Ashley Steves

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Reviews (12)
A Sherlock Carol
Midtown W
Theatermania

"The show is joyful, playful, and clever, and it's clear just how much fun Shanahan and the cast are having — and that joy transfers to the audience. 'A Sherlock Carol' invites you to 'the holiday spirit' — and you do." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"If the purpose of food is a metaphor for Qaddafi’s terror, and its existence is to make that connection more real for those in the audience, then how everyone relates to it on a sensory level should be better executed. Still, 'Qaddafi’s Cook' is beautifully done and a triumph of minimalism and immersive theater. It is equal parts intense, charming, and, like any good meal, satisfying." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The show has some genuinely funny moments…Not all of the humor succeeds, however…Act one is disjointed, partly because there are a lot of threads to 'Tribulation.' And even though act two manages to tie up every one of these loose threads, it does so in a way that feels unsatisfying...This final battle between kind of good and definitely evil ends so quickly it barely has time to fizzle." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Di and Viv and Rose' is a clever, comical and honest play...Twenty-seven years in the course of 130 minutes should feel like too much, but there is no doubt in this script and no doubt in the performances, by actresses who shine spectacularly through each year...To say it is refreshing to see a show where the female friendship is the focus is an understatement, especially one done so well, so believably and so uncompromisingly...What results for us to see is a triumph in storytelling." Full Review

Prospect
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"'Prospect' is a simplistic idea in a small space expanded, made big, and made great by Solis’s dialogue, Elena Araoz’s direction, and the explosive, emotional, utterly human performances…Because it plays off such a simple idea, however, it runs the risk of dragging…The dynamic between the four leads is so strong, particularly as more is revealed internally about each character…'Prospect' pushes the envelope in unexpected ways, but it is, at its core familiar and minimalistic." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"This is a piece that could not land well (or even survive) without the help of strong leads; in this production, however, it is a non-issue....A rare occurrence: 'The Hundred We Are' is female-driven and woman-centric, although inevitably occasionally noticeably through the eyes of a man. Thankfully, in a show that features an all-woman cast and revolves around the pluses and negatives of one woman’s life in particular, the show does justice to the female experience." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"While Larson’s original 'Boom!' may have been in part a love letter to his idol, this current incarnation, as directed by Silverstein, is a love letter to Larson, and wonderfully so...Watching Jon find his happy ending is satisfying, but it makes you ache for what could have been: that Larson could’ve gone on to write so much more is a very real tragedy. Twenty years after his death, 'Tick, Tick…Boom!' is a hopeful and fitting tribute." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Full,' a story about struggles and celebration of self, reminds us we are our own hero, that we have the power to get us out of our darkest places. The show is an act of love, and it shows. Though not without its occasional convolution, its honesty and heart top the festival this year...Berger's 'Full' is full to the brim of hope and love, both for self and for self care—something so drastically missing from life sometimes." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Chilling and stunning in its simplicity…’In the Master’s House’ stays with you, but unfortunately loses some of its effect due to some unconvincing acting. Bracy and N’gaojia play their characters effectively, but in a familiar story, they need not try to sell it as hard as they sometimes do. However Hill, who serves as the show’s percussive instrument, tapping at regular intervals with an exquisite two-piece jazz ensemble, needs no words— he is expressive and brilliant." Full Review

Wine and Spirits
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"There’s nothing particularly original about Ott’s script, not in concept or plot device or even dialogue...Albeit endearing and entertaining, I can’t shake the fact that it’s a show I’ve seen many times before in different incarnations...That said, it’s a proven formula. The audience was in stitches for the entire two hours and understandably so—Ott has taken a familiar plot device and created something undeniably charming, even with its many faults." Full Review

Evening - 1910
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"My initial reaction was 'pretty and pretty boring'...But this show is not one you easily see without letting your thoughts and feelings simmer...It’s a great credit that its team has made me think more about the show since leaving the theatre. Sharp and Carbonara have put together a truly beautiful and poetic score, one of the best currently in the city even...That said, it unfortunately suffers from same-melody syndrome...It’s still best coined as a song cycle." Full Review

Straight Faced Lies
East Village
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Passionate, biting and deeply funny, Straight Faced Lies is equal parts fresh and familiar." Full Review