Gillian Russo

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Reviews (10)
Julie Madly Deeply
Midtown E
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“’Julie Madly Deeply’ is many things: a cabaret, a history, and a celebration...Young has crafted her narrative around the songs quite organically – the lyrics hearken to whatever life event Young recounts without feeling forced. The narration is inventive as well...The show may be scripted, but it’s clear that Young’s own enthusiasm from the star comes from a genuine place.” Full Review

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“The whole thing is just off-kilter from the start, but that’s the point...There’s the clearly unnatural way the characters speak...Not to mention the unsettlingly matter-of-fact, yet bright, tone with which they speak about murder...The show is a sort of adventure quest...That goes on just a tad too long, in order to reach the treasure at the end: a conclusion that you don’t even know if you’ll get...It takes a while to get there, but it’s worth the wait.” Full Review

The American Tradition
West Village
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“‘The American Tradition’ appears at first glance to be a vivid glimpse into the past, but it immediately calls into question how much racial injustice really is history...At its most basic, the story is purely historical. But Yamanouchi smartly writes his 19th-century characters as parallels to 21st-century archetypes...Agree with its comparison of eras or not, ‘The American Tradition’ bears an emotional potency that sticks in the mind regardless.” Full Review

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"Seventy-five minutes of pure heart, pure warmth, pure fun. Go see it, and you’ll come out wanting to hug every loved one you have...Cheesy? Slightly. But it’s that charming kind of cheesiness you find in Hallmark movies, the kind you just can’t help but love, especially now that holiday cheer is in the air. Plus, the show’s hysterical...Richard Masur’s Bernard is especially candid and sharp-tongued...And Eve Johnson shines as the precocious young Rory." Full Review

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"If you enjoy clown acts, or you are amused by watching young children interact, you’ll enjoy this. James and Jamesy are like two big children...It’s a little redundant and definitely strange. But there are moments of novelty and clarity...You might not leave with a hurting stomach, as the humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you will leave with the sense that you’ve become a part of something inexplicably real." Full Review

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“The characters don’t connect much with each other...The appendix claims to provide some final clarity, but it does not live up to its promise...Every line and every motion seems awkward and disjointed and perhaps that’s how it’s supposed to be...What ultimately makes the show worth going is just being able to add ‘queer ghost story’ to the list of show genres you’ve seen, and watching a comically ridiculous knockoff of a Mexican folk dance.” Full Review

I Carry Your Heart
Midtown E
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"It’s a tale of uncanny twists of fate, the mysterious connections between human lives, and hope in the midst of grief. If it sounds trite, unfortunately, it is. The show plays out like a near-soap-operatic Lifetime movie, navigating audiences through foreseeable plot twists and unnaturally poetic dialogue...It will satisfy those in the mood for some ultimately heartwarming drama or some lyrical poetry." Full Review

Trick or Treat
Midtown E
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“The show is labeled a black comedy...However, the show plays out more like a drama or a thriller would...A superbly written thriller, with no slumps in the suspense...Characters are explosive and intense...The quick, fiery Irish interlude music matches, if not accelerates, the show’s whistle-stop pace and the average heartbeat of any given audience. The actors’ performances are as fascinating as their characters are exasperating." Full Review

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“This show combines theatre and neuroscience for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience. Part performance, part game show, part story time, and part psychology/sociology lesson packed into two hours that won’t leave you bored...’The Female Role Model Project’s’ standout elements really lie in its concept...Not that the execution isn’t good...But the somewhat disjointed flow of the segments keeps the execution from being great." Full Review

The Other Day
East Village
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“Isaack’s Santo is the standout performance...Some of these scenes can feel slightly repetitive, but it’s a minor flaw that detracts little from the power of the story...Luckily, peppered into the script is some necessary comic relief...that let us forget for just a second the despair unfolding on the stage...’The Other Day’ can be seen as a cautionary tale against not facing problems truthfully and openly, but it doesn’t leave audiences despairing; there is room for hope.” Full Review