Max Berry

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Reviews (13)
Friendly’s Fire
East Village
On Stage Blog

“A play incredibly moving in story and almost psychedelic in atmosphere...This play is rich in metaphor and the excitement builds as each connection is made. The metaphorical portions of the play were so rich that they partially overshadowed the more realistic scenes that bookended the play. These felt slightly out of place but by no means...derail the story...An adventure...It kept me engaged. It moved me. It left me with plenty of questions and desperate for more.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

“’The Battles of Richmond Hills’ is a wonderful play with top notch performances and a story that will have you laughing one minute and bawling like a baby the next (I know I was). The relationships all feel as real as any family and it makes us long for everything to work out. Penny Jackson manages to create a story that anyone can connect to. One that I look forward to seeing more of in the future.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"'The Tallest Man in the World' tells a relatable story through an abstract lense...The story is told non-linearly, traveling back and forth from location to location, from past to present, and back again. This style ensures that you, as an audience member, are always thinking, trying to piece together each tangled thread...Not every question is answered and yet you walk out completely satisfied...Riain writes almost in poetry...A unique and beautiful piece of theatre." Full Review

The Glen
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"A very heartwarming and sometimes, tragic story that many can relate...This play, at its core is about Dale discovering who he is and what places, people, and things make that up. The nonlinear use of time allowed for these discoveries to been seen with a perspective that would not have been achieved using linear time...'The Glen' was a lovely coming of age story that had me walking out of the theatre with tears in my eyes and smile on my face." Full Review

Notes to Wherever
West Village
On Stage Blog

"There is no grand spectacle, no dramatic declarations, not even any other characters, just her and her letters to her husband. This is theatre at its most honest and it was truly beautiful to see. Frank transitioned between stories seamlessly and never lingered on the somber moments any longer than necessary...A wonderful show for anyone who has struggled with loss...It warmed my heart all the way through." Full Review

Divination
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"Where this show really shined was in its ensemble. For the most part, you felt that each woman came in to the class with her own specific problems, and the play is at its best when these problems intersect with the problems of the others in the class and the women are forced to work together. However, the show did suffer from a rather slow pacing at times...I hope as the play continues to evolve that it will not lose sight of these wonderfully fascinating ideas." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The poetic origins of the play were greatly felt throughout in both the language and the atmosphere the show created. I found myself locked on to every word that was spoken because I did not want to miss the next existential question thrown at me...The show lived in a sort of purgatory between a dream and reality...A surreal yet beautiful experience...A show that comes out of truth and how we all desire that in the world and in ourselves." Full Review

The Buffalo Play
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"'The Buffalo Play' asked many compelling questions and had good performances all around. Aside from the occasional young-activist stereotype line it was a very well-written and engaging story with a strangely beautiful ending that I don’t want to give away here. You’ll definitely walk out of the theatre feeling a little more connected to the world around you." Full Review

The Bigot
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

“While many scenes in ‘The Bigot’ contain language that is uncomfortable and hard to listen to, the portrayal of Jim is unflinching and unfortunately, very familiar...The first ten minutes of the script did feel very exposition heavy...This doesn’t last long, however, and once the play gets this out of it’s system, the story takes over. And once it takes over, it really takes over....'The Bigot' asks a lot of questions that are ever present in today's society. ” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Honest and unflinching...It was all beautifully written, sometimes very raw, sometimes hopeful, even humorous. The six women were a perfect ensemble, working together seamlessly and almost as one being on the stage. The abstract movement and violin music added wonderfully to the piece...The two paired brilliantly with the stories, varying themselves in tone and emotion...A piece of theatre that truly used the form to its utmost potential." Full Review

The Mortality Machine
Lower E Side
On Stage Blog

"What makes 'The Mortality Machine' stand out from some of the other immersive experiences in New York City is the active participation it requires from it’s audience...Without giving too much away, as this is an experience full of mystery and surprises, the cast did a wonderful job of maintaining the world that you are thrust into...If you go in ready to become someone else for a night and embrace whatever is thrown at you, you will most likely have a great time." Full Review

On Stage Blog

“Something very different and very engaging...These stories intersected in a way that felt like a dance in itself and created an almost magical tone to the whole show... Being one of the few musicals that focuses on just two characters interacting in one space, featuring beautiful dance interludes that leave you breathless, and songs that I was humming on the way home, 'Shadows' is definitely worth taking a trip to the theater to see." Full Review

Gemini
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

“I enjoyed this production. Though, at times, the show seemed to have a rather low energy. There are many moments in the play where the action is simply the actors standing around and talking to each other, which is not a problem in itself, though it seemed that a few times the actors were waiting for the next exciting thing to happen...When the play was allowed to land, it was a joy to watch, particularly, the moments between Francis and his father." Full Review