Navida Stein

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Reviews (13)
Stage Buddy

“With wit, sharp wordplay, irreverence and numerous characters Mr. Wulp uses language advantageously; characters speak poetically, imagery abounds and stakes are high...Although the script could use some pruning, director Austin Pendleton keeps the action moving...Multitude of medieval characters, ranging from the commoner to the bishop, are gamely portrayed by a plucky group of actors...The cast standout is the gifted Jason O’Connell.” Full Review

Operation Crucible
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Directed with imagination and taut pacing by Bryony Shanahan, the performances are sublime...Mr. Knowles writing is rich and his characters deeply empathetic. With poetic, earthy language, he manages to tell with clarity four individual stories in 80 minutes, weaving in and out of time periods and framing the play with vivid descriptions of that historic night bombs fell on Sheffield." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Take a new play by...Sarah Ruhl, add a cast of seasoned New York actors including the great Kathleen Chalfant, let innovative theater director...Les Waters mix it all up, and you have a triple whammy of terrific theater...Chalfant is captivating; her hopeful performance sprinkles fairy dust to all...With poignancy and touches of alchemy, Mr. Waters’ direction stretched theatrical boundaries beautifully, shaping moments of grief, tenderness and joy along with a skillful use of music." Full Review

Mata Hari
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"There are challenges in presenting historical material, and Mr. Marks and Mr. Peers have made some fascinating choices in their non-linear telling of the story of Mata Hari...Four talented musicians conducted with precision by David Bloom played Mr. Marks’ adventurous and eclectic score with passionate perfection, conjuring an era of decadence and dominance...The opera 'Mata Hari' is a welcome addition to our continued obsession with this iconic historical figure." Full Review

Simon Says
East Village
Stage Buddy

“Although pacing was slow during the first scene, director Miriam Cyr’s staging moves the story along and makes nice use of the intimate space...Mr. Goes does a brilliant job of inhabiting numerous characters with distinct vocal and physical lives...Brian Murray is a marvel, his presence on the stage riveting...Here’s hoping there are more roles waiting in the wings for Mr. Murray. He is a national treasure!” Full Review

Evening - 1910
West Village
Stage Buddy

“'Evening-1910' poetically intertwines moments of New York history with softly drawn portraits of characters...Although there is a slight narrative, ‘Evening’ is more of a tone poem...Mr. Carbonara’s score possesses an ethereal sound, one of longing and broken hearts...The cast are all exquisite singers, and as an ensemble their sound is gorgeous...Watching ‘Evening’ is like peering through a kinetoscope and being touched by the solitary sadness of each character’s flickering image.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"During this ordinary Tuesday of cleaning, washing, ironing and shopping, each encounter with her father or with people in Tesco’s is met with bravado on the outside and heartbreak within...'Tuesdays at Tesco’s' and Mr. Callow’s tour de force performance are a study in and triumph over shame. It is a must see!" Full Review

whatdoesfreemean?
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“Gut-wrenching theater...rooted in several years of research...In a tour de force performance, Strum fully inhabits Mary’s psyche. With wide eyes that refuse to turn away from life’s pain, Strum’s Mary is emotionally and physically complex, vulnerable and brimming with truth. Filloux’s anguished and at times poetic dialogue flows effortlessly in Strum’s interpretation...Superb and versatile six-member cast...who plays several roles with chameleon-like skill.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Doyle has put the emphasis in William Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy on imagination, music and the actor-audience relationship...Although I missed some scenes, dialogue and characters that were cut, there are many delightful additions, such as the way the country bumpkin William was cast from the audience and the way Orlando’s bad poetry was smartly musicalized. Kudos to Mr. Doyle for shaking any cobwebs off of 'As You Like It' and giving us a vibrant new rendering of a classic." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A rich theatrical family-friendly evening of story, music, dance and puppets...This Kneehigh show continually captures our hearts...The cast is led by Katy Owen as Lily, played to perfection...'946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips' demands an attention and a collective imagination from the viewer, making it a special theatrical treat. St Ann’s Warehouse is to be commended for giving Kneehigh a New York home!" Full Review

Inner Voices 2016
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Featuring three tour-de-force performers and some superb writers and musicians...The evening shows off a combination of great musical craftsmanship and wonderful originality....How fortunate New York audiences are to have another chance to experience the excellence, breadth and depth that musical theater can deliver with 'Inner Voices.' Don’t miss this intimate evening of musical storytelling!" Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Put a great Greek myth together with an awesome genre-spanning score plus a superb cast and you get the downtown hit 'Hadestown'…It hits with the full impact of the consequences of one fearful action…Mr. Sullivan’s stage presence is a study in 'less is more;' he is riveting and endearing as he moves the action along with his blues-tinged vocals, sometimes pulling out a harmonica to wail upon…The lyrics are chilling and familiar in this election year. 'Hadestown' is not to be missed!" Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"Then there is the incredible Mr. Creighton giving an electrifying performance. With feet flying and a beautiful light Irish tenor voice Mr. Creighton captures the pugnacious spirit and open-heartedness of the little tough guy, James Cagney, endearing himself to the audience with his explosive energy and mega talent. 'Cagney' is not to be missed and you will be humming those songs as you leave the theater!" Full Review