Cathy Hammer

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Reviews (13)
Imminently Yours
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Written by Karimah, 'Imminently Yours' beautifully weaves together several potent themes...The playwright intersperses impassioned speeches with realistic snippets that illustrate true friendship and the essence of family. And she wisely avoids creating a villain, allowing the audience to understand all the perspectives and develop their own call to action." Full Review

The Unforgettable Line

“Ross ratchets up the screwball elements. The entire 2 1/2 hours are filled with high energy...The comedy is so big and broad you can practically hear the rimshots. Fortunately, the flexible cast handles the pratfalls and double takes with ease...Though short on plot...‘Enter Laughing’ is long on heart, smiles, and quality song styling. A lighthearted escape from these thornier times, the piece also incorporates a lovely message that each generation has something to teach the other.” Full Review

Hatef**k
Upper W Side
Theater Pizzazz

"A well-crafted two-hander in any season...Passions are heightened with every clever turn-of-phrase until the two head for the bedroom to work off the steam...Mirza's dialogue ripples with energy sprinkled with humor and an occasional gut punch. Using her two beautifully defined creations, she can go deep as well as broad, coming to conclusions that are enlightening as well as troubling...Director Adrienne Campbell-Holt has been blessed with a terrific cast as well as script." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"As directed by Paul Meade, the two actresses connect and reconnect deeply, as Smyth switches among her roles of Jenny, Ann’s parents, assorted friends and others they meet along the way...The emotional core of Ms. Blake’s script is so truthful, you don’t need vast knowledge of Irish culture or history to understand the path of the characters or the well-placed jokes. Ann’s desire for love and acceptance is relatable, no matter your sexual orientation." Full Review

The Beyonce
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

“Bent makes Nadia’s evaluation of traditional marriage and self expression interesting...Bent’s ability to use Chekhov as a springboard shines in her selection of sociological themes and her cadence...Bent is less successful with the Beyoncé portion of the equation...'The Beyoncé’ is as pleasant a diversion as an afternoon in the countryside. While it does not bang open any doors, it does successfully explore what gentle circumstances can constitute a small-scale bold move.” Full Review

Daybreak
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"The script’s fluidity in time and dimension is aided by the creative hand of director Lucie Tiberghien. She often floats and twirls her actors onto the stage...More than a play, it is a rich cultural event. The mood has been wonderfully heightened by injections of music from a civilization that was all but wiped out...'Daybreak' is an admirable addition to the Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s 41st season, fulfilling the mission to tell the stories of those seldom heard." Full Review

Education
Midtown E
Theater Pizzazz

"The conversation grabs attention from the moment the lights come up...What doesn't work is Mick and Bekka as a believable devoted couple. There is simply no chemistry between Jones and West...The script is close to flawless with flowing dialogue and wonderfully developed characters...Teenage audience members are sure to relate to the pressures and responsibilities...Adults will recognize the many ways art has been used as an effective weapon in the last few decades." Full Review

Original Sound
West Village
The Unforgettable Line

“An engaging and emotional play with music...The strong back beat of the plot is built atop the complex relationship that develops between Danny and Ryan...The supporting characters each heighten important story elements...Araoz generally keeps the energy high, all the better to shock the audience with quieter moments...But it is the music that appropriately takes center stage...A stirring experience for lovers of emerging works.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Like a 20-something Sorkin, Alex Riad has written a serious story of struggle for identity, connection, and success using crackling humor and genuine feeling. The dialogue is simultaneously realistic and punny...At an hour and 45 minutes, the road to resolution is a little long, though the ultimate destination is very satisfying...Explores societal pressures and their consequences through a lens of wit and affection resulting in a thoroughly entertaining and engaging production." Full Review

Fiercely Independent
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

"Caitlin Gallogly and Christopher M. Smith bring a strong sense of realism to their roles...However, neither actor can overcome the limited storytelling provided in the script...Rather than getting an engaging deep dive into a frayed loving relationship we get a tsunami of tedious bickering...Caitlin Gallogly’s layered performance is the best reason to see this world premiere of 'Fiercely Independent.' The work itself would benefit from a little therapy." Full Review

Sesar
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

“A solo performance can be memorizing...Orlando Pabotoy has the range to provide this experience, possessing an aptitude for vivid storytelling...His script for Sesar remains gauzy; not quite pulling together the threads of his tale into a solid piece. But even at this stage of development, it is an entertaining and enlightening piece told from a unique vantage point...Feldman’s direction is unnecessarily frenetic, detracting from Pabotoy’s natural ability." Full Review

Get the Boat
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

"There are still numerous well constructed moments in this story that boldly illustrate how two diverse life paths can share common territory. Though we get to know them for less than an hour, we gain tremendous insight into the difficult decision that both women are making...Ms. Brennan has written a powerful piece of activist theater. She is acutely sensitive to her subject matter and has picked two clear and distinctive voices among the many thousands who share this experience." Full Review

The Melting Pot
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

"Lashof has added bits of the original to her modern perspective that all-too-easily shines a light on our current social struggles and uneasy political climate...Underneath the dialogue is a light musical layer created...Off to one side is Nurse who throughout the performance describes the pogrom in Odessa in terrifying and bloody detail. It’s a shocking history, but it never blends smoothly with the rest of the storylines...A thought-provoking opening." Full Review