Don Aucoin

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Reviews (14)
Actually
Midtown W
Boston Globe

for a previous production "What emerges over the course of Ziegler’s riveting new drama...is something subtle, a story that extends even beyond the two anguished students at the center...Ultimately Amber moves beyond one-dimensionality as, bit by bit, with consummate skill, Ziegler assembles the intricate jigsaw puzzle of the people Tom and Amber were before they met...The playwright ultimately does not scant the psychological and moral complexity of either of the students." Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production "Engaging but seldom compelling...Phillips focuses on the in-the-moment experience of international travel...A skilled and likable performer, Phillips taps into the inherent theatricality of travel...Many of the short vignettes...barely register...A series of disconnected snapshots that don’t cohere into a larger picture. The show would be stronger and sharper if Phillips trained his focus on fewer episodes and more fully developed his stories.” Full Review

Man in Snow
East Village
Boston Globe

for a previous production "'Man In Snow' goes to some raw and primal places, especially in its haunting finale...Brings a compactness and clarity to ideas that, in less capable hands, could come across as amorphous. Only periodically, when David recites a poem he’s working on, does a certain fuzziness materialize around the play’s edges...Will Lyman, who portrays David, is utterly convincing." Full Review

Cry Havoc!
West Village
Boston Globe

for a previous production "Powerful theater can ensue when an artist simply, or not so simply, decides to bear witness...Stephan Wolfert commits himself body and soul to that mission in 'Cry Havoc!’, and the result is riveting...Wolfert delivers a dynamic and physically expressive performance...He emphasizes the timeless universality of the soldier’s experience...Wolfert also makes demands on the audience. In particular, he forces us to think about our responsibility to and for the vets." Full Review

I And You
Midtown E
Boston Globe

for a previous production "Funny and moving by turns, 'I and You' is suffused with a warmth that does not cloy, an intimacy that does not stifle, and a wit that connects it all together. The two-character, one-act play climaxes with a coup de theatre that, while startling enough to draw gasps from the audience, does not come across as gimmicky, but rather feels of a piece with what came before." Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production "An affectionate portrait of Berlin...In crafting this crowd-pleasing solo show about Berlin’s life and career, Felder and director Trevor Hay are not bashful about pulling — make that yanking — the heartstrings. But even the sentimental moments are palatable, since they’re consistent with the man under consideration...The prevailing mood...is one of communal warmth, reflecting the populist gifts of composer and performer alike." Full Review

Fool For Love
Midtown W
Boston Globe

for a previous production "Absorbing though the production consistently is, though, 'Fool for Love' registers today as a surprisingly fragmentary work; at 75 minutes, it’s over too soon. We want to spend more time in the company of Eddie and May, two ex-lovers who have the stormiest imaginable reunion...In the fierce contest of wills waged on the blasted landscape of 'Fool for Love,' control of the story may be the only prize left." Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production “Bangs wanted rock to be better...That passion comes through in Jensen’s hyperkinetic, full-throttle portrayal in an engrossing solo show...Jensen takes us inside Bangs’s mind...'How to Be a Rock Critic’' functions more as a showcase of Bangs’s sensibility than as a life story...Even with a runtime of only 75 minutes, Bangs’s rants develop a repetitive, one-note quality at times...Yet overall he is stimulating company in this stage portrayal.” Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production "A smart and trenchant collage of excerpts from writings by German playwright-poet Bertolt Brecht...Between the songs and the spiky script, 'Brecht on Brecht' feels at times like a small-scale companion piece to another politically charged, German-textured show...'Cabaret'...Resonates in a Trumpian context as something of a call to arms, albeit one issued in the bitingly sardonic and cryptic Brechtian voice." Full Review

Machine de Cirque
Midtown W
Boston Globe

for a previous production "Your mouth will be agape at times while watching this 90-minute show. At other times you’ll likely find yourself wearing a goofy smile as a quartet of high-spirited circus artists and one energetic percussionist team up to deliver an inspired performance of acrobatics and broad comedy." Full Review

Boston Globe

for a previous production "‘Kurios’ conjures an entrancing world…That world is brought to vaulting life by dozens of aerialists, acrobats, and other performers who manage to find loopholes in the laws of gravity, physics, and probability...As usual with a Cirque production, the story line of ‘Kurios' exists largely as a pretext for the marvels that unfold, though it’s a pretty sturdy conceptual framework as these things go…There’s much to see and savor…All in all, 'Kurios' is pretty—no other word will do—astonishing." Full Review

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Boston Globe

"In his stylish and electrifying 'Hamilton,' Miranda fuses the immediacy and storytelling power of hip-hop and R&B with the revolutionary passions of a new nation heaving itself into existence... Arriving on Broadway burdened with the weight of expectation, having become a much-coveted ticket, 'Hamilton’ proves more than able to carry that weight. This musical is young, scrappy, hungry — and exhilarating." Full Review

The Visit
Midtown W
Boston Globe

for a previous production "The Visit is an engrossing meditation, somber and darkly funny by turns, on love gone wrong, on the slippery slope of human morality once greed enters the picture, on revenge, corruption, and hypocrisy...A passionate heart beats inside “The Visit,’’ for all its formal innovation and chilly beauty." Full Review

Futurity
East Village
Boston Globe

for a previous production "Ambitious, high-minded, sporadically engaging, and even captivating, “Futurity’’ is ultimately unsatisfying. As a concert by the Brooklyn-based indie band the Lisps, it works pretty well. As the musical it aspires to be, though, 'Futurity' falls short, undone by stilted, mannered dialogue and too many scenes that go slack or drift into speechifying." Full Review