Lexi Orphanos

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Reviews (26)
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75
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"'A Christmas Carol in Harlem' is a cozy, spirit-filled way to spend an evening, especially as a resident of Harlem...It is refreshing to be in a theatrical space that really understands and serves their target audience. Although the piece certainly is feel-good and jolly in all the right ways, I didn't truly appreciate its magic until afterwards...On the cusp of the centennial of the Harlem Renaissance, it is exciting to encounter a group looking to celebrate that same explosion of art and c... Full Review

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85
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"One of the most striking things about 'Be More Chill' is for all the hype, it feels immediately familiar. No matter how you remember high school, it still stands as a relatable playing field...Watching it I felt pure, uncomplicated joy, an emotion that theatre so often complicates. But at the same time a nagging voice was telling me that this musical isn’t exactly ground-breaking...But that's ok, because 'Be More Chill' is pure comfort food...Unassuming and fun; here, that’s enough." Full Review

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75
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"From a writing standpoint, 'Yacht' poses a question on finances similar to the one 'Spring Awakening' poses concerning sex: if we as a society treat the discussion of major life topics as taboo, aren't we destined to crash and burn?...Although it is worth pointing out that middle-class, white America is not the subject that needs the greatest voicing right now, 'Yacht' does present a wonderful appreciation for a parent's grit, and the sacrifices made in the name of capitalism." Full Review

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70
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“Consists mostly of two or three person scenes in which our characters, intoxicated and aggressive, fight so intensely that they are sure to exhaust themselves. Guirgis' script does find delicate, complex moments, though the characters will often undercut them with a punchline, and the comedic rhythm is back to its speedy pace...Feels more like a live sitcom than a play...The dialogue rattles quickly, builds to a raunchy punchline, and then waits for the audience's reaction." Full Review

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80
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"Starts out clichéd, but the piece swells in rich moments of music and feeling expertly executed by the cast of storytellers...Once the exposition has cleared, 'The Homecoming Queen' finally comes to life with delicious surprises and understated character work. Yet it is the talent of the collective ensemble that is superior here...By the end of its 105 minutes, 'The Homecoming Queen' becomes a play for every actor on the stage and for every patron in the house." Full Review

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75
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“A surprisingly fun, interactive environment for exploring one of our nation's darker chapters...The marriage of puppetry and treason is a wise choice on creator/director Vít Hořejš' part...The marionettes give the play a highly presentational feel, but this should not be mistaken for a family-friendly evening...'The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald' caters to true-crime fans, yet there's a whimsy about it that one might find in an improv show. All around, an evening worthy of a chuckle." Full Review

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80
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"In true Baker style, nothing grand happens throughout the entirety of 'The Antipodes,' and by doing so, the piece is all the more delicious...In telling a story about people telling a story, Baker exposes time in new ways...Those less familiar with Baker's work, or less on board with her style, might easily walk out wondering what they have just seen. Annie Baker has created her most self-aware work yet, with every thought being simultaneously literal and allegorical." Full Review

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80
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"A ticket is a guaranteed new, fun experience. Some parts admittedly founder while others shock the theatre with a poignancy that any Broadway play could only aspire to achieve. What makes these moments even more special is that the performers are so tangible and personable...The four minds behind 'The Great American Drama' are sure to entertain, and sure to set a classy example of what it means to be a truly humble, selfless actor." Full Review

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90
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"What Horovitz did not tell us was that we were about to experience moments of perfect theatre; that we were collectively about to lose ourselves in his writing...Despite the heavy subject matter, 'Man in Snow' has some of the finest acting I’ve seen in a long time...Lyman exerts a tangible power over all that he does, always seeking something genuine, and never settling. Matched in this success is Sandra Shipley...To watch them work and create within Horovitz’ script is a pleasure." Full Review

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85
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"What could easily slip into the experimental theater void as just another play of monologues underscored with modern dance becomes a much deeper study of what it means to be human...The flow of the piece makes it such that everyone will leave with different thoughts about what the past hour of their life just meant, and even about the purpose behind each moment...This special feeling—of having your own individual experience in the theatre—is what makes the piece special." Full Review

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85
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"This ensemble of six incredibly talented actors immediately creates a world of high-stakes tension...'Chokehold' is packed with twists and breathtaking moments, but overall provides a refreshing, honest look at a conversation ongoing since the summer of 2014...'Chokehold' packs just enough of this topical punch with nuanced character backstories and delicious moments of comedy to leave the audience feeling not overwhelmed, but determined to get down to business." Full Review

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80
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"Standup comedian Kaytlin Bailey kicks down sexist notions against women in her autobiographical one-woman show. She ventures into her life story before the audience with an unparalleled air of brassiness, explaining her lust for sex work as a teenager...It would be wrong to say that this hour of fantastic storytelling is solely about Kaytlin. This show casts light on the long-standing history between damaged men and the women they pay to sleep with them." Full Review

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80
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"'#Blessed' blends the unexpected with the traditional, and proves that what is easy to perceive as strange or imperfect is truly what makes these characters perfect. Audience members of any faith or lack thereof will find it easy to climb onboard '#Blessed' with its lovable characters, haunting biblical interludes, catchy music, and 1980s-Molly-Ringwald-film vibe." Full Review

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85
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"'Thom Pain' completely strays from the comfort of familiar dramatic elements like character or plot: the show is quite literally based on nothing...To do all this and literally say 'fuck you' to the audience, while still maintaining their respect and attention, is flooring to witness. While unsuspecting audience members might be offended, this revival underlines how, even fourteen years on, there are so many aspects of Eno’s play that the theatre world is just beginning to scratch the surfac... Full Review

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80
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“A playful ensemble serving just the right amount of sugar to complement theories on human consciousness...Errico shines as a twofold character far from your typical ingenue...This feel-good musical remains as good for your spirit as a drive through the country. Errico and the entire ensemble are a warm-toned delight to experience, better enjoyed in the intimate house than on a booming Broadway stage, where the cast’s many subtle charms would be lost.” Full Review

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85
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"The cast is impeccable...The plot—albeit simple—becomes rich through Susan Stroman's direction and choreography...However, 'The Beast in the Jungle' is brought to even greater heights through the use of puppetry and expertly designed props employed by the women of the play. The 'Beast in the Jungle' provides a sure-to-please evening of classically trained artists free of overcomplicated commentary that sucks you into an era of entertainment that, in 2018, is increasingly rare." Full Review

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85
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"Brinkman is the nasty neuropsychology guru you wish you'd studied with in college, teaching you more with a rap than you'd ever learn in a textbook...As intellectually stimulating as a rapped TED Talk...The content and theories presented do, in themselves, make 'Rap Guide' worth seeing; however, the artistry of the show also deserves to be highlighted...A delight for the intellectual...A delight for the rap junkie...A delight for stoners and for STEM fielders." Full Review

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80
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for a previous production “Through David Cale's new play ‘Harry Clarke,’ we see how Brugglestein—portrayed by the sensational Billy Crudup—transforms into Harry Clarke...Crudup fills out the character and the messiness of coping with a traumatic childhood...In ‘Harry Clarke’ the story unfolds in sensitive, thrilling stories told by Crudup…Original music also written by Cale adds a refreshing element that helps distinguish Harry Clarke from many of Billy Crudup's other performances.” Full Review

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"The performances and high standards set forth by Keen Company's production of 'Lonely Planet' exemplify all that Off Broadway can offer...The company puts forward a challenge to think on, connect with, and truly hear the confusion of a tumultuous time...'Lonely Planet' shows us the 'Greenland Problem' of it all: which messes do we accept as a part of the world that we live in, and which distortions do we ignore, or else find the strength to face?" Full Review

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80
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"Piper delivers an intimate performance within the large proscenium at New World Stages. Through all the teary moments in the audience, Piper manages to bring a smile back with one of her jokes and expert physical comedy. In some moments, it is easy to eagerly await the next punch line, like watching a stand-up comic's routine, while in others, Piper captures true theatre and creates a tangible stillness in the crowd as she, herself, struggles to find the right words." Full Review

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90
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"I was truly stunned not by their tricks, but by the amount of selflessness I saw onstage...I gave over to the magic; I believed—which is more than I can say about traditional Broadway hits...In a setting that perhaps requires the most whimsy and belief, this belief factor came easily. As for the individual 'illusionists,' their range of talent has a treat in store for any viewer, young or old." Full Review

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"It seems as though these transitions and the set exist to show just how out of place Chapman is—his social skills are a bit lacking, especially sexually, and the musical transitions allow the audience to see his stiff attempts at dancing. But the transitions tend to cut off all of the tension built up in the previous scene...Even if this extended metaphor doesn’t work for you, you may still leave wanting to find your high school copy of 'The Catcher in the Rye' and give it another read." Full Review

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85
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"What makes 'Daddy Issues' so captivating is the cast’s agility within the comedic script. The writing itself is a pure joke machine...This nimble cast—under excellent direction by David Goldyn—knows exactly how to make the audience squirm with anxiety and then let the tension snap in moments of sheer comic genius. Beyond humor, Marshall Goldberg’s play taps into the core of what it means to be a father, mother, and son." Full Review

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85
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"Despite the heaping portions of lesbian jokes and drag ferocity, it does cross into deeper territory...Although both characters identify as women, neither plays the all-too-common submissive and smiling straight-white-cisgender ingenue. But if neither fits the old-fashioned theatrical female mold, both have many reasons to be smiling women just the same. As a writing/acting comedy duo, Alton and Warnock are polished and ready to crack you up, and potentially inspire you as well." Full Review

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85
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"Jeremy Stuart’s quirky creation is a treat for anyone and everyone who enjoys a good radio show or could use a little help from a modern-age guardian angel like Harland West. In a world where theatre is dominated by large ensembles and massive budgets, 'First Time, Long Time' serves as a reminder that one man onstage, committed to his humble job, is more than enough to qualify as a fantastic evening of theatre and storytelling." Full Review

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85
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"In a theater full of people who are likely sick of hearing about politics, 'Dream Ticket' provides a welcome outlet for our joined frustrations...'Dream Ticket' revolves around the highly comical drama that is so innate to modern conservative politics...What I expected to be a night of satirizing the Republican party pleasantly turned into an exciting, thought-provoking glimpse into the changes all Americans can—and should—make in politics." Full Review