Cameron Kelsall

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Reviews (38)
Conscience
New Brunswick
Broad Street Review

"George Street Playhouse presents Joe DiPietro’s ‘Conscience’: A sense of decency in politics" Full Review

Dogfight
Hammonton
Philadelphia Inquirer

"Pasek & Paul adapted ‘Dogfight’ for stage before they got famous. See it at Eagle Theatre now." Full Review

Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Exeunt Magazine

"Playwright Carla Ching squanders the promising premise offered in this unusual juxtaposition by turning her two-act drama into a compendium of clichés, with hardly an authentic moment to be found...Each storyline holds interesting potential, but the writing either resolves them too quickly and without much spark, or keeps them center-stage long after they’ve hit a dramatic wall...More nuanced performances could have gone a long way in overcoming the play’s artifice." Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
Reclining Standards

"CK: We share general feelings on the play itself—chiefly, that it’s over-obvious and sanctimonious. I certainly felt the overly straightforward nature of this production did the play no favors. More than ever, it seemed like a parable that’s been plotted within an inch of its life...DF: Bening’s clearly a fine stage actor, but here she seems so deliberately drabbed down that it’s almost showy. Neither she nor Tracy Letts—also a terrific actor—ever convinced me they were a married couple." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

“Ellis’s production...couldn’t buy an ounce of charm...The retrograde nature of a show which, after all, unrepentantly takes place in a pre-woke age emerges as the least of anyone’s problems...The new treatment loses many lines that are sharp...Even if the material had remained, I’m not sure Roundabout has assembled the right cast to deliver it...The large ensemble is devoid of period style, and the four principals seem siloed in different plays – with only one getting things right.” Full Review

Daddy
Midtown W
Exeunt Magazine

"The swimming pool...seems endlessly expansive and deep as the ocean. Yet when you look a little closer, you realize its depths only sink a few feet beneath the surface level. That could serve as a descriptor for the play itself, which recognizes and occasionally wrestles with important issues but too often lingers on its manicured surface...If Harris really does want to rub our nose in the world of status and money...Taymor’s production does a poor job communicating that." Full Review

Noises Off (NJ)
Red Bank
Broad Street Review

“Frayn’s durable farce-within-a-farce, takes place during a disastrous dress rehearsal. The production currently running at TRT...too often feels like one itself...TRT’s production directed with a general lack of timing and taste...never hits on the right balance...The company work so hard and achieve so little...The actors use slapdash physical comedy to overcompensate...It falls a few doors short of a successful farce.” Full Review

Noura
Midtown W
Broad Street Review

“The play isn’t perfect — the plot occasionally takes predictable, soapy turns...Pacing remains breakneck, which doesn’t always allow the actors to realize a moment for its full effect. And although ‘Noura’ is essentially a realist drama, the staging includes several visual aspects that suggest spectacle for its own sake. In spite of its minor flaws, ‘Noura’ tells a story that deserves to be heard. Raffo shows how a contemporary writer can dialogue with a work of the past." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"A frequently funny, occasionally obvious satire of performative wokeness...FastHorse digs into liberal mores and theatrical earnestness with aplomb...Excessive reliance on sophomoric humor only serves to cheapen the salient points made elsewhere in the play...Bluntness surely has a place in satire, and FastHorse has an undeniably exciting, individual voice that deserves to be heard. She gives the audience a good time, but it often tends to feel like little more than that. " Full Review

Fireflies
Chelsea
Broad Street Review

"Few mainstream plays have centered the experience of a black queer woman, much less one depicted with such clarity.​..Ali’s direction can sometimes seem needlessly arch, particularly for a play that deals so heavily in symbolism and lyrical, rhythmic language...The pacing sometimes slackens as the play moves toward its affecting denouement. But nothing can dim Love’s singular voice. I hope to see work from this talented native son on local stages in the near future." Full Review

Broad Street Review

“Bland and unmemorable at best and shockingly tone-deaf at worst. Those who harbor warm feelings toward Wasserstein or Coleman should stay far away, lest their memories be spoiled...Although Daniele manages to stage an entire musical-inside-a-musical, she never captures the sense of a little girl falling in love with the art form...More pointedly, neither play nor production gives a strong sense of what Pamela longs to escape from...Essentially a piece of fluff.” Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"The short scenes unspool with heightened humor and precisely timed beats, like sitcom acts gliding toward a commercial break. But this approach tends to blunt the gritty, unspoken truths...Rashad has the most success when she allows those quiet moments of reflection to breathe...But as the play wears on, these moments feel subjugated to something hollow...Actors tend to rush from scene to scene at breakneck pace, never lingering long enough in a moment to find the emotional center." Full Review

Good for Otto
Midtown W
Exeunt Magazine

"An intriguing but uneven play receiving an intriguing but uneven production...Some of the best moments of the long, vignette-laden play allow us to see how the central figure brings his life experience to his work...In attempting to offer a wide scope of a complicated topic, Rabe often bites off more than he can chew. Characters and conditions remain underdeveloped while the playwright spends an inordinate amount of time focused on facile aspects." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"At times maddeningly elliptical, it uses symbolism, irony, and a sprinkling of absurdism to communicate the anguish felt by its protagonists...Jonathan Silverstein’s compact production builds in tension...It reflects a world overtaken by something strange yet familiar, terrifying but unavoidable...For Dietz’s play to achieve maximum power, the turn of events should sneak up on the audience; here, it’s largely telegraphed.” Full Review

The Show-Off
Midtown W
Broad Street Review

"Feels like a discovery...Kelly’s 1924 comedy marries a drawing-room aesthetic to the politics of the day...Wackerman further downplays the inherent comedy in Aubrey’s outlandish posturing, which serves to foreground the play’s surprisingly radical underpinnings...Gould certainly finds the funny in Aubrey’s most idiosyncratic turns of phrase...A fine staging." Full Review

Pipeline
Upper W Side
Exeunt Magazine

"Morisseau’s engrossing but somewhat undercooked new play offers a keen character study of a mother and son whose lives are imperiled by a reckless and passionate choice, but fails to fully integrate the specifics of Nya and Omari’s situation within the broader context of the school-to-prison pipeline that lends the play its title…A finely oiled production, but I could not help feeling that Morisseau did not push the material to its limits." Full Review

Familiar
Midtown W
Show Showdown

"The first act of Gurira's play is full of solid exposition and clever writing. The game cast do well to make the audience feel like they're watching a family. Unfortunately, the action goes off the rails once the roora ceremony begins in earnest, and neither the playwright nor her fine company are able to right the ship...However, if there is one reason to recommend 'Familiar,' it is Tamara Tunie's gripping, committed performance." Full Review

Fool For Love
Midtown W
Show Showdown

"It's a testament to Shepard's skill that so much of the play can still feel genuinely shocking 35 years after it premiered. With this phenomenal production, 'Fool For Love' rightfully takes its place as one of the most important American plays of its generation." Full Review

Midwives
New Brunswick
Broad Street Review

"A difficult stage delivery" Full Review

Broad Street Review

"Two River Theater presents Joe Iconis’s ‘Love in Hate Nation’: How do you measure a new musical?" Full Review

Last Days of Summer
New Brunswick
Broad Street Review

"George Street Playhouse presents Steve Kluger and Jason Howland’s ‘Last Days of Summer’: More than three strikes" Full Review

Broad Street Review

“I wouldn’t be surprised if you left McCarter Theatre Center’s uneven production thinking it was a play about making dinner...The lack of believable attraction between the pair highlights the deficiencies in Hare’s drama. Essentially a television romance with a political agenda, it strikes false notes about both liberal and conservative ideologies, as the characters devolve into little more than mouthpieces for simple-minded sophistry.” Full Review

The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Broad Street Review

"The results can be crude and obvious—and so can certain elements of Doyle’s staging...The talented cast offer a handful of finely wrought performances that smooth some of the material’s rougher edges...Doyle’s strong production of 'Cradle' makes its audience wise to the unheralded legacy of Marc Blitzstein." Full Review

Fleabag
Soho/Tribeca
Exeunt Magazine

"Waller-Bridge is the type of captivating performer who can hold an audience rapt while exerting almost no visible energy...Under Vicky Jones’s simple but precise direction, she individuates character shifts with startling alacrity...An emotional journey that will feel simultaneously cringe-worthy and relatable to many...Being alive is complex and contradictory, a wonderful and frustrating slog – and Waller-Bridge captures it with a documentarian’s eye." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

“’True West’ remains a pulse-pounding exploration of tropes of American manhood, sibling rivalry, and the vaunted frontier that so occupied Shepard...Hawke and Dano convince as brothers...Both give expertly realized performances, although Hawke seems more comfortable...‘True West’ still has a lot to say about how individual and collective identities are formed. Shepard’s battling brothers may end up ransacking your house, but you can’t help wanting to invite them in." Full Review

Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Exeunt Magazine

"Can a play feature superb acting, well-judged dialogue, exceptional production values, and a compelling point of view and still fail to catch fire? I found myself asking that question often during 'Blue Ridge'...Director Magar has trouble setting a consistent tone...The pacing frequently turns molasses-slow, only to speed up at moments of increasingly predictable revelation....Rosebrock could spend some more time figuring out exactly what story she wants to tell.” Full Review

Small Craft Warnings
West Village
Exeunt Magazine

"Nearly fifty years after its premiere, its frank discussion of female sexuality and gay liberation seem groundbreaking for its time...Regeneration’s production doesn’t get everything quite right – the hair-trigger turns in and out of melodrama aren’t always apparent and some of the more intricate ensemble scenes come across as under-rehearsed. Even so, the opportunity to see this play should appeal to completists and the curious alike." Full Review

Emma & Max
Soho/Tribeca
Exeunt Magazine

"The themes that have occupied Solondz throughout his three-decade film career – chiefly, the casual cruelties we inflict upon each other, and the inability to process a capacity to do harm – take center stage, translating well to the new medium...Although the dialogue occasionally veers toward the ridiculously overstated, Solondz manages to never lose a thread of sincerity in his portrayal of these characters." Full Review

Apologia
Midtown W
Exeunt Magazine

"The play sets up a flimsy dichotomy between professional success and personal fulfillment...Though less than a decade old, 'Apologia' feels surprisingly dated and retrograde in its gender politics and its reliance on the trope of a distant, career-driven mother as a catch-all bogeyman...It’s a credit to Channing’s talent that she keeps Kristin from becoming the harridan the writing virtually demands...Channing keeps the audience squarely in her corner." Full Review

Teenage Dick
East Village
Exeunt Magazine

"Uproariously funny and slyly subversive...Transports Shakespeare’s deviously warring royals to a contemporary American high school, with all the concomitant drama and fevered emotions such a setting provides...Lew resists the urge to turn his teenage antihero into a purely evil stereotype...One of the strongest ensembles I’ve seen at the Public in recent memory...Something unlike nearly anything I’ve seen on a New York stage, and I’m already hungry for more." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"At once fiendishly entertaining and appropriately grim...Jackson sets the tone for a surprisingly witty and poignant exploration of the ravages of time and age...The brilliance of Mantello's staging comes from his acceptance of the play's tonal imbalance...Mantello and company lean into this style, never pushing for perfect unity in performance or presentation...This benchmark production showed me how much the famously mordant author had to say about life." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"Fast-paced, entertaining direction...The chief problem: Eliza emerges as the only three-dimensional person onstage...Creating such easily hateful characters sets up an imbalance of power between Eliza and everyone else, which allows Rebeck to preach to the choir...She wields her messages like blunt objects. But who am I to say that we don’t all need a good smack in the head from time to time?" Full Review

After the Blast
Upper W Side
Exeunt Magazine

"Perhaps the most surprising and daring element of 'After the Blast' is how natural this all feels...The play occasionally veers into melodrama in the second act...Kazan also waits too long to introduce the concrete specifics of earth’s fallout...At other times, though, she ties together strands of plot with surgical precision." Full Review

The Treasurer
Midtown W
Exeunt Magazine

"A speculative, often frustrating new play...Posner excels at capturing Jacob’s frustration at being tasked with keeping his mother on a tight leash...But the play falters when Posner attempts to tie Jacob’s vexation at his mother’s recklessness to some dogmatic belief that he deserves Hell...I never once believed this character would spend so much time consumed by the fear of a torturous after life...Director Cromer tries to patch some of these holes, with intermittent success." Full Review

Dogs of Rwanda
Chelsea
Phindie

for a previous production "A gripping solo play that deals with loss, grief, and truth...Under Maura Krause’s precise direction, Hodge holds the audience in the palm of his hand throughout. What seems like innocuous banter can segue effortlessly into a gut punch...The play and the performance are both deeply unsettling, precisely because Hodge fosters such a precise level of intimacy...This is a refreshingly honest way to handle a story that centers around a perceived transgression...'Dogs of Rwanda' demands to be seen." Full Review

Show Showdown

"The book is funny and drum-tight; the score is comprised of one sparkling number after another. It has no fewer than eight knockout roles…This production is firing on nearly all cylinders…Ellis' production is fleet and funny, with gorgeous sets and costumes. Warren Carlyle's stylish choreography is exactly what this show needs. Studio 54 is a dead space for music, but the orchestra sounds better than ever." Full Review

The Qualms
Midtown W
Show Showdown

"Norris' latest has a lot going for it. For my money, it boasts the tightest acting ensemble currently treading boards in New York...'The Qualms' works really well in the room. However, the more I think about it, the less I respond to it. Judge for yourself, and enjoy the great acting while you're there." Full Review