Fred Sokol

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Reviews (13)
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "After a necessarily deliberate component, Adam Rapp's play 'The Sound Inside,' now in a world premiere production on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, is scorching." Full Review

Actually
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "An exceptional two-hander...This work is not heavy-handed, melodramatic stuff; instead, it is extraordinarily realistic...It would not be accurate to call this seat-squirming theater, but the very natural performances bid theatergoers to consider, to contemplate...Blain-Cruz gives these actors space to create. The director, fortunate to be working with a sharp script and insightful actors, helps to fuel this 90-minute piece. It's all terrifically absorbing." Full Review

Fiorello!
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "The production is brisk and breezy.…Harnick and Bock provide tunes which remain happily stuck in one's mind…Michael Callahan, choreographer, adds fluent, nicely timed and executed movement and dance. Director Moss helps it all to coalesce…Lombardi, definitely capable and always on his mark, seems young…'Fiorello!' is still fun, charming and, these days, quite relevant. With a bit of seasoning, it will become even better as the run evolves." Full Review

Familiar
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Gurira hooks theatergoers early with this play, one which certainly has moments of levity. This is a new work and it might be pared down a bit as, upon occasion during the first act, the proceedings ramble on just a bit. The essence of it, though, is intriguing as it ranges from intimate through moral through socio/political topics. It is insightful and its author obviously has pondered considerably." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Boasting wonderfully up-tempo choreography, this sparkling show is light, easy, and a diverting pleasure to watch...The storyline is not overly complicated yet it is fun to see it play out...Some of the production numbers are nothing short of sensational...For sentimentalists, traditionalists, and those who seek a musical with symmetry, this is one that glitters and might even prompt theatergoers to whistle, hum, or even sing something familiar." Full Review

Living on Love
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "'Gets better and better, especially during its playful second act...During opening sequences, Living on Love feels just too cornball to be palatable and true. It takes a short while to comprehend the deliberate absurdity of it all. Hence, camp comedy reigns supreme...In all, Living on Love (think about that title) is pleasant, diverting, and even, as the final curtain beckons, cute." Full Review

War
Upper W Side
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "‘War’ is magnificent yet imperfect....It is transfixing at times and its overall impact is pervasive. The playwright does not give, though, Tate much room for interpretation or nuance. The character is one dimensional…This is a strong, emotional, deep-rooted family drama…'War' is an evolutionary work and acute, intellectual, imaginative individuals have combined talents to sculpt and embody the Yale Rep presentation." Full Review

Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Performed with exquisite grace...The one-woman play is insightful, multi-faceted, and enacted with warmth and versatility...She literally dances through some short scenes and always faces her audience. Her composure is enviable and she enables those in attendance to accompany her, to feel a part of her process...'Feeding the Dragon' is certainly heartfelt, but not without some levity...One is asked to listen, watch, and open one's imagination." Full Review

Cost of Living
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production “The arresting quality of the extraordinarily unique ‘Cost of Living’ is undeniable. Moreover, many theatergoers (including this writer) might very well find themselves significantly enriched and educated for having experienced a performance of Martyna Majok's play, a metaphor for struggling and coping with loneliness…This is a finely drawn and penetrating play. The material is bold and its treatment is formative. Watching is nothing short of inspiring.” Full Review

Indecent
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "The thrilling artistry behind 'Indecent' provides a swirl of joy through this emotive production. This play is sweet, rueful, and stands as a metaphor for love—between humans and for the craft of theater as well. During its less than two hour running time, much is traversed and shared. Those engaged in this creative process must be celebrated. This show opens possibilities...speaks genuinely, is deeply felt and experienced." Full Review

Forever
East Village
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production ""Forever", written, embodied, and performed by Dael Orlandersmith is hauntingly emotional, a direct, transfixing spoken memoir...Director Neel Keller worked closely with Orlandersmith to develop Forever, which commands full attention throughout. The writer's brutal description and intimate delivery of the horrific rape she endured is tragic and difficult. That this actor is able to bring such a performance night after night, digging deeply through her heart and soul, is staggering." Full Review

The Visit
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "The new, fascinating and successful rendering of The Visit benefits from rethinking the musical as well as classic performance...There is not anything easy about The Visit. One senses despair and decay even entering the theater. To be certain, Kander and Ebb give us some amazing and atypical music. The cast is superb. Then, there is the morality, or lack of—the central theme which rests beneath the entirety of this musical.—all of this within about 100 minutes of theater." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "A theatrical stunner: the show is most clever, musically smashing, complex, intriguing, amusing, and joyful...The current play tosses out many a laugh-out-loud moment. It can be appreciated for its music, designers' touches, high level of performance...and most of all for the juxtaposition of genres facilitated by the creative team...It certainly seems that all members of this cast are having quite a blast with this production. Joie de vivre!" Full Review