Lawrence Bommer

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Reviews (9)
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production “A world premiere that’s a bittersweet valedictory for a nightmare childhood...The gay performer’s narrative/song cycle delivers a showbiz exorcism for a a trauma too terrible to be divulged...There’s no questioning the bedrock sincerity or anguished immediacy of Cale’s autobiographical cantata...Cale’s painfully intimate work seems swallowed up on the large stage. But that’s its only drawback...Cale’s self-muted outpouring is a triumph of restraint amid extremity.” Full Review

Stage and Cinema

"It’s got the credentials and, at times, the chops, to justify the screen-to-stage transformation. But just barely…For many audience members, the show’s cinema-to-showbiz shocks of recognition will be sufficient satisfaction. But right now, still on its pre-Broadway shakedown cruise, 'Pretty Woman: The Musical' lacks the urgency to justify this switch to three dimensions." Full Review

War Paint
Midtown W
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "Incandescently portraying the warring women are LuPone and Ebersole…The show works equally well as an unspooling period piece…Two 11 o’clock numbers suit the headliners’ individualized magic…Unfortunately at times ‘War Paint’ goes no deeper than the title…Happily, the vast vulnerability and awesome actuality that these beautiful belters evoke rescues the musical from its static situations…Our dynamic duo make their vehicle a blast from the past and a thing of beauty.” Full Review

Airline Highway
Midtown W
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "D’Amour employs a maddening mix of (supposedly realistic) overlapping banter and cross-talk, as well as dialogue mood swings that raucously lurch from small recollections to big resentments. The ear-splitting result: a kind of “island of lost causes,” a loudmouth Catfish Row fueled by tall tales and short fuses that’s no greater than its parts...Airline Highway (as generic as its title) couldn’t be more interesting to see or more derivative to hear. It’s never condescending, just very, very ... Full Review

The Qualms
Midtown W
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "'The Qualms' is basically an Internet forum made flesh, a “truth or dare” confessional in one act...this new 90-minute offering from Pulitzer/Tony-winning playwright Bruce Norris is one loud argument divided into eight characters. Four couples in what used to be called a “wife-swapping” club gather in a spiffy condo in a beachside apartment complex. What results is a train wreck in slow motion." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "'Waiting for Godot' thrills us as it flattens boxcars of aspirations about dignity and destiny into music-hall merriment...Director Garry Hynes. Her take on the seminal anti-tragedy is richly orthodox, respecting the physical and gallows humor while never undercutting the pathos of a friendship that trembles on the edge of amnesia...The performances were nothing less than powerfully persuasive, enough so that a little despair goes too long a way." Full Review

Stage and Cinema

“Reimagining as much as recreating the cinema idol’s feisty hunger and jerky grace, ‘Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies’ is catnip for the cognoscenti...It’s a time-capsule treasure for once and future fans of the Tinsel Town icon...With flashing eyes and clipped delivery...Sherr impishly displays the various looks Davis cultivated to match her attitudes...Sherr’s one-act tour-de-force can only be a blast from the past, a seminal glimpse of a legend in full flux. It’s always a pleasure to watch." Full Review

Othello: The Remix
Midtown W
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "A delirious delight…The Q brothers update but never trivialize the master’s universal grasp of characters in conflict…Marvels of supple, split-second timing and gangbanging hubris, the bouncing, bubbly dialogue is as infectious as repetitious…Nothing’s lost in this deft translation or delirious presentation...The insistent percussive dynamism of the script propels the unstoppable tragedy as much as any incidents. However long the run, this 'remix' can never run long enough." Full Review

Smokefall
West Village
Stage and Cinema

for a previous production "The moral can be anything you like—much ado or what you will. Whatever the random harvest, no doubt Kauffman and her cast serve a supple, slick script very well. They manage to find the charm in contradictions, the rewards in arbitrary plot twist, and the toughness in love. For many theatergoers and the majority of critics, that’s payoff enough. Others are finicky and ornery enough to want originality." Full Review