Ed Malin

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Reviews (55)
Preview gatz
90
Theatre is Easy

"An epic, 8-hour staging of Fitzgerald's novel 'The Great Gatsby' that is arguably more entertaining than watching a film version or reading the book by yourself...It is indeed possible to enjoy spending most of a day watching an ensemble of thirteen read a book onstage...Through unhurried reflection on and reconstruction of the novel, Elevator Repair Service makes a meta work of art...Collins is to be congratulated for guiding a cast of thirteen through such a sustained storytelling event." Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

“In this top-notch feminist piece, the witch from 'The Tempest' uses much magic and internet technology to tell her story...Kane has helped develop and stage a novel and relevant play that shows a woman, at the height of her powers, seeking to be herself, worship as she wishes, and simply live without being called a witch. If you want to see a play that gives voice to a maligned female literary character, this is your chance.” Full Review

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85
Theatre is Easy

"Sean Williams’s turn as playwright for Gideon Productions has been long overdue. 'Almelem' focuses on a short stretch of Biblical time in a funny and imaginative way, like keeping track of the weeks and months by counting the number of baptized...Director Jordana Williams brings doubt into the most unchanging of stories and unleashes much nervous humor...See it for the strong characters. And then talk about it with your friends, your religious figures, or your elected representatives." Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

"Director Katie Pedro brings out many voices from these significant others: the rational and the crazy, the strong and the flimsy, the determined and the indecisive. The cast deftly amplifies the unexpected nuances in this story...At times delightful, experimental, and thought-provoking, with both directors using the space in interesting ways." Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

"Cantisano shines as the innocent, indestructible Clérèse. Men have written quite a lot of plays about prostitution, so the female-driven ensemble’s work is quite refreshing—both emotionally accessible and bittersweet. 'Éléphant' shows it is possible to be thirteen and female and bold and pregnant and happy and still have faith. Squitieri and Hogan expertly juggle a large, busy ensemble...This play offers a glimpse into the true power of a young person’s imagination." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

“Compelling new play...You will certainly gain new perspectives from the debate on what art is and who decides who gets to make art...This play is well-written and fast-paced. The excellent ensemble under Jessica Burr’s direction examine many viewpoints about art and culture which often enough are not heard in the mainstream media...Opatrny’s scenery, Zelideth’s costumes and Crowe’s lighting keep things very real...Authenticity of storytelling." Full Review

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75
Theatre is Easy

"A very entertaining way to spend time with a bald purple puppet who has seen the world, muses on all manner of subjects, and has a good grasp of profanity...The set, along with the pleasantly edgy rock music, confronts us when we enter. Randy does tell us that this is not a show that you have to detach from reality to enjoy. He's right. When I saw it, it was mainly visitors to America who ended up engaging with Randy. Don't be afraid. Go see the show and talk to the guy." Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

"Within the 100% rhyming text are some powerful songs...Everything from the women's yearning for justice to the men's partying is precise and keeps the show's action moving...Tattenbaum's direction pushes this large ensemble to stand up for what's right and to never surrender...The relentless and uncompromising hip-hop text and choreography of 'ms. estrada' will no doubt keep audiences engaged. Certainly, it's a show that should appeal to any open-minded theatergoer." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"A thoughtful revival...This play is more than a play. It speaks of films and ideas and asks why people want to have certain jobs and read (or don't read the news). As the truth is slowly revealed, we see characters struggling to hold in more information than they care to share. All of this is a triumph for director Joan Kane...The theater is a great place to examine the comic side of the generation gap, especially in relationships." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

"Delightfully whimsical story and dance piece...Andersen’s long and enchanting story becomes a beautiful 80-minute journey onstage...It’s a timeless story, with many twists and updates that make it ideal for Blessed Unrest...The cast never stop moving, using Sydney Maresca’s spare and beautiful costumes to show so much of the character of the north." Full Review

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85
AMP
Theater In The Now

"A beautiful, Romantic cello soundtrack floats through it all, thanks to sound designer (and projection designer and producer) Martha Goode...This scary and enjoyable piece brings back a sense of wonder about monsters...Jody Christopherson gives us several believable performances...Anna’s earnest longing for success is a fine achievement of director Isaac Byrne...The sheer majesty of Mary wearing leather gear and screaming has stayed with me." Full Review

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75
Theater In The Now

"All these veteran theater people have put their prodigious energy into bringing us a play about anti-fascism and getting to know the other...Such themes strike me as quite timely, and will give you an hour and forty minutes of engrossing theater that just flies by...The charming process of getting to know each other is convincingly directed by Janet Bentley...This play shows that, even in wartime, you can rebuild from the bottom up." Full Review

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75
Theater In The Now

"The tension between health and illness, love and loss, life and death for Louise is palpable...One male role, Lind, is played by a woman (Ariana Karp) who is a pleasantly aggressive and duplicitous colleague of Gustave. I think the point that the director is trying to make is that for foreign artists in Paris Art City, male privilege was all they had; but on the other hand, this is not a total denunciation of men or love, but a nuanced tightrope walk." Full Review

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85
Outer-Stage

for a previous production “We find ourselves in a bleak world where three survivors are hiding out after a nuclear holocaust. Virtually nothing is left...Dumeng brings out a lot of musical humor and the glory of being an American, even when there is no more America. It really is like a one-hour roller coaster ride, for which we should thank the talented cast and writer. Even if you aren’t familiar with anti-nuclear tales such as ‘Threads’ and/or post-modern theater, there is much to enjoy.” Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

“The audience must decide if this is a story of fulfillment or unfulfilled longing or some mixture of the two. Kate Jaworski’s lighting helps show the dance between complete empowerment and loneliness which Elizabeth Stanton bravely undertakes…The play motivated a lot of people to speak up about empowering themselves... Many of the creative people behind this production were in the same graduate program...The results are fascinating.” Full Review

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85
The Clyde Fitch Report

"An immensely satisfying 1939 satire...The story of upwardly mobile snobbery among the elites of 1940s Harlem is refreshing, entertaining and relevant...The language of the play has a beautiful rhythm nicely reinforced by joyful dance scenes...As choreographer and director, Johnson never slows the pace...It’s all well done, given that he must navigate his sprawling cast in and around the multiple rooms and floors of the Van Strivens’ mansion...The biting repartee is timeless." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

"This play dares to show us flawed, articulate characters on the verge of destroying themselves and each other...The ensemble is strong and Dominic D’Andrea’s directing in this play is a thing of beauty. Lauren Ferebee’s writing is both kind to everyone and no one; quite a feat. It really is wonderful to see on stage people you may actually know." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

“Cantisano’s performance as Cindy and her transformation from tortured girl to triumphant young person in control of herself is worth watching. Mercedes Vasquez gives a dynamite performance as a very strong woman who is shutting out her family…Director Brock Harris Hill helps us get into the characters’ heads so we can confront the sensitive, unpleasant truth. This happens at a decent pace, never boring, always making me want to embrace the evolving complexity of the story.” Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

“This lovely, full-length musical has something for everyone. Fans of the American songbook will enjoy all the inside jokes...Musical director Peterson keeps the show’s 24 musical numbers rolling along, and a team of choreographers provide classy tap-dancing for Gino and many swoonable moments for the ensemble. A lot of love for the genre and for the late Sickinger went into this production...You will probably want to see what all the commotion is about.” Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

“The author’s experience as a New York Neo-Futurist shines through in the snappy dialogue...64 years after the premiere of Beckett’s play, life is full of time-saving devices. Yet, 'Zamboni Godot' shows that more and more often, with globalization and interconnectedness, waiting is the entire narrative...Congratulations to this fine show and to the Zamboner chorus…I found the whole show to be as entertaining as it was compassionate.” Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"'All In The Mind' was my favorite play in this program...'Simultaneous Transmission' is another amazing artistic statement about conflict...This is a lively evening of pieces spanning decades, which, thanks to the video and streaming technology involved, feel very fresh and timely. Technical Director Jesse Ricke and composers John Dyer and John King create a wonderfully immersive environment. Hats off to La MaMa for again showcasing the work of Robert Patrick." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

"This poignant show is both familiar and, thanks to Jessica Burr’s direction and choreography, a step beyond…While long passages of the original tale abound, the deft ensemble does an outstanding job of using contemporary speech to get the audience to connect to isolated Ebenezer…Constant stage activity, cheerful chucking of apples, much joyful dancing and the occasional ‘Happy Hanukkah’ greeting continually make this production a joy to watch." Full Review

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90
Theater In The Now

"I loved 'Cant.' I wish I could see it a few more times...The normal offering from Gemini CollisionWorks is mind-blowingly impressive. This work dissects our country, gives us time to laugh about it, gently answers some of the questions already posed, and then questions the nature of reality, theater, etc...The cast of eighteen, who collaborated in the development of the play, work extremely well together in the intimate space of The Brick. There is always something to look at and process." Full Review

Preview abu
80
Theater In The Now

"Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey’s modern translation is delightful. Strindberg delivers a charming, colorful story about human kindness...What a joy has been brought to us from Baghdad via Stockholm...Andy Evan Cohen brings dumbek, oud and other trancey instruments together to create one heck of a hammam soundtrack. Janet Bentley keeps this pageant moving as fast as the arrow of love flies and the monkey dances, which is to say very nicely indeed." Full Review

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80
NY Theater Now

"Theatre 167 once again presents an intriguing, global and universal new work...This was a long, beautiful show followed by a lively talkback session...Jessica Raye Court’s costumes are beautifully distinctive. Jen Price Fick’s set design is functional and makes the places we leave seem pleasantly transparent." Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

"A tumultuous evening presented three different ways, inviting reflection on the need for balance...The four cast members are an immensely versatile bunch. Director Jerry Heymann has chosen to use British accents, giving the talented actors many chances to take umbrage and wax sardonic...Composer Janet Bentley has provided ethereal, jazzy music which, at times, veers off in a direction dictated by the mathematical constant 'e.'" Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

“An engrossing story about authentic relationships and a Broadway spectacle with impressive special effects...This ‘King Kong’ adds some interesting tweaks, ones that are empowering to Ann. And the special effects are breathtaking...This version has less cultural baggage...There are no ‘savage’ tribes nor is there the implicit racism in the Kong-Ann dynamic...A big step forward for empathy, for women’s empowerment, and for technical accomplishments in puppetry.” Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “A Civil War story in which people care for others in a way that transcends political and other allegiances...The action of this play exists in a space where people from different sides of this polarizing conflict can have mind-altering conversations...This play turns the typical heroic melodrama on its head...Hill’s direction rules this spare theater space, filling it with a truly unique, modern sensibility that many of the characters are unable to comprehend.” Full Review

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80
Theatre is Easy

"This all-too-timely story (see a host of other countries around the world, as well as many states right here in the U.S.) reminds us about the cost of taking away equal rights. Kot, Sokolovskaya, and Ionina are all amazing...At times delightful, experimental, and thought-provoking, with director using the space in interesting ways. Sometimes, like the end, the staging is downright suspenseful." Full Review

Preview sugarinourwounds
85
Theatre is Easy

"Through this story of adversity, the ensemble brings the audience much laughter and hope...Saheem Ali's direction is top-notch, taking into account the many layers of coded speech and meanings among oppressed people. Every line and facial expression produces immediate reactions...Michael Thurber's original music and Darrell Grand Moultrie's movement shine through in many spiritual songs and dances." Full Review

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92
Theater In The Now

“A solidly impressive offering...A memory play...A play that is conscious of its artifice. At one point, Lynnie is so overcome by her memories that she calls an intermission...The poetry of this show helps it take on the ethical grey areas, the questions facing a multi-racial family and their daughter who grows up to hear she ‘doesn’t belong anywhere’...Cohn and O’Donnell give us the family scenes that children aren’t supposed to see." Full Review

Preview wuv1
75
Theatre is Easy

"The story of an unstoppable wind-up monkey...The ensemble regales us with some deceptively simple stories that add up to a satisfying, powerful whole...Have no fear, the monkey is not alone. A wind-up blue dinosaur and a wind-up robot join in the march. And, in one of the show's many beautiful moments, a wind-up unicorn appears...The cast draws the audience out and gets them feeling good...It all feels Brechtian and Communist and self-affirming." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

"The amazing one-man show...Includes dozens of voices and much vibrant dancing...The energy in The East Village Playhouse is powerful indeed...Amazing dancing was happening right in front of my eyes...In accordance with the mission of City Kids, I will post that young people are encouraged to see this show. I have a few young New Yorkers I am telling about this fine production. Prescod's ability to sing, dance, and play upwards of 30 roles for an hour is a joy to behold." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"There is a lot to enjoy in this production...Given the quality of the material, maybe a four-act, two-evening repertory production would also do justice to the most famous works of the doctor and the Porter...Bentley has spent a lot of quality directing hours transforming this ensemble into so many characters in so many musical universes. I must congratulate everyone for coming together to bring the world this new fusion show with all of its artistry." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

"Will entertain and stimulate you on many levels...This production is the work of a group of wonderful innovators...This well-written play asks a lot more questions than it answers...Cramer’s blissfully solid wall of language, the puppets and the video go far beyond what any of those art forms might provide on their own, providing an immersive environment which the play constantly disrupts. Morgan Green’s direction peels away the veneer of privilege." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

“Come see this show for a few hours of fine-tuned ecstasy...The view of Yiddish theater given here is one that accesses whole other worlds of sentimentality and power...I am motivated to read more of Lu Hauser’s work, and likely many people will be opening up volumes of Kafka. The show has an experimental edge. It brings together several interesting pieces by its author, and borrows the cadence of the very influential Yiddish performers." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"An interesting, dreamlike story...'Singing Beach' itself begins to sing in a joyous, cosmic way. Fick’s set is a beautiful place to experience this story...Kreith takes the characters on an unexpectedly intricate journey. Elodie Lucinda Morss, the youngest performer, carries much of the play. For me, her transformation into a defiant leader is the most striking moment...Tuck Milligan (Grandpa) shows us what we can hear if we truly listen." Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

“This wonderful show does a lot with an inflatable couch and a few boxes and posters. Elephant Run is all about preserving the history of avant-garde theater. In this show, they go where even they haven’t gone before. Judging by the joyous atmosphere in the theater, this show struck quite the chord. Director Aimee Todoroff has transformed her subjects quite believably into a bunch of theatergoers who for 17 years knew exactly which venue they were going to be in every night.” Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"Director Richard C. Aven guides the cast of 12 through their nonlinear, perhaps therapeutically circular adventure in many modes of being...This impressive play isn’t straightforward, but neither are most interesting people...It’s the kind of show which doesn’t have a main character, and which calls for great performances from the entire ensemble. I applaud Menzies, Aven, and the cast for avoiding cliché in their portrayals of young and old characters." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"The genuinely interesting drama as well as the twerking, winning, etc. are all live...It’s much more than a contest. It’s about how hard it is to get to a position of wealth and control over your life. It’s about women whose opinions are strong and not at all diminished by the power of sexual expression which they possess...For me, there was the happiness of a linear, unedited story, something which reality shows have tried to take away." Full Review

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85
The Clyde Fitch Report

"During the show’s intermissionless 90 minutes, Spielmann uses her characters' words to extends her world around the set and into the audience. Schulenburg keeps up artfully awkward attempts to maintain his character’s boundaries. Together, these actors create a joyous, revelatory experience akin to a happy version of the film 'Cocoon.' O’Donnell, as director, regulates the pace of this mind-opening tale better than certain medications." Full Review

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90
Theater In The Now

"'CasblancaBox' is a riveting, immersive theatrical collage about the making of the classic film...There was a lot of drama happening off the set as well, which this masterful production shows…The production moves at high speed through many scenes of the film, showing us the disillusionment of some cast members…Hats off to the Farringtons for realizing this breakneck journey through the creation of 'Casablanca.'" Full Review

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85
Theater In The Now

"This play patiently and benevolently gives each generation its say...'Charleses' is a well-written and exquisitely directed and performed play. If you haven’t had a 'show don’t tell experience' in a while, please go see it. I’m sure you will be left with the pleasurable task of learning to like three nice but flawed people. They are solid, and totally different from each other, and speak as often as not in facial expressions." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"It’s worth checking out...Seeing Barbara Kahn’s plays can be quite a revelation. Whether or not you have a personal connection, as Kahn does, to any of the groups mentioned in the play, I think you’ll find it comforting to know that our city has had a considerable, long-lived movement for equality...The tireless cast unearth the many identities found in our neighborhood this last century, and they play these characters with great sincerity." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"This intriguing, nuanced play brings out the flaws in all of the characters...Most important for me is the pernicious idea that one can erase inconvenient facts by philosophizing about the nature of reality...This play left me with the feeling that such is our world...The dilemma of this play is nicely developed by the director and the fine cast...Michael Abrams’s sultry lighting helps a lot to bring us into the not so black and white world of these characters." Full Review

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80
The Clyde Fitch Report

for a previous production "A great opportunity to see two cutting-edge theater artists at work...'Enterprise' presents a charmingly dizzy view of the corporate world...This is a world in which most things assumed to be constant may not be any longer. Dozens of short, dreamlike scenes flash in and out of the darkness — flawlessly held together by Berit Johnson’s lighting and Hill’s own groovy sound design...The cast and director work overtime to give us a bewildering array of things to think about." Full Review

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75
Theater In The Now

"This new work, like a four-leaf clover, links together several stories about violence in the USA...The cast is involved in many overlapping narratives about war, family, and hospitals...I am confident that the multiplicity of meanings in the piece have been planted to stimulate the audience’s brains and to rouse us to save the world. The violent and dreamy aspects of the piece are nicely highlighted by the lighting. puppetry and projections that help catapult us into many different locales." Full Review

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80
Theater In The Now

"This play contains much introspection...The non-linear storytelling is very interesting and I got the impression that the characters who were not in a particular scene were observing and listening to the action...This play also connects the world of the living and the world of the dead. Those who are looking for a testament to lifelong monogamous love will certainly appreciate this show and the emotionally conversant characters." Full Review

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75
Theater In The Now

"The story comes to life onstage through ten-foot-tall puppets, ghastly projections and voice modulation that is still giving me the chills on a nice, warm day...Much research has gone into this interesting production. As the characters suggest, they were indeed embracing what today would be called free love and non-monogamy. A modern and fresh feel comes from the cast: youthful, handsome in Kima Baffour’s costumes, and ethnically diverse." Full Review

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80
NY Theater Now

"Mr. McLindon’s writing is top-notch, examining all sides of our lives, the places we live, the things we read and the truths we choose to believe. For a solid two hours, Mr. Peknic’s direction brings the characters to the brink so many times without becoming maudlin or lucky-charmish." Full Review