Auriane Desombre

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Reviews (30)
Stage Buddy

"Brings a unique twist to the classic story of a girl coming into herself despite the school bullies standing in her way...The large ensemble sparkles as well, with the Allergy Table bringing in some of the show’s best jokes. Though the musical’s cupcake solution to bullying might be a little simplistic, it’s baked to the brim with charm, and will surely encourage its young audience members to embrace their own uniqueness in equally delicious ways." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"This addition to the New York Musical Festival hit all the right numbers with its charming story of friendship, budding romance, and working together...The music and lyrics bring out the vulnerable moments in each character’s journey...It’s those characters that give the show its real strength...Strong performances from the cast help break the characters of their initial typecasts, bringing nuance and humanization to each role. " Full Review

Cost of Living
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Despite the heaviness in the lives and situations of each character, Majok infuses her brilliant new play with strong wit, as everyone relies on humor to get them through the day...A quiet but heart-wrenching examination of the different types of privilege that make up each individual life...Majok’s play is in good hands with Jo Bonney as director, and a marvelous cast that brought to life the play’s tenderness and tension." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A deliciously dorky new musical...Sure to win over the books’ young fans, the books’ grown-up fans, and anyone in between...Embraces the clever energy and fun teen angst of the books. The songs skillfully flesh out the characters and their relationships to lend the play stronger emotional weight all while keeping the energy and enjoyment high...The main trio’s winning performances, as well as those of their fellow demigods, play up their characters’ trials in thoroughly endearing ways." Full Review

When It's You
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“An intriguing premise, but ultimately, the play’s purpose feels as tangled and unclear as the ‘ball of yarn’ metaphor Ginnifer invokes when attempting to untangle her own life…Ana Reeder’s performance, directed by Jonathan Silverstein, lends the play more nuance. Playing up the guilt and grief felt by Ginnifer, Reeder builds a convincing flow between the many topics she covers. She lends weight to the play’s most introspective moments.” Full Review

The Moors
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“It is this unwillingness of the characters to acknowledge the obvious realities before them that lends ‘The Moors’ its special blend of humor and eeriness…Some parts of the play are not as successful…A story line in which the household’s lonely and existential mastiff meets and falls in love with a moor-hen...expresses some central themes a little too directly...The performances across the board highlight the unearthly wilderness of the moors while still drawing laughs from the audience." Full Review

Dolphins and Sharks
West Village
Stage Buddy

"A stunning new play...In a superb examination of the intersections between race and socioeconomic class, playwright James Anthony Tyler’s work opens up the internal workings of a customer service job, questioning the validity of a system in which it is impossible for any of the players to win. Tyler crafts nuanced characters supported by sharp dialogue...Tensions are brought higher still through the cast’s excellent performances, skillfully directed by Charlotte Brathwaite." Full Review

DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA
East Village
Stage Buddy

"Playwright Lawrence Dial’s look at the joys and struggles of modern parenthood is brilliant, funny, and touching in its insightful look at two marriages, each impacted by new parenthood in different ways. Helmed by nuanced characters, the play addresses the oft-discussed issue of parenthood in a fresh, offbeat way that recaptures the topic with its mix of humor and melancholy. Directed by Jeff Wise, the performances bring those characters to life with remarkable skill." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Though a tad self-indulgent at times, especially in moments when Praley as narrator melded the story of the play itself with the story of his writing process, the play’s self-referential structure created a richly humorous tone. Directed by Isaac Klein, the performances hit the play’s comedic and tragic moments with impressive panache. As Hank, one of the fathers, Chance Carroll particularly shines as the center of the play’s tragic moments." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Watching the show was, for the women in the audience, a deeply frustrating experience, testament to the play’s success in portraying the sexist practices that all-too-often dominate male-centric workplaces...Though the play’s themes are explicitly portrayed, Rebeck’s nuanced writing, aided by the skill of McBurney’s performance, develops a more profound understanding of those women’s experiences...Under Lorca Peress’s direction, the performances avoid the obvious stereotyping." Full Review

Stuffed
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Under Jackson Gay’s direction, several of the performances are nuanced and moving...The play itself feels more like stand-up comedy than a concrete narrative, expressing its themes overtly through jokes and direct conversation, with racy humor that mirrors Lampanelli’s usual comedic style...Though the characters are all common tropes seen often within the conversation about women and food, these monologues have instances of depth that help create more individualized personas." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Director Emma Earle presents fun that actually delivers for the whole family...In Earle’s capable hands, 'Mr. Popper’s Penguins' shines as a show that kept the kids in the audience enthralled without forgetting about their parents...Music by composer Luke Bateman and lyricist Richy Hughes helped the show pop, capturing at once the show’s yearning, love, and whimsy...The show’s puppet makers create a sparkling and adorable solution that brightens the stage." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The production was straightforward, delivering Strindberg’s story skillfully, but without attempting to twist any of the play’s more outdated themes into a modern perspective, leaving Strindberg's misogyny to go unquestioned. As Miss Julie, Dodge shines at the play’s center...The performances at times relied too heavily on shouting to convey the play’s heavy emotion...Aris’ directorial debut delivers an enjoyable, if straightforward, adaptation of Strindberg’s classic play." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The musical offers a lot of funny moments...However, those moments don’t always translate into a coherent story line. As the vignettes continue largely without relation to each other, the show becomes something of a missed connection in itself...Despite the disconnect, each vignette was an individual success...The wide variety of kooky characters calls for versatile performances, which the company manages to deliver with great insight and comedic timing." Full Review

The Trojan Women
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"Though lovely, McLaughlin’s rich imagery becomes at times repetitive…The chorus’s constant repetition of each others’ words, grounded in distressing physical movement, diminish the emotional impact of the piece through sometimes overly frantic performances…The play at times becomes too oratory, as the increasing loudness feels jarring in the small space. However, this makes the moments of silence stand out, lending a meaningful juxtaposition to the play’s quieter monologues." Full Review

Me & Ella
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"Provides the perfect blast of nostalgia to revive your love for Ella Fitzgerald...Frierson punctuates her storytelling with songs from Fitzgerald’s career that resonate with the moment she’s narrating. Frierson’s gorgeous voice and sparkling stage presence allow the show to shift seamlessly from song to story, creating an immersive experience that covers the breadth of her experiences and Ella Fitzgerald’s life through artistry." Full Review

In a Word
West Village
Stage Buddy

“Yee’s highly stylized language creates the world of Fiona’s mind…Some moments felt overwrought, particularly in the beginning, but Yee succeeds in bringing those moments together by the end, helping to make sense of some of the play’s more overly poetic instances. The result is powerful, and gives the play a poetic structure that externalizes the inner workings of memories viewed through a screen of trauma and grief…Laura Ramadei’s stricken performance grounds the show.” Full Review

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "From its invitingly funny opening to the unbearable hurt of its twist, 'Daniel’s Husband' brings to the stage a uniquely raw and emotional portrayal of a modern relationship rocked by the unthinkable. In Joe Brancato’s capable hands as a director, this truly exquisite production, heartbreaking and captivating, is a must-see this spring...Each character is so well-developed, and each performance so rich, it’s impossible not to be sucked into their world...Nothing short of breathtaking." Full Review

Loose Ends
Chelsea
Stage Buddy

"The eight-scene structure provides a wonderful framework within which the play examines a long-term relationship...However, some of the simpler moments the play explores, while lovely and insightful, don’t provide enough conflict to sustain the play’s lengthier run time. This is in part because the play’s conflicts are largely internal. The performances, directed by Terry Schreiber, thus become key in bringing out the unsaid conflicts." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Under Bud Martin’s skilled direction, the performances bring the play’s central conversations on race and privilege to life...At times, the conversations within the play itself become overshadowed by its dramatic plot, as some of its twists feel too overstated to be authentic...Those underlying conversations manage to ask tough questions of them, and though they aren’t always able to answer, it leaves both its characters and its audience with plenty of food for thought." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“With Brutus the sole character for much of the show, success relies on Obi Abili’s excellent performance as the tormented ruler. Directed by Ciaran O’Reilly, Abili captivates with the powerful way he captures Brutus’s descent. Some of the surrounding material becomes somewhat repetitive...But Abili maintains the strength of the story line through his powerful portrayal of a man falling from power, life, and himself." Full Review

The Dork Knight
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"A hilarious celebration of the Dark Knight and his fans…His intimate performance brings out the humor of the connections he draws between Batman and his life, keeping the audience laughing all while maintaining the contemplative and discerning tone that lends the play more significant dramatic weight…A hilarious concept made profound with its vulnerable, honest performance, 'The Dork Knight' is must-see theater for fans who grew up on superheroes." Full Review

In Transit
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The musical relies entirely on acappella, which fits into the interweaving of its characters well. This creates a great sound that supports the story’s themes of interconnection. Those themes, however, feel a little light...Where it lacks in thematic profundity, the show shines with its humor, delivering a charming and witty love letter to life in the city. Directed by Kathleen Marshall, the wonderful performances bring out the show’s many brilliant comedic moments." Full Review

Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"In Leigh Silverman’s capable directorial hands, the excellent performances fill the space with the raw tensions of the story. Sutton Foster, no surprise, shines at the musical’s center…Foster is accompanied by a brilliant cast…Cy Coleman’s music lands laughs, aided and abetted by the skilled and hilarious choreography of Joshua Bergasse…'Sweet Charity' delivers with its hilarious and thought-provoking outlook on the life of its uniquely charming protagonist." Full Review

The Roads To Home
West Village
Stage Buddy

"These three stories relate to each other in powerful yet simple ways, with a thoughtfulness that is only amplified by the excellence of the performances. Directed by Michael Wilson, the actors’ moving performances make the play’s simple focus all the richer...Though small-town gossip can often come across as trivial, the show's domestic focus, captured perfectly in the beautiful set design, still feels very high-stakes as the two women struggle to keep their lives in order." Full Review

Such Nice Shoes
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Directed by Andrea Dantas, Miller’s performance is astounding. She seamlessly transitions between characters, embodying each role she portrays with graceful shifts...Miller’s writing is equally impressive, delivering at times hilarious and at times tragic views of what it’s like to live in New York, to give in to the crowd, and deal with the non-stop problems that the city throws at her...Miller’s play allows the audience to reflect on their own experiences in the city." Full Review

The Folk Singer
East Village
Stage Buddy

"Though the festival itself has some great moments, it lacks in terms of plot and character. The potential story becomes merely a framing device for the celebration of folk music, sacrificing the development of a truly compelling narrative...Despite this, some of the festival’s songs created lovely moments...Overall, the play lacks in overall cohesiveness, but delivers in moments of emotional insight." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Directed by Gina Moxley, Kelly’s performance is funny to its core. The audience was kept in stitches as Kelly colors each moment of her bureaucratically challenged romance with hilarious insights into the process of falling in love...Despite the unending success of the show’s comedy, some of its emotional moments could have been more developed...Performed with comedic aplomb and wry freshness, 'How to Keep an Alien' makes for truly fantastic theater." Full Review

Mechanics of Love
East Village
Stage Buddy

"Guha’s writing sparkles with quirky humor, as the play’s offbeat premise translates into an unconventional but utterly charming, funny tone. Under Elena Araoz’s direction, the cast delivers that offbeat quality impeccably. Frings in particular nails her character’s idiosyncrasies, to hilarious effect…With 'Mechanics of Love,' the Paradise Factory presents a tremendous play, one that keep the audience laughing even as it questions the inner workings of their hearts." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The writing is a little on-the-nose, as the quick scenes scratch the surface of the issues, but are too short to start a more profound conversation...Despite this, they provide a charming and humorous introduction to the evening...In 'Dirty Paki Lingerie,' Fatima plays each character with precision and skill...Her writing circles back to characters irregularly and inconsistently...However, her stylistic range gives each performance a great deal of insight into the characters." Full Review