Jeff Myhre

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Reviews (39)
StageBiz.com

"Successful in delivering the words with a punch...Baskin and Ssenjovu have two things that are essential to making such a play work. First, both are fine actors...The second thing that makes this work is their chemistry...It isn’t just a case of two gifted actors performing their roles, but of two gifted actors performing as a team...One cannot help but leave the theatre impressed by the power of the show’s simplicity and by the surgically precise execution." Full Review

StageBiz.com

"Rashad is, simply, a brilliant actor. In addition to her talents, MTC has assembled a cast with chemistry and expert craftsmanship under the direction of Daniel Sullivan. When the weak link is George Bernard Shaw’s rather long script, you have the makings of theatre at its best...There is a bit of madness in Rashad’s portrayal...The cast supporting her is exceedingly well chosen...Still, the script does get lost on its way to the end." Full Review

StageBiz.com

for a previous production "I can only hope its silliness and exceptional execution keep it running for a long time to come...My fear was that the whole thing would amount to a one-trick pony, and that tedium would set in around the 15-minute mark. It does nothing of the kind...My personal favorite was Alex Mandell's performance in the role of Max Bennett...In these dark times, a little silliness goes a long way." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

“Cuccioli and McKey have a splendid chemistry...He and Lenee have a different kind of sparks flying between them, but they find as much nuance as the script gives them…Director Bud Martin has also found the nuggets of gold in the script and has let the actors get the most out of them...The show tries to take on the whole matter of race and in doing so, it generates heat but precious little light…It is there to get the audience to consider the problems." Full Review

Othello: The Remix
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"The songs are of mixed quality, with a couple of showstoppers, but no real bad tunes. The choreography is not taken very seriously, but it is played more for laughs...The acting and rapping are more than up to the project. I was particularly pleased with Gregory James Qaiyum (aka GQ) as Iago...The main merit in this production is the way it is likely to attract a new generation to the theatre, and more specifically to Shakespeare." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Blaemire plays the conflicted artist to a T, and when he gets a voice mail from Stephen Sondheim after a successful workshop, his stunned stillness is simply beautiful...The songs, by Larson, have threads within them that sound like 'Rent' trying to come out...Apart from the rather silly and pointless 'Green Green Dress,' every song has a purpose, a hook, and an identity within the work...Brilliant staging with an admirable cast and crew makes the Keen Company’s production an absolute joy." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "What is most engaging about the performance, though, is Blei herself. You can’t help liking her...She’s a merry prankster and a grand conspirator of fun. She insists on dance breaks during class. At one point, her boyfriend told her, 'I wish you had been my 3rd grade teacher.' Me, too...I am not sure what sort of future this piece has. It could certainly run at festivals for years to come...Blei is a lovely person, a grand storyteller, and plain fun." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Five good actors are the start to a good show. Five good actors working as a unit takes it to an even better place. Add to this the solid direction of Lilith Bachelder, and you have a diamond in the rough here. That, of course, is another way to say this needs some cutting and polishing…Some scenes end too abruptly, others go on too long. One or two aren’t explored enough…And yet, these are minor matters, and indeed, they are simply matters of taste, not matters of talent or effort." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Where the production goes wobbly is in the hit-or-miss quality of the mockery. There are laughs here, to be sure, but some of the lines fall flat because they are either too silly or simply bizarre...Farmer’s hand is a bit heavy in places...The cast isn’t quite an ensemble yet either. Each actor is competent or more in his or her role, but that chemistry among them that makes a comedy sparkle has not quite come about yet...This is very much a work in progress." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Gosheff has taken this cast and given them powerful stories...The theatre is about choices, and I think Gosheff has chosen to over-egg the pudding here...The cast and technical crew, though, ensure that the wobble is mild...This play is ambitious, and it is actually about something important. It isn’t perfect, and the ambition is not quite fulfilled. But it’s more than worthy of attention." Full Review

A Better Place
Midtown W
NY Theatre Guide

"Maitner delivers a first-class performance, and FitzGibbon matches him well despite having a less interesting role…There is definitely something here, and the idea of New Yorkers watching the lives of the people across the way is a good one...The trouble is that there is one too many clever twists to the plot and characters that are not quite as polished as one would like. Less is more, and here there is more rather than less. The show has great potential, which is not entirely realized." Full Review

Ideation
Midtown E
NY Theatre Guide

"I give playwright Aaron Loeb high marks for his characters. He manages to create archetypes without making them stereotypes...My big complaint is with the ending. Loeb has set all the dominoes up to knock them down with an ending that comes down on one side or the other, and then he chooses not to take a side…Director Josh Costello has staged a small-cast, talking heads play in a single setting and has done so without boring the audience." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "The puppets themselves, 75 in all, are well-crafted and big enough and colorful enough to grab the attention of the most distracted Wiggle fan…The result was a house full of kids having a great time. They were encouraged to laugh, clap, call out, in short, to be kids, and they did…'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' creates little theatre fans, and that is the entire point of theatre for children. My 2-year-old granddaughter already is asking when we are going again." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"There is a great stage play or film to be made of this; those that I have seen don’t quite have the grandeur that I believe lies in the raw material. 'Our Friends the Enemy' doesn’t try to be a multi-million dollar telling of the story. Gwyther goes a different way — showing the world through the eyes of a single actor...It is a choice I might not have made, but this is a play I wish I had written. It is definitely a performance to be seen." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
NY Theatre Guide

"Whether the play enjoys the same level of success in New York that it has in London depends greatly on how much audiences grasp the premise and allow themselves to be immersed in family politics. There is a lot of inside baseball (or perhaps cricket) driving the action, but the roles and the way the deeply talented cast execute them provide theatre at its best." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"The script is as layered as my great-grandmother’s desserts. We have fathers and sons who can’t communicate; a professor learning Gaelic from a woman without a degree. What makes this play so very brilliant is that the writing delivers all of this without becoming a lecture. One of the more elegantly crafted productions I have seen this year." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"There is a mix of dark humor and drama here that has the makings of a great production. And that is where the show feels like a let down. It is in the category of good, but it should have been great...'Dinner with the Boys' had its world premiere last fall, and therefore, it is surprising that this production feels like a work that still needs work. It’s a diamond in the rough, but without some cutting and polishing, it isn’t the sparkling show it could be." Full Review

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
New York Theatre Guide

"'Something Rotten' is simply false advertising. Something Absolutely Brilliant would be closer to the mark, but I imagine modesty prevented those involved from telling the truth about this parody. It is, quite simply, the best musical I have seen in ages." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "'Delirium’s Daughters' is a witty, funny and delightful comedy that is easily one of the best shows currently in New York...Playwright Nicholas Korn has produced a fast-paced gem, with elegant, quasi-Shakespearean dialogue that doesn’t go so far as to be confusing to the modern ear. The cast is a well-oiled machine, and the set is simplicity itself – a wall and two benches are all that director Kathleen Butler needs to put the audience on the floor with laughter." Full Review

The Bullpen
Midtown W
The Blot Magazine

"A new one-man show has just opened that I think ought to be in the running for a New York Innovative Theatre Award. 'The Bullpen' is a fast-paced and hilarious look at people who are not exactly at their best...It’s solid writing with exceptional execution." Full Review

StageBiz.com

“This production is beyond memorable, especially but not exclusively because of Iwuji’s performance...Stoll delivers the goods...Both funny and horrific in appropriate measures...Iago and Othello are well-matched...In a production where race matters, casting should go accordingly...Yet, Santiago-Hudson has successfully challenged my presumption. Othello’s otherness can hinge on much more than skin tone, and here it does. I am grateful for the lesson...This production is my favorite.” Full Review

StageBiz.com

"Probably the closest to an evening with Josephine Baker as one will ever experience...What makes this telling of the story so powerful is that Harris can act, sing, and dance. Because she is a world-class triple-threat, Harris brings Baker back for us...She is riveting...Through all of this, Harris is almost perfectly in the moment every moment...I suspect Baker would be pleased with her portrayal and very proud of the younger performer." Full Review

Angry Young Man
Chelsea
NY Theatre Guide

"Skip this review, and go buy a ticket to the funniest show in New York. Nothing I can write here is as entertaining as Ben Woolf’s script delivered by the four brilliant clowns/comedians/comic actors in the ensemble under the direction of Stephen Hamilton...Rarely does a comedy live and die by its choreography, but the precision of the comedic movements came straight out of Keystone Studios." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"The performers can’t possibly be better, but I wish Alan Menken and Glenn Slater had given them something more to deliver on. There are a couple of songs that are standouts, but given the time and the place, they could have mined the rich vein of American music that included doo-wop and Motown…The music tends toward traditional Broadway show tunes...The artistic choices made in this production have almost without exception been the wise ones." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Smith brought new insight into the character and developed a new dimension for the role that emphasized the criminal insanity...I admire the choice for its boldness, its execution, and its truth...This show is not a rollicking good time with loads of laughs, nor is it a charming rom-com. It was never meant to be anything more than a fable and a warning about political compromise, principle, and the trite but true observation that evil triumphs when good people do nothing." Full Review

Orwell In America
Midtown E
New York Theatre Guide

"Award-winning playwright Joe Sutton not only captures the man of ideas but also places them in a setting where they, and he, are accessible even to those who know nothing at all of Orwell...They explore his work, socialism, the Spanish Civil War, Britain’s class system, and sexual politics – which I know sounds about as exciting as listening to a chess match on the radio, but Sutton and Horton have managed to make these discussions that we might have in our daily lives." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"'Let the Devil Take the Hindmost' is that rare play that gives a critic almost nothing about which to complain...It belongs at the Public Theater or even on Broadway — it is that good…Lorca Peress directed, and I can only admire the way she brought the script to life on stage. Every movement had a purpose…The producers have a piece of theatre here that I think would win not only artistic praise but also would be commercially successful well-beyond the FringeNYC festival." Full Review

It's Chill (FringeNYC)
East Village
NY Theatre Guide

"There is a temptation to pigeonhole this as a play about Millennials, written by them for them and only of interest to them...The themes she unveils resonate most powerfully for them, but they also echo across the years...The actors have a fine chemistry...Director Malanga has used that space effectively...If I have a bone to pick with the production, it is the lack of resolution in the plot...If this production is representative of their talents, Flashbulb has a bright future." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"The cast is close to ideal, and the music and lyrics work. The book attempts too much and, in places, tries to tell a fifteen-month story in fifteen seconds. As a result, some of the dialogue reads like narration, and if the acting is stilted in these places...So what? Who goes to a musical called 'Motown' to worry about the playwright’s craft? You’re there for the music, and the show delivers that many times over...The singing is on target and so passionate." Full Review

Turn Me Loose
Midtown W
NY Theatre Guide

"This show, which relies on a lot of Gregory’s material, has the ability to still make 'white Northern liberals' squirm a bit. There are two reasons for this. The first is the power of Mr. Gregory’s work which has stood the test of time. The second is Joe Morton’s brilliant performance…Mr. Morton doesn’t impersonate the man, but rather, he performs the character with such attention to detail that a good impersonation would pale by comparison…It’s a must-see." Full Review

Head of Passes
East Village
NY Theatre Guide

"McCraney's words and Rashad's performance became something magical right in front of me. When author and actor are at the top of their games, this can happen...It was a privilege to be in the audience to see it, and I can think of few theatrical performances I have experienced that can rival it...If there is any justice in this world, 'Head of Passes' will be moving uptown following the same path taken by 'Hamilton' and 'Eclipsed' when they made the move to Broadway." Full Review

Hughie
Midtown W
NY Theatre Guide

"If you want to see one of the world’s great film stars take on live acting, hurry to the box office because Whitaker’s performance is deft, subtle and as comfortable as a pair of old sneakers...The performance is what you expect from a master of the theatrical arts...I really wanted to love this production, but sadly, O’Neill’s work isn’t on a par with his more famous plays...Whitaker deserves a better result here, but the early closing isn’t his fault. I blame Eugene O’Neill." Full Review

Collaborators
Lower E Side
NY Theatre Guide

"It all sounds frightfully heavy-going, but there are genuine laughs in the show...However, the grim side of Soviet life is the main course of the play...The Storm Theatre has found a gem everyone else in New York theatre missed, and one can only hope the company finds a way to continue this show beyond its closing date." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"'On Your Feet!' is that rare bird, a musical that delivers on all levels…We start, therefore, with music that surpasses much of the music performed in musicals. With that as the basis of the show, the book, choreography and direction need to be just as good. Consider it done with two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directing, with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo and an original book by Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Donal O’Kelly wrote and plays several parts in this two-person show opposite Sorcha Fox, an equally gifted actor. O’Kelly and Fox work together seamlessly. Their banter is delightfully done...O’Kelly and Director Jim Culleton have avoided going Hollywood with this piece, and they tell this story using just two actors." Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"This current production lies somewhere between good and exceptional...For avid fans of Shakespeare, this version may lack some depth owing to the lines omitted for the sake of brevity...For those less familiar with this play in particular and Shakespeare in general, that brevity pays dividends. The quick pace keeps the show engaging and accessible." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

"Like most ethnic theatre, 'The Belle of Belfast' tells one story in the specific experience of one group of people. Unlike most ethnic theatre, the show also transcends time and place and culture to strike at more universal themes. This play, with some obvious rewriting for dialect and place, could just as easily be set in South Central Los Angeles today as it is in West Belfast 1985." Full Review

Churchill
Midtown W
NY Theatre Guide

"Churchill’s immense charm shines through as Keaton’s adaptation of Churchill’s own words makes him human while keeping him larger than life. The script takes fullest advantage of Churchill’s own wit to create the intimacy so vital in a one-actor show. Keaton is a fine actor to be sure. He maintains just the stiff upper lip." Full Review

NY Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Taking the young ones to the theatre during the holidays always seems like a good idea beforehand, but often, you wind up at a show that bores the adults or alternative turns the kids into fussy little fidget machines. That won’t happen at 'The Greatest Pirate Holiday Specatularrr!' It is primarily an exercise in children’s theatre, or maybe theatre appropriate for children, with enough word play and innuendo to keep Mom and Dad amused." Full Review