Sarah Weber

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Reviews (27)
Bethel Park Falls
Upper W Side
Theatre is Easy

“Explores community and how we can be responsible to loved ones and strangers alike...A series of vignettes set in a public park fated to become a construction site...As we meet more characters in the park we learn how they’re all connected...Zagrobelny’s clever use of the outdoor space ensures that each scene flows seamlessly into the next...The actors truly tie the production together as they find ways to make each of Pizzarello's characters unique...A sweet summer show." Full Review

Merrily, Merrily
Lower E Side
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"Dauterman sets Calderón’s story in the present with a focus on themes of mental illness, gender roles, and how our past shapes our perceptions...Dauterman’s dark humor also brings a kind of optimism to the show. She has a beautiful way of shedding a warm light on even her characters’ darkest flaws...This cast is more than up to the task of bringing Dauterman’s unique voice to life...The cherry on top is director Victoria Teague’s expert use of the 360-degree space." Full Review

Divine Horsemen
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"This high-stakes drama is jam-packed with fast-paced banter...To be clear, zipping from wit to explosive violence is quite the feat, and the ensemble meets the challenge...But when you take away the punches, the New Yorkese, and the over-abundance of machismo, there isn't much else...A production showcasing toxic masculinity and ableism without any self-reflection makes for an awkward participant in the conversation of current events." Full Review

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"A refreshing exploration of a family tree and the ghosts who never had a chance to tell their side of the story, until now...Unlike most family dramas, 'A Name for a Ghost to Mutter' is not fraught with terribly high stakes and it goes down slowly, like a cool glass of sweet iced tea—sometimes too slow...That said, the cast and design team draw our attention the entire show...This play is also a great choice to anyone looking for a story with vibrant feminist overtones." Full Review

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"Amanda Nicholas and the Wongette ensemble permeate so much energy and fun into the space you can’t help but join in. The story itself is corny and predictable at best, but if this is meant to pay homage to those early sci-fi films then Budick, Maches, and Ogrin have nailed it. Their music and lyrics provide the perfect mash-up of kitsch meets catchy '60s tunes...What makes 'Planet Wongo' truly unique, however, is David Rigano’s direction to make the experience naturally immersive." Full Review

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"Overall this ensemble performs very well, even with a script that proves inconsistent. Williams tries to tie together so many stories, ideas, and themes that it's difficult to tell where he wants the story to go. As a result, 'Occupation: Dragonslayer' feels choppy, with some characters' actions contradicting their personalities. Though the most glaring inconsistency is the piece's message of community." Full Review

Held (FringeNYC)
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"The non-linear style of 'Held' is a bold move that’s effectively pulled off...Though the intricacies of this friendship are captivating, certain moments drag for far too long…With no set, Feith's design and Rose’s tragically beautiful orchestrations invite the audience to imagine time and place...Our ensemble wonderfully brings Maxwell and Rose’s songs to life. If you’re curious to see how fantasy looks in a musical, or if you generally enjoy new musical work, 'Held' is worth checking out." Full Review

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"Giving life to Jenkins’ poetry is a wildly talented ensemble of men. Each has a distinct voice with a striking presence on his own, but also melts effortlessly with the others. Couple this with Chessa Metz’s choreography and we get theatre that electrifies every possible nerve-ending of its audience...The piece isn’t simply a performance but a mirror that enchants, inspires, and questions its audience. 'Black Magic' achieves this masterfully." Full Review

The Iron Heel
Brooklyn
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"Thoughtful and approachable...Tends to lose itself in dense political rhetoric...'The Iron Heel,' though imperfect, provides a solid introduction to Jack London and his work in a time wrought with doubts about the current economic and political landscape across the globe. Einhorn’s adaptation is a testament to the idea that, sometimes, the best way to understand the past is the best way to understand the present." Full Review

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"The audience is treated to suspense, fights, and intricate stage blood effects. But, 'Bonesetter' is, above all, sharply witty. While poking holes in the dichotomy of "ideal" female sexuality, Storckman pokes fun at horror film tropes, '80s pop culture, dating, and at the play itself...Performing in the round presents challenges...I was often able to see or hear when actors move behind the audience...That being said, there’s an astute brilliance to 'Bonesetter.'" Full Review

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"Framed in a gorgeous mixture of projections and sound...Xueqin’s original novel weaves together even more subplots, but Tiang picks out the moments that both focus on the most principal themes and show the grandeur of this epic. Along with detailed direction, the audience can follow the many stories without feeling entirely lost. But, in keeping all of these elements the play often dragged—'A Dream of Red Pavilions' is a long play and it feels long." Full Review

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"Commedia dell’arte cleverly meets modern sensibilities in this comedy that delightfully exemplifies its own title—delirium...Sprinkled with the comedy are moments of necessary seriousness about the world these characters live in...'Delirium’s Daughters' is perfect for anyone looking for a fun evening. If you’re willing to look past the price tag, this show is worth seeing for a good laugh, or to satisfy your appetite for well orchestrated Commedia." Full Review

Cuddles
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"How much of this story have we lost in the play’s constant vague allusions to the past? We only get a faint suggestion for the series of unfortunate events that led to Eve’s reclusive life. The mystery is certainly fun to watch, and I recommend this show to anyone who wants a fresh take on vampire or suspense stories. I for one would be interested to see how this gruesome story grows in future productions." Full Review

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"'Search: Paul Clayton' proves itself as both an informative and entertaining piece of theatre. There are points when the songs do not fit so perfectly with the plot...Even so, the show is a fun evening of live music perfect for any fan of folk with a hankering for '60s nostalgia." Full Review

Danger Signals
West Village
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"An ambitious devised piece that explores lobotomies, colonialism, and the long road to recovery after brain trauma...It doesn’t take long to see that this subversive piece has a delicious sense of irony...In many ways it is messy, yet Built for Collapse stitches all of these elements together while keeping its audience engaged through to the end—I’m in awe...Meant for the theatergoer looking for an out-of-the-box experience, rather than something that's easily digestible." Full Review

Shakespeare's Will
Soho/Tribeca
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"Vern Thiessen certainly takes liberties in his play 'Shakespeare’s Will'...Kowalchuk shows her considerable range as an actor, and commands our attention from beginning to end...Yet for all of Kowalchuk’s skill, very little can be done to mask the script’s inherit shortcomings...Even the reasoning as to why Hathaway puts off reading the will is shaky at best...Kowalchuk’s performance is notable, but not even her best moments can fix a play that falls so frustratingly flat." Full Review

Why Why Always
Lower E Side
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“Irons and Petty have attempted to translate Godard’s imagination to the stage...'Why Why Always' quotes 'Alphaville' in its clever use of live film projected on a scrim or the back wall...But this mixture of abstract multimedia and dialogue that was meant for film rather than the stage leaves any audience member unfamiliar with 'Alphaville' completely and utterly lost...'Why Why Always’ may leave people unengaged and uninterested in the story it tries to tell.” Full Review

Ship of Fools
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"This immersive piece explores society’s misconceptions of women and 'madness' in ways so new and so overwhelming it makes the entire audience spin...Sometimes there is so much going on that it borders on sensory overload. Certain scenes try to feature words over visuals, but because there is still so much movement around the space, words can get lost in the commotion...Structurally, 'Ship of Fools' may be imperfect. But it’s impossible to ignore how much this show accomplishes." Full Review

Dead Shot Mary
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"The captivating and must-see life story of a New York hero you’ve never heard of...Performed with finespun gusto by Rachel McPhee...There are moments when Shanley feels a bit cartoonish, but McPhee's performance is so delightful minor faults are easy to forgive...Kaliski makes wonderful use of the stage and of Kyu Shin's set design...'Dead Shot Mary' is a must-see for history buffs and gender studies experts alike." Full Review

BREWED (FringeNYC)
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"Barsotti’s intriguing script is brought to life by heartfelt performances. The cast works off each other so organically you could believe they are sisters. Warden’s purposefully ungraceful fight choreography also helps set the dark and raw tone of the show...Yet the show feels slow, at times painfully so. Sometimes it drags so much even some fight scenes feel redundant...'Brewed' has a voice to offer in discussions of feminism and women in theatre, and I look forward to seeing where it goes." Full Review

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"The premise of 'Little Stories' is simple, but the execution is absolutely delightful. All of the performers pour so much energy and enthusiasm into the production that the effect is often mesmerizing. And Michael Heitzler’s direction expertly uses this talented cast to create a seamless production…Herholdt has managed to collect six little-known stories that fire up the imagination as much as (if not more than) the famous classics we hold so dear." Full Review

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"Overall 'The Further Adventures Of…' is a creative think-piece on the tradition of using storytelling to escape our own reality. (Or, perhaps, to create a better reality?) Since the show relies heavily upon narration it does tend to ramble, especially towards the end. But it’s still a thought-provoking experience and I look forward to seeing where it goes next." Full Review

The Revenger's Tragedy
Lower E Side
Theatre is Easy

"This strong cast poignantly shows their characters’ varied faults and questionable sensibilities...The set up offers the audience an immersive experience. We don’t just get to watch a bloodbath on stage, we’re in the splash zone...Still, I do wonder if there were more opportunities to use the round to draw the audience even closer to the story...If you are a lover of classics then you should definitely check out 'The Revenger’s Tragedy.'" Full Review

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"A wondrous staging of a classic about love, friendship, and the rippling consequences of betrayal... Between clever direction and an outstanding cast, 'Double Falsehood' is an absorbing piece. Every actor is so fully immersed in their characters you have no choice but to watch every little detail...If you want to see how a centuries-old play contributes to contemporary feminist discourse, or you simply have a penchant for classics, please go see 'Double Falsehood.'" Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"The energy of the show wavered towards the end, and a line was flubbed here and there. But solo shows are one of the most exhausting (and scariest) challenges an artist can impose on themselves. And Foley met that challenge wonderfully...'Off the Desk' is a great antidote for anyone needing a good laugh. Otherwise, you should see this show just for Foley’s unique story." Full Review

Ada|Ava
Financial
Theatre is Easy

"'Ada/Ava' fills a liminal space between the highly technical and the highly emotional, between a well-oiled masterpiece and a casual theatrical experiment, between cinema and theatre. The sheer volume of detail that each performer, musician, and designer has poured into this production inspires nothing less than pure wonderment." Full Review

Card and Gift
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"'Card and Gift' presents us a unique mirror into what may be our own fears of loneliness. But it runs a very fine line between reflecting our own disconnects and actually disconnecting us from the show itself. Diana Boss’s campaign, though an interesting segue to issues of corporate greed and political corruption, sometimes feels so out of place the audience is taken out of the world Ryan has so delicately pieced together." Full Review