Lea Fridman

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Reviews (13)
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"Fast-paced and hilarious...Levenson’s powerful play focuses a sharp gaze at politics and the hidden volatility that can tip over into violence and the spilling of blood...The timing and ensemble work of the actors is flawless...Levenson writes with great clarity about the fundamental unclarity of the human situation...The year 1969 is a window into our fraught times, and Levenson uses it just as Arthur Miller used the Salem witch trials to focus his unsparing gaze on the McCarthy years." Full Review

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"Immersive theater at its very best...The audience experiences a visceral rather than a complete or detailed picture of the story into which it has been swept up. Three things, it would seem, were required, then, to speak the burning truth of the Maidan revolution...Most important of all, it must place the audience not outside but inside the action of the revolution itself...For all of its brilliant chaos, energy, irreverence, and passion, 'Counting Sheep' is a work of great delicacy." Full Review

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"An artistic collaboration and co-creation of love...Green is a British actor who has instant heart connection with his audience and a pleasing voice...The wonder of the show is in its perfectly pitched performance and thoughtful selections of Coward songs and text...Best, of course, are the songs, which include old favorites as well as little-known gems...This show reminds us of the sensibility, depth and linguistic virtuosity that have ravished us for nearly a century." Full Review

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"Tony Carlin plays an earnest former President who is convinced of his righteousness but not arrogant or prideful...The play is documentary in style, grounded in historical evidence, legal argument, and reference to international treaties and conventions...Although the verdict, left up to the audience, is pretty much a foregone conclusion, it is the detail that is finally so impressive...Some might say 'Trial of an American President' is a beautifully dramatized trial and not theater at all." Full Review

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"It’s rare to see anything remotely like 'The Paper Hat Game': a seamless and brilliant performance. The delicacy, virtuosity, and utter freshness of this avant-garde theater work will delight you long after you’ve left the theater...The 50-minute production is visually and acoustically dense—exquisitely so...'The Paper Hat Game' brings a childlike sense of wonder to the mundane." Full Review

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"'A Doll’s House' is a manifesto that speaks boldly even today...With humiliating clarity, Nora comes to understand how living in homes run by men has stunted her...Lacey does especially well with the lighter shades of Nora’s passionate character...Arbus and her marvelous casts invite us to place these plays beside each other and come away with a new understanding, not only of these works, not only of these playwrights, but of ourselves. Can great theater do more?" Full Review

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"A production of rare emotional power and a directorial tour de force...What makes this production significant in a way that no other recent production can rival, is its upturning of this most unquestioned convention, the identification of one actor with one role...Williams and the New York Shakespeare Exchange have stretched theater conventions and opened our eyes to possibilities within the theater we had not dreamed of." Full Review

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"Weatherstone and Coady bring the unlikely and mismatched couple alive in performances that allow memory to leak across moments of joy, fear and anger...The most crucial element is the singing and dancing narrator of the show, played by Caplan...His exuberant performance blows the musical out of the dark waters of its painful story and brings in intellectual parody and social commentary alongside its musical range and eclecticism...Moscovitch draws her characters with a sure touch." Full Review

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“Who would have imagined that this 1928 whale of a play could be acted as a one-man show to riveting effect? Greenspan is extraordinary, and he brings to life an extraordinary play...Directed with verve and invention by Jack Cummings III, ‘Strange Interlude’ is staged on the spare sets of three performance spaces at the Irondale Theater...Given the length of the evening, this works well...Long as it is, this enthralling production is not to be missed.” Full Review

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"A piercing look at the rise of a thug...As beautifully directed by Kevin Confoy and acted by Craig Smith, Ui is rather a schlemiel, who through happenstance...is able to win control over the Chicago vegetable trade...Brecht thus counterpoints the comedic story of Ui with the historical rise of Hitler...Although there are scenes that hit the mark, the play is far too difficult to follow...Good editing to simplify but also to shorten the play would go a long way in this case." Full Review

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"Beautifully directed by Joel Zwick, the work uses projection and lighting as well as audio in striking, even brilliant ways...In bringing us a character whose passion and achievements were in music, Felder’s own musicianship, his teaching moments riffing on music that occur throughout the play, and his prowess at the keyboard, bring us more deeply into the soul of Bernstein than this genre might have otherwise permitted." Full Review

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"A harrowing and magnificent performance by Thompson...The Strindberg provides him with a role of rare emotional range in which he, along with the audience watching him, absolutely revels...Arbus and her marvelous casts invite us to place these plays beside each other and come away with a new understanding, not only of these works, not only of these playwrights, but of ourselves. Can great theater do more?" Full Review

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"There were arresting moments in this production…But, for the most part, inventive use of video, gesture and dance, the dramatic story and interludes of deeper rumination do not, finally, cohere to immerse us in anything more than that spectacle itself. We are entertained but, finally, not enlarged in the course of this production." Full Review