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Diana Barth

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Preview 299518
70
Epoch Times

"More could have been developed on the subject of class, which is so potent and seldom addressed in our society...The performances, under the direction of Jerry Ruiz, are both fine and give the script more dimension than is tangibly evident in the spare writing...Perhaps it is because of unanswered questions and a bit of teasing by the playwright that 'Fade' is a good bet for an evening at the theater." Full Review

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Epoch Times

"The title of this zany, entertaining show comes from playwright and performer Monica Piper’s early childhood experience of being told by a playmate that she 'wasn’t that Jewish'...Piper got over it...You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this show. Piper is a winning performer able to make very clear any of the Yiddish-isms she spouts. I recommend the show for anyone who wants to enjoy hearty laughs in a comfortable, cozy setting." Full Review

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85
Epoch Times

"'She Stoops to Conquer' encompasses all the tricks of that trade: mistaken identity, extreme characterizations, convoluted and zany plot lines, and miraculously favorable outcomes...Staged in a bare bones’ style, Evans lets the ridiculous but guileful text speak for itself...In addition to being simply comedic, it is layered with societal elements that are universal and timeless...Performances are first-rate...A lively and entertaining evening." Full Review

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Epoch Times

"That the play does not dissolve into simply a fable of generalities is a tribute to both Ibsen and Harrower...Potent questions are posed. Can one live a life without compromise? Do hypocrisy and deceit rule the world? These questions appear to be universal and ongoing...Under Hal Brooks’s attentive direction the actors perform well, with Nilaja Sun, John Keating, and Arielle Goldman being standouts." Full Review

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85
Epoch Times

"A remarkable, taut, spicy satire of contemporary manners...The ultimate solution of the mystery throws the whole set of characters into free fall, with a resulting unexpected and striking changing of partners. Just like sometimes happens in real life. To some of us. Along the way we are treated to some terrific and imaginative staging by director Kimberly Senior, including several sharp and beautifully executed dance sequences by the cast." Full Review

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80
Epoch Times

“An interesting point is made regarding art...A cartoon can have only one interpretation. Thus a cartoon has a directness about it and may even create problems for the cartoonist...Alex Draper’s Bela is outstanding. And under Richard Romagnoli’s direction, performances are strong throughout, with the tension inherent in this fascinating play unrelenting.” Full Review

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70
Epoch Times

“Although not always clear, the play does have some lovely moments...Owen Campbell’s sensitive Daniel, and Elise Kibler’s alternately feisty and dreamy Izzy. Joe Tippett’s Jeremy, though brimming with enthusiasm, is a bit over the top at times and could use some toning down. Less might prove more for him...Director Carolyn Cantor has done a fine job of coordinating all the elements and keeping the pacing moving along smoothly.” Full Review

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80
Epoch Times

“The spareness and simplicity of Magda Willi’s minimalist cream-and-white set engage the audience...Gillian Anderson’s vivid Blanche is tougher than many other interpretations, making her downfall all the more extreme and meaningful as she gradually disintegrates...Ben Foster’s Stanley struts like a proud rooster throughout, but was for my taste a bit too one-note...Altogether, a terrific theatrical offering and a fine Tennessee Williams rendition.” Full Review

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Epoch Times

"The work is tremendously complex…The play’s final, very long monologue gives Phylicia Rashad, alone on stage, the opportunity to display a power and breadth of emotion not often found in American writing. Rashad makes the most of this opportunity and executes a tour-de-force performance. Director Tina Landau rises to the occasion in conveying the play’s depth and importance." Full Review

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70
Epoch Times

"There is a wild scene involving audience participation, when certain audience members are brought onstage as the cast gapes...Under Andrei Belgrader’s direction, performances are fine." Full Review

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95
Epoch Times

"Director Elise Thoron has done a remarkable job on 'ToasT'. Performances are so exceptional and the ensemble so smooth that it is difficult to pick out one actor over the other. The language of the play mixes down-to-earth street talk with poetry. Lemon Andersen’s work is a tremendous contribution to the theatrical literary experience." Full Review

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95
Epoch Times

for a previous production "Loneliness and tenderness suffuse 'The Weir.' Ultimately, it is a play about relationships and the human need for contact. One can’t expect much more than that from a theatrical experience. Under astute direction, the cast members project this rich mix of Irish and universal characters that stay with one long after the show has ended." Full Review

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80
Epoch Times

"Things hilariously go over the top…It is John Keating’s show. He imparts almost a saintliness to the character of Pigeon…Playwright Sexton has performed a service in writing a play that offers high—or low—comedy on the one hand, and at the same time hints at a more serious matter." Full Review

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85
Epoch Times

"Direction by Foote veteran Michael Wilson hits all the right notes, gently but surely. Hallie Foote appears to have made a career out of portraying her father’s characters, playing the younger roles when a younger actress. Unquestionably, she has done her father proud. Devon Abner, works in sync with her, making a most effective husband-and-wife team in life and in art. Broadway veteran Harriet Harris makes the most of Vonnie, infusing the role with verve and passion." Full Review

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80
Epoch Times

"Karam's adaptation encompasses the elements of Chekhov’s play in all its complexity and richness...Overall, the acting is fine, although, in my opinion, Lane’s Ranevskaya is too modern and lightweight in quality. She has some nice scenes, however...The party scenes are nothing short of fabulous, with their liveliness and colorful execution balancing the somber content of the play...Kudos to playwright Karam, director Godwin, and to the Roundabout for making this production possible." Full Review

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85
Epoch Times

"There is some slow going in early scenes, but remember, this is a three-act play. Once the characters’ needs and frustrations are presented, the play, in gifted director Austin Pendleton’s hands, moves along vibrantly...Performances are excellent, with particular subtlety and detail demonstrated by Katie Firth and Julian Elfer...'A Day by the Sea' is a rich and thoughtful production, with a warm and universally meaningful text." Full Review

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Epoch Times

“Performances by Kaye, Spears, Duffy, and Chaffee are excellent, with strong support by others mentioned, plus Amanda Whiteley, Christo Grabowski, and Jesse Garlick. Jim Petosa’s direction is oddly inconsistent, with many characters unnecessarily remaining onstage during others’ scenes, which, to me, made no point and was sometimes even distracting. But, overall, ‘Good’ is strong, vital theater and is definitely apropos given today’s political climate in the United States.” Full Review

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Epoch Times

“I found the play to be as timely as today’s headlines and thoroughly engrossing...Director Tony Speciale has paced the show tightly and swiftly, and performances are first-rate, with Jocelyn Kuritsky’s dogged intensity fueling the fire...An admirable play on an important topic. It deserves a longer life span than the current limited production at Abingdon Theatre Company." Full Review

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Epoch Times

"Director Doyle is noted for his minimalist productions...However, in the case of this production, more might have been more. I missed the section, deleted here, of Anitra the beautiful Arabian woman and her seductive dance; nor does Solveig sing her song...Performances are fine, with an outstanding contribution by the energetic and athletic Gabriel Ebert." Full Review

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80
Epoch Times

"An evening of flat-out hilarity...With all elements under Morgan Gould’s direction, Katie Spelman’s choreography and Sariva Goetz’s music direction and vocal arrangements add to the overall excellence of this production...The play, which on one hand is a comedic romp, also offers food for thought on a variety of important topics. 'How will this fadge?' as one of Shakespeare’s heroines once questioned. So see the play. I highly recommend it." Full Review

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Epoch Times

"Cariou is able to project informality and intimacy...He also intersperses the selections with entertaining and informative chat on his experiences…Cariou travels easily from speech to song and back again. His singing pipes are no longer those of the man he once was, but his technique is such that he always comes through...For lovers of words and songs, 'Broadway and the Bard' is altogether a delightful way to spend an evening in the presence of an artful, seasoned performer." Full Review

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85
Epoch Times

"In the sensitive hands of director Mimi O’Donnell, each character’s complexities are brought out...'Nice Girl' digs into the souls of some ordinary people, searching for their own right path." Full Review

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95
Epoch Times

"It is funny and sometimes silly. But actually if one digs beneath the gags and David’s outlandish interpretation—wide eyes and widely spread arms, as if bewildered by the goings-on—there are some deep and even poignant issues dealt with." Full Review