Sarah Moore

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Reviews (27)
Happy Talk
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Luckily, Sarandon manages to fill out her portrayal of Lorraine to make her a woman we’d like to at least spend an hour or so with. Ireland is wonderful opposite Sarandon... Eisenberg’s script is often hilarious, and full of great one-liners. The writing is witty, and the story is well told...Ellis’ production is well-paced, and excellent supporting performances...make this play a truly enjoyable two hours. But on closer examination, it doesn’t add up to much more than, well…talk." Full Review

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"The show is sharply satirical and extremely funny; Forbes’ direction emphasizes the satire and the screwball comedy, highlighting the craziness of the situations. Forbes expertly weaves together the tonal and genre shifts embedded in the text, making the transitions seamless...This sort of cultural examination, particularly of female cultural figures, is much more in the mainstream in 2019 than it was in 2011." Full Review

Ordinary Days
Midtown W
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“A musical theatre treat...’Ordinary Days’ focuses on just four New Yorkers...Bashor's performance is simply astonishing. The rest of the cast is also excellent...The dense lyrics reveal layered characters and move the story forward, while still remaining clever and unexpected...Though ‘Ordinary Days’ is not especially illuminating or revelatory, the production is solid and does justice to this little gem.” Full Review

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"'What We’re Up Against' relies on some sitcom-y dialogue, and some standard dumb male tropes, though ultimately I found it to be an honest and realistic depiction of what it’s like to be a woman in the workforce...All of the actors are extremely well cast and committed to their roles...Perfectly directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, 'What We’re Up Against' feels like a realistic depiction of a toxic office." Full Review

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“It is filled with one-liners as the narrative speeds by to fit in 28 years of plot; there is very little character development...All the actors are excellent and elevate the material…The production is very polished and well designed…The music, while undeniably great and incredibly catchy, is not especially theatrical. The lyrics rarely illuminate the characters or tell us anything about the story we didn’t already get from the scene…‘A Wall Apart’ needs more politics, and frankly, more edge.” Full Review

Baghdaddy
Midtown W
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"One of the crucial issues with 'Baghdaddy' is the tone...It is nearly impossible to address the darkness and gravity of the Iraq War when your actors are bouncing off the ceilings...The actors all give committed performances, but there is very little space for complex characters...I kept searching for unity in the music and book to explain why this story is a musical, I never found it...Whenever the show seems to gain steam...the action veers back towards a song that is simply a distraction." Full Review

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"The scenes are often entertaining, the songs fantastic, and every so often, the piece is emotionally moving. But there are lots of unnecessary and sometimes baffling scenes and moments that do not help the piece move forward…A rock music adaptation of Ibsen is an exciting and potentially amazing idea, but there’s nothing wrong with editing down the excess characters and plot lines from the original to get to the heart of the story." Full Review

In the Room
Chelsea
Theatre is Easy

"Harrington and Hunt are the standouts in this cast...The rest of the characters are given less development, though all the actors are strong...Rather than speeding through the days and seeing who didn’t have their writing done, I would’ve preferred to learn more about who these people are...There are a lot of different ideas in this play, all of them engaging and entertaining, which makes for a swift and enjoyable evening of theater." Full Review

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"The plot quickly becomes muddled…There are several clever ideas here about how to subvert the rules of the co-op board, but the plot and the dialogue are unclear and there are no identifiable story arcs. The characters often stand to the side and talk about other parties and situations to which the audience has not been introduced, or stay onstage for seemingly no reason, so it’s easy to get confused and frustrated. Director Tatiana Pandiani's staging doesn’t help us to understand either." Full Review

Incognito
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Payne’s dialogue is quick and clever, adding an unexpected humor to a play largely about science…'Incognito' is very engaging, with compelling characters and plot…A satisfying intellectual experience, if not an emotional one. I wonder if all this neuroscience really adds up to a satisfying story. It’s entertaining to watch as all four excellent actors fire on all cylinders, but I’m not sure what Payne wants us to take away…'Incognito' feels like an exercise more than a fully formed play." Full Review

Women Without Men
Midtown W
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"The story is surprisingly fresh and modern...Swiftly and smartly directed by Jenn Thompson, 'Women Without Men' moves quickly and never lags...Thompson understands Ellis’ script and has crafted a more than worthy production to showcase her writing, as well as the distinct talents of the cast...This play is definitely worth a visit for anyone concerned with gender parity in theater, and specifically with the work of an excellent 'lost' female playwright." Full Review

The Bachelors
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"Playwright Caroline V. McGraw has managed to not only paint a realistic picture, but also provide a meditation on the bigger themes in the background: mortality, meaningful relationships, and consent, to name a few. All three actors are excellent, giving deep and layered performances...Not only is the writing great, but it is backed up by a fantastic creative and production team...'The Bachelors' is an incredibly honest new play that I hope will introduce people to this excellent new playwri... Full Review

The Singularity
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"I was thoroughly engaged by the first half of the play, but I found the tonal switch to sci-fi to be jarring, and the ending unsatisfying. No explanation or justification is given for Astrid’s actions in the final third of the play. In addition, the scenes with the scientist feel disproportionately long, compared to her interactions with the other men...Overall, 'The Singularity' is an intriguing and worthy concept to explore, but the play just ends, rather than giving us any idea of how the... Full Review

10 out of 12
Soho/Tribeca
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"I thoroughly enjoyed the inside jokes of the tech rehearsals, and found the first act to be funny and engaging...I have to wonder how '10 out of 12' would play to someone with less understanding of a tech rehearsal.. Anyone who has ever been involved in theater will appreciate '10 out of 12' but I’m not sure that this play is the right opportunity to contemplate the meaning of life in the theater." Full Review

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“APAC's ‘Caroline, or Change’ is a welcome reminder of this unique musical...Directed by Bondarin, APAC’s ‘Caroline, or Change’ doesn’t have to reach far to connect to current events in 2019. The topicality is clear, and may even resonate more with audiences now than it did in 2003...It was ahead of its time. And with such a difficult piece, Bondarin nails it...Burns’ great leading performance is well matched by the entire cast...APAC's production is a gem.” Full Review

Good Grief
Gramercy
Theatre is Easy

"Gorgeous and poignant...Anyanwu’s storytelling is completely unique and constantly engaging. The non-linear timeline is reminiscent of human memory: sometimes we remember things differently than they really happened, maybe because we remember things the way we wished they’d happen. Awoye Timpo’s direction tackles the disjointed timeline easily, with pacing and staging that make perfect sense, allowing the audience to follow the story without any confusion." Full Review

Mangled Beams
Midtown W
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"Jamieson's script seems to dwell on Brad, giving us lots of information about his back story. But I was particularly interested in the characters of Becky and Dave, and their interactions and history. Yet all the actors have presence and give engaging performances...'Mangled Beams' is well structured and the characters are clearly defined, though I couldn’t help but wish it moved faster at the beginning." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“A timely, moving solo show…Despite the dark subject matter, LaQuanda is an appealing character to spend two hours with, and Peterson has a commanding presence…The show tackles a lot of big issues…All are certainly extremely important topics, but it felt like too much to tackle in less than two hours, especially with only one main character. Still, I admire Peterson’s voice and think ‘The Peculiar Patriot’ is an important piece, particularly now.” Full Review

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"A sharp dissection of the American dream, and digging into what that means, in the guise of a dark comedy...The dialogue is witty and well-crafted, and each member of the ensemble brings their own strengths to round out the characters...Tamblyn gives a truly great performance, gracefully steering the play and its ensemble...This complicated web of characters keeps the drama high at an almost farcical pace...Certainly worthy of attention." Full Review

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"Owens leads a diverse cast as the Emcee, with a fantastic voice and wonderful stage presence...Walker is a strong, exciting presence as Sally...This production unfortunately tries to contemporize the show in ways that are unnecessary. Adding contemporary touches and a variety of concepts on top of this material only detracts from its deeply moving story....The second act in particular calls for a production to trust the writing; this one veers further off course...With 'Cabaret,' less is more." Full Review

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"Josie's genuine earnestness and optimism is refreshing, as is the reminder that 'despair is a luxury'...These are familiar liberal ideals that we’ve been repeating to ourselves in the past three weeks, but it does help to hear them again in the confines of a theater...Spending time with her is simply a delight in the midst of the weird despair and the unknowable unknowns of our political climate...It feels like a nice warm hug inside of our liberal bubble." Full Review

The Wolves
Upper W Side
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "A hilarious and emotional portrait of teenage girls discovering who they are, on and off the soccer field…Neugebauer has expertly crafted the social cues and the natural pauses lending to the feeling that we’re really in the room with this team…Everything that comes out of their mouths feels real and unrehearsed…‘The Wolves’ is one of the strongest new plays I’ve seen Off Broadway in recent memory...DeLappe’s voice is strong, refreshing, and certainly one to watch." Full Review

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for a previous production "Micaela Blei tells a story that is not only hilarious and engaging, but also deeply moving…Excellently directed by Catherine McCarthy, ‘Secret Life’ is structured with a schedule on the whiteboard…While I've described how 'Secret Life' is well-written, satisfying storytelling, I can’t really articulate how funny it is...I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud...The hour running time flies by, and by the end, I wanted to know even more about Blei and her adventures." Full Review

Idiot
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

“The casting of Kublick in the role of the Prince is a big part of what works in this production...His performance is warm, childlike, and captivating...There are several scenes including music...They’re fun to watch, but I cannot honestly tell you what the dramatic purpose was of any of those moments. They seemed to unnecessarily lengthen the run time...Maybe those who are more familiar with Dostoyevsky will find more to love in this show than I did.” Full Review

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"A meaningful attempt to dramatize the important story of wrongfully imprisoned Fernando Bermudez...The problem with the play lies in what Solnik has chosen to be the focus of the story...I have to wonder if the play would have been more successful if they had stuck to a completely factual or completely fictional story, rather than somewhere in between." Full Review

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for a previous production "At close to two and a half hours, the show does sometimes drag. Two intermissions are unnecessary, and some of the dance numbers feel overly long. But the dancers are uniformly gorgeous and wonderfully accomplished, and the choreography is crisp and innovative. McCormick's vision is clear and cohesive throughout the whole show." Full Review

Awake and Sing!
East Village
Theatre is Easy

" NAATCO’s diverse reimagining is a worthy revival...Director Brown-Fried has guided this production so that the modern audiences can see that the play is not just about a Jewish family, but more broadly, an American family...NAATCO has certainly made a strong argument for more diverse casting of classic American plays." Full Review