Mariana Howard

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Reviews (17)
90
NY Theatre Guide

"A moving passion project brought to life by a band of Broadway professionals. Based on the true stories culled from over 200 interviews with homeless NYC men and women, the actors do a tremendous job preserving the dignity of the characters’ story lines, which are intertwined with care and rooted in reality, not melodrama...A collection of small triumphs in a landscape of tragedy and strife, handled with honor by a gifted and dedicated cast." Full Review

90
NY Theatre Guide

"The three most impressive aspects of this production are the quality of the script, the top-notch cast, and the seamless manner in which these two elements combine to form incredibly authentic character relationships that resonate with truth in every regard...The bulk of the praise is reserved for Kazamel–it’s hard to construct a one-hour narrative that feels complete in its dramatic structure, not truncated or rushed. None of the 60 minutes of 'Canuck Downunder' are squandered." Full Review

60
NY Theatre Guide

"Where the production falls down is in chemistry–the cast often lacks the level of sass to convincingly carry off the saucy dialogue and erotic situations presented–and dancing. For a show centered around a dance contest, the movement of the actors was passable at best…If Petterson ever decided to run this production again in NYC, there’s a strong likelihood that the show could become a long-running cult classic if staged in one of the city’s iconic gay cabaret venues." Full Review

90
New York Theatre Guide

"'Indian Summer' is a gem of a script that contrasts the gorgeously bittersweet throes of young summer romance with the melancholy ache of being elderly and alone...Moss has written a story that masterfully absorbs the viewer into the journey...Director Carolyn Cantor does a brilliant job staging the action and empowering the actors to play to their strengths. The cast is superlative and perfectly placed in their roles." Full Review

100
NY Theatre Guide

"This ensemble cast is nothing short of exemplary and the script by Barry Malawer is powerfully bold in its construction of character-driven, intelligent dialogue...Eric Tucker deserves accolades for nurturing such compelling performances from his top-notch cast and creatively staging the action. All involved with this production should feel pride...If one play deserves to makes the jump from Off-Broadway to Broadway this year, it should be 'Dead Dog Park.'" Full Review

70
NY Theatre Guide

"While sustained heightened energy in a play can be intriguing and even thrilling, for 'I and You' it’s ultimately too much of a good thing...The cast deserves commendation for their efforts – each actor puts everything they have into their roles. This fierce commitment to going all out would have benefited from some restraint...While the much-buzzed about plot twist is inspired, its impact is diminished by all the frenzied pacing." Full Review

85
NY Theatre Guide

"The one improvement that could be made to the show is the pacing of the first act. It takes what seems like most of Act I for the guys to realize what their mission is, and while the cascade of old-time tunes is entertaining, the show really finds its momentum once it settles into it’s holiday groove. All in all, 'Plaid Tidings' is a solid win for good, clean and wholesome holiday fun." Full Review

95
NY Theatre Guide

"The greatest achievement of this production is not how well it translates Chekov’s classic tale of tragic love and relentless ambition into a contemporary Nashville setting (it does, beautifully). Rather, it’s how the stellar script, score and cast make the viewer virtually forget the source material and become completely engrossed in these characters’ travails…Broadway theatre veteran Kate Baldwin commands the role of Tammy Trip." Full Review

90
The Upcoming (UK)

"The recent addition of accomplished stage and screen actor Taye Diggs as Hedwig is good news for even the most devoted fans of the cult classic, as there is much to be surprised, delighted and enlightened by in his portrayal...he commits wholeheartedly to the insecurities, complexities and idiosyncrasies of the role. Diggs’ natural presence exudes sexually dominant masculinity, making his willingness to explore the feminine experience a compelling risk – and it pays off." Full Review

100
New York Theatre Guide

"The show is virtually flawless in almost every regard...With ‘Aubergine,’ Cho has composed an astonishingly beautiful tale that firmly establishes her as a major talent in the pantheon of modern playwrights. Her words present a daunting but rewarding task for the director and cast, who must demonstrate their own virtuosity with every line to properly convey the artistry and heart that unfolds throughout. All of them succeed, and it’s remarkable to behold." Full Review

80
NY Theatre Guide

"A tender homage to the legacy of Lunt and Fontanne...Director Owen Thompson leverages the natural chemistry of his actors and the result of this creative collaboration is lovely to behold...Some of the best moments are when Lang and Murphy step out of their title roles to portray other notable friends and associates in the Lunts’ lives...For anyone who loves theatre, loves a grand love story, or simply enjoys an engaging, well-acted historical play, 'Lunt and Fontanne” is a solid win." Full Review

70
NY Theatre Guide

"It ventures to establish connections between the classic version of the famous play and the possible ancient tales and sources…While the notion of such an approach is compelling, the end result is mixed, but earns a nod for effort…De Rogatis assumes the titular role and surrounds himself with a supporting cast that’s mostly strong…Director Jay Michaels clearly had a vision for this production and stays true to it…This was a bold effort that deserves recognition for taking risks." Full Review

80
New York Theatre Guide

"Director Michole Biancosino did due justice to Romeo’s diamond-in-the-rough material and talented cast...[The play's] strength is that it manages to be a wry commentary on the way things are now, for better or for worse without becoming condescending. What may end up being its biggest win is its potential to spark a dialogue across all platforms – including face-to-face communication." Full Review

90
NY Theatre Guide

"With a script that demands engagement from its audience and limited space to convey a sense of non-linear time sequences, both Gabriel and Baessato do an outstanding job. Adam Fitzgerald earns high marks for inventive staging that effectively creates the sense of passing time in critical scenes...For the theater aficionado with an appetite for a drama that’s something short on length, intellectually challenging and flawlessly executed, 'The Good Girl' is an ideal choice." Full Review

90
NY Theatre Guide

"The way this concept is presented is nothing less than artful in that it never once feels sci-fi or fantastical; despite the (currently) unbelievable premise, it stays grounded in its principles, however existential they may seem. The cast delivers outstanding performances in roles that demand an immersive and imaginative approach...If there is one caution to consider, it is this: 'Marjorie Prime' is not for the passive viewer. To fully appreciate its message, it’s critical to pay attention." Full Review

85
NY Theatre Guide

"Each actor turns in a strong performance, convincingly creating the triangle of tension between the two men and the doomed Penn Station. Playwright Justin Rivers has created some incredible dialogue that rings authentic for each character, and director Mindy Cooper has cultivated an appropriately complex, but not overly so, rapport among her actors." Full Review

75
NY Theatre Guide

"While some of the plot devices seem dated and a few snippets of dialogue come off as laboriously glib, it succeeds in creating an overall nostalgic tone. Thursday night’s performance was warmly received by its audience, as evidenced by several robust laughs and rounds of enthusiastic applause...In its best moments, 'Clever Little Lies' sheds light with humor and heart on the truths that surround ideals of love and commitment." Full Review