Ed Malin

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Reviews (61)
Theatre is Easy

A Theasy Best Bet "The kind of monologue that will make you feel better about life…Somewhere between a Jack London adventure and a Samuel Beckett novel, this tale lets Robert Honeywell narrate one Man's journey through highs and lows, life and death, loneliness and society." Full Review

Refuge
Gramercy
Theatre is Easy

"Albanians have an untranslatable word, 'besa,' which encompasses faith, hospitality, family, pledging responsibility...'Refuge' plumbs the many nuances of the ancient custom of 'besa'...Jessica Burr and Florent Mehmeti help show how desperation and sadness can quickly change to relief. The Kosovar ensemble members Eshref Durmishi, Ilire Vinca, and Daniela Markaj bring a huge amount of energy to the production, and offer a rare opportunity to experience traditional Albanian songs and dances." Full Review

Identity
Harlem
Theatre is Easy

“Mike is a man who has many identities...Linnehan makes sure to begin by telling us that he is different...This production, previously staged by advocates for inclusive theater including Nicu's Spoon, is an enlightening chance to hear one man with CP speaking his truth. Director/Sound Designer Christopher Scott brings much laughter and music to this play. Bravo to all who helped construct the narrative within the narrative wherein it feels safe to be real.” Full Review

Gatz
Greenwich V
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

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

Almelem
Brooklyn
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

Buffalo Buffalo
Gramercy
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

Elephant
Lower E Side
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

This Is Modern Art
East Village
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

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

Ms. Estrada
Soho/Tribeca
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

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

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

AMP
Soho/Tribeca
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

Basement
East Village
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

The Enchantment
Soho/Tribeca
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

Occasionally Nothing
East Village
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

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

On Strivers Row
East Village
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

CasablancaBox
Soho/Tribeca
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

Child's Play
East Village
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

Grand Theft Musical
East Village
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

Deconstruction
Lower E Side
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

Hi-Fi | Wi-Fi | Sci-Fi
East Village
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

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

Friendly’s Fire
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"Many soldiers who come home must deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Bray's 'Friendly’s Fire’ is the fantastic story of one such soldier...'Friendly's Fire’ includes bright colors, honeycomb shapes, and allusions to duty, heroism, and conformity, as well as music...and feedback that is all both comforting and intrusively necessary...It's a fabulous, open-hearted ride that fans of Terry Gilliam will surely enjoy.” Full Review

Hatef**k
Upper W Side
Theatre is Easy

"Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs this non-stop verbal and emotional battle with finesse. Kavi Ladnier and Sendhil Ramamurthy are superb in their constantly guarded love-hating. I am in awe of their efforts in this play, which is such a nuanced look at living in America while Muslim. This is an excellent co-production of Colt Coeur and WP Theater." Full Review

Operating Systems
Lower E Side
Theatre is Easy

"Alternative mathematics using complex algebraic expressions blend with the narrative of a young, transgender narrator who goes backward and forward in time to review their actions...Schulenburg brings many powerful voices into her latest work. Hartford coaxes some fabulous performances from the ensemble, examining a compromised work environment from many angles...Hopefully, this intelligent play will make you want to broaden your math horizons." Full Review

Life x3
Chelsea
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

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
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

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

The Chechens
Gramercy
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

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

The Sea Concerto
Midtown W
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

Wind-Up Variations
East Village
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

A Brooklyn Boy
East Village
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

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

Cute Activist
Brooklyn
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

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

Singing Beach
Soho/Tribeca
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

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

Go Get The Axe
Chelsea
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

Ducklings
Brooklyn
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

World Builders
Upper W Side
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

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

Charleses
Brooklyn
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

Ghost Light Now & Then
East Village
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

Zamboni Godot
Brooklyn
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

Enterprise
Soho/Tribeca
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

Clover
East Village
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