Joe Lombardi

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Reviews (107)
BroadwayWorld

"Mean Girls and Societal Injustices Torment a Young Woman's 'BIRTHDAY IN THE BRONX' at The Tank" Full Review

Soul Survivor
Greenwich V
BroadwayWorld

"Demons Come to Collect in the Very Funny 'SOUL SURVIVOR' from Hiraeth Theatre Company" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"A Cleverly Shaded Exploration of Life's Paths in 'OR, AN ASTRONAUT PLAY' at The Tank" Full Review

Where Are We Now
East Village
BroadwayWorld

"David Bowie Catalog Interpreted In The Musically Gorgeous 'WHERE ARE WE NOW' at La MaMa" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"Socially contemplative 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN HARLEM' at The Classical Theatre Of Harlem" Full Review

The Giant Hoax
Midtown W
BroadwayWorld

"True story of the Cardiff Giant in the family friendly musical 'THE GIANT HOAX' from Indieworks Theatre" Full Review

The Hope Hypothesis
East Village
BroadwayWorld

"Governmental bureaucracy is serious yet slyly hilarious in 'THE HOPE HYPOTHESIS' at The Sheen Center" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"Mac Wellman's mini-masterpiece 'THE INVENTION OF TRAGEDY' at The Flea Theater" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"A woman uses science to comprehend America in 'THE CHAOS THEORY OF NOW' at Theater For The New City" Full Review

Bad Penny
Soho/Tribeca
BroadwayWorld

"Mac Wellman's skewering of America in 'BAD PENNY' and 'SINCERITY FOREVER' at Flea Theater" Full Review

Boogieban
West Village
BroadwayWorld

"Psychological aftermath of war is explored in BOOGIEBAN at 13th Street Repertory Theatre." Full Review

BroadwayWorld

“Racial injustice is explored in the confessional A ‘WHITE MAN'S GUIDE TO RIKER'S ISLAND’ at The Producer's Club” Full Review

Barabbas
East Village
BroadwayWorld

"The tension between the two men is palpable right from the start of this short one act play...This production directed by Eduardo Machado could benefit from even more tension...The fight choreography by Daniel Benhamu was excellent. Anwar Wolf portrayed Jesús and believably conveyed all of the piety required...Mr. D'Amato successfully propelled the story and gave us yet another reason to distrust lawyers and whatever establishment is in power." Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"Confidently paced by Director Aidan Redmond, the complexities and internal negotiations of remaking oneself are explored through rich dialogue and body language...The acting is solid across the board...'The Mountains Look Different' is recommended for fans of well-written period pieces given fine productions." Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

“Unfortunately...Gold has staged this musical like a reading with a few chairs and some props...Real moments of intense emotion were bizarrely devoid of any atmosphere whatsoever...I was able to see past the visual disjointedness and be drawn into the emotional core of the material...If the lyrics occasionally seem a tad generic...that feeling gets washed away by these exceptional performances. ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ can be even better than this production.” Full Review

Last Man Club
West Village
BroadwayWorld

“’Last Man Club’ beautifully overloads the senses and transports you to the Dust Bowl in the 1930s...’Last Man Club’ is not a play which tells a straightforward story...This experience is best described as immersive environmental theater...The atmosphere is suffocating and riveting...The six actors combine a naturalistic style with their unique character's individualized quirkiness...This is a theater piece to experience not simply to follow a story arc.” Full Review

Messiah
East Village
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"Witherspoon definitely has a ton of topics to address about the African American and LGBTQ experience. She confronts not only oppression from outside but also the internal problems within the community...'Messiah' does need an edit...There are many inspired sections that feel angry and instructive...A strong cast brings this vision to pulsating life...Traveling across a few less lanes might tighten this unique and inspirational theatrical event.” Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

for a previous production “The play creates a believable story arc for this complicated mother/child relationship. Ripley’s heartfelt and earnest performance adds layers and layers of emotional depth. By the end, there is a freedom expressed that is not simply obvious...The play would definitely benefit from a few less metaphors...The story is timely, important, nicely told, and prompts thought...Enjoying Ripley deliver this monologue in a room with two dozen people is the icing on a joyously hopeful rainbow cake.” Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

“Surprisingly excellent...What makes ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ stand out is the inventive and incredibly interesting staging by director Des McAnuff. While the story might feel familiar and the presentation of hit after hit might become wearying, the unique way everything evolves is fantastically fluid and, in its own way, artistic. I marveled at the creativity which never ceased throughout the production. Performances are terrific across the board.” Full Review

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Theater Reviews from my Seat

“Horn’s book is hilarious. There are so many zingers to savor throughout...A solid cast keeps the fun moving along. Surrounding Mr. Fontana is a cadre of merry makers...Yazbek’s score did not seem to match the show it was in...Ellis’ staging is fairly old school. The few ensemble musical numbers and the choreography by Jones were not additive to the fun...Perhaps 'Tootsie' should have been constructed as a play with some music. The pacing would have been much tighter." Full Review

The Bigot
Midtown W
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"The bigotry is neither funny enough to be comedy nor seriously disturbing enough to be dramatically repulsive. Most of the jokes land with a thud...Each person in this cast works hard to create believable people with more than one or two dimensions. All of them are successful in that regard...The story arc and the character’s progressions are forced and unbelievable...The play just muddles through as a mash up of Archie Bunker and an underwritten Lifetime movie." Full Review

The Appointment
East Village
Theater Reviews from my Seat

“’The Appointment’ does seem a bit too long and starts to drag. The early scenes are so energetic that what follows has trouble matching those highs. The tone shifts between quietly contemplative and goofy tomfoolery...This outrageously provocative musical should be seen by theatergoers who can equally embrace challenging, offensive, funny, and serious material...It will demand you to see the other side of the argument.” Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"In the smallest part, Ms. White nearly steals the show from her costars Nathan Lane and Kristen Nielsen...Filled with gallows humor, 'Gary' contains many, many laughs...As directed by George C. Wolfe, the best individual moments slay. The messaging is clear and appropriately in-your-face. Unfortunately the proceedings occasionally get bogged down like a battalion tramping through a muddy quagmire. The play loses focus and momentum at times." Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"A production rejoicing in originality, soulfulness and luminescence...With Rachel Chavkin’s brilliant direction, the visual wonders are enthralling. 'Hadestown' lands on Broadway dreaming of a better world. I cannot imagine there will be a better Broadway musical this season. Run." Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"'Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie' is exceptional theater. The entire cast is superb. A creative idea has been carefully cultivated to bloom by these actors and this theater company. Inventive and hilarious, the play succeeds in elevating a very specific situation into a psychological study of ourselves and how our viewpoints shape how we see the world. No lecturing, grandiose speeches or pontificating needed. Just watch, listen and think." Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"A Wildly Conceived Climate Change Comedy 'REALLY REALLY GORGEOUS' at The Tank" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"A Palestinian Dreamer Builds a Rocket to Land on the Moon in 'GREY ROCK' at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"Gun Violence Abounds in the Experimental Digital Puppetry Show 'FEAR IN THE WESTERN WORLD' at Target Margin Theater" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"Squawking slackers in the compelling world premiere 'THE WILD PARROTS OF CAMPBELL' from NOW Collective at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre" Full Review

The Santa Closet
East Village
BroadwayWorld

"More than one door swings open in a funny and thoughtful play 'THE SANTA CLOSET' from Houses Of The Moon Theater" Full Review

BrandoCapote
Midtown W
BroadwayWorld

"Creativity soars in the examination of toxic masculinity in the multimedia dance play 'BRANDOCAPOTE' at The Tank" Full Review

(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
BroadwayWorld

"New York ghosts consider the meaning of life and art in the jazz-fueled '(A)LOFT MODULATION' at A.R.T./NY Theatres" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"Thrillingly Memorable and Devastating DECKY DOES A BRONCO at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"5th Dimensional Realness is 'REVOLUTIONARY' at Theater For The New City" Full Review

Sincerity Forever
Soho/Tribeca
BroadwayWorld

"Mac Wellman's skewering of America in 'BAD PENNY' and 'SINCERITY FOREVER' at Flea Theater" Full Review

Hannah Senesh
Financial
BroadwayWorld

"Spiritual Resistance in the rewarding HANNAH SENESH at National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene" Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"Stoppard's word fun with Shakespeare and subversion in 'DOGG'S HAMLET, CAHOOT'S MACBETH' at Potomac Theater Project" Full Review

Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"Ching’s play is a cliche-ridden amalgam of awkwardly unnatural dialogue. Towards the end of the play, the obviously bored audience seemed to bond while laughing at the play and rolling their eyes. Ed Sylvanus Iskander’s direction dragged on and on. The last twenty minutes feel like hours...The cliches in the script are too voluminous to make you care about themes...This one, from the Atlantic Theater Company, is beyond awful." Full Review

BroadwayWorld

"The story lines are related and tucked inside each other but really serve to comment on philosophies and moralities...The metaphorically dense dialogue emerges early on...The mishmash of interlocking stories continue from 1922 events to the movie shoot to the cast speaking directly to the audience...Dahlquist's play is long-winded and the director (Aneesha Kudtarkar) was not able to help us understand why this particular story was being told." Full Review

Convention
Brooklyn
BroadwayWorld

"The convention stage is used for speeches but the guts of this play is the action which occurs everywhere, often simultaneously as written...The energy and general mayhem is fun....Who's who becomes a little hard to follow. The main players in this drama do emerge...The production pivots between semi-serious reenactment and slyly subversive farce...'Convention' can be recommended for its immersive experience and Shannon Fillion's you-are-there direction." Full Review

Madame Lynch
West Village
BroadwayWorld

‘An Incomprehensible Spectacle With Music...Hodgepodge of a rambling play, undercooked spectacle, dull cartoon and incoherent history lesson stuffed with pretentious dialogue...’Madame Lynch’ wants to be a clever production showcasing the horrors of misguided cultural imperialism. Perhaps the finished product is just too specifically quirky to be enjoyed from outside the creative team's vision. I cannot think of anyone I would send to see this show." Full Review

Mac Beth
Upper E Side
Theater Reviews from my Seat

for a previous production "Extraordinarily violent and bizarrely hilarious...Ms. Schmidt accomplished her mission. Her Macbeth is all the more gruesome and disturbing when filtered through the exaggerated lens of real events...The seven young actresses are incredibly effective and fully committed to this mad vision....Much of the time they feel rushed on the way to the next grotesquerie. In between some of those moments, I was slightly bored...This version exists for its outrageous style not its nuanced storytelling." Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
Theater Reviews from my Seat

“O’Brien has staged a truly impressive revival of this play. The play is wildly melodramatic which could make this seem preachy and perhaps even naively nostalgic. Not here. The actors are all excellent. Their relationships are effortlessly believable. The tension builds and builds and builds, slowly and continually. I did not see a moment that was not perfectly rendered. 'All My Sons' is a time capsule of yesterday and also a hazy reflection into a mirror of our society today." Full Review

High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"Urie is funny and appropriately the big center of attention in this show. The humor verges on titillatingly naughty...The big reason to revisit 'High Button Shoes' is for the choreography of the 'Bathing Beauty Ballet'...I find it hard to make an argument for 'High Button Shoes' as a great musical. There are some very good songs...If you care to take a swim in musical theater history where football and vaudeville could amusingly coexist on stage, 'High Button Shoes' is worth the plunge." Full Review

Bound
East Village
Theater Reviews from my Seat

“'Bound' makes us contemplate boundaries in a refreshingly interesting way...The characters are not deeply written but both actors manage to imbue them with charm and sense of purpose...The play is full of ideas. The material itself contains fairly average dialogue but it did inspire some thoughtful contemplation...When a cultural institution is engaged in making the world see their truth through a different lens, that is meaningful theater. 'Bound' could certainly be a better play than it i... Full Review

The Poor of New York
East Village
Theater Reviews from my Seat

"Directed and designed by Alex Roe, this production has been given an inventive staging...Although very dated in style, the play effectively hits its targets. The actors often speak their thoughts to the audience to help move the plot along. As performed by this solid cast, this historical period piece comes alive...For a glimpse into America’s theatrical past and its uncanny mirror to our continuing legacy of financial malfeasance, 'The Poor of New York' is highly recommended." Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"This type of play structure results in a few interesting tales being lost amidst the acting exercise. Phillips is a very winning stage presence, comfortable with believable accents...The unlikely stars of this show are the lighting and sound designers...Moments that attempt to bring depth and meaning are far too infrequent. They are also skimmed over so fast that nothing meaningful has time to stick.” Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

“A fictionalized character study of this famous woman and what makes her tick...A thrilling dive into the head of this woman...Hnath has mined comedic gold from this material...It is believably detailed...This ninety minute play is so effective because we all have our long-held opinions about these people...The writing of this piece is so good that there is not one lull in the action...Highly recommended." Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"The play is performed in only one act, a very long time to remain seated on relatively stiff folding chairs...The energetic cast appears to be relishing the opportunity to dive headfirst into their broadly conceived characterizations...Those decisions ensure funny will indeed happen...This version of 'Twelfth Night' seemed a bit out of balance. That is not uninteresting, just different. With more focus on the core storytelling, the creative flourishes will be even more appreciated." Full Review

June is the First Fall
West Village
Theater Reviews from my Seat

“Memories are scattered throughout this endearing study of culture, family and personal growth...While the situations explored in this play are not unique, the relaxed pace gives this material a fresh smell...A good cast of actors...’June is the First Fall’ addresses the ghosts of the past which linger in our heads...Well directed by Leibenluft, this story is smoothly paced to unravel this family’s secrets and hopes and learnings.” Full Review