Raphael Badagliacca

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Reviews (18)
90
Front Row Center

"'Pound' is dismissive, jocular, arrogant, and entertaining by turns. He has made a world for himself out of his hospital confines...The heart of the play is in the conversations that take place between the young psychiatrist and her renowned patient...These conversations bring up age-old debates going back to the salons of the renaissance designed around the importance of art that then ask what is more important than art...The acting is excellent throughout." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

"Viewing the dialogue this way is not distracting in the least...It made me aware once again of how much of a play is communicated non-verbally through gestures, facial expressions and situations...The play is true to the novella, breathing life and putting color into the action and the moods on the page...If you have never read Gabriel Garcia Marquez, this play is a faithful, excellent introduction to the writings of a great author...If you are a fan, you won’t be disappointed." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

“A remarkable one-man show has returned to NYC for a limited run, but there is nothing limited about it–not its reach, not its timeliness, not the depth to which it touches us…An 80-minute tour de force…sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always riveting and poignant…Out of fragments–movie lines, everyday insults, common phrases, TV sitcom songs, lists of lists, memorable dates, media events–emerges something whole striving to be transcendent.” Full Review

60
Front Row Center

"Hannah Dunne as Emma Horton shines. She wins our hearts, just as the script intends. Molly Ringwald and Jeb Brown do fine jobs as Aurora Greenway and astronaut Garret Breedlove, whose name says it all, but it’s unfair to compare anyone to Shirley MacLaine and Jack Nicholson in these iconic parts...The story gets across, with its sad ending....All in all, the play is not a distinct enough creation to put the movie out of your mind, but how could it, after all?" Full Review

90
Front Row Center

“Playwright Richard Strand’s dialogue is funny and impressive. He makes brilliant use of what stand-up comedians refer to as ‘call backs’...This creates an attractive sense of coherence, a growing inside joke...This very appealing technique is delivered masterfully...It’s hard to imagine anything about the Civil War being funny, but this play, inspired by true events, has shown us just that in an intelligent, dramatic way.” Full Review

45
Front Row Center

"It’s easy to see the director’s intention, which is to make a social statement about families. In that, it succeeds, but bringing film footage of the infamous Loud family into the play, and embodying the city of Flint and its water crisis made for too many elements, defeating my expectations. Yet, I suspect that defeating traditional theatrical expectations in favor of something larger and closer to real-life issues may have been this production’s goal. In that it succeeds." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"A well-acted, well-directed period piece in the truest sense of the word...The thing not said, the unexpressed, is the play’s most powerful force and the actors make it palpable beautifully." Full Review

70
Front Row Center

"The acting by both Michael Laurence and Annette O’Toole is impressive. Multimedia is used to minimal but good effect, but the background music, designed to guide our emotions and keep our attention, seems too present and at points it feels as if there is too much language here. We want to understand and sympathize, but we also want to go back and re-read that speech we just heard, which would be possible if this were a novel." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

for a previous production “An articulate, rhythmic, acrobatic 75-minute protest against every kind of distraction which makes up the fabric of our lives…Actor Richard Hoehler puts in a passionate, stellar performance of RJ Bartholomew’s tour-de-force script, guided by Janice Goldberg’s direction. The nameless performer acts out for us in contemporary trappings a wisdom narrative as old as the Epic of Gilgamesh…See this.” Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"'Fruit Trilogy' is an experience...By giving voice to what may be extreme cases, the play speaks to aspects of what must be every woman’s daily experience...There is poetry, suffering, humor, and the hope of deliverance here — that is the experience...'Pomegranate'...Has a timely feeling...'Coconut'...We are introduced to the sacred bath rituals of a woman with a large personality. She is charismatic. She is funny. She is unafraid...The character and the actress draw us in." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

"A baseball story through and through, with draw and delight for fans of theater, fans of history, and baseball fans more used to taking a seat in a stadium than a theater...A live multimedia event...Expertly told by four actors who give us clearly drawn characters. Their performances can only be called excellent...It is a compliment to Jones’ writing and the performance as it plays that the characters all have a moment...Josh Gibson deserved to play on a larger stage. So does this play." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

"'Kunstler' excels at every level, bringing alive not only a famous character, but the era in which he lived and the controversies in which he played so lively a part...In the hands of the playwright, Kunstler’s compelling eye-witness account of five tragic days in Attica prison in September of 1971 in itself makes this theatrical experience worthwhile...It is a fitting compliment to 'Kunstler' to say that Kunstler, the theatrical iconoclast, would approve. So will you." Full Review

90
Front Row Center

“There is energy in this cast...This production gets points for how it engages the audience, with modern references and relevant objects like cell phones without doing harm to the spirit of the play. You may even find yourself offered a rose, or invited onto the stage. In a parking lot on Norfolk, not far from Canal Street, the canals of Venice play out a fateful drama, while in the New York City background random sirens sing.” Full Review

75
Front Row Center

"I was most taken by the performance of Kathleen Simmonds as Helena...Warren Jackson as Oberon is striking...Serena Miller is a spirited Titania. Eddie Shields is a persuasive Lysander...I was less thrilled by the choice to make Quince’s players a collection of computer nerds and, if anything could be shortened, it might be the treatment of the 'Pyramus and Thisbe' play at the end. But all in all, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is an experience...Here you can feast on Shakespeare." Full Review

80
Front Row Center

"Snap to. It’s a high compliment to say that these two one-act plays, 'Wives' and 'The Academy,' made me feel as if I was standing at one end of a rope that I had just snapped, watching the vibration loop through to its surprising, inevitable conclusion, producing no sound at all, just the silence of a realization, like a joke with a serious punch line, if such things exist." Full Review

100
New York Theatre Guide

"'Iphigenia in Aulis' is one of the most infamous stories, retold with supreme dramatic skill in a darkened room on a corner of 13th Street in New York City some 2500 years later. And this is the highest of compliments: it is received by its listeners not as reverent homage to any past, but as shocking news, only as old as the last hour...The language never flags, keeps our attention through the longest speeches, and above all, moves us." Full Review

100
New York Theatre Guide

"This show’s recipe for success: Take three parts excellent actor, take one mob theme, mix in laughs liberally, add wit as sharp as a kitchen knife, sprinkle with musical language refrains, spice it all up, add a twist, and another twist, and...you have a raucous comedy that makes a serious point about senseless violence and the value of kindness. You have to see it once, to see why it’s worth seeing twice." Full Review

95
Front Row Center

for a previous production "Here is the recipe: take three parts excellent actor, take one mob theme in which we have all been so well-schooled, take at least a dozen dishes so deliciously described that we can almost taste them, mix in laughs liberally, add wit as sharp as a kitchen knife, sprinkle with musical language refrains, spice it all up, add a twist, and another twist, and…you have a raucous comedy that makes a serious point about senseless violence and the value of kindness." Full Review