Marti Sichel

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Reviews (30)
Hitler's Tasters
West Village
Woman Around Town

"The performances are faultless...Like the performances, the ideas behind 'Hitler’s Tasters' are rather good. Playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks has tapped into a fascinating story based solidly in history, making it relevant today, as scary as that is. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in character...A disturbingly entertaining piece of work from a group of talented women. It’s funny and creepy, but also genuinely interesting to contemplate. It’s a show that will linger in your mind." Full Review

Pete Rex
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

"Carere, Winheld, and Sowain play the trio...If there are any faults to their performances it might be that they don't appear to be quite as affected by events and actions as one would expect...The overall feel of the first act is a little like a funnier and significantly less bloody 'Dawn of the Dead'...Has a great sense of humor and a solid heart. Where the cracks start to show is in defining the main plot device in the second act." Full Review

Woman Around Town

“A powerful piece about family that will leave a lingering impression if not an ache in the heart...The cast comprises only five performers...all notably skilled actors...Reeves’s choice to make this a story-in-a-story at first seemed awkward and unnecessary, but by play’s end it’s the relationship established in those first minutes that connects Shakespeare’s story with the audience, making it living and visceral...A surpassingly good piece of independent theater.” Full Review

Charolais
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

"The Charolais is surprisingly well-heeled and emotive. It’s a funny and charming counterpoint to the rest of the story...Stapleton’s writing is full of personality and good humor. It’s wonderful to listen to her brogue as she passes her judgments...She can be captivating when the story turns serious, but it doesn’t stay that way long...There’s a lot of character and a surprising amount of story in a deceptively small package. Stapleton’s script and her performance are both top-notch." Full Review

Rotterdam
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

"A thing of surprising beauty...It’s generous with its open heart and wrenching in its honesty...'Rotterdam' is blessed with a perfectly on-point script by Jon Brittain and a quartet of actors who deliver universally outstanding performances. Brittain achieves a perfect balance of humor and heartbreak, proffering the opportunity to feel sharply contrasting emotions that somehow actually make the entire experience both realistic and bearable." Full Review

Mary Speaks
East Village
Woman Around Town

"A moving series of stories about black mothers and sons...The production is stripped down. Polite doesn’t have flashy props or much in the way of a set. It’s mostly about her body and her voice, which changes dramatically to suit whichever of the many characters she portrays throughout...It’s a small production, but Polite’s performance is fully from the heart...The vignettes are also extremely relevant...These stories resonate." Full Review

Life According to Saki
East Village
Woman Around Town

"These tales are performed with precision and impeccable comedic expression by a troupe of six very hardworking actors...It is a marvelous piece of work told marvelously...It’s also delightfully silly. Silliness is really key here. What makes these stories so memorable is the full-on, high-energy delivery and the way these talented actors throw themselves headfirst into the tall tales...They are a beautiful and talented group of performers." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"Between Brown’s charisma, Ringwald’s gravitas and their chemistry together, this is a production not to be missed...Parva, who has worked with playwright Dan Gordon before, have worked together to craft a graceful, flowing, nearly seamless production...Unfortunately, due to space and time constraints, there are some really powerful moments in the film that simply don’t happen in this version. It’s a disappointment, but not enough to keep from recommending this production." Full Review

Two Class Acts
Soho/Tribeca
Woman Around Town

"'Ajax' and 'Squash' are a one-two punch of bigotry and disappointment. Each play is an hour long, and both hours dragged on as I sat cringing in my seat...'Ajax:' It’s trite, it’s predictable, it’s full of cliché. This is a terrible show, and it’s difficult to say if the hackneyed script or the anti-Semitism was more offensive...Though the staging and costumes for 'Squash' were fabulously 1970s fleek, the script was again fraught with stereotypes, misguided ideas, and stale dialogue." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"It feels like running through a list of archetypes checking off those present rather than watching one or two really develop as characters. The overall effect was to make the story seem drawn-out and without focus. Similarly, among the abundant musical numbers were several that didn’t feel like they helped move the story along at all. They simply didn’t land with any kind of emotional force...It’s clear that a lot of love went into putting this production together, but it just misses the mark." Full Review

Held (FringeNYC)
East Village
Woman Around Town

"A lovely fairy tale filled with sophisticated, beautifully layered songs…It’s easy to see what’s coming from the hints dropped like breadcrumbs along the way, but that doesn’t hinder the enjoyment of the story or change the fact that the music and performances are all excellent...Even if the plot was somewhat predictable, it was told with care and creativity. All told, 'Held' was one of the best Fringe shows I’ve seen. Get a seat while you can." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"Rice reveals Austen’s history one piece at a time, separating the years with another story...This secondary storyline is an odd fit for the play...'Alice in Black and White' works well as commentary on the evolution of women’s rights in America, from Victorian times through the 1950s. It also makes a moving point about the women of Austen’s generation, who were brought up being told they were worth only what their wombs could produce." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"What works on the page does not always work in the stage. In this case, and the six actors playing a variety of characters are required to pantomime their surroundings, and one must even play the part of a goldfish…There are some stories that linger in mind...Others I recall for the awkward presentation…Despite the awkward way in which the stories are presented, the work as a whole moves surprisingly quickly and with good humor." Full Review

but I cd only whisper
Soho/Tribeca
Woman Around Town

"Leave it to The Flea to take a subject full of horror and make it, if not quite beautiful, stunning in its humanity...Full of power and emotional punch...This isn’t the kind of play that allows for passive viewing...The show can be intense at times, and Jeanlouis and Kunutu in particular turn in powerful performances that question what it is to be a man, a woman, black, poor, and struggling in America." Full Review

The Pillowman
Gramercy
Woman Around Town

"'The Pillowman' is a frightening, deliciously disturbing piece of theater. It has the power to baffle and intrigue you, urging each watcher to piece together horrible pictures while sending a chill right up their spine. And while the cast may still be getting comfortable, the script will no doubt leave lingering visions of carnage dancing in your head." Full Review

We Live by the Sea
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

"The story is brilliant — hilarious and heartbreaking all at once — but in the small, intimate theater you’ll witness one incredibly courageous and truthful performance by young Alexandra Brain...The script is a scramble of overlapping lines, with characters talking over and around each other throughout. The performance and direction of it, however, looks so easy and so natural at times that of course it must have been incredibly difficult to get just right. But right it is, remarkably so." Full Review

AMP
Soho/Tribeca
Woman Around Town

"Christopherson is a captivating performer...Special kudos also go to director Isaac Byrne for making the video segments so genuinely, incredibly chilling. 'AMP' is a moving piece, with shocking moments that make it a truly visceral experience. It’s also worth experiencing as a feminist piece, of which the Marys—Wollstonecraft and Shelley—would have undoubtedly approved." Full Review

Knives in Hens
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

“’Kerr, Taylor and Haqq pour out with furious intensity Harrower’s almost musical staccato dialogue...The tension between the actors is palpable. It may be winter in the story, but these three performers create intense heat...The characters forge intense connections with one another, but the Young Woman’s transformation is astonishing in the short period over which the story takes place.” Full Review

Invincible
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

"In a hilarious first act, it seems the two families couldn’t be more different...As events unfold we find that they have for more in common than they would like. There are many great moments in 'Invincible,' but in particular Betts does a wonderful job of connecting his layered, complex, damaged characters on multiple levels in unexpected ways. Each character is an individual and every performance is pitch-perfect...A rare treat, a lovely, funny, smart and poignant piece of theater." Full Review

Nibbler
West Village
Woman Around Town

"The performers go above and beyond...If you are the type for whom the human form brings blushes and giggles, this is not the play for you. For everyone else, it will likely touch some feelings and memories close to home...The whole thing is amusing, even if a little heavy-handed with the stereotypes...The one part that didn’t work, on multiple levels, was the musical number at the end...It’s the kind of scene that may look good on paper but just doesn’t work in a live performance." Full Review

The Ephemera Trilogy
East Village
Woman Around Town

“‘Bend’ alone is worth the price of admission, making the first two visually stunning, strikingly creative pieces gifts of light and beauty. The recommendation is to make 'The Ephemera Trilogy' a priority; it is breathtaking, both for the bold and open approach to its subject and the subtle beauty of its expression…The whole performance is mesmerizing...'Bend' commands us to look at one of our country’s most shameful moments and learn from that generation’s mistakes." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"You simply mustn’t miss 'His Royal Hipness Lord Buckley' and the man who stands in for the legend, one Jake Broder...If you dig classic licks and linguistic tricks, spend two out-of-this-world hours with Jake Broder and company...Broder keeps his performance humming. It looks like no easy feat reciting all that purple-tinted prose, but he does so without a stumble...He takes the original Buckley’s work and runs with it." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"'My Name is Gideon' is a balm for what ails the psyche. There is magic in his work, and I don’t just mean the playing cards…As a performer, Gideon is unassuming but obviously insanely creative. He and his production team have created a lovely, intricate, wholly safe space for people to come and experience something different and quietly wonderful. He’s a talented songwriter, too, and his music is the kind that uplifts and helps you forget what you left behind on the outside." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"The crowd came ready to be entertained and they were unquestionably satisfied. The puppet parody takes everything beloved about the classic ‘80s comedy and packs it into 90 witty minutes of sarcasm-laden shenanigans...There’s a lot going on, but creator Jonathan Rockefeller has done a marvelous job of keeping it all cohesive and easy to follow, as well as pitch-perfect...I’m confident that if you’re a fan of the original you’ll love what 'That Golden Girls Show!' has to offer." Full Review

Bears in Space
Midtown E
Woman Around Town

"80 minutes of absurd (and absurdly creative) hilarity...Despite the abundant homage, there are so many creative and comedic touches to surprise and delight that the end product feels both fresh and timeless...Director Dan Colley has done wonderful things making the play interesting and accessible...The show never lags, never exhausts and delights without faltering in its tone or sacrificing character development for laughs...It has a big, silly heart and isn’t afraid to flaunt it." Full Review

That Which Isn't
Brooklyn
Woman Around Town

"Freeman’s script is like a literary iceberg, with much of its context floating dark under the surface and requiring some extrapolation based on his characters’ exchanges...As an audience member invested in understanding the full complexity of the work it would be nice to know at least what each character is talking about. What we do get, however, is fascinating...‘That Which Isn’t’ is a heartbreaking work." Full Review

Woman Around Town

"A cadre of charismatic performers create a kinetic spectacle full of humor, music and feeling…’The Flying Doctor’ is a raucous and, in the end, surprisingly melancholy take on Molière…The energy that this cast brings to the show is fantastic...The intensity of the eye contact, the way Sganarelle has of getting right into your personal space, the whisper of Sabine’s skirts stirring the air as she passes, all lend the experience an intimacy that lingers in the mind. Happily, the champagne helps." Full Review

YOUARENOWHERE
Financial
Woman Around Town

"Andrew Schneider’s breathtaking play delivers the same kind of hazy, disjointed, surrealistic experience that the best dreams provide...The play feels like it is part commentary on the plugged-in world we now inhabit and part performance art, with the intensity of a confessional and more than a touch of humor...The whole show is like that, really—odd and fascinating and funny. It’s an experience that both challenges and charms. And invites you to visit again." Full Review

The Golden Bride
Financial
Woman Around Town

for a previous production "A perfect little package of humor, charm and history…It would not be a stretch to think this show is a precursor to the better-known 'The Fiddler on the Roof'...The voices, too, are first-rate…'The Golden Bride' is a lovely confection of a musical, with romance, silliness, a missing person, and a suitor who must accomplish a Herculean task to win the love of his life, this musical confection has something sweet for everyone." Full Review

Hoaxocaust
East Village
Woman Around Town

for a previous production “Sharp and insightful, simultaneously funny and thought-provoking and oftentimes surprisingly angst-inducing...Levey is incredibly engaging, addressing the audience directly throughout and often throwing out humorous little side notes that make the whole presentation feel pleasantly off the cuff...Every time you think things have gotten to a point at which there can’t be anything funny to say, he lands an apt pop-culture reference that breaks the tension.” Full Review