Robin Gorman Newman

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Reviews (33)
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Motherhood Later

“Directed by John Pasquin, the pace moves along, as secrets and indiscretions are revealed. Unfortunately, the characters lack depth, thus we aren’t overly drawn in emotionally, so little empathy is felt. The appealing actors deliver as best they can, with Lugo and Rappaport projecting the most relatability...Williams clearly knows his way around humor. There is enough offered up here, in between the barbs, making the show a mildly entertaining, 90 minutes of theatre.” Full Review

75
Motherhood Later

"The likeable threesome actors are put thru their paces in the 90 minute, no intermission musical comedy, and each is nimbly up to the task. Crumm has a high energy presence and tackles the awkward Henry with full commitment and gusto. Trimm is a chamelion charmer...While offering no major revelations, 'The Evolution of Mann' is entertaining light fare in a cozy space." Full Review

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Motherhood Later

“This show left me speechless….and not in a good way. It was honestly a painful theatrical experience, despite the valiant acting efforts of the two seasoned leads...Given the acting chops and credentials of both, this production felt like each deserved better. The likeable Taylor Harvey also stars…playing a quirky, fantastical supporting role...Some theatregoers might appreciate the whimsical sensibility of playwright Charles Mee, but I’d venture to say he is an acquired taste.” Full Review

75
Motherhood Later

"How heartening to witness the love and backbone, and neuroses, among these complex women, reinforcing the vitalness of female bonds...Once we are in the company of these gals, we get immersed in their camaraderie and at times, clever and insightful banter...All the actors more than hold their own, and Emily Mann directs with a sensitive hand...An earnest and at times painful, yet comedic take on aging and lives lived fully with intent." Full Review

65
Motherhood Later

"While I found myself losing track at times of the plot, I marveled at the command of the performances from both the newbies and veteran RTC actors...Isn’t for everyone, but RTC remains true to their mission and delivers as promised…This campy show packs a satirical hard-on that would please any diehard Ridiculous fan, of which there are plenty. And, while I was honestly not a enamored with this production, it certainly was escapist." Full Review

85
Motherhood Later

"A slam-dunk crowd-pleaser for fans of the book and others...The story is action-packed and compelling, with both warmth and wisecracks, and the added bonus of an empowering takeaway message...Chris McCarrell does Percy proud. With his leading young man looks, strong voice, agility and stage presence, he is a sword-wielding talent to keep your eyes on...McCarrell is well supported by a versatile ensemble who play multiple roles." Full Review

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Motherhood Later

"Act I is overplayed and stretched, and Act II is laden with familiar family issues and mental illness, and neither feels entirely successful or fresh. While a welcome dose of Silver’s biting humor is in place, it’s like watching two would-be skits joined at the hip…Family eccentricities and the childhood scars that plague adults is typical terrain for Silver, but there are no new revelations or any compelling depth of emotion…The cast performs admirably, and Gable is a standout." Full Review

65
Motherhood Later

“Heavy themes abound, yet in the 100-minute production, the episodic pace grows a bit wearisome, with a stagnant, though realistic looking set and a plot line with little intrigue. The cast of seven impresses, particularly Wiley...If you’re expecting a variation of ‘Cheers’, this is not the play for you. But, it does present a tender, evocative slice of life that is both humbling and empowering in terms of depicting the power of camaraderie and perseverance, no matter your roots.” Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

"The play is smart, with some super-clever lines, and the cast is appealing. Jake Epstein gives a charged, multi-layered performance, gradually building upon emotion...Sullivan is an actor to watch...Jenna Gavigan as Emily, turns in an effective if not inspiring performance, but then, she is offered way less meaty material. The 90-minute piece is deftly directed by Andy Sandberg, who keeps the actors moving about seamlessly, and treats the intimate moments with respect." Full Review

90
Motherhood Later

"An exhilarating and heartfelt Off-Broadway musical…A natural, athletic hoofer with a feisty personality, Cagney is a beloved icon, and Robert Creighton does him justice and then some…Director Bill Castellino keeps things moving, and choreography by Joshua Bergasse is inspired…What a pleasure to see an Off-Broadway show deliver a full-out ensemble dance number that brings down the house, when so many Broadway musicals these days are lacking in that arena." Full Review

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Motherhood Later

"I noted numerous audience members without kids, as this show truly has universal appeal, presenting an important historical piece with emotion, sensitivity and depth…The production uses striking video projection and the high-energy hoofing of Tap Griot—a modern Greek chorus-like figure who uses tap dance to convey a range of emotions…We are moved by each of the strong, distinctive performances and feel their fear, frustration, loss, triumph and more." Full Review

85
Motherhood Later

"Nixon artfully mixes the tragic with the comedy. She sensitively stages a tender and humorous seaside scene with McGrath clutching the urn with his friend’s ashes, as he works to rekindle his failed relationship, while others are hooking up in the woods...For anyone who treasures their friendships, especially with the passage of time, 'Steve' explores, with raw honesty and spiffy dialogue, the value of having a history with people who ultimately have your back, yet hold nothing back." Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

"The production is very child friendly, encouraging audience participation...The cast is hardworking and likable. They move about the set quickly and athletically and ease seamlessly into different characters, with the help of quick costume changes. The sound effects lend a lot to setting the atmosphere. This is a thoughtfully and well-executed production on every level." Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

"Intense, thought-provoking, at times humorous, 90 minute (no intermission) play, making it’s world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre...If you haven’t seen or read 'Hamlet' in some time, 'Hamlet in Bed' will tickle your Shakespearean fancy and renew or instill some curiosity. No 'Get thee to a nunnery' is spoken here…I hope that O’Toole will get there to more stage opportunities." Full Review

70
Motherhood Later

"The message? The importance of identity? The script alludes to that, but there is nothing new here...Eisenberg does have the gift of gab, and some of the dialogue is witty. His portrayal packs a punch — and his rapid fire speech is impressive...There are things to be enjoyed here, including the strong cast, but 'The Spoils' doesn’t deliver as it might." Full Review

90
Motherhood Later

"A detailed plan is contrived in an attempt to take the onus off Laura, who Michael admires and aspires to help. We’re not quite sure why he’s so quick to defend her, unless his seeming lust ultimately gets the better of him, but the plot jumps off from there. The long and detailed set-up at times grows wearisome in Act I, but in Act II, you are riveted to your seat attempting to figure out the 'who done it...What an inspired production of a classic Christie caper." Full Review

90
Motherhood Later

for a previous production "A fantastic live show...High-flying, hysterically funny, circus-acrobatics...All throughout the show, Bello connects with the audience through verbal and non-verbal cues, and by recruiting audience members to come on stage and assist him...All the routines are steeped in clown comedy. There’s loads of bumbling to go around. All the more to laugh and cheer at." Full Review

75
Motherhood Later

"A warm ‘n witty two hour holiday show...Ruben and Clay both rib and support each other and exhibit an earnest rapport, as they make their way (at times awkwardly) through a host of comedic skits and running gags…some better than others. But the real treat here is when they sing...The show could stand a trimming. If it were 90 minutes, no intermission, with a focus on doing what they do best, this singing duo might evolve over time into a slick holiday crooning team." Full Review

75
Motherhood Later

“Though the show has a sitcom feel and could use a dose of depth, it is breezy and entertaining with some delightful songs and lively staging that highlight both the excellent voices and comedic physicality of the hardworking cast...The winning cast makes the most of the lightweight material." Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

“Lighthearted entertainment, but with an empowering message, this Valentine to women through the past 100 + years, will have you dancing in your seat or cheering or both...The talented and versatile cast of four play a multitude of roles and keep things moving...Swindal is a particular standout...This feel good show is particularly timely and relatable given the climate of today’s society. It makes for a fun, uplifting girls night out.” Full Review

70
Motherhood Later

"Packs as much a sexism punch even today...The show features a likeable, accomplished and feisty cast...There is nothing new here...but the strong cast brings the story home. With little character development, we might as well just know them for their gender and role at the firm, thus the focus becomes the takeaway, which asks or rather pleads...Why haven’t things changed?! Sadly, there is no satisfying answer, nor is the play as ultimately satisfying as it might be." Full Review

60
Motherhood Later

“Vigoda turns in an inspired, heartfelt performance and impressively plays the electric violin…The strapping, likable Wade McCollum plays the boyfriend and the banjo-playing Shackelton and nails both roles…Smartly staged by director Lisa Peterson, images are projected on a large screen, largely featuring Shackelton’s explorations, which lend a dose of drama and realism...There are amusing moments, but the musical ultimately grows thin and frigid.” Full Review

85
Motherhood Later

"With smarts, sass (literally) and sensitivity, playwright Joshua Harmon tackles the subject of singlehood and tugs at you winningly with humor and heart...Glick does a wonderful job capturing the insecurity beneath his character’s playful exterior. This is a highly memorable star turn by Glick. His face is an emotional canvas, and, he is well supported by the entire cast...Harmon’s got good taste in writers and wit and insight to spare." Full Review

85
Motherhood Later

"The luminous and ageless Melissa Errico turns in a lustrous and lusty performance in this enchanting, trimmed-down, revival production of the timeless classic ‘Finian’s Rainbow.’ Staged in the intimate space of Irish Rep, the two-hour musical projects a warmth and intimacy well-suited to the charms of the romantic fable…The lush score has many song beauties…Errico and Silverman are well-matched, both in looks and voice, and have some truly lovely duets." Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

"A sweeping new Broadway musical...The show opens with a longish song that, unless you’re familiar with the book, you might not fully grasp. But, it flows well from there...The book is written with heart and wit, and the choreography is both spirited and at times truly beautiful...It’s the kind of enchanting story that transcends generations, and 'Tuck Everlasting: The Musical' will all the more reinforce that." Full Review

95
Motherhood Later

"I cannot think of the last time I laughed this hard and much and felt validated...No topic is off-limits...Even the non-scripted part of the show was a hoot...Blizzard is a cool, relatable gal who you’d want in your inner mom circle...Anyone who IS a mom, HAS a mom, or is MARRIED to a mom will enjoy this show. It’s a fab girls night out, date night or mom bonding experience." Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

"Actress Marin Ireland commands our attention and empathy as Darja…Gritty and gutsy, 'Ironbound' is written with a tell it like it is strength, sprinkled with twinges and cringes of humor…There might have been a bit more of an emotional tug if her character evolved somehow, but this is a show and powerhouse performance to be much admired." Full Review

75
Motherhood Later

"While not much is new here, 'Gigantic' is a spoof-like, crowd-pleaser for those with a taste for the sugar-coated...This high-energy musical with lots of laughs is staged with over the top whimsy...While mostly fluff, we do grasp the emotional challenges of teens labeled as fat, and the pressure to fit in...No huge character revelations, and a ballad here ‘n there might have added nicely to score, but overall, the show will leave a salty and sweet sensation in your mouth." Full Review

85
Motherhood Later

"Playwright Joe DiPetro, is as skilled at writing humor as he is at tugging at your heartstrings. And, this is true of the engaging cast as well... Touching on themes of aging, marital strife, infidelity and career uncertainty, 'Clever Little Lies,' directed by David Saint, is 90 minutes of heart and humor neatly tied up…..or perhaps not… and we are left to ponder that." Full Review

80
Motherhood Later

"The casting is spot on...McGinnis delivers a layered, emotional portrayal of a feisty young woman strong in her convictions and aspirations, yet frustrated by a relationship she does not fully understand...Nolan is the perfect, straight match to her spunk. His is a highly controlled, yet impassioned performance...It proves to be a satisfying and emotionally engaging theatrical work." Full Review

90
Motherhood Later

"The multi-talented Lecesne is not only a captivating solo performer, his written word, and not a one is wasted here, is at times funny, poignant, insightful, and the 80 minute show moves along seamlessly. We come to care for Leonard, even though we never meet him. We feel like we have, and we wish we could." Full Review

70
Motherhood Later

"Various members address the audience, and each likes to think that the play is about them. This tact grows a bit wearisome. And, while the play itself feels thin, there is an understated charm to the simplicity of it. Definitely not one of Gurney’s best, but in the deft hands of director Jim Simpson, and the capable cast, it becomes a pleasant enough, well staged production." Full Review

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Motherhood Later

for a previous production "The multi-talented Lecesne is not only a captivating solo performer, his written word….and not a one is wasted here….is at times funny, poignant, insightful, and the 80 minute show (no intermission) moves along seamlessly. We come to care for Leonard, even though we never meet him. We feel like we have….and we wish we could. And, we hope that he did not die in vain." Full Review