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“The imaginative ensemble of creatives assembles two hours of inspired and inventive theater...The story wraps up like a perfect package...Reina Hardy has created a text featuring a beautiful matrimony between contemporary dialect and snippets of heightened language. The play drips with heart and ingenuity...Hardy has a gift for telling a story through a feminist and current lens minus beating social commentary over the head." Full Review
"Barall dutifully and brilliantly follows the Norwegian folklore through an existential lens. Director Tamburri runs with the concept, highlighting how presence heads to spirit. Under his direction, the actors effortlessly shift and interact as characters and musicians...Park is transfixing and electrifying in the title role of Peer, a true rock star complete with guitar skills. Also co-composer, he audaciously leads the company through the ups and the downs as Peer’s stories gallop apace." Full Review
"Julián Mesri’s direction pieces together the puzzle of juggling alternate universes beautifully in order to bring obsession and greed typically associated with materialism and power to the forefront. So much so that the audience is forced to literally question what is real and what is the play’s truth on numerous levels...The three-actor-ensemble exhibits an extraordinary chemistry and a palpable intensity that inherently makes the play work." Full Review
for a previous production “The three men do a fine job of seamlessly transitioning between their actor selves and their respective portrayals of Gorey. Each crafts a characterization that seems to fully lift up the essence of Gorey...The author calls the play a 'fantasy memoir,' and I could not think of a more appropriate classification...As we discover the man behind the myth, we leave the theater with more questions than we anticipated, and isn’t that always the goal?” Full Review
"The Bad Quarto 'Hamlet' is just...bad...The question, then, is whether this almost-impossible-to-enjoy play should be performed at all. And if so, by whom? This company is fresh and young, but not yet highly proficient, so the performance is even harder to swallow...It’s too bad that this effusive ensemble has put in so much time on a not-enjoyable version of one of the great plays of all time." Full Review
"Acclaimed playwright Eduardo Ivan Lopez has molded a true paragon of the contemporary American drama...Via a script so realistic it veers on the model of a documentary, director Jake Turner contrasts hauntingly naturalistic action with surrealist, lurid staging...Heiser's supreme vulnerability and ability to balance the intelligent, articulate, and likable side of a criminal establishes an instant connection with the audience...Do yourself a favor and check out 'Natural Life.' It’s that good." Full Review
"The cast is seriously killer...Director Walker fiercely steers the piece’s main themes of LGBT identity and religion while tackling other important subjects like eating disorders and teen suicide...Although the premise of 'Camp Wanatachi' is quite apropos to our times, I would have liked to see the envelope pushed a little further. I look forward to seeing an incarnation of this piece in an actual theater as well, as the camp vibes didn’t particularly suit the swankiness of the venue to me." Full Review
"Director Caitlin McLeod scales down the sensations of an epic play to the intimacy of the black box of the Sheen Center beautifully...The approach of making eye contact with the audience, especially executed by Bonner and cast member Remy Zaken, connects and communicates the text directly in a palpable and powerful way...'One Flea Spare' is truly a masterpiece. Every element of the production exhibits unspoiled harmony." Full Review
"'#liberated' is on point with where cutting-edge New York theater is headed...Karp and Bradley bring to light the all-too-current issue of the price women pay for seeking sexual liberation...It really seems like everything females do for their own pleasure is criticized and stripped down by a male-dominant society...The women feed off each other the entire show, dually in comedic and dramatic moments, so much so that the creative process must have been a dream." Full Review
"Director Danya Taymor fearlessly leads the troop of very gifted, wildly committed, and emotionally honest actors through an investigation of the blurred lines of sexual pleasure and sexual violence. Bravo to New Group/New Works' play development program for plucking a storyteller and visionary such as Justin Kuritzkes, and presenting his concept in such an apropos manner." Full Review
"The songs are just really splendid...The trio is versatile and full of life, eagerly and originally taking on the new character each song brings...They have comedic timing way beyond their years. Most of all, they simply tell the story the song yearns to tell through the canvas that is uniquely their own. Furthermore, they perform it all with vocal sophistication, masterful dynamics, and technical prowess." Full Review
for a previous production "Although the material verges on repetitive and pedantic at times, Brent Harris, in the role of Screwtape, keeps the energy flowing through his full-embodied performance and masterful musicality of the language. Realizing Hell has no time or space, Harris dominates and navigates quite an emotional journey…For a short evening that will engage your mind, body, and spirit, head on over to the Pearl Theatre." Full Review