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"This vibrant, explosive investigation into life after a breakup could have used a bit more fleshing-out, but what it lacks in world-building is made up in rapid-fire dialogue...The Flea's resident acting company execute 'Fill's' hyper-stylized dialogue with perfection...There is still much to be desired in the understanding of Joni's real world...But if you love brilliantly staged, uproarious comedies with snappy, witty dialogue, 'Fill' has a place in the canon of witty relationship investig... Full Review
"One of the most endearing and sincere plays I’ve seen in a while...It’s not often a tight-knit family comedy works so wonderfully...Weyni Mengesha’s direction is flawless, allowing her cast to play with power through calculated volume and movement where it matters...While 'Kim’s Convenience' is a joy to experience, its sentimentality (unlike many sitcoms) isn’t overbearing, maintaining that feel-good quality many plays fail to achieve." Full Review
"While 'Seven Spots on the Sun' is beautiful in language, it is hampered by underwritten characters and unnecessary detours from the main story...The unconventional story arc doesn't seem to do its subject any favors...The actors all give exceptional performances, and make good use of the rich language that Zimmerman employs...At times the language here is too purple...Mengesha’s staging gets a bit cramped, and is all the more complicated by the timeline." Full Review
"The actors overact their parts while trying to drive home the profundity of Deitz’s language…Jody's reserved personality feels more affected than lived in. Smith’s Carl is another kind of affected—the stereotypical gay man…Given that both actors, clearly talented, suffer from the same issue, the problem may lie more in a lack of direction…Yet given these drawbacks, 'Lonely Planet' is still a beautiful play, something this production both understands and is able to communicate." Full Review
"What a privilege it is to experience truly special writing like Hansol Jung’s ‘Among the Dead.’ This play totally blew me away. A multi-layered story of great depth, ‘Among the Dead’ is a feat of technical elements and story structure...Handles tough subject matter with the reverence such topics deserve but do not often receive…While some of the characters are a little underdeveloped...the magic is in the world that Jung, director Ralph B. Peña, and the design team have created." Full Review
"A refreshing take on the common relationship drama packed with witty banter and a wonderful structure...Barbier’s dialogue is fresh: heartbreaking realities are told unabashedly, and hard truths about being a young twenty-something are contemplated in earnestness...I’m thrilled to see a play that explores this suffocating aspect of our humanity so well. Barbier has such a special voice, and with its great sense of structure and rich dialogue, her play is a real winner." Full Review
"There is little nuance to the singer as a personality, nor is there much of a plot. Because Noojin places Seeger on a pedestal, it is almost impossible for him to provide a truthful portrayal of the man...'Seeger' is great fun if you know your mid-twentieth-century folk music and are looking for some sweet nostalgia, but if you’re seeking a dynamic story, then this one-man show may leave you wanting more." Full Review
“New Yiddish Rep's production is fascinating, and the acting is the winning feature...This ensemble leans into gender dynamics and flips them on their head. Mandelbaum’s direction leaves room for male vulnerability and lets the female characters stand as beacons of strength against the men...The production is lovely and simple...Shows how the hope for the future of Yiddish theatre lies in hearty pieces about economic disparity and love, and heartache, and family.” Full Review
"Because 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' is designed to be so entirely moving, it fails as a piece of construction—in between the histrionics, the play never lifts off the ground...The text of 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' doesn't inform the performance; every actor has so much charged emotion that there's no room for subtlety...As much as I didn’t enjoy this particular play, I realize that 'The Crusade of Connor Stephens' is not meant for me." Full Review
for a previous production "A hysterical, and predictable, experience that will have you laughing until you're exhausted...The comedy lies in the tragic anxiety of putting on a working show, and laughing at their disaster is a good time...As wonderful as this funny comedy is, the play within the play wasn’t amusing enough to create a complete experience for the whole show...Even more exhausting than the running time is the insidious misogyny permeating the experience." Full Review
"'The Portal' is a cheesy experiment of culturally appropriated mysticism, but its production values are remarkable…'The Portal' has its advantages as a piece of digital film-based performance, but it lost me at its content—a cheesy and repetitive dreamscape without an endgame…’The Portal’ is probably better suited to an arena or an outdoor concert venue than an off-Broadway theatre. Its purpose is more experiential than narrative, and therefore should be treated as a concert first." Full Review
"Confoy has staged this classic piece with great attention to detail, not only in production, but in the construction of character. He is careful to keep the beat of Brechtian tone and style—naturalism is thrown out the window...An incredibly satisfying examination at the stealthy ways that evil takes power...The performances are outstanding, with only a few moments of unconscious naturalistic overacting." Full Review
"Barton overacted to an extreme level, and the play—while mostly structurally sound—becomes an experiment in finding out what crazy thing Crazy June can do…The images of June’s possible insanity are ones we’ve seen before…'Diva' hopes to rally these conceits to create a fleshed-out June that the audience can recognize, but for me, 'DIVA' often feels trite, predictable, and sometimes offensive." Full Review
"'The Curse of the Babywoman' is pure fun...But as 'Babywoman' succeeds through its own humor, some jokes fall flat after we hear them too many times...Nevertheless, these details about Francisco in Shrubtown consistently land with a rousing round of laughter, and it’s apparent that BIG Theater Company is all about the details...'The Curse of the Babywoman' is a delight: sweet and well-constructed, with distinctive humor as its best feature." Full Review