Holly Rosen Fink

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Reviews (14)
The Culture Mom

"The show is ground-breaking. It’s about sexual identity and the struggles that come along with it...It’s about freedom. Liberation. Acceptance. And the theme weaves in and out of the story effortlessly, all the way to the dancers and choreography...The songs are wonderful, as you’d expect them to be, and they are well sung by a skilled cast. The show is a bit campy, but there is nothing wrong with that, particularly at a time when we all need a dose of positivity and inclusion.” Full Review

The Culture Mom

“It’s not about sexual assault, but rather office politics, gender imbalance, and equality, all which are issues that pertain to what we are hearing about today...Delves into office politics in a smart, refreshing way. It’s honest, real, and its dialogue cuts right through the heart of a problem that persists in nearly every workplace. The combination of direction, acting, the set, the 1990’s haircuts and costumes, the music that plays between scenes – it all works for me.” Full Review

The Culture Mom

"The play carefully weaves together pieces of the past and present through farce and character interaction...There’s a lot of dysfunction between this small cast of characters...The results are funny and jarring at the same time. Tamblyn is very good at a playing a self-absorbed woman...With Gionfriddo’s snappy and witty dialogue, the play moves quickly. There are plot devices that aren’t fully recognized...But the playwright had a lot of characters to deal with in a short amount of time." Full Review

The Culture Mom

“The role swapping is pure gold. After seeing Nixon play Regina with near perfection, I craved a dose of seeing Linney in the same role. As Birdie, Linney is vulnerable, and a bit lost, playing a battered wife trying to make her way in an aristocratic world she doesn’t fit in. I can’t help but wonder what she would be like playing the evil Regina…If you’re a fan of either actress or love a good play by a woman and about women, 'The Little Foxes' won’t let you down.” Full Review

Bright Star
Midtown W
The Culture Mom

"I was ambivalent about the show and where it was taking me. But...during act 2, I was completely riveted...There are banjos, guitars and violins playing the score, something I may not have been used to at first but I realized at the end that it all worked really, really well and set out to do what it meant to: tell a powerful story that left me and every audience member shedding a tear…or two…or three...The cast is also perfection...Cheers to Cusack who is marvelous." Full Review

MotherStruck
East Village
The Culture Mom

"The result is pretty harrowing yet completely uplifting. Chin’s honesty about the challenges of motherhood are so relatable and is a dose of reality that all women face. I found myself nodding and smiling in commiseration despite our different experiences...I’m not typically a one-man show lover, but 'MotherStruck!' was different. It’s special and a show you need to see, one that I hope you see." Full Review

Bello Mania
Midtown W
The Culture Mom

for a previous production "It’s easy to keep watching him for two solid hours as he goes from one antic to another. From walking on a high wire while balancing a high wire to tumbling high in the air on a trampoline, he comes across like a real daredevil who doesn’t quite realize his true talent. Bello is joined by a terrific team of performers including his daughter, Annaliese, who is following in his footsteps to become a circus performer." Full Review

The Culture Mom

"Brought me to my feet...I was riveted by the music, the story, the performances, and memories of disco...The three actresses get that exactly right, each holding her own as they go song by song, through her spectacular recordings...I say go see it. Everyone around me was clapping, singing, and you could feel the energy from everyone who wanted to jump up in the room to start dancing." Full Review

Terezin
Midtown W
The Culture Mom

“The play is based very much based on reality…As expected, the end is not a happy one, though the playwright brought a butterfly into the moment perhaps to shed light and create hope just as the original poem tried so hard to do. Tolkien incorporates music and dance in the play, and the actors are all passionate and expressive…The set, costumes and lighting are bare and stripped down to tell this haunting, true story.” Full Review

Indecent
Midtown W
The Culture Mom

“Every now and then a play comes along and grabs your heart…It took my soul and ran away with it…The cast includes a troupe of skilled actors…The plot is complicated and the jumps of time are a lot to keep up with, but Taichman does a great job of making sure the audience keeps up…There is an immense feeling of loss and the actors capture the sadness and project it onto the audience…‘Indecent’ is a heroic, important play. I hope that everyone gets a chance to see it.” Full Review

Tuck Everlasting
Midtown W
The Culture Mom

"A beautiful set, expert choreography, a memorable score and brilliant acting aid the storytelling, and it all adds to the play’s fantasy theme…Lewis and Mann are excellent, as are the rest of the cast…The play ends with a ballet, depicting the future of Winnie...It wasn’t my favorite way to end the show, but I appreciate the interpretation, and I am sure any child over the age of 12 would appreciate the optimistic ending of this hopeful play." Full Review

Eclipsed
Midtown W
The Culture Mom

"It’s one of a kind. It stars Lupita Nyong’o in her Broadway debut, but it’s truly an ensemble play in which every actress has a stand-out performance playing a woman with her own unique experience during a dire situation. The play is edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, yet beautiful...The staging, the set, the clothing all meshes into very powerful storytelling...This play is a clear reminder, a good one, that theater is an excellent way to share important stories from around the world." Full Review

The Culture Mom

"In general, though, it’s the kids who rule the show, though – they’re a very talented group. While not perfect, I suspect the producers are still ironing out imperfections (clunky storylines, loud music are two examples), 'School of Rock' is already a hit at the box office and I have a feeling it will be around for a while. I’m most grateful to the show for bringing my son back to Broadway after a long hiatus." Full Review

The Amazing Max
Upper W Side
The Culture Mom

for a previous production "From card tricks to juggling to hatching eggs, to making coins appear everywhere, to taking a ring from a woman and finding it buried in a wrapped gift, his tricks are both amazing and puzzling. I found myself sitting there thinking, 'How did he do that?'...Not only is he nice and patient on stage, but he is genuine in real life and great with kids. He is billed as one of the most sought after magicians in New York, and it is easy to see why." Full Review