Jenna Scherer

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Reviews (24)
Time Out New York

"Director Jonathan Bank and his company shine in the collection’s dramatic installments...But the pace falters in 'Strange Birth,' a sweet but slight rom-com, and 'Holiday House,' a Noël Coward–esque comedy that droops where it should skip. In the Mint’s production, Deevy’s work feels old-fashioned in a way that is both comforting and a little sleepy. But she wrote with gently cutting wit and had a keen ear for dialogue." Full Review

Time Out New York

“It will be hard not to be at least a bit bowled over by ‘Secret’…Brown oozes confidence and charisma, the kind you don't quite trust but can't turn away from nonetheless…It's a combination of jaw-dropping ‘How did he do that?’ moments and inspirational speeches that veer dangerously close to the litanies of motivational speakers…What transpires in 'Secret' is enough to make even the most hardened skeptic think twice.” Full Review

Time Out New York

"A bighearted but very silly musical...Brendan Milburn’s music is lovely, and the two actors sound great performing it...The painfully broad humor in Joe DiPietro’s script only heightens the feeling that we’re watching an after-school special for grown-ups. But 'Ernest Shackleton Loves Me' is so clearly a labor of love that it’s hard to be too bothered by the cartoonishness, even as the show sails into shallow waters." Full Review

Time Out New York

“The first half of Cino's production does an admirable job of bringing the audience into this world of the idle rich. The cast's performances mine the often-overlooked comedy inherent in Chekhov…There's a general air of overdirecting in the second half as the proceedings onstage become more dramatic; the actors' movement and delivery begins to feel unnatural and heightened…Obvious Volcano's attempt is admirable, even if it doesn't stick the landing.” Full Review

Spill
Midtown W
Time Out New York

"A timely piece of documentary theater...Considering how much information it must deliver, 'Spill' moves at a compelling pace, buoyed by versatile actors....Anecdotes, paired with macro-level musings on the romance of the oil industry and the ecological toll the spill took, combine to create a prismatic view of an all-too-real, man-made horror story. 'Spill' does what art does best in these politically fraught times: putting a human face on a complex issue, making it impossible to look away." Full Review

Slumber
Brooklyn
Time Out New York

"A notch well above your average Halloween gore-athons...Though the performers have the kind of polish you'd find at Cirque du Soleil, there's a sharper edge. This is cirque nouveau that feels contemporary, sexy and a little bit dangerous...The circus and dance elements are so magnetic that they throw 'Slumber''s shortcomings into sharp relief...Still, it's worth sitting through clunkier elements for the sake of amazing acrobatics and dance—both elegant and alluringly raw." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Experiential theater fans will feel harried, and escape room aficionados will likely not find the puzzle challenging enough. Still, it's a pretty fun adrenaline rush…As someone who enjoys exploring, I found myself frustrated by the time constraint...It's also hard to stop and listen to a character's paranoid monologue when you know you could be putting keys in locks. All that said: If you ever wanted to be the protagonist in a cheesy action flick, welcome to your sandbox." Full Review

Seen / By Everyone
Soho/Tribeca
Time Out New York

for a previous production "Like a bad status update, Five on a Match's social-media meditation uses a lot of words to say not much at all...The ten 'characters' who populate the show aren't so much people as mouthpieces through which the detritus of Twitter and Facebook flows...Total self-involvement is not dramatically engaging. The already gimmicky premise is further bogged down by Kristin Marting's portentous direction...Audiences deserve more curating than 'Seen / By Everyone' provides." Full Review

Bianco
Brooklyn
Time Out New York

"Though there’s some snazzy stuff with trampolines and visual coups de théâtre, 'Bianco’s' most striking moments utilize little more than strands of rope and the performers’ physical prowess. 'Bianco' wants to be both iconoclastic and flashy but isn’t quite either. The appeal of this big-top show isn’t in the high-concept aesthetics or technical flourishes, which feel a little overcooked. It’s in the curve of a bicep, the arch of a back and the tightrope walker’s foot that negotiates the wire." Full Review

The Wildness
Midtown W
Time Out New York

"Jarrow's music is earnest, catchy and a whole lot of fun, and the company sings the hell of out of it—particularly the excellent Cooper. But it's forced to do all the emotional heavy lifting. 'The Wildness' hammers its fairly simplistic themes into the ground, all while delivering a predictable, half-baked story. It walks ground that's been heavily trodden before, and better." Full Review

The Honeycomb Trilogy
West Village
Time Out New York

"Jordana Williams's direction isn't always as strong as it could be, causing some of the climactic scenes to take on a tinge of melodrama. But there's far more to praise than disparage here. Rogers's script crackles with wit and intelligence; as rounded as the world he's created is, it simply couldn't work without the humor that's peppered throughout. He's created a rich, varied roster of characters that deftly explore ideas about leadership, moral relativism and the human condition." Full Review

Bad With Money
West Village
Time Out New York

for a previous production "Solo performer Ben Rimalower exorcises his financial demons in this one-man show, a purgative hour-long monologue in which he entertainingly (and excruciatingly) itemizes his monetary sins...Rimalower is light, funny and unabashed...'You’re not supposed to talk about money,' he says...Rimalower’s choice to do just that is a brave one, and—in a time when many people suffer in silence under crushing debt or find themselves unable to live within their means—a vital one." Full Review

Master
Brooklyn
Time Out New York

"Part art exhibit and part performance, this Foundry Theatre production is a commemoration and a damnation of a fictional outsider artist...Jennings and O’Sullivan give powerful performances...If you prefer cohesive narratives, 'Master' may frustrate you; it’s a postmodern approach to remembrance, with human life treated as both more and less than the disordered scurf it leaves behind. But if you’re willing to explore the edges of a story, it can be a moving and gratifying experience." Full Review

3/Fifths
Financial
Time Out New York

"The insidious brilliance of SupremacyLand lies in the way that Scruggs, along with directors Woodard and Fahmy, co-opt the conventions of immersive theater to deliver a powerful message...Whereas the interactive portion trusts the audience to reach its own conclusions, the presentational part delivers the same messages in a much clunkier way...Still, '3/Fifths's' shocking first half and moving conclusion make it an unforgettable experience." Full Review

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Time Out New York

for a previous production “McKeever has a keen ear for dialogue…But a Lifetime movie–style plot development causes the play to take stark turn, and the chance for subtlety and complexity goes out the window. This play has a lesson it wants to impart, hard. Thanks to an excellent ensemble, you feel deeply for these characters, even as you realize you're being emotionally manipulated…The polish of the delivery only makes the piece feel even more like an after-school special for grown-ups.” Full Review

The Strangest
East Village
Time Out New York

“Noble, if misguided…The concept is a potent one. The execution? Not so much…A tale-within-a-tale that has a lot of big ideas but a sloppy way of getting them across…Unfortunately, Shamieh’s characters are presented as types, a quality badly accentuated by most of the performances…There's plenty to recommend ‘The Strangest’ in spirit...But in practice, Shamieh’s tall tale never quite connects.” Full Review

Time Out New York

"MacCarthy's narration of her life circa 2012 is funny, moving and unapologetically candid, as is her performance. At the same time...I found myself wanting to know more about the people on the fringes of the story...As it is, MacCarthy glosses over moments that seem to warrant more exploration than they're given. Still, 'Baby Mama' is an entertaining slice of biography that offers a thought-provoking (if sometimes myopic) perspective on a kind of motherhood that's not often talked about." Full Review

That Which Isn't
Brooklyn
Time Out New York

"The back half is the reason to see this show. Freeman has an ear for tense naturalism, putting Helen and Marcus through all the paces of an awkward night out...It makes it all the more frustrating that the first act is bogged down with heavy-handed philosophizing and meandering conversations that start to sound like white noise after a while. Throughout, Stone delivers a magnetic, brittle central performance..,'That Which Isn’t' would be a stronger piece if Freeman hacked off the first act." Full Review

Time Out New York

"There’s nothing groundbreaking about Curtiss’s production...But we come here to escape, and escapism is what we get: Curtiss’s actors throw themselves into the merry chaos, leaning into the play’s farcical slapstick...At times, the performances are overly broad. But the mechanicals’ presentation of 'Pyramus and Thisbe…in Space!' is a camp delight...This 'Midsummer' is decidedly uncool, but it’s so sincere and game for anything that you can’t help rooting for it all the same." Full Review

Time Out New York

“The stellar ensemble fills the theater with soaring harmonies, weaving in and out of the audience and the onstage band. Mitchell’s music, lush and strange and lyrically brilliant, has found its match in this cast...The one weak spot is Daunno, whose vocal and acting chops don’t stack up against his peers. Still, ‘Hadestown’ is something special, a sensory feast that’s also a passionate debate between pragmatism and romance.” Full Review

Kentucky
Midtown W
Time Out New York

“The characters are living cartoons, delivering lines—under Morgan Gould's direction—at a manic pitch. When it works, the show's voice is refreshing and witty; when it doesn't, it takes on the puffed-up dimensions of a soap opera. Too often, Winkler makes the subtext text, not giving the audience a chance to draw its own connections. There's a fresh, affecting play mixed in with all the filler. But, like its heroine, ‘Kentucky’ still has some growing to do.” Full Review

Songbird
Midtown E
Time Out New York

"Pritchard pens warm, catchy tunes, performed with casual ease by the talented cast. The large ensemble genuinely seems to be having fun with each other in JV Mercanti's likable production…Kimmel doesn’t do the greatest job of blending music and story...He has given himself the unenviable task of trying to condense the plot of a four-act Russian classic—and it does feel squeezed." Full Review

Time Out New York

"You can feel the heat and the panic in Daniel Talbott's hallucinatory production, which has the rhythm and texture of a nightmare. Talbott breaks his story into vignettes to evoke time passing and water supply dwindling, punctuated by John Zalewski's electric-misfire sound design. Like the grains of sand on the floor of the stage that audience members must walk through to get to their seats, this one will stick with you for a while." Full Review

Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Time Out New York

"The experiences that director-designer-mastermind Zach Morris and his company offer are stunningly personal, like when you peep in on the Red Queen having a private breakdown, she catches you watching through the two-way mirror. And then, just as you’ve become curiouser and curiouser, it all ends too soon." Full Review