Justin Sharon

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Reviews (16)
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

"Artfully addresses the intersection of income inequality and educational opportunity in America...A talented ensemble cast...Much of this play’s most riveting action comes after intermission...Theatergoers in search of closure may be disappointed, but the play is to be commended for asking important questions of its audience. Debuting in the wake of school graduation season...the issues raised by 'Dan Cody’s Yacht' are especially timely." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Sarah Chalfie imbues the central character with impressive physical energy...Talented cast...An eclectic plot encompasses everything from acupuncture prescriptions to outtakes of Annie, with an awkward threesome thrown in for good measure. This being experimental theater not everything comes off, but the best bits make it worthwhile...Amid the slapstick, 'Fill' also more seriously manages to ponder Mars/Venus misunderstandings." Full Review

Muswell Hill
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

“It’s an engrossing tale of parallel staccato conversations, pretentious blather, ill-timed exits, and protagonists ignoring one other while seeking solace in the warm distracting glow of their electronic gizmos...Setting the action almost a decade ago does somewhat date the performance...Still, this is a minor quibble. The overall cast is excellent...‘Muswell Hill’ is a worthy addition to the pantheon.” Full Review

Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

“Park Slope circa 1960 is a vanished world, one which is movingly recreated in this production…A coming-of-age tale touching on freshly resonant issues of integration and assimilation…Alyssa Bresnahan delivers a poignant and at times funny performance as the matriarch…The disparate script occasionally plods, particularly early on, but after a quite literally explosive end to act one, the pace picks up appreciably…After a halting start, 'Napoli, Brooklyn' eventually finds its footing.” Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Odds are, you’ll like ‘A Gambler’s Guide to Dying’...McNair does double duty as both writer and performer, adroitly alternating between grizzled gambler rationalizing his addiction, and rapt grandson regaled with tall tales of long odds. Wistful cosmic ruminations, 'Tuesdays with Morrie' style, and an emotional ending soliloquy are interspersed with deadpan dry Scots humor." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"'The Dressmaker’s Secret' has cottoned on to something and could find a receptive audience...Burton does a solid job as mop-topped Robi, Sallows dispenses some effective zingers from her Singer and the second-half arrival of Gregory injects much-needed energy after a somewhat sluggish first half. For sustained excellence, Kozlowski is the show’s standout performer...The actress brings poignancy and pathos to her role, aided by the saddest smile I’ve ever seen." Full Review

Confusions
Midtown E
ZEALnyc

"This staging loses little in crossing the Atlantic at a distance of four decades, due to the universality of its sharp observations about the human condition...A quintet of highly capable actors play some 20 different roles with panache…The play abounds with intelligent dialog, astute social commentary, and adroitly constructed characters who segue into successive scenes. Yet it never becomes 'too clever by half.'" Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Director Daisy Walker deserves plaudits for kneading everything together nicely...Could the production have been leavened further? Certainly Grandpa’s incessant over-the-shoulder advice from The Great Beyond gradually grew old. And the steady stream of cultural cliches occasionally threatened to veer off into Olive Garden ad parody. Ultimately, however, I learned to like 'How Alfo Learned to Love.'" Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Three decades old yet still fresh as a daisy...Van Treuren's character enjoyed the best bon mots of a clever script...His depiction of the wily and cynical man from Leningrad made an effective foil for Manning's more earnest Midwestern sensibilities...A play that is about the nuances of diplomacy...Sticklers for accuracy may quibble with some finer points of the script...Taps into our ongoing nostalgia for an era that was oddly safer than our own." Full Review

Balls
Midtown E
ZEALnyc

"This production, with Ellen Tamaki and Donald Corren as the leads, is marked by bursts of intense physicality and madcap energy...The sheer number of disparate threads shoehorned into a discursive script does make one pine for the laser focus that King brought to her matches...'Balls' nonetheless has much to recommend it. Olivia McGiff and Richard Saudek merit special mention as court jester clowns...Many of the equality issues from 45 years ago clearly remain relevant." Full Review

Heartless Bastard
Soho/Tribeca
ZEALnyc

"Combines elements of farce with moments of poignancy. Lively scene changes and uptempo music ensure you don’t dose. The solid cast includes Kevin Sims, who portrays a dizzying array of male doctors...But it is Barbra Wengard who steals the show. Channeling two helpings of Marisa Tomei, she movingly conveys a widow’s torment...This actress imbues 'Heartless Bastard' with a soul." Full Review

Venus
Midtown W
ZEALnyc

“The revival features a nuanced and poignant portrayal by Jah…John Ellison Conlee is a compelling Baron Docteur…A pair of stellar performances…Kevin Mambo, The Negro Resurrectionist narrator, keeps the action moving along, although his innumerable 'Footnote' asides and 'Historical Extract' interjections are acquired tastes. Other plot devices, some successful some too clever by half, include an autopsy performed during intermission and a play-within-a-play construct.” Full Review

Beneath The Gavel
Midtown E
ZEALnyc

"Conveys something of the electricity, adrenaline rush, and energy which invariably accompany evening sales at such institutions. Equally, it deftly skewers trendy downtown culture vulture types...Of course, nothing attracts moss faster than the avant-garde, and parts of the play feel instantly dated...By the third ‘auction,’ the joke has worn thinner than Pollock’s paint...On balance, however, 'Gavel' does a decent job at conveying the madcap antics of an endlessly fascinating milieu." Full Review

ZEALnyc

"Never quite recovers from a slow start, even if the interest level increases as its intermission-free 80 minutes approaches a conclusion...The action suffers from sometimes excessive foreshadowing...'Word' would have benefited from being less cerebral and more impassioned...All four actors are clearly eminently capable, so perhaps its format is what prevents the production from realizing its potential." Full Review

Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
ZEALnyc

"A gripping dark comedy, adroitly directed by David Mercatali...Ms. Johnson is the pick of a stellar cast, whose talent is sensibly allowed to shine unadulterated against the backdrop of an admirably spare and uncluttered set. Think of Lady Macbeth midwifing Rosemary’s Baby to get some sense of the demonic kinetic energy she summons…A play whose central message has never been more of the moment." Full Review

ZEALnyc

for a previous production "At the preview I attended, a few lines were flubbed. The routine seemed to lose some steam in its second half. And some references to long-gone entities carried the faint whiff of mildew. But these are minor quibbles, especially as successfully staging a solo show is among the theater’s greatest challenges. Chris Foley is a talented performer." Full Review