Eric J. Grimm

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Reviews (18)
Theater Pizzazz

"An essential part of the whole of a twenty-six-year career that finds Leguizamo thriving and still relevant...He educates his son, himself, and the audience on unsung major figures in American history through the physical comedy that has made him one of the most celebrated comedians of the last thirty years and displays an unsparing political fierceness that feels necessary in comedy right now. If Leguizamo has to grow up, he’ll force the rest of us to grow up with him." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Bigger sets and impressive puppets add some flair but the joy of revisiting the well-loved 'Puffs' is what is sure to keep the show going for some time...Cox’s script is mostly the same from the previous production and sports the same weaknesses and strengths...Parker continues to run a tight ship with a production that mostly moves rapidly but also takes time to breathe...It is worth noting that the cast’s increased familiarity with their roles has made them even more memorable." Full Review

The Terrifying
Lower E Side
Theater Pizzazz

“Who’s more terrifying: the monster or its victims? Playwright and director Julia Jarcho...will answer the question in a tidy, melancholic monologue at the end of her new horror comedy, ‘The Terrifying.’ What she won’t do is scare you or make you laugh, though the production frequently tries to do both, pummeling you with a seat-rattling sound design and often goofy humor...All of it is a sensory overload and too much fuss for a messy commentary on how monsters come in all shapes and sizes." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Sampson and co-director Greg Taubman wisely take on the challenge by using broad comedy as a starting point and daring to be uncomfortable and even pleasantly boring at times, allowing an actively participating audience to take an occasional breather. When the show goes for maximum discomfort, it’s astonishing...In being daring, however, it is never crass, and in being honest, it is thankfully never saccharine." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"An infectious blend of South African and American holiday tunes…Dumakude is a warm and commanding host, easy to be heard and felt as she kindly shares her love of country and natural skill for entertaining…Even if she weren’t a virtuosic performer, the sheer energy and determination to bring happiness to her adoring audience would shine through. As such, she sings richly and effortlessly, showcasing a beautifully seasoned performance style. " Full Review

Men of Tortuga
Chelsea
Theater Pizzazz

"Living Room Theatre’s production, confidently helmed by company cofounder Randolyn Zinn, thrills and horrifies with well-timed morbid comedy and constantly shifting power dynamics...Plot twists both absurd and organic challenge all of the men to cunningly one-up one another as the question of who is good and bad turns into one of who is best at being bad...Zinn has corralled a universally strong ensemble, keeping them on pace as Wells’ snappy dialogue wallops with macabre comedy." Full Review

Simon Says
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

“Myriam Cyr’s production boasts an air of clean professionalism to complement Murray’s dignified performance style but Schaffer’s play is an uninspired and mawkish exploration of mysticism that never thrills the way that witnessing a live seance should...The collective talents of the cast and crew would be better utilized in a more suspenseful and less eye-rollingly sentimental channeling of the spirits.” Full Review

Snow White
West Village
Theater Pizzazz

"So dazzlingly staged but so frustratingly choppy, this explosion of light S&M, clever music arrangements, and often, with a few notable exceptions, technically unimpressive dance is perhaps too ambitious for its own good...Rapturous spectacle and superb technique near the end of the show." Full Review

This is Mary Brown
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"I didn’t find many of Mary’s quips funny, but the full audience responded well to her abrasive nature...Some fluid physical shifts or perhaps some paring down of characters would have made scenes with multiple characters easier to understand and more compelling. Ultimately, Brown’s willingness to lay bare her mother’s struggles is admirable and her voice both as narrator and lead character carries a dramatic heft that propels her personal narrative." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Droege rattles off rapid-fire popular culture references with a coked-up energy that somehow breathes enough to allow his audience to digest and laugh at his outlandish observations...Director Michael Urie has helped Droege nail the pacing, though a montage transition halfway through feels a bit clumsy…Droege teeters on the edge of sentimental with childhood tales of ostracization...but he earns these pauses from breakneck comedy by being vulnerable and truthful.” Full Review

Fragmented Frida
Brooklyn
Theater Pizzazz

"She demands an emotional connection to her subject and sometimes succeeds...Frida’s soul is elusive for Dantas, a writer and performer who’s looking for the artist’s personality in all the wrong places. Dantas appears a capable actor; she communicates outrage and joy effortlessly as her character experiences a wide range of victories and failures...Frida doesn’t evolve into a strong figure who perseveres rather than enduring her physical and emotional travails...It’s a missed opportunity." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“A gorgeous and vacuous production that mines the material for high camp with very little sincerity. Under the direction of Benjamin Viertel, Fassbinder’s darkly humorous drama about a woman’s breakdown is a frenetic comedy about a pathetic lesbian…Scenic designer Bryce Cutler and costume designer Emily Chalmers do some dazzling work here…A more restrained directorial approach could have fulfilled the promise of the professional and transformative design." Full Review

Albatross
Midtown E
Theater Pizzazz

"The venture becomes muddled, beginning as something of a parody and ending as a fairly faithful adaptation of its source material...Evett is fully equipped to hold us at attention throughout...His stamina and consistency as a performer are tested by the script’s inability to decide what it wants to do with the mariner’s story...Whether intended or not, it doesn’t come close to capturing the terror of reading Coleridge’s poem silently." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Cox’s script pummels with multiple gags a minute, which can be exhausting in a show that runs just over ninety minutes...The story barely has room to breathe as jokes and physical comedy bits are thrown to the back of the house with abandon...Shaky moments and some jokes that don’t land aside, it concludes with a mixture and cynicism and warmth that sells the concept. Here is a work of underground theater that often beautifully complements its mainstream counterpart." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"There is so much to admire about Fellini’s play, as messy as its first production is. Fellini is a writer with supreme vision...As she continues to explore her fascination with troubled female leads, her scope becomes more magnificent and what follows is in serious need of editing…Adams takes the script as a jumping off point to go big with staging and encourage larger-than-life performances and all of it is too much...I will take flawed work from spit&vigor over uninspired theater." Full Review

To Damascus Part II
East Village
Theatermania

"Director Robert Greer’s mission to substitute class struggles for American racial conflict is admirable but the production fumbles in similar ways to the first part, requiring too much suspension of disbelief to successfully translate Strindberg’s work...There is an attempt in the production to balance it out with a fever dream quality, but the clunky scene changes and kooky projections do more to tear the audience away from the show rather than immerse them in Greer’s vision." Full Review

Cuckooed
Midtown E
Theater Pizzazz

"Written by Thomas and skillfully directed by Emma Callander, 'Cuckooed,' with its breakneck pace and devastating subject matter, shows Thomas’ skill as a deeply personal storyteller with the ability to stir righteous indignation in his audience." Full Review

Punks & Provocateurs
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

"The raucous sex comedy is a robustly feminist work, which has surprisingly never received a major New York production until now. The cast and creative team are game to revive interest in the play, making for a brisk and lively evening of theater." Full Review