Nancy Bishop

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Reviews (7)
The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Third Coast Review

"A few of the performers are excellent singers and the score is melodic and lively—better than the often-cheesy lyrics. As much fun as the left-wing romp is, 'The Cradle Will Rock' shows its age beyond salvation." Full Review

Third Coast Review

“A family story that will make you laugh and shed a tear; it’s superbly performed by a cast of many Irish Rep regulars and directed with care...The play explores the joys and sorrows, the rise and fall, of a poor Dublin family...Pepe directs an outstanding cast. Both O’Reilly and Plunkett shine as the Captain and Juno. Ed Malone, who plays Tommy Owen, a silly character, in ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’, is a believably angry man as Johnny.” Full Review

Third Coast Review

"Elaine May...handles the role of Gladys Green...with great skill and warmth. The performances of Lucas Hedges...and Joan Allen...are especially strong...Lila Neugebauer’s direction is careful and sympathetic...A memory play in the theatrical sense, but it’s really a play about memory loss and what that means to the individual in decline as well as those around her...This superb production is well worth seeing because of the excellent writing and direction and the sterling performances." Full Review

West Village
Gapers Block

for a previous production "The play wryly makes us experience love and loss and appreciate them both...'Smokefall' is a beautifully written and masterfully directed play. Under Kaufmann's direction, every performance is sharp and meaningful." Full Review

Nantucket Sleigh Ride
Upper W Side
Third Coast Review

"A farce, a puzzle and a jumble of pop culture references with a lot of laughs, and it may leave you feeling unglued...Zaks steers this whole story at manic speed...The play runs just under two hours with one unnecessary intermission. Cut 10 minutes from the longish first act and ‘Nantucket Sleigh Ride’ could be a 90-minute wonder.” Full Review

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Third Coast Review

"This thrilling play with deep roots in Irish history and tragedy...'The Ferryman' requires a master director because it’s a deeply layered play with a cast of 22, which includes several children...Irish history figures prominently in the story, so you may want to brush up on the modern history of those troubled countries...In act one, I had a bit of trouble getting used to the Irish dialects, but the act is a long and important introduction to the various threads of the story...Outstanding c... Full Review

Culture Vulture

for a previous production “The sensational new production...Jensen seamlessly wove the script’s wall of words—insightful, philosophically intense dialogue drawn from Bangs’ writing—with organic audience exchanges...Jensen is mesmerizing as Bangs and Blanks’ direction keeps the momentum...which makes great use of Bangs’ rich and profane writing style...Four stars (out of four) because it’s a fabulous performance by Jensen and an excellent adaptation of Bangs’ opinions and writings.” Full Review