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"Small or no budget theatre often creates amazing, pure work. But the vast majority of these Off-Off Broadway productions operate under not-so-ideal conditions and sometimes the limitations of a truncated budget and abbreviated rehearsal period, mixed with blossoming experience, can lead to half-baked work. This is the case of 'The Great Novel'...But through its stumbles, we witness the creative missteps of a young, healthy and growing theatre company." Full Review
“An outer space romp exploring our perceptions of life...It’s silly, clean, very sweet, and as intelligent as any piece of theatre you’re likely to see this year...A clowning play and the entire experience feels like a highly talented series of theatre games...Each idea is skillfully expressed with silliness, charm, and naiveté...Smith has orchestrated a profound and tidy work....A remarkable and seamless performance...A tantalizing aesthetic not to be missed." Full Review
"Perhaps more relevant than ever before...Gero’s respect for the Justice is transparent as he moves through a transformative, articulate, and lovable performance. It is a masterful and surprisingly sympathetic portrait...Ifeachor’s acting is like a virtuoso jazz musician. Her instincts command this fiery character...Strand’s play is a brave and talented work...It’s a great performance from two very different actors and it’s their exceptional performances which make the ideas accessible." Full Review
"This production is an appreciated but flawed glimpse at a very young Chekhov testing out ideas and forms...Wickens’ adaptation is an enjoyable read. She expertly captures the nuanced behavior within Chekhov’s simple and precise language...'Platonov' contains all the charm and joy and satisfaction in visiting his earlier short stories...Its value comes from the joy in exploring and sharing an important moment in this great artist’s evolution." Full Review
“A charismatic cast and talented director...The dialogue and humor veer a bit more into modern slapstick. Opartny is surprisingly effective at translating the original narrative-driven story into a full-length play of dialogue. His script maintains the feeling of the original tale, while making the story totally accessible to 21 century children...Many of the characterizations are a bit hollow...But these 'lows' are minor in what was an artistically satisfying afternoon.” Full Review
"A very funny play that commands frequent fits of laughter. However, at its core are Giles’ complex characters quietly suffering through their loneliness...Bradley is a good director because you don’t see her. What you see are actors with a clear understanding of the text, and a design team led by someone who empathizes with the play’s world and its complicated relationships...We are set free to laugh at the silly absurdity of our own complicated relationships and desires." Full Review
“’Emma and Max’ is a trap set to deceive us all...Hyper-relevant dissection of our fears, favoritism, shortcomings...The audience will relentlessly laugh at a character until a tragic detail of their past is casually revealed...All of this is made possible from accomplished and skillful performances...The brilliance lying within ‘Emma and Max’ is that no matter how villainous some characters may appear or how irrational we are to forgive their trespasses, we can’t stop rooting for them.” Full Review
"John Leaf’s play lacks the energy verse is meant to inspire. It is devoid of rhythm and any emotional immediacy...Despite an ensemble stacked with accomplished actors, we are presented one-note, two dimensional characters...There is no dynamic variation in tone from one scene to the next, lacking any semblance of an arch...The core is good...These actors are good...This director is good. But it should have been worked on and developed until it was as emotionally affecting." Full Review
for a previous production "A deeply funny love song. A masterclass in guiding extremely talented actors into a work of art no one should miss...It is a masterpiece created by an important artist of our generation...Conducting this work is the profound director, Aleksey Burago. Like any great artist, his ideas are to be wrestled with...If you believe in theatre as art, then 'Lady' is a must-see. Do not miss your chance to witness this important work." Full Review
"A fascinating dialogue whose characters, sounds, and immersive imagery further develop our relationship with death. If you're a big fan of Richard Linklater dialogue, then this production is guaranteed to captivate...'The Undertaking' holds less immediate dramatic tension than most plays...Cosson has created a new, accessible dramatized symposium on death. Those fortunate enough to see 'The Undertaking,' may find something necessary to accept death as an inevitable part of life." Full Review
“There are moments of astonishing work throughout. But they erupt and, no matter how badly you wish them to stay, quickly dissipate back into a repetitious rhythm...It’s frustrating because Mr. Greenspan is such an immensely talented artist...The play is not perfect and neither is the production. At times 'Strange Interlude' is frustrating and even boring. But the flashes of truth from Mr. Greenspan stay with you. It reminds you of theatre’s potential and the capabilities of a dedicated creat... Full Review