Susan Hall

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Reviews (28)
The Hello Girls
Midtown E
Berkshire Fine Arts

“Thoroughly entertaining...The musical takes a most serious context, the fate of the troops in the trenches of WWI, and tackles the still relevant issues of women's rights and equality. The play harvests an engaging, upbeat and energized performance...The entire cast...has spunk...The clarity of the performance is palpable...Destined for a bigger stage, ‘Hello Girls’ might give us more space between vocal numbers and dramatic arc.” Full Review

On Beckett
Chelsea
Berkshire Fine Arts

“Irwin, with his mastery of the physical, clownish gesture and the musical lines of language presents a moving portrait of selections from Samuel Beckett’s work...Irwin is brilliant as he performs sections of ‘Texts for Nothing’. Not for nothing does Irwin shape his words into musical lines full of arcs, pauses, gasps and gutturals...The evening is delightful...Irwin is very funny indeed and presents a captivating evening of theater.” Full Review

The Naturalists
Soho/Tribeca
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Fascinating play...Co-directed by Colleen Clinton and Lily Dorment, a lovely swing between former terrorist Francis’ poetic appreciation of the nature that surrounds them and Billy’s cruder cooking is immediately set up...The play is tender, gentle and appreciative of nature. The lilt of the Irish dialect captures the mood of the story and makes the dramatic evening both powerful and beautiful." Full Review

El Credito
Gramercy
Berkshire Fine Arts

“We are thoroughly entertained by the twists and turns of loan negotiation...We engage in the proceedings as though we are seated in a third chair at the table...De Lombana has us laughing all the way...During the evening we get funny lessons in negotiating, lovemaking, and the use of the eyes and hands to express ineffable emotions...A duet and a pas de deux. Go see it to appreciate its enchanting humor.” Full Review

Yerma
Upper E Side
Berkshire Fine Arts

"A transfixing work. Piper's Olivier-winning performance is justly celebrated. All the cast members contribute to the wrenching drama...From the start, we are not offered appealing characters...This stance that makes the play difficult to take...The dialogue here is often snappy...There is clearly an audience for the ugly characters of Neil LaBute. I am not part of it, and this is my prejudice. What I loved about the evening was my placement in an alternative theatrical space." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Llewelyn-Williams' language is intoxicating. He can conjure both love and terror with tone. He has a musician's sense of rhythm, at times rushing forward as the drama heats up. At other times, he relishes the experience of being buried in mud and then the exaltation of survival...Try out this wonderful evening of theater and discover the heart of Wales, of Houdini and especially one family's love for each other and the town in which they live." Full Review

Cross That River
Midtown E
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Maya Azucena belts out her songs, drawing us in as she expresses the pain not only of black women, but of Indian women as well...'Cross That River' is full of pleasing music, evocative of the west as it rolled out...This is a concert version of the musical, but director Regge Life succeeds in bringing much movement from the seat, and generous use of hand and arm expressions. It is a fun and moving evening of entertainment." Full Review

The Home Place
Chelsea
Berkshire Fine Arts

“Satisfying direction by Charlotte Moore...This play feels like an Irish ‘Cherry Orchard’...The most surprising U-turn in the play is Christopher Gore's. Played brilliantly by John-Windsor Cunningham...Playwright Friel is able to suggest how and why the world of the lower classes strong and vibrant. He does not preach. Rather he uses his good fortune to find music as the symbol of peasant vitality.” Full Review

Expecting Isabel
Midtown W
Berkshire Fine Arts

"The Barrow Group is committed to intimate theater that feels familiar and real. 'Expecting Isabel' by Lisa Loomer is just that...This play is so well written and acted that you are grateful for the set’s simplicity. Peiyi Wong is credited with using three big plans with the one stage left at a slant. Focus is deservedly on Seth Barrish’s excellent stage direction. Don’t let a description of the subject matter put you off. 'Expecting Isabel' is a terrific evening of theater." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

“A powerful early play by Eugene O’Neill, made even more powerful by its flawless production at the Irish Repertory Theatre…All the wit, energy and anger the character claims for himself is dramatized by Abili in slithering, jolting gestures and subtle and roaring twists of language…Director Ciaran O'Reilly treats the real and the unreal with the same even hand, which makes the downward spiral of the Emperor all the more powerful.” Full Review

Orwell In America
Midtown E
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Director Peter Hackett brings off this complicated but always engaging man with subtlety and charm...Jamie Horton is magnificent in the role. Orwell’s discomfort, loneliness, humor and passion are all developed before us in language that is very much the author’s. It is lively as well as precise...The moves from deep despair to subtle wit and humor are accomplished easily both in gestures by Horton and the words of the playwright." Full Review

Golem
Upper W Side
Berkshire Fine Arts

"'Golem' is a very stylish piece, at once tongue-in-cheek and sober…They are seasoned actors, who often capture and freeze expression and gesture to emphasize a point, or to collaborate with the animation going on behind them…Like Chaplin, and that’s saying a lot, this troupe can tackle monumental subjects with infinitely detailed and satisfying gestures and phrases…'Golem' is a tour de force, delivered with grace and bemusement." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"An intimate engagement with powerful emotions…Thompson creates the tortured angst twisted with authority of this complex and intriguing character…The doctor in ‘The Father’ could be taken for a wimp, but Gore shows us his courage when he listens carefully to both sides of an argument, and appears to be swayed only by reason…Laurie Kennedy as the captain's childhood nurse stands out in her delicate, moving performance as both mother and savior of her now grown charge." Full Review

The Quare Land
Gramercy
Berkshire Fine Arts

"An evening of engaging, moving entertainment...Maloney in the tub, and with little to go on but his voice and expressions, gives a performance full of rich nuance...A dark story is realized with good humor and an incredibly satisfying production." Full Review

The Book of Merman
Midtown W
Berkshire Fine Arts

"A parody of a parody, it is fresh from the first moment the two Mormon Elders, who are very young indeed, start knocking on doors in the theater district of New York...Sakolove belts her numbers like Merman, loud, exposed, perhaps shrill. Yet incredibly exciting. She cut through orchestras without a microphone...Leo Schwartz and D.C. Cathro have put together this bubbling confection, inspired by other Mormons on Broadway, yet very much its own piece." Full Review

The True
Midtown W
Berkshire Fine Arts

“Falco is a tough talking Albany political figure in 1977...Falco wraps herself, and particularly her tongue, around a barrage of curse words that make her sound like political operative Mary Matalin...Polly is the center of a triangle. The two men in her life, Erastus and her husband, hang on her apron strings. Falco has no trouble doing business in the kitchen...Our current hunger for explanations of how politics work finds an audience eager for the events unfolding on stage.” Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Immersion theater at its best...We never worry about the meaning of what is happening before our eyes or hugging our ears. Instead we are swept along...Becker often works with the same artists, and the comforts of collaboration are clearly felt...'Sea of Common Catastrophe' offers the pleasure of single vision, Jeff Becker’s inspired by Marquez. The surprise of the unfamiliar in two actors and chorus add to the moving mix...This show is well worth the trip.” Full Review

Shooter
Midtown W
Berkshire Fine Arts

“Perhaps it takes a woman like director Katrin Hilbe to mount this work for maximum effect. It is a play about male bonding…Director Hilbe masterfully weaves dramatic moments together, careful to keep the five actors each in his own character…This riveting drama focuses attention on an issue of crucial importance in our world. It serves one prime purpose of theater, to make comfortable people uncomfortable.” Full Review

Harriet's Return
Midtown W
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Meadows' tale is set at a time fear sat on everyone’s elbow, but as Meadows re-creates Tubman, we see not only triumph over fear, but we come to ignore it as she does...Clinton Turner Davis directs to highlight obstacles overcome. The play itself has a forward thrust, as Tubman is energized by her success...Her portrait on stage at the Castillo Theatre is moving and holds you in its grip as almost a hundred years of Tubman’s life journey by." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Phillippe's madness could be more strongly drawn by the playwright. It is hard to feel his dilemma in the play's more muted mode. The parallel between suffering mental pain and the physical pain of castration inflicted on Farinelli is often referred to. Yet neither man is given a chance to fully express these pains...Davies brings down the house...A testament to the power of music to trump all else. It is wonderful theatrical entertainment.” Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"The play is almost three hours long, and whizzes by in jewel-like nuggets of high drama...The journey is magnetically held together by the superb performances of every member of the cast...Burstein moves us through time with ease, as Babel’s stories outlive their subjects and they themselves become reality...The script is peppered with piercing witticisms. Metaphors are thought provoking and amusing...'Describe the Night' unfolds with a focus on the topic of truth and power." Full Review

The Violin
Midtown E
Berkshire Fine Arts

"McCormick rounds words and ideas and successfully draws three rich, contrasting characters. Joseph Discher directs to maximize the language and keeps and brisk pace...Giovanni, nicknamed Gio, is magnificently captured by Robert LuPone...Do we do wrong things to help our families, and right things that have wrong elements? Of course. This is the tightrope on which rich human lives are led and 'The Violin' treads its own line in captivating and intriguing theater." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Every moment in this beautifully etched monologue is filled with pain. We ache as Sophie Melville’s voice screams words, wraps her soul around them and sometimes gives a tender caress...Owen’s powerful update of Euripides' story...Melville mesmerizes. Her raging rancor settles as the play progresses...Directed brilliantly by Rachel O’Riordan...An incredible evening of theater." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Lane is a superb actress and brings to the role the warmth, love, kindness and generosity of the character...Colorblind casting may be a purpose in this staging, but when Harold Perrineau buys the orchard...it is hard not to see the color of his skin...Simon Godwin takes care with the choreography of some roles. Celia Keenan-Bolger is particularly lithesome as she trots in and out of the main room...The similarities to our own time are clear." Full Review

Berkshire Fine Arts

"Verne's classic tale comes to life in the hands of director Rick Miller...All the adventure of the original book remains...The ocean's value is at the heart of this production...Verne's creation of Captain Nemo was so convincing that it's easy for an audience to find Nemo's inventions remarkable...Will today's audiences stop using plastic after seeing this production? One hopes so!" Full Review

The Paper Hat Game
Financial
Berkshire Fine Arts

"The show is crammed with moving images, box scenes, live puppets manipulated by live puppeteers performing before projections, with loud live sounds...The bleacher seats at 3 Legged Dog distance viewers from the miniature happening. Probably a more intimately laid out setting would have helped the audience enjoy the show even more. At a distance, it was charming and moving, disquieting and lively." Full Review

A Doll's House
Brooklyn
Berkshire Fine Arts

"Lacey plays Nora as housewifely but she misses some of the inherent spine Nora has already displayed…The final scene is powerful here because this man loves Nora. He does not have time to respond to her offer of a real marriage before she exits their home…Often productions wilt at the end as Nora gains in strength and Torvald simply slides away. Not in this production...Thompson is one of our great actors and it is a treat to see him." Full Review

The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "A total delight...In keeping with the theme of people besotted by words, Ives has written the play in rhymed couplets bubbling with wit both timeless and anachronistic. Keeping the plot and character interactions straight might require a flow chart, but none of that matters in Kahn's polished production...Ives's seven characters love language above all and also become besotted with one another...The cast members work together as smoothly as parts of a machine." Full Review