Taraneh

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Reviews (13)
Playing Hot
Midtown W
Pop Culturalist

“It’s almost like the show is a way to actively learn about this lesser-known piece of jazz history while also having a fun evening out...The dance breaks where cast members...encouraging audience members to let loose make for a lively show...The performers are all solid, particularly the musicians. The music is fabulous...Part play, part dance party, and part jazz concert, Pipeline Theater’s ‘Playing Hot’ is an invigorating theatrical experience.” Full Review

Slave Play
East Village
Pop Culturalist

"Harris’ incredibly thought-provoking 'Slave Play' brings racism, sex, and power to the forefront of conversation...The shock and surprises that arise in this New York Theatre Workshop production are staggering...Under Robert O’Hara’s direction, the tight and nimble small ensemble play off of each other seamlessly and amplify the unapologetic, forward nature of the play...You’ll be thinking (and talking about) 'Slave Play' long after it’s (somewhat uncomfortable) conclusion." Full Review

Pop Culturalist

"O'Reilly leads this ensemble through this really solid production. He deftly keeps them moving through questions of faith, being responsible for your actions, and what happens when you have to endure the hard knocks of life...The weakest part of the production was Broderick's performance as Lockhart. While he played an unassuming, odd-man-out quite well, he lacked the menace that should be radiating off a devil-in-disguise...The ensemble is a really well-acted machine." Full Review

Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Pop Culturalist

"Lonergan's dialogue is fast, funny, and makes you think...Cullman does a fantastic job of keeping the ensemble of actors tightly woven together while making the themes of the play come alive...Each of them found the balance between comedy and gravitas. It is a testament to their work that, as an audience, you both want them to keep their secrets for their own sakes and expose them for the greater good...A well-executed, well-acted, and well-written production that is not to be missed." Full Review

Cruel Intentions
Greenwich V
Pop Culturalist

“So much fun to watch. For those not familiar with the cult classic movie, this stage version may seem a little too quick; however, for those who are familiar with it are in for a treat...Rosin and Ross have adapted the sexual and emotional exploits of these high schoolers from film to stage by way of amazing, nostalgia-inducing pop songs...The cast members all capture their characters really well...You’ll leave wanting to see it again and again.” Full Review

Pop Culturalist

"Will have you grinning ear to ear the entire show—and long after you leave the theater...In the hands of a very talented creative team, it’s made the leap from screen to stage beautifully...Despite the wide-range of musical styles these musicians come from, their songs all flow together, creating a cohesive show. They compliment one another, the characters, and the story...The actors themselves are all marvelous. The ensemble works together so well; all the leads are perfectly cast." Full Review

Pop Culturalist

“This type of staging really draws the audience into the world of ‘Sweeney Todd.' Aside from the creative staging, the way in which the music was performed was terrific. Not only was it complementary to the small space itself, but it was also ideal for the production. It allowed the voices of the performers and the song lyrics to really shine…Overall, the cast was terrific…’Sweeney Todd’ is one of this season’s electrifying shows that can’t be missed." Full Review

Pop Culturalist

“It is electrifying. This retelling is full of unexpected delights...The text has not changed...and this stripped-down music allows for the dialogue to really shine and be noticed...While almost the entire fresh production feels spot-on, there was one moment that felt like a small misstep. The ballet interlude is now a modern dance...This will be the one moment that audience members will most likely dislike...’Oklahoma!'s’ eerie timeliness is proof of the universality of the show.” Full Review

Replay
Midtown E
Pop Culturalist

"Brilliantly-done...She feeds us her story, bit by bit, and addresses us as it goes along, creating an intimate connection between performer and audience...Wren does a wonderful job of bringing all the characters, whether physically present or not, to life on stage. She seamlessly transitions from scene to scene and from the present to the past...The complex set of emotions that she brings to W are real and tangible. Needless to say, this is a memorable production." Full Review

Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Pop Culturalist

"Watching the play, you won’t find yourself wishing for other actors to help her perform the piece. She channels family members, friends, and neighbors really well...And, not only are her stories incredibly enchanting and engaging, but the set (designed by Tony Ferrieri) is equally so...For any bibliophile or lover of storytelling, Sharon Washington’s autobiographical solo play, 'Feeding the Dragon,' is an absolute delight." Full Review

Balls
Midtown E
Pop Culturalist

"There are a whole host of topics and plot points that, if curated a bit more and whittled down with more of a focus, would make this production more precise and polished. While the play itself needs more work, other parts of the production were solid...The movement direction was spot-on...Despite 'Balls's' shortcomings, it is definitely a play that will make you think a bit about how far we've come with women's rights…and how far we've yet to go." Full Review

Hundred Days
East Village
Pop Culturalist

"Abigail and Shaun Bengson share their love story with lush, emotional songs that will touch your heart...Some of the details they share are funny; some of them are sweet; some are intense...The music is, in one word, glorious…They explode and come alive when they perform in a way they don’t when they are just speaking…I don’t know if there are enough adjectives I can use to express how beautiful the music was, especially when paired with the story.” Full Review

Pop Culturalist

"A charming off-Broadway musical that will appeal to all ages...If you’re not familiar with the story beforehand, it may be a bit of a struggle, at first, to follow the quick-paced plot. Once it gets going, though, the show is so engaging that it doesn’t matter...It has all the right ingredients—the combination of stellar words, music, and acting with the inventive set and prop use—to make 'The Lightning Thief' a long-lasting and successful show...Truly a delight." Full Review