Dan Dinero

Dan Dinero is a critic with Theatre is Easy. This account has been auto-generated, and does not indicate that this person is an active member of Show-Score.com. That said, if you "follow" this member, you will automatically be updated whenever s/he writes a new review.

If you are this critic, please see the instructions on how to add reviews, update your profile, or make changes to your excerpts and scores.

Reviews (28)
Happy Birthday Doug
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production Best Bet. "Both a scathing take-down and sweet celebration of white gay male culture, 'Happy Birthday Doug' is an uproarious gathering…execution is everything. And this is where the show shines…most important is Droege's expertise with a character's energy." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"If you're looking for deep investigation, you won't find it in 'Slave Play.' The problem is that Harris takes what might be an interesting premise (I'm still not sold) and gives it the glib, here's-a-lot-of-jargon-aren't-I-smart treatment." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Thrilling theatre—for the head, if not the heart...’The Lehman Trilogy’ is entirely plot...The text is largely narration...Power’s adaptation of Massini’s script wisely focuses on these few key players, so things never get confusing. The performances are outstanding in the subtlety and restraint; never showy or histrionic, these actors, without the aid of any extra props or costume pieces, create vivid portraits of men most of us have likely never heard of." Full Review

The Tricky Part
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Feels not just timely but also refreshing, a necessary reminder of the humanity that can be found in even the most traumatic of events...'The Tricky Part' is not the 'child sex abuse show' you might think. It’s a story of reckoning, yes, but also one of grace and kindness, one that suggests that there might be value in even the worst experiences...It’s an essential piece of theatre, and we are lucky that Moran and the Barrow Group have brought it back—see it if you can." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Hands down the best theatre experience of the 2017-2018 season...You should just buy a ticket now—any serious theatre-goer needs to see this show. 'Say Something Bunny!' is unlike anything I’ve seen—both daringly experimental and incredibly accessible, it is one of the only times I’ve ever left a show vowing to return...At its core, one of the most enjoyable mysteries I’ve encountered in a very long time...The amount you learn by the end of the evening is astounding." Full Review

Marvin's Room
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"There isn’t anything really groundbreaking here; if 'Marvin’s Room' is a solid play, it isn’t an especially challenging one, and in lesser hands the whole thing could get a bit humdrum. Fortunately this is a great cast...Less effective is Laura Jellinek’s set design...If you’ve seen 'Marvin’s Room' before, I won’t say that it is essential viewing. But it still works, and thanks largely to the cast, it is at times incredibly powerful." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"An experimental theatre piece about black men killed by the police, 'Kill Move Paradise' is both a meditation on what happens after death, and a celebration of the richness of life...Such subject matter could easily become heavy, but this team wisely chooses to focus not on the tragedy of death, but on the vitality of life...All four actors are excellent, and manage to create specific characters from a script that is more experimental than expositional...Ali has assembled a first-rate team." Full Review

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "It initially seems as if a sly commentary on contemporary gay culture might be just what playwright McKeever is going for...McKeever’s characters certainly get more complex as the play gets more serious. The five actors deserve much of the credit here...But as much as I want to champion this play, a few things give me pause...It teases us with a much-needed discussion before using scare tactics to convince us of the best way to be gay." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Unfortunately, the talented cast and the fond memories don’t prevent 'That Golden Girls Show!' from feeling a bit long...The problem isn’t its length, exactly. It’s the structure of Rockefeller’s writing...Rockefeller’s desire to work in as many references as possible have clearly trumped the demand for a tight narrative...Clearly, Rockefeller is quite aware of why so many people love this show; if only his love for it didn’t overtake his attention to storytelling." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"In trying to be an escape room and an immersive theatre experience and a feast of design and special effects, 'Paradiso' doesn’t fully satisfy in any area—each element tends to obscure the others. And if you are a hard-core, no-sleep-until-solved type of puzzler, 'Paradiso' might prove more irritating than enjoyable...But for those who can take the whole thing less seriously, it's certainly an energetic, mind-whirling way to spend an hour that will provide plenty to talk about afterward." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The pleasures of ‘She Loves Me’ are such that even the most jaded cynic may well leave walking on air…If director Scott Ellis doesn’t quite bring out the wordplay in Harnick’s clever lyrics, the cast more than makes up for this as the show progresses. Everyone gets a chance to shine…’She Loves Me’ loses its way a bit near the end of Act 1…Still, the otherwise exquisite 'She Loves Me' makes a compelling case for the value of a high-quality musical rom-com." Full Review

Mourning Sun
Upper W Side
Theatre is Easy

"More than just an 'issue play,' 'Mourning Sun' sheds light on a preventable medical condition, but does so with a level head and a full heart...Yet for all its level-headed eye-opening, 'Mourning Sun' truly comes to life in the second act...'Mourning Sun' moves from a solid play to a great one; the penultimate scene is especially powerful—incredibly unexpected yet also somehow dramaturgically perfect, and one of the most moving portrayals of cross-cultural empathy I have seen on stage." Full Review

Men on Boats
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "If at times it meanders a bit, what we see on stage is almost always engaging...Director Davis is perhaps at his best in these 'travel' scenes–the excitement is palpable as the explorers navigate the often treacherous waters. But the scenes 'on land' are equally enjoyable...The entire ensemble is excellent...Whereas theatre that aims to be politically subversive often makes its points at the expense of the story, here we get both, and 'Men on Boats' is all the more wonderful because of it." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "The many layers of 'The Twentieth-Century Way' become so complex and intricate that I can see how some might lose track, and then lose interest. That said, I applaud the ambition of this piece. This is serious drama that provides a thoughtful meditation on how, as Warren says, 'everyone's acting all the time. Every job is a role. Every relationship a masquerade.'" Full Review

Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Theatre is Easy

Best Bet. "Your feelings about this 'Medea' will really come down to how you feel about [director] Stone's concept…such minimalist staging is difficult to do well, and Stone exceeds tremendously…the live video never feels superfluous; at its best, it yanks us into Anna's orbit." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Silly and more than a little rough around the edges. Were it a festival production, it’d be terrific...Those who want more than just nudity might leave unfulfilled. Yet as cheesy as the musical is, its sorely needed message of gay male body positivity takes on a special weight when voiced by a group of cheerful naked men...For those for whom clothing is never ‘optional’, ‘Camp Morning Wood’ offers a glimpse into a world you might otherwise never get to experience.” Full Review

Bleach
Brooklyn
Theatre is Easy

"Tyler epitomizes the arch, all-knowing homosexual who never takes anything too seriously. In George’s hands, Tyler commands the room...Carey makes excellent use of the intimate environment, and given that the script lacks stage directions, Carey’s choices at the end are especially haunting...Whiteness is a recurring theme here. While I’m not sure this is Ireland-Reeves’s goal, if it is, ‘Bleach’ may well be the most fitting gay theatre piece for our time.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"A lovely adaptation of a lesser-known (but not lesser) work by Gabriel García Márquez...Triana’s production does a solid job of translating the necessary García Márquez-ness to the stage...More than just a gimmick, this insistence on Spanish is crucial to establishing the world of the play, especially when that world comes from García Márquez...'El Coronel No Tiene Quien le Escriba' is a great reason to check out Repertorio Español, especially if you’re never been." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Even entertainment that is 'mindless' need not lack quality, or wit, or a passion for…well, for anything, in the way that 'Margaritaville' does...When such a show takes up one of the few available Broadway theatres, those of us who love Broadway musicals get a bit grumpy...Not that everything in this show is bad. Lisa Howard continues to make me wonder 1- how it is that actors can make such bad material come off so well, and 2- why she keeps getting cast in third-rate projects." Full Review

Afterglow
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Certainly Gelman has staged the play well...And the design is first-rate...Unfortunately, we end up with three people who are all kind of the same...Certainly the actors do what they can to add dimension...If at times the actors veer too quickly into heightened emotion, this is largely the result of Gelman’s script...The insularity and entitlement of all this is not only astonishingly tone-deaf, given contemporary conversations about privilege, but also makes for a weaker play." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"In order to get through seven years in '90-ish' minutes, the action must move quickly, and thanks to Kristin McCarthy Parker’s seamless direction, it does. But 'Puffs' is more than just non-stop crazy action with a bunch of jokes for 'Potter' fans. Cox and Parker understand that sometimes comedy takes time, and they make smart choices about when to speed through the story, and when to slow down and build a joke for a better payoff. The action is never muddy or confusing." Full Review

Escaped Alone
Brooklyn
Theatre is Easy

"While the writing in 'Escaped Alone' is certainly gut-wrenching in its simplicity and precision, it is also deeply funny...It’s her skill with language that allows for so many interpretations...What makes the production so powerful is that director James Macdonald, along with his singular cast of four incredible actors, manages to bring Churchill's script to life in the clearest way possible." Full Review

5 Guys Chillin'
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"A cross between documentary theatre and performance piece...At two points the guys come together in a transcendent erotic dance...These moments—a highlight of the show—provide a glimpse into what this piece could become were it not hampered by a devotion to the literal...This is really two plays in one...These two stories don’t mesh well, and the conflict persists throughout...All five actors give passionate performances, and do much to make the dialogue fit as well as it can." Full Review

The Jamb
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"A riveting take on what it means to get older after years of less than ‘respectable’ living...Act one is primarily devoted to the character development required for the more fulfilling act two…One of the best things about ‘The Jamb’ is the outstanding ensemble cast. All four actors take characters that might in lesser hands become stereotypical, and turn them into complex portrayals...If Drake’s direction can be a bit dizzying, the overall result is well-paced and full of life." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"An outstanding ensemble cast...The laughs come not just from the increasing insanity of the plot, or from the over-the-top performances, but in the way Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick use their book to deliver unexpected twists on 1970s tunes...'Disaster!' zips along because the authors know when the joke is done and it’s time to move on, which allows the talented cast to shine even more brightly in the more extended bits of physical comedy." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Tiny Tina Denmark is anything but sweet. And this makes the revival of 'Ruthless!' an ideal treat for those who enjoy the camp humor of female-driven cult classics like 'Mommie Dearest'...While Paley’s book is perhaps the strongest element, Laird’s music is also a delight...While 'Ruthless!' is certainly campy summer fun, there’s also a deeper message, if you feel like digging a bit. Talent can be a curse, a virus even, passed down from one generation to the next." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Somehow both jaw droppingly ill-mannered and adorably innocent, not to mention one of the best new musicals in recent memory...While 'The Book of Mormon' is foul-mouthed, offensive, blasphemous, and incredibly rude, it is also one of the sweetest, most innocently hopeful musicals I have seen in a long time. And the fact that it manages to be both is a key factor in its success." Full Review

Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"This musical is full of glitz and is a big Broadway spectacular; it is also a charming story with a wonderfully catchy score. 'Wicked' is satisfying in a sparkly way, and also in a storytelling way...The popularity of 'Wicked' can be explained by the last minute or so of the first act. It is an incredibly successful merging of dramatic spectacle and character development - and is one of the few truly unforgettable moments I have seen in a Broadway musical." Full Review