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Michael Feingold

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Village Voice

"Saracho allows the 100-minute interaction to arise with believable spontaneity and gives both characters edges and shortcomings that take the play far beyond a simple parable about ethnicity and assimilation...Ruiz handles it adroitly. He neither pushes the emotions nor forces the pace, keeping the story grounded in realism without letting it get bogged down...'Fade,' for all its limitations, is a play genuinely worth paying attention to." Full Review

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Village Voice

"An unwieldy mess…Upton's adaptation adds a further layer of confusion by transposing Chekhov's action to the 1990s…Director John Crowley doesn't help matters by making much of the action louder, shriller, and more aggressively jumbled together. The actors do well, on the whole…Blanchett's skill and her charisma make it all seem viable in context; if only the context weren't so very, very noisy, and so very full of arbitrary leaps and contradictions." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Intelligent, imaginative, and humane...When explored in detail, a story like this one can contain all of civilization, and ‘The Band's Visit’ pretty nearly does...Steered by David Cromer's magisterially subtle direction, Moses and Yazbek layer their chronicle in tiny increments, seemingly disconnected, that build till we feel that we, too, have gotten to know these people...The love that's gone into every aspect of the show is tunefully apparent." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Maxwell, Richmond, and their director-choreographer, Rachel Rockwell, feel no need for the show's elements to be weighed down by coherence or sense…Unhappily, the creative team has been so busy gilding each of these numbers with maximum pizzazz that they forgot to give them either any distinction or any grounding in reality...If the authors had put any effort into making you care, for even a few minutes, about their characters, this might have been a good show." Full Review

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Village Voice

"'Dead Poets Society’ may not be anybody's kind of show. It's stiff, shallow, a little perfunctory — the stage seems to diminish the celebrated moments of Schulman's screenplay…Jason Sudeikis, following in Williams's footsteps, seems like a man working very hard to make a borrowed suit of clothes look tailored to fit him. And while the rest of the actors in John Doyle's tidy, modestly effective production aren't bad, the magic they haven't quite caught is readily available on YouTube." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Balancing 'The Front Page's' dark reality with its giddy fun is by no means easy, and Jack O'Brien's revival navigates somewhat nervously between the two elements...O'Brien's cast seems to have been directed to aim for the real, conveying the sense that its comic zest has been dampened a little...And then there's Lane. He has all the advantages...That he makes it all look so easy is an extra scoop of ice cream on this exceptionally bittersweet confection." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Hunter's play isn't precisely boring. Or, let's say, its boringness isn't a simple matter: Hunter knows that his people are dull and his dramatic action sluggish...Chekhov, the classic maker of plays in which 'nothing happens,' is often cited as Hunter's model...We have to piece Chekhov's facts together for ourselves; Hunter's people, in contrast, explain themselves all too fully...Pendleton's production does its best to find vitality inside the script's eerie, stop-and-start moods." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Brought back by popular demand. And 'popular demand' is exactly the right phrase. Though often artful, Rumshinsky's operetta has no high-art ambitions and shouldn't be misconstrued as having any...The plot resolutions of such shows were intended to provide nakhes (joy), not surprise...While 'The Golden Bride' is up on its fast-stepping, endearingly feckless feet, you can still get a little taste of the delight that must have filled Kessler's Second Avenue Theater back in 1923." Full Review

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Village Voice

"In Lila Neugebauer's production 'Signature Plays,' the new triple bill of familiar works doesn't create the electric charge these beloved creations have had for me in the past...Neugebauer has done little to make the works register; her impulse to add wildness to the wild work already in hand tends to muffle the scripts rather than helping them speak out...The impulse to direct does not always rest content with what a poet's words can achieve. More's the pity." Full Review

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Village Voice

"It relies on loud noise, constant aimless movement, an incessant barrage of flashing lights, and trick effects...The show’s oddity is made even odder, in Warchus’s largely thug-handed production, by its occasional lapses into tenderness and quietude, which feel less like the musical theater’s customary changes of pace than like the moments of exhaustion that follow manic episodes." Full Review

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Village Voice

for a previous production "First piquant and then merely annoying...As in earlier ERS adventures, one's never sure whether the company means to act out the story, stylize it, take its elements apart, or even, conceivably, burlesque it. What the company thinks of Faulkner, what experience of his novel it wishes to convey, remain mysteries buried in the soft wax of its faintly campy, noncommittal style." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Jersey Boys is just another biopic immortalizing a minor celeb's quick rise and a bumpy fall, only in flesh-and-blood 3-D. But we've seen it all before. For those who crave a wallow in the nostalgia at the end of the tunnel, Jersey Boys does no harm; it's a painless, if low-octane, evening." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Wilson does not judge; he lets his characters do that as they contemplate each other's actions. Moral complexity is part of the depth and density of his writing: He provides completed life stories but no facile answers. That depth and density comes out vividly in Ruben Santiago-Hudson's production. Every role is fulfilled handsomely and inventively...'Jitney' follows the unruly, unpredictable, inexplicable patterns of life." Full Review

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Village Voice

"One of Greenberg's less fulfilling, a semi-mishap, the mind-troubling aspects of which give out only faint rewards. Yet as it travels in its odd, meandering, unsatisfactory way, it stirs up some genuinely intriguing ideas. It also gives opportunities for a clutch of fine performances…'The Babylon Line' bulges in odd places, seems to stall in others, and tends to feel alternately as if nothing were happening and too much had been crammed in." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Intelligent, imaginative, and humane…If anything, Michael Greif's production has deepened its strongly rooted acting, while minor tweaks have tightened and tautened both Steven Levenson's script and the score…The parable, on its newly enlarged scale, continues to ring true, and happily, so does Platt's performance, which provokes empathic tears with the sparsest, most disciplined means. " Full Review

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Village Voice

"While ‘A Bronx Tale’ never exactly falsifies its subject, it gives the effect of skating over everything lightly, never quite coming to grips with the grit it touches on…Within these limitations, ‘A Bronx Tale’ has its good points…The Menken-Slater songs, carefully crafted in period-pastiche forms, supply pleasantly accurate atmosphere…The overall result isn't bad, just a little bland for the vital matters involved." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Malloy and Chavkin, unceasingly inventive, explore this sliver of Tolstoy's vast tale fully, with a glorious, free-ranging mixture of panache, tenderness, and common-sense directness…The lyrics, if occasionally prosy, bear the narrative weight…Chavkin and her team second this with soulful, strongly rooted performances…Everyone's excellent, but Groban's Pierre is a creation sure to linger; he gives this giant, swirling spectacle a core reason far beyond anything in most recent musicals." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Wilson, who has staged numerous Foote plays, handles this one with ease, adding in exactly enough bright color to cover the basic darkness. Abner and Hallie Foote fill their roles appealingly, while Harris demonstrates, triumphantly, that she can thrive as convincingly in naturalism as in the broader comedy of Broadway musicals...The performers' vivacity reinforces the paradox: Spacious, sunshiny, and seemingly ordinary, Foote's Texas is as spiritually dark as any Beckettian landscape." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Sullivan strips away any chance of such glamorizing by dressing the play in contemporary costumes that evoke a desert war...The soldiers in this male-heavy play are largely cynical and coarse, and Sullivan's actors, find contemporary stylistic touchstones for their cynicism...I find this play virtually impossible to love. Thanks to the blunt lucidity with which Sullivan has laid out its action, and his stern emphasis on textual clarity, I'm at least beginning, reluctantly, to respect it." Full Review

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Village Voice

"The slapdash imprecision of Jordana Williams's production would probably have delighted the Capeks...The lack of polish, and sometimes of subtlety, in Rogers's writing never diminishes its seriousness of purpose: The script is philosophic without being pompous. And in addition to strong performances like Cronyn's and Cheek's, there's a fearsomely forceful one, by Jason Howard in the pivotal role of the robot Radius, of a quality that would make any production a major one." Full Review

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Village Voice

for a previous production "Steven Levenson's script cannily displays both Evan's increasing self-confidence and his parallel increase in suppressed guilt. The sharply written, expressive songs are astutely placed, balancing Evan's emotional shifts against the other characters' perspectives…Greif's principal achievement here, beyond keeping the show's many elements in elegantly shaped balance, is to have drawn uniformly rich, grounded performances from his entire cast." Full Review

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Village Voice

for a previous production "They improvise their way through the case's history, playing all the roles. This makes for erratic storytelling and stretches credibility long past endurance. It also ensures that no character will become more than a hasty sketch. Jacobson hits on many percipient points about entrapment's troubling ambiguities, but they only emerge abstractly; he envisions history as a factual pegboard into which people can be fitted." Full Review

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Village Voice

"The Fantasticks was so neatly and lovingly made—try to remember that everything non-electronic was better-made back then—that it still has plenty of charm and plenty of wisdom to impart for those who aspire to be young, for a few pleasant hours, in the more misty-eyed style of that earlier time." Full Review

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Village Voice

"Wicked, a hideous mess of a musical that wants to be many different things, and rarely succeeds in being any of them. All this from a creative team that, aesthetically speaking, seems barely able to walk and chew gum at the same time." Full Review