Tami Shaloum

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Reviews (63)
85
Stage Buddy

“The sounds of silence are beautiful in a spectacular new show by the playful team of Swiss puppeteers...The troupe uses clever movement and lighting to create poetic images that ‘tell a story’ in short vignettes, all without uttering a word...These shape-shifting figures are visually unique and can range from funny to sad to poignant...The troupe continues to do really special work and it’s always a delight to see.” Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"While ostensibly a comedy show, it turns out 'Randy Writes A Novel' is actually about the existential dilemma of figuring out what your legacy will be after you die...The creator of Randy does a great job of blurring the line between man and puppet. The audience never sees the puppeteer, presumably also called Randy, even while the puppet Randy's movements are so specific and human-like...A wonderful blend of performance art, comedy, and weird." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"A crossover of high art and punk rock...The stories are a bit high-minded, coming from a place of privilege, and he often refers to obscure artists and figures he’s met and worked with throughout the years. But his alternative punk side...is still his most exciting...Despite this narrative mismatch, some of the visual aspects of 'Time No Line' are quite intriguing...He refers to himself as a survivor, someone who needs to carry these stories on. With 'Time No Line,' I’d say he does them just... Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"The dialogue and acting flip between completely realistic and hyper-stylized...There are lots of laughs, some at the ridiculousness of the characters and their actions, some at the many awkward and uncomfortable moments that happen to Joni...McClure has a talent for pacing and The Bats gleefully charge through Del Rosso’s fascinating material, barely pausing to take a breath. The result is a whirlwind but with an ease and familiarity that make it totally enjoyable to watch." Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"It almost makes you feel like you’re also high and at the show with these people. 'The Hendrix Project' wouldn’t be half as interesting if not for some great sound and video design by Marc Anthony Thompson...Suffice it to say, you should probably like the music of Jimi Hendrix if you want to enjoy this show...While the effect of watching 'The Hendrix Project' is kind of like being in a drug-induced haze, it ends with the sobering realization that this is one of Hendrix’s final performance." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"The ambition of Joseph’s work is stunning. The intricacies he creates by weaving together the stories of both historical and fictional characters is impressive. The play encapsulates the atmosphere of repression, terror, and truth twisting of Communist Russia and the desperation it engendered for those behind the Iron Curtain, while somehow managing to infuse it with wry humor. The story feels particularly poignant in this political environment." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

“Bare-bones and youthful production...Not Shakespeare’s best by any stretch but the Mobile Unit does a fine job of making it fresh and fun. They incorporate a couple of well-crafted puppets and some really good original music...The point of the Mobile Unit is to reach as much of underserved New York City as possible and make art and culture accessible to all. And with that lofty goal, they have succeeded.” Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

“An intense and provocative drama...A meditation on gun violence and the perceived power of human connection...Much of ‘Office Hour’ is a two-hander filled with a tension that crackles in the air...Their performances are filled with pain and yearning for human connection...’Office Hour’ makes an interesting case for appealing to a person’s humanity and empathizing...But Cho also shows us that it’s not always easy and straightforward as that." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"Sengbloh’s performance is pure American realism. Her Hester is as authentic a person as the homeless woman living on the street...What’s perhaps most uncomfortable and also admirable about 'In the Blood' is that you’re presented with a protagonist who society tells you not to sympathize with...However, the theatrical space gives you permission to think these thoughts while simultaneously presenting a parallel narrative, one that challenges notions of how society 'should' be run." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"Jah gives a spectacularly humanistic portrayal of a woman who is passed from man to woman to man as an object of spectacle, desire, and, ultimately, science...Parks has a mastery of language, her lines bursting with poetry. 'Venus' has dark and difficult subject matter that Parks treats with utmost humanity, and the beauty of the language does much to counterbalance the brutality of The Venus’ life." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"With a strong ensemble, sharp writing, and timely discourse, 'The Conspiracists' will lead you down the 'rabbit hole' of conspiracy theories...All the actors are pretty much pitch-perfect...Baker, who also directs, does a fine job of peeling the layers off these people while at the same time not revealing too much, leaving much for the audience to wonder at...Like any good piece of theatre, the real drama is derived more from the personal relationships than the actual conspiracy theories." Full Review

65
Stage Buddy

"They look like they’re having a great time going from reluctant performers to confident players. They do a fine job with the material, which has a tendency to be a bit uneven, bordering on slow. Some of the technical aspects shine here...Though 'How to Hamlet' is playing on well-tread territory, it manages to be truly unique." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"Stunning performances from the entire cast make this revival pure Broadway joy...The effects of the U.S. war in Vietnam are tangibly felt...There is no doubt this revival of 'Miss Saigon' is a hit. With a top-notch cast, dynamic visuals, and a story that speaks to the complexities of the American Dream, this classic will definitely be beloved by a new generation of theatergoers." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"As their shows are all written by young female artists mostly in their late teens and early 20s, they tend to be refreshingly honest, unapologetic and totally relatable. 'Blurred Lines' is no exception...They speak for the voiceless, the ones who cannot speak out for fear that their lives will be in jeopardy. Girl Be Heard shows should be required viewing for all school curricula, and that is exactly their mission." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

"The masks in 'A History of Servitude' are wonderfully grotesque and are used well by the cast...Another feature of commedia is improvisation, which the cast does to varying degrees of success...'A History of Servitude' provides an interesting blend of commedia dell’arte and modern street theatre with its mix of broad comedy, improv and mask work." Full Review

45
Stage Buddy

"Kind of like being on someone else’s acid trip, but you wish you were also on drugs...Lewis Jr.’s powerful voice is obscured by the echoey quality of the microphone, making the lyrics barely discernible. There are apparently 16 musical numbers but they all sort of blend into each other. There is some poetry spoken at different points but don’t expect it to make a whole lot of sense...While the odyssey’s narrative is esoteric, the cinematography is commendable." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"The play squeezes all seven years/books/movies into an uproarious parody that largely makes fun of Harry Potter and his friends...'Puffs,' so densely packed with 'Potter' references, is a must-see for any fan of the popular wizard series. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, whip-smart, and a lot of fun to watch. While the 'Puffs' as a house may never come out on top, 'Puffs' the play just might." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"What’s truly wonderful about 'Heisenberg' is that it never goes where you expect it to go...Yet, it all feels completely believable because of the performances of these two masterful actors...Parker truly immerses herself in Georgie, a woman who would perhaps be considered pathetic if Parker ever let her slip into full-on pathos. Parker gives her life and purpose despite her hopeless flaws....Arndt’s portrayal of Alex is wonderfully realistic." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"'Toruk' plays out like an epic children’s fantasy story complete with energetic acrobatics, mind-blowing contortionists, soaring aerialists, and jaw-dropping puppetry...The entire team of 'Toruk' has done an amazing job putting it together...The set is nothing short of magical...The storyline is very accessible to children. In fact, adults may find it a little too juvenile. However, the imagery is enough to sustain even the most seasoned theatergoer." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

“'Fly, You Fools!' attempts to do justice to the first movie in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy in just over one hour. And, boy, does it succeed!...Busbee does some amazing effects with her voice...With the combined efforts of Schaefer, Abeel and Zambrano, the cast does their part to fill every single role seamlessly and skillfully all while making merciless fun of each character. Every minute of the show is pure joy for lovers of ‘The Lord of the Rings.'" Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

“Six women endeavor to make feminist pornography in ‘#liberated’, a refreshing, enjoyable, often dark comedy...More than a play about porn or even feminism; it becomes a commentary on cyberbullying…The joys contained in these film shoots are too many to spoil here...each scene is unique and utterly bizarre in its own glorious way. There isn’t much in the way of actual sex and no nudity shown at all for those who might be squeamish at this point. It is just pure fun and out-there fantasy." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"As wonderful as these supporting characters are, the spotlight goes to the main couple at the center of the play. In one moment purring at each other and another with their claws out, Lacey and Thompson embody the myriad challenges of married life, and little of the joys. It’s messy, it’s unromantic, and it’s real. It also serves to hold a mirror up to the boxes both women and men were put into back in the late 19th century, and perhaps still are." Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"The Public Theater continues its tradition of presenting groundbreaking theater in an accessible setting with the folk-bluegrass musical 'Southern Comfort'...Out of a mostly forgettable score, one song stands out...The creators of the show are quite sensitive to the issues surrounding being transgender...Hopefully, 'Southern Comfort' will bring a lot of comfort to transgender audiences." Full Review

95
Stage Buddy

"A remarkably poignant and important show...The incredible ensemble cast is made up of a dozen strong and beautiful actresses of varying shapes, sizes and colors, who also wrote and choreographed all 26 vignettes. The fact that these stories are so relatable is a testament to their skills as storytellers. It’s hard to highlight any one piece over another because they are all so powerful." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

"Orloff hits on the multifaceted nature of people, who can be outrageously crazy and narrow-minded but also surprisingly kind, well-spoken and passionate about their ideals...Hopefully, 'Chatting with the Tea Party' is one way to start a dialogue, maybe even with someone you think is your enemy." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"Sparks fly between friends and lovers as gay and trans rights are discussed in 'Log Cabin,' Jordan Harrison’s superb play about LGBTQ politics...Just in time for Pride Month, this dark comedy delivers very contemporary commentary on same-sex marriage rights, social and economic privilege, and the horribly lagging rights of trans people...The performances in 'Log Cabin' are excellent and the characters’ chemistry outstanding." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"A unique journey...with a level of physicality so precise, you don't even see it...Inside a 1,000-gallon water tank, colors and shapes come alive as five unseen puppeteers move and manipulate objects of varying sizes...Set to the sonorous score of Berlioz's 'Symphonie Fantastique'...Gorgeous, eye-popping images. It's art in motion, performance art combined with music, visual art, and whimsy. And it is simply breathtaking." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Jomama is a creature full of warmth, vitality, and poignant stories. Bask in her radiance, and multiple costume changes...Her facility with storytelling can be partly attributed to a deep and soulful voice, a slight affectation coloring every word. Her wit and humor fill in the rest...'Black Light' may begin as a cabaret but it turns into so much more--a show that asks questions of its audience and allows them to open up to the possibilities of performance." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

"McNally writes reverently about the art form without showing much dancing at all on stage...The torment one can feel for unrequited love is universal and 'Fire and Air' mirrors it quite admirably. Particularly, Hodge’s remarkably anguished performance allows the audience to feel the weight of the emotions Diaghilev must have felt. You can almost perceive it in the off-stage ballet, in the dance of the mind." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

“The fusion of chamber music, stunning visuals, and narrative....Fairchild definitely stands out as the Monster, expertly embodying someone who is new to the concept of moving...He also encapsulates the pathos and desperation of someone who is misunderstood...It’s always satisfying to gain deeper insight into a beloved classic, and ‘Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ does just that, as it links the real life angst of an author to her most famous work.” Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

“The incredible story of a slave turned cowboy...A true paragon of the American musical...Just as fascinating as the tale, the musicianship of ‘Cross That River’ is rock solid...It’s nearly impossible to single out any one musician as they all stand out in their artistry. The band creates a rich tapestry onto which the impressive vocalists weave their gorgeous story. " Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"The two are quite charming and playful...'Marcel' is pretty silly and slapstick, particularly with a joke involving a bottle of water, but becomes rather poignant...If 'Marcel' demonstrates the pair’s predilection for pratfalls, 'Laughter' deconstructs them. A 'master class' in how to elicit laughter...The sequence of the two plays is brilliant...Masterful creations of physical performance from two seasoned artists. The hilarious antics of Houben and Magni are a joy to watch." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

"The setting on Governors Island is well-suited to the story...The result is something like 'Sleep No More' but with less aimless wandering and more focused direction of where to go...While these are simplistic dualities, the play shines a spotlight on these reductionist tendencies so that when Kahlo laments, 'There is so much more to me than that,' you can’t help but feel that countless women throughout history have been underestimated all along, framed by these dualities." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

“'Wanatachi' is fun to watch and has performances that will send chills down your spine...Although the vocals are often drowned out by a regrettable echo-like microphone effect, you get the idea that these are well-trained voices. Even though 'Wanatachi' is not a fully staged musical, the performers...fill the intimate setting with music and dance and do a fine job telling the story of a budding romance set to a catchy electronic-pop score. It will make you feel like a kid at summer camp.” Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"Director Trip Cullman elicits fine performances from his entire cast, but two stand out as particularly well-calibrated. Janney is magical as the conflicted Ouisa...Similarly, Hawkins inhabits Paul with a subtlety that belies an enigma. To maintain such a veneer that you can never tell what is truly lying underneath takes a skill that is breathtaking to watch. The product of these actors makes 'Six Degrees of Separation' worthy of connecting to audiences again." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"A fantastic and high-energy production...The impeccable cast members rove throughout the space...The audience surrounds the 'stage' facing each other and house lights are never turned off, so there is a sense of community and shared experience. And what an experience it is. Boisterous, bawdy, uproarious and colorful, the Mobile Unit’s 'Twelfth Night' is Shakespeare at its most youthful...This production provides pure escapism for 90 minutes of sexy, 17th-century century fun." Full Review

60
Stage Buddy

"A patchwork of familiar stories about family, relationships and passions...It’s not exactly clear why these stories are strung together as such but 'The Room Sings' is definitely most interesting when the stories intersect...Some of the technical aspects stand out in this production...The beaver by Ralph Lee puppets are remarkable...'The Room Sings' shows that no matter who occupies a space, it’s the people with whom we share it that make it home." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"Imaginatively directed by Arin Arbus, Thornton Wilder’s 'The Skin of Our Teeth' is a wildly original, ambitious tragicomedy...The theatrical experience is unlike any you’ll probably have. With all its farcical and absurdist dramatic elements, Biblical allusions, topsy-turvy timeline, and musical interludes, it is a singular production with a universal human story at its core. After all, Wilder wrote it meaning to unite humanity, a sentiment all too crucial in this modern age." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"This uncomfortable but important topic is made palatable by a wonderful team comprised of actor Marin Ireland, playwright Martín Zimmerman, and director Leigh Silverman, who brilliantly present the nuances of a woman going through something unimaginable...Directed with a light touch by Silverman, 'On The Exhale' has an intimacy that feels more like a therapy session than a play. The drama is there but Ireland doesn’t play it up." Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"The new musical is sure to please fans of the movie…An unabashed love letter to the eponymous borough…Menken returns to his 'Little Shop of Horrors' roots with a fun doo-wop score...The energetic choreography, by Sergio Trujillo, is some of the best on Broadway right now...The best commendation of 'A Bronx Tale' is its refusal to take a side with either Sonny or Lorenzo and, by that design, it is neither a scathing takedown of organized crime nor a glamorization of it." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

for a previous production "Their tightly arranged choreography allows them to go quickly from scene-to-scene, and their use of cameras to project those scenes is impressive...Choir members do a great job of making it feel as though you are actually watching a condensed version of the movie. Even if you go for the singing alone, it will be well worth the price of a ticket...Mostly it’s laugh-out-loud funny all the way through...Fans of 'Home Alone' are going to get a kick out of 'KEVIN!!!!!'" Full Review

70
Stage Buddy

"A sweet, searching tale about artists and the sacrifices they make for their art...The singing and performances by the three leads and the onstage band are all top-notch. The songs are just okay, mostly forgettable, and some of the lyrics are strangely incoherent and often silly ('Sugar' is about Jon’s love for Twinkies). The story, about friendship, art and sacrifice, is way more compelling." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"Children and adults alike will delight in the charming acrobatic adventure...'Flight' takes the unique imagery from the beloved French story and turns it into a beautiful 50-minute movement piece full of intertwined bodies, mime and vocal sound effects...Fans of 'The Little Prince' as well as those who have never read the book will still be entertained by the symbiosis between the three performers." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

“Alice Austen was a woman ahead of her time. Born during an era and in a society when there were not many options for women besides becoming a wife and mother, Alice was an unmarried, childless lesbian who lived with her girlfriend Gertrude Tate...Lovingly captured in ‘Alice in Black and White' by playwright Robin Rice, director Kathi E.B. Ellis and members of the Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, Alice was a true pioneer; a feminist decades before anybody started using that term.” Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

“The confrontational nature of the play starts right away...The ensemble weaves through the audience, at times staring people down, at times looking at them pleadingly...But for all the uneasiness, it’s important to see the terrible ubiquity of firearms in this country…’The Death of a Black Man (A Walk By)’ hopefully brings some awareness to the issue by focusing on how gun violence affects children and their families.” Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"An outstanding production...A strong cast carries the play...In 'A Doll’s House,' the effervescent Maggie Lacey plays the youthful, charming Nora, adopting a coquettish air whenever she wants something from her husband, Torvald (the marvelous John Douglas Thompson)." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

“A skillful storyteller using both humor and pathos, Elizabeth is able to fully immerse the audience in her tale. ‘Thao’s Library’ is a gut-wrenching theatrical experience where the tears will flow, but it is also truly uplifting and inspiring. Make sure to see ‘Thao’s Library’ and bring tissues.” Full Review

80
Stage Buddy

"In the hands of one of the most renowned theatre directors, this production is far from typical...It’s the acting that grounds the show. All the actors demonstrate great skill with the language, emoting Shakespeare’s lines beautifully. Nunn is extremely masterful at producing a show that feeds all the senses, employing bright and colorful visuals and a rich sound tapestry. 'Pericles' may be more than 400 years old, but Nunn and company make it come alive again." Full Review

90
Stage Buddy

"The ingenuity of Austin McCormick -- the choreographer, Artistic Director and founder of Company XIV -- shines in Company XIV’s production of 'Snow White'...With the sumptuous 'Snow White' wrapping up an ambitious season for Company XIV, it would be a shame to miss out...Bask in the delights of McCormick and company." Full Review

85
Stage Buddy

"The play really captures the uncertainty of youth, that indescribable feeling of not knowing what your future will bring...The direction keeps the one-act moving quickly and, before you know it, you’re breathlessly waiting to see what will happen to these unlikely, fast friends...Heart-breaking, humorous, and chilling, 'I And You' is a good reminder that being a teenager is not easy, especially when death is literally knocking at your door." Full Review