Brittany Crowell

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Reviews (21)
Front Row Center

Score: 98%. "'salt.' is a poetic epitaph for those who have nothing concrete to grieve. It is a hymn of anger and of healing, of loss and empathy, of hope. I recommend that all attend, as you will find enlightenment, teachings, and possibly healings from Selina Thompson's story." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 80% "Love Actually? is a scrappy and wonderfully messy parody that is full of amazing talent and is incredibly enjoyable for those who love or hate the film, but it is definitely made for those who are deeply nostalgic of the film." Full Review

Octet
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“Part chorale, part drama, part magic. It transcends form, creating a new, pertinent, relevant, humorous, and relatable way of storytelling...The piece itself feels germane to the world we live in today...One would be remiss to not see themselves reflected in at least one of the confessor’s performances...The ensemble of the piece was spectacular...Their voices blended and unified in support of the individualism and distinction of the confessor." Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"Unfortunately, Roundabout’s newest revival isn’t able to carry the full weight of one of Miller’s more popular plays...Neither of these performances were helped by O’Brien’s blocking...One standout of the piece that deserves praise is the performance of Hampton Fluker as George...O’Brien’s 'All My Sons' doesn’t add new insight to the classic. Though still incredibly relevant to today’s audiences, the piece feels aged and dated in this production and doesn’t find a full life." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Attempts to recreate the feeling of watching a romantic comedy as a wine-and-tequila-soaked night in with the ladies and your favorite feel-good films. 'Chick Flick' ends up landing somewhere close, an entertaining celebration of the 'chick flick' film, yet a reflection rather than a commentary of its unrealistic expectations...Led by a strong cast of four women who breathe life into Conn’s group of girlfriends...A fun night out with the ladies at a feel good film." Full Review

About Alice
Brooklyn
Front Row Center

"The love that Calvin feels for Alice is obvious, but at the end of the piece I found myself wanting more...I left the theater wishing I had read Trillin’s memoir in order to get a fuller picture of his wife that he so loved and admired, rather than seeing snippets of their happiness together played out onstage...'About Alice' was expertly performed, and the simplicity of the production elements let the performances and the relationship be the true center of the story...A beautiful love lette... Full Review

Front Row Center

“’The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays’ will blow your mind! Starring five differently talented magicians, the show is undeniably enjoyable, if sometimes over-produced. While some tricks felt sadly small for the big stage and some of the tech overly stylized...I found myself laughing and aweing at the mind tricks and magic placed before me by the incredibly talented acts throughout the evening...The true star of the night was Shim Lim...The evening is sure to wow you.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"A heartfelt piece about family, love, and how we take care of each other...The true strength of the story is in the relationship between brother Mikey and his sister, Bernie, and the story’s main journey towards Mikey’s realization that while he’d been trying to take care of his sister, he was the one who was relying on her care all along...I think Aiello’s characters are each crafted with love and invite the audience to fall in love with the Vincolo family." Full Review

Good Grief
Gramercy
Front Row Center

"A love song about losing your best friend. ‘Good Grief’ is lyrical and human...Anyanwu’s performance doesn’t do honor to her words; while being heartfelt and engaged, she is also restrained and inhibited...However, Anyanwu is supported by an incredible ensemble...Overall, ‘Good Grief’ is a moving piece that will make you feel feelings and bring you back to moments you’ve shared with your best friend or your first love in amazing, awkward, and human ways." Full Review

Fireflies
Chelsea
Front Row Center

“Khris Davis and DeWanda Wise give impassioned and emotional performances, with many beautiful moments between them staged by director Saheem Ali, including one particularly entrancing dance sequence with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, and the themes Donja R. Love is exploring within the play sadly feel as relevant to 2018 as they were in 1960s America.” Full Review

The Winning Side
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“Epic Theater Ensemble worked with a team of students, artists, and researchers at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to develop this piece...What results is something thought-provoking, educational, and entertaining...The diverse cast...brought charm, humanity and turmoil to the characters’ conflicts and passions...This piece does an amazing job of posing the questions and encouraging the conversation and discourse that Epic Theater is hoping will accompany it.” Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 85%. "'GREY ROCK' at The Public's Under the Radar festival by lead Palestinian Playwright, Amir Nizar Zuabi's is one hundred percent heart and dream. A poetic rally cry for anyone feeling uninspired, beaten down, or in need of a reminder of the power of dreaming." Full Review

Front Row Center

"'Our Dear Dead Drug Lord' explores the capacity for women to reclaim the power to control their own destiny. It is messy, loud, violent, bloody, magic." Full Review

Luzia
Queens
Front Row Center

"The wide array of skills as well as the sheer talent of each performer was impressive...The acts are not the only jaw-dropping aspect of ‘Luzia’, where design is as much a part of the evocation of the imagination as the reality-defying performances...The sounds of ‘Luzia’ also helped to bring us into the environment...Cirque du Soleil brings us an impressive show with ‘Luzia’, one that broadens our realm of possibilities and invokes joy, laughter, and awe.” Full Review

The Mother
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"A tragic, humorous and disorienting trip into the mind of a mother who, in gaining distance from her adult children, begins to lose her standing in reality...Mother is played expertly by Ms. Huppert, who commits humor to the role, exhausting every possible solution and fighting back every step of the way...You will leave the theater trying to piece together the narrative for yourself...But this is the success of the production, you leave with more questions than answers." Full Review

Front Row Center

“While introducing many intellectually interesting ideas...The lack of stakes...in just about everything made it hard...to follow the emotional journey of the characters...The acting was universally ungrounded...As an intellectual exploration, ‘Neurology of the Soul’ gives the audience a lot to think about and presents really interesting ideas, however, it falls short in incorporating those ideas into an intellectual narrative...The play falls short of reaching your soul.” Full Review

Quicksand
West Village
Front Row Center

"The ensemble cast was uneven, excelling in some roles and remaining flat in others...'Quicksand' is undoubtedly an interesting story, with many themes still incredibly relevant today...That being said, too much of the novel has been laid out on the stage, which has created an unnecessarily long piece that gives us the facts of the story, but in doing so, misses the struggle at the core of Ms. Crane’s travels and doesn’t contain the heart that it could." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Birbiglia is an expert storyteller and crafter of jokes...Birbiglia allows us all to laugh at him as we relate to him, remaining the butt of all of his own jokes...Most of the jokes were solidly on the good side...It was refreshing to laugh with an entire theatre about the troubles and aches of a universally human conundrum. The piece acknowledged our current political landscape, but didn’t inspect it or rely on it for the laughs, which led to a refreshing evening of laughter-as-medicine.” Full Review

Catch As Catch Can
West Village
Front Row Center

"'Catch as Catch Can’ is multiple plays in one. The first act is a play exploring the notions of family, love, and how our responsibility to each shifts from generation to generation. I was interested in this play, but then it was lost to the second act, which seemed an entirely different play about mental illness. I similarly would have watched a piece with this issue as its main focus, however, within the frame of this larger piece, that ‘play’ felt incomplete and underdeveloped.” Full Review

Front Row Center

“A must see. With expert direction...the one-hour piece is succinct, lyrical, and deeply affecting...Amazing performances...Jackson and Rendón are absolutely present...Through Bordelon’s wonderful direction, we feel invited into the relationship...The grace and care with which these characters move through each moment of the play and navigate the difficulties of this conversation is a lesson in understanding, care, and acceptance, regardless of our identity.” Full Review

Black Light
West Village
Front Row Center

"Jomama Jones truly is a high priestess of the Greenwich House Theater. Her piece, 'Black Light'...is an amazing call-to-action, one with heart, humor, and healing powers...Her comforting presence and brave honesty are truly touching and quickly put the audience at ease, while the subject matter may not always be easy." Full Review