David Clarke

About:  David Clarke, a critic with Out Magazine and BroadwayWorld, has had a lifelong love and passion for the performing arts. Follow @WriterClarke on Twitter to keep up with his theatrical adventures.
Reviews (16)
BroadwayWorld

"'DRUIDSHAKESPEARE: RICHARD III' Beguiles and Seduces at Lincoln Center's White Light Festival" Full Review

We Are The Tigers
East Village
BroadwayWorld

“While Allen's book fumbles, his music for the show soars...Most of the songs are catchy pop bops that pulsate with rhythm and pizzazz...In spite of the hiccups, ‘We are the Tigers’ is good. It's not great. It's not terrible. It's good. And it's good fun. It earns its laughs and its applause organically and on its merits...It's an entertaining romp, with some great music, and nine women slaying a stage...Don't take it or yourself too seriously, and you should have a blast.” Full Review

The View UpStairs
East Village
Out Magazine

"Vernon relies heavily on clichés in the show, creating a queer 'Cheers'...Despite the stock characters and situations, Vernon’s work with Scott Ebersold’s direction and the cast’s performances do stir emotions...Simply put, 'The View UpStairs' is not a perfect show. Yet, with this piece, Vernon shows potential and promise...In these successful moments, the musical proves itself to be timely and relevant. In the moments when the show falls flat, the audience is at least entertained." Full Review

BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "'The Commedia Cinderella' is filled with whimsy and laughs...With freedom to experiment and no semblance of a fourth wall in place, the audience is also part of the show...With all the colorful zaniness happening on stage, it is easy for members of the audience to become fully absorbed in the hilarity of the performance. And, through the power of laughter the impactful social messages of the piece are easy to digest." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
Out Magazine

"In Bartlett’s smartly written and exquisitely performed drama, royal authority is challenged, familial drama complicates matters, and the power of language and what we are freely allowed to express are deftly explored. Impeccable pacing, steady direction, and the magic of superb acting create an evening of spectacle-free theatricality that is as impressive as it is entertaining. Let it be decreed, only a silly fool would dare miss an audience with 'King Charles III.'" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"With a premise ripe for a fun-filled romantic comedy and a title that does all the PR leg work on its own, it's a shame that the play is such a staggering disappointment. The roughly 80-minute production is a pristine example of everything one shouldn't do in a comedy...To call the show sophomoric would probably over elevate the production and allow future audiences to assume the show has some sense of wit and charm. Fear not, there is relatively none to be found here." Full Review

Evita
Brooklyn
BroadwayWorld

"This 'Evita' is too conceptual and trying too many different things, making it come across as more of a light-hearted comedy where the heroine you didn't really connect with dies in the end." Full Review

Happy Karaoke Fun Time
East Village
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production “The energy was through the roof…With a run time of about 50 minutes, ‘Happy Karaoke Fun’ Time is exactly what its title says it is: a happy fun time. You'll laugh. You'll clap. You'll probably cheer. You may even tap your foot to the beat of the songs. You'll leave feeling great. And, if you're like me, you'll probably be making plans to incorporate improvised lyrics to karaoke classics into your next party.” Full Review

Out Magazine

“The entertaining new musical will be remembered for finally bringing edgy, accomplished downtown composer and lyricist Iconis to Broadway all while being plagued by Tracz’s uneven book and Brackett’s inconsistent direction. These elements collide to ensure that ‘Be More Chill’ cannot decide if it wants to be a campy, cult classic or a hard-hitting teenage drama...Brock’s dance vocabulary is absolutely one of the production’s strongest creative assets.” Full Review

Kink Haus
East Village
BroadwayWorld

“A crowd-pleasing bang...totally rad and dizzying performance art and dance spectacle...This performance is just the kind of ebullient combination of high brow ballet principles and techniques mixed with low brow hedonism all played through a kaleidoscope of the futuristic punk trash aesthetic...that is sure to leave audiences spellbound and screaming for more...’KINK HAÜS’ finds its wings through masterfully exploiting the shared experiences of lust and desire.” Full Review

Orpheus Descending
Greenwich V
Out Magazine

“Glezos captivates the audience. She deftly conveys every layer of sorrow and anguish that envelops Lady...Pendleton’s direction ensures every word is mired in the emotional reality of the characters, and his omission of an intermission forces us to remain immersed in the play…The play’s discourse on religion and faith are made all the more tangible, omnipresent, and haunting long after curtain call.” Full Review

Out Magazine

for a previous production "In the quaint yet ornate setting, Jones easily captivates the audience with his brightly hued voice. Portraying Dickens as narrator, his delight for sharing the story is tangible and intoxicating...The end result is a truly spellbinding presentation of 'A Christmas Carol' that makes the familiar tale feel fresh and new all over again. Jones’ telling of the narrative is so richly evocative that the audience often forgets that they are simply listening to someone tell them a story." Full Review

Baghdaddy
Midtown W
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "Who's Your Baghdaddy? is anything but your run of the mill musical comedy. It is clever in its construction, rarely whimsical, performed with an honesty that grants each character dignity, and spellbindingly intellectual. Certainly dramatizing the events leading up to September 11, 2001 and the storm that followed in a musical fashion is a risk, but it's a risk well taken and exceptionally executed." Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"More party than theatre, this frivolous concoction packs in the laughs and keeps the beats coming. You'll have a blast dancing the night away...A thin plot, some clichéd archetypes, and keen improvisational skills come into play to make sure that Ken Davenport's creation keeps the audience smiling...If you're just looking for a night out on the town that is as light and bubbly as a flute of champagne, you need not look any further." Full Review

Blank! The Musical
Midtown W
BroadwayWorld

"The dexterous and energetic cast of six, the skilled musicians in the pit, and the versatile crew all work together to create an original and rib-tickling musical on the spot...The end result is a splashy new musical that works both technically and artistically...The cast is made up of seasoned improv pros, and each one makes the audience laugh with ease...They all make it look effortless...They do more than simply hold a tune, and the dancing showcases training and skill." Full Review

Odd Birdz
Greenwich V
BroadwayWorld

for a previous production "Just as Cirque du Soleil changed how the world envisioned circus, Tziporela is ready to change how we envision sketch comedy. Their unique brand of humor is always clever and sure to make anyone laugh without ever being too vulgar or crass. Some of their jokes may not be appropriate for all audiences, but everyone who attends one of their productions is sure to have a marvelous time laughing with enthusiastic abandon." Full Review