Isaac Butler

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Reviews (5)
Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
The Telegraph (UK)

"An opportunity to see theatre at its most fundamental...'Sea Wall' is impressive, particularly in its use of imagery...'A Life’s' strength is in its specificity. Its quotidian details, many of which are drawn from Payne’s own life, gradually gain a persuasive and unexpected power...They speak to us in order to claw their way back into their lives. Neither man is completely successful in doing so, but by the end of the night our humanity is enlarged for bearing witness to the attempt." Full Review

Network (NYC)
Midtown W

“In van Hove’s maximalist, video-swathed production, the focused white-hot rage of the original is gone...The management of spectacle appears to have taken over all else...It’s a dazzling, but it ultimately proves the production’s undoing...The result is catastrophic...The only performer to emerge undefeated is Cranston...Yet there’s a disruptive quality to Cranston’s titanic turn...As a result, the sense of irony and tension around Beale is gone.” Full Review

New York Magazine / Vulture

"A satisfying and somewhat safe domestic tragedy rather than an epistemological nightmare...There’s a concrete practicality to nearly every choice, with the result that there’s little here to surprise you, but a lot to keep you entertained...Stoll’s Iago is a revelation. He cannot be written off as a demon, you must instead reckon with the evil in him because it finds a distant echo in the petty jealousies of your own heart." Full Review

“Theater looks forward and backward simultaneously...What are we to do with our history and, particularly, with its misogyny? This production, while always entertaining, doesn’t quite solve this problem; director James Macdonald’s pacing is at times too languid...But the complexity of Hawke’s and Dano’s performances in 'True West' suggests that we need not abandon our history entirely.” Full Review

Girls & Boys
West Village
New York Magazine / Vulture

"Sensitively directed...and features a haunted, lived-in, and often quite funny turn from its lone onstage performer. What 'Girls & Boys' lacks is a script that elevates its subject matter to compelling drama, or anything resembling art...It has societal problems at its center that it wants to talk with us about, but it has nothing new or particularly interesting to say...An ersatz dramatic event featuring ersatz characters that doesn’t so much explore its themes as cross them off a list." Full Review