Beatrice Williams-Rude

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Reviews (52)
80
Theater Pizzazz

"It is a little gem, bearing resemblances to the 'Tales of Hoffmann'...That a musical could be produced at the tiny Cell theater demonstrates creativity writ large...The clever book was written by Dan Elish who also wrote the meaningful lyrics with Douglas J. Cohen, who also composed the music. The music is organic—it conveys what it’s meant to convey, but it’s unlikely you come out whistling any of the tunes." Full Review

55
Theater Pizzazz

"It’s difficult to find any socially redeeming value in 'Beloved'...This is a one-person work and DiLorenzo’s performance as Katerina is nothing short of heroic...We watch Katerina grow intellectually–reading Kant and Spinoza—and culturally—listening to Mahler, among others. However, she doesn’t grow in terms of character...There are graphic descriptions of sexual activity yet they are not erotic. Surely the title, 'Beloved,' is ironic...The excellent direction is by Kathy Curtiss." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"While von Meck is most effectively portrayed by Shorey Walker, she had far less with which to work than did her splendid male counterpart, Joey Slotnick...Donald T Sanders was the superb director...Daniel Mantei was the exquisite dancer...As to the music: Most of the choices were more fitting for a chamber concert at Juilliard than for a theatrical-musical biography of arguably Russia’s greatest and most versatile composer." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"Funniest play I've seen in years...Greek tragedy filtered through Mel Brooks...'Dyin' For It' concerns the father of a dysfunctional family who's been sent home from the hospital so he could die in his own bed...Murphy's comic genius taps the explosive humor in coupling the ordinary with the outrageous...The quartet of performers could give lessons in ensemble playing. They are all superb...The dazzling split-second timing must be credited to the splendid direction of Keating." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“A play that was crying to be written, its subject matter now front and center...It touches many of the great issues of today: Chinese values versus American; the family versus the individual; what constitutes truth and in whose eyes; the immigrant’s dilemma—to remain voluntarily ghettoized or to assimilate...’A Deal’ is interesting, innovative—it’s structured in a series of vignettes—and thought-provoking. It’s also rich with humor...The work is splendidly directed by John Giampietro.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"A touching play about a young man seeking acceptance. It’s neither a 'coming of age' nor a 'coming out' piece, but rather a psychological odyssey...This play, by Andy Halliday, is well-constructed, has an arc, and believable characters. Having both mothers played by the same actress was a bit of casting genius...Smith defines both women exquisitely...Given that the work is largely autobiographical we can relax knowing our protagonist really has climbed out of the hole." Full Review

55
Theater Pizzazz

"'The Baroness: Isak Dinesen’s Final Affair' is showcasing a performance so dazzling as to bring to mind all the splendid actresses who played Amanda Wingfield. This is a tour de force for Dee Pelletier...The work is abstruse, the first act seemingly endless. Although there are verbal fireworks, there is little warmth. We are not drawn to the characters, none of whom is admirable. They evoke neither empathy nor sympathy." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“A splendid, remarkably collaborative effort. Vern Thiessen’s superb adaptation is brought to fruition by the innovative designs working hand in glove with director Albert Schultz…The stagecraft alone would make it worth a visit….Philip is heroically played by Gregory Prest. This is indeed a bravura performance. Mildred is beautifully portrayed by Michelle Monteith...Maugham fans can rejoice! Soulpepper pulls it off. This is glorious theater.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“A searing work...This is an allegory and is rich in symbolism...There are scalding performances by Sean Carvajal as Luis, Flor De Liz Perez as Monica, and Rey Lucas as Moisés. Flora Diaz is lovely as Belén and Peter Jay Fernandez is convincing as Eugenio, the priest. The entire cast is commendable. The excellent direction is by Weyni Mengesha. The performers enunciate clearly and project. The effective set is by Arnulfo Maldonado...And yes, this reviewer wept.” Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"'Grand Theft Musical' is meant to be a paean to Broadway in the form of a spoof...There are many pointed and witty lines, some clever skits, several outstanding performances, but in the end the whole doesn’t equal the sum of its parts. The piece is much too long and needs more than tightening, it requires restructuring...It doesn’t just borrow from great shows audiences love, it steals whole songs." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"A gripping new play...Maria is sensitively embodied by Tracy Swallows; Irma is enchantingly portrayed by Carolyn Koziowski; exuberant Robert, the most complex of the characters, is peeled until fully exposed in a splendid performance by Robert S. Gregory...Bryan Burton wrenchingly extracts every drop of pathos...The work is superbly directed by Roger Hendricks Simon, who turns the small space into an advantage." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"A most unusual and dazzling theatrical event…Part debate, theology examination, philosophical discourse, historical retrospective, 'Martin Luther on Trial' is intellectually challenging, a play for the head. The crackling dialogue is rich with sharp observations and cutting wit. The work, by Chris Cragin-Day and Max McLean, has been meticulously researched and the cast of characters reflects this." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"A most interesting theatrical experiment...There is splendid use of technology, with voiceovers and videos...The play, by Dick Tarlow and Bill Smith, is so well crafted that arguments ensued after the last curtain call and the house lights were on. Heated exchanges among audience members, between husbands and wives, continued from the theater to the lobby, the elevator and the ladies’ room. The excellent direction is by Stephen Eich." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"This is a play for grown-ups and not those who have attention-deficit disorder...The splendid cast includes Pete McElligott (Kyle), who carries the play for the first half, and whose subtle, nuanced, always interesting performance is prize-worthy...The excellent director is Nathaniel Shaw...The playwright has expertly crafted a work using astronomy to both define the protagonist’s life and help him cope with death by lifting him above the terrestrial here and now." Full Review

35
Theater Pizzazz

"It is an ambitious work written in verse and incorporating dance and vocal music...While well-intentioned, the work is pretentious, overlong, repetitious, one-note and without nuance...Goddess Mother/Grace is played with sensitivity by Kristen Vaughan, who is, however, frequently inaudible. All the young women are well played...This is an earnest effort and there is an audience for it. It’s a niche piece that may well thrive in academia." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"'Stet' is a carefully crafted, beautifully executed play that deals with campus rape and its aftermath...Bruce Mackenzie is nigh on perfect as Phil, the editor, bringing just the right balance of hard-nosed newsman, understanding employer, and sensitive father-figure. He brings a rare verisimilitude to the stage...The spare production is most effective...The less-than satisfying ending is just what it should be, proving the validity of the victims’ fears." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“A beautifully mounted, skillfully directed and brilliantly acted production...This is a work for grown-ups, brave grown-ups, who are willing to live with the knowledge that the only thing we really know is that we don’t know...For those prepared to ponder and probe a multilayered panorama...Maeve Yore is glorious as Harper showing the character’s many facets...Kudos to Terry Schreiber for his effective and economical direction.” Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"Conrad, dazzlingly portrayed by Christopher Sears, emits enough electricity to light up all of Manhattan…Bianca Amato lights up the sky as Emma Arkadina, the famous actress...'Stupid Fu**ing Bird' has been skillfully and effectively directed by Davis McCallum, who’s brought all the innovation of the concept to fruition…The one weakness of this presentation is Trigorin who comes off as a cypher...This is a stunning production." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"It should be noted that this work, a memoir really, puts greater demands on the vocal cords than Verdi or Wagner. Len Cariou is onstage without respite for 80 minutes. The narration is a joy and all the Shakespeare is splendidly performed. But the songs are problematic. Where they’re pianissimo they are sung superbly. But full-throated offerings that are forte are less effective. There’s a marked tremolo. That noted, the show is fun and there’s no better way to spend 80 minutes." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Hilarious, enlightening and gripping...There are marvelous one liners and good character development. But the play loses steam, ending with a whimper, rather than a bang. If it were cut by five or ten minutes toward the end, it would be more powerful. That said, the performances were splendid, as was the direction by Katrin Hilbe. The writing is mostly interesting and probing." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"'Kick' is a kaleidoscope of finely etched characters and a tour de force for the astonishingly talented Joanna Rush...It was stunning. Devastating. At the curtain call, the entire packed house erupted in cheers and there was a standing ovation that lasted for minutes. 'Kick' was sensitively and skillfully directed by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, which must have been particularly difficult given that there’s not much in the way of a set." Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "There are laughs aplenty, but the humor is black...This splendid team captured the horrible absurdity of our Iraq misadventure...While this estimable effort makes the authors’ points, 'Who’s Your Baghdaddy?' would work better were it tighter and shorter." Full Review

30
Theater Pizzazz

"How many times do we have to be hit over the head with the same points? We get it, let’s move on. There’s one word that sums up this production: frenetic...'In Bed With Roy Cohn' has too much fat, which should be cut, and too little meat, despite the rich vein that could be mined...Yes there is a great play in the life of Roy Cohn, but this isn’t it." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"These are works for thinking people, for those who enjoy analyzing and seeing parallels, for those with a knowledge of and interest in history. These are not pleasant plays although they are intellectually exciting...This wrenching play must be considered Caryl Churchill’s crie du coeur." Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"The play is a 'slice of life'; there is no trajectory, no resolution. It doesn’t end, it simply stops. The audience didn’t know the play was finished and was slow to applaud. That said, the performers—all excellent—were warmly cheered once they appeared for their curtain calls." Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"Staller is a genius at casting. The performers not only flesh out characters that could be caricatures, but have voices, know how to use them, and have impeccable diction. We hear and understand every blistering witticism...The glittering witticisms are brilliant gems, but like a mound of pearls that need a string to turn them into a necklace. The convoluted plot provides no forward thrust. The play is overlong one wishes the bombs had fallen a half hour earlier." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“Pure gold...While written in the 1920s and reflecting that time, it also holds the mirror up to our time. It concerns politics, sex, class, and even freedom of the press and health care...The work is rich in potent and hilarious one liners...Malleson delineates class differences with a scalpel, not a hacksaw. His characters are fully developed, not mere sounding boards for ideas...The beautiful, tasteful production was skillfully directed by Thompson.” Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"The pace is dizzying as each bon mot is hilariously followed by the next. One would yield to full-throated laughter but for fear of missing the next clever line. The audience gets giddy from the constant flow. The deliberate anachronisms bring especially loud guffaws...The cast is sublime...The brilliant direction is by Michael Khan...This production provides a feast for the eyes...Don’t walk, run..to partake of this glorious fun." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“A thoroughly enjoyable, readily accessible play...Although it was written more than 100 years ago, it raises issues of sex, love, ethics, and morality that still stir controversy...While Ibsen, Wilde, and Shaw had previously addressed these matters, the characters in ‘Hindle Wakes’ are more fully realized and the humor is gentle...This work has been brilliantly cast and dazzlingly performed. It’s rich with laugh lines that are also thought-provoking...So run, don’t walk, to buy thy tickets.” Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

“Brian Friel’s play, ‘The Home Place’, looks at what constitutes home—to the heart...Windsor-Cunningham presents a touching, nuanced portrayal of Christopher Gore...Perfect comic timing must be credited to the brilliant director, Charlotte Moore...Friel has been called 'the Irish Chekhov' and this play demonstrates how appropriate the appellation is. The Irish Rep is so warm and welcoming, theatergoers may well find it their own ‘Home Place.’” Full Review

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Theater Pizzazz

"Would that the play were as clear and focused as the material describing it. Poetry is sometimes called a distillation, but here are seven poets in need of an editor. They ramble on, and on, and on. It should be noted at once that the cast is heroic, some inhabiting multiple roles...Until late in the second act there is no trajectory...Oh, the chasm between concept and execution! Here is a wealth of raw material crying to be shaped and polished." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

“A pithy, biting, thought-provoking black comedy…Dykes’ mason is both everyman and larger-than-life as he elucidates the playwright’s thoughts and observations on war and the human condition. His splendid portrayal is earthy and all-encompassing…While the characters exist to espouse the playwright’s views they are all carefully crafted, flesh and blood individuals…The splendid direction is by Romagnoli, who hones the dark comic lines even as the brutality of battle remains front and center.” Full Review

65
Theater Pizzazz

“The demands placed on its star Brendan Conroy are of Wagnerian scale…While Brendan Conroy does an admirable job playing the many characters and Joe O’Byrne’s crisp direction keeps the proceedings moving, after about an hour a sense of sameness sets in. I would like to see Synge’s splendid study, which takes Aran Islanders from homemade cradle to coffin, performed by a large cast in which each storyteller tells his/her own tale.” Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"Well presented and wrenchingly played...Rape, torture, savagery which Rehana both sees and experiences provide the substance for one of the most brilliant and harrowing performances this reviewer has ever witnessed. Avital Lvova is magnificent. In fact, this production has exhausted my vocabulary of superlatives. Excellent direction is provided by Emma Butler for 'Echoes,' while Michael Cabot’s altogether outstanding as the director of 'Angel.'" Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"Quick! Don’t dally!! Race to get tickets for 'Kunstler,' the splendid play by Jeffrey Sweet featuring a dazzling, the-sky’s-the-limit performance by Jeff McCarthy...The work is inventively and most effectively directed by Meagen Fay...This work could easily have become a shrill screed. But thanks to the skill of the author and the charm of the actor it’s a fascinating theater experience, as well as being educational." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"“Ed Dixon is brilliant–as an actor, author and raconteur. This solo show is riveting, riotous and revealing…The anecdotes, enchantingly recounted, are hilarious…In the end it’s anything but hagiography...'Georgie' is a must-see for acting aficionados, would-be memoirists, psychologists, criminologists, theater historians, and just about anybody who wants to spend a fascinating 90 minutes in the theater." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Eerily timely and shatteringly relevant, it is a must-see for the establishment. It deals with truth and the price truth-tellers pay, a concern throughout recorded history...The cast of 'Public Enemy' is superb, as we’ve come to expect from The Pearl, and Hal Brooks’ direction is spot-on. Jimonn Cole gives a heroic performance as Dr. Stockmann, one every acting aficionado will want to see." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Attention Acting Aficionados: Hie yourselves to The Bridge Theatre at Shetler Studios to see 'Dead Shot Mary.' Rachel McPhee’s bravura performance as Mary is not to be missed...The innovative play was written by Robert K. Benson; the skillful director is Stephen Kaliski...There’s no explanation as to why she doesn’t connect with other people...A longer work would permit more examination of specifics that illustrate the why of our sense of Mary’s aloneness." Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production “Uproariously funny as well as surreptitiously thought-provoking...BenDeLaCreme, acting as our Virgil, gives a high-energy performance that never flags and keeps the audience engaged and mostly laughing throughout...This is a one-person show that doesn’t seem like one...It’s impossible to convey how much fun the audience was having: laughing, clapping hands in time to the music and ignoring the food.” Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"A perfectly timed, unfortunately relevant and utterly thrilling musical…The entire cast is excellent…While the performance of Regina Schuyler veers into caricature, the direction by Evan Pappas is otherwise admirable…It’s a family-friendly show and even very little children were engrossed. It addresses our aspirations, the America of our hopes and dreams and, yes, this reviewer wept!" Full Review

15
Theater Pizzazz

"The author means for his play to represent a fragmented world, and this it does. The performers, Morten Holst, Kwasi Osei and Christiane Julie Seidel are heroic. Just memorizing this mass of inchoate material is a feat...While ideally, the reach should always exceed the grasp, this pretentious exercise taxes the audience mercilessly. It’s the longest 90 minutes this reviewer has ever spent in the theater. The 'Silence' couldn’t come soon enough." Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

"Tired of the parody that is our current political situation? Chill, take a deep breath, and amble over to see 'Votes,' a musical about the Clintons purporting to show how they arrived where they are and what was lost along the way...This is a lighthearted look at a dark landscape but although it pulls no punches, it’s neither mean nor preachy...I’ll not divulge the dénoument; suffice it to say it takes a different tone, more fable or morality tale than the acerbic plain talk that led up to it." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"A surreal, phantasmagorical piece...Three women of different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities as well as a 'shadow'—who could be seen as a Greek chorus—constitute the splendid cast...The play’s production is stark, making director Erwin Maas’s work particularly difficult and praiseworthy...'The Hundred We Are' is a difficult work, one for theater aficionados. It is thought-provoking and requires intense concentration...It is a dark play but there are comic moments." Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"The large cast is splendid. Every word of this very wordy piece can be heard an understood...This very dark work is sprinkled with bon mots including riotously raunchy double entendres. Running more than two hours with an intermission, it is not a work for those with attention-deficit disorder." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"'The Eternal Space' is a strangely gripping piece that works on several levels...This beautifully wrought creation features two splendid actors...The excellent direction is by Mindy Cooper. This wonderfully structured play was written by Justin Rivers, who is also the producer...Two nits that need to be picked. A cultured English teacher would hardly use 'enormity' when he meant 'enormousness' . When the actors lower their voices, lines are sometimes lost." Full Review

35
Theater Pizzazz

"The title of this work is so inviting, the subject matter interesting in the extreme, but, alas, it’s all in the execution, execution in all its meanings. One sees the intentions when studying the script, but it reads better than it plays...The most cogent comment on this work? The house was packed and people frantically searched for seats before it all began. After intermission about a third of the house was empty." Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"A most remarkable theatrical event ...What makes 'Desire' unprecedented, is the freedom of each playwright to handle the material while projecting the flavor of the nation’s most lyric playwright. Drawing out the uniqueness while retaining the Williams aura is no mean feat, and Wilson’s brilliant direction accomplishes it with panache." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"In this literate, thought-provoking work by Howard Barker, the early focus is so much on death and denial of desire there is a question of whether desire will ever manifest...Barker turns many of our preconceptions upside down—such as who is virtuous and who is vicious. The play is intelligently and sensitively directed by Richard Romagnoli." Full Review

100
Theater Pizzazz

"An intelligent, well-written, probing script; an excellent cast; and dazzling special effects. This is theater! Theater at its best. The playwright trusts the audience to form their own opinions, a daring act given that the characters who participated in the various events don’t agree about what actually transpired. This might well be the 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf' for the 21st century." Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"The play is laugh-a-minute hilarious...As to the current version of Molière’s play, while the lines are funny, there is no trajectory. We have incident after repetitive incident, but little analysis. It’s static. Wisdom overheard in the ladies’ room: 'There’s no plot.' 'It’s like a long session of ‘Can You Top This?’" Full Review