Bill Crouch

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Reviews (26)
75
Stage Buddy

"An innocent light-hearted play with a bubbling cauldron of simmering rage just below the surface. Written by Ben Josephson and efficiently directed by Robert Kalfin, the story is disarmingly simple and allows the fantastic company of actors room to play...A somewhat frothy, uneven evening of theatre, satirical in tone with mature themes that are very compelling, but perhaps, haven’t been fully fleshed out." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"Exquisite writing by Sean Christopher Lewis...David launches into a chilling account of the horrific events he witnessed...His account is somewhat suspect, the real mystery within the mystery of the play. As I cannot divulge the crux of this thriller, you’ll have to witness this remarkable journey for yourselves...It’s a remarkable evening all around, evocative and harrowing. Hill and Napolitano helmed this amazing evening with panache." Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"A provocative and disquieting expressionist narrative...It’s a beautiful story, smoothly directed by Laura Braza, but it’s also highly problematic...Weller negotiates this rather well, but the images it conjures gave me pause. There’s a thoughtful epilogue...Weller’s dark fairy tale for adults is prophetic, as our current national debate about sexual harassment and our current political climate emphatically suggests." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"I’d have believed the man could fly if he told me so. He’s thrilling...It’s heavenly to see Lithgow work, primping and fluffing and chopping and snipping and, really, dancing his way through the murky tale...Lithgow blows them each a kiss; tears in our eyes, we hear the lovely refrain, 'I hope you feel better.' In that moment the entire audience gasps with recognition; Lithgow’s both at his parent’s bedside and directly in front of us. He’s family. He’s breathtaking. I’ve never felt better." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"There’s a bewitching sense of history in the magical inner workings of 'A Regular Little Houdini'...Llewelyn-Williams has created an entrancing tale out of a historically dark time in the history of South Wales, with his charismatic one-man show...A son bringing an artistic statement to us through his grief? Precisely the kind of theatre and commitment to excellence that we yearn for here in New York City. Bravo, Mr. Llewelyn-Williams, bravo. Expert direction is provided by Joshua Richards." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"A Magnificently talented group of actors...With the use of screens and projections, Jeffrey Solomon’s direction is savvy and compassionate...Houses on the Moon Theater Company and its members have raised their voices in dissent. They have resisted tyranny and bureaucracy and you can too by bearing witness to this devastating and miraculous play." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"Incites the senses and decries stuffy sensibility...Hamill’s take on the classic novel has the convivial effect of hurling you head-first into the marital machinations of the entire Bennet family...Austen’s eristic tale has an incandescent champion in Kate Hamill who’s a firebrand in the role of Lizzy Bennet...I haven’t stopped laughing at her plight; it’s a perfect distillation of Austen’s valiant heroine. Excellent direction by Amanda Dehnert controls the chaos." Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"A tricky piece of work, living somewhere between black and romantic comedy...The strength of the play lies in the biological science that it begins to examine...The playwright has a wonderful facility with Poe's work...This work has merit, but perhaps in another incarnation the playwright might strive to create more compassion for the characters...Smooth direction and excellent set design helped us digest the evening's more sombre overtones with relish and delight." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

“Guirgis’ characters have nothing (and everything) to lose, and so, they argue brilliantly. They argue to the death...Make no mistake, we’re on trial here as much as the defendants during the course of this compelling play...This is a solid cast...All of this excellent work is well supported with precise and smooth direction by Mark Brokaw. Get a ticket, hop a train, see this remarkable production.” Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"It’s a frothy, silly period piece with a lot of heart and some interesting comments regarding the institution of marriage...The direction here, by the discerning Wackerman, is right on point...This is a well-heeled company, an embarrassment of riches...Has a production team that knows how to show off their inimitable expertise, and it’s really delightful. So, tell a fib or two, a harmless little white lie, steal a little time away from the rest of your busy schedules and catch 'The Show-Off.'" Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"A laugh-filled evening (and some tears, too)...Finley's direction in this second revival is impeccable...He is the kind of director who lets the audience know it’s okay to laugh, allowing the humor of Wilson’s script to shine through...There is much humor in Wilson’s work, but there is a fine understanding of the gravity of this historic time...Don’t miss the fun and the rage and keep resisting, folks, because love always wins." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"A fast-paced black comedy with fine dialogue and quirky upbeat comic vignettes...Norman’s dialogue is witty and fresh and his constant re-examination of every nuance of each character’s thoughts helps the comic energy stay afloat throughout the 90-minute play...Lovely direction by Taylor Haven Holt kept the evening moving along, fun and witty. What I most enjoyed was that her direction didn’t allow the play itself to be taken too seriously." Full Review

95
Stage Buddy

"A devastating, heartbreaking and timely piece...This is a full two hours containing the kind of plot revelations and family secrets that make us decide how we want to be remembered as a country...Mr. Moss’s direction keeps the story moving with simple, effective staging. His writing allows us to examine both sides of every issue...It’s gorgeous, devastating stuff, folks. Run, save yourselves, do not miss 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens.'" Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"A great play is like a great voyage: terrifying in its vastness, simultaneously bewildering and thrilling. Such is the journey of 'This Flat Earth'...At the play’s opening and in its final moments, our young protagonist Julie begins to ask what is ultimately the most profound question of all: Are you there?...And with the beauty of great metaphor, as Julie's question resonates throughout the play, our questions begin...Devastating and perfectly stunning theatre." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"Spina shines here as the brightest of stars, the zenith of our theatrical stratosphere...It’s a compelling conflict beautifully researched by Brandon Cole...All of this gorgeous production occurs under the sagacious helm of Michael Di Jiacomo. There is an air of authenticity in the text...However, the rather dizzying conflation of sources sets the actors adrift onstage, sometimes landing with precision, sometimes not. The overall effect is still impressive though." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"A devastating play that encompasses core concepts from both the #MeToo and Time's Up movements...A play about how we are all shaped by our parents. Kudos to Abdunnasir for clean direction which allowed the spectators to enjoy the work of this fine company through what could have been a difficult dark journey; he keeps the proceedings light and airy...If you want to experience a truly magnificent young company in possession of a terrific script, see 'Sheila.'" Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

"'Mankind' is darkly comedic theatre. And though it’s quite apropos for its time, I was left a bit uncertain. I felt uneasy with a piece about a woman’s right to choose that seemed devoid of a woman’s perspective. Perhaps that’s just as it should be, perhaps not...Every idea posited by O’Hara has a compelling physical reality produced with startling technical precision...O’Hara understands his medium and allows us plenty of time for the journey; nothing is rushed." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

“Strauss makes the standup-monologue-as-one-man-show his own, with a sweetly vulnerable take that has quite a few belly laughs...You’ll feel that you’ve entered into the labyrinth of the creative mind...A lovely remembrance...This is a tale of boy-meets-girl underneath all of the remarkably intricate talk of drug dealers...A real treat. One caveat, I’d limit the amount of times the lights go out...We want to see his pathos, his heart on his sleeve. He’s the whole reason we are there.” Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

“A gripping family drama...This retelling has some lovely performances lead by Chloe Sevigny, whose proximity to her audience serves to amplify her authentic portrayal…Rosenfeld’s take on Greenwich Village’s denizens is hard to watch, for some of the right reasons…The plot is based on a true story, unpretentious and candid…Sevigny is effortlessly authentic…Temperate direction by Scott Elliott informs the pace for the evening, assisting the younger unseasoned players as best he can.” Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

“Stanton creates a draconian world where words and music conjure unseen forces from which no lover’s heart is immune...A play that I found stuffed with ideas; It’s a thrilling and compelling cauchemar and it left me wanting more...It’s a scary play and folks were jumping in their seats and giggling their fright away. I look forward to more compelling and dynamic work from this company and director with big ideas and even bigger creative energy.’’ Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"Quick witted, good hearted, a tiny bit raunchy, and filled with laughs...The art of this piece is that it’s fun loving, not mean spirited, with well-crafted harmonies and surprisingly satisfying performances all around...Trust me, folks, it’s a really fun night. The writers managed to get the entire ten seasons into a two-hour show that’s brimming with inside jokes and a nod to the careers of the celebrities involved." Full Review

95
Stage Buddy

"Moving, brilliant, sometimes terrifying, sometimes devastating...This is theatre at its deepest core, a shriek of pain, the smell of sweat, the text that both thrills you and loses you all in a moment. Don’t miss this if you love to be a part of something...It’s work, I’ll admit, but through it all we relive major events in the lives of prisoners of political war. It’s work but the payoff is huge...The images are stunning...Be Brave. Go and see 'Burning Doors.'” Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"A tale sweetly told, autobiographical in nature and well cast...We’ve seen this story before and we’ve seen these characters too...Halliday’s work is witty at times, but the plot really revolves around Jack and his endless desire for the advances of a pseudo-heterosexual...Perhaps, my discomfort is that this play is entirely too plausible in 2017...Smith, a lovely actress who gives us a pair of dignified performances as two characters, offers us a quick note of humor too." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"The brilliance of this piece of dance-theatre is that the dignity of each of the participants of the original 'Stairway to Stardom' is lovingly maintained, all while the deadpan delivery of the text is flawlessly executed...It reminds us of the absurdity of the superstars we live with. That these celebrities do not resonate with us, but that Amanda Szeglowski’s stories do, provides a compelling counterpoint that allows the work to succeed on many, many levels." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"Closer in tone to 'Spamilton' than 'Hamilton,' this quaint little show spreads its wings from time to time and when it does, it soars...Friedman’s melodies, along with jaunty, frothy lyrics from Peter Kellogg help to create a quick 90-minute romp...Briskly directed by Michael Chase Gosselin...The four-person ensemble is game, capable and very likable...Not for those who are looking for deeper context or thematic structure; this is old-fashioned, good-hearted fun." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"Wheelhouse Theatre Company’s excellent take on Ibsen’s play continues the talented company’s reputation for their willingness to grapple with bold themes to create a vibrant work of art....The cast works seamlessly together finding the pith and core of this great play...This prescient work continues to resonate with its audience for days after the performance. A thoughtful and timely piece, well acted, well directed, and at 90 minutes, an evening well spent." Full Review