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"Jackson is not just one instrument but an entire symphony orchestra. Caustic, witty, nasty, pitiful, commanding, and simply magnificent...Mantello emphasizes the play’s seesawing between raucous humor and weepy reminiscence...Pill eschews naiveté...Metcalf’s B is sardonic and pragmatic, tough and weary. They’re both excellent...Dedicated to the fallibility of existence, the play balances love and hate, happiness and disappointment, life and death. No easy answers." Full Review
"The evening is as much a sensory experience as it is a literary one. For all the physical aspects, however, director Taymor boils it all down to a piece about a single, solitary human being whose certainties slowly erode. Fierce, confused, angry, loving, exultant — Hathaway is as multi-colored as the Las Vegas neon that patterns the floor. What's unsaid in 'Grounded' is as potent as what is." Full Review
for a previous production "Dael Orlandersmith's searching, eventually tiresome solo show...Neel Keller's flowing direction draws an unadorned, unremitting performance from Orlandersmith but can't move the piece off its pedestal. Still, on her search, Orlandersmith, by giving us so much of herself, exorcises ghosts and points the way to solace. "I wonder if we, any of us, ever get it right," she asks, as family and art fuse to be with her forever." Full Review
for a previous production "Though it flirts with grown-up irreverence, the lively tuner is a juvenile romp that should appeal to fans of television cartoons...Because of peppy performances, inventive direction by Greg Moran, and a promising score by book writer–lyricist Justin Moran and composer Christopher Pappas, 'Pope!' is a cheerful, zany trifle." Full Review
"Just watch Michael Urie in Red Bull Theater’s hilarious, buoyant, frenetic production of 'The Government Inspector.' The gifted actor...is gifting us with a gladsome performance, surrounded by equally expert farceurs...Directed by Jesse Berger as if everyone is high on pot...A satire disguised as farce, the play skewers sitting ducks quacking with indignation...The evening is ditsy and the situations ridiculous, but there’s truth here, too." Full Review
for a previous production "A diffuse, sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes touching work-in-progress, 'Familiar' in its world premiere at Yale Rep, could use cutting. Its initiating action is the impending wedding of Tendikayi, a lawyer living the American Dream...Along about the middle of the play comes an over-extended Zimbabwean ceremony that seems as endless as the 34-year reign of that nation's president-dictator Robert Mugabe...The actors give us the essentials, although they're not always intelligible." Full Review
for a previous production "Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' new play is a promising but jumbled evening, far from fully formed. Rather, it's a cornucopia of ideas, fragments, bits that seem to have festered in the mind of a talented writer…It's a jigsaw puzzle with pieces from several games— a work in desperate need of a more hard-nosed dramaturge...Director Lileana Blain-Cruz tries her best to wade through all the clutter, with mixed results." Full Review
for a previous production "A complex disquisition on women, politics, vanity, selfishness, sensuality, and the elusiveness of truth...The play is dizzying with alternating moods. So much is thrown at the audience in Act 1 that the head spins. But some semblance of order is imposed by, of all people, a critic named Gina Rivera, who recognizes not only the painting's worth but the damage to the state's prestige if it's suppressed." Full Review