Thomas Burns Scully

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Reviews (43)
Lured
East Village
Pop Dust

“An uncomfortable experience. ‘Lured ‘ is sheerly violent, graphic, and unapologetic about it...The intent is to provoke the audience into righteous anger, and it works...It's a brisk hour and change, with a lithe cast undertaking the difficult material with guts and moxie...At times it's genuinely difficult to watch, but the cast and director succeed in their mission. By the end there is no way to not talk about this play and the uncomfortable facts of our reality it presents.” Full Review

Travesties
Midtown W
Pop Dust

"For all its undeniable, sparkling brilliance, you can't help but wonder what it was all for when you leave the theatre...One leaves feeling satiated, empowered, and in a state of marvel at what can be done in a theatre, and yet also incomplete, emotionally lost, and unsatisfied. It's brilliant...For the discerning theatre-goer it is a must-have ticket. Hollander as Carr is a modern acting genius." Full Review

Pop Punk High
Greenwich V
Pop Dust

for a previous production “Cook's one-liners are savage, his dialogue is to both kill and die for, and his understanding of the pop-punk milieu is doctorate grade…The comedy is fun, witty, and cartoonish...and delivered by a sterling cast with the bravura of an angsty Mel Brooks picture…Musically, the show hits the parody nail directly on the head…This production is a tight-knit, well-oiled machine…Explosively good. It leaps off the stage at you…The only crime the show commits is that it is too short." Full Review

Seven Spots on the Sun
West Village
Pop Dust

“A bleak yet moving tale…‘Seven Spots on the Sun’ is a ferocious play…Director Mengesha and the assembled cast have interpreted the work in blistering fashion…These elements come together into a play that is nothing short of harrowing…A wicked account of war and its consequences, full of raw emotion, and blessedly free of cliche and melodrama. Ideal for the socially minded theatre-goer. A feast for the heart and mind. Recommended to anyone who likes a good play.” Full Review

Pop Dust

"A striking take on the material that lends it life, vigor, and a blistering pace that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats...Not a plot point gets missed, all major character beats are left intact, and the play moves brilliantly...The overall arc of the play works, but the tonal shift between acts is jarring...These niggles aside, Hamlet Isn't Dead's 'Henry IV' is a rocking good time. The take is clear, the music is awesome, and the performances excel." Full Review

Ski End
West Village
Pop Dust

“A deliberately cryptic work…It's clear from very early on that this is a play with a good sense of humor about itself…The cast are a lot of fun here, particularly the core five players. The improvised feel of this show is vital to its ecosystem, and could have dissolved easily in a rehearsal process…It's funny, but it's not a conventional comedy…A decidedly peculiar piece of devised theatre that defies easy categorization, and yet asks nothing strenuous of its audience beyond an open mind.” Full Review

Old New Year
Harlem
Pop Dust

"Actors gamely throw themselves into the text, and are able to elicit a reaction from the audience, however the lack of a compelling narrative leaves them with a Sisyphean struggle...There seems remarkably little at stake, and little or no reason to root for any of the characters...'Old New Year' is never able to rise above its status as a thoughtful experiment. It is not a disaster, but neither is it the life-changing, genre-defying work it seems to set out to be." Full Review

Camel
East Village
Pop Dust

"Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn has made excellent use of his cast...Where the play falls into trouble is length and pacing. The first act feels unnecessarily padded...In contrast, the play's climax and denouement all seem to happen at once...It never becomes overly problematic, but it is occasionally distracting...The New Natives have put together something special here. The cast are strong, the writing is funny, the direction is excellent, and the final product an edible delight." Full Review

Pop Dust

"Though its pacing is the slowest of slow burns, Sullivan's iteration of it is emotionally charged, divisive, occasionally cuttingly funny...Every action taken by a character feels like it comes from who they are and that is why the characters are so engaging and terrifying...This is as much to the credit of Hellman's writing as it is to the cast and crew. Linney, Nixon, and the whole assorted company are suited brilliantly to the material, and deliver its ripe social commentary with gusto." Full Review

The Portal
West Village
On Stage Blog

"'Portal' shambles on slowly, like the awkward hybrid of Pink Floyd concert, modern dance workshop, student film, VFX mix tape, and self-help book that it is, eventually reaching a bewildering non-conclusion...There is nothing to this show. Nothing at all. For all its pretensions at a deeper understanding of the universe, and a subversion of the musical theatre genre, it is one of the shallowest, least insightful shows playing in New York right now." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Overall, 'Phantasmagoria' is messy. It doesn’t know what it wants to be. It’s blessed with good (and pleasingly diverse) actors, but cursed with a script that’s having an identity crisis at all times. It manages to both over-explain and under-explain, to do several things right, but also to do many things wrong. Some of the puppetry is good, some terrible. It’s insightful and yet also painfully non-self-aware. It is self-contradictory in almost every facet of itself." Full Review

Seen / By Everyone
Soho/Tribeca
On Stage Blog

“In theory, an excellent exercise in verbatim theatre. In reality… a mess. There’s no coherent through line, beyond vague attempts at a theme and a symbolic character arc...What occurs, then, is an array of scenes that would be bewildering if they weren’t so boring. Occasional moments of poignancy are created, and the tech aspect of the show is gorgeous, but as an experience for an audience, it’s an awful slog.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"For all its apparent radicalism, this show is very tame and, for a show that features nine naked actors of various shapes and sizes, surprisingly boring...The thing that bothers me most about ‘Body’ is how un-daring it feels...While the show is bold in its staging, it is middling in its emotional depth and its confrontational pretensions are just that. Ironic that a play in which actors remove so much clothing is so…unrevealing...The show is well-intentioned and brave, just deeply flawed." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"These people have good intentions. But there’s not much else besides that to commend it...Bad Quarto staging the unfinished product is an interesting decision, but not especially engaging. There really isn’t much to the presentation beyond a mild academic curiosity...Everything about this show felt weightless and rushed...There isn’t anything to commend this production." Full Review

Hamlet10
Lower E Side
On Stage Blog

"Williams has created something impressive...What could easily have been a pretentious vanity project is instead a show full of insight, soul and genuine intelligence. His cast and creative team come together, both literally and figuratively, to create an excellent 'Hamlet.' His bold staging works in every way that you would want it to, and raises new and interesting questions about everyone’s favorite sad Scandinavian schizophrenic...A work of genuine creativity, intellect and impact." Full Review

The Bacchae
East Village
On Stage Blog

"Monologue after dialectical, moralizing, mind-numbing monologue is directed at the audience, repeatedly halting the action and killing any pace. The handling of the chorus is particularly bad...PJ Adzima was amazing. In a show that was dire, dull, and confusing, he shone through the fog like a ray of spectacular sunshine…Though the production is well-intentioned, it has little visceral thrill and the pacing of an archaeological dig...This iteration of ‘The Bacchae’ is failure of substance ov... Full Review

You Are Perfect
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"My main complaint is that, while it is good, it doesn’t go far enough. Despite its movement to probe deeper in to the mind of Susan Atkins and the mentality of someone brainwashed by a charismatic psychopath, it didn’t leave me with a particularly fresh insight into manipulation or cult mentality...‘You Are Perfect’ is not perfect, but it is also far from bad. There’s certainly enough drama here for a regular theatergoer, certainly enough tainted hearts for a nihilist to enjoy." Full Review

Henry V
Soho/Tribeca
On Stage Blog

"On the whole, the show looks interesting, without being especially remarkable...Everything about this ‘Henry V’ works. It all hangs together, the actors know what they’re doing, an aesthetic has been committed to, a world has been created, you can watch and experience Shakespeare’s play without impediment. And that’s it. This show doesn’t reinvent the story, it doesn’t challenge it and break new observational or theatrical ground, it just tells the story well." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The job of art is to make familiar things new and new things familiar; this rendition does both, in its own mysterious way...If you’re looking for a unique theatre experience that you can also take your Jewish great-aunt to, this is it. And even if you don’t have a Jewish great-aunt, there is still more than enough reason for you to attend." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"The short version is, I liked it, you should see it if you can find the time...O’Kelly’s play is, overall, highly enjoyable, and the however that is about to follow is purely for the sake of Aristotelian critical discourse, rather than an indictment of the mirth-giving powers of the show. However, I get the distinct impression that ‘Little Thing’ would have worked better as a film...It’s an ectopic romp with political edge and well-insulated wit. What it lacks in scale it makes up for in per... Full Review

The International
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"This is a play that everyone should see...It is incredibly morally and philosophically complex, and yet wholly accessible...Like all good political theatre, no one gets out unscarred. ‘The International’ punches you repeatedly in the heart, mind, guts and soul, all while gently stroking your hair." Full Review

Kapow-i GoGo
Gramercy
On Stage Blog

"I can’t think of single reason why you shouldn’t go and see ‘Kapow-i GoGo’. Okay, I lie. If you are unfamiliar with the world of Saturday morning cartoons, the play may seem quite alien to you. As condescending as it may seem, an older audience might not get it. But if you have any knowledge, no matter how cursory, of Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Final Fantasy, Mario, or Cowboy Bebop, this is a show you are going to love. It’s fun, funny, and it never lets up.' Full Review

Pop Dust

"The results this year held a few surprises, some standouts, and never failed to be fascinating...'Spring Fling' categorically feels like it is put together with care, nuance, and with the aim to produce a night of plays that flow gracefully from one to the other, rather than zig-zagging across a wild spectrum of content, and quality, as most similar festivals do. Everything here is consistently enjoyable, comparable in its content, and creative in its presentation." Full Review

Soot and Spit
West Village
Pop Dust

"A rare show, in that its intent is so intensely pure...There is a whole lot of something to this, as an experience...'Soot and Spit' comes off just a little too far in to esoteric territory in order to achieve its goals...It is difficult to watch and remain engaged all the way through, and this is problematic...While the product is flawed, that does not take away from the purity of spirit behind it, the good it may yet do, or the talent of the people involved." Full Review

Pop Dust

“If the play has a flaw, apart from the aforementioned pacing issues, it's that it's a little by the numbers. While genuinely affecting, there are moments when it feels like a Lifetime Original Movie…Barring minor complaints, ‘They Promised Her the Moon,’ is an excellent piece of theatre…Valentina Fratti directs her cast well, and Quaid's central performance is nothing short of a joy…A woman worth knowing about, and a play worth seeing." Full Review

Jubilee
East Village
Pop Dust

"For a play that markets as satire, 'Jubilee' sheds remarkably little new light on the subject matter...Due to either some kind of translation convention, or datedness in the writing, many of the jokes don't land. The result is a black comedy in which the comedy is sorely lacking...Everything it is doing is admirable, but it is repetitive, and the subject has been explored more interestingly elsewhere...The cast work hard, but much of the time it just feels like so many spinning wheels." Full Review

Mein Kampf
East Village
Pop Dust

"Tabori doesn't seem to have a distinct thesis...The product we are presented with leaves us wanting more...A piece of theatre that, tonally, fits no distinct mode. The play is obviously a comedy with dramatic flair, with moments of bona fide hilarity and tragedy, but its infusions of the surreal are so downplayed that it is difficult to know how to feel about the action...Worth seeing for the performances, and for its frequent moments of exquisite dark comedy." Full Review

Bandstand
Midtown W
Pop Dust

"While it flirts with cliche almost to the point of marriage, 'Bandstand' manages to stay on message and deliver a genuinely heartfelt and affecting story about the greatest generation's return home from World War II...Together this cast keep the energy high and the story blasting forward. Where 'Bandstand' succeeds to its fullest is in the music. Whether it's played by the orchestra or the cast, it's nothing short of perfect...'Bandstand' is so good that you don't think about its blindspots." Full Review

Pop Dust

"Janney brings all the class and hilarity we have come to expect from her...Corey Hawkins' interpretation of the role of Paul is nothing short of spectacular...The core cast here are all excellent...Director Trip Cullman has not only worked his cast into a delightful frenzy, he has cultivated a crystal clear semiotic system for the play...Taken as a revival, this is a brilliant piece of theater...Recommended to the discerning theatergoer." Full Review

Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Pop Dust

“The pacing is ferocious. J.T. Rogers's script has a lot of ground to cover and fast. Bartlett Sher's direction ensures that this happens…You couldn't ask for a better cast here. They are a formidable force. Each of them carries the weight of the situation their characters are living through, and yet also are able to find the humor in the piece. There is rich a vein of dark comedy running through 'Oslo' that the cast plumbs with great regularity…‘Oslo’ is a triumph, and everyone should see it.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Everything from the po-mo/EDM lighting and sound scheme, to the Johnny Mnemonic VR headsets...comes together to build a world that feels endearingly tacky, and completely lived in...It is a hilariously funny, visually striking and unrelentingly compelling rendition of the Shakespearean blockbuster. If you were to strip away all of its glitz and glam, it would still excel. With glitz and glam left intact, it’s one of best damn good times you’re likely to have Off-Broadway right now." Full Review

Poison
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"Vekemans’ writing is extraordinarily good at capturing ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. Her dialogue is often strikingly wanting, in exactly the way you would expect...The usual adjectives for a play about grief don’t apply here. 'Poison' is not gritty, raw, or unapologetic. It is grippingly real...Its understated pain telegraphs its understanding of pain. That is what makes it stand out, and is the strongest argument I can make for going to see it." Full Review

The Golden Bride
Financial
On Stage Blog

“Feels like a throwback, and it is, a very pleasant one. The feel is similar to what I got when I went to see ‘On The Town’. It feels very of its time, and so seems quaint to a modern audience. Quaint however, in the best, least patronizing sense of the word. Charming might be a better one...If you like a good light operetta, this is for you. It had enough appeal and pizzazz for me, a non-operettist, to enjoy himself, so I can only imagine how much fun this would be if you’re in to such things.” Full Review

On Stage Blog

for a previous production "As strong as the cast are individually, as a unit, they are herculean...Part of what makes this show so endearing is how they interact with the audience...Incredibly witty verbal gags, savvy as all heck flow like jealousy at a bridal shower...I can’t think of a single negative thing to say about this show, even for the sake of balance. A stellar cast, a script to die for, and a reckless silliness powered by good taste and native wit." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Equal parts disturbing, awkward and loving...Those of a weaker constitution may find the societal commentary ladled on a little thick, but for the most part it treads the fine line between thoughtful voice of dissent and obnoxious social warrior nicely. I wouldn’t say that this is a play that will give you an all new insight in to the female condition, its gender politics are little too dated for that, but by equal rite it is a play that still has great relevance in spite of its age." Full Review

Fly, You Fools!
Gramercy
On Stage Blog

"The great joy of ‘FYF’ is that it perfectly captures the childish thrill of playing pretend…The sheer joy they perform with, the comic audacity of their low-fi visual and auditory thrills…there is nothing an audience can do, but laugh...’Fly You Fools!’ is an excellent evening’s entertainment. A sugar rush of endearing, childish brilliance, simultaneously lauding and undercutting Peter Jackson and JRR Tolkein’s legacy. So much fun it might change your life a little. You must see it." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"There is something undeniably good going on in this production, but there is also an extent to which it feels like a certain amount of piss and vinegar is missing. The elements all seem there, the cast are game, the setup is interesting, the script is set, the design is good. While I enjoyed the show and took something away from it with me, I don’t feel the need to rave about it...I didn’t feel like I was being told anything I didn’t already know. I am moved, but unchanged." Full Review

A Sock's Fables
Brooklyn
On Stage Blog

"Everything holds together nicely, the seemingly makeshift stage is surprisingly functional, the stories don’t lag, attention is held, and children are entertained. And so was I. Everything about this show is simple, but effective. The puppets are simply made, but used well. The songs are uncomplicated, but performed with heart. The sets are basic, but also colorful and inventive. I had a very pleasant forty-five minute show and I’m struggling to find more to say. All is well here." Full Review

On Stage Blog

"Sometimes plays are so bad you get to actively enjoy how bad they are...But other times, darker times, plays are so bad they’re bad. They’re boring, dull, wastes of time and energy. Today we’re dealing with the latter...When I say it’s uninspiring, I mean it to the extent that I can’t be bothered to think of a decent hyperbole to end this sentence with. It’s the kind of play that is so bland it’s hard to know where to start." Full Review

On Stage Blog

for a previous production "Put simply, the cast are great, and they do Cox’s script a great service...I watched this play and I laughed, and laughed, and laughed. My favorite kind of evening at the theatre...You can’t pay $10 bucks to see a show this funny anywhere else in New York. Anywhere. Do yourself a favor and head on down to the PIT. Like the play that came before it, ‘Puffs’ is a must-see." Full Review

The Quare Land
Gramercy
On Stage Blog

"I’m ambivalent about ‘Quare Land’; leaning towards dislike, but able to acknowledge enough of it’s sizable prowess to prevent actively taking issue with it. In fact, I’ll still tell you to go see it, it’s an interesting piece, funny, and there’s a good chance you’ll get something good out of it. But for whatever reason, I didn’t." Full Review

Love and Money
Midtown W
On Stage Blog

"It is not a life-changing theatre experience, neither is it the last word in theatrical social-philosophy, but it is also distinctly non-tiresome. The play moves by at a spry trot, never losing focus or letting the audience fall asleep. Gurney’s writing is humorous and lightly playful, while also lending itself to moments of real vulnerability. The cast are fun, on-the-ball and hard-working. If you want an enjoyable, light visit to the theatre, then you can do a lot worse than ‘Love and Mone... Full Review

Kapow-i GoGo
Gramercy
On Stage Blog

"Go see it. Go see it. Go see it. Go see it. Go see it. Go see it... I’m running out of ways to say that you must go and see 'Kapow-i GoGo.' I haven’t had this much fun at the theatre in ages." Full Review