Carol Rocamora

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Reviews (80)
Long Lost
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

“From the moment the lights go up, we’re on familiar terrain...There are no heroes or villains in this family play – only victims...Sullivan directs with a sure hand...Watching Billy and David in their existential conflict, one is reminded of Lee and Austin, Sam Shepard’s dueling brothers...In all the renditions of this timeless story, the conflict between two blood brothers is endless and unresolved, and the damage, meanwhile, is devastating.” Full Review

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"The wildest ride on Broadway this season—unhinged, harrowing, and hilarious...Mac’s immensely entertaining philosophical vaudeville—a pastiche of verse epic, farce, burlesque, grand guignol, the absurd, and political theatre...Wolfe directs this spectacle with consummate panache. You get a taste of the 'fooling' before the play’s end...Meanwhile, you stop trying to make sense of what’s going on, and enjoy the glorious, gory, and ultimately thought-provoking ride." Full Review

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"It’s a spellbinding story, but the theatrical miracle lies in how it’s told...The power of The Lehman Brothers is that, like the plays of Bertolt Brecht, it’s a parable of a broader story...Ultimately, it’s a morality play—but one which refrains from offering an explicit moral, asking instead for the audience to draw its own conclusion...Meanwhile, it’s a theatrical marvel to behold. The trio offers tour de force performances—both as a flawless ensemble and as individuals." Full Review

Boesman and Lena
Midtown W
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"Stunning revival...Its themes and deep meanings seem to have expanded with time to encompass human suffering everywhere in the world today...Zainab Jah is magnificent in the role of Lena...Boesman – the powerful Sahr Ngaujah – rails against his fate...The beauty of Fugard’s classical plays lies in metaphor. The road from apartheid to freedom will be a long one (as we know, in retrospect), but Boesman and Lena are fated – or determined – to walk the walk." Full Review

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"It was a razor-sharp satire in 2004, and it hasn’t lost its cutting edge today. 'Fabulation' is Lynn Nottage’s absurdist comedy about 'the vanity and confusion of the African-American nouveau rich'...It’s a tall topic to tackle, and Nottage does it fearlessly...Under Lileana Blain-Cruz’s slick direction, an agile ensemble of eight actors play over two dozen roles." Full Review

The Head and the Load
Upper E Side
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“A stunning artistic achievement on an overwhelming scale...Jaw-dropping spectacle...An enormous ‘installation art’ piece – a synthesis of music, movement, sculpture and shadow play...The visual impact is stunning...The effect is overwhelming...The marvelous multi-national performers’ names are too numerous to mention here. Please go...to pay respects to their heroic artistic achievement, as they themselves honor the unsung heroes of the past.” Full Review

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"Leon directs the excellent ensemble, wherein each character gets caught up in the maelstrom of racial conflict, stereotyping, and prejudice...'American Son' transcends color, expressing the anguish all mothers endure for their sons in danger. It’s primal, it’s devastating, and when we witness it on stage, it cuts right to the core...Nor will we forget Kerry Washington and her heartbreaking performance." Full Review

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
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"Bean, arguably one of the funniest writers alive, introduces us to the colorful snooker sub-culture of Sheffield...It’s great live theatre, but the true delight of this caper lies in the colorful coterie of characters – fortified by Bean’s hilarious one-liners...The cast is uniformly excellent, and veteran director Daniel Sullivan pulls it all off with panache – both the comedy and the suspenseful match...It all unfolds as smoothly as the snooker tabletop that Dylan strokes at the top of the... Full Review

Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

“This can’t be happening – can it? – we think, laughing at the outrageousness of it all….Ireland is a dramatist who commands our attention, despite the price we pay. His play transcends the topicality of Northern Ireland’s tragic history…Featherstone choreographs the mounting tension with skill and precision…The ensemble is superb. Stephen Rea is riveting…It’s a dangerous play and a hard one to watch, but it will stay with you long after its shocking ending.” Full Review

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"A hilarious parody…A wild and wonderful romp that will make your head spin (as well as your belly ache from laughing)…Scelsa’s wild parody is both an affectionate homage as well as a blazing assault on Albee’s classic…Scelsa wrote the play expressly for ERS ensemble members, whose roles fit like kid gloves...Directed with panache by the audacious and adventuresome John Collins, who fuels the production’s boundless energy and unpredictability." Full Review

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"Challenging both in form and content...To augment its dramatic potential, director Chavkin has cast an ensemble of six actors, diverse in age, race, and physicality, to play dozens of roles. It’s a noble effort...Admittedly, it’s a challenge for the audience to follow the narrative, sort out the characters, and absorb the voluminous material...We thank NYTW for reviving 'Light Shining' once again, to remind us of the range of Churchill's dramatic gift and the strength of her voice." Full Review

Mlima's Tale
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"A stunning new play...The glory of Mlima's story is how Nottage and her gifted director, Bonney, tell it in theatrical terms...Ngaujah is magnificent...He writhes his stately body in dance/theatre style...Three other actors play multiple roles with precision and virtuosity...Nottage's powerful parable extends beyond the specifics of illegal ivory trading. It reminds us that we are citizens of one planet, and that we are all exploiting our natural environment." Full Review

An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"In Chaudry’s riveting drama, both generations suffer. Familiar and marital ties are tested, as traditions are challenged and changing times place demands...Jo Bonney directs a uniformly excellent cast. Sanjit De Silva shines as Akeem, the prism through which these many complex issues are reflected. Desai plays his sister with spirit and style, and Bedi is affecting as Akeem’s distressed wife...Akeem faces an identity crisis that is far from 'ordinary,' as the play’s ironic title suggests." Full Review

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"Arresting and haunting...Like the fragments of a Chagall painting, the elements of Kennedy's story coalesce into a kind of wondrous dream - beautiful and terrible...Under Yionoulis’s skilled direction, Canfield and Pecinka offer heartwarming, heartbreaking portrayals of two young souls with their lives ahead of them, who cannot shake the specters of the past...Kennedy makes magic from memory - of her own haunted, deeply moving past from which this poetic play has sprung." Full Review

Fire and Air
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Hodge’s passionate performance leaves an indelible impression of the Russian impresario...It’s a riveting story, and McNally tells it with purpose and economy...Doyle’s signature style of minimalism, fluidity, and precision serves McNally’s narrative beautifully...A production that tells the story of an extraordinary artist – brought to life by a team of collaborators worthy of his artistry." Full Review

The Wolves
Upper W Side
Theater Pizzazz

"Over the course of a taut ninety minutes, we watch them instead warming up in an endless series of calisthenics, dazzlingly directed by Lila Neugebauer...You give in to this play’s unique and relentless rhythm – consisting of endless motion and overlapping dialogue...What DeLappe leaves us with is a searing insight into what it means to grow up and face both the unpredictable and inevitable events in life...'The Wolves' doesn’t break our hearts. Rather, it fortifies them." Full Review

Junk
Upper W Side
Theater Pizzazz

"Will keep you on the edge of your seat, even as you sense the inevitable arc of this rise-and-fall saga...Playwright Akhtar is a brilliant researcher, as well as a consummate craftsman...However, he’s broadened his scope, penetrating to the heart of contemporary American values...He’s done it with bold theatricality, in a sensational, large-scale production. Lincoln Center Theatre has put its money where its playwright’s mouth is." Full Review

Burning Doors
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"This dazzling company not only acts, but also dances and performs astonishing acrobatic feats to dramatize the stories...The result is a series of vivid, arresting images that will haunt you...For the spoken dialogue, Khalezin has masterfully drawn Dostoevsky’s novels...Such displays of artistic heroism and perseverance are humbling for those of us who take our artistic freedoms for granted...BFT is an abiding inspiration for all who cherish those freedoms." Full Review

The Siege
Greenwich V
Theater Pizzazz

"The power of 'The Siege' is that it is told not with rage or rancor, not to punish or vindicate – but to remind us...A riveting 90-minute drama...Between scenes, video footage is projected on the upstage wall depicting the actual events of the siege. The effect is spellbinding and deeply moving...We feel the complexity and agony of the larger, seemingly endless conflict...This gripping, unforgettable story is being told by those who have earned the privilege to tell it." Full Review

Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
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“An intense new play...Kennedy, an ambitious playwright, is tackling a number of themes…The cast does valiantly in this action-packed melodrama that tackles so much – family, marital abuse, immigration, feminism, same-sex love, and unanticipated catastrophe. Central to it all is Luda, played with passion and conviction by Alyssa Bresnahan – a woman who becomes the feminist mouthpiece of a beleaguered generation.” Full Review

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“Among the most colorful, quirky characters you’ll see on the stage this season…Suffice it to say that it’s delightful to spend an hour and a half with these zany folks, whose antics have been directed with skill and precision by DuBois. ‘Can You Forgive Her?’ addresses substantial themes like love, money, work, commitment and parenthood...Gionfriddo takes us for a wild, entertaining ride and at the same time gives us a meaningful moral." Full Review

Pacific Overtures
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Doyle has maintained this minimalist approach, although he has Jonathan Tunick’s gorgeous orchestrations of Sondheim’s score played by an eight-instrument ensemble...With this spare, stripped-down approach, Doyle has illuminated the relevance of 'Pacific Overtures' 'We live in a time when theatre has a job to do that it hasn’t been doing for a while, and that is to ask the political questions,' says Doyle. His bold production has the vision and clarity to do just that." Full Review

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"This radiant revival with a full onstage orchestra features a charismatic performance by Jake Gyllenhaal...Gyllenhaal holds us spellbound with his confident singing voice and his intense, riveting gaze...Directed by Sarna Lapine, the show flows with ease and grace…As for the challenging Act Two that takes place generations later in Chicago (with Gyllenhaal as Seurat’s grandson and Ashford as Seurat’s daughter), the creative team provides a stunning finale." Full Review

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Theater Pizzazz

“J. T. Rogers’ riveting historical drama feels right where it belongs–on a world stage. Risk taking is what this thrilling story is all about…The mesmerizing plot involves 21 characters, multiple locales, and a complex political context–packed into three intense hours of stage time…Now, in the majestic Beaumont, the play has expanded in breadth, scope, and impact–gaining the stature that the story justly deserves.” Full Review

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for a previous production "From the moment this runaway romp takes off, the antics come so fast and furious that I stopped taking notes, I was laughing so hard...Sit back and marvel at the mischief-making of the Mischief Theatre company, whose skills in physical comedy and split-second timing are impeccable...We should be thanking them for crossing the pond and brilliantly performing the genre that’s hardest to do well in the theatre – namely, farce." Full Review

Octet
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Leave it to the talented, unpredictable Dave Malloy to come up with a surprising new topic and an arresting new theatrical form to fit it...Ingeniously staged by Annie Tippe, this talented ensemble of singers have only their beautiful voices, their pitch pipes, and (of course) Malloy’s marvelous score at their disposal...It’s an immensely entertaining show – that is, if it weren’t so unsettling." Full Review

Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

“Cooper’s sensational new satire...A series of wildly flamboyant vignettes...Each vignette lampoons a contemporary African-American stereotype in a style that’s alternatingly hilarious and outrageous...A razor-sharp series of satirical scenes about the post-Obama black identity crisis in America...Walker-Webb directs a splendid cast...Leading the cast is the remarkable Jordan E. Cooper, a stunningly talented young playwright/performer who dares to take us on this trip." Full Review

Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Theater Pizzazz

"'Marys Seacole'...will alternately shock you, bewilder you, infuriate you, amaze you...and leave you with a huge helping of food for thought...This is a playwright of fierce passion and determination. She knows how to grab an audience’s attention and keep it...Scenes are enacted by a superb ensemble of six actresses, including others playing multiple roles...Under Lileana Blain-Cruz’s sensational direction, the action builds to a crescendo at which the centuries and characters blur." Full Review

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“An exuberant, engaging production...’Merrily’ is a perfect fit for this company of theatre artists who came of age together since their university days...Brody directs with skill and verve and the company shines...Fiasco has put its collective heart and soul into this production." Full Review

The Jungle
Brooklyn
Theater Pizzazz

"It’s a unique immersive theatre experience – designed to help us understand, if we can, what it feels like to sacrifice homeland, family, jobs – indeed, identity itself – in search of a new home. The miracle of 'The Jungle' is that it’s not a song of despair, but rather of hope – passionate, unswerving hope. Slowly, from the chaos, characters emerge...It’s a remarkable vision of what might be, if only we could learn to live together." Full Review

The Prisoner
Brooklyn
Theater Pizzazz

“A fascinating parable, and Brook and Estienne have brought it to remarkable life...’The Prisoner’ is stunning in its simplicity and universality...Brook’s profound understanding of Dostoevsky and Beckett informs ‘The Prisoner’. Though the place is never specified, the landscape of ‘Waiting for Godot’ is conjured up before our eyes...A man sitting alone in silence is one of the most profound images of the quest for self-knowledge that we’ll ever see on stage.” Full Review

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“Gleeful entertainment...The brilliance and delight of ‘The Thanksgiving Play’ is that it functions on two levels – both as a sharp satire on political correctness and a serious farce that lampoons the hypocrisy of American mythology and exposes the true exploitation of Native Americans. At the same time, this playful play is poking fun at the theatre and the creative process...The ensemble is terrific. Above all, kudos to FastHorse, a unique and marvelous new voice.” Full Review

Carmen Jones
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"It’s a perfect match for John Doyle’s prodigious talent as a visionary director...A superb troupe of ten African-American actors...This is one of those productions where all the artistic planets are aligned, and the results are glorious. It’s vividly imagined, clearly rendered, fluidly directed, and beautifully paced. A master at maneuvering an ensemble, Doyle has the entire cast present throughout the performance...Their collective presence adds to the heat and urgency of the piece." Full Review

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“An 18th century German masterpiece that couldn’t be more timely to revive...Dark tale of love and power...It all ends badly. But it’s spectacular to watch, thanks to Dodin’s distinctive directorial hand...Dodin understands the farcical elements embedded in tragedy. By infusing Schiller’s tragic tale with moments of ironic humor and stylized movement, Dodin underscores the dark theme of the abuse of power and how it reduces people to puppets and pawns." Full Review

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"An inspiring work...This fearless company addresses the big questions: Where did we come from? How can we apply our shared history to make our world better today?...Admittedly, the narrative involving science, philosophy and social evolution is heady, but co-directors Byrne and Kate Stanley make sure it is brought to vivid theatrical life. An able ensemble of six enacts the story." Full Review

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“Nikos Karathanos’s wild revival of 'The Birds'...feels as fresh, as topical, and as timely as if it were written today...A phalanx of riotous, bare-breasted birds, costumed in colorful plumage...As Greek choruses go, you couldn’t find a more entertaining one...Karathanos’s stagecraft is a marvelous, creative synthesis of ancient and pop-culture. You sit in St. Ann’s auditorium, looking down at a spectacle whose primal, orgiastic energy transcends two millennia.” Full Review

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"It takes an actress of magnitude and majesty to tackle the role of 'A' in 'Three Tall Women'...And that role has found its match in Glenda Jackson...The shock that part two of Joe Mantello’s stunning production offers is yours to discover, and believe me, it’s the theatrical tour de force of the season...The brilliance of Albee's writing – its clarity, its economy, its precision, its penetration to the essence of human existence – has never shone brighter than in this unforgettable revival." Full Review

A Soldier's Play
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"The noble revival that resonates powerfully on several levels...A gripping mystery story...Weldon has assembled a dedicated cast of twelve...they shine as an ensemble...Fuller writes about racism and man's capacity for cruelty and hatred...Fuller is asking us to look at ourselves long and hard in our own culture, and to question from whence this terrible capacity comes...Meanwhile, 'A Soldier's Play' will remain in repertoire...until we find the answers." Full Review

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"A one-woman show that blows through like a tsunami. And what a wondrous storm it is!...Ensler has expanded and deepened the themes of her seminal work, speaking with a fierce focus and a renewed purpose...Paulus delivers a production that brilliantly illuminates the landscape of this visionary work...Ensler is among the rare, gifted monologue artists who are able make those deep connections between the personal and the political...connections that bring hope for change in the world." Full Review

The Children
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Astonishing new play...I dare not reveal the outcome and thereby spoil your discoveries that this fine, brave play offers. The trio of virtuoso English actors shines...Under James MacDonald’s expert direction, this ordinary cottage kitchen is the scene of revelation after shocking revelation, escalating to a stunning denouement. Rarely do we encounter a playwright of conscience like Lucy Kirkwood, who courageously tackles the big questions that our planet faces." Full Review

Illyria
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"In his absorbing new play, 'Illyria,' Nelson makes you feel like a privileged insider, inviting you behind the scenes to meet Papp and his co-founders...It’s a conversational style of theatre, intimate and non-dramatic – but it makes a deep and lasting impact...Sums up the character of this complex charismatic leader, who led a theatre company through its formative years into a glorious future of challenges and triumphs, of which we all are beneficiaries." Full Review

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“A play that blows the top of your head off...Some of the most inventive direction I’ve seen in years, a committed company, and a sensational central performance by Denise Gough...’People, Places & Things’ offers a number of compelling insights into the desperate struggles of the addict...There’s the over-arching question: ‘What is recovery?’ Emma attempts an answer at the play’s end—and it’s worth it to take the journey with her, just to hear it.” Full Review

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“Leave it to the adventurous Elevator Repair Service company to take a challenging Shakespearean text like ‘Measure for Measure’...and turn it into a wacky and wonderful romp...The text is the star of the show – as spoken by the cast and as projected simultaneously on the upstage wall...There’s method in this director’s madness. Ultimately, all these clashing styles coalesce into a glorious, zany, exuberant, hodge-podge whole.” Full Review

1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"This 100-minute ordeal will hold you in its steely grip from the moment you enter the auditorium...Icke’s skilled design team succeeds brilliantly in creating this terrifying world...But this design team does its job too successfully...Ultimately, we see Winston trapped in the most horrific, graphic torture scene I’ve ever seen onstage...You’ll leave shaken, deeply disturbed–and wondering how these prescient collaborators could have foreseen its painful relevance to what’s happening today." Full Review

Venus
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Lear deBessonet directs this revival of Parks’s 1996 play with flair and confidence, capitalizing on its numerous styles including Brechtian storytelling, vaudeville, and surreal absurdism...'Venus' is a unique creation by a unique playwright with an urgent voice...In 'Venus,' standards of beauty, the dignity of the female form, and a woman’s control over her body are additional themes that Parks explores with fearlessness and determination." Full Review

The Antipodes
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

“Baffling, riveting, and ultimately rewarding…The storytelling grows increasingly bizarre…A tense, tantalizing two-hours, deftly directed by Lila Neugebauer…I won’t reveal the play’s punch line – it’s well worth waiting for. Suffice it to say that Baker’s brilliant play succeeds on two levels. On one, it’s a scathing satire on the storytelling industry…On a deeper level, it’s an existential inquiry into the essence of stories.” Full Review

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“The wonderful ‘Sweeney Todd’ is getting a riveting revival by Britain’s Tooting Arts Club…This immersive approach works like black magic…Jeremy Secomb stalks the space, seeking his victims with murderous determination…Siobhán McCarthy offers a droll and irresistible Mrs. Lovett, his partner-in-crime and would-be paramour. Miraculously, a trio of musicians (piano, violin, clarinet) succeeds in bringing the complex, cacophonous score to vibrant life.” Full Review

The Roundabout
Midtown E
Theater Pizzazz

“Unearthing old theatre gems is like digging for truffles–and British director Hugh Ross has found one…It sparkles with the wit of Wilde, the frivolity of Coward, and the saltiness of Shaw…‘The Roundabout’ holds the promise of an entertaining comedy of manners–but delivers far more…In the midst of all this frivolity, playwright Priestley offers a sharp, satirical bird's-eye view of an anxious era when England’s social order is changing and facing growing threats from abroad.” Full Review

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"What drives this highly expressionistic production is the charismatic Obi Abili as Emperor Jones, giving one of the most exciting performances on the New York stage this season...Abili has a commanding stage presence that keeps you utterly riveted throughout. He fills the tiny Irish Repertory Theatre with his explosive power...Director O’Reilly and his design team have dramatized Emperor Jones’ journey in powerful theatrical terms." Full Review

The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Theater Pizzazz

"Rarely does a production explode upon the theatre scene like O’Neill’s 'The Hairy Ape,' now receiving an extraordinary revival...It’s a sensational set, bringing an appropriately gargantuan scale to O’Neill’s tragic tale...The setting is vast, and the spectacle is breathtaking...This special combination of directorial vision, design brilliance, star power, and seamless ensemble work has brought forth a unique revival...The stunning images evoked here will long be remembered." Full Review