Miles Harter

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Reviews (23)
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ZEALnyc

"A compelling play about family, friendship, and connections...The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for her characters, foreshadowing upcoming conflicts...The rapid-fire dialogue is astonishing. The play is full of laugh-out-loud lines...'Agnes' happened to be my first Lesser America experience, but I am certain that even non-young theatergoers will continue to enjoy other equally innovative and moving productions." Full Review

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85
ZEALnyc

“New York City has a rich and fascinating history. Plays that examine this history frequently can be compelling, and ‘Fire in Dreamland’ perfectly fits the bill...Brilliant dialogue...written with passion...The characters movingly examine the tragic plight of the animals in the Dreamland fire...All three cast members are impeccable in their roles...The play’s center is Kate, perfectly performed by Jones." Full Review

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80
ZEALnyc

"The cast is stellar. Ireland's portrayal as Alma is reminiscent of the legendary haunting performance by Geraldine Page...Darrow is also convincing as the boy next door...The plot is almost secondary to the affecting language of Williams, spoken especially through the voice of Alma. The audience keeps waiting excitedly for more of her poetry...Walsh also stands out in portraying the difficult role of Mrs. Winemiller." Full Review

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80
ZEALnyc

"'Composure' adeptly covers a great deal of territory, expertly focusing on the enduring themes of loss, love, relationships, and friendship...Sickles does a wonderful job of telling and interweaving these stories, providing the audience with some surprising and mostly satisfying twists...The production is well cast, with all five principal actors delivering believable and natural performances...Rob Ventre excels as the good-looking and not totally likable Tommy." Full Review

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90
ZEALnyc

"A joyful and optimistic paean to New York City, family, love, and dreams. This cheerful new musical, brimming with good songs and great laughs, covers loads of territory in its fast-moving 80 minutes. The sensational and funny book is set in the East Village...The music and lyrics are wonderful—alternately wistful, humorous, and always tuneful...The cast of seven is tremendous, all with fine acting chops and wonderful singing voices." Full Review

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85
ZEALnyc

"'Church & State,' fittingly billed as a serious comedy, hits the mark...Jason Odell Williams, the playwright, adeptly uses his play and characters to tackle weighty issues. The 75-minute drama moves through several twists, and packs in a great deal of debate and emotion in a short period of time. Mr. Williams also frequently provides unforgettable laugh-out-loud lines...The four cast members are stellar." Full Review

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85
ZEALnyc

"Through Yusuf’s difficult and hilarious encounters with other characters, we learn some uncomfortable truths about how people can view immigration...Besides the sharp and inventive script, the chief reason that the show works so well is that the cast works so well together. The actors’ athletic and graceful movements are expertly choreographed and coordinated. The relatively short show moves quickly because of the dynamic performances of all four cast members." Full Review

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90
ZEALnyc

"'Fish Men' is a stunning and thought-provoking play, full of enriching sports metaphors and surprises about life, trauma, and adversity...The actors inhabit their roles superbly and effortlessly...If you enjoy theater that explores relationships, then you’ll definitely enjoy 'Fish Men.' And you’ll never look at the people who play those sidewalk chess games the same way again." Full Review

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80
ZEALnyc

"Given the witty dialogue and entertaining explorations of marriage, it’s surprising the play has never been produced...The performances are superb. Max von Essen is splendid as Stephen...The graceful Elisabeth Gray’s acting and facial expressions are particularly exquisite, trying to sort out her wavering emotions...There is no apparent reason to have two intermissions...While this may have made the evening longer than necessary, it was still a good night in the theatre." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"Enthusiastic ensemble cast members assume more than 30 roles, fluidly and effortlessly, moving from one role to another. The actors deliver raw, physical, and often athletic performances…The play preserves the basic story of 'A Christmas Carol,' and even with its many creative moments, a traditional family audience will still enjoy it. The play, however, drags a little...The fast-paced surfeit of fast-changing dialogue and scenes, although all well-choreographed, became a bit exhausting." Full Review

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85
ZEALnyc

for a previous production "Delightful and inspiring...The three performers in this show, Kate Mulberry, Matt Webster, and Case Wilson, are very enthusiastic and engaging—singing beautifully, enunciating their words and successfully telling the story with appropriately broad gestures and lots of smiles. The excellent pianist/musical director, Peter Hodgson, along with the cast are all dressed in white, performing in front of the simple but delightful set which includes a white tree and house." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"I loved the play. Using dark humor, Silver brilliantly explores love and conflict in both straight and gay relationships, family dynamics, and the serious concerns involving an aging parent. The script indeed includes provocative and moving themes and compelling and sympathetic characters…The many awkwardly hilarious moments were ably directed by Mark Brokaw…The cast is stellar. Most exceptional is Michael Crane…Ms. Gable brilliantly inhabits two entirely different roles." Full Review

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60
ZEALnyc

"Hellman writes the plot and scenes very concisely, with intriguing plot twists...But in the play, Hellman tried to do too much. The drama introduces the many, many issues, but there is just too much there for her to successfully examine, and for the audience to absorb...The drama simply has no real center or heart, and, ultimately, is not particularly satisfying or captivating...The cast is flawless, admirably performing their scripted roles." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

“The play could just as easily have been set in the 2010s rather than the 1920s. Malleson intrigues us with amusing and intriguing one liners, some not unlike today’s comedy...The performances by the seven cast members are excellent...Beck is just right as the not overly self-righteous and well-meaning Tom Smith. Through the splendidly portrayed Mrs. Robinson, by White, Malleson also explores frustrated voter apathy, again, not unlike today.” Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"This play in which the action takes place nearly a century ago might seem to offer an escape from modern travails. But the play’s themes are (uncomfortably) timeless...Gould is eerily good as the self-deluded Aubrey Piper — a character we initially love to hate. Gould is appropriately pompous and boastful, and dominates most conversations. Tirosh Schneider as Joe also stands out as the bright-eyed and good-hearted teenage whiz kid." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"Once we realize the true extent of the family conflict, slowly revealed through the characters’ sharp and witty dialogue, we wish to understand more about the motivations of the brothers, but, ultimately, too many questions remain unanswered. Still, the play is marvelous as a study and comedy of manners in early twentieth century upper crust British society. The cast is solid, but only Ari Brand as Bob and Robert David Grant as Gerald have meaty roles." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"The playwright, Kelley, and the director, Diercksen, report most of this story in a non-linear fashion, using many rapid-fire and humorous scenes and flashbacks...Through many of Mr. Kelley’s lines we get some glimpses of Da Ponte’s poetic use of language. The engaging Curry Whitmire comically plays Da Ponte. Isaiah Tanenbaum is gifted as the genius Mozart...Diercksen capably guides the remaining ensemble cast of four. They energetically play many different roles." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

“A winsome cabaret performance…Mr. Monahan, who also wrote the terrific campy book, shines as Desmond. He artfully assumes the personas of the other characters in the story, too. As the playwright, Mr. Monahan infuses his tale with wonderfully reverent and sometimes rapid-fire cute references to other shows and actors, demonstrating his endearing and enduring love for theatre…The music by Alexander Sage Oyen is superb.” Full Review

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ZEALnyc

“An appealing coming-of-age play…The playwright, Jay Paul Deratany, expertly weaves the stories together…Rahul Rai as Mahmoud is ideal as the amiable jock who loves learning from the sensitive and erudite Ayaz, expertly played by Roberto Tolentino. Naama Potok infuses the appropriate amount of pathos into her role as Ayaz’s mother. Sahar Bibiyan intelligently portrays the passionate lawyer struggling for her place in the repressive male-dominated Muslim court hierarchy." Full Review

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for a previous production “Because of the surrealistic style of the play, several of the events and actions are not completely logical, and there are frequent unusual verbal juxtapositions. Expert lighting marks the opening and closing of each successive scene, with many scenes full of non sequiturs and nonsensical verbal sparring. The actors deliver many humorous lines…Unfortunately, due to the fast-paced action of the play, the actors don’t always provide enough time for all the jokes to land.” Full Review

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90
ZEALnyc

"“It has just the right mix of thought-provoking content, history, music, whimsy, and humor…One does not have to be a history buff to appreciate the Watergate story and the brilliant approach of this musical…Rosenblum deftly relates the story of Mark Felt through delicious dialogue and wonderful musical numbers, ranging from purely comical to poignant, transporting us back into recent history…The very talented cast of five perform superbly." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"Hyland’s sensitive and thought-provoking drama is centered around the story of grief-stricken sorority sisters responding to the murder of one of their own...Nick moves from devoted boyfriend to obsessive and suspicious boyfriend to violent boyfriend. At this point, the play also becomes didactic...The play has the potential to be a powerful teaching tool for a very broad audience. All the ensemble cast members are (where appropriate) engaging, energetic, emotive, or enthusiastic." Full Review

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ZEALnyc

"A delightful musical...The ensemble cast of 11 is superb...It is a little too lengthy to relate what should be the simple story of Timothy’s journey. The book perhaps unnecessarily develops the backstory of Grimaldi and his son, and the opening musical number, while setting the scene for the rest of the play, went on for too long with lyrics that were difficult to understand...'Timothy' provides a great entertainment value—leaving money in your pocket to spend on more holiday cheer!" Full Review