Dan Rubins

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Reviews (21)
70
Theatre is Easy

“A well-acted rendition with a breakneck tempo that works both for and against it...Directed with refreshing clarity...Greener’s gruff, brisk, and quippy take on Hamlet just gets too far ahead of the audience too fast...It tears through the text at such a pace that the questions are left unexplored...Hamlet Isn’t Dead stands among the most impressive and insightful of the New York Shakespeare scene. And if they would ever so slightly ease up on the gas, we could fully admire the view." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"A dystopian head scratcher, but the fault is not in its stars...The lack of clarity about setting and story only muddies the relationships between characters. The show features some stand-out performances...What’s most confounding about Cooper’s wacky vision of Rome is how predictable it is. In a world aesthetically unmoored from the columns and temples of ancient patriarchy, why so few women?...Cooper’s staging has one really riveting moment." Full Review

45
Theatre is Easy

"Although there are some bright moments, this trimmed-down ‘Twelfth Night’ lacks wit and clarity...Save one or two brief exceptions...Benson constructs all the scenes with the actors standing in a horizontal line a few feet downstage of the quirky decorations...The approach to the play itself feels rather like the treatment of the scenery...More a series of scene studies...than a fully realized production, you can almost see the line numbers accumulating in the play-text’s margins." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

“A century-bending, darkly funny interrogation of America's racist past and present...Director Axel Avin, Jr. stages an unsettling, momentum-building production that follows, per Yamanouchi’s instructions in the script, the Brechtian technique of alienation...Yamanouchi’s invitation for white audiences to find the funny in what may well be a reflection of themselves paves the path for a gut-punch of an explosion...A fast-talking, passionate, messy work of art." Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

“Masur’s and Johnson’s open-hearted, intelligent performances and Cirnigliaro’s thoughtful, understated direction polish up a play that occasionally treads water while in search of fresh ideas...Mallon’s humor can also be somewhat hit-and-miss...Still, Mallon just manages to thread the needle of balancing broad comedy with the multi-pronged pathos...’The Net Will Appear’ doesn’t demand much from its audience, but lovingly performed as it is here, it’s as gentle as an air hug.” Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

"Daffy but doggedly entertaining stage adaptation...And it’s actually a lot of fun...Much of ‘Clueless, the Musical’ is ‘Clueless, the Movie’, but...Heckerling hasn’t been afraid to replace and refresh much of the dialogue...And Heckerling’s lyrics, which ought to feel tacky...tend to work as silly satire...This musical gets the satire exactly right...The musical pulls 90s teens’ music under that wide net and it’s just enough new bite to make the enterprise worthwhile.” Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

“The monologues and the impressions start out somewhat driftlessly, but Bauer’s writing, and the two central performances, quickly tighten and strengthen...Bauer sometimes also misses out on seizing the opportunities for richer nuance in making these figures’ monologuing voices sharper...Still, even if the edges are a little ragged, the center of ‘Vivian’s Music, 1969' quivers with well-earned and devastatingly all-too-familiar heartbreak." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

“A joyful adaptation of ‘The Little Prince’...Expectations of how disability might or might not manifest in performance should be left at the door; this is as varied and individual a cast as any other...There are delightful performances...One of ‘The Little Prince’s’ surprising joys, though, came post-curtain call, when EPIC’s artistic director Therrien invited cast members to speak about their experiences performing with the company.” Full Review

90
Theatre is Easy

"Because these actors would seldom be cast in most productions of this difficult, rarely staged trio of plays, there’s a palpable urgency in the excellence of the performances. By the end of six hours, it’s hard to picture anyone else in these roles, thanks to the relentless power of this company’s efforts. That our focus holds for this (very rarely wearying) marathon is in large part due to the boundlessly creative, perpetually smart direction by Stephen Brown-Fried." Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"One of the least original works I’ve encountered...But what 'Gettin’ The Band Back Together' misses out on in terms of inventiveness, it begins to make up with John Rando’s more-than-proficient, often clever direction and the cast’s high-octane commitment to energizing, if not fully fleshing out, the cardboard cutout characters...The book veers between very silly and very lame...Tries its best to take us back to the good old days. If only it felt a little less old and a little more good." Full Review

45
Theatre is Easy

“An epic but lackluster production...What should distinguish ‘Richard III’ from the colorful but plot-heavy ‘Henry VI’ plays is Richard himself...Here, there’s barely a discernible difference between de Rogatis’ Richard when he’s alone, confiding in the audience and when he’s deceiving anyone who stands in his way...The staging...often feels more like a series of acting class exercises than a production with a coherent vision." Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

“A sharp, contemporary take on Webster's feast of bloodlust...Red Bull’s pretty wicked and pretty satisfying new production...'The White Devil' rises and falls on its anti-heroine Vittoria, and this production never quite centers Vittoria’s story...It’s plot, not character, that ultimately drives Webster’s writing, and the crystal-clear, eminently accessible reading of the text, partnered with Proske’s nimble, active staging keeps the audience ever on its toes. The cast locates plenty of the... Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

“’After’ turns out to be just talk itself, with relatively little to say...Everything we’re going to learn about these people—all white, by the way—can be gleaned in their first few minutes onstage...Some of the snippy humor early on lands adroitly, but it all feels like it’s buying time until the great ‘event’, the aftermath of which becomes unnecessarily contrived and melodramatic with a last-minute reveal that undermines the play’s attempts at moral ambiguity.” Full Review

55
Theatre is Easy

"Isn't as sharp (or as funny) as it should be...Despite its substantial slices of pointed, tuneful material, plus a cleanly staged, energetic production, this new show keeps swerving from tone to tone...Each of the nine actors playing cheerleaders don their adolescent guises of immaturity, insecurity, and occasional inebriation with convincing gusto...If Allen’s willing to slash through some of the show’s excess and fluffy moralizing, there’s a pretty witty musical well worth rescuing in there." Full Review

80
Theatre is Easy

“Song speaks louder than words in McCraney's Broadway debut...The unsettling, playful, puzzling drama...Pope’s effervescent performance stands out...Cullman, whose lucid, detailed staging lends focus to a script that, while consistently compelling, sometimes gets away from itself...’Choir Boy’ suffers from the early scenes’ premonitions of plotlessness...’Choir Boy’ isn’t a play about inaction, it’s a play about resilience...And that is something worth singing about.” Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

"Sturdy, accessible staging by director Emily Lyon, but it often feels like a tentative interpretation, one that’s not quite willing to probe beneath the surface of the play to explore the murky uncertainties that make the work so hypnotizing. Lyon’s cast handles the text adroitly...Lyon’s direction also tends to miss out on Shakespeare’s rawer comedy...It should be possible to embrace what’s most empowering about Helena’s journey without losing sight of what’s most complex." Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

“A new smart but exhaustingly dense play...Despite this well-packaged setup, the problem is that, across the work’s dense 75 minutes, none of the characters shift from their starting positions...In its current form, 'The Brutes' is rather long on Stoppardian erudition and metaphor and less invested in how the siblings impact one another...Fellini, doubling as director, produces a lively variety of stage pictures in the small in-the-round space.” Full Review

85
Theatre is Easy

"All three works light up with abundant talents...but only one story feels fully at home...That one is 'Window Treatment,' a firecracker of a musical...'The Costume' centers around a 10-year-old boy charged by his next-door neighbor with nursing a wounded pigeon...‘Scaffolding’ offers yet another story about a person on the autism spectrum that’s entirely from someone else’s point of view...'Inner Voices' provides a fascinating look at how different stories can be told." Full Review

95
Theatre is Easy

“A shattering masterwork...An astonishing work about storytelling...Seeing ‘The Ferryman’ a second time reveals its monumentality in a new light. Not only does the play shimmer with repeated viewing, but many of the performances have grown even more persuasive...The inevitability of the play’s harrowing final moments newly illuminate Butterworth’s meticulous but unstrained construction of each brick in this formidable fortress of a play.” Full Review

65
Theatre is Easy

“This ‘Midsummer’ is far from normal...The big scene-stealer is a tangerine...I’m not sure why it’s food that emerges as the untidy central metaphor...There's no clear pattern in how and why the food shows up...Under Hasse’s inventive but often manic direction, the six actors form a cohesive ensemble...A few performances charge through the text too hammily at the expense of clarity...It’s easy to lose track of the course of true love amidst all that phosphorescent mashed potato.” Full Review

75
Theatre is Easy

"In this aptly titled mashup of 'Wicked' and 'Frozen,' raucous goofiness and genuine warmth share center stage....If there’s any pointed satire here, it’s only in demonstrating the uncanny structural similarities between these two 'magic ice witch princess' musicals...What resonates most about 'Wicked Frozen' aren’t the hit-and-miss absurdities but the ways in which the show celebrates the impact of musicals on young people." Full Review