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"'White Man's Guide to Rikers Island' transports the audience from the privilege and prominence of a New Jersey golf club to the cacophony and brutality of New York's Rikers Island prison." Full Review
“’Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson’ ricochets plenty of candy and themes, but in its 75 minutes, this thin workplace-humor production doesn't give us enough to chew on...Watching an avalanche of gumballs bounce off of Luke Wilson's head was funny in a slapstick way. That being said, the concept of a human pachinko machine repurposed from a 30-second telecom commercial was not enough to sustain my emotional interest in this show.” Full Review
“Earth, air, water, and fire -- every vital element reaches critical risk level in ‘Last Man Club’, a tense dystopian mood piece from writer/director Randy Sharp...This one-act historical drama blows in with gale force as Sharp and her creative team unearth the allure and agony of Depression-era manifest destiny compounded by an environmental crisis...The compelling paradox...is that it succeeds as a technically clean production while vividly presenting such a depressing dilemma.” Full Review
"A fearless one-act...Although the majority of the play attempts to deconstruct important timely topics such as social justice, consent, abortion, fracking, air pollution, and maternal instinct, there are a few wry moments of lost-in-translation humor...Just when I thought that ‘The Buffalo Play’ had stalled in a didactic zone of moral storytelling, it veered off into a surprising direction that added a new layer to the narrative...I entered the theater a skeptic and exited it a fan.” Full Review
“Jackson packs generations of family drama into this one-act 90-minute ‘jukebox’ play, which has some memorable moments, lots of laughs, but an all-too-familiar feel where love, loss, and liquor seep into every scene of Irish turmoil...The fractured relationship between mother and daughter epitomizes the best and worst of the limits of tough love. In this tidy play, there seems to be a stomach for the happy drunk but not the depressive addict.” Full Review
"Intriguing conceptually but lopsided musically, the clunky show presents an amped-up glow-and-tell cabaret with a technological twist...With two performers in the show, duets would seem to be a natural. That is not the case. Enumeratively, it's Taylor's passion project...'Sincerely, Oscar' rings most true in the elusive moments when it hits the right notes of compelling narrative and unobtrusive design. The rest of the time, the hologram rings hollow." Full Review
“The two-act play offers up elements of a timely and relevant history lesson about the implications and ethics of what constitutes just compensation in a post-slavery society, particularly in light of millennial heirs who may not be as engaged as their ancestors...Although some of the magic of the play got lost in technical translation, ’Imminently Yours’ conjures up plenty of entertaining elder moments.” Full Review
“A series of 20+ vignettes skimming the life and times of notable and troubled French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec..What hinders this production is not the performers themselves, but the cramped performance space that affects lighting, actor movement, and audience sight lines...'Unmaking' is a contemporary example of immersive devised theatre...Although restrained from a space perspective, the Bated Breath troupe is not short on creative ideas.” Full Review
“A conscience-rocking queer play that constructs identities out of the places, people, and objects we wish we could possess. Absurd, engaging and frequently flat-out surprising, ‘Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8’ is a tasty mouthful of downtown theater. Genders bend, time warps, roles reverse and sobriety teeters in this contemporary and contemplative ghost story from the expansive imagination of playwright Alex Borinsky and director Augustus Heagerty.” Full Review
"A fresh and frenetic take on the promise and perils of guarding intellectual content in the music industry...Araoz directs a top-notch cast through 17 choppy scenes. I longed for more time with the members of Danny's family...'Original Sound' avoids tripping over itself by staying out of the courtroom and focusing on what's behind the music...Critical to keeping 'Original Sound' in tune are the generous notes of authenticity along the way." Full Review
"As walls of tweets, texts, Instagram posts and WhatsApp status updates divide rather than connect us, we are no longer consumers of technology; technology consumes us...On one level, 'Electronic City' may seem like a gamified Metropolis for millennials; lyrics quoted from The Eurythmics seem almost nostalgic. But anyone who has lost their phone...will identify with the feeling that sometimes, even with geolocation, we're all still lost." Full Review
"With a running time of 70 minutes, this brisk burlesque-infused play tracks the progress and problems of a male gay couple...Equal parts peep show and politics, the play burns hot (fuchsia) unapologetically...'55 Shades' electrifies what could have been an otherwise important-but-familiar 'fight for your rights' story...At times grim, grotesque but consistently gripping, the show's sights and sounds don't only push the envelope, they lick it." Full Review