Jessica Derschowitz

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Reviews (19)
Entertainment Weekly

Grade: A- "'Freestyle Love Supreme' hits Broadway with its infectious blend of wit and rhymes" Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"Bening is excellent as Kate, who holds so ferociously to the belief her son can’t be dead because of what else she’ll have to accept if he is, while actor-playwright Letts holds court as the seemingly genial patriarch with tension simmering beneath that calm exterior. And Walker’s Chris is tragic in a very different way...It all comes together in a stellar, harrowing production that reinforces why Miller’s works still endure so many decades later." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"The show itself doesn’t live up to that social-media-sensation hype...It’s fine that the show’s arc is predictable...The problem is that those stakes still never feel high enough...The real star here is Salazar, whose breakout tune ‘Michael in the Bathroom’ easily becomes the show’s highlight...Iconis’ pop-rock songs are catchy and the show channels the angst and insecurities many young people experience, particularly in this social-media-driven age. I just wish there was more." Full Review

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"A group of puppeteers, clad in black, are on stage throughout the show, making him move in real time as the story unfolds. Watching them work is fascinating, and the result is an inanimate object that feels alive — his facial expressions, his movements, the chest beating, that roar...If only the musical lived up to its star. Under direction by Drew McOnie, none of the characters or songs are as compelling as the creature." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Even if the route is obvious, 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is not a bad ride...While none of the musical’s songs are bound for a greatest hits compilation, they fit the upbeat, rocking vibe the show is going for. To keep with the musical parlance of the title, 'Gettin’ the Band Back Together' is like hearing an artist cover a favorite song — it’s not the first time you’ve heard it, and it might not be all that original, but you’ll be smiling and tapping your feet just the same." Full Review

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"A meandering tribute to the man and his work, told via a series of biographical anecdotes and revue-like musical numbers that don’t gel together into a coherent whole...The show comes off like a mediocre episode of 'This Is Your Life,' a culmination of famed songs sandwiched between other famed songs...The songs are great, and the talent involved is, too, but in this format many are robbed of the emotional resonance they’d have in the context of their full show." Full Review

Dead Poets Society
East Village
Entertainment Weekly

"Sudeikis doesn’t deliver the same whimsy that Robin Williams brought to the role but does manage to bring a confident charm all his own. Sudeikis plays the humor of the character as deftly as he does the more thoughtful, emotional moments...'Dead Poets Society' follows the same path as its cinematic predecessor perhaps too faithfully, and unfortunately doesn’t find the same level of poignancy...It all pales in comparison to its source material." Full Review

Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"'Waitress' is a sweet slice of a show that shines with the help of a star ingredient: Tony winner Jessie Mueller...Bareilles has crafted an upbeat, tuneful score that sounds akin to the pop sounds she’s known for with layered harmonies and ballads alongside lively numbers...'Waitress' is warm and endearing, but, like Jenna, it yearns to go somewhere it can’t quite get to. Luckily, the sweetest moments are filling enough." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"'She Loves Me' is likely to charm lovers of traditional musicals and rom-coms alike...With lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock, 'She Loves Me' has an impressive musical pedigree. But the songs themselves aren’t earworms and some are a bit dated...'She Loves Me' is like many other romantic comedies — predictable and sometimes silly, but sweet and funny enough that you won’t mind traveling to an ending you see coming from a million miles away." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"'Fiddler' is laid out simply, but that simplicity highlights the story’s poignancy — and its continued relevance...There are moments of great levity in this production — songs about matchmakers and raising your glass for a toast, among all the classics the show is known for — but its quieter moments were even greater standouts." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

B+ "Hercules musical is a stage adaptation filled with heroics and heart" Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

“As far as tales as old as time go, the stories of Greek mythology are pretty high up there...But there’s little that feels old or stately about the way those stories are told in ‘Hadestown’...With a journey to the underworld that feels like it sprung forth as something entirely new...And while the second act slows down at points, as the story builds toward that fated journey back to the surface, ‘Hadestown' is a trip to Hell that’s dark and tragic but spellbinding all the same.” Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, who pair together marvelously...Hawke and Dano do an excellent job going round for round, playing into the comedic moments of their fighting, and director James Macdonald gives the play a cinematic touch by using music and a picture-frame effect of bright lights around the stage between scenes. But while watching them go at it is entertaining, what the play is fighting for isn’t as clear." Full Review

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"You don’t need to know much of anything about billiards to get hooked into this witty play from prolific playwright Richard Bean...Daniel Sullivan’s direction keeps the play moving briskly, and Schnetzer’s Dylan charms as the straight man at the center as this cart goes off the rails, but Billings is the one gleefully driving the train...In a smart twist, the game they’re playing is a real one, and either character may win or lose. But regardless of who gets the trophy, 'The Nap' is a charmi... Full Review

Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"Director Lila Neuberger deftly threads these stories and women (woman?) together...I almost wish the Mary Pages could speak to one another through space and time...Maybe they could have helped each other cope, or issued warnings, that would have made the story a bit less formulaic. Nevertheless it’s interesting watching Mary Page Marlowe unfold all the parts of herself that made her who she is — laying all her cards out on the proverbial table." Full Review

If I Forget
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"Sharp and thoroughly touching...Levenson has already proven himself as a craftsman of compelling, poignant drama and his skills serve him well again here...Shamos, Walsh and Dizzia make those family bonds feel authentic...The setting and subjects they tackle really resonate...'If I Forget' succeeds both as a thoughtful family drama filled with wit and as a compelling dissection of the world we live in." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"'Puffs' zips through the highlights of all seven books...'Puffs' feels engineered specifically to delight 'Harry Potter' diehards, and for the most part it succeeds—not every joke lands, but it makes up for it any misses with its high level of reverence for the Potter-verse...Even if this venture is not the bravest or the smartest, it’s got its heart is firmly in the right place, and audiences will likely leave charmed." Full Review

Bright Star
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

"'Bright Star' often verges on corny, particularly in the second act as the plotlines come together. The set is unfussy but suits the story well...But it’s Martin and Brickell’s music that’s the brightest star in 'Bright Star'. The bluegrass sounds complement the show’s setting and era, Americana music with layered harmonies and beautiful use of banjo and fiddle. Not every song is a winner, but there are stirring ballads and toe-tapping numbers throughout that audience members will enjoy." Full Review

Hughie
Midtown W
Entertainment Weekly

“The hour-long show passes quickly, and as Erie’s stories get bigger, the man himself seems to get smaller…‘Hughie’ exacts complex, commendable performances from its two leads, both effectively carrying the show’s study into a man’s need for success, both real and perceived. There’s only so much a shorter show like this can answer — I was left wanting to know more about both Erie and the night clerk after I left for the night — but it’s still a hotel stay you won’t regret." Full Review