Brooke Pierce

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Reviews (26)
Convention
Brooklyn
Edge New York

“’Convention’ is more of an experience than a play. Under Fillion's impressive direction and following Rocco's meticulously crafted script, the enormous cast makes great use of Irondale's sprawling space...Rocco's sly script captures...all the shenanigans you might expect to see at a contentious party convention...The entire cast deserves major kudos for pulling off such a carefully timed endeavor...A fascinating and funny history lesson." Full Review

Miracle in Rwanda
Midtown W
Edge New York

"As Immaculée, actress Malaika Uwamahoro beautifully demonstrates the young woman's inner strength, along with a sweet boldness that serves her well during this terrible time. Uwamahoro plays many other characters as well...As much as a I love a short runtime, this was a case where I wouldn't have minded a little more length, particularly to get a bit more insight into how Immaculée and the others endured the physical and psychological strain." Full Review

Edge New York

"In his intimate yet sprawling new play, Joseph has taken some pieces of Russian history and spun them into a narrative tapestry that spans almost 100 years...Joseph weaves all of these strands together expertly, introducing unexpected connections along the way...Under the sure guidance of director Sardelli, 'Night' travels back and forth through time with ease...Phenomenal cast...A partly true and totally engaging tale that would hopefully make Isaac Babel himself proud." Full Review

Lost and Guided
East Village
Edge New York

“The challenge of constructing a play in this way is that the dialogue is likely to seem less organic to the characters and it does in fact sometimes feel a bit stilted. Overall, though, ‘Lost and Guided’ makes a strong impression, showing just how quickly war and political violence can turn people's lives upside down…At a time when refugees are undeservedly looked at with suspicion by many, this play helps to humanize them and inspires much-needed compassion.” Full Review

Edge New York

"Director Sam Gold is offering up a very intimate take on the tragedy...Isaac's Hamlet is more relatable and contemporary; he seems like someone you could have known at college or who works in the office down the hall...Together this excellent cast, under Gold's direction, takes Shakespeare's grand tragedy and makes it more casual, more personal, and still powerful as ever." Full Review

Edge New York

for a previous production "Half the fun is the spectacular ineptitude with which the amateur performers deal with the hardships. Virtually incapable of ad-libbing, they doggedly persevere...Pure slapstick silliness, wonderfully executed by a talented cast that truly manages to keep the audience in a steady state of hysterics...Hats off to writers Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields (all of whom are in the cast as well) for taking a one-trick-pony concept and making it into two hilarious hours." Full Review

Man From Nebraska
Midtown W
Edge New York

“‘Man From Nebraska’ is not Tracy Letts' most thought-provoking or exciting play, and there have been better dramas about confused protagonists trying to figure things out for themselves. But it may particularly speak to anyone who comes from a background where certainty and conformity were the rule, and self-reflection and self-discovery were discouraged. And for those who didn't, it may inspire some compassion, understanding, and hope.” Full Review

Edge New York

"Playwright Alan Hruska's script has a Pinteresque quality, with dialogue that is sometimes cryptic, offbeat characters with uncertain motives, and an overarching aura of menace. How you feel about the play may depend on how much you like that kind of writing...The way that 'Miranda' plays with mood is one of its best assets...Unfortunately, the play itself isn't as compelling as these production elements. It does have its moments...But it's not quite worth the wait to get there." Full Review

Edge New York

"Offers insight into the fascinating political drama of that moment…But while the setting and the historical situation at the center of the play are indeed very interesting, Chua's writing is uneven. The dialogue is sometimes stilted, there are plot developments that feel very unrealistic, and the resolutions of the various mysteries come off as a bit clumsy. ‘Hidden Temple’ certainly has a great deal going for it, but could use some rewriting to better do justice to its promising story." Full Review

A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
Edge New York

"'A Day by the Sea' is a full three hours, which is long by modern standards, but it remains interesting throughout. Under Austin Pendleton's sure-footed direction, the play's 10-person ensemble is top-notch…This play is so full of understated yet beautifully expressed, human moments…'A Day by the Sea' is a snapshot of life in 1950s England that is every bit as recognizable in 2016 New York City, and most likely will be for future audiences, whenever and wherever they may be." Full Review

The School for Scandal
West Village
Edge New York

“Once the action gets into gear, the comical proceedings soon become quite easy and enjoyable to follow...The production has a wonderful cast...While some of Sheridan's piercing one-liners don't bring down the house today in quite the same way that they surely did years ago, the pleasure of watching otherwise intelligent people make fools of themselves never gets old, making ‘The School for Scandal’ a timeless play well worth seeing in this fabulous production." Full Review

Hughie
Midtown W
Edge New York

"It's a kick to see Whitaker take on this 1920s New York charmer. He's a true pleasure to watch in the role, showing a lot of heart and humor...Wood is perfect...Under Grandage's direction, 'Hughie' is a robust production of a slight play. As a portrait of a raconteur realizing that he may be losing his touch, it is compelling during its slim 60 minutes...To be transported to this bit of old New York is a nice treat but still may not feel like a completely fulfilling evening of theater." Full Review

Edge New York

"For big fans of the playwright who like the idea of seeing him play around with different styles, 'Tennessee Williams 1982' is worth a visit, especially since the people at Playhouse Creatures have clearly put so much love and energy into the endeavor. But ultimately it is an uneven dramatic experience, with an unsatisfying first act followed by an entertaining but inconsequential second act." Full Review

Long Lost
Midtown W
Edge New York

"The dramatic device of an unwelcome, unstable sibling turning up and upsetting the protagonist's well-ordered life is nothing new, but 'Long Lost' does manage to take some intriguing turns...Yet the pace of 'Long Lost,' which is directed by Daniel Sullivan, does flag at times, especially during some of David and Billy's conversations. Though it is a slim 90 minutes, the play feels longer." Full Review

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Edge New York

“Bean's script has plenty of weird and funny bits, but far too much falls flat. Sullivan, usually so reliably excellent, fails to bring the necessary fizz and fun to the proceedings...Things pick up considerably in the second act, when the plot finally kicks in...Ultimately, ‘The Nap’ seems full of potential, but doesn't fully deliver. Fans of off-beat humor and groan-worthy gags will find some of those pleasures here, but overall the play is overcome by sluggish pacing and hit-or-miss laughs.” Full Review

The Mecca Tales
East Village
Edge New York

"Playwright Malik successfully makes the pilgrimage more relatable...The production is fortunate to have an excellent cast...The whole group has a great chemistry that makes them enjoyable to watch together onstage. For a touching, humorous look at a transformative religious journey, as seen through the eyes of women, make your pilgrimage to the Sheen Center to see 'The Mecca Tales.'" Full Review

Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Edge New York

"Some of the humor is overly broad, but even when the characters seem a little much, there is a kernel of reality in them. One of the pleasures of the play is that it is about regular folks dealing with real-life struggles—but without any of the self-consciousness...You couldn't have asked for a more perfectly cast pair of sisters...Overall, this is a great cast taking on a 'pretty good' play. 'Marvin's Room' is not a classic, but it is an often touching and funny drama." Full Review

Building the Wall
Midtown W
Edge New York

“Occasionally, the arguments sound like a list of talking points straight out of a Facebook comment war…Some of those moments almost sound too scripted, until you consider that maybe we really are starting to communicate like that in our hyper-polarized political environment…It feels more like a warning parable than a carefully crafted drama. But it is engaging, and plays like this can have real value in times like these.” Full Review

The Light Years
Midtown W
Edge New York

“Full of unique pleasures that make it something very special…The writing itself has a special charm, with a funny and slightly offbeat sensibility…Those warm, passionate, and hopeful characters are given life by a small but spectacular cast…Innovation, art, family, history, and destiny all collide in this beautiful production. The Spectatorium may have been a dramatic failure, but over 100 years later it has given birth to something incandescent and unforgettable in ‘The Light Years.’” Full Review

Adam
Midtown W
Edge New York

"An excellent sketch of an intriguing man, wonderfully performed. The play's main lack is simply that it doesn't spend even more time digging into Powell's character. We get a pretty good sense of the man, but I would have liked to see a bit more complexity and to learn more about any tensions between his personal and political life…There's no question that 'Adam' succeeds in making you want to pick up a book to find out even more about this dynamic organizer." Full Review

Big River
Midtown W
Edge New York

"Though not crafted quite to typical Broadway standards, Miller's songs have infectious melodies and exude loads of character...The book by William Hauptman is solid, but perhaps a little less successful than the score, possibly because some of the book's shenanigans aren't as entertaining without Twain's inimitable voice...The production is blessed with a terrific cast...The stars of the show are the best reasons to see this 'Big River.'" Full Review

Fiorello!
East Village
Edge New York

"With such a young cast, fairly simple sets and staging, this 'Fiorello!' feels a bit more like a very good college production...It's still terrifically charming and enjoyable, though, and expect to see the careers of Lombardi, Birenboim, and McLean flourish in the future. Although 'Fiorello!' is not quite as strong as many of the other often-produced musicals of the famed 1950s era, it's a great musical for this moment...It is a refreshing little tonic during this heated political season." Full Review

1599 Project
Brooklyn
Edge New York

for a previous production “Niesen gets down to the meat of the stories, but they never feel rushed...If you don't already know the plays, it could be harder to keep up with the plotlines...The format doesn't necessarily bring any new insights into the plays...That doesn't really matter, though. It's a fun experiment and a unique theatrical experience that allows us to absorb the breadth and depth of the Bard's genius in one fell swoop.” Full Review

1776 (Encores!)
Midtown W
Edge New York

"The genius of '1776' is that it tells a story we all know the end to in a way that is so effective that it feels like a nail-biter...Composer/lyricist Sherman Edwards wrote a delightful score that brings the personalities of these Founding Fathers to life...The cast is phenomenal all around...Peter Stone's book for '1776', often praised as one of the finest in the musical theater canon, sounds as fresh, witty, and insightful as ever." Full Review

Angel Reapers
Midtown W
Edge New York

"The intense 70-minute piece powerfully imagines a window into the Shakers' world…The excellent cast of dancer/actors realizes Clarke's vision captivatingly, while also beautifully singing lovely arrangements of an array of Shaker spirituals. 'Angel Reapers' is by no means a biography of the Shaker movement, but it does offer a kind of baptism into the sect's idiosyncratic lifestyle, creating a collage of words, images, melodies, and rhythms that you won't soon forget." Full Review

Edge New York

"Quinn's more like the really smart, down-to-earth, and naturally funny guy with whom you get into an interesting conversation at a bar. If you like the idea of a kind of casual history and sociology lesson with a guy like that, and you aren't easily offended, 'Colin Quinn The New York Story' is a breezy, fun evening in the theater." Full Review