Roma Torre

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Reviews (185)
NY1

"Irish playwright Conor McPherson crafted this uniquely intimate work, and whether you call it a jukebox musical, a play with music or simply a theatrical tone poem, it is a ravishingly performed ode to Dylan’s own poetic lyricism.​" Full Review

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"It all comes together quite powerfully, evoking the emotional wounds borne by a lifetime of soul-crushing hate. After some 40 years, 'A Soldier’s Play' still hits home, summoning a world at war with itself. " Full Review

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" have to commend the creative team behind this latest adaptation of 'A Christmas Carol,' because as much as we've heard Dickens' classic tale through the years, it would take a very cold heart not to feel the spirit this time around." Full Review

NY1

"The on stage story-telling is mostly formulaic. But fortunately, with Adrienne Warren in the title role, this one has at least one element that lets it stand better than almost all the rest. She is phenomenal as the great queen of rock 'n' roll." Full Review

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"The play's moral ambiguity gives it an air of mystery and that's to its benefit. But it feels far more literary than theatrical and I think, in the end, even with Parker's superlative performance, 'The Sound Inside' is more suited to being read than seen or heard." Full Review

The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
NY1

"Essentially a romantic comedy, a genre Williams was never really known for...It's still far from his best, and it really only hits the mark when the lead performances are strong and the production is tightly focused. This time around, they got it only half right." Full Review

NY1

"It's a shocker alright, and provocatively compelling, many would say. And while I'm happy to see new works by young playwrights challenge the status quo, especially when performed so brilliantly as 'Slave Play' is...this one is dramatically quite a mess. Provocative? Yes. An intriguing premise? Yes. Important theatre? No, at least not yet." Full Review

The Great Society
Upper W Side
NY1

"If the play feels overstuffed, it’s still an important history lesson. Schenkkan calls it a tragedy. But the real tragedy is that if we don’t pay enough attention, history is hellbent on repeating itself." Full Review

Betrayal
Midtown W
NY1

"'Betrayal' is an engrossingly intimate portrait of spouses and friends in the throes of adultery. By play's end, it's poignantly clear that the three characters will have to pay a steep price for their dishonesty. What could so easily come off like soap opera in lesser hands rises in this production to the level of modern tragedy." Full Review

NY1

"The two one act plays in the double bill entitled 'Sea Wall/A Life' are, on the surface, very small works. But they concern some very big themes: life, death, birth." Full Review

NY1

"The bestselling novel is getting a powerful and heartfelt adaptation...Director Sam Gold has assembled a bravura multi-talented company — many of them doubling and tripling as musicians, actors, and singers...As much as I was moved by this production and Sheik’s music is his best since 'Spring Awakening,' the book still needs some work. One more draft and I predict it will have a long sweet life." Full Review

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"Director Alex Timbers matches film director Tim Burton's ceaseless creativity. Obviously the challenge was on having to compete with all the filmic effects, and thanks to scenic designer David Korins and the special effects creators, the imagery is truly dazzling. Besides Beetlejuice, the showcase character is Leslie Kritzer's ditzy Delia, and she utterly slays us with this off-the-wall performance. For all the talent here, the show suffers from sensory overload." Full Review

All My Sons
Midtown W
NY1

“Though locked in a specific time and place, the play's themes are as relevant and haunting today...A shattering production...As written, directed and performed, it's as devastating a scene as you're ever likely to see on a Broadway stage. What could so easily turn melodramatic is directed by O'Brien to maximum dramatic effect without sacrificing emotional honesty...The three principals, acting their hearts out, seem right at home.” Full Review

NY1

"Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow are, as expected, outstanding...As directed by Joe Mantello, the dynamic between the two is engrossing on that bare stage. But what emerges is not so much a dramatic play as a psychological study of two brilliant and flawed people...Hnath is best known for his Tony nominated 'A Doll's House, Part 2,' which also starred Laurie Metcalf. That was a much better play than 'Hillary and Clinton' which at 90 minutes still feels too long." Full Review

Burn This
Midtown W
NY1

“While the performance overshadows the play itself, there's no denying Driver and Russell together are smokin' hot...Wilson clearly had a lot more on his mind than penning a romantic drama...But the ideas are never fully developed and Wilson falls back on contrivances that bring Anna and Pale back together. The performances are all excellent...Mayer does the best he can with the imperfect play, and though over-long, the production catches fire every time Driver enters the room.” Full Review

NY1

"Jackson's mighty talents are just about enough to make up for the many missteps in Sam Gold’s flawed staging. What doesn’t work is the seeming lack of cohesion in this production. The setting is rather contemporary and the acting styles seem all over the place...The lack of a strong directorial hand extends to the production design...Male or female, she may be the best Lear you’re ever likely to see. But oh a kingdom for a better production." Full Review

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"The saga of the Lehman Brothers is certainly nothing new; and in different hands, it could easily be a clichéd tale of rags to riches, innocence to greed. But as written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, directed by Sam Mendes, and performed by three of the best actors in the world, it becomes an event not to miss!...Through narration and dialogue, the story unfolds with tremendous eloquence, very much like a fugue, riffing off repeated themes." Full Review

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"Big, boisterous, brawling 'Kiss Me, Kate' is a revival to fall for...Thanks to some subtle tweaks and re-staging, it's the story that's getting tamed without losing any of its ferocious bite!...Director Ellis staged the classic with great care, respecting its historical roots while shifting the gender dynamic just enough to put the two leads on equal footing...O’Hara deserves...our eternal worship for gracing us with two and a half glorio hours in this altogether wunderbar production." Full Review

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“Cullman’s clear-eyed direction makes excellent use of music and movement to evoke the students’ surging emotions...Each of the performances ring oh so true...It’s hard to imagine anyone but Pope as Pharus...It is his impassioned performance that makes the play truly sing...McCraney’s soulful writing brings to mind the great August Wilson. With ‘Choir Boy’ he establishes himself as a major new voice in the theatre.” Full Review

Network (NYC)
Midtown W
NY1

"Acclaimed stage director Ivo Van Hove’s exhilarating production is a laudable effort to revisit Chayevsky’s chilling prophecy, but in this version, the towering presence of Bryan Cranston delivering a monumental performance upstages the medium and the message...Cranston’s performance ranks among the best I’ve ever seen on a live stage. It will go down as legendary. But through a combination of miscasting and lopsided writing, the other performances pale by comparison." Full Review

NY1

"It’s not perfect, but it’s a winning collaboration featuring Broadway veterans at the top of their class...It’s a zany concept...A witty and joyful romp that also happens to be quite moving. The songs are mighty tuneful; and the show's winking theatrical references are a delightful bonus...Nicholaw doesn't miss a beat, staging the production with a sure hand, while employing the Swiss watch of comic timing and honest pathos when things turn serious." Full Review

King Kong (NYC)
Midtown W
NY1

"By musical theatre standards, it falls short. The music, book, choreography — fairly mediocre. But target audiences are likely coming for one thing, and that thing stands mighty tall...The effects are astonishing thanks to an army of handlers who manipulate practically every inch of Kong's 2,400-pound body...Thorne offers a truncated story with structural holes and loose ends. Perfect's pop songs aren't bad, but they feel wedged in and disconnected, almost like a jukebox musical." Full Review

Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
NY1

"It’s even bigger and better than last year’s off-Broadway production...The entire six member cast has returned and they’ve each deepened their performances...'Torch Song' is guaranteed to touch a nerve and certainly it'll be cathartic for anyone who's ever had to explain their sexual orientation. But for those on the other side who still don't have it in their hearts to find acceptance, 'Torch Song' is essential viewing." Full Review

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
NY1

“Butterworth's richly stocked play is a gorgeous sprawling yarn that encompasses the entire spectrum of human existence...May seem long, but...the story is so engrossing, the characters so engaging, and the suspense so foreboding, you'll be left wanting more...Each member of this splendid ensemble delivers finely crafted performances...'The Ferryman' stands out as a classic all on its own!” Full Review

NY1

"It's an unusual work in a stirring production that's bound to get under your skin...The work requires an emotional investment that's not easy at first. But thanks to Dylan's searing poetry, featured in some 20 songs, McPherson's brutally honest portraits and a talent pool that's miles deep, the humanity shines through warts and all...Every member of this large ensemble, including onstage musicians, is sublime." Full Review

Grand Horizons
Midtown W
NY1

"Back and forth the play goes—sometimes silly, sometimes deadly serious. Wohl is a smart writer, and if 'Grand Horizons' is not exactly grand, it is deceptively insightful, especially at the end. Staged by Leigh Silverman, we get a taste of what it could be if everyone wasn't working so hard to make us laugh." Full Review

NY1

"'Jagged Little Pill,' much like 'Next To Normal' and 'Dear Evan Hanson,' is concerned with the collateral damage inflicted on us by family and social pressures. And given Morissette's empowering lyrics, in this #MeToo era, the entire show becomes a moving anthem of our time." Full Review

The Inheritance
Midtown W
NY1

"'The Inheritance' speaks to us on so many levels - politically, intellectually, and emotionally. If it rambles, it is an echo of our messy lives but it so clearly addresses the rootlessness that plagued the gay community for years." Full Review

NY1

for a previous production "The secret to this production's success, though, is Michael Mayer's boffo staging. It's as though he directed with a magnifying glass, amplifying all the best parts. Of course, it helps to have a company this gifted." Full Review

NY1

for a previous production "Armed with new material, a fabulous cast and a fresh coat of greasepaint, his 'Forbidden Broadway the Next Generation' mercilessly and hysterically takes on the sacred cows on the Great and sometimes not so great White Way." Full Review

Linda Vista
Midtown W
NY1

"'Linda Vista' turns out to be an engaging, if flawed, portrait of a modern day everyman who's incredibly smart on the one hand while behaving so inexplicably dumb on the other. The bones of this play are all there, but like the 50-year-old Wheeler, the body could use some tightening." Full Review

NY1

"At my performance, it was a thrill to see James Monroe Iglehart. You know him as 'Aladdin's' original genie. I think they're all genies of a sort, magically rhyming without distort. Hats off to Lin-Man and his amazing tribe — it's impossible not to dig their crazy vibe." Full Review

NY1

"The show is bound to keep audiences guessing how he does it night after night. Hard to believe it’s just a bunch of tricks up his sleeve because he does seem to have some powers of thought control. And now that I’ve said it, I’m wondering who really wrote this rave review - was it me or was it him?" Full Review

NY1

"Disney’s animated film 'Hercules' is now a stage musical. But the production, running for only one week at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, is quite different from previous adaptations…featuring nearly 200 cast members, it took a herculean effort to bring it to fruition." Full Review

NY1

for a previous production "With tongue in cheek and heart in hand, not to mention assorted other body parts splitting, contorting and can-canning up a storm, 'Moulin Rouge' is a jukebox musical on steroids. And thanks to a very savvy adaptation from book writer John Logan and director Alex Timbers, it’s paced for maximum pleasure." Full Review

NY1

"While it’s beautifully acted by Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, the dynamic between them seems dated. What made sense in 1987 now feels jarringly off-kilter...While it’s hard to buy their relationship, McNally’s gift for incisive dialogue makes Frankie and Johnny compelling as a pair of sadly conflicted survivors...A stronger directorial hand might have glossed over the play's less plausible parts, but there's no excuse for the production's clunky symbolism at play's end." Full Review

Ink
Midtown W
NY1

"A sprawling, heady, hilarious David and Goliath story that may just make you root for the giant...Carvel is mesmerizing...You can’t take your eyes off him, except when he’s sharing the stage with the equally excellent Miller...Goold’s own vision for the play is an inspired antic Marx Brothers style romp complete with silly songs, choreography and set pieces incongruously piled to the rafters. The perfect metaphor for a guy who thumbed his nose at the establishment." Full Review

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
NY1

"'Tootsie' is quite a hoot. On the surface, it's a conventional musical...But it's unconventionally funny. And thanks to an A-list cast of comedians, it's the comedy that makes this one sing...Yazbek's score is still mighty clever and tuneful. His lyrics are a gas, and the inside theatre references are a terrific bonus...Humor is of course in the ear of the beholder and 'Tootsie' may not tickle every funnybone, but judging by the laugh meter, this one's off the charts.” Full Review

NY1

“The creative team behind the stunningly visceral production delivered in spades. And while this free-wheeling version of the Orpheus myth may not appeal to everyone, it is a collaborative tour de force...The tale's message is all about the power of love over death. But this telling goes further, commenting on current political themes...Chavkin crafted an exquisitely original production with a dream company featuring terrific choreography and a fabulous cast.” Full Review

NY1

"The great Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is sturdy enough to withstand any interpretation as long as it’s thought well enough through. And this one’s quite a humdinger. You will just need to check your folksy feel-good memories at the door and then allow director Daniel Fish to take you for a ride on his audacious, sexy, upending take on the great American classic...And if the performers lack the vocal quality you’ve come to expect, they are still sublime." Full Review

NY1

"A unique theatrical gem...You might be thinking the show is more like a high school civics class. I can guarantee it is not. And while it's somewhat disjointed, you're bound to learn a lot. The bottom line is that Schreck is highly entertaining, all the while engaging us with equal measures of humor and pathos." Full Review

NY1

"Carves out its own unique place in the genre, most especially when it’s up on its feet singing and dancing...Thankfully, Director Des McAnuff put the songs front and center, bringing out the best in his outrageously talented company...'Ain’t Too Proud' ranks pretty high as jukebox musicals go. Not only is it vastly entertaining, it reminds us how the best of Motown was able to prove that music could be colorblind even if the rest of the world wasn’t." Full Review

NY1

"Under the seamless direction of Noah Brody, it's largely a success...Sondheim’s score, thanks to a terrific eight-piece band, sounds beautiful as ever with lyrics that paint the most detailed portraits in a single verse. If the performers don’t all have the most trained voices, they are first-rate actors who deliver each song with great clarity and naturalism. Some problems remain; the dialogue can sound stilted...But so strong is this company, we hardly notice the book’s flaws now." Full Review

NY1

"Far from killing the essence of the great work, this excellent company achieved the unimaginable: they enhanced it. It’s a big production with 24 actors and yet it feels wholly intimate. Director Bartlett Sher staged the play with an eloquent simplicity...What makes the adaptation so successful is the masterful finesse that turned the 60-year-old literary classic into a most poignant drama, still of its time, but also now very much of our time as well." Full Review

NY1

"Obviously skilled in the craft of writing Broadway musicals about popular singers, Elice once again relies on narration and a chronological storyline, hitting on key events with a fine degree of humor and heart...Artistically, it's no match for 'Jersey Boys'...Director Jason Moore does a fine job staging this complex show...We may have reached the saturation point with jukebox musicals, but for Cher fans eager to 'turn back time,' the beat happily goes on." Full Review

NY1

"A good laugh is worth its weight in a boatload of King Kongs. And Birbiglia's got a million of 'em. Well, maybe a thousand...Birbiglia is a masterful humorist with a knack for making the most serious subjects hilarious...Perhaps one of the secrets to Birbiglia's success is that he is a storyteller...But the biggest surprise is Birbiglia's ability to fill the stage with little more than the wit and wisdom of someone who understands that humor is the bitterest truth refusing to take itself ser... Full Review

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"A microcosm of the ravages of race relations in this country. Everyone's good, but there are no heroes in this compellingly provocative story...Demos-Brown does an excellent job of drawing us into the conundrum of race in America...All four characters come at the issues from very different perspectives; and under Leon's expert direction, we see how difficult it is to find common ground...Enhancing the production is an outstanding company of A-listers.” Full Review

NY1

“Lonergan's shattering portrait of a woman's descent into senility is painful to watch, but its heartfelt honesty sets the stage for a very talented company to remind us to cherish the time we've got...Neugebauer's sensitive direction feels so natural, it's almost like eavesdropping. And while the entire cast is superlative, the show belongs almost entirely to May's beautifully measured performance...A play that delivers the hard truth about aging with eloquence and empathy.” Full Review

NY1

“A highly provocative play about the not-so-certain nature of truth...A very tight little play — actually more of a dialectic than a drama...A riveting 90 minutes. Silverman directs with a sharp eye, encouraging her excellent actors to flesh out the roles with natural humor and nuance...Radcliffe plays the unrelenting noodge to perfection...I can't exactly say "The Lifespan of a Fact" is a great play, but it is an important one. ” Full Review

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
NY1

"It starts rather slow...But once playwright Richard Bean dispenses with the setup and we meet the rest of the cast, an unsavory bunch of characters, 'The Nap' wakes right up...It's heavily plotted with twists and clever word play that's both silly and irresistibly witty, and it ends with a genuinely suspenseful climax...This is an incredibly difficult play to stage. Comic timing is crucial and pacing can't flag. Happily, the cast nails it...A work so refreshingly novel, it defies description." Full Review