Michael Giltz

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Reviews (17)
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The Huffington Post

“So ‘Actually’ by Ziegler can’t help but be timely. It could however be better...The play’s manipulation feels grating almost from the start. Every detail that they share feels like a piece of evidence...Blain-Cruz presents the drama as well as can be done with the elements at hand...The ping-ponging back and forth between each character with every new revelation intended to color our opinion of them was so frustrating and false that we stopped believing in them.” Full Review

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Boy
The Huffington Post

"Before you imagine an issue-heavy, movie of the week drama, rest assured this is focused strictly on the characters at hand. You won't find any villains here...The empathy for everyone is what makes 'Boy' so good...Ziegler's intelligent script lays out this complex story with precision and grace. From the very start, the ideas of the show are allowed to breathe...Steggert's performance is of aching simplicity and truthfulness, never showy, never grand-standing." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"While Goold does good in helming this new play/ The end drags on, though ain't that just Will's way?/It's smart and sad and fun barely legal:/A history play whose future is regal." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"As a showcase for Lecesne, 'The Absolute Brightness Of Leonard Pelkey' succeeds...As a piece of theater, unfortunately, it fails. The story is cliched, the characters thin and literally nothing that happens truly comes alive or surprises." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "It's a very good play given a very good production with two very good actors...Director Mark Brokaw provides a steady, sure hand to these proceedings. I'd call them modest proceedings but it's too rich a tale and too well-performed for that...Nonetheless, I'm certain this is a production worth seeing." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Every character is aggressively colorful in Lisa D'Amour's new comic drama Airline Highway. Set in New Orleans, it's like very bad Tennessee Williams, with each new person spouting cold truths, snappy rejoinders and hard-won pearls of wisdom until you long for someone to just show up and not have a backstory or some pain bursting to get out. No such luck." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Never try to conquer Russia in winter. Napoleon ignored this lesson and paid dearly. Hitler ignored this lesson and it cost him World War II. Now director Des McAnuff and his foolhardy team of craftsmen and actors have foundered miserably in that same punishing landscape with little warmth and even littler imagination." Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "What better way for the Irish Repertory Theatre to celebrate its 25th anniversary season than this pitch-perfect revival of Conor McPherson's brilliant play 'The Weir?' Despite having seen the original, it's on this production that I've truly grasped the shape and power of this disarmingly simple, entertaining and quietly devastating work." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

for a previous production "This over the top comedy takes a turn for the serious in the second act...Director Moritz von Stuelpnagel handles the transition from wild humor to genuine emotion with ease...He and the rest of the cast are why this show gets a generous three stars out of four. The play is original but flawed, though refinement should make it better with relative ease." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"It’s rather frustrating to know Washburn could meet the demands of a more traditional play but wouldn’t commit. 'Antlia Pneumatica' is certainly well acted, well directed and given a handsome production. For a seemingly conventional play, it’s also rather bold and interesting in its sound design...Yet even here 'Antlia Pneumatica' falls a little short...ultimately not adding up to much. Just like, I fear, the show itself." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Against all expectations, it's a sweet, silly enjoyable evening of popular songs, enlivened by some good jokes (and some bad jokes) and blessed with a cast that elevates the modest material nicely. 'Plaid Tidings' proves to be glad tidings for anyone wanting comfort food in their theater outing this holiday season." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"This is not a good introduction to Shakespeare's messy but enduring comedy. Yet some new notes are struck and that's nothing to pass over lightly...But we feel little when lovers are torn apart and even less when they are reunited. And you know a 'Midsummer' is not wholly successful when you worry about the ending before it's begun. Still, the cast is energetic and winning and some rewards are earned." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"'The Spoils' wears out its welcome long before it's over (and long after we realize it doesn't know where it's going)...The story, which was always more intellectual fireworks than flesh and blood, becomes increasingly divorced from reality until the artificiality of it all becomes overwhelming. Revelations are made, characters behave in ways that make no sense and almost none of it adds up, down to the final speech and abrupt fade out. It's never a good sign when characters and plot grow mo... Full Review

60
The Huffington Post

"A master stroke and a missed opportunity at the same time...A few moments stand out, but time and again, I was thinking of what was missing from the book: Faulkner's spot-on depiction of the feuding and one-upmanship that typifies siblings; the subtle shading of race relations; and most of all the humor. " Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

for a previous production "It's a strange, defiant, quixotic, fruitless and all-the-more-admirable-for-it evening of entertainment...It lasts one hour and is, appropriately enough, seemingly simple and straightforward in every way. It's purely in the spirit of that strangely memorable religious sect...The evening is not moving in a theatrical sense, but it moves... It was quaint. It was sweet. When can we do it again?" Full Review

90
The Huffington Post

"'The Audience' is polished to a fault, proceeding with clockwork efficiency from a little comedy to a little drama, from the personal to the political...Not a moment of the play will actually surprise you. But the production of the play is faultless...It's amusing, quietly dramatic, a little informative. I'm quite certain Mirren will enjoy adding a well-deserved Tony to her Oscar and multiple Emmys." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"'Kinky Boots' was clearly meant to be a 'Full Monty'-style crowd-pleaser. Ironically, the rather minor British film it's based on also had little to recommend it...For a musical about drag queens clashing with burly blue collar males and a factory crushed by outsourcing, this is a tension-free show with almost no sex and only some very minor bumps in the plot." Full Review