Roark Littlefield

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Reviews (9)
Verso
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"You will be stunned, no doubt about it. But there isn’t much to this show beyond being fooled. There is barely a touch of atmosphere, hardly any romance or wonderment. For conjuring to be its most effective it should have a sense of poetry, a raison d’etre...Magic fans should definitely check out this talented performer; he didn’t win that trophy for nothing. But the show’s concept, script and staging do nothing to elevate Guimarães’ performance above that of an evening of bafflement." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“Choi is an engaging performer, yet the piece unfolds in a predictable manner without very many new insights into Ophelia’s character other than the expressive drum...We don’t really discover anything new about Ophelia, Hamlet or the happenings in Elsinore’s court. But Ji Young Choi is a compelling actress and the drum does indeed communicate both joy and sorrow, and for that reason ‘While Ophelia’s Korean Drum Weeps’ is a fairly interesting expression of Ophelia’s heartache.” Full Review

The Healing
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"The cast is uniformly superb…The play itself has moments of wit and pathos, but never really goes anywhere. It’s an interesting set-up but it unfolds fairly predictably and without any twists, surprises or even much of a dramatic climax…But the acting and direction go a very long way in overcoming these faults and make 'The Healing' an often fascinating glimpse into the spiritual lives of people who were given few choices in life except how to escape." Full Review

Cyrano de Bergerac
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"A no-frills presentation by the Resonance Ensemble...The staging is mostly straightforward with the addition of some nice moments that include a lovely pantomime on a revolving stage and some striking shadow play as the performers enact quick action scenes behind a stage curtain lit from behind...The entire cast performs well, all in multiple roles...The Resonance production, while not as star-studded as some, is fairly well done and likely to entertain its audiences." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"This production is fast-paced, funny and often quite touching. The focus is on the story and the actors, and there is not a weak actor in the cast. With its humor, romance and energy, 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' is the perfect opportunity to introduce people of all ages to Shakespeare. I can think of no finer compliment than that." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Some of the theatrical moments are quite nice...The duo spends a lot of time making silly faces and sounds and dancing about in a comical manner, and I think this sometimes gets in the way of the story they are trying to tell. They could perhaps have a bit more faith in the subject matter...But the power of Amelia’s story manages to come through again and again, and the addition of costumes, stilts and other theatrical tricks adds to the fun." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Everything, right down to the movement of the scenery, is performed with precision and skill. The book, music, lyrics and staging are all by the enormously talented Tsujii, who has rehearsed her troupe very thoroughly. The production evokes traditional Japanese theatre forms, yet is as light and nimble as a contemporary musical...The color, exuberance and music make 'The Legend of Oni' a delight. It is a production full of warmth and magic." Full Review

Echoes
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

“The actresses are utterly riveting in their portrayals...Both Houlbrooke and Braganca have strong voices, like two different instruments alternating in a hauntingly similar melody...This is obviously no comedy, but Naylor has used his comic gifts to create two very funny and observant characters. There is a surprising amount of laughs in the play...It is presented in minimalist style...With writing so fine and acting so powerful, nothing else is needed.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"'Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom' is a play that unsettles...The situation is something of a cliché; the game serves as an allegory for everything that separates the two generations...The performances are tight and the entire play is suffused with an air of increasing menace. The anxiety is often quite palpable. The violence is theatrical and effective. The staging is elegant, uncluttered and focused...There was menace and tension in 'Neighborhood 3,' but little to ponder beyond the obvi... Full Review