see her portrayed by seven actors ultimately renders Keller more accessible, more part of us than she has ever been." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"There's no point of view on display, just stories told, simply, by an ensemble of gifted actors and a couple of directors who understand the gift of practicing restraint...PTP/NYC's double bill is theatre at its best because its because of its confidence in the well-told tale." Full Review

My Perfect Mind
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"The production contains the hallmark of a great British production: a biting sense of humor...Every time the silliness is played up, the way 'King Lear' echoes Petherbridge’s own life is played down, preventing the story from veering into schmaltz...Theatre is a tough business, fraught with competition, but 'My Perfect Mind' shows the interdependencies, the people and the relationships, that make the stage a place we all come together to 'see better.'" Full Review

Nirbhaya
East Village
Stage Buddy

"The effect of witnessing 'Nirbhaya' unfold can only be marginally described or captured... Each story and connecting every narrative thread, the work tugs, goads, and surges through like dazzling light, even blinding an impassive critic. A poignant song, perfect in its poetry." Full Review