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"Sheldon Harnick’s lyrics and Joseph Stein’s dialogue appear simultaneously as English supertitles: although not verbatim translations, they convey the plot and the characters’ actions and emotions." Full Review
"The size of the theater and the fact that McGrath often breaks the 'fourth wall,' talking directly to his audience, give this 90-minute, intermissionless work an intimacy and a charm that makes it appear more like a friendly, shared recollection than hard drama." Full Review
"The irony, and beauty, of Weinberger’s script is that there are many funny, and even some sidesplitting moments, but that it avoids settling for the caricatures that the humor might suggest are true." Full Review
"The 'Karpovsky Variations' has strong Jewish thematic value and speaks to universal issues. Moreover, it encapsulates some of the emotional push-and-pull that family members feel when they are together, and when they long to be." Full Review
"For all the legitimate histrionics and vocal versatility that trace Nicol’s upbringing and somewhat haphazard leap, or rather, creep into stardom, she is her most compelling when she is least theatrical, when the cabaret music, as excellent as it is, subsides, and when, toward the end of the show, she sits downstage, gazing earnestly at the faces in the audience, and just shares." Full Review
for a previous production "Despite Alex Edelman’s opening caveat that 'my comedy barely works if you’re not a Jew from the Upper East Side,' he is one of the rare, masterful stand-up comics who can 'cast out' and then successfully 'reel back in' a diverse audience...Director Adam Brace has blocked the performer on the barest of stages, whose stark, redbrick back wall frames the barest of props—a few stools and a microphone. This allows the audience to concentrate on Edelman’s facial expressions and movement." Full Review
In Vatican Falls, playwright Frank Avella vividly depicts the struggles, residual scar tissue, and raw anger of survivors of sexual assault by Catholic clergy whom they trusted...The narrative and nonlinear timeline of Avella’s play is unique in conveying not only the rawness of the characters’ emotions but how they aggressively resolve it. Full Review
"In bringing Molly’s character to life, Moloney and McCann have fleshed out the portrait of a thoroughly human, caring, and flawed woman in midlife whose youth held the promise of deep, requited love." Full Review
"Can an atheist serve as a guide to the history, customs, and longevity of the Jewish religion and its adherents? Moreover, how can an atheist recognize that a man who has just died is with God? At first glance, this seems quite absurd. Yet neither for Michael Takiff nor for his audience does it appear to be a problem." Full Review
"It seems a near-impossible task to take on an historical, highly politicized, and contentious international topic, and successfully morph it into a high-tech, semi-satirical pop-rock musical. Nevertheless, with 'Space Dogs,' playwrights-composers-lyricists Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire have done exactly that...Director Ellie Heyman has taken Hughes’ and Blaemire’s script, with its disparate technical, musical, and historical-narrative threads, and woven a dazzling, relevant production." Full Review
"In an era where #MeToo has become a clarion call, many women still don't speak out, fearing shame and stigma. This play is a powerful reminder of society's failure to adequately address this issue." Full Review
"All three plays have unifying elements involving a female lead…the hold that a romantic partner, husband, or lover has on a woman's psyche and the ways their relationships pull them in and constrain them." Full Review