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"In typical Mamet fashion, all of this unfolds quickly and sporadically, and both Bauer and Lage do a nice job of punching the language and finding its musicality...Pidgeon, on the other hand, recites the words in a bizarrely stylized manner...Her lines feel void and flaccid, sucking the momentum out of her scenes...The strength of this Mamet piece is in its ideas: wrapped up in the archetype of the penitent are faith, regret, sin and forgiveness." Full Review
"There is much to praise...The ensemble work is strong...Harrington’s pacing has a delightful musicality...There are a few shortcomings that disrupt an otherwise strong production. Behrman’s script lays out very clear character objectives, but these intentions sometimes disappear, rendering it rather unclear who wants what and why. Moments of line fumbling added to this ambiguity...Kudos to Metropolitan Playhouse for remounting a piece that continues to resonate in a 21st-century context." Full Review
"The writers took a risk with a piece that plays more like a spoof than an adaptation. Chekhov die-hards might find its deviation difficult to digest; others may find it amusing. But the makers behind this production are well aware that it is, indeed, not for everyone. Nonetheless, with a retelling or modernization of an old piece, there is an opportunity to capitalize on the exigency of the story in its new context: why this play now? I wished to have a better understanding of the stakes." Full Review
“The acting in this piece is stellar. All three are adept comics who keep us laughing and engaged...Director Gama Valle stages this production nicely amidst a simple set designed by Elisha Nameri...Valle’s direction of this piece is tight; the one unfortunate choice is the scene transition music, which is repetitive and difficult to listen to...The show’s pace also feels a bit slow towards the end, but these are minor blips in an otherwise solid production.” Full Review
"An aesthetically stunning and emotionally evocative piece sure to resonate in the wake of a charged election, 'The Death of the Last Black Man' is a must-see...In the exceptional hands of director Lileana Blain-Cruz, Parks’ script shines...Together, Parks’ content and Blain-Cruz’s directorial choices transport us to a dream space, a liminality that is as beautiful as it is frightening...It feels like a disservice to attempt a description of this masterpiece; it simply begs to be experienced." Full Review
"'The Underpants Godot' is a playful think piece with a meta-theatrical structure that heightens the questions illuminated within the fiction...This play might not be every viewer’s cup of tea: while the themes may be of interest to a general audience, its humor seems predominantly pointed towards theater practitioners. What is perhaps more widely amusing is the visual imagery...While Pflaster’s script raises compelling questions, at many times it feels a little preachy and verbose." Full Review
"At times, Partee’s direction falls short. Her prose is quite poetic, but there are missed opportunities for the rhythm of this piece to really pop. Further, the staging of a few scenes feels a bit haphazard...The strength of this piece lies in its writing, and the ways in which Partee refuses to take a side in the controversy at the heart of this piece..In its refusal to provide a solution, it offers a gift to its audience: it forces us to think carefully about the intricacies of this case." Full Review
"'Algorithmism' introduces wonderful queries and is full of evocative ideas, but at times, I felt as though some complexities were under-explored...The piece might benefit from a bit more time to expand, but it is, nonetheless, tremendously compelling. Hersler’s play is intelligent, witty, and explores pressing questions that linger unspoken in our present Age of Artificial Intelligence." Full Review