Philip Fisher

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Reviews (36)
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

“One of the best plays of the last decade...Over 3¼ gripping hours, we are introduced to a rich panoply of characters, every single one a convincing individual...The acting from a fantastic cast is strong from top to bottom...Combining the weight of a Greek tragedy and the scope of a Russian novel, ‘The Ferryman’ is a very special theatrical experience and one that should not be missed." Full Review

Hindle Wakes
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

“A cracking play that richly deserves this opportunity...Houghton has created a well-made play that is consistently gripping and throws up a truly Ibsenite heroine...There is only a single criticism of this superb production...With a couple of honourable exceptions, it might have been better for the actors to skip their limp attempts at accents...Regardless...if you are within reach, don’t miss a rare opportunity to see a worthy and highly enjoyable play from the past.” Full Review

British Theatre Guide

“Both very personal and universal. Lithgow frames two short stories...with two poignant excerpts drawn from his own history...Lithgow delivers a masterclass, while providing a worthy memorial to his parents in a quiet show that does exactly what his fans will expect. Quite how much of an impression it will make on those sitting at the back of the auditorium may be open to question but, in close-up, it is a unique opportunity to commune with an institution.” Full Review

British Theatre Guide

“Every play produced by wife and husband team Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen is a labur of love…‘How to be a Rock Critic’ is a very different animal but benefits from the same loving care…We are given an insight into the significance of music to so many…Erik Jensen is energetic and intoxicating, delivering a gripping performance that will convince most viewers that they have seen deep into the soul of Lester Bangs.” Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "For those in search of new experiences, 'Flight' should be a must-see experience...Perfectly constructed, tiny models illuminate the story...The strength of the presentation lies in its ability to depict the ups and more often downs that the pair experience...The story-telling seems aimed at the teen market but is nevertheless powerful, while the models...and their use are outstanding and should eventually find their way into a permanent exhibition somewhere." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Baba Brinkman gives a new meaning to the term pop science. He attempts to explain some of the most difficult issues confronting scientists today to laymen via the medium of rap music...His intelligence is fearsome as demonstrated by a freestyle rap...using concepts thrown in by audience members...exudes a wicked sense of fun, which consistently shines through...This is a challenging show that makes good use of multimedia and educates as much as it entertains." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

"Perhaps Martin McDonagh’s finest achievement, even beyond a Londoner re-creating a rural Irish milieu to perfection, is his latent ability to balance sympathies between the two leading characters...Do not miss out on a chance to enjoy a slice of recent theatre history and the chance to witness Marie Mullen and Aisling O’Sullivan delivering performances to die for." Full Review

Ghost Quartet
East Village
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production “Anybody within reach of Edinburgh should not miss out on this delight. The show is impossible to categorize. Is it a concept album played live, a musical, a theatrical performance or a concert? It is all of these and none…An intoxicating 70 minutes…A remarkable finale…The atmosphere may be dark but it is always playful and tuneful, aided by the presence of four fine musicians…It may not be easy to categorize but 'Ghost Quartet' should be on everyone’s must see/hear list.” Full Review

My Eyes Went Dark
Midtown E
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production “It is hard to imagine a less theatrical stage work…This piece has the feel of a long, ethereal radio play…Wilkinson has written a play that is deliberately disjointed and can be very confusing as time circles around. It doesn't help that the central figure is driven mad by his loss, such that his behavior is often irrational. ‘My Eyes Went Dark’ tries hard to get under the skin of an innocent victim but many might conclude that it misses its goal by some way." Full Review

Noises Off
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

"Watching a good production can be a gruelling experience, so sustained is the laughter from the middle of the second act onwards...On the basis that you are unlikely to see anything funnier in New York this year, beg, steal or borrow a ticket to what will undoubtedly prove to be a highlight of the season." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Rourke has compiled a superb cast...What starts out as a light-hearted comedy of manners amongst those who should know better eventually transforms into a profoundly serious exploration of the nature of love and the consequences of rejection. Janet McTeer is deliciously wicked as the Marquise. While Dominic West was suitably louche...There is no excuse to miss out on one of the highlights of the season." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Beyond the well-researched and structured script, there is also a freestyle rapping element, where three topics thrown in by audience members are incorporated into a rap. The performer’s energy is remarkable, as he barely stops to draw breath through a full hour of hand-waggling, high-octane performance that will make viewers think about what they can do to help slow down global warming at the same time as mourning the callousness of greedy politicians and voters." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "A cast of seven, supported by a musical trio and expertly directed by Bill Buckhurst, works exceptionally hard to ensure that we have fun and it works to perfection. There may be a few rough edges but that is part of the charm of a production, which is deliberately attempting to depict the seamier side of London life...The two leads act more than capably and sing well enough, giving great feeling to their performances...A striking and memorable musical." Full Review

Cuckooed
Midtown E
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "This is political theatre at its very best. Thomas takes his audience through a tale of political activism and espionage that takes the breath away...The delivery is impassioned but lightened with underlying wit, which is necessary for such an important subject. The messages of this chilling production, expertly directed by Emma Callander, are all too clear. We could all be unwitting victims of this kind of spying." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "By the end of this two-hander in which we learn much about both characters as well as the country that engendered these crimes and brought the pair together, it is possible to feel simultaneous hatred and sympathy for Eugene De Kock at the same time as great admiration for Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "The very best plays, like 'A View from the Bridge', are director and concept proof...The drama somewhat stalls in a slow scene in the family home and another featuring the young lovers, where the director seems keener to make artistic points than drive the narrative forward but thereafter, it heads inexorably towards an inevitable denouement. Despite some auteurial moments that do the original few favours, Arthur Miller has written far too strong a play for viewers to come away disappointed." Full Review

American Psycho
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "'American Psycho' comes with great credentials... Sadly, something went wrong with the heady mix and the result is likely to have as many naysayers as fans...For most of the 2¾-hour running time, spoilt rich kids talk about their fantastic lives and how they are going to fritter away untold wealth...Sheik's songs never quite achieve the heights of 'Spring Awakening,' not helped by Smith's gravelly voice, which cannot compete with the tunefulness of the two female leads." Full Review

Trash Cuisine
East Village
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "This piece is fiercely disciplined and, as a result, continually hits its chosen targets with pinpoint accuracy...Agitprop has rarely seemed more palatable or effective than this powerfully moving piece of political theatre. It isn't always comfortable to watch but anyone who believes in freedom of speech and the civilisation of society will find this production deeply moving." Full Review

On Blueberry Hill
Midtown E
British Theatre Guide

“As close to small-scale theatrical perfection as you are ever likely to get...Meticulously, calmly and becoming emotional at moments of great stress, PJ and Christy roll out tales that initially seem to have no connection...Barry is canny enough to delve deeply into the hearts and souls of two lonely men...Ganly and Buggy deliver the kind of moving performances that take a beautifully written, poetic piece of writing and make it something haunting and quite extraordinary.” Full Review

British Theatre Guide

“‘Hate Crime’…Far more a study of character and oblique commentary on contemporary mores than a piece that relies on plotting and conveniently tying up loose ends. ‘Winter Break’…The debate that rages feels entirely authentic and will provide food for thought for anyone with young adults in the family. ‘Percentage America’…A fresh and amusing look at a serious subject that, like the others in this Festival, will exercise theatre makers across the world over coming years.” Full Review

Mankind
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

“A genuinely original theatrical work...’Mankind’ is very funny and watchable, although to benefit fully from such novel ideas and quick-fire delivery under the direction of the playwright, a second visit might reveal further jokes and hidden depths...However, the play does considerably more than amuse, asking viewers to think deeply about many of our values today. Under the microscope are topics that include religion, abortion, gender equality, and even politics and the media." Full Review

Replay
Midtown E
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "For an hour, Wren talks us through a visit to meet the relatives of a suicide, attempts to gain promotion and recollects encounters with her character’s much-loved elder brother. The writing is dense and builds slowly to an ending that justifies most of what has gone before, but 'Replay' has a tendency to feel like a short story elongated into a novella in order to fill the playing time. On the plus side, Wren is a dedicated performer who works hard to please her audience." Full Review

Enterprise
Soho/Tribeca
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production “Parks has a unique authorial voice. His satires pinpoint failures of the Great American Dream with surreal accuracy…For an hour, an impeccably drilled ensemble of actors, directed with precision by Calvitto, hilariously catalogue their efforts to save the company through a long dark night of the soul. The play comprises numerous short scenes, slowly building an off-beat but scarily accurate vision of corporate life today." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

"’Jitney’ is a remarkable example of theatre’s ability to shine a light on a slice of life, psychology and personal philosophy and, at the same time, comment on much wider themes in society. Santiago-Hudson, a Wilson expert, draws impeccable performances from his whole team building to a heartrending finale…This makes for a delectable evening that obliges one to wonder how Broadway has missed out on this colorful and unforgettable drama for so long." Full Review

Blueprint Specials
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

"On the plus side, we were presumably witnessing the pick of the material, some of which was probably more than a little thin. Against that, the plotting is rarely deep...The songs are generally upbeat, which helps the dance routines...Ultimately, 'Blueprint Specials' is a well-presented variety show that helps viewers to understand what was done to alleviate the stresses of war and also showcases much talent and an extraordinary venue." Full Review

Life According to Saki
East Village
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Katherine Rundell has combined a modicum of biography with dramatizations of a selection of the stories, proving that Saki really was special…The stories that they animate are generally humorous but with a sharp edge, often directed at harsh aunts or dolts…Atticist presents a show several levels above the average Edinburgh fare and, whether as a reminder of the pleasures of Saki or an introduction, this is an 80-minute show to savor." Full Review

Yokes Night
Soho/Tribeca
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "It may only last 45 minutes but ‘Yokes Night’ is a fine play, performed to perfection by playwright Scott Lyons and Zoe Forrester…Harry is a born loser, though at least he has a job. Nirvana for him is Yokes Night, the day last year when Irish law changed to make all drugs legal, even hard ones…The ensuing scenes come straight from a horror movie but are evoked well in Jesse Briton and Dimitris Chimonas’s simple production that races along to a satisfyingly enigmatic conclusion." Full Review

The Changeling
West Village
British Theatre Guide

"The plot of this revenge tragedy is as mad as many of the characters...'The Changeling' is a play that could almost have been a precursor of any number of horror movies. Where this 2¼-hour production scores is in maintaining great pace while bringing out every ounce of the gory humour, with blood and the odd spare digit part of the recipe for a stirring night out that will not disappoint." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Penny Arcade is less a breath of fresh air and more a force 10 gale, who could easily blow the less sturdy away. To describe her views as forthright is understating the case...The performer’s delivery falls somewhere between stand-up comedienne and radical, tub-thumping politician, which ensures that audience members will be kept on their metaphorical toes...The lively performance is considerably enhanced by a wonderful soundtrack, carefully choreographed to fit the words." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production “The stories of an optimistic fantasist are all great fun. However, just when you imagine that McNair has written nothing more than a witty shaggy dog story, he changes tack to something closer to an existentialist vision of life…While some of the lightness of tone remains during the rest of the 65 minutes, the play begins to look at far more serious issues through sadder eyes…A moving performance with real heart.” Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "The heart and soul of this play are its characters, each and every one as nutty as the wholemeal loaves that they tirelessly bake…The authenticity seems beyond doubt, helped by James Turner's deliberately drab set...'Toast' announced the arrival of one of the best playwrights currently operating in the UK. It still lives up to tough scrutiny a decade and a half on, easily capable of exciting, amusing and challenging viewers today." Full Review

Pondling
Midtown E
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Eschewing realism, Miss Hulme–Beaman plays a farm girl with constant exaggeration of gesture, maintaining top volume throughout her performance. For 70 minutes, we are obliged to watch and listen to the girl fantasising about an older boy who clearly has no interest and then a glamorous neighbour, with whom she wishes to commune. Whether this girl is actually mad or just misguided remains unclear." Full Review

British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Pleasingly, this first play is worthy of that company's imprimatur, with the depth of intrigue and characterisation that one expects from the Bard's own history plays... While the subject matter is indubitably serious, Wolf Hall contains a surprising amount of levity and humour to speed away the three-hour running time... While the play and novel are self-contained, they end suitably enigmatically, leaving viewers intrigued and wanting more, which is just as well." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "The plotting is witty but what makes 'King Charles III' special is the delivery. Bartlett has written this futuristic fantasy as a high-class pastiche of Shakespeare, complete with heightened, poetic language and plotlines borrowed from a dozen or more of the Bard's finest works. This must have presented a challenge but is pulled off with élan." Full Review

Nirbhaya
East Village
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "The power of theatrical performance is painfully apparent in this work, which is more a testimony than a play and takes verbatim theatre to a new level...This must surely be the most moving Edinburgh presentation of the year and despite its grim subject matter should not be missed." Full Review

Zero Hour
Midtown W
British Theatre Guide

for a previous production "Brochu starts with the advantage that he manages to look and sound like Zero Mostel, effortlessly catching the quirky mannerisms and Jewish intonations of the comedian turned actor...Jim Brochu paces the story well, gives his audience lots of laughs and then hits them in the solar plexus with the bad times. This solo show has already won awards out of town and deserves to augment them in New York." Full Review