Holli Harms

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Reviews (85)
Front Row Center

"The entire production of 'Almost Famous' will lift you up and in the end, deposit you back in your seat a better person for having been there." Full Review

Washington Square
West Village
Front Row Center

"The actors are as fluid and flawless as the writing and staging. The music composed by Paul Carbonara is part of this amazing production of sweeping compositions." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Director John Collins does not impose great action or forced movement on this grand piece of theater. He understands the power of stillness and allows for it." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The play is billed as 'A raucous political farce…' There was nothing raucous or farcical about the performance I was at. It was as if the entire production had been submerged in thick mud." Full Review

The Butcher Boy
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"It is a beautiful piece of theatre, a thought-provoking heartbreaking piece of theatre, and it is all the more incredible when you discover that Asher Muldoon is all of 19 years old." Full Review

POTUS
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"The stellar cast is one of the best ensembles I have seen this Broadway season. Each of these magnificent performers puts their claw marks on the stage, gnashing their way to the aesthetically perfect rockin’ end. Their talent is on point, and they are awesome." Full Review

Front Row Center

"'Birthday Candles' shines a light on the poetry of the everyday. To see the art in each moment is the play’s message. Life is a ride, a roller coaster, a Ferris wheel going round and round like a goldfish in a bowl. Noah Haidle’s new play is deftly directed by Vivienne Benesch and played with sharpened precision by this wonderful cast." Full Review

This Beautiful Future
West Village
Front Row Center

for a previous production "All this love and falling will come at a price. A world war cannot be kept away forever. The doors will have their hinges blown off, the lovers their ideas, beliefs, and innocent hopes assassinated. They cannot stay in this place forever. None of us ever can. Life will not allow it. I don’t want to say too much because there are depths and surprises that are best discovered in the moment. Theaterlab’s theater is a wonderfully open, white box space that works to bring pieces just like This... Full Review

Front Row Center

"It is a shout-out to the city of New York and its residents who occupy those spaces of poverty and greed. It is two hours of pure entertainment. It is resilience, human want and need, kindness, and caring, it is having so much fun, laughing, and tapping feet and hands to this wonderful WONDERFUL musical that you bounce out of the theater and down 22nd street smiling at all you meet. And it is what we cherish most, family and friends." Full Review

Cullud Wattah
East Village
Front Row Center

"Playwright, Erika Dickerson-Despenza, has created a family of five kick-ass women whom you will fall in love with. You will laugh with them and love with them. This tremendous ensemble will have you wanting to join them for a meal, for a talk, a dance. And when they argue, and they will, you will not take a side because Dickerson-Despenza has weighed the arguments so that we understand and feel both sides...At the end of this beautiful powerful production, in the final moments, the actors le... Full Review

Coal Country
West Village
Front Row Center

for a previous production Score: 95% "You have until April 5th to get your ticket to 'Coal Country' at The Public, please don't hesitate." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 98%. "It is a celebration of the human spirit, an irresistible, eloquent, raunchy, bawdy, knee-slapping, uproarious, hell of a good time!" Full Review

Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Front Row Center

Score: 98%. "CSC's Production of 'Dracula' is a "must-see" production of 2020. It is a classic not so much reimagined as reconsidered for the #MeToo Movement and it is hilarious." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 65% "The dialogue is part prose and part poetry and has a lovely richness to it. Unfortunately, it is lost to over staging, music, and dance." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The piece has all the right elements and the dialogue is funny at times, but there is absolutely nothing new here. Nothing you haven't already seen done with more pizazz and flourish. This is not a theatrical piece so much as a made-for-TV show on stage, cut to commercial." Full Review

'Twas the Night Before
Upstate New York
Front Row Center

for a previous production Score: 99%. "'Twas The Night Before': Cirque du Soleil's world premiere is not to be missed." Full Review

Open
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“This play is music. It is that song you love. You know that song when every note of it is perfect, every instrument chosen is the correct choice, and the voice of the singer is the kind that lifts you to another realm. It is a poem, a love letter to us, crafted by an artist...Skillman mixes the world of magic, with the world of the living, all with precision and grace...Hill beguiles her actors to become dancers, magicians, clowns, mimes, musical instruments of storytelling.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"Taking the journey with them is a free-falling rollercoaster ride that will leave you smiling from ear to ear and looking forward to running back to get in line and do the ride again. This is Shakespeare as he intended; bawdy, wild, fun for the masses...There are hilarious drunken scenes with Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban. The three of them are the 3 Stooges reincarnated and spruced up to this century. My face hurt from laughing so much." Full Review

Front Row Center

"A spoken word, musical performance piece...Fleming is a treasure. As is Ben Whishaw and his powerful delicate self...The dialogue is so rich, every sentence a delicious taste in your mouth...Director Katie Mitchell’s hand is a slow reveal that eventually blasts out the myths of the characters, the story of writers, the audacity of life and those who create art, and love. In a word, 'sublime.' The entire production." Full Review

Random Acts
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“Well crafted and beautifully written...Hinrichs captures so beautifully the innocence of childhood...It is a very personal yet very universal story. There are quiet, breathtaking moments of love and kindness, and a child’s openness to the world that counter the moments of hate and violence...A story about kindness, about acceptance, bullying, peer pressure, friendship, breaking down of stereotypes and all of it told through the sublime, heart lifting performance of Hinrichs.” Full Review

Skin
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“90 minutes of torrential storytelling, quiet storytelling, heartbreaking, truthful storytelling where a simple gesture speaks volumes more than words...BKBX is a company that combines theater, dance and mime...’SKIN’ is creative. It’s surprising. It’s fun...The entire evening is silent except for the wonderful music that underlines and highlights each scene...This is an evening of joy. Joy of humanity, joy of art, and joy of the theater and all that it brings to our lives.” Full Review

Front Row Center

"This is 90 minutes of non-stop hilarity. It’s a good, crazy, dancing time at the theatre and it’s Shakespeare. If you have a friend who has been hesitant about going to see Shakespeare, this is the play you have to take them to...But mostly, take yourself for some fun and respite from this crazy time we are living in. The cast in this 90-minute workout are a wonderfully diverse toe-tapping, knee-slapping fantastically talented troupe of thespians. AND IT’S FREE!" Full Review

Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Front Row Center

"The smashing together of the eras is absolutely brilliant in that it makes these girls the every girl. They are OUR girls, our daughters and sisters who are trapped in that bunker by the frenzied nationalism of a country run by a monster...Sarah Norris’ direction is music on stage. She moves her cast in and out of the joys of being a teenager and the horrors of possible death with the wand of a conductor. The cast is marvelous." Full Review

Cafe Play
West Village
Front Row Center

“There is audience immersion with the actors all about us, but I never became fully engaged. The performances felt too reserved. I wanted them to be less polite and be more of a taking the bull by the horns. This is not to say that I was not entertained, moved and even educated...What adds to the evening is the music, made up mostly of the audience in the act of eating...’Cafe Play’ reminds us that even a night out to eat can turn into a discovery.” Full Review

Girls & Boys
West Village
Front Row Center

"Starring, in a triumphant solo performance, the radiant Carey Mulligan...As humans, our humanity towards one another, our perpetuation towards violence, our existence on this planet, are all explored in Mr. Kelly’s extraordinary script. You will laugh and you will gasp and you will sit in shock. That kind of journey can only come from great writing, acting and directing." Full Review

Front Row Center

"They are not performing [Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II], they are inhabiting these amazing characters as they tear their way through the play, gnashing and gnawing, growling and harmonizing, running and crawling. They are breathtaking." Full Review

The Sea Lady
East Village
Front Row Center

"The performances are solid with two standing out as scene stealers; Pruden and Yancey-Moore. They command the stage with the bravado of vaudeville pros and knee-slapping hilarity." Full Review

Front Row Center

"David Greenspan’s performance is lyrical and lovely, humorous and intriguing… beautiful. He is magical." Full Review

Oresteia
Upper E Side
Front Row Center

"There are awe-inspiring places on this planet that take our breath away, humble us, and astound us...'Oresteia' is human, so human, the actors are not performing, they are living. There is deep honesty in their performances, and the theatricality of the production feels like acts of gods not creations by humans." Full Review

Front Row Center

"You might not always understand or agree with its choices but you will walk away with new and deeper thoughts on theater and, for me, a greater understanding of Chekhov’s 'The Seagull.' The flash flood existential staging is exhilarating and requires work by the audience." Full Review

Two by Synge
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"Attending this play you will find yourself joyfully in the heart of the Irish countryside with people you would never encounter anywhere else. You will be the better for the encounter, especially by standouts Terry Donnelly and Jo Kinsella who are fierce flames of fire burning the stage up." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Hopes and dreams, respect, friendship, and love are all at the core of the play. The beautiful characters are embodied with passion, grace, and love by the actors. The playwright, Mr. White, has created strong individuals who believe they can overcome whatever comes their way with determination and perseverance. Fitting in is important in any society, Mr. Ting wants to fit in, but the others are looking to carve out their own worlds" Full Review

Front Row Center

"The strength of all of these characters is brought to life by the aptly named Cecily Strong. Strong, an SNL regular and star of Schmigadoon, is making her stage debut and knocking it out of the proverbial ballpark. Her strength and presence are both powerful and commanding. She is embodying each character with such specificity that we know them as separate entities, life forms. Her generous, often hilarious, comedic presence holds us in the palm of her hands for the tight ninety-minute produ... Full Review

Front Row Center

"This is one of those theatrical experiences not to be missed, where everything falls into place. And like Halley’s Comet, it is here for a brief moment and then gone with only the memory of the light and the heart-stopping encounter." Full Review

About Love
East Village
Front Row Center

for a previous production Score: 92% "...an intriguing lovely evening about first love, and forbidden love, and confusing hard love, and the games that get played in-between. Everyone is picture-perfect." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 95%."You will leave the theatre feeling energized and ready for life's obstacles!" Full Review

Incantata
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"There is a freedom here to be ugly, to be truthful, to be honest, and to explore the telling of this story of love and loss." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 98% "Did I mention the live orchestra? It's just another piece of deliciousness in this wonderfully joyful production." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 98% " It is the intimacy of the Cherry Lane that makes the play all the more worthwhile. We are all on this ride together. Charles Busch at the helm." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 97%. "Go, go and take a friend I promise you will not regret it!" Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 98% "This all-female cast is not backing down. They are out to entertain and roar! Hear them roar! And they are having as much fun as we are! This cast is a powerhouse of women." Full Review

Original Sound
West Village
Front Row Center

“When someone we are rooting for gets their big break...we jump to our feet...That’s what makes reality TV so compelling, and also what makes ‘Original Sound’ so exciting...The original music...is wonderful and sublime...The cast, across the board, spot on...A cautionary tale of what happens when we justify our every move with motivated reasoning – adapting all reasoning of our actions to meet our needs. It is the play that resonates our time now in history.” Full Review

All Our Children
East Village
Front Row Center

“Acted with care and vicious depth, I was glad I went to see ‘All Our Children’...to witness the unfolding of this horrific story, and the love that rises up from it...The play reflects the fanaticism, the persecution of those not like us, that is happening right now in our own backyard. Horrifying to think we have the capacity for such hate and single-mindedness...This is not an easy play to watch as it will tear at your soul, but it is well, well worth the watch.” Full Review

Faust 2.0
East Village
Front Row Center

"An utter catastrophe of uninspiring staging that left me dumbfounded. How could this have gone so wrong?...A lot for the actors to chew on, but when you have them acting to cameras, set up with screens that distort and block their actual faces, or the majority of them prerecorded and airing on one of the five screens hanging, then, well, they’re acting alone, and that solitude creates a void between the actors and the words they are saying." Full Review

The Dance of Death
East Village
Front Row Center

"Set in the round, the actors in continuous movement, the play trots along but the movement is forced, staged. These are all damn fine actors but something is missing; connection, ensemble. They are not in step...One of Strindberg’s most daring plays and was way beyond its time when first staged in 1905 and McPherson’s adaptation is modern and wildly gratifying, so let's hope that as the production continues it can solidify this most interesting of takes on marriage." Full Review

Front Row Center

"This is the Grinch of all Grinch’s. He growls and purrs and prances and struts like a rock star and we love it! The audience responds with a beam of joyful light, all eyes on the stage as this magnificent production unfolds the story we already know, and yet this is so very fresh and very fun...There is not one moment of downtime. You hop on this sleigh ride and off you go." Full Review

Travisville
Midtown W
Front Row Center

“Harper has written a fierce piece of theater with dialogue that pops and sparks with humor and intensity...No one is a villain, twisting their bar handled mustache and laughing. These are complicated human beings. These are remarkable people...And the cast? Took my breath away...I do wish we had seen more of the women...Broadnax III’s direction is spot on. Scenes flow from one to the other seamlessly. There is no excess just constant motion to an end that will, if nothing, bring hope.” Full Review

Spin Off
Harlem
Front Row Center

“Written in 2003 and yet...is even more relevant now. Uncanny and scary how it hits the nail on the head, getting at our paranoia of the immigrant at the exact shrieking pitch of today...The layers of the play will have you considering and reconsidering existence – yours and others...The director, Ron Canada, moves this layered onion at a pace meant to keep us on our toes...This is a smart play, with smart actors and director, telling us the messy story of us.” Full Review

Show Up, Kids!
East Village
Front Row Center

for a previous production "Got a ridiculously super energized imaginative eight year-old or younger?...This play sounds like a good choice for them...Silly comedy, story telling, amusement, face-to-face interaction, and all sorts of fun many kids will enjoy...Peter Michael Marino is a one man whirling dervish of energy, comic timing, physical agility, and out and out hilarity. He is a blast to watch and the kids were absolutely mesmerized." Full Review

Front Row Center

“Exquisite, sublime, smart, and damn funny. Woman, played by the incomparable Haberle, and Scarecrow by the brilliantly talented and funny Gray, are pugilists with their words, sparing off and punching out. This is one hell of a good play with an ensemble that takes your breath away, makes you think, and touches your heart...An event to be witnessed...Take a friend so that you can...discuss what you have experienced and what it all means to that thing you call your life.” Full Review