Jason Fitzgerald

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Reviews (7)
65
Village Voice

“For the majority of its performance, ‘Building the Wall’ feels less like a drama than the fever dream of a horrified citizen who has absorbed too much campaign coverage…Thankfully, Schenkkan is not just any horrified citizen, and the searing dramatic intelligence that once earned him a Pulitzer reasserts itself by play’s end…If the play’s first hour is a somewhat stilted excuse for its final thirty minutes, these latter turn out to offer an artfully sketched warning.” Full Review

70
Village Voice

"The play is as biting and horrific as ever, but a constriction of energy has settled on the whole affair, leaving it unable to explode the way it needs to….McDonagh's script would succeed in the worst situations; Druid's polished if staid revival hardly fits that description. If the gasps emanating from the audience at 'Beauty Queen's' surprise grisly turn are any indication, a new generation of horrified admirers is now being born—even if this particular show leaves a few goosebumps unraised." Full Review

100
Backstage

"Locked in the building’s seemingly endless rooms, floors, corners, and crevices is an evening that is as total and topsy-turvy as it is satisfying and magical. The lusciously and meticulously designed world, full of strange knickknacks and worn furniture, teases every nerve at the imagination’s disposal." Full Review

70
Backstage

for a previous production "'A Child's Christmas in Wales' is high on sentiment and low on surprise...His winding and sing-song sentences conjure not only an idyllic Christmas past but also an awareness of the hazy gloss required to keep memories fond. The cast members' cheerfulness and the constant interruption of the carols, however, keep any sadder implications from blighting the show's merry sheen." Full Review

70
Village Voice

"Close, though overly mannered, is captivating whenever and wherever she is onstage — to the detriment of co-star Xavier, who sings well but lacks any degree of Close's presence. Not their chemistry but the competition between her charisma and Price's restrictive production drives the evening. The result is at times suffocating, but there are also moments that scorch like film caught in a projector." Full Review

75
Village Voice

"Neil Pepe's direction is unassuming, freeing Lewis and Jones to feed off each other's energy...The actresses' main obstacles are the thin and sometimes artificial emotional arcs they're given, so they tend to hide behind their characters' postures...Beyond the warmth of its leads and the spiritedness of its music — and despite its paucity of dramatic tension — the greatest virtue of 'Marie and Rosetta' is the rarely told history it illuminates." Full Review

75
Backstage

for a previous production "Fortunately, this familiar story is packed into such an intelligent and dynamic package that it's worth a trip to the Collapsable Hole for a lesson in the vagaries of making history...The first-rate performers have their best moments when their characters' loyalties are tested...The ensemble's connection with one another is the truest homage they could offer to the memory of the collective they have clearly, though reservedly, come to admire." Full Review