Saima Huq

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Reviews (29)
Stage Buddy

"'Comfort Women: A Musical' is poised to take its place in musical theatre history besides iconic shows like 'Miss Saigon' and 'Les Miserables'. All these shows tell the story of people who have fallen (or, more accurately, have been pushed down) by the wayside of war but are nevertheless important and deserve to be heard...The choreography is imaginative and fantastic...Highly recommended." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A fascinating show, with minimalist materials other than the subject's life story...Directed by John Vreeke, this 85-minute one-woman show reveals sides to Mrs Bush that were rarely glimpsed in the media. She is charming yet snarky, likening circa-1993 Hilary Clinton to Benjamin Franklin, admitting to her love of smoking...Whatever your politics, you will learn a lot about our former FLOTUS, and the hardships and triumphs she has faced." Full Review

An Ordinary Muslim
East Village
Stage Buddy

"Stunning...The Bhatti family is realistically gripping in its portrayal of a multi-generational family...Issues of money, marriage, parenting and respect run through this play, and it is clear that religion and faith are two different things...Bonney's excellent direction is evident throughout...A lot going on at once but it all comes together beautifully, and the actors stay in character even as the very floor they are standing on moves them away...An extraordinary experience." Full Review

The Recruiting Officer
Upper W Side
Stage Buddy

"Entertaining, replete with great staging, acting, and singing...The entire cast is well-versed and talented in their multiple roles...The cast also provides an a cappella soundtrack to one sword fight, and it is amazing to witness...The interaction was a clever way to set the tone of this play as it went on. Although the stage is small, the direction of the play makes sure none of it is wasted...Any fan of Farquhar’s work would do well to see this show." Full Review

Party Face
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"A clever, astute new play...A strong, insightful play about who women are behind their party faces, even while other women are encouraging them to keep that party face front and center...The cast is all women...This keeps the focus on women's relationships to each other...This is one show for which everyone should put on their party face and immediately buy a ticket for themselves and a friend." Full Review

AMP
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"Christopherson's attention to detail in bringing forth this historical tale is painstaking and impressive. Coupled with the sound and projection skills of Martha Goode, it is a finely-tuned ballet of sight, sound, and graphic horror...However, there was no real connection between what was happening on stage and on screen. It often came off as disjointed instead...Overall, 'AMP' is a very well-researched, well-written and well-executed, and certainly educational play." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A true time-travel experience. Every last actor is completely in character from the second their guests arrived to the second they leave...It is a clever game of chance, giving Mary the trial she never received in real life, several times over...This theatre company gives her back her humanity and the compassion she did not receive from her fellow New Yorkers while still alive, and it is a truly beautiful thing. Bravo!" Full Review

Blood Boundary
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“The attention to detail is excellent, from the costumes to the hand-painted sign for the hospitality house. The sound and lighting is well-done...The historical aspect is also painstaking in detail and for good reason: the Tulsa Race Riot is absent from almost all US history textbooks…This piece ensures this story will not be lost, and the characters' grief over the riot emphasizes that we ought to be similarly grieved that we are only starting to remember it.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A timely, touching and hilarious new play...Annel and Thomas have great chemistry...In fact, the entire cast is adept at working together, presenting many believable characters who are always in the moment...There are a lot of scenes and characters seen in the beginning that never show up again, despite having an interesting story line...Still, this work managed to capture the humor and sweetness of all the small moments of life." Full Review

Siren's Den
East Village
Stage Buddy

"I found the peripheral characters were more interestingly drawn than the core...Some of the singing was pitchy at times, though for Skylar's character, that seemed appropriate because she had that oh-well-don't-care punk rock vibe that made her so alluring in the first place...You do need some suspension of disbelief when characters reveal years-old deep dark secrets that anyone would find with a simple Google search. The dancing is exquisite." Full Review

Her Opponent
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

"A show without characters, acting, or writing. It is also not a show. What it is, is a mirror. And an ingenious one at that...This is not a satire, parody, farce, nor recommendation nor condemnation of what took place at the debates. This is the actual moment replayed...without the originals' gender or decades of being in the public eye...Time will tell, but I feel that the relevancy of 'Her Opponent' will hold the play up well in subsequent years." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The Gallery Players' rendition of 'Sweet Bird of Youth' is all the beautiful raw tragedy at the heart of Tennessee Williams' works, which is perhaps the greatest gift an audience can get. Under the flawless direction of Jesse Marchese, these actors deliver...All of the actors are excellent vocally under dialect coach Joe Hetterly. They smoothly deliver different Southern accents while never becoming a joke...The fight choreography is also seamless without looking staged." Full Review

Among the Dead
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"The Ma-Yi Theater Company's 'Among the Dead' has officially raised the bar for all theater productions...The writing, the direction, the acting, the lighting and sound design, the set all combine for an unparalleled theatre-going experience. The play is set in three time periods simultaneously. The direction and use of space ensures the audience knows who is saying what in which time period with no additional explanation needed. It not only works, but is a wonder to behold." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The Gallery Players' 'The 39 Steps' is like really entertaining clockwork. The talents of the cast and the production team combine to keep this fast-paced comic whodunit moving without a hitch...Austin as the wrongly-accused Richard is hilarious...Baxter is phenomenal with accents and postures...And the combination of Leyenberger and Walsh is nothing short of legendary." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"A whodunit tinged with darkness and the supernatural that manages to be a bit funny at the same time...There is some maudlin dialogue of the sisters talking about their messed-up childhood...It went on too long and was frankly a bit boring...The plot builds to reveal exactly what is going on--but the audience still doesn't see it coming, which is part of the fun....All in all, 'The Taming of Cats' is an entertaining show with a visionary plot. It dares to take a risk, and the risk pays off." Full Review

Less Than 50%
Midtown E
Stage Buddy

“A play within a play about rehearsing a play with a scene partner who is also an ex...This is a completely relatable situation in modern-day NY, and Soresi infuses a familiar tale with his unique humor and plot twists so it stays interesting...Soresi’s writing and acting are excellent...His comedy is insightful and well-delivered...Catalano is a great actress playing an annoying actress...It is a fast-paced 90-minute display of emotion, comedy and theatrics, enjoyed by adults of all ages.” Full Review

The Cover of Life
East Village
Stage Buddy

"While the character of Sybil is written to be interesting, Callahan comes off as lazy and flat instead of languid...Even when she is tragic, she is boring. Luckily, as Weetsie and Tood, Milner-Sweetser and Carillo more than make up for that...The writing and directing took the time to draw out each character...No matter how they may self-identify, every audience member will see themselves in the women in this play. Highly recommended." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Flawlessly directed, interactive, with stellar dancing (particularly from Landieri, who pops-and-locks in homage to Michael Jackson at all the right moments in this 90-minute nonstop ride), the ingenuity of the script and synergy from the cast is compelling. The props and set by Hemley and Colon, respectively, are well-done, particularly when the cast creates the apartment where Chevonn and her mother live. This is a play that will stay with you for the rest of your life." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Has great potential to fill in the gaps of what we are taught about our history in the school system, and for that it should be applauded...Yet while it is impressive that the production strives to tell as many stories of American history as possible, the delivery is uneven and heavy-handed, at some points just a massive hodgepodge of quotes and impressions of historical figures...Certainly an informative play, and I imagine it would be a wonderful resource for educators and their students." Full Review

Trial
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“Griffin’s ‘Trial’ shows how trapped a young person can feel when her father is repeatedly harming her and the grown-ups that all children are urged to tell do nothing to help her. The titular trial revolves around Arcadia wavering between blame, justice, and mercy...The play is skillfully staged in a theatre-in-the-round style...Cooper's lighting takes Arcadia from the present to the past without missing a beat.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"It is an interesting, educational, and cutting take on the history everyone knows is there but do not know enough to actually discuss with anyone else, leaving everyone to wrongly assume it must not be important...However, Leguizamo's terrible racist impressions of other minority groups weaken his stance...They are unnecessary and undercut his whole argument, all for the sake of cheap laughs. The subject matter and the audience deserve better than that." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"The play touches on all the myriad aspects of the Vietnam War...Her inclusion of the stories of LeeAnn and Steele is particularly important as it was only in recent years that veterans of color have been depicted at all, and even more rare are the stories of women of color in the military...All in all, this is an important piece detailing what cannot be absorbed in a history book, if military women's stories are in it at all." Full Review

False Stars
East Village
Stage Buddy

"Fast-paced, heartfelt and precise, the writing, acting and direction of this piece come together to form a riveting production...The high-caliber acting of all the actors made this production superb. There was clear dedication in the development of each of these characters...The direction of Reed, coupled with the work of movement consultant Sheppard, created brilliantly staged blocking, where there could be three story lines playing out on stage at once." Full Review

Acquittal
Midtown W
Stage Buddy

“One of those gems where there are no costume or set changes but the audience stays entranced with the story and acting…Everyone was riveted throughout the 70-minute performance. And rightly so…Mia as Jamila is frightening in her passion...and her description of her crime is hard to take. That's how good she is…The entire production comes together very well to render this important play about life in a part of the world that is not studied much in Western nations.” Full Review

Stage Buddy

"'Uncle Abram: A Reconstructed Uncle Vanya' could just as easily have been named 'Uncle Vanya Gets Woke'...The production is fascinating, seeing racial and social themes that are still with us today through the eyes of those in the first years of living together ostensibly as equals...Chekhov would have liked it." Full Review

Of Mice and Men
East Village
Stage Buddy

"A great production...It is true to the text and conveys the complexity of men's friendships in a way rarely seen today or in the 1930s, the era in which the play is set. It is hard for me to recall another play with such spot-on casting. Gordon as George and Kafarakis as Lennie are excellent foils playing this iconic pair...It was easy to tell when the characters were somewhere new despite the set not changing. The sound, lighting, direction and acting ensure the audience is never left behind." Full Review

Haram! Iran!
Chelsea
Stage Buddy

“An emotional roller coaster well worth the ride…This is a great production with an important, relevant story…The twists and turns from this premise are harrowing, and there are moments of violence portrayed so realistically, they can be hard to watch…The acting and direction are superb. Director Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson worked out how these talented actors can bring forth this story believably with a minimal set that makes excellent use of the space.” Full Review

Lost Voices
Soho/Tribeca
Stage Buddy

"All of the acting is stellar and both casts support each other's characters seamlessly, in a way that makes the audience feel like they have walked in to the bar or into the disappearing community. One easily forgets that they are attending theatre and that they are not, indeed, alongside these well-written characters...'Lost Voices' demonstrates and educates the audience that we must not lose sight of the fact that it's not 'save the planet,' it's 'save the people.'" Full Review

The Other Mozart
Greenwich V
Stage Buddy

"'The Other Mozart' is astounding from start to finish, with one actor, one set and a trove of history and humor...Sylvia Milo's creation and writing, coupled with Isaac Byrnes' direction, is transcendental. Visually stunning and utterly captivating, Jody Christopherson delivers a winning performance as Nannerl...The musical score, composed by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen, adds the perfect touch to this multi-sensory performance." Full Review