Marcina Zaccaria

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Reviews (49)
Tender Napalm
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

“The truth is: I saw ‘Tender Napalm’because it had a great title. Finding the delicacy of the language is half the battle, and Philip Ridley's script, originally presented in London in 2011, is challenging. In some aspect of this dreamlike, imaginary place, there's plenty to do, in the mind of the audience, to create a narrative that's built on the presence of this Man and Woman, who persist, always dancing, tempting the larger explosion.” Full Review

City of No Illusions
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

“’City of No Illusions’ provides the right bit of magical realism...It has a glimmer of humor, wrapped within the larger, blunt recognitions about death that could surround us, at any time...What makes ‘City of No Illusions’ unique is that it is a bit gruesome, while simultaneously being joyous. The most memorable thing about this play is the script that cuts into the psyche, asking the audience to take a careful and deep look at the journey that some might take to the afterlife.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"It’s an incredibly well-designed experience. Like pocket cabaret, it has elements of surprise and comedic bits. However, it’s so complete in form. Direction by David Alpert makes great use of the space...While the device of getting to the big show is common, it’s largely successful. The story is so persuasive, It might even make the most jaded New Yorker nostalgic...It’s a thoroughly enjoyable 75 minutes." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“There’s something absolutely electric about Bobby Kennedy...Arrow meets the demands of his one-person show...with fervor and delicacy...His script is plain, but feels alarmingly accurate...Nightengale really keeps the drama moving...The show is a lesson in perspective...Arrow’s strength is his dedication to authenticity. His clear intent not to gloss over the deeper issues surrounding Kennedy’s 1968 campaign makes viewing this political journey so very special.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"The language of 'Macbeth' sounded neither labored nor chewed to bits...Delightful evening...Posing against tall buildings, running up and down the stairs leading to the back of the NYPL, they are never overtaken by their own majestic energy...Clancy seems to elapse time brilliantly in other moments of this production, leaving a series of remarkable images, before allowing audience members to drift back into the trees and towards the skyscrapers of New York City." Full Review

Fruit Trilogy
West Village
Theater Pizzazz

"The trilogy combines moments of levity with moments of fear and conviction...In 'Pomegranate,' the performers present as Items, ready for sale...Without extraneous movement, they deliver the text, thoughtfully and unflinchingly...The box bursts open in .Avocado'...In a courageous performance by Clemons, who previously performed in 'Transparent,' moments land with a definitive sense of breath...In 'Coconut,' it’s refreshing to find a differently inclusive narrative." Full Review

Dutch Masters
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Holland has every sense of pacing of the play, written by his former NYU colleague, Keller. His script calls for frequent shifts in status, and the filmic quality of the performance feels like additional scenes could easily be spliced in. Holland also seems to love the everyday slice of life, perhaps, a vision of his younger self. Eric, played by Duff, is extraordinarily present. Steve, played by Horowitz, builds moments with an incredible sense of truth." Full Review

The Signature Project
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Dunning enchants audience members...This subtle drama feels most like a lecture series....Vitale keeps the entire production on an even keel, making space for the Irish music and dance sections, who are there to bring a mural to life. Step-dancers with glittery costumes parade; choreography by Wright is perfected...With communication zooming forward at the speed of light, these ensemble moments celebrate performance from every angle." Full Review

Time Stands Still
West Village
Theater Pizzazz

"New Light Theater Project holds true to the standards of the Little Theater Movement with this revival of 'Time Stands Still'. The truth in each moment in this complicated story reaches heights, soaring just above the life of an average New Yorker. In the listening, the characters find strength. Director Jerry Heymann makes certain that the space is completely inhabited. Every breath matters. Light jazz music...ensures a light mood, through every turn of emotions." Full Review

Who's Holiday!
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"'Who’s Holiday!' is a tragic-comic monologue that’s full of risk, with Margherita meeting every dare...She has extraordinary presence, and isn’t afraid to charm the audience with a song or take up the microphone to bust into rap...There is enough ingenuity and sensitivity in this show to make you beam or grimace. Lesli Margherita sparkles, gliding through each moment, eliciting sympathy in every phrase. Her command of the stage is strong and bold." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"The monologue seems most like a personal share...All together, it is some of the best multi-media combined with performance seen this year...She shifts effortlessly, playing Betsy, Pablo, and Curtis. Though there are moments of humor, the actress often finds a desperation beyond comprehension...Director Talvin Wilks guides the audience carefully through each moment...It’s too warm to be chilling, too poetic to be bleak, and too honest to be forgotten." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Though a few of the tunes sound joyous and melodious, many of the songs leave one feeling less than wispy. Well-drawn characters are scripted by Goldstein and Clyde...The war scenes carry a good deal of weight...Great choreography by Andrews holds the intensity of the production...There is something terrific about the staging, with seamless blending from foreground to the background…Creators of this new musical have done a lot to capture the love and despair of the time period.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Enchanting…Often in stark in black and white, this ensemble-based work relied on a fidelity to the words and the work of Tychyna…Harmonic singing warmed the heart, while dance and video provided extraordinary contrast. The poetry, spoken perfectly, conveys a bleak world…There’s something cool and breezy about the poetic style of ‘1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs.’ The performance, as a whole, is a generous offering and easy to digest.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Eunice Wong delivers a raw performance as Lavinia Mannon. Her use of mask is exceptional, and every word she speaks emerges from a deep, visceral place…If the jarring nature of the stage picture leaves you baffled, the consistent quality of the delivery of language will keep you impressed by the depth of O’Neill’s understanding, and the fresh ability of Target Margin to keep theater and theater-making relevant and compelling.” Full Review

Dolphins and Sharks
West Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Daily power struggles are entirely credible under the direction of Charlotte Brathwaite, who masterfully incorporates movement sequences...Some of the repetition becomes wearisome. However, there is a satisfying and simple truth to the main characters trading stories about their home lives...Playwright James Anthony Tyler...keeps it real. The language is rhythmic, and the negotiations are incessant. The tiers of struggle are felt before resolution is approached." Full Review

The Portal
West Village
Theater Pizzazz

"We find unmistakable shamanistic glory in 'The Portal'...Billy Lewis, Jr. delivers a scaled back performance, recalling all of the fervor of Hedwig. The loud music is felt through his entire body...With every sense of guidance and no sense of gravity, 'The Portal' stops just short of full-scale success. What is missing in Luke Comer’s spectacle is the weight." Full Review

Hit the Body Alarm
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Pizzazz

"Investigations of the human condition persist, as the performance journeys from the netherworld to the mundane...Winsome Brown approaches her monologues with candor…Brown utilizes the tech without forgetting the power of the spoken word…Co-Director Brad Rouse trades spectacle for the essential truth of the actor. Deep spiritual value is discovered. ‘Hit The Body Alarm’ is not a quest without just cause. It is plain, serious, and ripe with meaning." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"While political drama can be hard-hitting, 'Reagan’s Athena' is more like an acute career study...Some of the most dialectically challenging (and politically energized) text in the script might not be the most dramatic...The actors look like they are still fine-tuning points in the drama. Searching for meaning in the dense, layered story, the overall execution of the play feels a bit dragged down...It would be inspiring if the play was lifted up, out of the workshop phase." Full Review

The Paper Hat Game
Financial
Theater Pizzazz

"What elapses in fifty minutes is a skilled motion study, tracing the live hours and movement of the puppet. The buildings are astonishingly well constructed and painted. In fact, the best part of the show is seeing how scenic backgrounds, documentary video imaging, and puppetry work together...We count on downtown theater to have variety, rhythm, and texture. What was sadly missing in this show was a dimensional script, filled with bold changes over time." Full Review

Thao's Library
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Elizabeth Van Meter’s play, 'Thao’s Library', covers much ground...Van Meter has strength, poise, and complete understanding on her side...Comfortable on stage, Elizabeth Van Meter believes in distilling the facts, and remembering the emotion in the struggle...Though Van Meter is the only person on stage, this multi-media play provided the opportunity for Van Meter to work with an empowering team." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"It’s a high-energy, high-impact performance with brilliant fight direction by Schall...This war between the Capulets and the Montagues features authentic, edgy performances...This artistic team has sought to create a play that is mobile in every way. With this notion, there is a sense of engagement and theatricality...The quick-paced action never seems to stop." Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Robert Creighton is perfectly cast... 'Cagney' is a joy for people who love top-notch tap dancing...What’s missing in this musical interpretation of Cagney’s life is that incomparable bit of spark that made Cagney so exceptional. The orchestrations in 'Cagney' are sometimes bland and uninspired. Creighton’s performance was first-rate, and the book by Colley is quite solid, but perhaps, with livelier music, the show would have had more unwavering appeal." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "The show looks great and keeps a brisk pace. There is something quite special about remembering these years with Gil and George, and the audience laughs through each beat of the bio drama…Their witty banter never keeps the audience in the dark....At the end of the show, Gil and George break the fourth wall…They take questions from the audience..Improvisation has never been so sharp. It is a fitting finale to a heart-warming journey that really captures every moment." Full Review

Ada|Ava
Financial
Theater Pizzazz

"'Ada/ Ava' deconstructs the components of a film...Although evocative of silent film, the play is really more of a pensive, emotion-filled reverie. 'Ada/ Ava' gives space for the audience to fill in their thoughts with kind and generous words...Director Drew Dir does a fine job blending elements of performance. He leaves plenty of space for the audience to appreciate their breath, as they follow the characters on this somber journey. The overall theatrical experience is captivating." Full Review

Film Chinois
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"The presentational moments are unexpected, but they keep the intrigue and the drama fresh...The production, as a whole, lacks the humor sometimes found in Film Noir, but it’s still a great watch." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Seems to cram in every labor-related issue that might appear in a packed 75 minutes...But ‘Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson’ lacks effortless flow. While the outpouring of emotion in the script must have been derived from Ackerman’s years as the Prop Master for SNL Film Unit, what is remembered is the humor, and the desire to turn the document of a day into an interactive experience...Funny, yet tragic...A must see for theater folks, with friends in the film and television industry.” Full Review

The Dance of Death
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Bold images like these make us appreciate Victoria Clark interpretation of August Strindberg’s 'Dance of Death'...Scathing language is delivered with unnerving smiles on Alice and the Captain’s faces, in the new version by Conor McPherson. It’s as though a secret, inside of Alice and Edgar, produces levity in an otherwise chilly environment. Pass after pass, the hidden bit of humor gives way to surprise, making 'Dance of Death' a fascinating watch." Full Review

The Chinese Lady
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

“Pena, directs this even, thoughtful production...As ‘The Chinese Lady’ explains her life story, and the acting style varies from presentational to dramatic to naturalistic...The acting loses a bit of its punch, when it is so every day...It is incredibly moving to see her progress in age...From a woman who bound her feet to a determined, poised, clear storyteller, she traveled through time and space, not just to put herself on display, as much explain her world.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"It brilliantly explains how all of her poems were eventually published, many posthumously...Musical selections compliment the action that is both contemplative and reverent...Director Donald T. Sanders finds depth in the imagery, bringing even more dimension to the outstanding and memorable performance of Angelica Page." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Austin Pendleton successfully combines two Shakespearean plays in 'Wars of the Roses: Henry VI & Richard III,' bringing the best of actor’s theater to the stage. With Austin Pendleton’s direction, the company is completely engaged in the moment. Each persistent beat finds its strength through conflict...The scene between Richard III and Queen Elizabeth, played by Matt de Rogatis and Johanna Leister, is particularly potent, and the tête-à-tête toward the end of the play is not to be missed." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Performance art is reinvented over a cheese-bacon burger or beer...The bar with striking colored windows and beautiful wooded portals never really heats up. In fact, the improvisation has a loose format; it’s is so light, you almost don’t know it’s happening. There are no strong gestures until Shelly peels out...Her stomp-through includes a diatribe against the government, looking like really cool performance art.” Full Review

Pygmalion
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Though there are a few, soft, quiet moments in the space, the incarnation of this drama...spins beautifully...The immediacy of the theater is felt, seen, and heard; the characters are right next to you, creating a sense that anyone could participate in this moral dilemma...Fans of Shaw might love this production, for its zest and fidelity to the original text...It is great acting and directorial vision that make Bedlam’s production of 'Pygmalion' such a success." Full Review

Brilliant Traces
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Persistent psychological drama...The best thing about Johnson's script is its imaginative landscape...So much happens over the 90 minutes. The surprises serve the characters and propel the action...Warr's gone a step above bare-bones actor's theater, to create an artistic landscape...Great movement sequences build toward the brilliantly-staged dramatic ending that rivals any theatrical feat reached in larger scale productions." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"With only one performer playing all roles and a three person chorus singing carols at the beginning, this classic tale has charm and wit...The result is a lovely recitation of a holiday classic. It is full of theme, and rich with perfectly executed text...Director Erwin Maas has made certain that the depth of the text is understood throughout the entire play...Here’s to Origin Theatre, for also providing mulled wine and minced pie, a delightful addition to a surprisingly inventive hour of th... Full Review

Mesquite, NV
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Playwright Leegrid Stevens interviewed actual people in Mesquite, NV. The dialogue is lengthy, with layers of understanding within each scene. If it was a 'real-ness' he was searching for, he has succeeded. Director Thomas Coté makes moments of realization honest and clear. He also keeps the production clipping along at a great pace. Though it was 'showy,' in a traditional musical theater way, the plays never loses its truth." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

for a previous production "A hilarious, song and dance review through the Trump Administration. Held together by four strong musical theater actors, this political parody will keep you smiling and tapping your toes...The music has a rippling, bouncy quality that effortlessly keeps each moment flowing into the next...Director Jay Falzone has sprinkled in some great, comedic moments..The frivolity and sense of ease make for a joyous evening at the theater." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“A clever tale of mystery…The melodic score, orchestrated with a piano and violin, gracefully moves up and down the scale…The creative team has done a lot right to establish the world of the play…It’s magical and moving in the way that musical theater should be. John DiDonna is dashing as Holmes. His performance is steely, sharp, and clear. His voice, although a bit raspy, carries…Soothing melodies are pleasant and memorable.” Full Review

Her Portmanteau
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

“Mfoniso Udofia’s intriguing look at Nigerian immigration…Adepero Oduye’s performance, as the aloof traveler, is focused and strong…Direction by Ed Sylvanus Iskandar is crisp. He has a great appreciation of language and culture. Costumes by Loren Shaw add authenticity…‘Her Portmanteau’ feels epic...In the world of' Her Portmanteau,' images remind us that memories of homeland can be felt in the smallest of rooms, and reflected in the greatest of skies." Full Review

Sundown, Yellow Moon
Upper W Side
Theater Pizzazz

“Largely a convincing drama…While most moments of tension fly by on a pretty even keel, Peter Friedman really pumps up the volume. His anguish seems quite raw, and his connection to his daughters is unmistakably genuine…Director Anne Kauffman creates an entirely believable world, with enough charm and dimension. Similarly, playwright Rachel Bonds proves to be a solid writer, capable of carrying a firm story…‘Sundown, Yellow Moon’ is a hit.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“Wartime drama in ‘Incident at Hidden Temple’ is as compelling as it gets. As the landscape shifts from a village fable to a convincing military drama, director Kaipo Schwab skillfully coordinates interrogation of a larger truth…The play, filled with memorable characters, is something of a winding path constructed by playwright Damon Chua...Ava is portrayed adeptly by the Ying Ying Li.” Full Review

Inner Voices 2016
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Three performers explore the quiet thoughts that exist when almost no one is watching in 'Inner Voices'...While 'Just One Q' is not a riveting story, it is charming invitation to a drama in an old folk’s home...Anderson is in fine form in 'The Pen,' an astonishing character drama...The clean spaces in the first two pieces are muddied by the intentionally messy 'The Booty Call.' In this laid-back, funkadelic groove track, the space that is filled and inhabited is tranquil and refreshing." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Cirque du Soleil brings a story of human potential to the stage. While the Cirque productions always feature stunning acrobatics, 'Toruk' also provides narrative thread...The music, lights, and ingenuity of design – all present onstage – lead to better questions...Though 'Toruk' is mostly spectacle and not a larger ethics debate, Cirque du Soleil doesn’t fail to raise important questions about the interconnectedness of all living things...It’s impressive." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"This Obie Award-winning performance artist clings to myth like she clings to her microphone, considering freedom, jewel tones, and archetypal power of the mythic figure. Juxtaposing imagery of the horned beast with the politics of the day, Karen Finley proves with 'Unicorn Gratitude Mystery' that she really knows how to spit it...Finley is absolutely irreverent, and uncommonly on time." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"'Suddenly' can be startlingly funny. As the energy builds in action, the ensemble creates memorable tableaus to capture the moment...If there is a flaw, it is in the repetition without variation. The play sometimes feels lengthy without merit...Staging by Carson glosses over these imperfections. He cleverly makes stage space for the absurd. Broad, mask work, challenging movement theater, and appealing new characters build a complete drama, with enough surprise to keep the audience engaged." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“There is almost no foul in 'Science Fair,' a captivating opera with experiments...Director Lisa Rothe has smartly incorporated movement. Rotation of the planets presents like a balletic fantasy. Moments succeed with a light, clever spin...With the entire classical composition on an electronic device in front of her, Erika Switzer provides solid accompaniment...'Science Fair' will spark the senses, and make you appreciate the world this side of the moon.” Full Review

Vincent
Midtown W
Theater Pizzazz

"Briggs has a thoughtful command of the material, as he portrays the responsible brother to the erratic artist...Theo is perceived at a distance as directed by Dr. Brant Pope. Pope chooses to keep the performance quite even, and takes time to elucidate the points of the painter’s life succinctly and without great fervor...Pope also relies on Vincent’s paintings to guide the storytelling. This is the best part of the show...The sheer number of images utilized in this production is impressive." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"Filled with humor and glamour...What emerges after the intermission is a charming, light comedy where Georg and Amalia finally fall in love. Director Scott Ellis has no difficulty getting to the heart of the matter...'She Loves Me' reminds you that falling in love practically makes you want to do cartwheels." Full Review

Futurity
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Direction by Sarah Benson was nothing short of visionary...Translating Julian and Ada’s frustration about war becomes 'Futurity’s' victory. Though envisioned as a war and peace argument, 'Futurity' often wins solely on the music." Full Review

Trash Cuisine
East Village
Theater Pizzazz

"Belarus Free Theater seems to be using their bodies as instruments of social protest. If they are suffering, who is suffering with them? When they take on the suffering of others, they become a vessel for sorrow. It is somehow both inclusive and removed. Somehow, the shockwaves don’t seem to reverberate." Full Review