Paul Dervis

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Reviews (6)
The Arts Fuse

"Aronovitch tells us about these intertwined lives instead of dramatizing affecting moments of conflict .When he presents scenes from their past, this piece hits the right notes. Too often however, Aaronovitch settles for debate rather than revealing reminiscences. Kudos to director Kane for tamping down on the talk whenever possible...She does her best to keep the performers moving about the stage...A talky play into which Kane and company infused plenty of love and angst." Full Review

The Arts Fuse

"Brave to the point of madness...Gannon proceeds to alternate doing dance numbers with some acrobatics and magic tricks. She goes out of her way to look amateurish and dumpy...What is impressive about her show is that she does about 25 minutes of this shtick without ever stopping. Yes, she is intentionally performing badly, but her agility is something to marvel at. The piece went by in a flash. And you can’t ask more than that from an inept clown act." Full Review

The Arts Fuse

"The play keeps banging away at sentiment, taking us to a place that we knew (or would that be feared?) it was going. The last fifteen minutes of the script are not only unnecessary, but undercut the piece’s earlier emotional power. Yet 'About Clarence and Me' is still a treat. It takes on a number of current issues, the struggles among the races to communicate, the discarding of the elderly, and the price paid for neglecting love." Full Review

Alpha 66 (Dream Up)
East Village
The Arts Fuse

"The performances in this ninety minute show are haunting, tapping into the dark side of human nature, conveying our fear of violence as well as our hunger for it. If only Ramos’s drama possessed the same sense of complexity. The problem with the script is that it mounts the soapbox and never gets off. Plays should have a point of view, but not to the point that it gets in the way of the richness of the characterizations." Full Review

The Arts Fuse

"The script is billed as an 'existentialist comedy about three spiritually disconnected people.' That’s an accurate description, suggesting that this is a play of ideas. Unfortunately there are so many that it becomes, at times, a confusing mess...All three actors bring welcome touches of reality to this fever dream of a night...By the end, the script comes off as a pint-sized 'No Exit.' It is hard to take cosmic concerns seriously through the prism of theater." Full Review

The Arts Fuse

"From the opening moment of this show, suspension of disbelief flies out the window and never returns...This piece belongs in a time capsule. Frankly, the dramatist should spend less time writing and more time listening to random conversations. He needs to absorb how people actually talk to each other…that quality is woefully missing here. And the cast does not help...But what could they do with the hapless dialogue? I can’t answer that question." Full Review