Kenji Fujishima

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Reviews (64)
The Far Country
Chelsea
Theatermania

"As a history lesson, 'The Far Country' is enlightening, sobering, even at times enraging. As drama, Suh's play is on shakier ground." Full Review

Theatermania

"This uneven production of 'A Delicate Balance' is solid enough to make a persuasive case for the universality of Albee's darkly poetic insights into upper-middle-class existential ennui." Full Review

Theatermania

" 'Walking With Ghosts' may not necessarily be life-changing, but the spectacle of seeing this great actor reminisce about his own personal and artistic coming-of-age turns out to be surprisingly affecting indeed." Full Review

Theatermania

"Those who don't know the book going in will certainly find in this production a reasonably engaging entry point into its themes of forbidden love and class struggle, but may ultimately find it all rather dated and emotionally remote." Full Review

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East Village
Theatermania

"Theater Mitu has come up with a production that is bound to appeal to both the head and the heart." Full Review

Oresteia
Upper E Side
Theatermania

"It's a satisfying cap to a remarkably intelligent new take on the 'Oresteia,' one that will have audiences marveling afresh at the social, political, and historical insights that Aeschylus still has to impart to a new generation." Full Review

Notre Dame de Paris
Upper W Side
Theatermania

"Imagine a sung-through musical that's made up almost entirely of power ballads, from the electric guitar underlining its slow-burn opening to its final, soaring glory note. That's the best way to describe the experience of watching Notre Dame de Paris..." Full Review

Theatermania

"In short, 'Queen' aims to do much more than just shine a light on an ecological problem. At heart, it dramatizes the eternal conflict between logic and emotion, and how such a dichotomy can even manifest itself in the realm of science. It's the depth of Shekar's characterizations, the way Sanam and Ariel, especially, feel like three-dimensional people, that allows the play transcend its activist and allegorical trappings." Full Review

Theatermania

"'Exception to the Rule' aims to provoke thought and reflection in more indirect ways. Whether you find Harris's social allegory in this work intriguingly thorny and complex or merely heavy-handed will depend on your personal experiences. My own reaction rarely rose beyond a certain sociological and aesthetic detachment, but I found the broader societal implications fascinating to contemplate in retrospect." Full Review

Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Theatermania

"As Dean has written these characters, though, they don't really expand much beyond their functions as allegorical emblems...As a result, 'Heartland' comes off as an adult after-school special: something that is 'good' for us, even if it is less than memorable dramatically. The three performers do what they can to bring this glorified history lesson to life...Much of the play's impact relies on the conviction the actors bring to their characters." Full Review

Space Dogs
Midtown W
Theatermania

"I found it overbearing from the start, when the two creators/performers come onto the stage and immediately start tossing toy puppies at the audience...Some of Blaemire and Hughes's songs suggest the smarter musical 'Space Dogs' could have been...Even such moments that evince an actual political and moral perspective on history, however, are overwhelmed by Blaemire and Hughes's insistent desire to entertain at all costs." Full Review

Cullud Wattah
East Village
Theatermania

"It is, in short, a very ambitious work in story and style. Some of those ambitions are better realized than others: The characters, for one thing don't always escape the feeling of being mere mouthpieces for the playwright's themes rather than being fully realized people. Even at its shaggiest, though, there is a generosity of spirit to Dickerson-Dispenza's writing that is powerful enough to transcend its shortcomings." Full Review

Theatermania

"Introducing Lady Augusta Gregory to a New Generation in 'Lady G': Ciarán O'Reilly's celebration of the seminal Irish literary figure premieres at Irish Repertory Theatre." Full Review

Einstein's Dreams
Midtown E
Theatermania

"In 'Einstein's Dreams,' a Young Albert Einstein Has Visions of Time and Love: Joanne Sydney Lessner and Joshua Rosenblum's adaptation of Alan Lightman's bestselling novel comes to 59E59 Theaters." Full Review

(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Theatermania

"A Jazzy Fusion of Fact and Fiction in '(A)loft Modulation': Jaymes Jorsling's new play makes its world premiere, presented by the American Vicarious." Full Review

Theatermania

"Theater Mitu Considers Whether a House Is Indeed a Home: A multimedia riff on Anton Chekhov's 'The Cherry Orchard' makes its world premiere in Gowanus, Brooklyn." Full Review

Theatermania

“By virtue of simply treating it as a period piece, Battista's new production...does hold a certain sociological and historical fascination. And when the text itself is performed as sensitively as it is here, it's enough to temporarily pulverize any reservations one might have about the play's dated qualities...’Lone Star’ may feel slight in the moment, but only in retrospect does the inner pathos of the material become apparent." Full Review

Continuity
Midtown W
Theatermania

“This world premiere is only intermittently engaging, and never fully realizes the grand philosophical statement that its more heavy-handed lines of dialogue seem to be making...Wohl appears to be in such a rush to get her points across that she creates a soapbox instead of a drama. Despite the efforts of the all-around excellent cast to make these characters come off as human beings, ‘Continuity’ aims at worthy targets but barely grazes any.” Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
Theatermania

"If one is willing to overlook the incongruity of making George black but keeping Ann white, there's something empowering in Ogbuagu and Fluker playing the grim truth tellers amid a sea of white characters who are all suffering from varying degrees of self-delusion...However, this production is a straightforward presentation...Still, if seeing a powerful drama staged and performed well is enough of a reward, then this new production mostly satisfies." Full Review

Theatermania

"Cooper's urgent and worthy interpretation reminds one of just how much this play in particular gains from a fairly straightforward approach - straightforward, that is, except for its bruising physicality...The fact that Cooper manages to imply topical parallels without overwhelming the play's enduring power feels refreshing...It also allows us to focus on the performances of the excellent cast, and thus on the human elements underlying Shakespeare's epic sociopolitical dissection." Full Review

Suicide Forest
Midtown W
Theatermania

for a previous production "Simultaneously confounding and thrilling...Lee's sudden swerve toward introspective navel-gazing is a double-edged sword: As touching as it is...it does also leech away the more beguiling sense of mystery the play had heretofore built up...Even if not all of Lee's formal and emotional gambits work, enough of them connect to make 'Suicide Forest' an invigoratingly risky, genuinely thought-provoking experience, one worth seeing no matter your linguistic and cultural background." Full Review

Theatermania

"Eno's play is much more than just a playful comic lark...Michael C. Hall is dynamic enough as an actor to hold our attention for 70 minutes, keeping us rapt through Pain's quicksilver mood changes and evasive forays into whimsy. But a sense of pained inner life is lacking in Hall's interpretation, with the actor seemingly prizing speed over depth in delivering his character's ramblings...It's a tribute to the richness of Eno's play that it survives a relatively superficial approach." Full Review

Theatermania

“Essentially a solo show, with Page delivering Dickinson's words to us in the nonmusical portions. She does so in a manner that seemed excessively affected in the first half...Like she hadn't yet fully learned the part...One will still come away...feeling both awed by the musical and literary beauties on display but also a little hungry for a more substantial experience. There's not a whole lot here one couldn't learn by simply reading Dickinson's poetry and listening to Beach's music.” Full Review

Remnant
Brooklyn
Theatermania

“Perhaps ‘Remnant’ tries to tackle too much. Considering its philosophical aspirations, this work should be thought-provoking. Instead, the sheer sensory overload of its multidisciplinary approach to some degree becomes self-defeating, as one is bound to come away appreciating the ceaselessly inventive stagecraft more than meditating on the themes it presents...’Remnant’ is the kind of admirably overreaching failure that is willing to risk disaster for the sake of testing theatrical boundaries." Full Review

Theatermania

“The subject is certainly worth exploring, though it's hardly conventional musical material...The young cast's relative inexperience is at times glaringly obvious...Like watching a competent college production...Generic musical-theater idiom in their score...Melodramatic book...This banal and forgettable musical leaves you thinking less about the historical atrocities it dramatizes than about how much more illuminating a Wikipedia page on the subject would be.” Full Review

The Bandaged Place
Midtown W
Theatermania

"As tough as its subject matter is, 'The Bandaged Place' is hardly a wallow in misery...Rivers may not be telling a breathtakingly new story, but he has found inventive, heartfelt, and affecting ways to refresh a familiar one." Full Review

Theatermania

"'Almost Famous: The Musical' may well be the most dispiriting example of this screen-to-stage trend: a creatively bankrupt illustration of exactly the kind of commercialism that these characters rail against." Full Review

The How and the Why
East Village
Theatermania

"They [Leiner & Goldman] make the talk in The How and the Why feel genuinely weighty and full of import: an extended conversation worth eavesdropping on." Full Review

I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Theatermania

"It's a tribute to Gardner's keen attention to character detail that 'I'm Revolting' rarely feels schematic...Knud Adams's direction adds an intriguing layer or two to Gardner's play." Full Review

The Nosebleed
Upper W Side
Theatermania

"With its reliance on audience-participation and metatheatrical devices, it's as if Ogawa was so worried about coming off as too insular, she felt a need to find ways to force her audience to confront the same questions she's been working through." Full Review

Theatermania

for a previous production "This misbegotten production of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' is valuable in a certain sense, then. It demonstrates the necessity of a strong directorial vision to make Tennessee Williams's play work today by offering an object lesson in how it can sink without one." Full Review

Theatermania

"Whatever faults there are in Cofield's production, the brilliance and continuing relevance of Shakespeare's great comedy still shines through." Full Review

Snow in Midsummer
East Village
Theatermania

"For 'Snow in Midsummer,' her contemporary adaptation of the classic Chinese work, however, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has not only added modern elements and themes to the plot ... but also reconfigured it as a supernatural murder mystery. The result, at least as presented by Classic Stage Company in the shaky New York premiere production opening tonight, is admirable but diffuse." Full Review

Theatermania

"The most noteworthy aspect of this revival is that it reminds us of what makes 'American Buffalo' a formidable work in the first place. This is a down-in-the-dumps working-class vision of the American dream, and Mamet invites us to observe these oblivious, hypocritical dreamers with equal parts amusement, empathy, and skepticism. Whether this play has any fresh revelations to offer the more 'woke' world of 2022, however, is a question that this production never really bothers to ask. For bet... Full Review

Out of Time
East Village
Theatermania

"Not only does it feature five new monologues written by Asian American playwrights, but all five give Asian American actors over the age of 60 the kind of acting showcase they aren't normally afforded. If only the short plays themselves were as worthwhile as the concept binding them together...Regardless of how variable its material is though, 'Out of Time' does at least boast the spectacle of some of our most underappreciated Asian American stage performers working in top form. And director... Full Review

The Tap Dance Kid
Midtown W
Theatermania

"Kenny Leon's direction especially shines in the nonmusical scenes; it's breathtaking how much familial intimacy he is able to engender even amid the large dimensions of the New York City Center stage. But he by no means stints on Broadway dazzle. Jared Grimes's choreography astonishes in the "Fabulous Feet" and "Dipsey's Vaudeville" ensemble numbers, especially with the actors clothed in Dede Ayite's eye-popping costumes. Derek McLane's fairly minimal set design — with one cloudy backdrop du... Full Review

Endlings
East Village
Theatermania

"Diving for Metatheatrical Satire in Endlings: Celine Song's poison-pen letter of a play makes its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop" Full Review

Timon of Athens
Brooklyn
Theatermania

"Contemplating Two Philosophical Extremes in Timon of Athens: Kathryn Hunter stars in Simon Godwin's new production of a lesser-known Shakespeare play at Theatre for a New Audience." Full Review

The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Theatermania

"Marisa Tomei Runs the Emotional Gamut in 'The Rose Tattoo': Roundabout Theatre Company presents a new revival of the 1951 Tennessee Williams play." Full Review

Felix Starro
Midtown W
Theatermania

"Wrestling With Faith and Family in 'Felix Starro': Ma-Yi Theater Company presents the world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn and Fabian Obispo's musical adaptation of a short story by Lysley Tenorio." Full Review

Little Gem
Chelsea
Theatermania

“Three Generations of Irish Women Live, Laugh, and Love in ‘Little Gem.’ Elaine Murphy's 2008 play returns to New York City in a new Irish Repertory Theatre production.” Full Review

Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Theatermania

"Depending on your perspective, Ching's play will come off as either genuinely inspirational or overly rosy...Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's production doesn't always help, lending a certain artificiality to the proceedings...For all its shortcomings, 'Nomad Motel' is generous and heartfelt enough to never quite lose the audience's goodwill...Ching's play does offer genuine insights into a kind of familial relationship that is rarely depicted onstage with such acuity." Full Review

The Bigot
Midtown W
Theatermania

“The sitcomlike nature of ‘The Bigot’ is evident not just in its thin characterizations and tidy plotting, but in a worldview that is near-offensive in its simple-mindedness...The play's interest in having characters teach Jim the errors of his bigoted ways is contrived, not to mention predictable...In the world of ‘The Bigot’, even racism and homophobia could be easily solved...Amid such clichéd material, this quartet of talented actors bring all the conviction they can muster.” Full Review

Theatermania

“It's a bad sign for a show when the lighting design upstages the star...Whether this performance adds up to anything more than a virtuosic 90-minute acting display is questionable...The global reach is admirable, but scope is not the same as depth...Starts to take on the feel of a glorified photo album — and as with any photo album, unless one is already invested in its creator as a personality, one is likely to come away from this show shrugging one's shoulders in indifference." Full Review

The Mother
Chelsea
Theatermania

“A psychologically incisive look at a middle-aged mother's clinical depression, but never fully delivers the searing poignancy we expect...Once you grasp its structural gimmick early on, there's nowhere left for ‘The Mother’ to go but down, and Zeller doesn't offer many surprises...Overall, the cumulative effect of ‘The Mother’ is like watching a slow-motion car wreck: at times fascinating to gawk at, but leaving us none the wiser as we drive by.” Full Review

Nassim
Midtown W
Theatermania

"Warm and inviting...Most of the audience-participation gambits are in keeping with the creator's broader aim to foster a dialogue between two different languages and cultures. It's that ultimate goal...that gives 'Nassim' a poignancy that goes beyond the pleasantly playful surface...It's possible to find Soleimanpour's idealism overly sentimental...Still, maybe a dash of utopianism...has its place in a time as dispiritingly divisive as the one we're in right now." Full Review

Travisville
Midtown W
Theatermania

"Relatively hands-off direction puts much of the onus on the dialogue and actors to carry the day. Thankfully, Harper shows a knack for colorful dialogue throughout: funny at unexpected moments, eloquent during serious ones. And the cast bring a dynamism to their roles that feels positively electric..Perhaps most impressive about 'Travisville' is Harper's clearheaded willingness to embrace the agonizing complexities of his subject." Full Review

Theatermania

"Whatever similarities Tucker saw in both these dramas, though, he has failed to communicate them in the mess of a production that has resulted...Even when the transitions from one play to another are smoothly done, Tucker's production never makes a convincing case for why these two works should be presented this way at all...God bless Bedlam for continuing to take risks with the theatrical canon, but this latest provocation is a misbegotten misstep." Full Review

Neurosis
Gramercy
Theatermania

“A musical comedy that only half-fulfills the promise of its inventive concept...Purely as musical theater, though, ‘Neurosis’ does have its charms...Edwards's lyrics and Rice's book are filled with quick-witted jokes and wordplay, and Green's music abounds in buoyant energy...This conceptually intriguing but disappointingly skin-deep show proves too committed to its crowd-pleasing ways to be both diverting and profound.” Full Review

Theatermania

"After a while, one wonders whether this ambitious show might have been better off without such concessions to conventional storytelling...'Secret Life of Humans' is at its most stimulating when it ignores the thinly characterized relationship and fairly unsurprising mystery at its center and becomes a free-ranging meditation on what defines us as human beings...'Secret Life of Humans' offers enough to leave us pondering anew some of the largest eternally burning questions of our time." Full Review