Ryan Mikita

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Reviews (32)
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TheaterScene.net

"The thin premise of Ray's falsified death is the driving quandary behind this entire play, a trivial subject which is exhaustingly beaten to death by the play's end and isn't complex enough to sustain a 90-minute production. A play about fake news is certainly a clever and timely idea, but the shallow plot on which this play is founded has very little to say of any significance. The result is a flat production which leads to an unsatisfying and unfulfilling theatergoing experience." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"'Incident at Hidden Temple' is suggestive of many different ideas pertaining to allegiance, cooperation and strategy, but unfortunately the obscure and fictional story lines are worn thin and far too overstretched by the play's final curtain. Whether an indication of a flawed script beyond repair, or a lack of thoughtful direction by director Kaipo Schwab, many performances are over embellished, exaggerated, and hardly resemblant to any sympathetic or even likable characters." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“Self-discovery is an oft-explored theme in the world of the theater, but Luke Comer has attempted to change the mold by packing his spiritual tale into a contemporary rock odyssey. Though there are certainly thoughtful questions that arise from spending an evening at ‘The Portal’, this theatrical journey that promises enlightenment and self-discovery never quite lands the intellectual punch it intends to deliver.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Though the play attempts to dissect the relationship between two men in an interesting way, Bragen's writing ultimately lacks depth and doesn't end up saying very much after all. Acting choices, pacing and thematics are all appropriate thanks to Lee Sunday Evans' seamless direction, but it's the script itself which is the production's biggest hurdle." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Directed by Will Davis, 'Duat' is a powerful example of the dynamism of collaboration and personal inspiration. Distinctly unique and featuring a young and effervescent ensemble of actors, in 'Duat' Daniel Alexander Jones has created a wonderful homage to his alter-ego and life in the form of a memorable and rousing piece of theater." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“Performed as a part of Theater for the New City’s Dream Up Festival, the gritty backdrop of New City’s Community Theater is a fitting backdrop for the racial and generational issues explored therein. Supported by the excellent performances from the show’s co-protagonists, ‘About Clarence and Me’ is an impressive and creative outing from Hiltzik and Jones that should certainly make its way back to New York City following the conclusion of the Dream Up Festival.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“By the end of ‘A Man Like You,’ many ideas and observations about the nature of terrorism have been discussed at length, but ultimately it is still a mystery what it is exactly that motivates the extremists. Despite the lack of satisfaction or resolution that comes with the end, Cassini’s play successfully challenges the generally accepted perception of what might motivate a terrorist attack. ‘A Man Like You’ is a thought-provoking exploration of a challenging subject.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“An all-around tour de force, ‘The Block’ is a stark portrayal of the times at hand in the Bronx. Filled with interesting, thoughtful and sympathetic characters, this is a play that offers a harsh glimpse of some people’s realities. The characters of ‘The Block’ leave one with the sense that though the struggle seems absolutely insurmountable, every day is a new opportunity to escape the past as long as one holds onto that most sacred trait: hope.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"With the help of director Jason Moore, Ferguson has brought to life a character who isn’t just a vehicle for a turntable of personalities, but a human being with needs, desires, and a deep longing for a sense of fulfillment…Backed by an affable and charismatic lead actor, 'Fully Committed' is a well-rounded production that is fun and energetic, and—between the myriad of characters popping in and out of the story—has a message full of heart and sincerity.' Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Darja is played with rawness and vigor by Marin Ireland… Ireland’s performance is riveting and heartfelt from beginning to end…Daniella Topol has procured truthful performances from her actors who drive the story from beginning to end....Topol’s production is peppered with private moments that reveal deep, glaring truths about the characters’ inner lives...'Ironbound' is unsettling and unapologetic, and is most notably grounded by a visceral and electric performance from Marin Ireland." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"With everything stripped away, the actors are left to rely on their rawest emotions and instincts. The results are effective, and Tucker has crafted a production which is brimming with vulnerability from the small cast of six...'Dead Dog Park' is a powerful new play which is full of empathetic and complex characters. Backed by outstanding direction from Eric Tucker, this minimalist production addresses a touchy issue which is all too relevant to the times at hand." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"The intimate space of is a fitting locale for this alternative and edgy new play...For a play with such a small cast, there is a tremendous amount of insight to be drawn from the many themes and careful plotting of Matt Morillo’s 'Allen Wilder 2.0'...This brutal look at modern relationships explores the human psyche unfettered in a fun yet poignant way." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

for a previous production "Suffers from an overstuffed script which forcefully pieces together two completely different worlds...Though 'The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit' isn’t without its flaws, this is a show which has immense promise. Strategic refinement of the storytelling, a good hard look at which songs matter the most, shaving a half hour off the running time would do wonders for this sweet and original coming-of-age tale. " Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Clever, witty and engaging, Lloyd Suh’s high-concept play is about as unique as it gets for New York theater. The play constantly teeters between hilarious and offensive, and the exploitation of racial stereotypes spurs much laughter but also serves as a reminder that there is a lot of work to be done before racial inequalities are totally eradicated from society." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Patrick Fenton’s 'Stoopdreamer' is a lovely ode to 'the good ole days,'and is a balanced blend of humor and depth. Strong performances, an ease of pace, and an intimate portrayal of a generation left behind highlight this satisfying trip down memory lane." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"'The Pavilion' very effectively explores the repercussions of a person’s past decisions and its lasting impact...This is a production which is powerful and impressive in the way the different elements of the production seamlessly blend together...Led by a narrator that provides a powerhouse performance, 'The Pavilion' boasts a cast of very talented actors, meticulous direction, and an enchanting atmosphere which all adds up to a splendid and profound evening of theater." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Unfortunately, the dogs are ditched about halfway through—when the shows big plot twist arrives—and the effects are noticeable. Mary and Eddie's characters are not very amicable in nature, nor are they very likable either. Sure, they are written genuinely, but as the show gets weirder and weirder, the focus strays from that of the duo's relationship to an obstructive and confusing political commentary which is both distracting and unclear." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"The real success here is that the production never feels bogged down by the potentially sorrowful content. Deblinger's performance is outstanding, and the contrast provided by his accomplice Johnson is the making of a formidable duo. Deeply personal yet amazingly light-hearted, 'Lucky Penny' is an unabashedly original memoir which is full of life lessons but also delightfully entertaining." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Documenting the influential and crucial decade between the '50's and '60's, Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's new musical 'A Taste of Things to Come' is a very pointed yet enjoyable exploration of these transformative years for the housewife, told through the eyes of four women who have a common interest in cooking." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Directed by Celine Rosenthal, this heartfelt new play is--for the most part--an empathetic window into the lives of a troubled few. Behind Zeiger’s tight script and a handful of admirable performances, 'Roughly Speaking' is an honest representation and dissection of the homeless culture in New York City." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"In a time when it seems like every TV show, movie, or reality family is being parodied, it is refreshing to see '90210! The Musical!' fire on all cylinders. Backed by a meticulously curated script, a catchy musical score rife with irony, and a diverse ensemble filled with talented and unique individual performances, this is one parody which pays affectionate homage to its source material but also stands out as a very enjoyable piece of musical comedy." Full Review

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“‘Implications of Cohabitation’ is a heartwarming story despite its flaws, and is held up by Ruiz and Verduga’s well-developed relationship. However, despite the well-rounded performances from the cast, Verduga’s new play is ultimately hindered by a handful of forced moments that prevent the production from ever reaching the emotional climax the story deserves.” Full Review

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"The four actors are a talented bunch but lost behind a script plagued by an out-of-touch sense of humor…'Here I Sit, Brokenhearted' is a prime example of a paper-thin premise that can’t begin to justify its existence. Before even the opening number has concluded, the audience is already looking to the stalls of the faux bathroom for any reason to chuckle, and the result is an unwarranted 70-minute long celebration of a single joke told in 99 different ways." Full Review

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"Each of the actors in the ensemble is featured in at least two stories, and each play has been directed meticulously by the playwright, who made sure to spend time differentiating the roles his actors from one play to the other...A seamless production in many ways, Phillips’ latest is nothing short of ambitious, and Gregory’s music is the perfect companion. Thoughtful and engaging, the enchanting collection of English fairy tales known as 'City Stories' is a serendipitous affair." Full Review

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"A talented and engaging cast...Though the technical and theatrical aspects of this production are undoubtedly successful, the message of this story is somehow lost along the way...This heartfelt family story devolves into a set of characters with clichéd motivations and almost no character growth; characters who are far too often put into storylines which never receive that oh-so-satisfying payoff that differentiates an exceptional theatrical experience from the ordinary." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

for a previous production “’Rap Guide to Climate Change’ is a highly enjoyable theatrical experience which lies well beyond the normal conventions of the theater. Lying somewhere between a play, musical, and a documentary, Baba Brinkman’s latest is a fun, thought-provoking, and highly original performance piece which successfully delivers an important message in an approachable and entertaining way.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Wolf is an agreeable narrator with an infectious curiosity...While Rich is the central and only recurring character in the play, three other actors all play at least a handful of different roles each…The challenge here is that none of these roles ever progress past surface level, and thus very little character development or empathy is within reach. That being said, director Lynnette Barkley is particular about distinction, and as a result none of the additional characters feel extraneous or... Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"There is a lot of heart behind this story. Walker has brought to life a group of characters who are quirky and lovable, and in the end it really feels like a family affair...This redemption story about learning to love is a rollicking good time. Backed by strong performances and direction, a slick and consistent pace, and an entertaining script which sticks to a winning formula, nary a soul is likely to leave this theater without a smile." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Quinn seemed to get off to a rocky start but quickly got things under control. Whether it was due to a change in the order of his jokes, or possibly a last minute improvisation, it didn’t take very long for Quinn to recover and launch into the rest of the show at full steam...The formidable pair of Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn have put together a comedy act which is (nearly) as fact-filled as it hilarious." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"The physical comedy is subtle and effective, but is over-the-top in just enough places to keep the laughter going continuously. Though one can hardly call the comedy of 'Clever Little Lies' 'smart'—it is more vulgar than anything—Saint employs many different tactics to elicit laughs from his audience...'Clever Little Lies' is a light-hearted romp which keeps the audience in stitches." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"For all its innocence and simplicity, the charm in this production is its sheer authenticity. Children and teenagers are by nature unfiltered, and to have kids playing their own age on stage is the recipe for an afternoon of uninhibited fun. " Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"'Devoted Dreams' is a mind-boggling production...Despite the short-sighted production values, there are also structural problems in the script which were not concealed in the slightest by the casting decisions and certainly didn’t help the actors. Though it is true in some cases that less is more, in this particular situation the concept might as well be thrown out the window. Full Review