Tamara Beck

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Reviews (16)
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"The confessional tone of many of his previous stage outings is on display...If we did not like Leguizamo so well, we might resent being called Morons, but we’ll let it pass. It must be galling to hail from one of the Hispanic isles — the Bronx or P.R. for example–and have us flaunt the myth that America was 'discovered' by an Italian in service to his Spanish Queen." Full Review

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"Nixon is demonic as Regina. Linney is brittle as the delicate and damaged Birdie...Daniel Sullivan’s direction of 'The Little Foxes' allows the plot to develop with style and at leisure. The costumes by Jane Greenwood are excellent; the gown Regina wears is superbly elegant. Scott Pask’s scenery is sumptuous, drawing applause at curtain-up. This classic tale of rapacity and conniving is beautifully ugly." Full Review

Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
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"A charming and disarming comedy/drama...The brilliantly deft production of 'Yours Unfaithfully' is a welcome addition to the Mint archive. As is customary in a Mint production, sets and costumes have a panache as well. The scenic and costume design are admirable. The top-notch ensemble brings Malleson’s smart vision to life with an easy flair. It’s a tribute to all involved that one can’t peg 'Yours Unfaithfully' as drama, or drawing-room comedy; it stands on its own." Full Review

War
Upper W Side
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"Jacobs-Jenkins indulges in the trendlet of breaking the fourth wall. In his case the surreal and supernatural, integral to his story, is aided by Roberta’s addressing the audience. His is not a realistic play. Under Lileana Blain Cruz’s direction, it offers what is nearly an out-of-body experience. The techno effects, with lighting by Matt Frey and sound by Bray Poor, and a minimalist set by Mimi Lien, conspire to give 'War' its raw, and visceral power." Full Review

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"'The Father' is a very good play, but Langella’s performance makes it a great one. In one moment, his André is endearing, in the next unsettled, then intimidating...Doug Hughes has directed this flawless cast so that we, the audience, internalize the emotions that André feels in 'The Father'. Langella’s striking portrayal could so easily slip into overwrought melodrama, but Langella keeps André genuine and real." Full Review

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"'Disaster!' on Broadway is ridiculously entertaining...There is no need to extrapolate deep meaning from 'Disaster!'. Could it be any sillier? Probably not, but honestly it doesn’t have to be. Everyone should just sit back and enjoy the wild ride; for us older folks, the disco music track to which this musical is set is a fab mood booster... Superbly curated hits from the ’70s cleverly edge the story along. Mix the zaniness with a terrific cast, and you have a highly entertaining evening." Full Review

Hir
Midtown W
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"A superb new play by Taylor Mac...Taylor Mac treats his eccentric, yet somehow mainstream, characters with humor and respect. Under Niegel Smith’s direction, the ensemble is flawless. 'Hir' is a marvelous and must-be-seen play." Full Review

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
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“'Hamilton' is still a perfect 10!...This tuneful sampling is a brilliant reflection of the spirit of revolution and renewal that 'Hamilton' (and the period it depicts) represents...'Hamilton,' under Thomas Kail’s direction of the no-less than brilliant cast and with Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography for the excellent ensemble of 'back-up' dancers and players, is the most entertaining history lesson ever devised. 'Hamilton' is no less than genius!" Full Review

Kim's Convenience
Midtown W
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"A funny and poignant play...There is no mention of gentrification, yet it is palpably present in this scenario. In fact, change and cultural/generational differences and misunderstandings are a big part of the humor and heart. The set is fully stocked, all the details of a corner store compactly and intricately laid out. Under Weyni Mengesha’s adroit direction, 'Kim’s Convenience' holds our regard." Full Review

The Light Years
Midtown W
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"A very unusual play...We are transported to more innocent times, when novelty could inspire and awe and was not an unsophisticated or naive response...Every part of the theater space is treated to a bit of the performance. There are lights and things that go poof as well as narratives to explicate the drama. The ensemble engage, entertain and instruct...'The Light Years' uses some of the devices Steele MacKaye introduced to turn this small-scale production into a grand spectacle." Full Review

A Life
Midtown W
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"It’s a tribute to David Hyde Pierce's talent and timing that he can hold our attention for as long as he does. Bock engages the audience, although perhaps engage is too strong a word, involves the audience...Anne Kaufman’s direction cannot keep the pace on this slow-moving 85 minutes fast enough to keep the drama from sagging under its own weight." Full Review

Indian Summer
Midtown W
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"George’s monologues are instructive and amusing, but seem beside the point– until they don’t. The small ensemble is ably directed by Carolyn Cantor. Kaye Voyce’s costumes are casual, cute and carefree, as you’d expect of summer attire. What could have been a sweet little story turns bittesweet. Sometimes a story takes a detour, as 'Indian Summer' does. Is the unexpected zigzag for better or for worse? You decide." Full Review

Antlia Pneumatica
Midtown W
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"In 'Antlia Pneumatica', language prevails– there are segments of it when the stage is dark and the characters barely visible...Watching the fourth wall crumble as characters challenge the audience directly is exciting. Is the oft glacial pacing necessary to make us listen more intently? There is wit and on occassional depth, even philosophy in what seems like a communal mid-life crisis...Ken Rus Schmoll directs the cast whose dry delivery is often very funny." Full Review

Allegiance
Midtown W
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"For a chunk of the first act of 'Allegiance,' despite the best efforts of its very capable cast, and the sincerity of the text, it was not easy to emotionally connect to the characters’ plight. Somewhere along the line, all that changed...By the strong second act, 'Allegiance' exploded as an engaging and moving story." Full Review

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"Keeping the beat in upbeat, it’s the songs and the dancing, with a strong script, that are the big draw here. 'On Your Feet!' features many fabulous dance numbers, performed by the energetic and nimble corps, but none is more impressive than one danced in wooden sandals...'On Your Feet!' is a grand time for anyone who likes a good musical. 'On Your Feet!' is fortunate in having an intrinsically moving story for its wonderful cast to tell through its well-honed plot and exuberant music/dance." Full Review

The New Morality
Midtown W
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"Watching Noyes’ Teddy spontaneously combust while 'in his cups' is one of the many pleasures 'The New Morality' affords...The acting, with Jonathan Bank’s tender mercies as director, is perfect. The ensemble are all excellent and accomplished." Full Review