Elizabeth Bove

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Reviews (15)
Madame Lynch
West Village
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"Infuriated me for its lack of subtlety and sensitivity. There was much missed potential in their extravagant farcical depiction of this woman and of the entire country of Paraguay...Spectacle, special effects, and narrative irony overpower any sense of story and render the characters as unsympathetic caricatures...The only relief...was the delightful native Paraguayan dances...But the production itself is a famine for the intellect, sending the mind reeling and begging for meaning.” Full Review

Switzerland
Midtown E
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“The actors and designers have contributed their talents admirably, with an evocative set and a sound track to heighten the tension appropriate to a thriller. Although adeptly directed...’Switzerland’ twists and turns upon itself and ends up in a tangle of abstruse questions about whose fantasy is at the heart of the play. While its premise to have a writer wrestle to the death with a fantasy is tantalizing, the pay-off here is less flavorsome than the real writer’s imagination.” Full Review

Agnes
Midtown E
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"Now here is a play worth seeing! For its writing, for its acting, for its wisdom...Director Jenna Worsham has assembled an extraordinary ensemble of versatile and engaging actors...All the characters in 'Agnes' experience isolation and loneliness at some point. McMullen, however, will not let her characters languish in this existential dilemma for long. Humor abounds to assuage any angst." Full Review

Drunkle Vanya
Midtown W
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"What I was not prepared for was its sheer joy at relishing its own inventive and imaginative zest. Lori Wolter Hudson has masterfully made it so modern audiences can encounter poor old Uncle Vanya and his circumstances and feel no pain...None of the drinking games really enhance the poignant moments in Chekhov’s 'Uncle Vanya.' Oh well, we didn’t come to see his version of 'Uncle Vanya' but to be enraptured by a youthful 'drunkle' Vanya, and to have fun making fun of neurotic, horrible people." Full Review

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"While it is easy to find fault with Ringwald’s somewhat shallow interpretation of the complexities of Aurora’s personality, one must acknowledge that an actress is guided by a script...A great deal of effort is put into the visuals...The actors manage to migrate nicely from scene to scene." Full Review

The Clearing
Midtown E
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"It is only as we view the play that we begin to understand the meaning behind these clues. We are meant to apply metaphoric thinking to make the shock of those historical events relevant to our times...This is a laudable endeavor to make this dark period of Ireland relevant to a 21st century audience. By modernizing the look of the play, attempting to tie it to contemporary issues such as ethnic cleansing or the Holocaust, it creates an emotional distance, becomes more intellectual." Full Review

Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
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“David Mercatali’s direction is brisk and brutally bouncy...An absurdist satire, at once an indictment against not only the housing crisis, but our godless society and social indifference toward the less fortunate...Why do we find this humorous and entertaining?...A distance has been created by the playwright between the word and the reality of the action through humor, clever dialogue and the virtuosity of the actors to use pantomime to create their slow progress into hell.” Full Review

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"There are no stand-outs in the cast, only in the sense that every single actor imbues his and her character with that commedia zaniness that makes even their griefs transform into joie de vivre. Maddow’s witty, intelligent dialogue lifts us up. Her text and characters are exuberant, infecting the audience with joy." Full Review

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Soho/Tribeca
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"Lively feat of comic imagination and innovation...Outstanding is Mr. Grinstead’s enthralling transformation into Hyde...Ms. Stromberg’s transformational energy into at least 10 characters adds to this momentum...The youthful exuberance and excitement for this production by the SoHo Playhouse staff is evident from the moment one enters the theater." Full Review

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"Under the direction of The Druid Theatre Company’s acclaimed director, Garry Hynes, this somewhat languid production with her very able Druid Ensemble does nothing unexpected yet everything is to the delight of the audience as she adheres to Beckett’s detailed instructions...In her otherwise sensitive rendition of 'Godot,' I found the pace and comic exchanges at times to be hindered when actors delivered lines out to the audience rather than to each other." Full Review

Hal & Bee
Midtown E
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"Norris has assembled a cast of actors more than capable of the rapid linguistic and downward spiraling of this tale...Baker's clever dialogue is sharp and sardonic and funny. The entire cast takes us on his cultural roller coaster, including the dark fantasy tunnels of marital resentments and disappointments, with an intelligent adroitness that is truly admirable...We are nearly exhausted after this ride, but not exactly exhilarated as the play draws to its inconclusive and somewhat maudlin ... Full Review

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"Mr. Green sings Coward in his own way not trying to imitate...But attempting this extraordinary fusion unfortunately results in a hodgepodge of songs and often unrelated albeit interesting excerpts from Coward’s diaries and letters...Green and Shrubsole are indeed very lively...The evening becomes a vehicle for Mr. Green’s vivacious and entertaining singing rather than an evening enlightening us about Coward, yet, I must add, skimming the surface of intentions delightfully." Full Review

Man in Snow
East Village
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"An extraordinary, exquisite and poignant story of one man’s grief over the loss of his son...The care in development is well reflected in the artistic and emotional gratification we receive from this superb production. At 77, Israel Horovitz, still vital in his originality, has created in 'Man in Snow' a piece that confronts our imagination, challenges our fears and complacencies and is, finally, immensely entertaining and heartwarming." Full Review

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“In this production smartly directed by Kathi E. B. Ellis, Alice’s life from age 11 to 84 is compacted effectively into just under two hours...At heart this play is a historical recap of Alice’s life. Frequently, family members and those who present social strictures and expectations are sketchy characterizations whom Alice easily defeats with her wit and intelligence. They are never serious obstacles...We are grateful to Ms. Rice and Ms. Ellis for presenting this life to us.” Full Review

Sense & Sensibility
West Village
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for a previous production "At its heart is the brilliant distillation of Jane Austen’s novel by Kate Hamill, as well as the dynamic inventiveness of its director, Eric Tucker, and the ten-actor cast...What is remarkable in this swirling production is that the adaptation is loyal to Austen’s dialogue, sculpting it out of the narrative while at the same time leaving space for the subtext to flourish through action…This is the theatrical genius of the Bedlam production: actors are characters, delightful caricatures, set ... Full Review