Nicole Colbert

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Reviews (31)
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“A gripping and sad tale...It brings to life the true story of László and Rajk, Marxist leaders in the Hungarian resistance during World War II...The portrait of Hungarians living under a totalitarian government is well wrought in Ardrey’s gripping 1958 drama...The Author adeptly narrates the historical events, and there are many to follow, as the story outlines how politics is played like a chess game.” Full Review

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“As the play progresses, the story goes awry...Luckily the cast are marvelous as they play multiple roles adeptly and distinctly and keep things moving. It’s them that we come to appreciate as the script takes its turn downward...Pendleton saves this sinking stone of a story with a light touch and wonderful staging...There are many enjoyable moments in the play, but Margery, ultimately, is rendered a caricature, defeating the fun and strong feminist message of the beginning.” Full Review

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"As the play progresses, it veers off into a feminist discourse on the power and privilege of men and deconstructs text, intention, and characterization...The strong feminist discourse backfires because Johanson not only plays the best-conceived roles, which are male, but he is also a terrific actor...When the women shunt him off the stage, instead of the feeling that history is finally correcting itself, there is a sense of loss...Its theatrical experience has the bite of a Chihuahua rather ... Full Review

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"It’s a reckless and even fun adventure...A meditation on life, death, and everything in between...Maddow’s writing is erudite but never dry. It has a cyclical form that, at times, deconstructs ideas and builds on them so that a dense idea is picked apart like a thread...The many absurd and hilarious moments in the play don’t upstage the deeper reflections...A magic carpet ride of intellectual discovery." Full Review

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"A toe-tapping musical comedy...Aronson’s country-western style music and lyrics do justice to the musical theater form. The songs heighten the mood of each scene, whether they be funny, pensive, or playful. The show features a live band which adds a wonderful touch to the toe-tapping, foot-stomping, make-you-get-up-and-dance hoedown that the show becomes at times...The cast are all exceptionally talented singers." Full Review

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"A deeply thought-provoking play...These actions are tightly composed under Richard Romagnoli’s precise and effective direction which highlights Barker’s poignant and poetic language. Although Murgatroyd and Gaukroger both offer a voice of reason in the midst of death and destruction, they don’t have straightforward answers. Instead they have smart and well-phrased questions, and we hope someone will come out in one piece to answer them." Full Review

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"Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation, which keeps the integrity of time and place, coupled with costumes that nod to the period contributes outright to the comedy...Jesse Berger’s staging is light and quick. A comedy of this nature relies on impeccable timing, and the superb cast, lead by Urie, McGrath and Testa, keeps the madcap energy going at a high-wattage pace, making 'The Government Inspector' an absolute delight." Full Review

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“Austin Pendleton’s even touch as a director provides the right restraint and prevents the play from falling into melodrama and stereotypes…The depiction of both American POWs and Nazis is well rounded, and undercuts some of the broader stereotypes. Instead, the play unearths the subtler terrors the POWs faced in internment, such as the language barrier…Byers also draws the German officers as real people.” Full Review

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"Director Jack Tamburri keeps the action going in this epic story that takes place both in reality and in Peer’s imagination...A very talented group of actors makes up the cast…The weakest part of the production is the choreography, which felt diluted for a production so full of life. Meredith Reis’s stage, set up like a bandstand at a bar replete with shimmery copper streamers, provided the right backdrop...'Peer Gynt' is right to be reinvented as a rock-and-roll odyssey." Full Review

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"Under Austin Pendleton’s steady and gentle direction, we gradually see how effectively Hunter scratches the surface of social interactions to reveal what lies beneath: sadness, anger, and disappointments, as well as hopes and dreams...'A Day by the Sea' initially seems like a play of manners...Although Hunter’s play is not raw like those of Pinter and Osborne, it’s not Disney either—not everyone lives happily ever after. Instead, it shows how much we really just march through life. " Full Review

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“The production is fun, and kid-friendly, but very uneven. While the libretto is outstanding, the music by Jon Goldstein sounds canned; all the tracks seem to have been created on a synthesizer. The stage also feels small, not only because it is small, but because Evan Pappas’s staging lacks dynamics and, at times, deflates the production. Some choreographed movement would have given the actors some breadth and depth and the production real musical-theater flair.” Full Review

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"Although the production feels fragmented—it’s nonlinear in both story line and dialogue—it does resonate...Without the development of characterization and a story line, however, it’s hard to get a sense of who these characters are...The experience of watching 'Seen/By Everyone' can be disorienting if you’re not willing to leave your typical theatergoing road map of expectations behind. In the end, it offers a thought-provoking experience." Full Review

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"Morton gives a tour de force performance…His voice has a deep timbre, and he has amazing reserve and control over both his voice and physicality...The raw immediacy of Morton’s performance, coupled with the power of Gregory’s message, incites some members of the audience to murmur 'Mmm-hmmm' and 'Yeah,' as if they are receiving a message from the pulpit rather than the stage." Full Review

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"'When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout' captures the tensions that often exist between parents and children. In this case, the play centers on a mother’s attempt to reconcile with her daughter. Morag is played primly with repressed exuberance by Aedin Moloney...Fiona, played by Barrie Kreinik, has the needed detachment that comes from a childhood of disappointment...The whole is enhanced by the lilting music of Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains." Full Review

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"The sexual tension is palpable even with their eyes glued to their respective keyboards...Robert Lyons’ play asserts a very important message in this age of technology: that it can be both useful and destructive, but what it’s not, is sensual." Full Review

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for a previous production "The cast is superb and their infinite vocal talent is allowed to shine under the aegis of conductor and musical director Zalmen Mlotek with choreography and musical staging by Merete Muenter. The full-bodied singing and dancing accompanied by a live orchestra in 'The Golden Bride' is an especially rare treat in Off-Broadway theater today." Full Review

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“Lahti captures Steinem with poise and grace as she narrates the personal and political story of Steinem’s life...Directed by Emmy Award–winner Paulus, who is known for pushing physical boundaries, the theater experience is intimate and informal...The show is an opportunity to celebrate not only Steinem’s life but black women...A self-proclaimed ‘hope-aholic’, Steinem’s story is sure to inspire both men and women to take action for a better future.“ Full Review

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“Babatundé is a charismatic performer. His training as an actor can make the singing too polished at times, but it also allows him to physically embody the character and move through the history of the story gracefully...Although the music captures the difficulties of being an itinerant and blind black musician, Jefferson’s songs...will have you tapping your toes and clapping along to the music in this simple yet powerful one-man show.” Full Review

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"Time moves back and forth beautifully to tell the story...Aoki moves the actors around to highlight individual characters as well as create a tightly knit ensemble...But the simple set and staging often leave the marvelous and lively actors stranded...The singing and sound-making create a soundtrack that enlivens the production. The multicultural cast, who play not only young and old but interchange male and female roles, also adds a rich texture that challenges casting norms." Full Review

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"Gardley’s play shifts the focus from Malcolm X as a powerful civil rights leader to a vulnerable man trying to hold injustice up to the light. Glimpses of this are beautifully revealed in moments between Malcolm and Betty, who knows how to make him laugh, but also senses how tired and even a little afraid he may feel. In 1966, several men from the Nation of Islam were convicted of assassinating Malcolm X, but Gardley’s play suggests that everyone, in the end, had a hand in killing him." Full Review

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“‘Endangered’ will have you snapping your fingers and tapping your feet. Each animal has an individual personality, and they are well physicalized. The fabulous and fun costumes by Collin Ranney lend both a comic as well as outrageous touch to each one’s characterization…They are all tremendously talented…‘Endangered’ is a wonderfully entertaining show. Although it is geared toward children...it also delivers an important message for our time.” Full Review

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"The Instigators’ adaptation uses immersive elements to enhance and punctuate both large and small moments...The small, informal space of the Access Theater gives the feeling of sitting in someone’s living room, but it doesn’t lend itself to a real immersive experience...Still, there are nice moments...The Instigators’ immersive experience is subtler and gentler than Artaud’s or Punchdrunk’s. Perhaps that’s OK for Chekhov, though, who is a subtle and gentle playwright." Full Review

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"Akunin has done some interesting things with the language: he uses the cadence and energy of Shakespeare’s text to create the dialogue for the play. As a result, it sounds Shakespearean, even if it isn’t...The play, although condensed to 90 minutes with a pared-down cast of characters, for the most part captures much of Shakespeare’s story...Akunin explores Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet' in a nuanced way that leaves an impression that remains long after the show is over." Full Review

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“‘Villa’ moves in the direction of being a great and profound work...Calderón’s language is vivid, poetic, ironic and intelligent. However, Calderón is less skilled as a director, and the play lacks the physicality needed to give the actors any weight…We don’t know anything about them, and the words are not connected in any meaningful way to time, place, or to an emotional or relational interior...The play admirably wrestles with the bigger idea of how to memorialize a tragedy.” Full Review

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"The realism of LaBute, Calvani and Buchaca’s plays tugs at the heart and mind. On one hand, to offer some solutions or hope of change regarding sexism, ageism, and male authority would have been a confirmation that the hard work of the past has had some effect...The playwrights demonstrate how male and female power is still highly unbalanced in our society, and that male power is still able to flip the tables, often in brutal ways." Full Review

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"'Strange Country' does a good job of capturing the sadness that is brought on when a family member is suffering from a problem that is too difficult to fix. However, it also explores the complicated idea that what may be good for one person may not be good for another. Everyone has his own way of surviving, and the measures people use may not always be the right ones...It’s a philosophical conundrum." Full Review

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"'Out of the Mouths of Babes,' a fun new situational comedy by Horovitz, explores both the light and dark sides of life...Death can provide a microscope for the living to look at their lives in the present. Although at first they are cynical and even antagonistic toward one another, the women develop a rapport...A topic can be made funny by the right ratio of drama to comedy. Under Barnet Kellman’s direction, the balance is perfect." Full Review

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"A masterly series of vignettes in which characters try hard to maintain normalcy and decorum, but when a single truth is revealed through an ill-timed but dramatically funny mishap, a more personal and meaningful internal world is uncovered. The cast of five skillfully play a handful of characters...Ayckbourn also captures how communication is about energy and not necessarily words." Full Review

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"A wildly entertaining one-woman show that explores shopping and life...Stern hits the nail on the head when she reveals her conflicted relationship to shopping. She manages a delicate balance between revealing the inner turmoil as well as the ameliorating effects of shopping during some of life’s more difficult moments...Weaving in past experiences that go all the way back to childhood with more contemporary experiences, Stern does a fantastic job." Full Review

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"A tight and neat production…Don Bernardo is played with weight and depth by Ariel Estrada…As the enfant terrible, Huff does an excellent job and resembles a young Johnny Rotten…His nimble, earthy walk and demeanor give him the charm of a snake making its way slowly toward its prey…The company did a good job of using the Irondale Center playing area in a beautiful old church." Full Review

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"Dorrepaal is an intriguing actress...Dorrepaal is a shape-shifter as a performer...In another actor, this could prove frustrating or make her seem uncommitted to her role, but in Dorrepaal, we see a range of emotion pass across her face in a small time span. Sometimes she looks beautiful, other times tormented. This shape-shifting of emotion seems more true to life in the face of dangerous love, which heightens the senses so that desire, fear and uncertainty exist simultaneously." Full Review