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"There wasn’t a moment in her performance that Mulligan lost focus or intensity, whether it was detailing the evolution of her relationship to her husband or the scenes woven throughout this extended monologue...Mulligan has serious comedic timing and abilities. She is hilarious; it feels as if she is conversing with you...'Girls & Boys' brings a difficult subject to light, one that is supported by reality and facts. It is a necessary conversation." Full Review
"The choices of this production make the venerable playwright's intentions ultimately fall flat...The setting of 'Homelife' -- or more appropriately, its lack of setting -- is detrimental to the territory that it navigates...Sparks steals the show as the off-putting yet endearing stranger...Each acting decision he made added a depth unworthy of the flat staging...'Homelife' was meant to complete 'The Zoo Story', but despite strong performances something is still missing from this production." Full Review
"The play is a beautiful meditation on home, alienation, love, pain, and regret. It strikes harmonious chords with a masterful clarity...Each and every member of the cast is incredible. These characters feel fully realized and human...Timpo has directed a production intent on the verisimilitude of life and its complications, and wow -- how she does succeed...One of the most memorable and poignant endings I've seen -- a testament to the power of story and hope." Full Review
"I was struck by its humor and compassion for its two characters...Most of the performance plays like an extended monologue...I found myself alienated by the self-aware telling of the story...The asides and stories were entertaining and illuminating, but they often overlapped in such a way that was jarring and did not ring emotionally tuned...The climax was affecting, mainly because Boone handles Tom’s recognition with staggering range. The final image is stunning, but felt unearned." Full Review
“A staggering work of expert storytelling and captivating performances brought to life by Bonney’s direction…Each actor is exemplary. Most of the cast seamlessly plays multiple roles and performs musical accompaniment for Parks’s songs, which are either darkly funny or cathartic but always entertaining. Don’t miss this experience. The journey to knowledge is difficult and ends in a heartbreaking climax, comparable to the most searing of Greek tragedies, but the lessons are necessary.” Full Review
"The play deals with the essential ideas of self-acceptance and acceptance of others, and the emotional intensity of the performers is commendable, but, the use of the puppets was a hindrance rather than an enhancement to metaphor and emotion. I wanted to see George’s face as Mary grappled with what was best for Max, but I was distracted by the clumsiness of the expressionless puppet. Selznick also gives a moving performance and their vulnerable portrayal of Max was a highlight." Full Review
"The meandering plot and three-hour running time diminish the potency of its striking performances...Although the play touches on difficult and complex subjects...it is also incapable of picking a central thread to pull the audience along...If viewed as a montage of exceptional actors and characterization, 'Good for Otto' is a treat, but if you're expecting a transcendent theatrical experience, you'll be left feeling...on your own and a bit disappointed." Full Review
"'Terminus' is an emotional tour de force, and while it benefits from the intimacy of its home Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, it buzzes with the potential as the next great play in the pantheon of American theater, if only given the space...One feels the alchemy of Attic tragedy with the American theater tradition while watching the action unfold, as timeless themes of shame, legacy, fate, and family are played in the very context of American legacy and reality: racism and segregation." Full Review
"While there is an often frustrating incoherence, this does not diminish the emotional punch thrown by the performance’s climax...Murfi is fantastic...As goofy in 'Ballyturk' as he is devastating...‘Ballyturk’ elicits more questions than it answers in its 95 minutes running time...Be prepared to be thrown off your axis. It is a noteworthy experience, but you’ll land a bit disoriented when the house lights go up.” Full Review
"Deals with this tension between reality and chosen illusions in its own provoking way, with equitable humor, empathy, and pathos. Kazan exhibits a formidable talent for writing...Some of the most poignant exchanges are between Anna and the robot, Arthur...Kazan is sensitively navigating the murky, ethical waters of what it means to deceive ourselves and the ones we love when faced with stupefying adversity." Full Review
"'Inanimate' is a somewhat misleading title for such a buoyant, funny, and heartwarming journey of self-acceptance and love...Each laugh is genuine and plentiful. Each emotional moment is sincere and pitch perfect...Robideau treats his characters and subject matter with a sincere respect and compassion. He emphasizes the importance of community while feeling isolated in dealing with disappointment or grief." Full Review