Karen Isaacs

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Reviews (15)
Shadowlands
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

“If there is a dry eye at the end of ‘Shadowlands', you have never experienced the loss of a loved one...This play could easily become too talky, too melodramatic or too snobby. Scott-Reed has managed to avoid most of these pitfalls. She does not let anyone overplay the elements that are in the script...Excellent acting and direction by Scott-Reed...Yes, the ending may seem melodramatic but this is play is based on what actually happened." Full Review

Two on the Aisle

“J. B. Priestley's theories of how different dimensions link the past, present, and future are woven into the plot of this play...Taichman has directed this play keeping it in both the time and style of the period and the drawing room comedy. She allows the audience to slowly explore the depths of Priestley’s play...One of the attractions of this production is the return of Elizabeth McGovern to the New York stage...She handles the role expertly.” Full Review

Two on the Aisle

"A diverting evening in the theater featuring a terrific performance by Andy Karl...You won’t leave the theater humming the tunes or anxious to see it all again, but you will have enjoyed it...Despite the endless loop of repetition, the show offers some good performances and some respectable, if not highly creative, songs by Tim Minchin...Karl carries the show; he manages to make even the irascible Phil somehow sympathetic and likable." Full Review

Indecent
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

“‘Indecent’ blends music, dance, song, scenes from the famous Yiddish play ‘The God of Vengeance’ and the history of the play so seamlessly that you are entranced…This play delves deeper than just the history of the production of this work and its author…‘Indecent’ is a fascinating play that any theater lover should see. It explores a piece of theater history as well as raising challenging questions about the role of literature for minority populations.” Full Review

War Paint
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

"The show depends on the two leading ladies and they both deliver...If you don’t walk out of the theater humming the tunes, it may partly be due to the lack of reprises...Michael Greif’s direction minimizes the confusions as we go back and forth between the stories of the two women...'War Paint' may not be a great musical but it gives us the opportunity to see two great stage performers show off their talents, with two strong supporting men in the cast." Full Review

Two on the Aisle

for a previous production "A clever idea that goes on for two hours when it would work best if it were 30 minutes at most...The entire cast is very good. Special applause should go to Nigel Hook who created the scenic design as well as the stage hands who must keep putting the set back together...If you love physical, silly comedy and enjoy it for extended periods, you will find ''Goes Wrong' hilarious. If that is not your favorite or if you like it only in small doses, then you may find the play goes on too long." Full Review

Kid Victory
Gramercy
Two on the Aisle

"Kander has not lost his touch; this show is filled with songs that reflect the range of emotions and situations. The lyrics by Pierce help us know the characters. I’d love a recording of the show...Brandon Flynn is terrific as the teenage Luke...Jeffry Denman is outstanding as Michael...The rest of the cast is equally good...Liesl Tommy has directed the show with a sure hand, never overdoing either the terror or the pathos...I walked out moved, disturbed and yet strangely optimistic." Full Review

The Gin Game
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

"I’m still asking myself a question: Why, despite the fine acting of two legends did I find 'The Gin Game' so uninspiring?... Director Leonard Foglia has keeps the pace going. When dealing with two such experienced actors, it was surely a collaborative effort...The two create some very touching moments – a few minutes of dance, a few memories. But at the end, you feel sorry for them but you are not sure you like either character and you pray to God that you will not end up as they have." Full Review

The Home Place
Chelsea
Two on the Aisle

“.A study of contrasts...’The Home Place’ is beautifully directed by Charlotte Moore, the Irish Rep’s Artistic Director. She has a fine cast to work with...Another fascinating play by one of Ireland’s best playwrights.” Full Review

Two on the Aisle

"You will be thrilled by the performances, even if you disagree with how the characters are written...Despite how good they are, for me Hnath took the wrong track with his play...By going for the laughs he has detracted from what might have been a very interesting discussion of how a woman...unaware of how society worked, survived and prospered...While 'A Doll’s House, Part II' is an enjoyable evening particularly because of the fine acting, it could have been so much more." Full Review

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

"The weakness of this show is its less than stellar book and a score that is ho-hum...The production is opulent; every aspect of the production will take your breath away...Darko Tresnjak’s direction and concept is brilliant. He has his production team create wonderful effects...Most of the performers are also terrific...If so much was right with 'Anastasia,' why wasn’t I totally enchanted? But the real problem for me was that I never became emotionally involved in the show." Full Review

Two on the Aisle

“An excellent production…If there is a criticism of Linney’s performance, it would be that it is almost too cold; the charm seems so obviously fake…Cynthia Nixon gives us such a multi-layered performance, you can barely keep your eyes off of her…Richard Thomas is outstanding as Regina’s husband, Horace…In fact this entire cast is very good…What is most impressive is the way director Daniel Sullivan has kept the play from becoming an overwrought melodrama.” Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

"Thank heaven for Kevin Kline! His performance in the revival of Noel Coward’s 'Present Laughter' is worth studying over and over again...Kline, Kate Burton as Liz, Kristine Nielsen as Monica and the rest of the cast excel in carrying it off. It’s high comedy, it’s farce, but it must seem natural. Timing is everything, but it must not seem forced...Kevin Kline is the best Essendine that I’ve seen. I would gladly see this production again and again." Full Review

Amelie
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

"'Amélie' is—there is no other way of putting it—charming. Not in a cloying way, but with a sweet innocence...The problem with 'Amélie' is that nothing really happens...There is no conflict, no problems, not even any deep-seated yearnings by Amélie...Perhaps if the show featured outstanding music, or innovative music, or if dance had played a major role, the show might have been better...The cast is talented and achieves as much as possible from the material." Full Review

Allegiance
Midtown W
Two on the Aisle

"If you just hear about the subject matter, you might think this was a depressing or dark show. Yet in the end you are amazed at the joy you will find while also considering the issue at hand...Director Stafford Arima has done an excellent job at letting us know exactly where we are, which is not as easy as it seems...'Allegiance' is a moving and touching story with some delightful music." Full Review