Doug Marino

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Reviews (93)
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Act Three - The Reviews

“A tender, touching new play…‘For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday’ is a story about death and dying, family, different political opinions, and growing up. Tie in a memory of ‘Peter Pan’ and you have quite a nice evening in the theatre…A generally entertaining, tender, down-to-earth play with just a dash of fun and a healthy dose of heart.” Full Review

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“Theater? Only in the abstract sense. Entertainment, most certainly…A blistering one-man show with a purpose and theme…Moore regales us with stories of his youth, middle age, and current time that proves that message and entertains all in his cantankerous and humorous manner we are accustomed to…In my opinion he was not as blistering or mean as I think he could be…I was pleasantly surprised and even a bit motivated myself after leaving the theater.” Full Review

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"What more could you ask for in a decadent evening at the theatre?...Murphy didn't let me down with her spunk, pluck, elegance, and raw talent for playing a character. 'Wow, wow, wow' is an understatement when it comes to this show and this production does not disappoint—the lighting, the sets, the costumes and color along with the music all contribute to the nonstop feeling of exuberance and joy this show brings to the audience." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"The play...falls flat, is empty, and the characters, all but Suzan, were UN-fulfilled and UN-fulfilling in their development and arc. Suzan was the most deeply fleshed out character and, as played by Ms. O'Connell, the most juicy and emotionally satisfying of the lot...Overall, this 80 minute-play needs a bit more work to have any sort of impact. The characters are ill-defined and by the time you get to the end, much like Alex, you realize the failure that just unfolded in front of you." Full Review

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“The music and songs (all Ms. Childs') are delightful—traditional old Broadway style, toe tappin' and fun. The dancing is strong despite the tiny stage…Bella has the vocal cords of a giant and a personality to match. One thing's for sure, Ms. Childs infuses the fun and frivolity with serious undertones of race and freedom and gender equality, so that even a play set in the late 1870s crackles with fresh perspectives. Playwrights was right to end their season with this gem.” Full Review

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“It's not that complicated but it is open to interpretation to a large degree…It's only at the very end that you figure out the 'what is going on here' part— and you'll have to connect the dots as far as who are all these people to Rachel—but it's an intimate, black box drama that keeps you sitting upright and on the edge of your seat. Bravo.” Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"This is not theatre! It's pure entertainment—and it's only interesting if you like magic and tricks and being fooled by a con man. Derren Brown is indeed an illusionist. He claims he is not a psychic but then does the things a psychic would do. He's very good at what he does, but theatre this is not, fooled I was not, and entertained I was not. Please bring back real theatre—instead of a circus side show—to the Atlantic!" Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"This play is much more intense, direct, and shorter than the first and even as short as it was there are two scenes that are needlessly long and drawn out. This one could be approximately 85-90 minutes max and could really pack a punch. I think the creatives love their words and drama a bit too much and need to trim things down for a focused, powerful, and punch-to-the-gut two part series." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"A good show with a bad name...This magnificently rehearsed and talented cast adds energy, enthusiasm, heart, and soul to the script...The play suffers split personality...It's a bit all over the map but gets the point across. I think it needs some fine tuning and could really be a powerhouse as the concept is really serious and absolutely something that needs to be shown...For now, trust me it's worth the price of admission." Full Review

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“Rachel Tuggle Whorton tackles quite accurately Mr. Trump. Daryl Embry equally aptly tackles the persona of Mrs. Clinton, both nailing certain mannerisms, patterns of speech and general stature. Only the pronouns (he/she) were changed to make sense in this environment, and the names were changed but maintained the same rhythm…For a mild jolt and passing identification of your own biases, head over to the Jerry Orbach theatre.” Full Review

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"This show, despite a major cast change, is a 10 out of 10. It's crisp, loud, and strong. I saw the swing cast - and even with these 3rd stringers - the show was magnificent and I cannot imagine it being better...To be fair - it's dense - very dense...I think the ensemble may just be the hardest working ensemble on Broadway today...It's a bona-fide hit and I am incredibly thankful for the ticket and will treasure my experience even more because of it." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"This one by Zayd Dohrn creeps up on you...Turns out the playwright perhaps could have done a better job of identifying the beliefs and points of view of the characters...Suffice to say that the play explores many avenues and points of view...There's definitely another play in here as there were too many unexplored avenues...I would certainly look forward to hearing the playwrights expounding on any number of the avenues he explored in this excellent family drama." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

for a previous production "The actors in this play within a play are true hams...All in all it's a 'Noises Off' kind of comedy—extremely physical where timing is key...This British sensation was banging on all cylinders. When the curtain comes down (along with the set) you'll find yourself just as exhausted as the actors from all the hilarity and laughter...For some it may be a bit over-the-top but I'm going to guess if you don't like this kind of play you won't be buying a ticket anyway." Full Review

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"Janie Dee takes the stage and wrings every last drop out of it...As the show progresses we see how life is changing around her ideals and how they just might not work for her anymore…The play is a tour de force with only minor wrinkles and distractions. Top-notch directing by artistic director Lynne Meadow brings this show to formidable life. Linda has to look herself in the mirror every day. Go see what comes of it." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"This show is brooding, slow, vacuous, empty, hopeless, and depressing. This is not all necessarily bad…Part blistering critique of religion and America, part human condition, Mr. Letts shows us what happens when a man questions long-held beliefs, as provincial and narrow as they might seem…Frankly, Mr. Letts' play doesn't really answer the question; it merely scratches the surface and explores the topic. If you are looking for definitive answers you won't find them here.” Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"A finer casting of purely ethnic actors is rare to be found. At home in their accents and culture, these actors are free to explore the dialogue and the emotions translated from playwright Paola Lazaro's head to the page and back onto the stage. And a remarkable job they do...Life on the bottom rung is a tough one and these fine actors do their best to show you just how tough it is to live here and even more so to leave." Full Review

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"Richard Greenberg has penned yet another fascinating character study...Mr. Greenberg certainly knows how to tell a story - and what a tangled web he does weave way out on the Babylon Line once a week in Levittown!...Tough, tender, interesting, a bit of Long Island history, and a generally magical evening in the theatre. Could Mr. Greenberg nip and tuck in a few scenes, sure. Did it matter? Not very much." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"One of the things I most enjoyed about Mike Bartlett's play is the ease at which he gets the audience just before he slides the knife in. Biting, cunning, humorous, and genuinely quite an accurate indictment he makes of the Baby Boomer generation (with a dash of Millennial choke-on-this thrown in.)...This ensemble cast is superb... Sets, divine...Michael Mayer must have had so much fun directing this one—letting some lines hang—and pounding others down our throats." Full Review

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"Awful, with a capital 'A'. Underlined three times…What was it, you ask? The material…’Rancho Viejo’ comes from some deep, dark, mysterious place that should never have been explored. The characters are uninteresting, and mysteriously underdeveloped…The dialogue is stilted, slow, and awkward. The conversations are ‘slit-your-wrists’ banal and insipid…Despite the deep deficit in the material, the actors were magnificent…Save yourself from eternal damnation and stay home." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"The show, when it covered the prison system and the education system, really hit high notes. However, Smith seemed to have a need to highlight police brutality and the recent headline stories…While I am happy to have seen such an intelligent and moving performance, I do not consider this to be a play that I would have wanted to see. It was more like a 92nd Street Y performance. I also wish the emphasis on education was stronger and the sensational racial headlines were less." Full Review

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"In another one-woman show coup, the indomitable Sarah Jones brings her cadre of characters to life in a creative, clever new show 'Sell/Buy/Date'...Ms. Jones' characters all have accents, mannerisms, and voices that she flawlessly and seamlessly blends in and out of...Ms. Jones has a unique voice and that voice delivers a potent message via all her shows." Full Review

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"While I enjoyed the overall performance, it left me with a feeling of being incomplete, unexplained at times, and disjointed. The actors seemed mostly miscast and the lack of set (mostly a geometric block of shapes that fit together to all sorts of unidentified formations) did not do the production and favors. I don't see this one lasting very long." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"Show me the star and I'll show you an overpriced, too-short run time show...In 80 minutes you barely get the chance to evaluate these characters, where they are going, and what their motivations are. It's too brief and you're left guessing at the tidbits of facts they spill out in the dialogue...In summary, I couldn't tell where the play was going or why it even started in the first place." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"A powerful, humbling new play...Mr. Bock explores life through a lonely, gay, introverted, quirky, and obsessive character, Nate Martin...A touching, honest, and sad first scene; a shocking next turn of events with a dash of today's culture of inappropriateness thrown in just to make you shrug your shoulders...Perfectly placed and such great acting around the uncomfortable nature of the whole affair." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"A near pitch-perfect, smart, toe-tapping bio-play…I might have given this show 10 out of 10 if the actors actually played the guitar and piano…However, the two actual musicians were superb! In an incredibly surprising and clever twist at the end, we fast forward. Touching, tender, and a complete closure to the trajectory of the story, which brings it all back to the beginning and suddenly every little detail in the beginning now makes sense." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"The master of parody strikes again...Thanks mostly to casting outstanding singers rather than just comedic actors, Alessandrini reaches the stratosphere of success with this latest hit...Rosales…captures the nuances of his real-life character. Ortiz can belt out a tune just like Audra McDonald...If you're even a tiny fan of musical theatre and enjoyed your 'Hamilton' experience, you will definitely enjoy this slightly more offbeat interpretation! Go see it, Mr. Burr, sir." Full Review

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"One of the few magical plays out there this season...A clever loophole and a fascinating theory fill this play with mystery and wonder...Don't expect all the answers. But expect a wondrous, funny, heartwarming performance by all the actors in what might be Mr. Norris' second-best play." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"Lili Taylor and Janeane Garofalo and Celia Weston form a magnificent trio of family lost and floundering with life at large. But in their efforts. they are flat. Completely flat. Other than a few laughs and a few serious moments, I never even felt these three women were family...It seems the trend these days: strip away the costumes, the set, the makeup and glamour and lay bare the script for all. Well, it hasn't always worked in the past, and employing the gimmick this time hasn't either." Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

“The technology and video employed was magnificent. The direction was crisp, artistic, and suspenseful— after all you're supposed to be kept off-balance the entire time. The acting, too, had strong moments for each of the three stars…However the story laid bare on a stage had the tendency to be entirely too shocking…My assessment with this play is that it is entirely too graphic and gritty.” Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"Through her at times raw dialogue, Ms. Majok shows us that everyone's life matters...The connections and emotion in the dialogue are fantastic...The actors themselves are both physically disabled (they are not acting) so the connections they are able to make are unattainable by just a healthy person sitting in a wheel chair. Jo Bonney likely had a very easy time directing these fine actors but I am sure she put her artistic stamp on this already fine production too." Full Review

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“The top-notch cast lead by the indomitable and beyond adorable Michael Urie and Michael McGrath is nothing short of comic genius. Directed by Jesse Berger, this very old gem of a comedy still rings true even in this day and age…The comedy is fresh, the delivery is crisp, and the laughter flows throughout this romp. Grab a ticket and get ready for multiple belly laughs with this one.” Full Review

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"Performances are top-notch...Ms. Ogbuagu was magnificent in her portrayal of Abasiama - strong, touching, and human...My only complaint is that there was not enough exposition as to whom these characters were. We went almost 75 minutes without ever being told who the man at his desk was (Disciple) and how he fit into the story...Thankfully things cleared up by the end but a few frustrated audience members left at the intermission." Full Review

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"Quirky is the word that comes to mind...Ernest Shackleton (Wade McCollum) is a real-life explorer who went to Antarctica. An odd choice for leading man. However the leading lady (Valerie Vigoda) can strum the electric violin like nobody's business while she's going along on her excursion with Ernest. Quirky-they fall in love. Quirky-it's just weird, silly, a bit absurd, but at least it was quick." Full Review

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"A bold, crackling, and humorous new play about the back-channel peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis in the early 1990's told with humor, charm, heart, and brutal honesty...At times tense, at others humorous, the play effortlessly glides between the two states often and sometimes unexpectedly...A hit that will inform, entertain, and remind us all just how far we've come and how much work is yet ahead." Full Review

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“The cast performed like a well-oiled machine…Janney mastered the script with aplomb and seemed to be the perfect fit for the intelligent, slightly overbearing, and confidently funny and sarcastic wife...Corey Hawkins (Paul) seemed to be born to play the role of con-man—devilishly handsome and debonair, intelligent, well spoken, and slick as all heck…Trip Cullman's direction seemed to embrace the large stage and use it effectively…It was a bit confusing to follow at times.” Full Review

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“With Mr. Sullivan's fine vision, I really felt I was in the South…These two actresses are masters of their craft…And what a tremendous supporting cast these two marvelous actresses get the pleasure of working with. Regina's brothers, Michael McKean and Darren Goldstein are the perfect mix of evil and jocularity. Richard Thomas knows how to inhabit his deceptively revengeful character with aplomb.” Full Review

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for a previous production "When an unexpected event occurs that literally tears at the fibers of their relationship and beings, we learn the true colors of family and friends (kudos to über adorable Lealand Wheeler (Trip) and Barry Dylon (Lou Liberatore)…Incredibly humorous turns devastatingly tragic in a mere 90 minutes. Sometimes we argue about concepts and principles and forget there could be (as slight as the chance could be) some real-world consequences to our actions.” Full Review

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"Grabs you and shakes you to the core...Mr. Williams' new play is a wonderful amalgamation of politics and religion. It may have a point of view, but it certainly treats all sides fairly...Make no mistake, the action unfolds in a deliberate manner to garner the highest dramatic effect—and by high i mean stratospheric...While impactful the play is never preachy or extremely biased. A great piece of theater at a very opportune time." Full Review

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"Mamet has penned a moral and ethical dilemma that really has no answer but leaves lots of questions. It's done in an ingenious style of giving you only some of the facts, making you guess at others and revealing a key element right at the end, which only serves to make you reflect back upon the entire play...Bauer held court in most every scene...Pidgeon was a bit stilted and awkward...A gripping and thought-provoking drama." Full Review

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"There is only a vague reference to what I understand is the message behind the play - memories, keeping things, packing them up and where they end up. The entire evening seems to be a metaphor for the concept. The only thing is - nobody bothered to tell us...If that were not bad enough, we all sat on wooden/cardboard boxes for 100 minutes of this torture." Full Review

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"It does most assuredly entertain. Are the stories fluffy, probably. Are they stereotypical, likely. But for sure, they are fun, they are mostly real, and definitely New York stories...It was basically tightened, honed, and amp'd up just a bit for the Broadway...Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the movements are brisk, crisp, and keep the show's train moving forward...This incarnation of the show is zippy, toe-tapping, touching, and upbeat with a heartwarming message." Full Review

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"It's not really that good, but it's lighthearted, silly, and delivers what it promises: entertainment. It's not really a musical, nor is it a play; it's really just like an extended 'SNL; skit...The ensemble is OK. In various combinations they did their shtick, but I think even the performers know who their audience is and how utterly unimportant it is to be good. For the price of a TDF ticket it was well worth the 75 minutes of humor. Much more and even a tourist might be disappointed." Full Review

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"Quite the musical with a message and a heart...It felt a little like a NYMF show. However, the show was executed so well and so crisply, I could have imagined being in a Broadway theatre…Given the macabre nature of the material, one has to look beyond the obvious and dream a little alongside these youngsters…If you need an exhilarating experience in the theatre, head over to the Lortel and go for a wild ride with 'Cyclone!'" Full Review

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Act Three - The Reviews

"Upon a bit of reflection this was not the Nicky Silver play I expected. However, that is not to say that I didn't enjoy it or it wasn't good. I think Mr. Silver tried some new things here...Structurally, Mr. Silver has a great idea - 1958 and fast forward to 2004 two generations living the consequence of what we saw in Act 1...Act II is by far the more biting, acerbic, and serious of the two acts and judging from the audience reaction - the more successful and satisfying of the two as well." Full Review

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"In Mr. Nguyen's eyes, America is far from perfect—and he actually nails the stereotypical types throughout the south and west...A bit too zany at times (it was the '70s after all) and a bit too long and drawn out in others—this play has a future if tightened and given a general tune-up...The story of the actual South Vietnamese is one we Americans rarely consider...Not all of these questions get answered but the last 10 minutes of the play will bring the entire piece to a crescendo close." Full Review

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"Director Jack O'Brien is forced to fill almost 3 hours with action. The problem is, the characters are big, the acting is big, the set is big—the cast is big—but the material just doesn't measure up...Act I should be scrapped...Act II gets off to a good start, bogs down in the middle and goes out with a 'BANG'...Theatrically speaking, the comedy was top-notch—the assemblage of such fine actors are able to pull off the physical and over-the-top comedy." Full Review

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"A magnificent, relevant, and energetic production…This production has cast an amazing trio of actors with tremendous chemistry both vocally and as a true ensemble...The show is not nearly as famous as ‘Rent’ - nor is it as theatrical or heavy a story…This story is a bit smaller in scope and perhaps more personal in nature…It is such a shame as we will never know how much more we could have heard from this very talented man." Full Review

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"Regardless of the embellishment or not, the interaction between Mr. Turner and Mr. Gray was at times mesmerizing and at other times preachy. What did stand out is that the conflicts that took place in the 1800's are not all that different from the conflicts and struggles today. The circumstances may be different but the roots remain the same...Set simple, lighting a bit spotty, theatre configuration innovative, thoughts of a repeat - scary." Full Review

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"The aural delight wears off in about 25 minutes and the rest of the 2 hours is filled with his bizarre story that is at times incoherent, other times rambling, other times mildly interesting when he is effectively teaching you about these very different people and providing insights into cultures and civilizations that are unlike anything we have seen...The show was not nearly worth the advertised ticket price...It has the it's different quality going for it. That's about it." Full Review

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"Ms. Cho's linkage of food and the memories it evokes gels nicely throughout the play and resonates a message that, despite the discord and frustrations of families and daily life, we should cherish the 'good stuff' always...Ms. Cho's storytelling ability is fantastic. The mood is both somber and recognizable...You will leave the theatre with a sense of finality, a sense of mortality, and possibly a little bit of a renewed sense of life and purpose. Bravo Ms. Cho." Full Review