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"Guare’s tale feels more relevant at a time when our culture is hopelessly addicted to money and all things celebrity...It is recommended for Guare’s sharp, insightful taking down of the gullibility of the P.C. left. And for some truly excellent performances. Allison Janney is spot-on perfect with every expression and droll delivery. John Benjamin Hickey is equally fine...The strongest performance comes from Corey Hawkins." Full Review
“Not one of Miller’s best plays…Fortunately, Miller threw a modicum of humor into this dark and rather repetitious work...There are powerful passages. But this is slow and often ponderous going…The performers often seem to be playing at different speeds, on different levels…Miller’s plays are less malleable, and it takes a lot to either make them resonate today, or help us understand how they felt at the time of conception. This production, unfortunately, doesn’t do either well enough." Full Review
"Wildly inventive, if occasional unwieldy...Directed by the brave and creative Arin Arbus, 'Skin of Our Teeth' is clearly not for the faint of heart or the accidental tourist...It is difficult not to appreciate the effort and the obvious talent. Theatre for a New Audience has become a perfect neighbor for BAM, pushing the envelope even more so in its choices. A worthy and admirable addition...Will it make you laugh in these times? Not so much. And maybe that’s the point." Full Review
"Gently directed by Daniel Aukin, this three-hour dark comedy is not for those with short attention spans...That said, 'Rancho Viejo' has real stuff on its mind, impeccable performances, some good laughs, and more than a few touching moments...Still, 'Rancho Viejo' is a difficult show to recommend. It’s not quite strange enough to recall Pinter nor funny enough to conjure Beckett...The play seems helplessly in search of a conclusion and the final one is too tidy a stretch." Full Review
“There is a surprising amount of humor, sparked by the smallest actions and expressions, and plenty of tears...The play, nicely directed by Rachel Chavkin, is a bit too long and seems to spend the last fifteen minutes in search of an ending. The bottom line turns out to be not much more than 'you are not alone.' Still, the pivotal issue is feeling disconnected in these strange and fast times. And who doesn’t?” Full Review
"Mueller delivers an endearing and accomplished performance…The songs are generally lovely and fitting…As for the drama of the show, there isn’t much…This is not a challenging night at the theatre...The audiences are, pardon the expression, eating it up. As you are encouraged to do, by the way, with a nightly choice of three freshly made tarts. I went with the Key Lime and felt perfectly satisfied. Which is pretty much how you are likely to feel after seeing 'Waitress.'" Full Review
"My mind started wandering about three hours into this one, but soon enough, the words, and those reciting them, pulled me back in…A quartet of excellent actors is bringing the Tyrone family to vivid life…Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne are outstanding and the ones who most remain with you…This is tough going, but when it’s over, you will feel either that you have been beaten up but survived, need to call your mother, or go out for a very stiff drink." Full Review
"Director Sam Gold has given us a controversial and fascinating visit with the Wingfield clan...The minimalist staging works here, as this is a family that does not have much...Mantello’s work here is witty and heartfelt, though it ignores the gay identity of the playwright he is to become...Sally Field has given us a sympathetic and contemporary-feeling Amanda...This is not a 'Glass Menagerie' for everyone. But with an open mind, you will most likely find it moving." Full Review
“A pleasant, but less than fulfilling concoction…There are deaths, explosions emitting from dreamy contraptions, actors roaming among the audience, and dialogue that certainly tickles the audience, if not my particular funny bone….The actors are all very good…It is certainly recommended for a family’s night out. There is a bright and curious child, flashing bulbs of all sizes and shapes, constellations sparkling from above, and even some history that goes down easily.” Full Review
"The direction, by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, as well as his cast, are pitch perfect...I thoroughly enjoyed spending two and a half hours with this working-class gang, so touchingly and honestly just trying to make a living. Not to mention just listening to August Wilson’s unique and flavorful dialogue...This is Pittsburgh poetry, August Wilson style, and it is very fine indeed." Full Review
"Consider this a medley of some of his greatest hits...There is a love triangle or two, but mostly what this production has is great music and top-notch performances...Greenberg is a relatively new name for Broadway and generally keeps the action moving...There are a couple dance numbers, choreographed by Denis Jones, that bring down the house with a combination of tapping, jumping rope, juggling and more...It honestly felt good to me." Full Review
for a previous production "I thoroughly enjoyed this play. 'Oslo' tells the rather amazing backstory of the accords signed in 1993 by Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin...'Oslo' is pretty much what it sounds like: a lot of heady conversation and human fireworks. But there is also a good deal of humor. And, of course, history...Rogers has written excellent and timely dialogue...Some of the narration along the way could probably be excised, but it is handled with speed and precision." Full Review
"The first act is pretty much pure joy from start to finish...It is chock-full of dancing, song, dazzling costumes, and you could probably leave at intermission and feel totally satisfied…George C. Wolfe is a more dazzling director than succinct writer. You can almost feel the energy dissipating as we get near the end, but the performers just keep keeping on…It’s not perfect and it’s not the game changer the original was. But I hope it stays put for a long time." Full Review
"You either appreciate van Hove's daring choices or find them a bit self-important. I confess I am somewhere in the middle...The director’s interpretation manages to make the experience simultaneously historic and resonant...What does work here are the performances...The direction seems aimless at times, particularly in the second act...This is not lively theatre for the restless attention span. But those who remain and commit can hear a pin drop for most of the two hours and 50 minutes." Full Review