Gregory A. Wilson

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Reviews (16)
CurtainUp

"Shaw is always Shaw, and in a way his work always speaks for itself. Viewed through that lens, this Caesar and Cleopatra is a witty, engaging, and thought-provoking success." Full Review

CurtainUp

"Richard Wright and William Shakespeare are justly praised for their depth and breadth of thought; I wish that in the zeal to focus them on single concepts, these productions didn't reduce their works as much as they do." Full Review

The White Devil
West Village
CurtainUp

"Director Louisa Proske keeps the action moving swiftly, with generally logical tweaks to the script and a relentless focus on the play's bloody center...But as the play continues, its cynical amorality and celebration of death and bloodshed begins to wear...But as this excellent production proves, even an inferior play can create superior engagement, If 'Game of Thrones' is your kind of series, you'll find a lot to like about the Red Bull Theater Company's 'White Devil.'" Full Review

CurtainUp

“Solid direction and excellent music...Taub, who also plays Feste, is responsible for all of the excellent music and lyrics...A few of the actors struggle, and the performances aren't perfectly even. But the show gets a major boost from its main performers...Taub's acting isn't quite up to her music...Still, this is a minor issue since it can't override the quality of Shakespeare's work or the energy and enthusiasm of everyone working on this production.” Full Review

Three Wise Guys
Midtown W
CurtainUp

"A pleasant and funny tribute to the era of speakeasies, bootleggers, guys and dolls...Nothing about any of this is particularly new or surprising, but arguably that predictability is one of the production's greatest strengths...Playwrights Scott Alan Evans (who also directs) & Jeffrey Couchman understand their source material and its roots...A graceful, funny, and warm production." Full Review

CurtainUp

“The problem is that you can't just throw together characters without believable motivations on stage and hope it all works out... Too often during the play the characters act bizarrely...It's as if there are gaps in the script which never got filled, and the result is a strange, oddly paced, and tonally uneven production (made worse by the inability of some of the actors to project). ‘Paradise’ isn't awful, but it's a shame to see something with potential end up as eminently forgettable.” Full Review

The School for Scandal
West Village
CurtainUp

“Excellent direction from Marc Vietor...and universally exceptional acting from the cast...It's unfair to single out anyone when everyone is so good—this is great ensemble work. But what is more striking than the professionalism on display is the sense of fun. Everyone seems to be having a good time here, with pitch-perfect line readings, great timing, and excellent physical work...If you have even the faintest interest in classic theater, you should go see ‘Scandal’ as soon as you can.” Full Review

CurtainUp

"I wish that in the process he, and the Irish Repertory Theatre, brought more to the table than just a well-rendered translation...Some of the elemental power of raw emotion remains, and of course Heaney was a superb poet...But we are simply politely intrigued, and I view that as a missed opportunity for both a play and production which could, and should, have gone for more." Full Review

CurtainUp

"Richard Wright and William Shakespeare are justly praised for their depth and breadth of thought; I wish that in the zeal to focus them on single concepts, these productions didn't reduce their works as much as they do." Full Review

Nomad Motel
Chelsea
CurtainUp

"There's some heart here, and some wisdom. But too often I found myself wishing the play would have the courage of its convictions, or at least of its characters...This is a compelling premise, and indeed there are flashes of insight into the lives of people who have resisted the easy cynicism of our age...Yet despite this, something is missing in this production which, for all its complexity, seems at pains to keep its audience at arm's length." Full Review

Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
CurtainUp

"One of the big problems is that things never go that sideways...Any problems that crop up somehow conveniently go away. The result is a sort of uneasy disquiet for the audience...Unfortunately direction and acting don't help these matters. Peter Dobbins' direction is ponderous, and keeping the script almost untouched does the production no favors. And most of the actors can't pick up the slack on their own." Full Review

The Great Leap
Chelsea
CurtainUp

"A moving, thoughtful story about parents, children, friendship, and love...It's a well-constructed plot in a well-conceived play. But the production really works because of its characters and the exceptional acting which brings them to life...For a 'basketball play,' there are a few odd times where the production seems curiously static. But these missteps are few and far between. For the most part, Yee's play is compelling and powerful, with performances (especially Wong's) to match." Full Review

CurtainUp

"Emily Carding plays the infamous Richard III with insight and intelligence, and nails his unique blend of malice, sociopathy, and charm...but what makes the show truly shine is its interactive quality…Carding handles the variety of reactions masterfully throughout, maintaining focus on Richard and his story…It's good enough that it deserves to get a second look off-Broadway, and in my opinion ‘Richard III’ is one of the best Fringe shows in 2016." Full Review

SUPER! (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
CurtainUp

“A derivative, nonsensical mess, ripped off from multiple superhero origin stories which all did their jobs better than this one does...The music is forgettable and, unfortunately, beyond the vocal abilities of most of the performers who, despite their obvious enthusiasm, struggle to stay in tune, and they get little help from a dreadful pit orchestra. But the biggest problem, and the one which probably underlies all the others, is that the show has no idea what it wants to be.” Full Review

The Wildness
Midtown W
CurtainUp

"'The Wildness: Sky-Pony's Rock Fairy Tale' is smart, thoughtful, and exceedingly well-executed, and it ought to be on the short list for a lot of awards this season. If you care about live musical theater — and in particular, live musical theater which only New York can deliver — go see this, as soon as you can." Full Review

CurtainUp

"There are so many moving parts that things are bound to slip here and there—and they do, with some odd pacing in spots, some strange tonal choices, and other inconsistencies which mar the production...Despite its issues, I found this to be the most engaging and intriguing performance of the play I've seen. It's good, challenging work from a highly regarded company and director, and if you like to see the work of the Bard pushed without being mangled, this production is well worth your while." Full Review