Nelson Diaz-Marcano

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Reviews (30)
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"Skovran and Ubrankovics are fantastic as the two women. Every time they have a scene together we are captivated by their battles. We are yearning to be part of their journey. It’s when the linear narratives are broken down by more experimental scenes that interest gets a bit muddled. There are some truly perplexing moments, but most of them either are longer than they need to be...Despite this hiccup, 'Toys: A Dark Fairy Tale' delivers a strong and powerful tale." Full Review

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85
Manhattan With a Twist

"Love is messy, and Stapleton does a great job of showing us exactly how absurd the nature of who we fall for is...Stapleton creates a character that is both funny and heartbreaking...This is an impressive production. Every part is essential, and every aspect is in capable hands...Fishamble creates theatrical experiences that push the boundaries of what’s accepted as the norm, and I can only be so grateful for that." Full Review

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"I was enthralled. Jacobson does a great job in not only making their mental state a reality to us, but also getting the audience to care about these characters…On the other hand, I wish scenes with the male counterpart, played by Brandon Ferraro, were more sparse and not as lengthy…A powerful study on mental health and its many paths, I recommend wholeheartedly you go and see this production…It’s not often for such a truthful show about this subject to grace the stages of NYC.” Full Review

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95
Manhattan With a Twist

"While at first we are dying of laughter, it’s in the second act that we realize we are only laughing at ourselves, at our history...Pailet directs this play like a master craftsman, knowing each piece contributes to the final product...He manages to intertwine very human factors to each beat, getting us to understand the terrible conclusion for each of them...The ensemble in this production is a perfect blend of personalities...A must-see production." Full Review

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"This kind of production has a way of having a ratio of hit and misses that ends up hurting the overall product, but the work here is more hit than miss...Jasper’s writing is fun without losing its poignancy and Campbell-Holt knows exactly what to do with it...A dream team of thespians on stage, this is all wrapped together with a nice bow by the excellent designers. An evening curated for our delight, it gives us more than we bargained for, and we should be all the more happy for it." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

“In other hands this could have been cheesy; in Brackett’s team’s hands, it’s exhilarating…The battles are fun, the dialogue is endearing, the lighting design is captivating, and the sound effects add so much to the environment that losing yourself in the play becomes easy. The relationships between characters are enjoyable…The musical numbers, which are hit-and miss-throughout the production, are elevated by a cast that is just having such a great time it’s infectious." Full Review

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85
Manhattan With a Twist

"The clever pace at which this production moves makes the evening an entertaining one...The ensemble of 'Saki' tackled each story with courage, using their bodies to transform the environment and give us a sense of the world around them...While not every tale worked as well as others, the ones that worked made us easily forget those that didn’t...Jessica Lazar’s direction reassured us that this show is not to be missed." Full Review

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95
Manhattan With a Twist

"The Wakka Wakka ensemble has truly put together something special...By the time the production ends, we have both laughed out loud and invested emotions as hard as the laughs for them...The technical aspects of this show were all top-notch…‘Made In China’ is one of those shows I couldn’t recommend enough...It asks a lot from the audience. But it rewards you with an experience you will not find easy anywhere else, and for that we should celebrate." Full Review

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80
Manhattan With a Twist

"'The Pumpkin Pie Show: Stump Speeches' did not disappoint, yet it did not reach the eternal appeal of last year’s Pumpkin Pie Show...While the stories are fictional, they don’t seem that far-fetched until the twists. Chapman manages to use the real fear and suspense of this election season to mold a comedic, yet uncomfortable piece of theater that hits very close to home...The show structure works perfectly for what they wanted." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"One of the most talented ensembles I’ve seen in a while. Their energy is infectious, their love for the subject is apparent, and their abilities are constantly reminding us we are watching a special cast…The production has some misses in its repertoire, but not enough to take anything away from the production...In the end, you will have such a fun evening; you will be in love, rooting for the little musical about the people nobody wants to talk about. At least I did." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"While the story works, the writer did not do a great job of connecting the dots, but it was more than enough to let the individual moments work...The show demands a lot more than it gives. I’m not saying that as a bad thing...Almost every person is naked for a good amount of the show, which creates an uncomfortable atmosphere. Yet I loved it all. The choreography, the dialogue, the boldness of the whole production. Bravo to this team for going all the way and succeeding." Full Review

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80
Manhattan With a Twist

"This work of art was accomplished by a bold and creative group that had to be so in sync, they accepted Meyyappan’s reality, which was the only way this could work the way it did...The play will be very divisive. During the last moments, I saw people laughing while others were engrossed. The play takes itself very seriously, and its gloomy environment can ultimately grow thin. But what is effected for those of us that enjoy this kind of work, this was a good night for art." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"The ingredients for this to be an impressive production were there, but once the show started going I realized that they weren’t used to their full potential. Besides the acting, the script betrayed its own story way too often…While the relationships are smartly written, the plot has some holes that could not be ignored…The play is not for me, but it could be for someone else." Full Review

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“'H20' is a well-written play...The two actors with the gargantuan task of keeping us interested are great to a certain extent. They both put solid performances on stage, but not always together. Their chemistry can be seen and felt in some scenes, while in others it goes missing...This production does not allow those moments to exist, therefore not letting the audience to emotionally relate." Full Review

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"This one might be obvious, but the way it’s told makes it unique and exciting. And children should be able to see it, besides the gory and twisted ending, this is perfect for them…Jason Sofge’s performance as Tommy was breathtaking…The one thing I’m mad about with this show is its length! Yes, it is a perfect run time for a kid’s show, but for me as an adult I wanted to see more." Full Review

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"From the director to the writer to the cast, everyone commits fully to the vision...A remarkable script combined with a fantastic ensemble and strong direction, 'Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of Williamsburg' is another triumph for the Mind The Art Entertainment team. One that shows that ten years after its conception, they are here to stay. Do not miss it!" Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"The play starts fast; it hooks you right from the start...The play is anchored by two charming performances from two strong actors...The problem with the production itself is that it’s two different plays in one that do not connect well together...The show is well put together; director Jen Wineman knows how to do theater. While the play may be a tale of two ideas mixing and not finding the right combination, the production aspects and performances more than make up for it." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"Owen is great as Treplev, making him charming and sympathetic...Stiefel, on the other hand, had a hard time keeping up emotionally with him at the beginning. Good news is she catches up...'The Nina Variations' is a character study that can be satisfying, but challenging at times to sit through...There is little happiness in its running time, and is not really entertaining. Instead, we get an analysis of the human condition...It is not a show I would watch again, but I’m glad I saw it." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"This production threads between the sublime and cliche too often to reach the levels it could...Wink is an amazing character, one of the most poignant ones I’ve seen this year. But this modern feel, this urgency is contrasted by the stylization of the play itself, which feels outdated...There’s no sense of innovation beyond the character. It’s like they knew the character was good enough to hold our attention, so they didn’t try to create a meaningful theatrical experience." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

“Performers Serena Manteghi and Rachel Smyth leave it all on the stage…Emma Butler directed a breathtaking short play that could only be topped by its immediate follow-up, a one-woman-show called ‘Angel’…This show provides heart-thumping moments mixed with an emotional roller coaster…With the direction from Michael Cabot, Lvova delivers a tour de force that the audience will not soon forget…I can’t think of a more important production to watch.” Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"The script still feels fresh with clever dialogue...The supporting cast was also marvelous...It was with them that the heart of the show beat. On the other hand, the two main characters portrayed by Bidner and Vink, are not the type of people you feel inclined to cheer for. It doesn’t help that both actors give us one-dimensional performances...The production is also hurt by long transitions...While the play seemed perfect for the times, I don’t see the point of a revival today." Full Review

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"We are with Jack through each and every beat, wincing from the first note. Engrossed. Hypnotized. Playing Jack is none other than Aaron Ramey, who instills the nuances and the charm such a character needs…The direction by Brian Freeland merged excellently with De Gre’s aesthetic…This generates some powerful visuals to accompany the exquisite music…The play is a transitional play from an author reaching a new level of maturity. And as such, some moments are not as strong as others." Full Review

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90
Manhattan With a Twist

"One of the best off-Broadway Shakespeare productions I’ve seen of this play. At the very least, it’s the one that will be remembered the most for getting the tone right and matching it with incredible technical prowess...If you are a Shakespeare fan, don’t miss it if it comes back. If you love great technical aspects in your shows, don’t miss it. If you love well-done ensembles, don’t miss it. You know what? Just don’t miss it." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"Its reliance on outdated stock character and its lack of authenticity end up hurting a powerful concept...What we end up getting is a play trying too hard to be important, but not giving us any reason for it to be...The power of the plot is sucked away by a string of half-done moments...I felt drained and disappointed because this could have been a very important play, but it wasn’t...While there are good performances in the show, there’s not much I can recommend." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"Felder is spellbinding as Bernstein...He has us looking at him, letting ourselves be conducted through the music of the book he wrote and putting us in a grip that he does not let go for its hour and forty-five minute run...Felder combines his book with Bernstein’s music as well as the classics that inspired the musician, and this creates some of the most spectacular moments in a solo show in recent memory...A masterclass in theatrical production." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

for a previous production "This play written and directed by Travis Russ should be at the top of your must-watch list this month. Funny, direct, ugly and beautiful all intertwine to create one of the best examinations of an artist’s life that I’ve seen on stage. It’s never corny, doesn’t take itself too seriously, but there’s no denying that its subtle philosophy and bold approach will have you researching Gorey’s work once the play is done." Full Review

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Manhattan With a Twist

"Must-see theater…What we think it’s going to be, a corporate drama, becomes one of the best explorations about humanity and its decisions I’ve ever experienced…The way these actors portray each person is something to behold…But none of that would have worked without Costello putting it all together like a great orchestra master…This smart play which entertains and educates, makes you question yourself and then analyze those around you." Full Review

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"In the hands of The Seeing Place Theatre, the story gets a great performance albeit the technical limitations provided by the space...It’s brilliant of McDonagh and it was fiercely tackled in this production by directors Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican, who put on a strong showing...Despite one weak link in the ensemble, the production still captivated me mostly through the interactions with these characters." Full Review

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"What Thomas does so well is that instead of exploiting that fear for a cheap reaction, he makes you feel comfortable with the idea of standing up to it, to look at in the face and laugh. That it is fine to be hurt as long as you don’t let it keep you down, that it is only okay to move on if you come out stronger. And in doing so, he does something not many shows do, he makes you think both personally and generally about everything around you." Full Review

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"Chapman brings us to the world of nightmares in a completely different way. And it is a completely morbid delight...The love shown for the work by the creators pulls the audience in, makes you feel like you are at home with someone you trust, and then they take you for a spin. A very entertaining one. I would advise you keep an eye next year to see what this scientist of words and the stage brings to us. He is proof that sometimes a little goes a long way. Plus they were amazing hosts to the... Full Review