Joey Sims

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Reviews (18)
New York Theatre Guide

"Regina Comet feels so determined to be lightweight fun that it ends up leaving no impression at all. The characters are paper-thin; the gags are slight; and the story is nonexistent. Despite some strong performances and an often excellent staging, it’s a cute but flimsy 80 minutes that drifts from one’s mind before you’ve even reached the train." Full Review

Handbagged
Midtown E
Exeunt Magazine

"At my performance, a war of words ignited most passionately in the audience–to far more thrilling effect than anything happening on stage, sadly...Disruptive audiences don’t deserve our attention, not even this unusually rowdy Tuesday night crowd. Yet Buffini’s play is so rote, so totally unsurprising at every turn, that these bursts of chaos in the room felt like a relief...Buffini seems content to just hit on multiple points that other artists have already explored with more richness." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"'Belligerence' is particularly unsettling in its focus on fragile bodies...Feiffer is playing on the fragility inherent in actors placing themselves before an audience. In dialing up her language to extremes, she forces us to really feel, in our gut, the physical pain of these characters. We share in that fragility...Trip Cullman’s smart production conjures elegant locales as suffocating, prison-like spaces. Trapped in these little boxes, his actors thrive...'Belligerence' is theater as a sc... Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"Director Kamilah Forbes seems strangely ill at ease with the play’s comedy. Scenes that should fly by seem to stumble along; the classic rat-a-tat screwball style is only sometimes present...If the style isn’t quite there, though, the performances help make up the difference...Forbes has a tighter handle on that second act.” Full Review

Intelligence
East Village
Exeunt Magazine

“'Intelligence’ is messy...It is an unusual play...Dialogue will sound natural in one moment, and like a thesis statement the next...Structural chaos is deliberately destabilizing...Some elements of the script prove iffy...When the mess takes over, though. In knocking three smart, uncertain, complicated women against each...Banner concocts a wonderfully satisfying theatrical space...Unashamedly political, intellectual and female. Most exciting of all, it is unpredictable.” Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"A strange beast...’Thom Pain’ feels like a proto work, a precursor to deeper observations to come. All of Eno’s trademark concerns are there...His playful toying with language is as enjoyable as ever. But the frequent asides and digressions, while fun, are a technique that Eno wisely came to use more sparingly...Hall registers an emotional blankness, giving little sense of the man hiding behind Thom’s verbal gymnastics.” Full Review

Final Follies
West Village
Exeunt Magazine

"While the plays are not exactly subtle, they do prove an intriguingly timed look at Gurney’s dark, distinctive voice...The ensemble is strong, the laughs are all there, and the pacing is snappy. Still, it’s hard to not feel that, in throwing these three plays on stage without much perspective, Primary Stages has ultimately done Gurney a disservice. His plays are not relics, but a little mining is needed to hit on how they can live and breathe today." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"Thorne’s painstaking approach feels unique. 'Mary Frances' tracks a kind of death that is less typically found in art: planned, scheduled, and mundane in its tragedy...The hospice process is anathema to drama. It’s mostly a waiting game, with little room for surprises. Thorne and Neugebauer don’t try to push against this; instead, they embrace the painful wait...Thorne provides no reconciliation, nor even a final blowout – just a sad stumbling to the end." Full Review

Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Exeunt Magazine

"Washington clearly relishes drawing us into the world of her childhood, and that delight is infectious...At first, the swift pace of Washington’s script fits well with her energy. After a time though, I did long for more detail...Maria Mileaf’s direction unfortunately works against Washington. Moments of significance are needlessly underlined with lighting shifts and underscoring...While 'Dragon' lacks an emotional or thematic throughline, each section is individually effective." Full Review

Seven Deadly Sins
West Village
New York Theatre Guide

"The production is a slick, seamlessly stage managed affair...The danger is that it might instead feel like a dalliance in darkness for privileged theatergoers while the very real mess, glory and, yes, sinning of a city re-emerging from trauma...buzzes with more geniune edge around it. Sins avoids this trap thanks to an impressive cadre of playwrights who did not take their assignment lightly." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"As the star gives us the best show he can, the intimacy is also helped by Steve Cosson’s simple staging. The choreography is basic, at times even a little amateurish...The only reason 'Paul Swan is Dead and Gone' works at all, of course, is Tony Torn...Torn had my audience firmly in the palm of his hand and carries Claire Kiechel’s script through an occasional lapse into the saccharine. That lapse mainly comes at the end, and that’s where the show loses a bit of its edge." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"The tonal balance of the opening monologue is extraordinary. Álvaro should be easy to laugh at: obviously his conspiracy is imagined...Yet while the monologue is funny, something about Sardina’s delivery keeps us from laughing at Álvaro...Cortiñas has also directed with great precision...Some of these scenes with Álvaro’s family are, admittedly, tough to sit through. But it always feels like Cortiñas is weaving a tapestry, that each moment is there for a reason." Full Review

Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Exeunt Magazine

“‘Sea Wall’ is a grim piece...Little comfort is provided by Sturridge, who has a cold presence...Sturridge’s work is wonderfully precise–but something about him here just suggests oncoming doom...‘A Life’ solves the problem of numbing despair...Gyllenhaal is wonderfully moving...Matching nervy energy with wry amusement...Once followed by ‘A Life’, the numbing effect of ‘Sea Wall’ starts to feel more apt...There is an unspoken throughline, lightly suggested in Cracknell’s simple staging.” Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"Director Kristin Hanggi and choreographer Kelly Devine match the ‘90s pop energy with every staging trick in the book and the effect is undeniably exhilarating...Heckerling’s collaborators ultimately bring a fresher energy to the table than she does, slotting in little touches when they can...For the most part, this is the movie on stage, presented in a truly enjoyable package. That’s more than enough in the moment, but it leaves a poor aftertaste." Full Review

Lewiston/Clarkston
West Village
Exeunt Magazine

"Williamson: Hunter is so skilled at drawing the outside and the inside together and at letting external circumstances inform internal life...'Clarkston' is a better play, but 'Lewiston' lays some important groundwork in terms of tone and mood for the latter play to really soar...Sims: 'Clarkston' is also just a brilliant, brilliant piece of writing. Williamson: The quality of the acting in Clarkston – from all three actors – is truly extraordinary." Full Review

The True
Midtown W
Exeunt Magazine

“Falco brings nuance and passion to her role of political fixer in a play that could use more spark...The dialogue tends to meander, robbing the play of much momentum. A story about keen political minds should be itself sharp, but the pace here is closer to domestic drama...The political drama is far more engaging...Elliott’s leisurely direction feels all wrong...Noonan probably deserves a more vibrant, passionate play than this one. But in the meantime, at least we have Edie Falco." Full Review

Singlet
Brooklyn
Exeunt Magazine

"It is an experience hard to categorize but, for the most part, easy to recommend...Fein’s approach can prove confusing. At least a couple gags fall flat because of vague mime work or an unclear sense of location...Yet the work’s angry energy overcomes its flaws...The fungible dynamics of 'Singlet' make it best experienced emotionally, rather than in a linear fashion. While that emotion may initially just be confusion, my feelings did shift with time." Full Review

Rocktopia
Midtown W
Exeunt Magazine

"Right up until Anne Frank’s appearance, 'Rocktopia' made some sense...There is no unity between the differing styles of music-though the resulting chaos does make for an oddly entertaining spectacle...I’m not sure 'Rocktopia' has any business getting political, particularly in times like these...The show is too gleefully hilarious to be actually offensive." Full Review