Shoshana Roberts

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Reviews (42)
Theatre is Easy

“This production of ‘Curse of the Starving Class’ does honor to Shepard. With a slight end-of-the-world, ‘Mad Max’ feel...The actors are key to bringing Shepard's text to life and this cast certainly does their job...The work done by scenic designer Julian Crouch is also noteworthy...Crouch’s work illuminates Kinney's dark vision...This ‘Curse of the Starving Class’ is a job well done by all involved.” Full Review

Switzerland
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

“The most enjoyable moments are when we see these characters' walls being broken down, and we get a sense not just of the complexity of these people, but also of the talents of these two actors...What may well be a deliberate acting choice appears completely organic, a total immersion of actor into character...For those who enjoy interpreting a play on their own, ‘Switzerland’ is certainly a show that will make you think.” Full Review

Selkie
East Village
Theatre is Easy

“When we are first introduced to Deanna and Keaton, all seems hunky dory...The show progressively turns darker and darker...'Selkie’ is strange, yet unique, with unspoken ideas and symbolism galore...Knight explores issues of self-determination, relationship abuse, gender dynamics, loneliness and isolation...Dickson’s vision and the cast’s character choices add yet more layers...All in all, it's been fun trying to describe this strange yet enjoyable show to my friends and family." Full Review

The Property
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"It's a fixer-upper, but it has good bones...It is far too easy to zone out during the script's long monologues. There are comedic moments that recapture our attention, but unfortunately when the action switches back to drama, it's difficult to be invested. 'The Property' tries to fit too many themes into a single story. These characters say so much, but don't listen to each other, or maybe they just don't care, and that made me not care much either." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"A fantastic cast navigates the script's convoluted relationships...The cast is able to pivot quickly into mixing scary with funny to keep the audience shocked with unexpected twists and turns...The bar is set high in the first act; unfortunately, once the play's secrets are revealed in the second, the surprise and delight diminishes...Despite some disappointing elements, 'Feathers' is the kind of show that can help propel the conversations we need to be having." Full Review

Diaspora
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"The 'Masada today' sections of the show resonate as true and familiar...I appreciate what 'Diaspora' is trying to do, but the drastic contrast between horny young adults and the somber subjects of war, treachery, and death might need some reworking. And some characters and storylines deserve more focus...Also contributing to the confusion is an abrupt ending...If Shapiro would only bring us into his world further, it would be more rewarding for all." Full Review

Bastard Jones
Chelsea
Theatre is Easy

"'Bastard Jones' is a heck of a good time...Not all of the show's songs are equal. Don't get me wrong, the singers are fantastic, but not every number can be a winner. Luckily this talented group knows how to act through their singing, which was a nice surprise...If you are an adult and like entertaining songs, talented actors, a decent love story, funny jokes, and some plot twists, this is a wonderful way to spend an evening." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“With expectations of talented actors and clever writing, it did not disappoint…What I found most wonderful throughout the evening was that, despite the varying interpretations and the extremely diverse writing and directing styles, the production as a whole feels like a cohesive unit...The ideas and talent range here, but all in all, the night is a home run...Corny humor, profound ideas, beautiful singing, hysterical plots, and quality direction all contribute to an oasis of happiness." Full Review

DANNYKRISDONNAVERONICA
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"Even the title demonstrates the stress and anxiousness permeating the plot, the characters, and even the set. Words shoved together, in your face, loud, and flowing, until a disjointed stop incites a change of ideas...The cast has some strong chemistry, but as a woman in her mid-twenties without kids I couldn't relate as much. Unfortunately this show has me a bit scared for what the future may bring. Perhaps it is for people a little more sure of themselves and their life choices." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"A top-quality farce…The situation could easily spin out of control, but with this excellent cast the humor only increases with each side-splitting scene…All of it made me smile, chuckle, and shake my head, dumbfounded at the stupidly clever catastrophic puns. And the three main characters are wonderfully crafted. Writer Leonhard-Hooper gives life to each with excellent phrasing and strange pasts...I joyously cackled throughout this brilliant play and cheered for a spectacular performance." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'Girls Will Be Girls' is littered with funny lines. The show is extremely quotable and has some wonderful comedic moments. But Glickman includes some serious themes with the humor too, most of which surrounds sex and sexuality...Luckily there are some new ideas here that I haven't seen done before. It took a few scenes before the actors settled into their performance rhythm to share these ideas with us, but once they did it was fairly smooth sailing." Full Review

Butler
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"'Butler's' amazingly talented writer Richard Strand makes great use of such spectacular attention to the detailed specificity of language. Every word is included for a reason…Adamson, Sterling, Williams, and Sitler all are masters at their craft...Each component of the production works seamlessly together, from the clever script and these wonderful actors, to director Joseph Discher, who displays their gifts in the best possible light." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It is a show that has had so many audiences in stitches, and this production is no different...The one issue I find in any version of this show is the stereotyping...Regardless, energetic song and dance numbers litter the evening and keep a smile on everyone's face…Director Dev Bondarin does a wonderful job honoring the original production." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"I felt like I had a very informative evening, observing innovative ways to present complex concepts. Here, education is served with entertainment. I very much appreciated the playfulness with which she approached each lesson/song...Even with this production being prop heavy, the transitions are well planned and she is able to bring a science class into the 21st century, including with technology involved." Full Review

Utility
West Village
Theatre is Easy

"The characters and situations in 'Utility' are fairly recognizable, however the acting is very strong...The commitment is apparent as each actor is truly alive as their character...Each artist involved with 'Utility' further adds to this fantastic cohesion to execute a standout production." Full Review

Good Boys and True
East Village
Theatre is Easy

"'Good Boys and True' in this day and age, is extremely relevant...There are many gut-wrenching, in-your-face moments in this drama. Amusing lines are written in as well, but they do not ease the tension...Though there is not much depth to the ideas written into Aguirre-Sacasa's script, White does well with bringing the important topics brought up in 'Good Boys and True' to life." Full Review

Ripcord
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"I roared with laughter along with the rest of the audience. The humor that Lindsay-Abaire writes is thoughtful and intelligent. Somehow he manages to take dark and serious themes and turn them into peculiarly amusing situations...It is inappropriate and wonderful." Full Review

Fulfillment
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

"Writer Thomas Bradshaw and director Ethan McSweeny create a fun, cohesive world...It is modern New York City with high powered characters and actors who make hard work look effortless...'Fulfillment' uses a tried and true formula of sex, booze, and the corporate environment. What is interesting is how the show pushes the envelope to incorporate Bradshaw's signature shock factor. Even more eyebrow raising scenes are turned out than one might expect." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"This performance is the stage version of a thriller...Confusion surrounded parts of the plot for me, but I don't mind not understanding every detail. After awhile most connections revealed themselves and before they did I had the pleasure of watching some innovative staging paired with talented acting...If you want to see something new and different this is for you." Full Review

Rule of 7x7
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'Rule of 7x7' is not just a show, it is a party, or rather a novel idea executed extremely well. There is the volatility of not knowing what to expect with a new set of playwrights, but the price is right at $12 including a free beer. Give it a try. Good luck 'Rule of 7x7.' The audience loves you!" Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "A factual journey of drinking throughout history. A solo show, but with backup singers. Anthony Caporale plays The Bartender in this amazing history lesson. Actually, it's more like a history class combined with a chemistry lesson that just happens to take place during music class...The tales he spins are all based in facts -- many of which I was not aware of -- and keep you yearning for more." Full Review

Charlie's Waiting
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Playwright Mêlisa Annis provides a thought-provoking, well-crafted script. Director Ludovica Villar-Hauser knocks it out of the park with her vision of a seemingly simple world gone awry...But the icing on this delicious cake is the cast. Xanthe Elbrick, Stephanie Heitman, and Amy Scanlon breathe life into 'Charlie's Waiting,' creating rich, intriguing characters that inspire a desire to know as much as possible." Full Review

Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
Theatre is Easy

“While ‘Ah, Wilderness!’ is definitely a comedy, don't go in expecting broad jokes about sex and politics. The humor here is more subdued...Dobbins stays true to O'Neill, giving a straight-forward rendition to honor his legacy. The one thing that stands out is the commitment of lead actor Peter Calvin Atkinson...Even if the subject matter does not entice, 'Ah, Wilderness!' is still worth seeing for the committed acting of Atkinson.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“The production shows a noteworthy attention to detail...The scenes of sexual assault are delicately handled, depicted through interpretive dance...Although the show gets off to a rough start, these young actors eventually prove their depth (though some are stronger than others)...Too many songs, that at times one seems to blur into the next, but overall the production is strong with varied and compelling characters, beautiful lyrics, and quality stage combat.” Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“Much of the success of this revival is due to the performers, who all make the effort to explore the full dimensions of their characters. And they're all super talented...Two of the standouts are Henderson's rendition of ‘The Story of Lucy and Jessie’ and Horton's Buddy's Blues’. They blew my socks off. One critique is the sound...This cast is doing such fantastic work, but we can't enjoy everything they bring to the table if we can't hear them...A terrific tribute to an earlier period in th... Full Review

Theatre is Easy

“It's not easy to create an entire universe by yourself. Sharing that universe with others is exponentially more difficult...Llewelyn-Williams does just this. If you are looking for a flashy production, this is not it...If you want to see an extremely talented performer with attention to detail, the ability to switch characters excellently, and a penchant for magic, this is precisely your cup of tea...Llewelyn-Williams weaves in historical events, making it quite clear he has done his homework.” Full Review

Love Is Dead!
Queens
Theatre is Easy

“This brand of warped humor walks a fine line between inappropriate and hilarious, and Sugrue is extremely skilled at balancing right on that line…The lives of these oddballs are woven together in an extremely clever way, but for some actors, the writing serves as a crutch. While some are fantastic, others did not develop their characters as much as they could have…Despite being quite humorous, there is real pain and confusion here…Such a fun show, as long as you aren't easily offended.” Full Review

Composure
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

“‘Composure’ covers a vast array of subjects…Though I enjoyed myself...'Composure' feels a bit too convoluted and disjointed…With wonderful connections and intriguing subplots, ‘Composure’ could still benefit from another edit so we can better explore some of the relationships. There is lots of good material here, but I just don't feel like we are given a chance to fully explore the interesting connective tissue tying each of the characters together." Full Review

Angry Young Man
Chelsea
Theatre is Easy

"Stephen Hamilton directs a politically appropriate play, while making us laugh hard enough that we don't have to think about the connections to our current world if we don't desire to...As an ensemble piece though, the credit really goes to all...The true beauty in 'Angry Young Man' lies in its Marx Brothers brand of comedy: fast-paced, yet at times understated...It isn't seamless, but it's still a joy to watch these versatile actors." Full Review

The Babies
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"Dahan‘s music is beautifully arranged and the harmonies, duets, and solos are impressive…But the topics they sing about—abortion, adoption—are often serious, and the outdated educational feeling quickly gets tiring…Such passive storytelling lacks any kind of action, and while it provides a few moderate laughs, most of the show just isn't that funny. Perhaps the best audience for 'The Babies' is younger kids…But for adults, there isn't much here you haven't seen." Full Review

ChipandGus (FringeNYC)
Soho/Tribeca
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "The tiny nuances of thought that Mullen and Ahlin share are simultaneously entertaining and thought-provoking. Perhaps their ease of executing this comedy is a result of having written and directed the show themselves. Whereas the lack of an outside perspective can often be detrimental, it's quite the opposite here. This insightful comedy incorporates witty banter with philosophical humor. The ridiculous yet clever ideas sewn into the dialogue are wonderful." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"This production assists in exposing a foreign world to the unknowing masses. It is a middle ground, though. There is not too deep of a dive into the science, perhaps so as not to turn off those who have no concept of anxiety…The audience at my performance laughed quite a lot, seeing the humor in the anecdotes…'Becoming OCD' is an enjoyable way to wiggle your toes in the ocean that is obsessive-compulsive disorder." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"There they sat, singing about feces. There I sat, quite amused...I felt like I was seeing a mock Mel Brooks movie (just with slightly less of a plot)...With reenactments of the final 'Casablanca' scene with a man in a gigantic inflated penis costume and men with oversize pillow boobs, the show is clearly raunchy, but fun. It is the Celebrants who make it that way though. They are clearly experienced performers." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

for a previous production “Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, and Aiden Sank are not only amazing performers on their own, but in these circumstances they are vital and their talents add so much to the experience...Director and writer Travis Russ deserves his own individualized ovation as well...From the three insanely talented men who perform the show to the intricately designed puppets that emerge for a scene, I was inside Gorey's world—his brain. It felt real, it looked strange, and it was brilliant." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"With Hill's insanely clever writing and their genius comedic timing, 'The Last Class: A Jazzercize Play' is a production that should run for years to come...Hill and Staats possess the difficult ability to simultaneously have the timing of the show totally prepared in every single moment and at the same time give off the appearance of a completely improvised and believable real-life situation...The humor in this show is out of this world; laughing as hard as I did gave me quite a workout." Full Review

I And You
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"I find myself guessing plots and spoilers while watching most productions and I greatly enjoy when I am taken off-guard. The unexpected is appealing...The culmination of each aspect at the climax of this production placed me into an incredible twister of surprise...The show itself packs a good punch. My gut feels as though it has been walloped…but in a good way." Full Review

Sylvia
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"What an enjoyable evening. I generally prefer a dark and difficult drama, but what a breath of fresh air my time at 'Sylvia' was. The cast and team manage to utilize serious ideas in a charming way. I left feeling warmed at their jovial portrayal of Greg's mid-life crisis. There is some profanity, and some symbolic analogies about problems in relationships; with this superb cast it gives the show a bit of depth." Full Review

Fool For Love
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"A raw, unhealthy look at love from esteemed playwright Sam Shepard, revived by actors who breathe life into the script...This flawless rendition of 'Fool for Love' has a je ne sais quoi about it...Underlying issues and serious thinking still hit home in the midst of jokes that made me smile. Laugh or cry? I didn't know what to do as I left the theatre in awe." Full Review

A Delicate Ship
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

"An out of this world script with talented actors who can pull it off...Sadness and confusion and memories are intricately bound throughout 'A Delicate Ship.' The hilarity that stems out of awkwardness is a spectacular construct that Ziegler captures. Paired with director Margot Bordelon's through-the-roof talent, this production, or rather this 'ship,' not only got me across the ocean, but I enjoyed every second. All aboard!" Full Review

My Perfect Mind
Midtown E
Theatre is Easy

"Esteemed actors Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter blow the roof off the house with their whirlwind of talent and humor... There were times where I lost track of what was going on, but with their pacing and ease of communication it is clear there is a purpose to each and every component. As a result, my occasional confusion didn't detract from the entertainment value or deeper meanings they convey. " Full Review

Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "'The sound of silence' is not just a Simon and Garfunkel song, it is a legitimately profound idea as demonstrated in this impressive production...This enthralling story follows the characters as they are not speaking...With plays, movies, and TV shows I like to guess 'whodunit' and the other unknown factors. During 'Small Mouth Sounds' I felt no need. I found observing the actors as their characters watching each other to be fascinating." Full Review

The Woodsman
Midtown W
Theatre is Easy

for a previous production "Voices like silk, transitions smooth as butter, and movements that breathe life into inanimate objects. All is present in this representation of the writings of L. Frank Baum, by James Ortiz. With an onstage violinist and Bunraku puppets the ensemble shines as a strong unit telling a simple story in a beautiful way. This unique performance is unlike others you might encounter, but in a wonderful way. It was unexpected and I did not want it to end." Full Review