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“In one version of 'The Important of Being Earnest,' the Oscar Wilde masterpiece of comic invention, men are men, women are women...New York Classical is playing it both ways. In its alternate version, men will be women and women men...Michalski with his baritone voice and female gestures is ideally suited...The other actors, with their crisp articulation, are on the same page, delighting in the wit and playfulness. The play is in excellent hands...This is good theatre.” Full Review
"A moving, stylized theatre piece. Even as phrases and gestures crisscross and repeat, something new is added, sparking our attention and adding to the conflicts on stage...There are some funny yet bizarre moments...The acting is exceptional. Each character is individualized by gesture and tone. Their dilemma is poignant, and the repeating phrases are almost incantatory." Full Review
"'Conflict' gets off to a slow start but once Smith returns, tensions escalate...'Conflict' is not quite believable, but like 'Misalliance', it is exciting...The production can boast an adept cast, especially Jessie Shelton who creates a living portrait. Director Jenn Thompson understands dramatic intersections and allows the actors to play out subtext and nuance...A special thanks to Jonathan Bank and the Mint for reviving works by this intriguing artist." Full Review
"A dark dance-theatre exploration of love, loss and transformation...The production is a piece of theatre magic, woven from movement, sound design, lighting, props and the delicate accompaniment of violin. The puppets are magnificent...Directors James Ortiz and Claire Karpen breathed life into everything...Every detail of the production receives careful attention...'The Woodsman' offers us the best of several worlds plus puppets as interesting as those in 'War Horse' at Lincoln Center." Full Review
"Sometimes the best theatre experience is at the small, off off-Broadway houses...And it’s even better when the company brings its passion to the stage, as Hedgepig Ensemble did to their revival...I have major problems with Schiller’s play. I can easily suspend disbelief in other works but the playwright’s skewing of history is troubling...It’s hard to forget this history as I watched other productions of the play, but Hedgepig’s staging, direction by Emily Lyon, made me more comfortable." Full Review
for a previous production “Based on the stories of the incomparable Sholem Aleichem...At times, rollickingly hilarious, at times almost heartbreakingly sad...'Tevye Served Raw' is far from a museum piece. The acting is always spirited, the script and innovated direction are clever...Crafted with love for Yiddish traditions. It not only entertains, but may also motivate you to learn Yiddish...The comedy is enhanced by the acting – which is filled with comic excess and surprise choices. The staging is inspired.” Full Review
"The medium (Laura Johnston), an intriguing mixture of fringe occult with pragmatism, is a hoot...The songs are lovely. Director Katie McHugh had fun with the silences, with actors who open their eyes wide with surprise, go into violent spasms of spiritual possession, or cross their legs in unison. The pace was lively, the segues between direct address and perky dialogue were seamless. But the casting was curious and uneven, a disappointment in New York with its large pool of talent." Full Review