Jacob Horn

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Reviews (66)
Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
CurtainUp

"Johnson and Verey nail the yuppie vibe in their chipper and tireless performances…Original, entertaining, and witty, in addition to offering what is probably a field day for its nimble performers. The play is stymied, though, as it becomes mired in contradictions. The story is so absurd that it's hard for it to have a strong, resonant emotional impact. Meanwhile, its darkness curtails the humor that could be found in this absurdity." Full Review

Cal in Camo
West Village
CurtainUp

"Their mysteriousness may be an intentional product or simply a result of the characters being a means to the author's end; either way, it can obfuscate the action of the play, or at least distance us from what is otherwise a production characterized by its immediacy. At its best, though, that immediacy can certainly be quite gripping...In this production, with the care of Campbell-Holt and the commitment of the actors, it's the power of feeling that leaves the strongest mark." Full Review

Widowers' Houses
Midtown W
CurtainUp

"Despite proficiency from the performers and the creative team, and despite its topicality, 'Widowers' Houses' fails to captivate. It may be an important piece in understanding Shaw's career as a dramatist, but the play itself is unlikely to win over audiences thanks to its excessive focus on real estate transactions." Full Review

Please Continue
Midtown W
CurtainUp

"The relationship between the two plots is largely conceptual, but the very different issues and stakes in the two stories weaken this connection. The ethics of scientific experimentation are a meaty conundrum that the play ponders deeply and thoughtfully...One thing that does unite the two stories is the strength of the ensemble's acting...The play can be a bit slow or repetitive at times, but Carden's considerate direction yields enough emotional charge to keep you invested throughout." Full Review

Take Care
Soho/Tribeca
CurtainUp

"While underscoring the connection between climate and race may be eye-opening, 'Take Care' undercuts itself with a tendency to prioritize shocking audiences over empowering and educating them...Some of the images and moments that create this discomfort feel gratuitous, overwrought, or deployed for shock value. The messages weren't always clear, and even when they were, they could feel very heavy-handed. " Full Review

Student Body
Soho/Tribeca
CurtainUp

"Up top, there are some rough patches...Sometimes, the cast feels composed of stereotypes, like the jock, the nerd, or the party girl...'Student Body' does more than just deploy a contemporary issue to theatrical effect—it makes you think carefully about systematic inadequacies and asks you to question your own attitudes. That it can leave you feeling angry, frustrated, and exhausted after only an hour speaks to its success, making it a timely contribution to an important dialogue." Full Review

Isolde
Brooklyn
CurtainUp

"'Isolde' remains effective at probing the artifice of theater and the ways in which verbal communication can be both vividly expressive as well as woefully inadequate, but the fact remains that Maxwell's project is something of an acquired taste. Some viewers will find his philosophy dissatisfying in its opacity...Whether or not you buy what he has to offer, this new production certainly makes it hard to deny that Richard Maxwell knows what he's doing." Full Review

Held Momentarily
Midtown W
CurtainUp

for a previous production "The musical's upbeat, witty take on everyday annoyances and disappointments is reminiscent of 'Avenue Q,' and the ensemble cast has a similar charm. Within the economical hour-long time slot, the characters' back stories are kept fairly simple, which sometimes encourages cliches. Still, they feel reasonably developed, and the performers provide emotional sincerity and realness...The show as a whole still has room to continue to develop, but 'Held Momentarily' offers a promising premise with ... Full Review

The Total Bent
East Village
CurtainUp

"Musically, it excels, but the surrounding narrative, which is at times awkward or chaotic, lacks the fine polish of the songs and performances. One of the show's strongest assets is its skillfully assembled cast...All of this gives 'The Total Bent' plenty of substance to underlie its style, and all the more reason that clarifying the show's confusing aspects would be worthwhile...It's already a very strong piece, but there's still some fine-tuning to be done before 'Bent' becomes total." Full Review

CurtainUp

“A nimble and engaging 'Romeo and Juliet' with the potential to draw in Shakespeare devotees and newbies alike...For those looking for a laugh, the production takes special care to celebrate the humor. If you're looking for action, the play still has its fair share of combat...Some of the costumes and props feel a little too 'Let's put on a show'-y...But such quibbles feel pretty insignificant when you consider what this energetic, friendly, and lively production gets right.” Full Review

Smokefall
West Village
CurtainUp

"Haidle's careful deployment of humor is present and vital throughout 'Smokefall'...The comic and the tragic are kept in a fine balance, but emotional extremes on either side are tempered by the intellectual heft of the show: when confronted with a choice whether to elicit thoughts or feelings, Haidle seems to lean towards the thinking route... Suffice to say that the playwright has at least offered us a take on the existential family drama that's fresh, dreamy, and gripping." Full Review

The Changeling
West Village
CurtainUp

"There's a lack of subtlety to the play's unambiguous moralizing and a strange off-kilter feeling to the weaving together of separate dramatic and comedic plot lines that render it somewhat inert in its latest production. Despite the employment of an ensemble cast as capable as it is large and richly atmospheric spatial and sound design, Red Bull's 'Changeling' never quite builds the salacious, seldom-performed work to the level of dynamism for which its productions are known." Full Review

CurtainUp

"Tackling racism may be formidable for an off-broadway debut, but here Minhaj seems to be well on his way to discovering a forceful comic voice with real subversive potential. 'Homecoming King' doesn't quite deliver a fully refined product, but it's easy to say with confidence that this is just the start for its tireless, up-and-coming performer." Full Review

Fulfillment
Soho/Tribeca
CurtainUp

"'Fulfillment' ends up being characterizing by a strong, affecting sense of skepticism towards the kind of radical material aspiration for which New Yorkers are infamous. But in many ways, the play possesses such power despite itself, and so it becomes a sort of case in point: just as Bradshaw's characters experience, what we're given isn't quite enough to leave us feeling fully satisfied." Full Review

CurtainUp

"Indeed, there's plenty of ambiguity regarding what here is real and what is fantasy, what can be believed and what shouldn't be. It's possible for different viewers to come away with varying ideas of what they've seen, and that's not a bad thing. Neither aggressively emotional nor prescriptively moral, 'Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait' presents a measured, thought-provoking, and gripping vision of where today's constant state of war might lead us." Full Review

CurtainUp

for a previous production "The musical actually has plenty to offer beyond a bunch of throwaway jokes and a nostalgia trip of songs...The joy of 'Disaster!' is seeing some incredibly talented performers act completely ridiculous in a delightfully over-the-top show. It's not Shakespeare, nor is it trying to be. This show knows exactly what it is, and it happens to be a lot of fun." Full Review