Jamie Rosler

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Reviews (31)
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"Questionable directing choices present additional hurdles in allowing the work to subsume the audience. Why engage actors in accent and dialect work that simply add distraction to both the viewer and the performer?...'The After-Dinner Joke' is the stronger choice with which to close the night...While rife with imperfections and an occasionally lagging pace, is still a valuable work of theatre that raises or triggers worthwhile questions about humanity’s political struggles." Full Review

The Loneliest Number
Lower E Side
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"An engaging play that explores several rarely-asked questions, and Vieh’s writing deftly straddles the line between comedy and tragedy...This production should be applauded for its handling of uncomfortable topics without overshadowing the human relationships at its center...Its messages would be more forcefully received if it offered more thorough scrutiny and yet left more of its own questions unanswered. Still, this is an affecting and valuable production." Full Review

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"A powerful new adaptation...The references are so scattered and seemingly random that the reason is lost without more clarity of explanation. Director Myriam Cyr does a fine job orchestrating the chorus and employing basic theatrical tropes to the production’s advantage, but this still reads as a work in progress...There are other issues to be taken with this play, but overall this is an extraordinarily relevant piece, and its strengths outweigh its flaws." Full Review

The Itch
West Village
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“A work in progress...By populating the stage with live actors and music, video projections, voice-overs, and prerecorded soundscapes, writer Zelman-Doring and director Buchheister split audience focus with, at best, no discernibly useful outcome, and at worst, unnecessary distractions…It would be fascinating to see a stripped-down theatrical version of this play...There is the potential for deeply resonating drama in these characters, but it’s all shielded behind the frills of multimedia.” Full Review

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"Billed as an immersive production, but without a hint of immersion, this production needs stronger direction, and nuance where there is currently none. Though there are moments and performances worth praising, the ensemble is, for the most part, emotionally monotonous at a level of excessive intensity. This makes for a long two-plus hours spent with characters for whom one ultimately has little sympathy." Full Review

Rare Birds
East Village
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"The themes explored in 'Rare Birds' are heavy and often disheartening. The script does offer moments of levity and humor, but this production fails to let those moments shine, and so suffers from a constant weight on the shoulders of the characters and the audience...Szymkowicz’s script has a lot to offer, and director Scott Ebersold makes a noble attempt at bringing it fully to life. This production is effective, but doesn’t quite stand out as a must-see production." Full Review

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"As often happens with an anthology performance, some of the vignettes are brought to life more capably than others. One technical flaw that seems to connect all of the individual pieces is a too-long fade to black, leaving the audience consistently unsure as to whether a piece is truly over. Overall, however, this production is touching, humane, and attainably confrontational. It is well worth a visit." Full Review

Men on Boats
Midtown W
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"The potentially jarring juxtapositions of language and costume, of gender, race, and age, are presented ingeniously by Davis and this phenomenal ensemble cast, all of whom do a stellar job bringing Backaus’ play to life...Theatre with social commentary has the potential to feel preachy and heavy-handed, but 'Men on Boats' is written and produced in such a way as to leave all of the commentary in the hands of the audience, who are also free to simply enjoy a well-made play." Full Review

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"Sharman Macdonald’s script is a beautiful, female-driven human drama, complicated, deep, and maternal. This production doesn't do justice to the potential power of the story and its characters...Awkward directorial choices are a shame in the production of a script that creates and provides the room for exploring a new idea from a rarely seen point of view...If only it were better translated from the page to the stage." Full Review

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"Well-crafted and well-paced, 'Locusts Have No King' is a sharp new play by J. Julian Christopher...Mendizábal does a stellar job directing Christopher’s script...The cast do a phenomenal job fleshing out their characters. Unfortunately, there is a decidedly weak link in the casting...Tackling homosexuality in the priesthood, and finding the balance among humor and the occult, while offering the audience human characters, is not a simple task, and yet this production makes it appear effortless." Full Review

Rhinbecca
Brooklyn
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"When the cast is taking their final bows and literally no one in the audience is clapping, it is not a good sign...Fusing cast and crew, production and reality, beginnings and endings, but without style, engagement or clarity, it seems to be absurd theatre for the sake of absurdity, but with none of the cultural commentary or artistic reasoning behind the choice...If you’re looking for something small and exciting, keep looking." Full Review

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"Unfortunately this script only scratches the surface of the issues it raises, getting to the meat of the matter in the last few scenes instead of diving more deeply earlier on. Somehow there is simultaneously too much exposition and not enough information...Perhaps this is the product of an incompletely drafted play meeting up with less than stellar directing." Full Review

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"A so-called happy ending is inevitable. The journey to that ending is unexciting and trite, peppered with lazily written jokes and awkward physical blocking...There is no truth in this production, no character depth, and no surprises...The weak opening scene might be the most unfortunate part...A great production of a bad script can still be a good production, but a mediocre production of a bad script is just a waste of money." Full Review

Shear Madness
Midtown W
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"Part farce, part whodunit, and part choose-your-own-adventure story, 'Shear Madness' is entertaining but weak. There is enough fun and fluff to keep most people amused and engaged, but for a production that has run and been workshopped for several decades in various cities before opening in New York, it is not as polished as one would hope." Full Review

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"King aims for a 'filmic' production. That can be a risk in live theatre, a medium that is very much not film. For King, the risk pays off more than it misses the mark, but there are some notable drawbacks to the marriage of these two media...While not a perfect theatrical execution, this meaningful and historical world premiere will leave you personally moved and politically aware. It is uplifting, with deep, sturdy roots." Full Review

iLuminate
Midtown W
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for a previous production "Beautifully using negative space and light to build the world, there is no traditional set…There is a lot of fun with lights throughout the show, often just for the sake of the trick…The story points are vague, and definitely the weakest component...The cast does a phenomenal job keeping the energy up…Expect a fun dance and lights show, good for kids and fun for adults...You’ll enjoy it more if you don’t pay full price, but it is definitely en entertaining way to spend an hour." Full Review

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"The superficial comedy well is deep. However, the deeper comedy of successful satire that allows for the exposing of new and insightful truths is nowhere to be found...The ensemble does a fantastic job with the material, but the material itself needs work...If it’s intended to be lighthearted fare that simply ridicules those in power by exaggerating their flaws and bad policies, it needs to lean farther in that direction and develop clarity around who is being ridiculed in the first place." Full Review

Don't Feed the Indians
East Village
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“A bold, honest, thought-provoking piece of work...A parody, a political statement, and a heartfelt personal exploration...'Don’t Feed the Indians' could stand to be tightened up. It does drag at times...but there are plenty of captivating stretches and an abundance of ideas to discuss upon leaving the venue. The strength of this production is in its heart and its plea for the success of humaneness in humanity. The conversation is uncomfortable, and you should join it.” Full Review

The Flatiron Hex
Soho/Tribeca
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"A lighthearted exploration of several potentially heavy topics...It seems confused as to what message or questions the audience is meant to take away...It touches on issues that affect us all without the discomfort of working in naturalism or a recognizable universe. Unfortunately, without employing that discomfort to parallel contemporary life, it may not arouse the conversations and question-raising among its viewers that this reviewer assumes is part of the intention." Full Review

Lost and Guided
East Village
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"As both writer and director, Kapustina makes a difficult story engaging and approachable, while retaining the emotional and complex truths of humanity’s darker side...It is a complicated and emotional journey without an easily packaged outcome, and it deserves to fill every seat in the house...Outside of an awkwardly staged moment or two...this production is craftily directed...'Lost and Guided' is both affecting and effective." Full Review

Reprise
East Village
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“Eric Maierson’s new play comes across as the artistic product of a man who has recently learned about Nice Guy Syndrome and wants to educate everyone about it, but is still too entrenched in it himself to provide an accurate or appropriate representation of the moral he aims to impart…Maierson needs to spend more time digesting his progressive education before attempting to turn around and educate his audience; Michael’s apartment isn’t the only thing stuck in the 1980s.” Full Review

Home/Sick
Brooklyn
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"The Assembly presents a difficult tale with ease, engaging and personally involving the audience...'Home/Sick' can be heavy, but importantly never presents an unbearable load. It is not without humor, irony, and self-awareness...Refreshing to see. Important but neither didactic nor polemic, it is first and foremost a well-made piece of art that allows every viewer to have their own experience of and reaction to a valuable presentation of our flaws, as people and as a society." Full Review

Anna Christie
East Village
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"While some of the text does feel dated in these actors’ mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or perhaps depressingly, relevant...Combined with a slight directorial confusion around Anna’s objectives in her relationship with each man, this production has a slightly muddled point of view. Chinks aside, this production is effective, and manages to find the truths in its world." Full Review

Seen / By Everyone
Soho/Tribeca
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"This is not a perfect production...The delineation of the assorted dimensions is often unclear, as far as what triggers the change, if anything, and whether the characters are aware of the distinctions and the roles they play in them...However, whether these are purposeful choices or accidents, they do not dilute the validity and efficacy of the show’s journey. The questions raised about life, love, and death are made easier to digest when couched in the fun theatricality of this production." Full Review

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"Davidman leads us through a well-thought out, beautifully lit show about heavy subject matter, still managing to carry some humor and optimism throughout the whole show...There are some awkwardly directed transitions between scenes and characters, as well as certain sections throughout the narration that might benefit from being presented more conversationally. However these flaws are hardly enough to detract from the honest response this show provokes." Full Review

Boy
Midtown W
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"Anna Ziegler’s script is heartfelt but rocky, and Linsay Firman’s direction feels incomplete, as though the actors are still in rehearsal. The cast lay their hearts on the stage for this production, but they are, almost without exception, miscast in the roles as written...A strength is the story itself, and the message of hope and love...Though it could have been executed better, it is a strong starting point, and goes a great way to holding up an otherwise lackluster production." Full Review

Snow White
West Village
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"Is there supposed to be a discernible meaning, or is it just about the sparkle and spectacle? Does that even matter? As with most creative endeavors, one could make a strong argument that it does not...As Company XIV’s shows all are, 'Snow White' is a fun theatrical night out for adults...Go to the theatre prepared for a light-hearted, sexy good time, making sure that you don’t sit house right, in line with the upstage spotlights, and you will leave the theatre content with your experience." Full Review

Slut: The Play
Lower E Side
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"This production is the epitome of what socially-focused theatre can and should be. It tackles a heavy topic with forthright honesty, multiple perspectives, and courage. Sharply directed, with simple staging that bolsters the strength of the production, 'Slut' drives home its message without being pedantic, or necessarily spelling the message out for you." Full Review

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for a previous production "Sequins abound, as one might expect from any self-respecting Latin Cabaret. There are only so many situations in which it’s hard to have too much sparkle, and 'La Gloria' takes full advantage of being one of those situations, with costume and set design (also by Calero). A nightclub in the clouds is silver, blue, feathered, ruffles, white tuxedos and sparkle...This bilingual production is jubilant, and no less so for an English-speaking audience.” Full Review

Sommerfugl
East Village
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"Ideally, this play is visited by an audience that is not already sensitive to or involved with the transgender community, who will be moved to understand the humanity in all of us. Regardless of your own experiences, and the debatable naïveté of the script, this tender production will leave your heart, mind, and eyes open." Full Review

Devoted Dreams
Midtown W
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"The writer explores worthwhile topics and attempts to raise important questions. Unfortunately he provides us with answers that are trite and simplistic, through one-dimensional characters and a fairly misogynistic point of view. Clichés abound." Full Review