Elyse Trevers

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Reviews (37)
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"'Happy Talk' is filled with unhappy characters, yet Eisenberg’s play leaves you unsatisfied with no one to root for or care about. At moments Lorraine reminded me of Blanche DuBois, who was out of touch with reality. Yet Lorraine is creating her reality, no matter who she hurts and that’s even worse. Like 'Blood Mary,' Lorraine is a ‘broken woman,’ but at least we care about Mary." Full Review

The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Stage Buddy

"The songs tell the story, but little is memorable and at times the stories are plodding and uninspiring. The show has a few earnestly-moving moments, especially with Yazbeck as the struggling druggist and Lara Pulver as Moll, but the show is little more than a series of events...Although the economy is better today, the themes still resonate as the wealthy classes and big business continue to hold sway over all facets of the economy." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"I’m not sure if Felder purposely tries to imitate Berlin’s voice but his singing is definitely a weakness in the show...The audience learns a great deal about Berlin’s contributions...Felder is a skilled pianist and plays the songs with a flourish, even accompanying the singers on the screen...'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin' will resonate best with people of a certain age-those who grew up with Berlin’s music and feel sentimental about his songs." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Although somewhat overcast with rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, the mood onstage for 'Twelfth Night' in Central Park at The Delacorte Theater couldn’t have been sunnier!...Listen carefully to the words of Taub’s songs and you hear a 21st century sensibility, especially in terms of feminism and acceptance...The combination of amateur and professional in the cast provides unprecedented energy, enthusiasm and spirit on the Delacorte stage." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Thorne obviously did much research into hospice care...Yet despite the considerable talents of Lois Smith, Johanna Day and J. Cameron-Smith, the play is long, rambling and tedious. The scenes are choppy and often the characters just seem to be moving from one room to another...None of the characters is sympathetic, not even the dying old woman. So after awhile, it’s hard to care." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Ambrose has a lovely soprano voice. She is a good actress...One need only watch her face to read her gamut of emotions...Hadden-Paton does fine performing as the impersonal, rude professor. Unfortunately, he has only a modest singing voice...Butz stops the show as Alfred Doolittle...The musical is beautifully staged and is a visual feast...This revival has good performances, wonderful music, and marvelous sets and costumes." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Despite the extra music and dance numbers, movie purists will be relieved to see that show is pretty much true to the film...The musical is well-cast...Act I ends with a glittering 'Let It Go' number, the song that everyone eagerly anticipates. The best part, besides Levy's high notes is when her blue coronation dress changes right before our eyes...Although the show is very much like the movie, it falls flat. Boring almost...There are few gasps and awes of astonishment." Full Review

Kings
East Village
Stage Buddy

"The show has a lot of money talk and the play could have been better served with the concepts and labels simplified...Some in the audience glazed over at the complex financial conversations...Both young women sound like they are merely reciting their lines and Jacobs has little nuance to her speech...Grenier and Davis are more convincing..'Kings' still needs some work to be effective. The play has some potential but it doesn’t go far enough." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A charming one-hour children’s show...What’s really charming are little touches that adults will appreciate...'Owen and Mzee' could be somewhat scary and sad for young children since the child gets separated for his parents and will never see them again...Children should be introduced to theater at an early age to make them fans. Take them early and often...The best critique of all came from the four-year-old who, after watching the show, declared she liked it because 'they got along.'" Full Review

Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“The play provides a lot of laughter...Martin includes several funny lines as well as physical humor and visual humor...The dialogue and plot get a bit raunchy at times and might be offensive to some...At first, the comedy is a bit puzzling...Quite frankly, I don’t think most of the audience cared. They just seemed to have a good time...Perhaps the lesson is that if a ‘Rain of Fire’ attacks a marriage, a couple can withstand it together or with a lot of laughter.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“A small gem of a show...Director Cromer has created a play with a slow-pace and much introspection. The skilled actors go from excellent Hebrew and Egyptian to perfectly accented English...Yazbek’s music has a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor with use of the clarinet and Egyptian musical instruments...Most of the Egyptian band members play as well." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A few songs become stories, giving each of the other three female performers opportunities to showcase their skills...Besides the wonderfully familiar music, the show makes effective use of photos...As the ladies sang, we found ourselves identifying the famous people...The show moves quickly and is quite entertaining...It knows how to hit all the right buttons...A show written about women for women. It makes for a great girls’ night out." Full Review

LI Herald

“No one is likable so the audience revels in the mockery. The comedy is broad with lots of visual humor…Urie is a master of facial expressions and the early scene in which he half-heartedly attempts to kill himself rather than be arrested is quite funny…Although the play is over a hundred-years old, there seems to be a current message…The satire is funny, arched and pointed…‘The Government Inspector’ is a hysterical reminder that some things never change.” Full Review

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
LI Herald

"Most of the music is forgettable and, like so many musicals, the show goes on too long...Despite her beautiful singing voice, Altomare has little charisma...The highlights of the production are the regal bearing and presence of Peil and the comic relief provided by Bolton and Countess Lily (O’Connor), 'Anastasia' is pretty to look at, bright and cheery even when invoking the ghosts of Anastasia’s dead family who appear several times...'Anastasia' isn’t unique and memorable." Full Review

LI Herald

"Karl is a fine singer and performer. As his love interest, Rita (Barrett Doss), does a good job, especially since Phil is always our focal point. She’s got a lovely singing voice and is a solid performer...Director Matthew Warchus deftly moves his performers around so the audience gets the sense of repetition but not of boredom. The show is cleverly done...Tim Minchin's music is tuneful and some of the lyrics are extremely clever. However, a couple of songs don’t add much to the show." Full Review

LI Herald

“Despite three acts and two intermissions, ‘The Little Foxes’ manages to be riveting…Linney is masterful and downright scary. In contrast, Nixon as Birdie is tremulous and nervous. Even her voice quivers...Under the capable direction of Daniel Sullivan, 'The Little Foxes' is a play worth seeing with much to discuss, especially about the treatment and attitude toward women. The supporting cast, particularly the family members, is commanding, but the play is really about the two women." Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
LI Herald

"'Present Laughter' is delightfully funny and entertaining...The plot line is thin...The major draw of 'Present Laughter' is Kevin Kline...Kline is a terrific comedian. He’s athletic, lithe and able to milk an entrance just walking down the stairs...It’s hard to envision anyone playing the role better...'Present Laughter' is a joyous farce and, for me, it was a revelation. The comedy is a limited run. It’s fun and a must-see." Full Review

LI Herald

“Despite a story filled with dramatic possibilities, ‘Joan of Arc’ often lacks theatricality...Except for a few scenes...much of the musical feels the same. Even the music and lyrics seem repetitive (‘fight,’ ‘victory’). The musicians move around on stage and often that was more interesting to watch than the performers themselves. As Joan, Jo Lampert works hard and gives an impassioned performance, but I often felt as if I was merely listening to a concert, one that lagged at times.” Full Review

Valley Stream Herald

"The show is a nice, albeit pricey, way to introduce children to theatrical spectacle on a small scale...and our next generation sat mesmerized by Gazillion Bubble Show: The Next Generation." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Without considerable changes...Fish has totally reimagined the musical, infusing a whole new vision into the landmark show...For some, his pared-down version will be exhilarating; for those who love the original, the show will be disappointing and slow...Fish is baring the real emotions of his characters...Astonishingly, Fish achieves this by changing very little of the original musical...It’s a masterful reimagining of the musical, but it’s not your father’s ‘Oklahoma.’” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"One issue for some people might be in the manner of narration of the play...Somewhere along the line, some plot lines get blurred and lost...Perhaps in shortening the play, some of the storyline has been deleted...It is interesting that only Mary changed over the 25 years. Did I pick up on that because I am a woman?" Full Review

Skintight
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Harmon’s premise about the difficulties of age gets diluted by many other themes...I found myself waiting for connections and reasons for characters and themes, but generally there were few. Instead, Harmon relies on some cheap and obvious jokes...Padded by these extra jokes and characters, the play ends up being too long...It isn’t about looks but age and the need for love and belonging...It’s wonderful to watch Idina Menzel onstage again. I just wished she had better material." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Features an incredibly energetic cast of nine performers…Boasts a talented quartet of male singers…While their combined sound is terrific, they display their own musical personalities as well…The cast and orchestra work extremely hard and their talents pay off because the audience loves the performance...'Smokey Joe’s Cafe' is a wondrous trip down musical memory lane. For those new to the music, the show is a great introduction to the talents of Lieber and Stoller.” Full Review

Travesties
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The lines are often sometimes rapid-fire and there are jokes and gibes, puns and plays on words. If you aren’t listening carefully, you might miss some gems...Hollander gives a wonderfully madcap performance, often scampering across the stage...'Travesties' demands attention from its audience as it challenges our intellect -- but it moves quickly and intelligently so there’s no dozing off." Full Review

The Queens Courier

"Pill is good as C, the youthful, hopeful, and flirtatious 26-year-old who is anxious to hear about her future...Metcalf has wonderful delivery and says even more with her expressions...Jackson is a wonder. Strong, magnificent, forceful and often funny, she doesn't skip a beat or even stumble over a word...Three wonderful actresses giving three excellent performances. For an audience, this is one of the happiest times." Full Review

Calamity Jane
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The stage musical takes liberties with real history and is formulaic...In a typical old-fashioned ending, 'Calamity Jane' ends with not one but three weddings. The dialogue is hokey but one must recall the time period in which it was written. Some of the songs are lovely while others are quite clever...The production is ambitious, especially the dance numbers...Costumes are simple, as is the staging. The play and the cast get stronger in Act 2." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"In his debut as a playwright, Inverne is able to convey his deeply-felt emotion about Israel but his characters are too simply drawn and he touches on too many themes. Despite a good performance by Yuval Boim as Yehuda, the character is distracting and seems unable to focus...It deals with many themes and often they become interwoven and too complicated...In a good historical drama you can actually learn something too." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The show is well directed by John Dove and designed by Jonathan Fensom...Rylance mutters and babbles gently and then goes in for a jab like a verbal fencer...Although Rylance is worth the price of admission alone, Farinelli is the focal character...Farinelli feels disconnected from his singer-persona and having two people emphasizes the separation. Davies’ counter-tenor voice is incredible; his singing is haunting and it transports the audience." Full Review

The Children
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“A disturbing tale about nuclear power that mirrors real events, is troubling from the onset…The dialogue between the two women has an edge to it, and the talented actresses project an air of tension…Kirkwood's drama is engrossing and absorbing…‘The Children’ is a somber cautionary tale, sadly one that is not far-fetched. Serious thought-provoking ideas for the ride home.” Full Review

Junk
Upper W Side
Stage Buddy

“Unless you are a math whiz or a business major, you may be bewildered by the financial concepts...However, as the play unfolds, you will find yourself thoroughly engaged...’Junk’ is fast-moving, with Aaron Sorkin-like dialogue. It is engaging and intelligent. The show is well-directed by Hughes and simply staged...You may not like anyone or even understand the financial lessons, but the themes in the play are repeated year after year." Full Review

Curvy Widow
Midtown W
LI Herald

"For almost 80 minutes, the audience is laughing and smiling...The audience loved 'Curvy Widow,' and it’s understandable, given the presence and the talents of the vivacious Nancy Opel...Opel connects immediately. She looks real, and it’s easy to identify with her. Opel is dynamic and has a strong voice. Her Bobby is strong, sarcastic, and sexual." Full Review

LI Herald

“The incomparable Laurie Metcalfe is Nora…Metcalfe mines humor in Nora’s accounts of her life. She’s expressive and looms large onstage…Directed by Sam Gold, the talented cast of four is rounded out by Chris Cooper as Torvald, seemingly gentle, chastened and sincere, and, as grown daughter Emmy, Condola Rashad is absolutely adorable, speaking quickly and dispassionately with a touch of naïveté. The cast is wonderful and all four have been nominated for theater awards.” Full Review

Bandstand
Midtown W
LI Herald

"'Bandstand' begins with a promising premise...The musicians are terrific, even those making their acting debuts...Blankenbuehler includes some exciting swing dancing, and there is a creative number featuring dancers who follow the soldiers as if they are shadows of their younger selves in combat...The show goes on too long, with what feels like extraneous scenes and music. What started out so promising in 'Bandstand' gets clichéd in the end." Full Review

Indecent
Midtown W
LI Herald

"Directed by Rebecca Taichman, 'Indecent' features a talented ensemble of 10 performers, some of whom play multiple roles and others are musicians...The play tries to cover too much and at times it feels long...Vogel deals with Asch, Jewish paranoia, the Holocaust, and 'The God of Vengeance,' all within 100 minutes. The show is creatively presented and that is its strength." Full Review

War Paint
Midtown W
LI Herald

“The sad truth is that the new show is boring…The musical goes on too long and, it’s easy to lose interest unless the two stars are onstage…Ebersole gives a solid performance and has a beautiful voice but Lupone’s character is the more caustic of the two, so she gets to deliver the best comic zingers…There are several unnecessary scenes that prolong the musical…If you are an Ebersole or Lupone fan, you will love listening and watching the incredible ladies onstage.” Full Review

LI Herald

for a previous production "Although I already saw it in London, I laughed as much this time as I did last time...There’s verbal humor, lots and lots of physical humor that requires synchronization, and visual humor, too. The comedy is lowbrow and the audience’s laughter becomes contagious...The rain had been coming down steadily all day in NYC, making it cold, wet and unpleasant, the political world was roiling with intrigues and dissension, but 'The Play That Goes Wrong' was a happy place." Full Review

Church & State
Midtown W
LI Herald

“‘Church & State’ tackles the thorny issues of religion and gun control in politics in the U.S. today…The election results are pleasantly surprising, but the ending of the play is disturbing and shocking. Rob Nagle is excellent as the conflicted senator. He’s sincere and convincing (I was ready to give him my vote)...Playwright Jason Odell Williams sends a powerful message, one that resonates long after the play ends.” Full Review