Regina Robbins

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Reviews (45)
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Time Out New York

"This remarkable moment in political and theatrical history now comes roaring back to life with the fervor its subjects deserve...Performed by three Asian-American actors who rise beautifully to the challenge of playing numerous different characters...'The Trial' is activist theater in the best sense of the term. You won’t learn much about the defendants’ lives beyond their political activities, and the same argument tends to get rehashed repeatedly—but it’s a damn powerful argument." Full Review

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Time Out New York

“The first half of ‘Eve’s Song’ plays as kooky dark comedy, but supernatural elements assert themselves with increasing frequency as the action progresses...Bonney guides the cast on a disquieting journey from humor to tragedy; newcomer Raquel is especially impressive as the sensitive Lauren...As plays about racial violence flood New York stages in an overdue cascade, Lloyd rises above the tide on the strength of her original voice." Full Review

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Time Out New York

“Anderson’s new play shifts the focus from Joan herself to Isabelle, the woman who raised her. Played by the always astonishing Close...At its core, this is a story every parent can identify with...We know that Joan’s terrible fate is sealed, but that doesn’t make the inevitable end any less heartbreaking: Close’s desperate efforts to bring her child home safe would bring tears to a statue’s eyes...Simple in structure but emotionally complex, it justifies raising Saint Joan from the dead yet ... Full Review

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Time Out New York

"The audience has the option to imbibe during the show; it definitely helps to be relaxed, since chances are good that you will be sat on, pulled onstage or spattered with bodily fluids (fake ones, I hope)...The sheer outrageousness of the crew’s escapades will probably get you laughing, or screaming, at some point before the show is over, but is anyone really jonesing to see Renton’s shit-stained ass up close? Board this train at your own risk—and bring towels." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Casting a woman of color as Henry brings new layers to this already morally ambivalent drama, and Williams is fabulous...O'Hara plays up the text's humor almost to the point of parody; the French get the worst of it, as the cast goes full throttle into fey Gallic stereotype...Shows are free, so it may be churlish to complain that this production is too much fun...This 'Henry V' is one you can cheer for, but not one that commands your undying devotion." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Under the direction of actor André Holland, the impressive young cast navigates the play’s shifts and ambiguities beautifully...Keller’s script lets us down in the final moments, the action coming to an abrupt, anticlimactic stop. The situation it depicts may, indeed, have no neat resolution, but these characters deserve a better ending. It’s a testament to how well the rest of 'Dutch Masters' works that its disappointing conclusion is so jarring; overall, it’s a ride worth taking." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Rosebrock pushes her comedy into darker-than-dark territory with bold flourishes (including rapid-fire dialogue) and a mind-bending second-act twist...Mahony establishes a broadly comedic tone that doesn’t fully encompass 'Dido of Idaho's' disturbing underpinnings; instead of being prepared for its alarming detours, we feel like we just got punked. Ultimately, this smart and amusing play has the same problem as its central figure: It doesn't quite live up to its potential." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"'Relevance' stages a power struggle between ambitious women of different generations...The cast is solid, and director Liesl Tommy does an impressive job of keeping the action lively even when the dialogue spins into highly intellectual territory, and Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew's stunning projections underscore the role of social media in driving a wedge between the old guard and the new. Fasten your seat belts: It’s going to be a bumpy conference." Full Review

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"Defined by its miraculous score, which blends calypso realness with Broadway...Ahrens and Flaherty pack into just 90 minutes all the sensory and emotional impact that most musicals take two hours to deliver...Director Arden expresses the intimacy inherent in the piece by staging it in the round...Perhaps its most miraculous quality of all is that, though it may generate copious tears, we don’t begrudge a single one, and leave the theatre happier than when we entered it." Full Review

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“Hilarious, baffling, and disturbing...Initially provocative but eventually becomes repetitive and cringeworthy...Admirers of Bedlam’s adventurous stagecraft and stellar ensemble acting, and for 'Peter Pan' superfans, this 21st-century remix of Barrie’s Edwardian-era drama is full of surprises. Stripped of flying effects and period trappings and somewhat overlong, it still evokes both the humor and the pathos inherent in the story." Full Review

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"Ionesco in Yiddish is a brilliant idea, but the execution leaves something to be desired...Twersky works furiously to carry the weight of this talky, cerebral comedy on his slight shoulders. It’s too bad that the direction, provided by Yassur, is so insufficient. The actors are all exceedingly game, but their blocking frequently feels awkward...Even a just-okay staging of 'Rhinoceros' is entertaining, but...it’s disappointing that the text and the cast aren’t better served." Full Review

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"'Jessica' teases some intriguing gender issues that ultimately don’t pay off...Vermillion is more interested in examining the boundaries of love and intimacy. The second act is more urgent than the first, due largely to Trussell‘s performance. Director Jackson keeps the action moving at a brisk pace, even if the dialogue tends to run in circles. Longer and more verbose than it needs to be, 'Jessica' is reasonably engaging but doesn’t add anything especially earth-shattering to the A.I. genre." Full Review

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"A brilliant creative team and an outstanding leading man make this musical version of the beloved ‘90s movie an experience you’ll be happy to repeat...Warchus’ staging is a marvel...It’s safe to say there’s no current Broadway cast having more fun than this one...The show works. It gives restless audience members plenty of razzmatazz, while drawing in the more pensive ones with its surprisingly complex critique of American culture and our search for meaning in the modern world." Full Review

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“The drama that results from these overlapping conflicts is absorbing, and the excellent cast goes all in…From time to time, Tyler’s dialogue puts his message right into the characters’ mouths, turning what is mostly an extremely well-crafted portrait of a specific environment into a polemic. Despite leaning a bit too much on metaphor, ‘Dolphins and Sharks’ is an engaging addition to the theatrical conversation about the people American capitalism has left behind.” Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"In its first half, Sexton’s production is an exciting mix of bloody combat, political drama, and wry comedy. In its second half, the uniformly excellent cast delivers a series of heartbreaking scenes...The modern trappings of 'Coriolanus' provide the audience some extra food for thought, but even in togas, its cast would be well worth seeing. Their exceptional work, driven by director Sexton’s brisk pacing and intelligent staging, is like red meat for hungry Shakespeare lovers." Full Review

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"A piece that is structurally simple yet thematically complex…Beamish and Vitiello are completely convincing in their difficult roles; it’s hard to imagine there are better performances being given in the Fringe this year. 'Wigs' is proof that actor-driven devised work can yield superb results. It is focused and totally absorbing. For fellow theatre-makers, the parallels between the piece itself and the act of creating it are impossible to ignore, and raise tantalizing questions." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"A funny and challenging play by Eric Overmyer…This intellectual romp is currently being performed by an impressive cast in a revival that seems both timely and somewhat overdue…Director Laura Braza guides her actors skillfully through a complex world evoked on a modest stage…Be prepared to laugh one minute, then furrow your brow the next. This rare and groundbreaking play, concerned with history and women’s space within it, is worth the trip." Full Review

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"With strong central performances and some excellent design work, they have mounted a show that keeps you on the edge of your seat...It’s disappointing when you’re told that you’re going to see a group of frenzied women dancing and singing in religious ecstasy, and what you get is more like a neo-hippie Earth Day celebration…That said, 'The Bacchae' contains enough truly inventive and gripping moments to maintain a sense of excitement and danger throughout." Full Review

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"This blood-soaked, sex-drenched verse drama finally lives up to my expectations...For the high-minded audience member, there’s also plenty to chew on: issues of gender and class identity abound. But you don’t have to be an academic to appreciate 'The Changeling.' Its core elements—lust, jealousy, and murder—make it one of the most appealing and absorbing dramas of the rip-roaring Jacobean period. Thanks, Red Bull, for giving it the production it deserves." Full Review

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"A large, all-male cast plays out this incredibly tense drama...Under the steady direction of Michael Wilson, all of the detained men are made full and distinct characters, underscoring the irony that despite their individuality, all are condemned based on a single random criterion...Signature has provided us an opportunity to revisit this complex and poetic work, sandwiched between the Broadway 'greatest hits.' It’s a worthy addition to the centenary season of Miller." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"An inspired, joyful examination of the life of Helen Keller, in her own words...'Three Days to See' starts off by barraging the audience with a stream of Helen Keller jokes. The tone softens considerably after that, but the portrait of Keller that emerges is much more complex than the one mainstream media has usually offered...What this play drives home is that we ought to be just as interested in how she coped with problems and issues with which we can identify." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, and consistently bizarre...I’m not sure who its intended audience is, but I found it by turns hilarious, moving, infuriating, and overlong...'Let Us Now...' does not seem to give a damn about anything anyone would expect of it, which is either its greatest virtue or its chief weakness. You will laugh, you will shrug, and then you will want to go to grad school." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Performed by an excellent six-person cast, this production is thoroughly theatrical, frequently delightful, and ultimately ambivalent about Dickens’ message of redemption…The show never stops moving, with all of Scrooge’s past, present and future reconstructed on stage with moving doors, trunks and cases of all sizes, and the actors’ bodies. The ensemble works together as well as any company I’ve seen." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

“Brecht's modern classic, a vicious indictment of fascism, is hilariously and chillingly relevant in Doyle's economical staging...The lighting design provides the theatrical spark the staging otherwise eschews; the rest is up to the cast, which, par for the course at Classic Stage, is excellent...’Arturo Ui’ keeps proving relevant...Whether you need some fuel for the fight or just the opportunity to laugh instead of cringing, Classic Stage has you covered for now. Resist!” Full Review

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Time Out New York

"'Plot Points' starts out strong; both performers easily disarm the audience...The play loses steam once they stop swapping stories and get to the heart of the matter, and its supposed resolution is more like a resigned shrug. Still, the insights it provides into the ever-evolving universe of queer identity will likely send you down your own Memory Lane, no matter where you fall on the x and y axes of the sexuality graph." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Doesn't break the fourth wall so much as completely dismantle it. From its very first moments, the play insists that the audience participate in the action, no matter how uncomfortable that becomes...Through Payne’s poetic language and keen psychological insight, the people of the Oblong seem multidimensional and real, even when they are pushed to their limits. They’re embodied by a stellar cast...Awoye Timpo's production is funny, heart-wrenching and profoundly disturbing." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"A funny and touching but messy new play...Riopelle does an able job, keeping her all-female cast moving smoothly through the play’s twists and turns...'Let’s Get Ready Together' is most successful as a portrait of 21st-century college life, where young people find themselves forming deep friendships despite dissimilar backgrounds, and Stern’s dialogue skillfully combines the naturalistic and the comedic. But even at a trim 90 minutes, the play meanders." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Director Jo Bonney’s beautiful production traces the path of Mlima’s prized tusks through the international ivory market...'Mlima’s Tale' has an exceptional cast, whose four actors of color play multiple roles (sometimes transracially). The world Nottage has brought to the stage is rich with detail, its characters complex and engaging. The epic journey falls short only in its foreseeable and somewhat anticlimactic ending." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Malloy is alone on stage for almost the whole play, skillfully walking a fine line between brainy sophistication and adolescent longing...An impressive feat of acting on Malloy's part...Rapp plants seeds in the script's early scenes that lead to later dramatic reveals but draw more attention to the playwright than to the character he's created; despite some genuinely affecting and haunting moments, 'The Edge of Our Bodies' feels like a theatrical stunt-the kind a girl like Bernie would love." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "This taut new play about precocious teen athletes is blessed with an exemplary cast...Miller guides Awe and Greer through a series of brief but meaty scenes that trace the girls’ relationship from strangers to competitors to sort-of friends. Gardner’s script skillfully employs teen drama stereotypes to first play into, then subvert audience expectations. The world of the play seems both highly specific and deeply relatable...A remarkably assured and insightful work." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"'X' offers a compelling trip back in time, and we never forget how high the stakes are...Ian Belknap directs an excellent ensemble...But ultimately Gardley expends a lot of effort to convince us of something that most people who have been paying attention already assumed was the case. As an evocation of a not-so-distant past when even Martin Luther King Jr. was considered radical, the play is gripping and effective. But 'X' is not the shocking exposé it seems to want to be." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"This irreverent, adults-only sequel stars the wacky and wonderful Lesli Margherita...'Who’s Holiday!' works best when it dares to be as tasteless as possible while replicating Seuss’s trademark rhythms...Margherita is flawless, juggling comedy, musical interludes and audience interaction like a champ. But Lombardo can’t resist the temptation to tug at our heartstrings, turning what begins as a cheeky antidote to holiday humbug into a yuletide bummer with a pat hopeful ending." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Director Blain-Cruz and her two sharp actors infuse this talky piece with energy and urgency, and Ziegler’s meticulously detailed script is more than occasionally funny, despite its serious themes. As Amber and Tom unravel the knotty threads of their fateful interaction on an unadorned stage, our sympathies are repeatedly tested. 'Actually’s' subject is politically charged, but its focus is squarely on the human beings behind the headlines." Full Review

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"Musical theatre nerds will likely get chills multiple times...Despite its many appealing elements, 'Prince' doesn’t match up to other 'career retrospective' shows...The breadth of styles Prince’s career encompasses is, ironically, something of a weakness where a revue is concerned. That said, there are far worse ways to spend an evening than watching some of the most talented people in New York perform some of musical theatre’s most iconic and beloved songs." Full Review

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“Zindel’s evocation of a specific social milieu is masterful…Director Shay Gines doesn’t always get the rhythms of this world exactly right, though to be fair, the play itself tends to rehash the same points multiple times. But the show boasts some good performances…‘And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little' provides a challenge that this production doesn’t quite meet...New Yorkers of a certain age will definitely appreciate its portrait of a bygone era in the city’s history.” Full Review

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“A surprising and entertaining play...Silverman’s script mines the comic potential in the Victorian novel’s standard motifs…Director Mike Donahue keeps the action moving at a crisp pace…His cast, without exception, rises to the challenge of playing this bizarre drama…’The Moors’ seems at first like a trifle...But as it progresses, it goes deeper. Ultimately, this wildly entertaining play also manages to say something profound about human nature, social change, and, yes, the power of writing." Full Review

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Theatre is Easy

"Its sad truths and perverse humor have not lost their power…With all the history and success, a ‘Beauty Queen’ revival is a no-brainer. It’s also a must-see…Depressing? Yes, but also grimly hilarious…’Leenane’ allows its characters to do incredibly ugly things, but also creates moments of sincere sweetness between the gasps and the guilty laughs. Just like Mag does to Maureen, the play will toy with your emotions; and just like Maureen with Mag, it’ll stick with you." Full Review

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for a previous production "’Dementia Americana’ features strong performances by Buckley and Marlo but suffers somewhat from a lack of focus. It swings back and forth from being a wild ride through the fractured psyche of a spoiled playboy to being a sober drama about a poor but beautiful young woman cruelly used by rich men. There’s obviously a connection between those two themes, but the playwrights haven’t found a tone that encompasses both of them." Full Review

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"Singer's music functions both literally, as sound effects, and abstractly, as a way of setting mood and expressing emotions. It's both jarring and thrilling to hear such modern instrumentation accompanying these antique images, and reminds us that the best works of art are always ripe for rediscovery and reinterpretation...'At the Crossroads' achieves an amazing feat: simultaneously taking us back to the silent era while creating something utterly contemporary." Full Review

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"The score is an enchanting mix of Broadway style with folk and country idioms, and the cast handle the songs with gusto...Despite all of these successful elements, 'The Robber Bridegroom' has some jarring problems, including its gender politics...Without the uncomfortable misogyny factor, 'Bridegroom' would be all pleasure and no pain. Timbers and his solid cast are having a ball, and when the show stays away from nasty stereotypes and sexual assault jokes, it’s irresistible." Full Review

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"Director Patricia Lynn has given the production a robust physicality that suits its setting, and the actors create the sense of a specific world with very little in the way of sets or props. The performances, while gripping and committed, seem a little unfinished. The episodic nature of the play is disorienting, by design, and it falls to the cast to provide a sense of a journey. It’s not quite there, though perhaps as the run continues, it could emerge." Full Review

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"It's not the greatest musical ever written, but its stars, supporting cast, and creative team deliver a near-flawless production of this silly, sassy, modern fairy tale...A supporting cast full of first-rate singer/actors carries us through the two-plus hours of 'Once Upon A Mattress' so effortlessly it feels like the time just speeds by." Full Review

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"'The Vast Machine' provides a fascinating look into an industry that changed the course and the nature of America and, indeed, the entire Western world. Each of its characters is distinct, wrestling with his own demons...The irony of the fact that we are, once again, examining race slavery from the point of view of (mostly) white characters is hard to ignore. However, that very irony is what makes the play such an uncomfortable and therefore effective experience." Full Review

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"This piece succeeds or fails on the strength of the actress playing Winnie, and Adams is very strong indeed. She keeps us in our seats for the duration of this grim journey... Whether you sit back and revel in its weirdness or lean in to unravel its many mysteries, it’s an experience you’ll be hard pressed to shake off." Full Review

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for a previous production "This adults-only comedy with a queer twist is silly and well-acted, but not destined for immortality...It’s evident that this is writer Fenn’s first play, but at a trim 90 minutes, its issues can be overlooked by those who are seeking a well-executed broad comedy...'Drop Dead Perfect' isn’t, but its star is still in fine form." Full Review