ThePearl

New York City

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Reviews (17)
85
Thought-provoking, Delightful, Quirky

See it if Martha (Stewart) as a deity with the power to recreate Sodom and Gomorrah in a fruit basket and a recent urge to flood the earth--this time

Don't see it if without a heads' up about an ark--and just start over? Why not? This clever, absurdist play by Wendy A. Schmidt imagines the possibilities

Also and tosses in some yoga, accountancy, Jim Morrison and Lot's wife, too... Read more Read less

77
Some good moments, fine acting

See it if Series C has some strong moments but there's not really one stand-out play. Kate Atwell's Jesus in Manhattan is the most ambitious and

Don't see it if interesting, but at times feels like a Caryl Churchill mash-up or homage and likely needs more drafts to get it to a place where the

Also playwright's own voice and also some clarity emerge. But it is powerfu... Read more Read less

80
When it was good it was very good...

See it if Two of the plays are knockouts--well-written, acted, directed: Rosie by Lily Houghton, who scored Danya Taymor as director and Tricycle

Don't see it if Backflip by Dan Giles, crisply directed by Matt Dickson. Amy Fox's I'm Sorry is cleverly conceived and has its moments but the start is

Also stronger than the finish. The other two plays didn't land for me--both... Read more Read less

88
The Fever
East Village
Thought-provoking, Profound, Resonant, Refreshing

See it if This is an experimental, immersive piece created in the room with the audience a crucial part of the show. It's audience participation-lite,

Don't see it if led by the theatre company members in a respectful, positive way. During the show, community is built, a story is hinted at, and it makes

Also you think about how we care about the people around us--friends and st... Read more Read less

78
Hurricane Diane
East Village
Funny, entertaining, uneven

See it if Strong acting all around, especially from Danielle Skraastad and Mia Barron, who had the best-written parts. Some great comic moments and

Don't see it if monologues. You had to take it on faith that Diane is making things happen because you don't really see her in action. She should have

Also been the strongest, most compelling character and she comes across as ... Read more Read less

68
The Convent
Midtown W
Ambitious, well-staged, undercooked

See it if You like earnest feminist theatre. A soupçon of irony would have helped. Interesting ideas here but not fully realized. A bit too schematic.

Don't see it if Maybe a rewrite short of being ready. It's a good looking production, mostly well-acted.

Also Worth a look for some of the performances, especially a superb Brittan... Read more Read less

91
Electrifying, relevant, masterful, dark

See it if You want to see a masterful playwright's talents on display in three short, powerful plays. LaBute's dialogue is mind-blowingly good, as

Don't see it if always, and he continues to provoke us--dare us--to see the darker side of human beings on earth. The atmosphere in the audience was

Also especially tense during the first monologue, styled as a speech by a m... Read more Read less

80
Energetic, strong acting, great set

See it if Donahue's directing and Laffrey's set really make this play, it's a very strong production. The play itself is clever and funny and shows a

Don't see it if lot of writing talent that sometimes lands and sometimes falls short. Except for Verson's Betty, the characters were pretty type-y, perhaps

Also on purpose, but that made it hard to engage on an emotional level. The... Read more Read less

86
Umbilical
Lower E Side
Bold, inventive, absorbing

See it if you like theatricality, poetic language, strong writing, acting and directing.

Don't see it if you prefer plays with a linear story.

Also This three-character play by Michael Landes, with three strong perform... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Neil LaBute's Appomattox is terrific--the clear stand-out of the Series B program. The writing, acting and directing are superb. LaBute's

Don't see it if mastery and talent are on fine display in this timely and edgy play about reparations. Sharr White's Lucky, about PTSD, is performed at such

Also a glacial pace that it's hard to get a fix on it. It has some strong e... Read more Read less

80
Well acted, engaging, somewhat uneven

See it if Harron Atkins's Tempo is the standout here, miles above the other Series B plays. Fine acting by Cecil Blutcher and Wesley T Jones, great

Don't see it if voice-over work, and sharp direction by Collette Robert of a play that is funny, fresh, heartbreaking, empathetic, theatrical and all-around

Also masterful. Cayenne Douglass's Oh My, Goodness features exceptional, wr... Read more Read less

90
Mesmerizing, stylish, layered, intelligent

See it if You need to have a taste for Greek theatre, meta-theatrics, chamber opera, poetic language, and/or experimentation to appreciate this play.

Don't see it if The stylish, noirish atmosphere created by the talented set & lighting designers sets the tone for this work, in which the Euripides version

Also of Helen (the one where she's not even in Troy but off in Egypt) bumps... Read more Read less

79
Perp
Midtown W
Intense, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if Fine acting and a mostly strong script by Kessler made this an absorbing evening of theatre. That said, you do have to overlook some uneven-

Don't see it if ness of tone and some unlikely events and go along for the ride. At its best, it's tensely entertaining and moving. Feels like the script

Also needs more work and streamlining but there are flashes of brilliance t... Read more Read less

80
Nassim
Midtown W
Charming, clever, touching

See it if NASSIM is more theatrical than dramatic. It has good momentum, some funny moments, some touching moments (veering into the sentimental)

Don't see it if and some educational moments. The high wire act/gimmick of the unrehearsed actor gives the piece immediacy. Reed Birney was superb; a treat.

Also That said, the stage environment was very controlled--the actor was no... Read more Read less

73
Behind the Sheet
Midtown W
Well-staged, important, slow

See it if The play had some riveting scenes and some moving ones, too, but overall the docu-style made it less theatrical than you would want, despite

Don't see it if some interesting choices by the director. There's an inherent predictability in this kind of play that wasn't fully overcome. Characters

Also were underdeveloped; there to serve plot. As a shocking, lesser-known ... Read more Read less

90
Slave Play
East Village
Fresh, intelligent, edgy

See it if You can get a ticket or if it extends...it's a zeitgeist-y, sexy ride of a show that takes chances and is provocative and entertaining. It's

Don't see it if sort of Octoroon, Barbeque and Small Mouth Sounds all shaken up to yield something that's its own thing. Superb...watch this playwright.

Also That said, it's not a perfect play and has its longueurs, especially i... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Charming, hilarious, sparkling

See it if you like comedy, brilliant acting, strong directing. Two actors play several roles, keeping pace perfectly with Hindman's clever script

Don't see it if The play is a love letter to the theatre and has a lot of heart and humor. If you love the theatre you'll have a lot of fun at this show.