Keith Paul Medelis

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Reviews (46)
Theatre is Easy

"Rarely is that experience as magical as The Civilians' mostly verbatim theatrical approach to the lesser-known camp goddess Paul Swan...Camp is having a resurgence...Done properly, with a deep mystery of beautiful tragedy, it is the work of Paul Swan, a man played in Kiechel’s play by a perfectly gentle Tony Torn...While there is much to be confused about, director Steve Cosson makes the most impact in the latter half of 'Paul Swan is Dead and Gone.'" Full Review

Daddy
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Feels strikingly vacant...Where 'Daddy' struggles is under Danya Taymor’s direction. Taymor struggles to find the right rhythm for Harris’s melodrama. The play's frequent emotional outbursts...have an unusual lack of connection...Cumming and Peet are a remarkable pair but Harris’s text leaves reality in favor of metaphor and manages to feel lacking despite the play’s oppressive running time." Full Review

The Amateurs
Gramercy
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"We're tossed back and forth between Harrison's intimate storytelling and the players acting out the scenarios in the same presentational manner...The stark style difference is nice...but I struggled to understand how these two worlds related. As events unfold quickly with not much reflection, often playing out as an ancient melodrama, I struggled to care about Harrison's characters. 'The Amateurs' feels like a draft of a play that just made it a little too far." Full Review

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"Magnificent writing...Lieberman smartly pushes all of the first act's confining action downstage, but opens up the entire space for the second act, adding several benches to the traditional set. It’s a choice that Neugebauer makes knowing that she’ll upset the purists. It leads to a rather expansive, oddly asymmetric 'Zoo Story,' where the stakes aren’t high enough...Albee’s script wants Peter and Jerry more trapped than Neugebauer’s staging suggests, and the end feels unearned." Full Review

Solstice Party!
Midtown W
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"Impeccably designed...A methodical production that descends from the ordinary into the bizarre...Poetic moments by Stanton, along with the songs by Bridges make this work most impressive. But ‘Solstice Party!’ also feels too empty...There is something in that empty space, but Mercer offers this to us far too slowly....When the bomb drops, it’s not earned or particularly interesting. All along this has been a kind of hipster 'Get Out,' yet with stakes that don’t feel real.” Full Review

Kink Haus
East Village
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Montana’s 'Kink Haus' serves the queer fantasy of your dreams...It’s loud music, dildos, heels, and lubed-up dance floors from there forward. We all know what we’re here for: hot dancing with heaping portions of sex. Montana’s production delivers, if only in a tease. Structurally, it just starts to get good, and then it’s over. And for a title like 'Kink Haus' I expected to be shocked; instead, the erotica here is actually pretty tame." Full Review

3/Fifths
Financial
Theatre is Easy

"Based on a woman of color who was sobbing uncontrollably...this experience is not for everyone...'3/Fifths' is meticulously researched and crafted...There is a lot happening in this evening. Each moment is filled with more thought and research than an entire semester of work from a single undergraduate student. That can start to feel oppressive, for the wrong reasons. I ran from the theater upon the play’s ending...It’s not an experience designed to be liked; running from it marks success." Full Review

Latter Days
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

“The trademark Beckettian rhythm and language is at play here, eliciting the same kind of laughter that feels wrong when it happens. Chayes directs and her simplicity and precision shines…It’s far too reminiscent of the Beckett world without being different enough to warrant its necessity. Although its themes of grand delusion and co-dependent power relationships couldn’t feel truer.” Full Review

Kid Victory
Gramercy
Theatre is Easy

"The story thinks it’s more mysterious than it is...But director Lisel Tommy is uncharacteristically on the nose...The musical also treats Michael, the captor, with a strange kind of empathy that feels icky. 'Kid Victory' is worth seeing for some tender moments with Flynn and his father, played by Daniel Jenkins...I’m left wondering why a musical, with precision blocking, tap dancing, and all the obviousness that comes with the genre, makes sense for this story." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Its concise, shortened dialogue feels so forced here that it betrays the form, contradicting its purpose to reflect the fractured nature of ordinary speech. Instead the language takes on a disjointed quality that betrays the performances of Urie and De Jesús, each moment feeling disconnected in service of the annoying poetry...Despite this, 'Homos' remains mostly agreeable until it is betrayed by an ending that feels of a different time and era...The payoff feels wrong; the drama unnecessary." Full Review

Paris!
Brooklyn
Theatre is Easy

"It’s meant to be enjoyed with liberal drinks and food, and the focus here is on the dancing, circus, and the costumes (by a gifted Zane Pihlstrom); the story is irrelevant...The Irondale Center's problem is its size. I wanted a cozier sense of seduction to wrap me in at 'Paris!' And, in the balcony, I struggled with the sound, missing entire speeches of dialogue...Only noticeable in comparison to the rest of the perfection of the evening’s offerings." Full Review

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"Miller's writing is honest, though it occasionally overuses 'fuck' instead of going after some more meaningful dialogue...Wigglesworth’s direction is surprisingly conventional and can move slowly...'Ariadne' wants to be dirtier than it is...I do dig what The Cutout Theatre is trying to do. Their truthful, no bullshit mission is spot-on to unlock some quality storytelling. I’m curious to see what that means outside the confines of Fringe." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Leeper’s voice and persona can change on a dime and are on exquisite display when he cycles through all the characters in quick succession during one killer of a monologue...There’s never a moment of unease in the storytelling with his careful guidance...If some, especially those familiar with plays about gay history, might find the script a bit lacking, David Leeper’s performance helps make up for this, and might well be a standout of Fringe." Full Review

The Fall (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "The reason to see 'The Fall' is for the performances. And let me offer that it isn’t just the lead actors who are standouts...There’s some really honest listening happening up there, and some remarkably truthful and powerful actors handling these monologues...That said, Lilia Rubin’s play feels dated...We aren’t allowed a gripping story to hang our hats on, but rather a patchwork of intimately related episodes." Full Review

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"Tremendous work by a skilled acting ensemble, smart designers, and the keen, firm grip of director Davis McCallum; 'Stupid Fucking Bird' is good fun...Posner has taken all the complex characters, the brilliant monologues, the rich symbolism, and raised the bar for contemporary America. It’s angry, honest, smart, sensitive, and deeply moving...McCallum never lets go of what could be a confusing mess, comfortably finding an important tone in this ensemble of gifted makers." Full Review

The Wildness
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"'The Wildness' is super fun. And you should go. It’s sexy, smart, and honest. The aesthetic is one part steampunk, one part Rose Art unicorns, one part Atari, and one part Studio 54…All this plays out in the beautiful Ars Nova space on Kris Stone's long runway of a set. Director Sam Buntrock keeps us moving through the show with expert pace and precision…It’s a wonderful theatrical event worth checking out before it ends its limited run." Full Review

CHALK
East Village
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Curtis delivers a wonderful clown show to be enjoyed on an adult level and, I imagine, also by a younger crowd...Where ‘Chalk’ is most successful is when Curtis uses the medium of clowning to investigate depression and loneliness…We learn that these chalk lines that have become a symbol of both the possible and also constriction can easily be erased." Full Review

Tonight/Jungle
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"'Tonight with Donny Stixx' and 'Dark Vanilla Jungle' are plays about obsession and attention in the world wide web world. Both characters crave to be noticed through the haze of artificial likes and retweets masquerading themselves as connection...This is a solid collection of monologues worth checking out. Catch them both for the thematic connections though don’t miss the rollercoaster that is 'Dark Vanilla Jungle.' Just don’t get too obsessed." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"'King Charles III' is a terrific offering for this Broadway season. It’s juicy, smart, and skilled. That said, I couldn’t recommend it for everyone. I suspect the larger-than-normal and noticeable 'should we leave?' faces at intermission are an indication. There were some empty seats in Act II. Those that stay and thrive on this might be Shakespeare fans/appreciators. For them I say, get thee to see 'King Charles III.'" Full Review

Cloud Nine
Chelsea
Theatre is Easy

" Caryl Churchill’s astounding play is bravely and carefully revived...James McDonald has concocted beautifully nuanced, delicate characters... Trouble is, I missed some danger. There’s a lot of laughter in this play, though I longed to find that gut turning, uncomfortable laughter that often accompanies this kind of madness. There’s a forceful, tightness in the first act that has to push us into the place-finding troubles of the second. This metaphorical corset isn’t tied very tightly." Full Review

Mercury Fur
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"'Mercury Fur,' and I think proudly so, is not for everyone. Just in terms of language alone you’re going to hear an f-bomb just about every other word, and this somehow starts to feel clean considering what else is in store... If you have any triggers for child abuse or violence this isn’t for you. If you’re into two hours of nonstop, full throttle, truly terrifying theater, 'Mercury Fur' isn’t to be missed." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Judith' provided a rough start to this ultimately enjoyable evening...That said, I would strongly recommend checking out the Potomac Theatre Project’s evening of plays to see 'Vinegar Tom.'" Full Review

Punks & Provocateurs
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"It is so rare to find a costumed, thirteen-member Jacobean comedy anywhere in this city and if you’re into that sort of anomaly then you should definitely get thee to 'The Roaring Girl'. The swordplay is cool, the actors are enjoying themselves, and the songs are lovely...'The Roaring Girl' is probably best enjoyed inebriated so you can languish in each and every thrust, stab, and jerk. Just as was always intended." Full Review

Skinnamarink
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"'Skinnamarink' is not for everyone; the wild, stylized nature of Little Lord’s work is distinctive and maybe profound...After a while spent with these lessons, it isn’t entirely clear what they’re meant to be teaching, but it does seem like these students are constantly wrong...Even if the peanuttiness of 'Skinnamarink' isn’t quite your taste, it will likely leave you feelin’ some kind of way about the evolution of education in the States." Full Review

Teenage Dick
East Village
Theatre is Easy

“A slick, loose update of ‘Richard III’...'Teenage Dick' succeeds in navigating the often difficult line between making a play that speaks to today while also nodding toward the past...Von Stuelpnagel steers us through a comedic play, forcing us to confront jokes about CP, wheelchairs, and teenage bullying. As much as we may laugh, we are also indicted in this, where a sharp turn from what has come before delivers harsh impact.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Imagine the most absurd and multiply by 5...'Jerry Springer - The Opera' rocks...Not to be missed. Best enjoyed with a beer from the bar and maybe a little pre-gaming...The music of Thomas is remarkable...Rando guides a huge production masterfully in Signature Theatre's smallest space...Everyone in Rando's cast is sickeningly talented...Not all trash. Yes, there is a lot of trash...But there's also an 'It’s a Wonderful Life'-style reckoning here that delivers a solid pay off." Full Review

The Children
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

“Kirkwood's tremendous new play is the kind of work we need to be making, and supporting, right now...Macdonald is a master at executing real, darkly comic characters in stark scenarios. His deft hand brings to the stage a nuanced, streamlined performance with just a hint at some tricks. But it’s Kirkwood’s script that deserves the most attention...Filled with a millennial insight into the baby boomers in a way that never feels patronizing, but boldly poetic and disarmingly comic." Full Review

Breeders
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"A wonderfully quirky, elegantly crafted new play with some startlingly unsettling moments...It takes a lot to shock me, and shock me 'Breeders' did, on more than one occasion. Bradley’s direction does not shy away from these moments, allowing them the space they need to be fully understood. Thankfully she has some brave performers willing to take the risk...Giles’ play is smart. He doesn’t show all of his cards until the moment is right...This play is well worth your time." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It’s going to take this European band of devised performers to tell us that it is all going to be okay. I’m more than happy to welcome the Oslo and Paris-based Krumple to our country in despair, in need of remedy...Awesome clown work that’s expressive, silly, and emotionally gripping all at once...The plot is only a small portion of what makes 'YŌKAI' so enjoyable. For simple magic and some profound laughs, visit the Tank at their new space on 36th Street. Don’t despair." Full Review

Rules
Upper W Side
Theatre is Easy

“Ildiko Nemeth's version hauntingly places a native woman on stage at the very beginning of the evening…I can’t say that much of the rest of the play moved me in a similar way. The trick of Mee’s collages is to stay universal without becoming unplayable…I wanted the play to get dirtier, tearing us from this gallery space into the cruel realities of our work ahead. ‘Rules’ doesn’t deliver here and remains a shiny, pleasant version of what could really cut into the viciousness of our time.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Jean Ann Douglass’ bizarre, effervescent little play unfurls slowly like a magical flower…In a stream of narration directly to the audience, Dora goes about her quaint albeit dull day in the gentle, untroubled neighborhood of Rhode Island. It’s tediously funny…I promise there’s more in store for what becomes an allegory for the concern of the outsider, all with the pleasant veneer of smiles, comedy, and sunshine that makes for a jolting conclusion." Full Review

The Battles
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"The famous battles between these two great artists are in fact much more personal here. And it works. If you’re like me, however, you’ll wonder why musical theatre was the right medium for this story...Where the show fits the classic mold, it also notably departs from convention. For one, it’s unapologetically, refreshingly queer...This story is intimate and relatable...Perhaps it’s too sleek and intimate for the collection of showstoppers that the score wants to be." Full Review

Wilderness
Lower E Side
Theatre is Easy

"There isn't much new here. The play never becomes more than a static after-school special of the '90s. The performances themselves also feel forced and not fully lived in...Director Bockley places this collage together as best as he can, though the performances can never recover from their moments of forced sweater-on-chair ballet. I craved more time with each scene, allowing us to understand and explore each moment with nuance rather than melodrama and interpretative dance." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"’Marie and Rosetta’ isn’t entirely a play in the conventional sense, but rather an excuse to see and hear Jones and Lewis rock out…Brant’s script seems secondary—it’s not entirely interesting, though certainly well made…No matter how effective you find the text, 'Marie and Rosetta' is must-see theatre because everyone must experience the bravura powerhouse that is Kecia Lewis. And as the sometimes foil of Lewis, Rebecca Naomi Jones radiates charm that is nothing but pleasure." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Director Danielle Skraastad moves the play swiftly and organically. She also doesn’t allow any of the natives, Puritans, or slaves to become racist stereotypes, playing everyone with fairness and a standard American dialect...The actors can be hard to hear over the hum of some struggling, inferior air conditioner units...There is some good work happening here, and ‘Paradise’ is an exciting, new script that I hope has a long life ahead.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The songs never reach anything preachy, rather we get a personal and careful look at the life of a couple coming to terms with this virgin birth and the enormity of their new, important place as impoverished people...This folks, is one of Fringe’s best. It’s smart, it’s polished, it’s honest, and it has a bright future ahead of it...The performances are outstanding...'The Unusual Tale of Mary & Joseph’s Baby' is so wonderfully human." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Exhilarating and exhausting...I urge you, nay require you to see 'Revolt.' to witness the final sequence of the play that will not soon leave you and may, instead, leave you speechless and stumbling for words…Lileana Blain-Cruz leads an expert cast of four—Daniel Abeles, Molly Bernard, Eboni Booth, and Jennifer Ikeda—through a series of scenes with naturalistic ease…This latest Soho Rep concoction is an important one…Get yourself down here." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'Climate Chaos' is an extensive, sometimes draining, survey of climate change science in a way you may have never seen before. Baba Brinkman is a terrific performer...After a while though, you start to feel like that this all a bit relentless. The projections feel like a live-action version of 'An Inconvenient Truth' and your saturation level for quickly-spewed facts is full. This could really be a series of well-produced YouTube clips that here makes up a sometimes exhausting evening." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Recluse' feels more like an elaborate sketch…'The Remarkable Rooming-House' is the play to come for. It’s dirty, provocative, and feels like a guilty pleasure…These plays are admittedly sparse...They feel like ideas of larger plays…Director Cosmin Chivu does right by the everyday poetry of the language by leaning away from it, placing the words firmly and confidently in the actors’ vernacular rather than allowing too much indulgence." Full Review

O, Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"A genuine, skillful, and joyful adaptation of Thorton Wilder’s 'Our Town'... 'O, Earth' is a drop everything, must-see show… I honestly can’t say enough how much I loved my time spent with Casey Llewellyn’s charming, insane, and brilliantly crafted 'O, Earth'… I laughed. I cried. I danced. 'O, Earth' is a celebration that only good theater can reward us with." Full Review

MDLSX
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"Silvia Calderoni is a remarkable performer akin to watching a spastic, panting lizard jugging full speed on a treadmill...Her beautiful, hideous performance makes MDLSX sustain itself through a somewhat tedious 80 minutes, compromised mostly of reading English text from the back wall while occasionally glancing to the purposefully meditative, numbing video." Full Review

Because Me
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"'Because Me' joins the parade of stories about late twenty-somethings becoming 30, struggling to find independence in New York City. And it’s a solid take on this trope. For me, it’s not adding much we haven’t heard, however... That said, Stable Cable Lab Co. is one to watch and 'Because Me' is a play to check out for all of us who have looked at, considered, or even ventured into your very own studio apartment in New York City." Full Review

Catch The Butcher
West Village
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"Playwright Seidel replaces cliché lines about falling in love with language of finding out what it’s like to be normal. He crafts some notably co-dependent characters in this bizarre play. Director Fratti keeps the story moving, but can't quite find a suitable tone...'Catch' feels sadly forced. It’s neither enough of a black comedy, nor sexy enough for the bondage play it could be. And it’s got nowhere near the nuance it would take to make it a fascinating Genet-like power play." Full Review

Threesome
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"There’s a hefty amount of bravery behind El Guindi’s play. The topical territory of gender, sexism, and identity within Islam makes for an important play worth taking note. Director Chris Coleman finds the delicate balance in the expectations of the play’s sex comedy beginnings and its intentional subversion by the second." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Guards at the Taj' is a staggering, uncomfortably comedic, and deceptively simple play about the profound repercussions of a job well done...What 'Guards at the Taj' shows us is the creation of such beauty...Largely a comedy. Indeed, almost slapstick...it’s a trademark of Joseph’s playwriting that he can juxtapose the horrific with the comedic, elevating both in profundity." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"I’m afraid this production falls into some of Williams' traps by largely playing the melancholic, emotional mood of the play rather than the action at hand. Not aided by a rather filmic and melodramatic sound design and an underutilized, fabric-strewn set sans fire escape, we’re offered an unrelatable 'Menagerie' without the necessary heart." Full Review