Robert Massimi

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Reviews (21)
Public Servant
Midtown W
Geeks

“’Public Servant’ started off really well...The play is a place in time on many subjects and that's where the problem lies after the first fifty minutes. Rather than put a plot line out there and expand on it, Brunstetter is slow to bring this play forward. Once the play gets its footing, it spirals in many non relevant issues. What could be a suspenseful, good show turned out to be fair at best...The writing and direction could have been a lot better." Full Review

The Bigot
Midtown W
Geeks

"A good story written by Gabi and Eva Mor, Susko moves the characters in and out of both love and hate. The tension between all four characters at times hits top gear...'The Bigot' does many things well. It has a lot of different issues within this melodrama. All the characters have been hurt at some point in their lives. How each person reacts, how each have been shaped by hurt and tragedy, is what makes this play so interesting...A fun, and at times, a very funny, ride." Full Review

Geeks

“Espoir is dedicated to creating works that connect with the audience, and connect it does...The show is non stop laughs...The three actors play multiple roles and all three do a brilliant job of that. Walton's direction kept this comedy moving at a fast pace all evening. Reminiscent of the Ridiculous Theater Company, this spoof bordered on the absurd...’Instructions’ is the kind of show that will keep you laughing long after you've seen it.” Full Review

Geeks

“A very interesting play. Well written...Ego, self righteousness, and indignation make this a very humorous play...What is a pretty even paced play, it tends to slow after the first hour for about fifteen minutes, before ending strong...Neugebauer holds our attention throughout, and it makes for a nice evening...All the acting was good...’Mrs. Murray's Menagerie’ is a different kind of show. Both well staged and directed, it made for a really entertaining one you do not see very often.” Full Review

Geeks

“’The Tallest Man in the World’ at best is very vague...Unfortunately, Riain does not challenge, provoke, nor engage us with this mess...The problem with this play is not only poor direction by Xia, but it is poorly written...Riain only touches on things, barely scratching the surface...This nonlinear play is very confusing...’The Tallest Man in the World’ is just not any good...This play lacked inspiration of any sort.” Full Review

Exposed
Midtown W
Geeks

"Brilliantly written, directed and acted, this 85 minute intermission-less play seems to go by with the blink of an eye...Humor, simulated sex scenes and Lauren's dilemmas make this nuanced show both deep and resonant...The other two actors in this play are equally superb...The play shines on every level. Surely, this play with its fine acting, can and should go to a bigger house when it's run is done at MCS." Full Review

Noura
Midtown W
Geeks

"The problems with 'Noura' are many, but the main reason that it never resonates with the audience is that Heather Raffo never goes deep enough. Raffo only scratches the surfaces, the many subject surfaces, but never gives us any meat to the story...Settle never has the audience interested in these people...Raffo gives us many different subjects and spends little time on each one...The essence of this play is that it was never focused." Full Review

Geeks

“The plethora of humor throughout the evening masks the pain and displeasure behind what the nexus of the play is about and it helps the two hours and 45 minutes move along smoothly...As far as the acting goes, they are all sensational but the night belonged to Keenan-Bolger...Sorkin gives us a great book and does not overtly accentuate the deep, depressing story line...Instead, he chooses humor and just the right amount of despair and desperation.” Full Review

Geeks

"Kymberly Harris' direction did a wonderful job in keeping Shepherds play dark and raw...'Fool For Love' cannot be pulled off without good acting nor great lighting...Silver, Dits, Hale and Ruby all do a very believable, complementing job, and they do great service to Mr. Shepard's work...If this lighting is not done well, it would ruin the suspense, the concern that the audience should have. Goldstein nailed it." Full Review

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Geeks

“’Ferryman’ is a well laid out story. The play takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster...Butterworth does a masterful job in giving us each and every character throughout the show. The play is as funny as it is poignant; confrontational as it is enlightening...It is well written, directed, and acted, it stands high above the rest. The story's plot line is the conflict of the Carney family and the IRA, but it is more then that, much more...A gripping masterpiece.” Full Review

Private Peaceful
Midtown W
No Bull

“A resonant piece...Deep and meaningful...Reade did a fantastic job directing this one act play. O’Regan, in constant movement made this eighty minutes fly by. We were engrossed in this boy’s life, we felt for this young man, we wanted to defend him, we loved Charlie for doing this for us...O’Reagan, up for multiple awards back in the UK, as is Morpurgo, delivers the goods in a big way, His accents of other people, his movements, his explosiveness is not to be missed.” Full Review

Geeks

"This play is a fun play enjoyed by people of all ages. Wonderful costumes, lighting and direction with fine acting makes it worthwhile to see. 'Around the World in 80 Days' has a little of something for everyone. Whether it is the adult reliving his childhood or that young person with a wonderment of a good story about a man who circles the globe in order to fulfill his wager, stories like this are always fun and spark one's inner youth." Full Review

The Poor of New York
East Village
Geeks

"Alex Roe keeps this show tight. Actors move freely and smartly throughout the economical stage with great timing and as such, the musical blends and works beautifully for the entire two hours and 15 minutes...The staging of this show was refreshingly different...All the actors were very strong in their roles...The blend of direction, lighting and particularity to costumes make this musical a true art form." Full Review

Socrates
East Village
Geeks

“’Socrates’, the show is deep, very deep...Fortunately, the close to three hours goes by quickly with superb acting and excellent directing...While all the cast were great, Stuhlbarg and Bougere were standouts...The two commanded the stage. With both humor and style, they were the central focus...With a multitude of actors and the different roles they played, Hughes gave us clear insight to each and every role. Never once was the audience confused, which is not easy." Full Review

Geeks

"Unfortunately, 'The Bing Bang Theory' was nowhere in the league of a good comedy spoof. Dreadful acting, staging, singing, and dancing. The plot was just horrible and left many of the audience asking for refunds at intermission. The only actor that was any good was Sheldon (John McGowan)...Director Tristan J. Schuler had no concept, nor any idea, of where this show should go." Full Review

Gotham Review NYC

“Hook’s brilliant scenic design is all part of the fun in this play...All of the actors were terrific. I thought the role played of Thomas Colleymoore was exceptional. Funny, deft and articulate, both he and the inspector were standouts. The exchanges between the two made ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ a great play...Slapstick comedy can get old very fast, here it doesn’t...The audience waits for the next guffaw and is never let down...This play is right on the mark.” Full Review

Exposed
Midtown W
Gotham Review NYC

"One of those ‘hidden gems’. Brilliantly written, directed and acted, this 85 minute intermission-less play seems to go by with the blink of an eye...Heckler’s conception of this play is brilliant, as is her direction. Humor, simulated sex scenes and Lauren’s dilemmas make this nuanced show both deep and resonant...’Exposed’ is magnificent. The play shines on every level. Surely this play with it’s fine acting can, and should go to a bigger house when it’s run is done at MCS.” Full Review

Daniel's Husband
Midtown W
Geeks

“Few plays make you think about and debate a play the way ‘Daniel's Husband’ does...It focuses on gay marriage, but it is much, much more than that...’Daniel's Husband’ is well written...The banter at times seems a little too scripted...Everyone has an opinion; the characters all have a different way they go...It is easy to watch and thoroughly enjoy regardless of one's sexual preferences...Brancato's assiduous direction has these actors clicking in the lighter times as well as the tense.” Full Review

Selkie
East Village
Geeks

"'Selkie' at The Wild Project is a fun play. It has humor, absurdism, it makes you think a little and has a very creative set...All three performers do an admirable job, but this show belongs to Keaton, (Federico Rodriguez)...'Selkie' with a little refinement could become a really good play. The campiness is fun at times, and cookie at others. The middle of the show could be tightened up a little and more mainlined to make the play go more smoothly." Full Review

Small Craft Warnings
West Village
No Bull

"We see all the characters solo at different points of the play. Director Barnaby Edwards does an excellent job of this...'Small Craft Warnings' is a different kind of Williams, we see at the end of his career how he incorporated homosexuality into his writings. Aside from switching to California and away from the South, we see the same down and out people. The hopes, the dreams and delusions are still in this one, however. This play works nicely." Full Review

Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
No Bull

“A fun musical...Based on a school where music and skateboarding is king...An R-rated ‘School of Rock’...We see humor in this musical...The great singing and funny lyrics made it a delightful evening...A first rate show that blended music and comedy alike. The show captured what high school was like...Most of the songs are catchy and some are downright hilarious. The battle of the bands steals the show with both talent and raucous laughter.” Full Review