David Hurst

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Reviews (73)
Endlings
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"Since this is ultimately a play about real estate, where we should live. But you'll be thinking about Song's ocean-diving women long after you've stopped worrying about whether her integrity's intact. What a shame she didn't dig a little deeper into the play that actually means something." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"A raw, blistering play that's as hopeful as it is devastating. Directed with alacrity and an eye for subtlety by Kate Whoriskey,..Beautifully realized by a superb cast led by incandescent Kara Young as Keyonna." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"The show could use a bit of trimming, but everyone's heart is in the right place and, ultimately, 'Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory' shines a warm glow on an overlooked playwright, producer, and nurturer of the greatest writers of the Irish Renaissance." Full Review

Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"A tedious and uninvolving slog. Directed with lackluster inspiration by Timothy Douglas and running 80 minutes without an intermission, Shelley's story about man's inhumanity to man is now a story about a theatre company's inhumanity to its audience." Full Review

The Scourge
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"Mahon's voice seldom rises above a mezzo forte and she frequently delivers entire passages in a voice barely louder than a whisper. But she doesn't need volume to make her point. It's with her words that she heals herself and, by extension, she heals us too." Full Review

Sing Street
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"Even if you missed the 2016 film version, you'll love New York Theatre Workshop's joyous, new stage-musical version of 'Sing Street'...Overflowing with charm and heart, 'Sing Street' is about the thrill of first love and the power of music." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Their stories are so compellingly portrayed by an extraordinary cast of actors that your resistance to any minor flaws will melt away...'Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven' is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. It is also a master-class in acting and not to be missed." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Corey Stoll begins well but, approximately 30-40 minutes into the piece, he lapses into a contemporary delivery of his lines that's soon followed by anachronistic gestures and body language. One suspects Stoll, who's a talented actor, has a Macbeth within him, but it's not this misguided production." Full Review

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

"Are the hype and comparisons to 'Hamilton' warranted? The short answer is 'The Wrong Man' is an entertaining, politically correct, song-cycle that provides a showcase for the myriad talents of Joshua Henry and two of his co-stars, but it's not 'Hamilton.' The long answer is, of course, more nuanced." Full Review

runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"'Plays shouldn't be hard to sit through, they should inspire us or thrill us or challenge us to think, but they shouldn't tax our physical endurance. The acting and production values of both runboyrun and In Old Age are excellent; there's just too much of both of them." Full Review

Love, Noel
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"There are many ways to spend a sweltering, summer evening in New York City, but few of them will be as debonair, as delicious or as droll as 'Love, Noël: The Songs and Letters of Noël Coward' at the Irish Repertory Theatre." Full Review

BLKS
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

"Deliciously outrageous, and utterly hilarious...'BLKS' a play by Black people for Black people...and you're going to love it whatever race and sexual orientation you may be...The dialogue is brutally honest and we immediately care about all of them, despite the fact each is deeply flawed and has serious emotional issues...Barnes' play is raunchy and heartbreaking and unmissable." Full Review

The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

“A lifeless production which, despite an abundance of talent at his disposal, never explodes with rage under Doyle's flaccid direction...Not even the mighty, triple-threat Yazbeck can save this revival...There's no energy or vitality propelling the storytelling of Doyle's production and, as a result, the audience's interest and attention-span flags. The pieces just don't fit...’The Cradle Will Rock’ deserves better than its current mounting at Classic Stage.” Full Review

The Mother
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"It's a grim, 85 intermission-less minutes...Effortlessly chic and captivating to watch, Huppert is a wonderful actress. But when she speaks rapidly, which she does frequently, she becomes almost impossible to understand...Aging mothers whose children ignore them have been fodder for writers and dramatists for hundreds of years. 'The Mother' puts a fresh spin on it but I'm not convinced it's a spin that adds anything new to the conversation." Full Review

Hurricane Diane
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"A breezy, frequently hilarious, romp....George doesn't know how to end the piece and the last 15 minutes go off the proverbial cliff...It's hard to know what Silverman is thinking but the strange, abortive ending quickly undoes the goodwill the piece has meticulously wrought. There is an imbalance in the production between the sensational chemistry between the four women and the relative staid delivery of Blackwell as Diane...It's just a shame the play is still searching for an ending." Full Review

The Light
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

"A compelling play receiving a superb production with excellent actors makes it something of a minor miracle...Logan Vaughn has directed a taught, rollercoaster of a love story...'The Light' is ten minutes too long and Webb needs to tighten the ending....Belcher & Masden's interactions are painfully real and there are moments you'll want to look away for fear of voyeuristically eavesdropping on such personal conversations. But don't. You won't want to miss a second." Full Review

Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"Economically directed with the steady hand of Taibi Magar and performed by a superb cast led by the incandescent Marin Ireland...It's easy to recommend 'Blue Ridge' because the performances, particularly Ireland's, are so strong. And it's easy to imagine more forgiving audiences overlooking the lapses in common sense Rosebrock either neglects to recognize or chooses to ignore in her writing...In 'Blue Ridge' the theatricality is unearned. " Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“If you prefer your holiday cheer tuneful, sweet and short, you'll do no better than the Irish Repertory Theatre's latest revival...Key to the success...is the sensitive piano accompaniment...Bell plays with a light and delicate touch that signals he understands that less is frequently more...He never covers the singers or overwhelms the song with unnecessary flourishes...Blessed with a lush and festive set...’A Child's Christmas in Wales’ is the perfect anecdote for your inner Grinch.” Full Review

Good Grief
Gramercy
Talkin' Broadway

“A distinctly unconventional exploration of loss and bereavement...The magic in Anyanwu's writing is her ability to craft dialogue that sounds natural, while at the same time working in a vernacular that's distinctly her own...Beautifully directed by Awoye Timpo...Making sense of our mortality is one of life's inevitable riddles and Anyanwu's lyrical and heartfelt attempt to dramatize one young woman's search for an answer is as poignant as it is moving.” Full Review

On Beckett
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"Thoroughly enjoyable...At a tight 90-minutes it's just the right length, allowing audiences the time to immerse themselves in Beckett's existentialist musings without becoming mentally overloaded by his syntax and subtext...Irwin gives a master class in both performing and interpreting Beckett that young actors and lovers of literature won't want to miss." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"'Collective Rage' looks at the intersection of race, class, gender identity, and sexual politics through the prism of five women named Betty. They've got a lot to say and watching them meet and compare notes is a hilarious delight...Cleverly directed by Mike Donahue...Granted, Silverman's play needs some fine-tuning and fleshing out. It's easy to enjoy it in Donahue's inventive production with a strong cast, but one suspects it would pale in lesser hands. Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“A hot mess...’This Ain't No Disco’ is dead on arrival...The clunky book...is a tired collection of clichés...A sung-through pop musical, and a lousy one at that...Tresnjak has directed 'Disco' with a feverish desperation that can't hide the fact he's trying to spin straw into gold without much success...One wishes the cast would apply the same energy they give to Brown's choreography to the lyrics they're singing...Lazy enunciation with the bad sound mixing results in much being unintelligib... Full Review

Carmen Jones
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"There's a lot in this staging that's wonderful and, for the most part, Bizet's justifiably famous score is well served...Tony-winner Anika Noni Rose is sensational. Playful, sultry and dangerous, she moves like a panther and sings like a goddess...But despite the superb cast and great singing, something about 'Carmen Jones' just doesn't quite feel right. If you were telling the story of African-American men and women during WWII today, would this be what it would look and sound like?" Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“A superb cast and sumptuous production values...There's a lot for fans to enjoy... Kander's waltz-inspired score is lush and beautiful with many haunting tunes...Much of the choreography is lovely and artful, but I'm not convinced it advances the plot with the clarity and vigor it needs despite how well it's executed. As for Thompson's play, he's taken such liberties with Henry James' story that, if you've read the novella, you'll have a hard time reconciling what he's done to it." Full Review

Transfers
West Village
Talkin' Broadway

"It strains credulity but it's a testament to Blankson-Wood and Castano that we're already hooked on where their story is going...Their understated performances, along with their interviewers Brown and Soule, also wonderful, make for compelling theatre about ideas seldom, if ever, talked about in plays...While not perfect, 'Transfers' takes Thurber in new directions in terms of subject matter and plotting, and her genuine affection for her deeply flawed characters shines through." Full Review

Dana H.
Gramercy
Talkin' Broadway

"Making her Vineyard Theatre debut in what can only be described as a theatrical tour-de-force, Obie and Drama Desk-winner Deirdre O'Connell is giving the kind of bravura performance people will talk about for decades. " Full Review

Incantata
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"'Incantata' is a passionate exploration of the complexities of a relationship between two artists. It is a vivid onstage testament to their art, lives, love and loss. And who can't relate to that?" Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Birch offers no insight into possible treatment and, more importantly, she offers no hope for the future. The result is a play that's brutally depressing and, with its overlapping stories and dialogue, irritatingly tedious to watch." Full Review

Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

"Imposing a 'feminist revenge fantasy' on a property as tried and tired as 'Dracula' cannot justify its inclusion in Classic Stage Company's season. This is a slip-shod, bargain-basement production devoid of any serious stagecraft that squanders its cast's talent and its audience's time." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Booth clearly has talent as a writer, but Paris needs another draft to be the hard-hitting drama it has the potential to be." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"To be sure, Boucicault's comedy isn't a masterpiece, but it's silly fun, especially with a cast that's having a good time, which the Rep's company certainly is. And although the production could use a little tightening...this 'London Assurance' is a holiday treat the whole family can enjoy." Full Review

Slava's Snowshow
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

"If children's laughter is the barometer of a show's success, then 'Slava's Snowshow' at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre is a certified hit...The ability to make children (and adults) smile with delight can't be underestimated and there are smiles aplenty in this silly show the whole family can enjoy." Full Review

Seared
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

"Originally commissioned and produced by San Francisco Playhouse in 2016, Theresa Rebeck's whip-smart restaurant comedy, Seared, is making its Off-Broadway debut at MCC Theater in a terrific production starring a sensational Raúl Esparza as a gifted chef who may be his own worst enemy. " Full Review

Dublin Carol
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

"A small gem of a drama...its success depends on optimal casting and a director, Ciarán O'Reilly, who keeps things simple. Luckily, the Rep's Dublin Carol has both, and boasts what could be a career-making performance by Jeffrey Bean in the lead role." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Strikingly handsome and resembling a young Horst Buccholz, King impresses with both his intensity and his physical stillness when he's listening to the priest. It's a tricky role and if there's a reason to see 'Kingfishers Catch Fire' it's to see King and wish him another plum role in a better play soon." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“There's so much that's wonderful about this gorgeous new musical, including its stellar cast, it would be a shame if the writers don't make the changes the show needs to cohere and soar...Under Gold's clean direction, the first act...unfolds with a charm that's thrilling...The storytelling in the second act, on the other hand, isn't as assured or integrated as the first act...Fingers crossed the production team makes some tweaks to the second act.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“This moving revival is the perfect capstone to O'Casey's heartbreaking examination of struggling, tenement families...A solid cast with outstanding supporting performances...‘The Plough and the Stars’ takes a dim view of Irish nationalism, is contemptuous of any sentimentalizing of war and is rightfully scornful of the misery brought on by the curse of poverty. Many consider it O'Casey's masterpiece so do yourself a favor and see it in this timeless and heartfelt production.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“A cringe-making, absurdist comedy about a debt collection agency that hires an empathy coach to help them...takes a shocking turn in its final scenes that's as compelling as it is unearned...There is no subtlety or nuance in Nelson-Greenberg's absurdism so her desire to illuminate is dimmed before it can take flight. She may aspire to Ionesco or Pirandello, but ‘Do You Feel Anger?’ lands like an extended, and painful, Saturday Night Live skit." Full Review

Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

"It seems incomprehensible a new musical with a score by Sheik and Sater could be a tedious, incoherent mess, but, sadly, 'Alice By Heart' is such a musical...The pieces simply don't fit...Nelson and Sater's libretto mistakenly assumes a high degree of familiarity with Carroll's work...Its dense and complicated storytelling, and it flies by at a rapid pace...Sheik and Sater's songs, all 20 of them, are tuneful, but they're also surprisingly repetitive and, unfortunately, derivative." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"''The Shadow of a Gunman,' is an uneven misfire...Directed with a lack of cohesive tone by O'Reilly, the biggest problem with this revival is the actors aren't working in the same style...Both James Russell and Meg Hennessy are on the right wavelength with regards to O'Casey's taught style...Their tenement neighbors, on the other hand, are too over-the-top and overwrought in their characterizations. The contrast is jarring and the play's overall impact is severely lessened." Full Review

Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

“Staats' new play may prove a pleasant diversion...Or you can stay home and watch Netflix...The spin Staats and Bordelon put on this story...Is that the men...are all portrayed by women...What's the point? It's a valid question that's only partially answered...which wears out its welcome...Casting women to play these men is...A fresh sensibility that allows us to see those characters in a new light. One just wishes Staats' characters were more interesting that they are in ‘Eddie and Dave’.” Full Review

Slave Play
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

“A production as provocative as it is uneven...Harris has laid out an interested premise, but he and O'Hara don't have the courage of the writing's convictions...Here's the problem. The actors in this production are so good it feels wrong to laugh at their attempts to make sense of what they've gone through and are feeling...He undercuts his message by failing to address the issue with the seriousness it deserves." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Unfortunately, there's little to cheer in the uneven revival Doyle has mounted...Despite a hard-working cast, and a terrific performance by Esparza as the title character, Doyle's production, which he directed and designed, feels flat and tedious...Sadly, audiences don't need Brecht's play to point out that our current truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also a hell of a lot scarier, too." Full Review

Fireflies
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

“The second offering in 'The Love Plays'...‘Fireflies’ is a powerful exploration of a marriage filled with secrets...It packs a wallop in its oblique allusions to the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and boasts two superb performances...Love's skillful script uncovers secrets the way a great chef peels an onion, and Ali directs with subtlety and understatement...The two plays come thrillingly together. It will be exciting to see Love's conclusion to the trilogy." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production “A thrilling performance piece; as provocative as it is political...What Schreck goes on to reveal in her explanation of how her viewpoint on the Constitution has matured involves her family's dark history...all of which Schreck neatly and tidily connects to the rights not afforded to women...A searing and compelling argument, told to us in a non-threatening matter-of-factness that's stunning for its abundance of clarity and reason.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Finally receiving a first-rate New York production that's richly produced and wonderfully acted...Gardley injects a huge dose of humor into his play in the caustic put-downs between the women with Gravatt getting the lion's share of the most hilarious retorts...Astutely directed...Yes, you can quibble about the two-dimensionality of several characters and Gardley's occasional contemporary anachronism, but you can't argue that 'The House...' isn't wildly entertaining." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"A clumsy adaptation of Lerner's flawed, original libretto by artistic director Charlotte Moore and a star who seems adrift onstage conspire to make this 'Clear Day' as murky as it is tedious...The book was always considered a hot mess, but, in fairness to the score, there are some rhapsodically beautiful songs contained within it...Moore's stupefying adaptation eliminates characters, songs and plot but, somehow, doesn't bring either clarity or insight to what remains." Full Review

The Great Leap
Chelsea
Talkin' Broadway

“Yee draws some interesting parallels between sports and politics even though she's guilty of falling back on clumsy contrivances to advance her plotting...The absence of actual basketball playing isn't necessarily a problem—until it is. Magar keeps the action moving and her superb cast in motion...Despite its flaws, it's gratifying to see an innovative play hold up a mirror to sports and finds politics and our shared humanity reflected back.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“An emotionally fraught drama about loneliness, suppressed desire and the eternal quest for love in the face of an overwhelming need for sex...The superb Ireland in a performance of heartbreaking intensity and meticulous desperation...Darrow is sensational in an almost impossible role...It's a shame Cumming's oddly directed production isn't as electrifying as its stars and supporting cast...Distractions of Cumming's making pull the audience out of the action and away from the story.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Astutely directed by O'Reilly with a stellar cast of seasoned actors, this 'Seafarer,' which will amuse you and chasten you in equal measure...Broderick is giving a taught, understated performance as Mr. Lockhart... It's nice to see Broderick back in top form despite the observation his star presence throws off the balance of the ensemble-but only slightly... You may not think you want to see an Irish tale of alcoholism, loss and redemption, but you'd be wrong." Full Review