Patrick Christiano

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Reviews (30)
Sincerely, Oscar
Midtown W
Theater Life

“Instead of a new musical, the evening is a lame revue featuring twenty-one songs by the renowned lyricist, Oscar Hammerstein. The timeless song list...is impressive, and Taylor has a lovely, well trained, strong soprano voice. But that’s about as good as it gets...Everything else about this production is ill conceived, and the staging...is laughable...Nothing is organic...Everything is imposed, or mechanical and the results are quite dull and tedious despite the glorious songs.” Full Review

Hype Man
Soho/Tribeca
Theater Life

"Goodwin is a provocateur pursuing many ideas that arise from the central conflict of his story, and his characters are well developed. He doesn’t, however, delve into the complicated relationship between the two childhood friends, who are now rivals, and unfortunately the delightfully raucous ending comes a little too easily. Nonetheless, Goodwin makes some excellent points while posing thought-provoking questions about timely topics. The skilled cast of three is outstanding." Full Review

Theater Life

"Delivers the deliciously vulgar goods, replete with stunning arias and spirited dancing...Performed by a marvelous cast of 17...Rando affectively combines elements of high and lowbrow culture to make a witty comment on the unrestrained behavior of our current times, which is being echoed by the 'Twitter King' now occupying our White House. Rando's meticulous staging never lets the energy sag, and he beautifully juxtaposes the arias with raunchy scenes spoofing the chaos." Full Review

Theater Life

"The amusing new musical is a series of witty snapshots...Takes a sassy jaunt down the memory lane of the women’s movement with chart topping hits from the past 100 years to punctuate memorable strides by women...Wonderful cast of four women...With hardly a lull in the spirited evening the women sing their hearts out on a host of nostalgic songs." Full Review

The Itch
West Village
Theater Life

"The confusingly odd story...has a decidedly downtown feel and makes use of film and video projections as well as loud original punk sounding music...The staging, however, lacks tension despite the smart dialogue. And neither the actors nor the direction infuse the evening with an emotion-filled conflict that is necessary to bring the meandering story to a final unresolved fade-out." Full Review

Theater Life

“A fast-paced fun filled delight…The story moves along at rapid speed spiced with juvenile dialogue that is witty, many sight gags, and an infectious pop/rock score filled with songs which sound alike, but nonetheless put forth some universally positive messages for everyone…Chris McCarrell is appealing in the leading role turning in an engagingly high-spirited performance that starts out strong and sustains with passion throughout the evening.” Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
Theater Life

“Kline doesn’t disappoint delivering a sublime performance…Every member of the skilled cast holds stage for their fleeting time in the spotlight. However, Coward’s comedy is an ensemble boasting several well-drawn characters and an understanding of the nuances in his people is basic to the style. Von Stuelpnagel allows several of the actors to be manically one-noted caricatures. The result although amusing is uneven with Kline standing out as the glorious spirit of the evening.” Full Review

Theater Life

for a previous production "Relentlessly well performed. The entire ensemble is brilliant as they pull out all the stops in a physical comedy that never lets the air out for a second while delivering a persistent attack on our funny bone...The effort here is pure slapstick from the very first moment to the eventual fade-out, and over a two hour-plus running time the repetitive conceit becomes preciously thin...The ensemble however is remarkable at being bad and sublime at performing the outrageous physical comedy." Full Review

Diva: Live from Hell
East Village
Theater Life

"A dark comedic send-up of madness directed with smart intensity...Monahan moves seamlessly from one character to the next embodying each one with consummate flair. His voice is terrific, and when he launches into song his brave performance and 'Diva' comes fully alive. Unfortunately, although initially witty, Desmond is such a shallow lout that you quickly lose all compassion for him. Despite all the talent involved his story ceases to amuse and you couldn’t care less." Full Review

Angry Young Man
Chelsea
Theater Life

“An entertaining little gem….A superb cast meticulously helmed by Stephen Hamilton keeps the fast-paced farce moving at a deliciously brisk pace for 75 minutes as madcap indignities are unrelentingly thrust upon Yusuf. The gifted ensemble of four…seamlessly switch roles and accents with comic panache playing broad physical comedy that never becomes dull under Stephen Hamilton’s clever guidance." Full Review

Theater Life

"The story is a sure-fire crowd pleaser for dog lovers and history buffs, but unfortunately the sound design is a challenge the production fails to rise above. The quality of the pre-recorded music is consistently poor. The likeable cast, apparently chosen for their dancing skills, turn in earnest work, however their performances are broadly one dimensional, and their singing voices are difficult to hear without mics. " Full Review

Theater Life

"She commanded the stage with the ease and intimacy of a veteran performer having a great time living large. The evening she said was a dream come true, and those in attendance were blessed as well...Elegantly directed by Richard Jay-Alexander...Chenoweth enchants with effervescent ease, a soaring soprano with a unique blend of contradictions that keeps you smiling throughout two-plus hours of entertainment." Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Theater Life

"A thoroughly entertaining evening of song and dance served by an outstanding ensemble of performers...Robert Creighton plays James Cagney, a role he was born to play...'Cagney' hits most of the highlights of the actor's ascent to stardom and his struggle with his image in an insightful musical journey with fancy choreography by Bergasse that features exciting tap numbers...Jeremy Benton has several dynamite tap numbers with Creighton that alone are worth the price of a ticket." Full Review

Theater Life

"The engaging 90 minute two character tale by the talented playwright is a provocative and witty look at a controversial issue, the right to die, as well as a frank take on sexual identity and religion. Two women, who have little in common except race, clash head to head over the gift of life in an escalating power struggle that takes several surprising turns before Hutchinson's explosively nuanced play makes a final fade out." Full Review

Theater Life

"The gifted cast executes the movement and dialogue meticulously, unfortunately the form leaves little room for dramatic conflict and the play comes off as cleverly presented witty exposition." Full Review

Theater Life

"Nottage uses a captivating blend of parody, broad humor, academic wit, social comment and even drama, to create a biting satire...The charming Jessica Frances Dukes makes Vera utterly believable with a strong colorful performance that sustains the character’s lively humanity...Kamilah Forbes’ uneven revival for the Signature is much broader than Jo Bonney’s original staging, and this becomes a problem. Going too broad with this comedy actually-dilutes the humor." Full Review

Speed Queen
Lower E Side
Theater Life

"The result is nothing less than sensational with Legere turning up her star wattage...Legere is front and center throughout the evening in a tale fashioned to her unique gifts and dynamic talents. She plays a sizzling piano, a mean accordion, and sings like an angel with a four-octave range, all while delivering deft impersonations of Joe and her legendary girlfriends. This is Phoebe Legere at her daring and comic best, tongue in cheek throughout an audacious evening of madcap camp." Full Review

Theater Life

"Throughout the emotional turmoil Ensler finds moments of bracing humor and is always searching for some deeper meaning to what she is going through. The result is a compelling if often self-indulgent evening that frequently feels like a therapy session...Ensler is not the most natural performer to take to the stage, although she acquits herself nicely, the staging also accentuates her limitations...The brave evening may be more therapeutic for the performer than the audience." Full Review

Theater Life

“If all the elements of the production don’t completely mesh all the time, the playwrights nonetheless have an excellent ear for dialogue, and the staging with visually jolting flashback sequences that are evocatively real glimpses of the war is terrific. The scenes in Vietnam juxtaposed against the scenes at home in the cozy basement make for an often dynamic and engrossing evening." Full Review

Theater Life

"Directed by Tony Speciale with great sensitivity, the story is a heart-wrenching look a boy named Paiman, played beautifully by the ethereal Troy Iwata...If Shone’s book takes unnecessary tangents, the three men at the heart of the conflict, nonetheless, head an impressive cast, and the dancing as well as the singing is top-notch in Rosser and Sohne’s touching musical." Full Review

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Theater Life

for a previous production “McKeever’s predictable tale feels manipulative and often contrived with basically stereotypical characters used to craft the playwright’s opinions…Although the actors are likable and their work earnest, you never feel a chemistry beyond friendship…The performances in Brancato’s staging all lack emotional depth so the play turns overly talky...Without a passionately layered subtext, the evening fails to engage or resonate with authenticity." Full Review

Theater Life

"Nothing is authentic and the result, despite Sally Field’s gallant performance, is an unconvincing evening that fails to engage with emotional impact. Gold further strips Williams’ masterpiece of every period detail so carefully specified in his text...His meddling here turns the playwright’s dreamlike-meditation into an unrelenting nightmare. The evening comes across as a bare bones dress rehearsal rather than a fully realized staging of the Williams classic." Full Review

Theater Life

"The plot feels awkward and contrived, yet retains an element of intrigue especially regarding what exactly Miranda does for Sir. Lombardo’s direction is serviceable considering the plot contrivances and the underdeveloped characters. The acting unfortunately is stylishly uneven...I think 'Miranda' wants to be an amusing commentary on our current state of political affairs, especially with regard to greed and privilege, but the hastily cobbled together satire fails to fully satisfy that goal." Full Review

Linda
Midtown W
Theater Life

"Many of the characters are not fully developed, but we still get this checklist of women’s issues...The overly plotted melodramatic play with many short scenes in which Skinner keeps piling on the information at the sacrifice of the emotional conflict, although engaging and entertaining, becomes predictable and obvious as soon as Linda’s life begins to unravel...The effect is like an elaborate sketch comedy without the emotional build because the action never slows down for a moment." Full Review

The Object Lesson
East Village
Theater Life

"The scenic installation may be the best part of the show as audience members are encouraged to go early to roam the setting and sift through the debris...The highlight and most inventive is when Sobelle in ice skates prepares dinner for an audience member...Part clown, part magician and highly athletic Sobelle cuts an entertaining figure, however for my taste the show is too long. Give me old fashioned theater with real dramatic impact." Full Review

Sweat
Midtown W
Theater Life

for a previous production "Nottage draws consistently insightful characters...Their doomed way of life is quickly disappearing, and the skilled Nottage allows us to empathize with the desperation and anger of their plight...Whoriskey helms a harshly realistic production while leading her gifted ensemble to potent and sensitive portrayals of the struggles intrinsic in their individual predicaments. The beauty of 'Sweat' is the compassionate picture that Nottage illuminates of people you might never know." Full Review

Happily After Ever
Midtown E
Theater Life

"A hilarious new play by Brooklyn native Laura Zlatos...Love and fear face off with each other in this witty sitcom-like battle of the sexes. The stylistic staging is beautifully helmed by Sherri Eden Barber and crisply played by the accomplished actors, never missing a beat in an entertaining little gem...Everything merges perfectly on the little stage." Full Review

Theater Life

"'2 Across' is a 90-minute clever little ditty…The two actors land all the jokes in Mr. Mayer's comedy of words, but their chemistry is decidedly lacking despite their earnest efforts. McArdle doesn't play the obstacles, Gilman relies on his charm without creating an inner life, and Rudie fails to lead the actors out of their comfort zones. Mayer relies heavily on an unbelievable contrivance at the end to justify his rather slight story that is actually more sitcom than theater." Full Review

Clever Little Lies
Midtown W
Theater Life

"Marlo Thomas shines in 'Clever Little Lies,' a delightful new comedy...The beautifully written tale is a witty and brisk story with a few bittersweet surprises...The actors turn in charming performances with marvelous chemistry and timing." Full Review

Fish in the Dark
Midtown W
Theater Life

"Fish in the Dark is a commercial success, and from audience reaction at the performance I attended, they seemed pretty much pleased, except maybe the two people, who sat on the aisle directly in front of us. They left at intermission giving us a better view of Mr. David's rather awkward performance. I wished I could have left with them. Fish in the Dark starring Larry David is so bad that the irony of the situation becomes funny. It's so bad, it's funny!" Full Review