Steve Barnes

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Reviews (7)
85
Times Union

for a previous production "This play is unlike any you've seen...An exceptionally engaging world premiere...Suh explores Moy's story in an unusual, intellectually bracing way that explodes theater conventions...We are helped to understand people and occurrences that are distant from us, whether that distance is a result of time or culture or both...Poetic in its language, illuminating in its history, directed with a clear eye and strong conception." Full Review

80
Times Ledger

"It is at once a farcical look at the theater business, an examination of the problems involved in reinterpreting an author’s work and a look at how sexuality influences the way we look at art...The acting is of a uniformly high quality. Simon, as the Beckett estate representative, has the comic timing and loopy body language of a natural comedian, and she uses it to good effect here. Walsh, as the director, is equally funny." Full Review

90
Times Union

for a previous production "An outstanding production...The play offers meaty roles for four actors, especially the fortunate one who gets to play Butler...This is all great fun to watch, and it’s performed with zeal and great aplomb. Make no mistake: 'Butler' is a talky play. But Discher keeps the action speeding along, propelled by great gusts of lively language. It’s a pleasure to get carried along." Full Review

90
Times Union

for a previous production "A thin but breezily funny farce done with great brio and panache...Silly but carried off with such aplomb, like the production as a whole, that the material’s insubstantiality becomes almost irrelevant...the play is really about top-shelf pros showing off, and that’s enough." Full Review

85
Times Ledger

"Could not have a subject that is any more timely, provocative or pertinent to life in the so-called world’s borough...Quintana brings the small details of each person’s behavior together in a way that results in throughly believable individuals...The playwright brings a strong sense of humanity to each person, engaging the audience and driving the play’s message home...She is greatly aided in that effort by a strong cast." Full Review

85
Times Ledger

"The real test of contemporary re-imaginings of the Bard lies in how they walk the fine line between the poetry of the language and the complexity of the plot. In this regard, the production succeeds with flying colors. The attempt to deliver the lines with strict Elizabethan pronunciation is done away with, and the relaxed speaking voices of the actors respect the rhythm and beauty of the text while also providing the audience with a clear, involving story line." Full Review

85
Times Union

for a previous production "Fully realized in its visual and dramatic power, “The Visit” is being presented in an extraordinary, reconceived production...Soaked in rich examinations of human greed and venality, the pernicious creep of fascism and group-think rationalizations, “The Visit” is an engrossing effort. It’s probably too grim and peculiar to enjoy a long Broadway run — it is, after all, fundamentally a love story about a murder motivated by money — but it deserves a far wider audience than it’s so far received." Full Review