Elizabeth Zimmer

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Reviews (11)
Symphonie Fantastique
Soho/Tribeca
Village Voice

"The dazzling show is a 55-minute live performance...The creaturely inhabitants of Twist’s tank, all the product of his foraging and designing and careful manipulation, keep us enthralled for an hour...If you have never seen 'Symphonie,' find a way to go...And consider yourself lucky to be sharing your walk on this planet with Twist and his fluent crew." Full Review

Village Voice

“I came away disappointed, cheated of human warmth and theatrical energy…The biggest problem with the mishmash of a show is the fact that it’s placeless, set in some corporate trade-show environment specified, from time to time, with video projections…Joshua Bergasse’s choreography appears in short bursts throughout; like the music it is eminently forgettable…Most kids will eat this silly undertaking up; many parents may be disturbed by the lack of real nourishment.” Full Review

Letter to a Man
Brooklyn
Village Voice

"Nijinsky's a role Baryshnikov was born to play...Visual marvels by Wilson, including a breakaway straitjacket, the figure of Diaghilev floating in a bathtub, a flaming sword that melts into a crucifix, and a cutout child leading a large, flat chicken across the stage, illustrate the evolving madness...But finally it is Misha's dancing, light and fleet soft-shoe steps below his white tie and tails, that tears at the heart." Full Review

Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Village Voice

"The talent keeps coming at you. There's strong music and movement by a crackerjack ensemble; enduring songs; and blizzards of Glover's tap choreography, historically on point and inventive...There's not much of a book — the original show had a bad one, and Wolfe's replacement doesn't triumph...Essentially a lecture-demonstration with spectacular production values, 'Shuffle Along' should claim a berth on Broadway for at least as long as 'The Lion King.'" Full Review

Village Voice

"The problem here is one that haunts certain original musicals. Without the familiar characters — without the brilliant madness and psychological armature of Carroll's life and work — the universe created in 'The Grand Paradise' rings hollow. This show's halcyon era, barely forty years behind us, yields less wonder, and fewer exquisite artifacts, than the group's Victorian-set prior project...It's no better than it should be, and no worse." Full Review

Dames at Sea
Midtown W
Village Voice

"'Dames at Sea' isn't big enough — or good enough — to command a Broadway stage, even at the diminutive Helen Hayes. The material it satirizes is so superior, and now so readily available in the digital universe, that this revival has no reason to exist...Director Randy Skinner does his best with thin material...The pleasures of this production are primarily visual." Full Review

Village Voice

“Third Rail was originally the project of a group of dancers, and several hit shows later that pedigree is still evident; the ensemble privileges physical theater, treating language as an afterthought. But my favorite parts are the most verbal…A collaboration among many craftspeople with diverse skills. For two hours it keeps you so busy running and climbing, fielding flying props and taking orders from people you’ve barely met, that you manage to forget the mess in the outside world.” Full Review

The Room Sings
East Village
Village Voice

"'The Room Sings' has a delicate structure, more poetic than dramatic; its allusive text resonates with a viewer long after the lights fade...To tell you more would spoil the play's extraordinary apotheosis. Let's just say that the Obie-winning team behind 'The Room Sings' have a sure hand on the tiller, steering their new piece along tricky shoals between fantasy and realism. Take a holiday from our current woes, and revel in it." Full Review

Paris!
Brooklyn
Village Voice

"'Paris' starts slowly, partly because all the music in the first act is recorded...But in the second act, when the beauty contest begins in earnest, you see the power of the undertaking...You may go for the titillation, and you'll get it, but you'll stay for the strong performances and the depth of musical interpretation, the incomparable pole dancing, and the numerous offhand vignettes that stud the spaces between the big production numbers. " Full Review

The Golfer
Brooklyn
Village Voice

"The play's style may be quick-cut sketch comedy, but its humanistic through-line visits a millennium of history, religion, literature, and sports commentary…Parks is a very funny writer. The fever dream of a liberal-arts major…'The Golfer' might be a sly commentary on the impending end-times...I won't spoil the fun by giving away the ending, but only say that, especially for those overeducated, buttoned-up folks who languish in cubicles, it's a much-needed antidote." Full Review

Once Upon a Mattress
Lower E Side
Village Voice

"Transport Group's production is delightful, timely, and utterly winning. 'Mattress' itself is lumpy and overlong...Several charming musical numbers feel tacked on. But under Jack Cummings's sly direction, it's smartly designed and gorgeously dressed; the entire cast excels." Full Review