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Score: 95% "'17 Minutes' does not preach to us what we already know...It presents each character's despair and confusion about their various roles with a tender hand and deep respect for the complications inherent in being on the front lines of this problem." Full Review
Score: 95% "It is 1950 Texas. There is no gay rights movement, no #ME TOO, no women's movement. Lily Dale calls her husband Daddy and blames Eleanor Roosevelt for a sick-out staged by the black maids of Houston, but we love her anyway." Full Review
"Two plays for the price of one should be a good deal if both are worth seeing. New York Theatre Workshop presents two plays from Mfonsio Udofia's 'Ufot Cycle' in one evening. 'runboyrun,' is presented first. It is moving, thought provoking and entertaining. 'In Old Age,' the second piece, is weak in..." Full Review
"It's a funny, sad essay on climate change. The metaphor of a chaotic film set...is a brilliant stand in for the Earth's rapid decline and our inability to affect meaningful change on Earth...This dark comedy provides many laughs, especially if you have ever been on a film set...All of the actors are wonderful...I learned a lot and I am inspired to learn more, hopefully I will take action." Full Review
"The play is at its best in its funny moments...The serious scenes are earnest but come off trite or corny. One exception to this is Harry’s telling of a tender moment he experienced in a concentration camp...There are 16 musical numbers in the play and they are the best element of 'A Letter To Harvey Milk'...All of the actors have lovely Broadway voices and can sell a song." Full Review
"Robert Sean Leonard, Katie Finneran and Paul Sparks all provide a deep understanding of and respect for the characters they play. I felt like I was spying on two very private scenes. Andrew Lieberman’s set design is fabulously sparse...Our attention is on the words spoken, the cadence of the language, the inflection of emotion. And the stark difference between Peter’s life and Jerry’s." Full Review
"Broder is doing the world a great service by recreating Buckley’s unique political humor for contemporary times. The message of love, peace, joy, tolerance, respect, sharing, is particularly appropriate for Christmas time. But it is not corny at all. It is delivered with swing and hipsemantics, and comes at you sideways, hitting you upside the head…There is so much that is funny and poignant and profound in this show…I loved this show and may even go again." Full Review
Score: 80%. "If you have never seen Brecht's The Jewish Wife, which I had not, make this the time you go. It is a poignant story as expected from Brecht. The other two one-acts are intelligent and positioned. The acting is excellent. Worth the ticket price of $25." Full Review
"'All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station' could serve as a cautionary tale about alcohol abuse and is at its best when it plays with Vienya’s, and Russia’s, impressive alcohol use...Morse is excellent as the scared, drunk Vienya, moving in and out of lucidity and with a physical life that is natural, yet large enough for the stage...Directorially Varda could have played with Vallet and Duggan’s differences...The piece lacks a necessary primalness that would allow us to witness the play emotiona... Full Review
for a previous production "The band is wonderful and Daniel and the other singers have strong beautiful voices. Daniel’s range is amazing, or maybe Jomama has the smoothest most natural sounding falsetto I’ve ever heard. The songs themselves are not memorable. Most are very wordy and lack the repetition, both lyrically and melodically, that is needed to walk out singing or humming a tune. 'Black Light' is fun and meaningful. A necessary reminder of all that we still have to fight for." Full Review
"The play focuses on the mental, physical, and spiritual torture of prison and the various methods used to break one down...’Burning Doors’ is intense and profoundly physical alternative theatre...The performers are strong in mind, voice, and body...It is an extremely moving and relevant piece of theatre. It is not for the faint of heart...This work is important...A visceral and intellectual evening you will not forget." Full Review
"Elizabeth Van Dyke as Zora Neale Hurston is authentic and beautiful. Van Dyke inhabits Hurston in all her personas. When Van Dyke tells a story, a folktale, she becomes Zora...This theatrical biography by Laurence Holder presents Zora to us in all her strength and complexities...Joseph Lewis Edwards is also authentic and beautiful as four men who impacted Zora’s life...The chemistry between Edwards and Van Dyke is wonderful." Full Review