Matthew Rettenmund

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Reviews (10)
Lured
East Village
Boy Culture

"This grotesque violation of humanity is dramatized in an ingenious way that contextualizes the trend while never flinching from portraying the depravity...'Lured' tackles a topical theme in an artful, non-exploitative way. It is never satisfied preaching to the choir...It doesn't force-feed us any easy resolution, either, ending with a question mark in the best possible sense...Not an easy play to watch, but it is 70 minutes of truth — you can't ask for more." Full Review

Kink Haus
East Village
Boy Culture

"Billed as fringe, but I came away thinking it was more mainstream than it realizes...It's an attention-grabbing, joyful gender-romp that is athletically choreographed and a visual smorgasbord...If you're not so concerned about what the show's message is, 'Kink Haüs' is impossible not to enjoy — the dancing is impeccable and unexpected, and there is a bacchanalian atmosphere so intense it's hard to believe the whole spectacle is over in under an hour." Full Review

Boy Culture

“Kofman's apocalyptic biography of Drumpf...Barnes is nothing like Drumpf, yet over time, his line readings feel more and more familiar, until his impersonation feels effortlessly right...Not for everyone — it's not even for all Drumpf-hating New Yorkers...But it's a feat to produce such an aggressively twisted, avant-garde play...While it can be hard to decide whether the play is droning on or it's just about a man who drones on, it's rewarding if you're up for a black, black dose of reality.” Full Review

The Waiting Game
Midtown E
Boy Culture

for a previous production "The time period of the play is a bit confusing in a bad way, but its staging is a bit confusing in a great way...Perfect marriage of content and space...The dialogue is sharp to the point of being painful...Superb acting all around...Sinoway never loses his mysterious magnetism, which is perfectly suited to the anti-hero Paolo. The emotion he eventually has to unload on the audience is devastating." Full Review

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Boy Culture

for a previous production “The stock characters began to flesh out in unexpected ways, the familiar banter became less pat…Then everything changed, and with a dramatic plot point, ‘Daniel's Husband’ became both a topical play about gay marriage and a subtle, unflinchingly savvy character study…Terrific performances from everyone onstage make it hard to choose standouts…On top of being a damn interesting play, ‘Daniel's Husband' also benefits from its fantastic set by Brian Prather.” Full Review

Adam Minus Josh
Midtown W
Boy Culture

"I just laughed my ass off at a performance of 'Adam Minus Josh,' a potent original comedy about gay dating by Dan Fingerman that's like evolved Neil Simon through a 'Mean Girls' prism...Reid's character is a bit too weird for me when first introduced, but there's more balance to him soon thereafter...The four actors have undeniable chemistry, keeping up with each other at a farcical speed, allowing Fingerman's breathlessly adroit use of language to shine." Full Review

Boy Culture

"Lois Smith is giving one of the most challenging and dynamic performances I've ever seen from an older actor...It is a nuanced and often witty characterization that is well worth sitting through the show. The show itself is less of a marvel, but it contains stellar performances and is often a queasily accurate depiction of how many of us die...The play is imperfect — it is overlong, it sometimes feels tonally akimbo, and it has a remarkably unsatisfying ending — but there is a lot of truth o... Full Review

Boy Culture

for a previous production "The farce allows Lenk to embody not the real Tilda Swinton, but a hysterically absurd logical extension of her, a creature at once cool, kooky, serially iconic, genderless and not of this world...You can squint and forget it isn't Tilda up there...If you love Swinton, you'll be grinning ear to ear at the references to so many films from her oeuvre...The show's cerebral sense of humor will please anyone attracted to that title, and Lenk's outrageous ad-libs will have you rolling in the aisles." Full Review

Afterglow
Midtown W
Boy Culture

"What it offers, on the down side, is some vapid talk from adult gay men who at times express themselves like teenage girls, and, on the up side, eventual emotional payoff when everyone stops pretending and says exactly how they feel...The acting is uniformly fine here, with each performer pouring heart and soul into lines that don't always deserve it...Definitely provoked thought on the topics of sex, relationships and family as seen through a contemporary gay lens." Full Review

Bad With Money
West Village
Boy Culture

for a previous production "For 70 minutes, Ben charmingly but unflinchingly recalls every poor financial decision he's ever made...He manages to expose the ridiculousness of his sickness along with the self-destructiveness, and makes the audience feel okay hearing every detail...While the show documents an emotional journey, there is no closure. But there seldom is in life either, making 'Bad With Money' a good investment." Full Review