J. C. Wright

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Reviews (16)
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Stage Buddy

“'Disco Pigs' is very much rooted in a specific time and place. But its themes and sentiments are universal...A funny, highly affecting and tightly fashioned 20th anniversary production...Campbell and Lynch prove themselves impressively adept at handling the relatively difficult material...Skillful lighting design, directing well-tuned to the script, and the performances of Campbell and Lynch, this production of ‘Disco Pigs’ crafts a dizzying swirl of emotions.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Orton’s dialogue is fast, witty, and deceptively complex, such that it has the actors here almost chasing after it at times, and tripping here and there over their dubiously assumed accents...There are a couple of moments when the underlying pain is unintentionally allowed to override the humor...When the actors do hit the right beats, as they do more often than not, it is deliriously funny…A grotesquely clownish scenario that is as humorously alleviating as it is psychologically unsettling.” Full Review

Albatross
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"The corn in the husk, Evett‘s acting, coupled with some dramatically psychedelic effects, offers a number of niblets to nibble on throughout. The problem is the husk. The lumbering exposition that takes up so much of the play adds little of any substance to the figure of the Mariner...'The Albatross' doesn’t really interpret Coleridge’s poem or engage with it in a meaningful, personal way; it more or less just adds a lot of unnecessary fat to the haunting skeleton of the source material." Full Review

Lula Del Ray
East Village
Stage Buddy

"A strange and lovely dream, full of a far-off eerie sadness and sweet mystery, like some kind of apocalyptic lullaby...'Lula Del Ray,' and Manual Cinema in general, are wholly deserving of the highest praise...There is a lot going on, and it all goes on very gracefully and, interestingly, in such a way that the audience is able to see all the inner workings—all of which are so harmonious, so fluid, that, far from detracting from the wizardry of it all, rather add a very enchanting element." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"This story transforms into a kind of modern folk tale, which, as many good folk tales do, provides a coping mechanism for hard times…There are moments when ‘The Witch of St. Elmora Street’ seems to be stretching itself a bit too far, but one of its finest qualities is that it frequently achieves a nearly grotesque clownishness without depriving its characters, or its audience, of a sense of realness in their sentiments and actions." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"It is an interesting concept...It is unfortunate, then, that 'Six Characters' so frequently feels so very flat in its dynamic, or lack thereof. This has less to do with the scripted structure or the ideas explored therein than it does to do with vocal deliveries that sound as if the hidden mouths behind them are simply bored or uncertain...One is mesmerized enough by the puppets themselves and would rather watch them move more free from much of the distracting talk." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The merits of Skinner’s acting lie largely in the jarring range she displays between the two characters she inhabits, and the rest of the cast does a fine job of embracing the humanity in roles wherein it is tricky to do so. The director shows a clear adeptness with the material and paces things nicely...The Playhouse Theatre Company warrants sincere praise for turning the spotlight on a neglected phase of an American master’s career and providing a fuller picture of Williams’s art." Full Review

The Good Girl
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"The acting in 'The Good Girl' is often frustratingly projected slightly away from the audience and the staging is slightly unbalanced at times. It is worth making that the first line of this review, and getting it out of the way, elsewise it would be a few paragraphs of annoyingly shameless fawning, for the current production of Emilie Collyer’s play, directed by Adam Fitzgerald, is, in all other respects, a fairly flawless and wholly compelling dramatic experience." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"'Secret' is an intoxicating dream...Funny, bewildering, almost frightening, and even sometimes poignant, Brown redesigns what one should expect from a magic show. With a casual, funny, and unassuming surface that conceals a bewildering depth of complexity and unaccountable skill he charms his audience down a mesmerizing road...'Secret' right now is undoubtedly one of the coolest things to be seen on the stages of New York City." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"None of it digs too deep or anything, but it’s really all the more charming for its relaxed airiness. As it’s a fun little piece, it works as a nice reminder of both how intensely human Beckett was under his abstractions, but also...of how funny Beckett was and is...There’s a pleasant touch of poignancy in all this which is all the more welcome in that the play doesn’t really strive for sentimentality—it’s just kind of there...Well-acted, well-written, well-directed." Full Review

Made in China
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

"Despite some clunky chunks in the middle of its duration, 'Made in China' is wacky and thoughtful, a bit obvious in its message perhaps, but with a good heart, and it is generally pretty funny—no particularly easy feat considering its references to a dark reality...The songs range from amusing to tedious...For the most part, the show is a highly digestible affair that is visually sweet and deceptively disturbing." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"An unexpected, harrowing theatrical experience, and there is no hyperbole in calling it here an experience. It is rare that one feels so fully immersed in a dramatic work...Weller tricks the audience into following her through a spellbinding performance that begins full of whimsicality and gradually drifts into corridors quivering with madhouse echoes...'Holiday House' is, at times, flawed in its sheer freneticism, but all of the elements culminate in a highly memorable play." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“The heart of the play is in the right place, but, though the concept is interesting, one wonders if such serious subject matter as PTSD and serious mental health issues is not handled somewhat irresponsibly here…As a dramatic thought piece, it is much fun, but as a comment on real-world problems, it is frustratingly detached and devoid of any true substance, which would be fine if it didn’t seem to strive so very hard towards the contrary.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Deconstructing and subverting a text from within is usually dubious ground to tread...This is the central problem for 'The Seagull and Other Birds'...The result is an awkward and unwieldy chimera. Where 'The Seagull and Other Birds' most succeeds is in the realization of Chekhov’s 'The Seagull' as a comedy...There is not a single member of the cast who fails to play it properly straight, and the performances, taken at face-value, are frequently quite funny." Full Review

City of Glass
West Village
Stage Buddy

"While one may be tempted to define 'City of Glass' as theatrical and literary onanism, this isn’t always such a bad thing, if it is artfully done...Fortunately, the script handles the kaleidoscope deftly, often humorously, and avoids the pretentiousness that often attends such heady pursuits...The end result is akin to emerging from a dream where you may or may not have learned something about yourself, but probably had a pretty interesting time nonetheless." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Serious as these themes are, there is much humor that comes out of the dialogue, and a genuine and touching sweetness...The actors all deliver their lines strongly and articulately, even if at times the performances are a bit too quick and careful...The coda, also, is slightly contrived, but, overall, 'Would You Still Love Me If…' is an insightful and accessible attempt to present very complicated feelings and ideas fairly, without being politically pointed or preachy." Full Review