Jason Clark

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Reviews (16)
Cats
Midtown W
The Wrap

“If any show ever begged for reinvention, it’s this one. That modus operandi seems to have completely escaped Nunn & Co., so they essentially go for the pure-nostalgia jugular. But stage-musical palettes have become far more sophisticated of late. ‘Cats’ could easily have taken on a high-concept reboot...But the creators’ work here plays more like year 10 at the Winter Garden, with a cast that’s high on energy but light on presence." Full Review

Shows For Days
Upper W Side
Entertainment Weekly

"'Shows for Days' is the author Douglas Carter Beane’s muddled, tonally wonky ode to growing up during a Pennsylvania stage troupe’s salad days in the early ‘70s. This memory play aims to be Beane’s own 'Glass Menagerie' via Borscht Belt, but what results here attempts to rise but does not shine." Full Review

10 out of 12
Soho/Tribeca
Entertainment Weekly

"Les Waters’ fluid production hits a few easy targets along the way and as it crosses the 2.5 hour mark, the feeling of ennui settles in the audience as easily as those in an actual tech rehearsal...But Washburn and Waters truly nail the small details: the funny dances actors do to amuse themselves in lulls, the small talk about foodstuffs, the languishing regret of missed projects. It’s moments like these that keep '10 Out of 12' at a solid 8 out of 10." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Fiasco Theatre are content to demolish that fourth wall, and it serves this upbeat, charming take on Shakespeare’s early-life comedy quite well...You may not be in the midst of Fiasco’s finest hour(s) to date, but their unbridled enthusiasm is utterly infectious. Time goes by with thee most agreeably." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"If you’re quite sure of the lengths that can be achieved on Lincoln Center's stage, you’ll need to think again after witnessing Bartlett Sher’s breathtakingly appointed take on 'The King and I'...Judiciously stops short of fetishizing Eastern culture...It has boosted the overall theme of intersocietal behavior and respect...Sher’s intents seem to sway the story back to a uniquely feminist state of mind." Full Review

Skylight
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"The waft of vegetable aromatics infusing a homemade Bolognese isn’t the only thing that will fully arouse your senses in the magnificent revival of David Hare’s Skylight. This relationship drama is the kind of (mostly) two-hander that has the ability to turn into either a soap opera or a boulevard comedy in the wrong hands. Under the expert guidance of director Stephen Daldry and its luminous, impassioned stars, the production becomes–to get back to the food–nothing short of a five-star meal." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Roundabout Theatre Company's ultimate chase-the-blues-away confection...It’s hard to remember a recent production in which the cast was so uniquely suited to each and every role...In fact, On the Twentieth Century is so generous a vehicle (pun completely intended), it even lets the porters have a bona fide showstopper. It’s one of many affectionate moments you’ll be reflecting on later, wishing life was this train." Full Review

Hand to God
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "If Avenue Q didn’t appropriately sate your appetite for explicit puppet carnality, then Robert Askins’ outrageous black comedy Hand to God will more than fit the bill. Though the whole cast is tremendously game, Boyer’s astonishing pas-de-un is truly special...giving Hand to God much-needed poignancy to balance the no-holds-barred comedy. Don't be surprised if some of the show’s laughs catch in your throat." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"This chintzy production suffers a tendency to have actors rush their lines and, at press time, still felt a bit under-rehearsed, which is a shame because there’s great stuff in this vaudevillian-inspired script. But over time, the proper balance might fall into place. To borrow a lyric from its title track, 'Ruthless!' stops just short of toothless." Full Review

Doctor Faustus
East Village
Entertainment Weekly

"But does any of this work? Hell no. But as is often the case with any kind of trainwreck theater, the brazen up-yours to convention becomes a sort of alluring pageantry in itself, however wrongheaded much of it is. One just wishes someone told Noth, who seems to be doing the same jut-jawed straight-man act we’ve seen for years now. Getting through this 'Doctor Faustus' might be your own personal deal with the Devil in many ways, but I’d be a damned liar if I said I was ever bored by a moment... Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "Based on this telling, you’d think that Jack Warner had nothing better to do than twirl his villain moustache over Cagney’s career hiccups—in one ridiculous scene, he reads reviews aloud of the actor’s post-Warners financial flops (all made in different years, mind you) before eventually offering up the comeback role. It’s all too ironic given that’s exactly what the creators of this show might be doing, only without the redemption part for nearly anyone involved." Full Review

Airline Highway
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"D’Amour’s writing can be incredibly on-the-nose. Her affection and lack of judgment for the seedy characters within is truly felt. Their aimlessness might translate literally to some audiences while the refreshing lack of melodrama might entice others...Director Joe Mantello has wisely retained most of his first-rate Steppenwolf cast. They make 'Airline Highway' more than worth a one-night stay." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"'It Shoulda Been You' is sometimes about as fresh as a week-old danish and the score is largely uninspired. On the flip side, however, you also get to see a bevy of marvelous cut-ups and singers vibrantly giving their all." Full Review

Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "Director Rachel Chavkin, no stranger to close environs, expertly creates a near-claustrophobic kinship between the players and the audience...The ambiance of 'Small Mouth Sounds' can’t help but invite comparison to Annie Baker’s 'Circle Mirror Transformation' and this play doesn’t quite possess the delicate tapestry of Baker’s piece. But the playwright clearly has great affection for them and their myriad surprises, and by play’s end, so shall you." Full Review

Honeymoon in Vegas
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"It’s a great surprise that the large-scale musical version of the movie is a frothy delight, a pineapple-sweet warm-up in this most frigid season...Vegas has its share of missteps—a few clunker lines, a still-slightly-sexist undertone, and what has to be the only showtune in history about skin cancer. But a gifted, generous cast puts the entire affair over." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

for a previous production "The scribes behind 'Disaster!', a scrappy but irresistible new Off Broadway musical, wring this phenomenon for all its outrageous camp value with no shortage on gags and groans in the Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker mode...Over a dozen actors — many with multiple roles — go full out in this blissfully tacky extravaganza about a soon-to-launch casino boat that undergoes a series of catastrophes." Full Review