Tulis McCall

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Reviews (279)
Front Row Center

"It is theatrical magic, and Mays never lets us down for a minute...As it is, this show has a mind all its own. And that mind waits for no one. Climb on board or be left in the station." Full Review

Chester Bailey
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"This play is titled Chester Bailey, but it should be titled Philip Cotton. Cotton is the person who holds up the sky in this show. It is he who transforms as we watch." Full Review

Front Row Center

"People are loving this show because of the raw honesty that it throws at us. Sad news – things have not changed much, and this play reminds us of that. Big time." Full Review

Front Row Center

"This cast gave it their best, but the sum was not as great as the parts." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The characters seem to be on an assembly line, and their purpose is to get on with it so the next chapter can take the stage. As such, these characters become important for what they represent, not who they are." Full Review

Front Row Center

"'Into the Woods' is a story where nothing is at it seems. And THAT is just fine with me. From the moment the curtain rises and the love explodes into the audience, you know you have handed over the reins and all that is left is to sit back and enjoy the ride." Full Review

Corsicana
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"The conversation becomes repetitive which isn’t good for anyone – the cast or those of us watching. We could lose 30 minutes of this piece and not miss a beat of the tale." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The conversation is so elevated and so deep that you just have to give over to it, because trying to get ahead of these two is nigh on impossible. Off hand I cannot think of a topic that is not covered, turned inside out and pushed on to the next topic." Full Review

Fat Ham
East Village
Front Row Center

"This is not one of those Shakespeare productions set in present day, or any other day that is not the 17th century – not set in the with costumes to indicate as such. This play is set right now. In the back yard of an ordinary 1970’s style house somewhere woodsy. This is the retelling of Hamlet, using the barest of threads. And it ALL works, thank you very much." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Alison Leiby has constructed such an intelligent, surprising, direct and unadorned story that you will want to listen. I promise. ... Not only has Leib nothing to hide, she has a boatload of stuff to share with you. Share as in – these are ideas that would like to make a home in your noggin’ and then you can share. See how this works?" Full Review

Front Row Center

"Which is why this production rests on the very capable shoulders of Ramin Karimloo (Nick Arnstein). In this new hodge podge of a script (with revisions by Harvey Fierstein), Nicky Arnstein has been given a larger presence in the story. Originally, Nicky was a sidebar. Now he is a driving force. From the moment he enters, we cannot take our eyes off of him. To be sure he is very easy on the eyes. More importantly there is something going on inside him that pulls us in." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The relationship between these two people is painted with such intimacy we feel like we are eavesdropping. Each pushes the story forward, one step at a time. Recklessness cannot be measured in centimeters. What we bear witness to is our own strange paths. This play is a mirror. We are all survivors of our own making: broken and brave; remorseful and strong; battered and brilliant. All driving with our pedals to the metal." Full Review

Front Row Center

"4/5 stars...According to many reviews Neil Simon is out of touch and passé. The #Metoo movement has exposed and solved it all...I think these dismissive reviews are themselves out of touch...This 'Plaza Suite' is relevant in every way. This production directs our attention to what was: the depressing, the embarrassing and the dumb-ass of the late 1960s. This production also reminds us of what still is. People are still clinging to empty marriages; people are still making unwise sexual choice... Full Review

Out of Time
East Village
Front Row Center

"3/5 stars...It could have worked if as much attention were given to the texts themselves. With the exception of the last piece, 'Disturbance Specialist,' performed by Natsuko Ohama and written by Sam Chanse, none of the pieces had a raison d’être strong enough to support the effort...The up side of all of this is that most all of us are watching actors we have not seen, or noticed, or considered before now. That is a damn shame and one can hope that this production will shine a light on the... Full Review

Front Row Center

"For the duration of the play we are guided (with the aide of a spectacular set by Takeshi Kata) back and forth in time. There are a few logistical glitches here and there as well as puzzling gaps in the narrative, but these pass and we are back with this family in a blink. Harmon does not suffer fools, nor does the excellent director David Cromer. We must pay attention, and these fine actors make that task a pleasant one indeed." Full Review

Front Row Center

"No matter my lack of interest or insider knowledge about the TV series, Bushnell is at the ready with stories that will make your head spin." Full Review

Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"So we have Clyde plowing over the people like a steam ship and the workers putting up with it out of fear. There is never a let-up in this scenario which is a problem. Although it is a very real situation, I can tell you from experience, this is not what we want in the theatre. We want someone to change, or something to change. By the story’s conclusion we are nearly as worn down as the workers from this relentless battle between cruelty and hope." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Assassins is a particular piece. There is only one prop common to all of the characters: a gun. It is their strength, their sword, their sword arm for that matter. Because they welcome it, and everything for which is stands, they can and will murder – or at least try. But murder, in this case is not a blip on the monitor." Full Review

Front Row Center

An intense, disturbing, and impeccably produced production. Deavere Smith has now surrendered her one-person show to the very capable hands of these fine actors (Tiffany Rachelle Stewart, Karl Kenzler, Elena Hurst, Francis Jue and Wesley T. Jones) and their director Taibi Magar as well as the extensive production crew. This was an unusual choice, and it has paid off. Full Review

Front Row Center

"This is sit-com writing and stock characters from start to finish, but the actors take it all in stride and walk hand in hand to the finish without flinching. It is we who do the flinching. And the laughing. There seems to be an equal balance of both." Full Review

Front Row Center

"You know one of the best parts about living under a rock? The best part is that you get to be continually surprised by things, people, places that other people take for granted. You get surprised over and over again while the rest of the informed world is saying, "Been there. Done that." Neal Brennan: Unacceptable is my most recent discovery." Full Review

Front Row Center

If you had told me, say, a year ago, that would be watching a live toy puppet theatre production of a play based on "Planet of the Apes," I would have tossed you out the window. If, however, you had said the production was created and featured the talent of Peter Marino, I would have put the date in my calendar - in ink. Full Review

The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Front Row Center

Score: 95% "Katori Hall loves people. She loves to hear what they have to say. And these fine gentlemen ALL have a lot to say in 'The Hot Wing King.' Hall says,'If I know where a character sits in the house then I can figure out who they are.' Lucky for us there are plenty of seats in this house." Full Review

Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Front Row Center

Score: 65% "I was interested but never concerned. As sad a story as this is, I remained outside. An observer, uninvolved. Not, I suspect, the effect desired by the creative team." Full Review

The Thin Place
Midtown W
Front Row Center

Score: 88%. "Hnath and director Les Waters have created something like a pas de deux. Matching pacing and movement from moment to moment. What they have created releases what has been set to paper and lets it fly - creating a new 'Thin Place' where there was none before." Full Review

Front Row Center

" 'Kimberly Akimbo' is a perfect musical...the music is contemporary yet still fluid and beautiful and fun. The ensemble is string based, and excellent." Full Review

Front Row Center

"What direction Lonny Price provided remains a mystery. Byrne has the gift of Irish gab, but the story and his connection to it are flimsy at best." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Whether you know Etheridge’s music or not, this is a performer who will impress the socks off you and then some. I say go get a ticket or two for this rare and intimate performance." Full Review

I’m Revolting
Chelsea
Front Row Center

"In 'I’m Revolting' we are only given the barest of plot threads...In the end, we are left with fragments of a well intended story that do not a story make." Full Review

Front Row Center

"As the story concludes with Richard’s death we are all exhausted from the mighty effort this cast and this Richard have poured into the telling. It is easy to get lost in a play of this nature. Who is related to whom etc. That is not the case here. This is a deliberate and methodical production that keeps us apace as it unwinds. A memorable tale indeed." Full Review

Epiphany
Upper W Side
Front Row Center

"This ensemble gives it their best shot and never flags for a second. Still, it is not enough to make sense of this story. Brian Watkins writing is filled with gigantic gaps that the actors do their best to close. The direction by Tyne Rafaeli does little to correct this situation. These actors are flung from pillar to post without so much as a guide rope to reel them in." Full Review

Front Row Center

"On the whole, there is a lot of sturm and drang without much connection. Lots of talk with little meat on the bones. The concept is remarkable, and the execution on the dull side. The only sign of some serious snap-crackle-pop is Antoine, who will proudly admit that he has ben offending people since before he knew what offending people was." Full Review

Front Row Center

"This is a mystery production. How did it happen and why? I am clueless. There is a slew of good intentions here, but they don’t amount to much. Too bad." Full Review

The Vagrant Trilogy
East Village
Front Row Center

"This is an epic tale – the classic theme of home and heart. What do people do when home is not a simple location, as it is for most of us. What if home is something we carry with us? What if it is a location for which we settle, not the location of our dreams. And what if, like the destiny of every mythic journey, it is found within us?" Full Review

Front Row Center

"The long and short of it is – this one will stay with me. I wouldn’t want to sit through it again (quite a few folks walked out), but I will pick up the script. This play is worthy of a post-graduate perusal." Full Review

Front Row Center

"The rule of creating art is: the more specific you are the more universal the truth. Michale R. Jackson is very, very specific. This black gay man wandering around New York wondering why life is so terrible – that man himself is a voice in all our heads." Full Review

To My Girls
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"'To My Girls' is rock-solid sitcom speak. A gay fluff piece that did not rock my socks off. (Of course, this could be you cup of tea.) Call me crazy, but I am one of those theater folks that wants something to happen, even when it appears otherwise. I want a toe hold. Here, all I found was a glossy surface." Full Review

Front Row Center

"3.5/5 stars...The entire cast of 'Paradise Square' is a boatload of triple threats...The problem here is that someone forgot to decide on the story. There is no clear beginning, middle or end...On the plus side, there is singing that will make you stand up and cheer and dancing that will make you weep for joy...And yet, without a story line to guide us, and songs that do not further the tale, in the end we are left wandering in the wilderness holding a bowlful of good intentions. We are insp... Full Review

Front Row Center

"4.5/5 stars...This production, aided by the choreography of Warren Carlyle, and sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto, leaps tall buildings at a single bound. I cannot tell you why it chugs along. It is cartoonish, sentimental, and not believable. Even so, it made me misty...Sutton and Jackman are having such a good time bringing their characters to each other that the rest of the choppy story doesn’t matter." Full Review

Front Row Center

"This is theatre that reminds you why theater is the closest thing to hallowed ground we have. These actors are daredevils living life without a net, and letting us in on the free fall. Get over there and grab some of this goodness." Full Review

Front Row Center

for a previous production "The story by Barry Kleinbort is laid out smoothly between the songs in a chronological sweep from 1927 to 1954 – nearly 4 decades of delivering the simple songs that caught the ear of people who loved to dance. That would be folks born in the 20’s – like my parents. Those people knew how to dance while holding each other. None of this jumping up and down in one place that passes for dancing today. And this brilliant cast knows from dancing. Randy Skinner’s choreography is a wee bit mo... Full Review

Front Row Center

"Why this musical exists and why anyone would want to go see it remains a mystery. But theatre is like that. Ideas come from who knows where and most of them do not make it to the drawing board, never mind the actual stage. This one has had a journey of over five years, a pandemic set back, a film version produced on Netflix, and still it made it to the Longacre Theatre. In short, it persisted. Let us all lower our critics’ knives, lest we injure ourselves, and let us leave Diana,Th... Full Review

The Visitor
East Village
Front Row Center

"A story of, not only visitors to this country, but the very idea of being a visitor in one's own life...Every song is exquisitely delivered, but most do little to move the plot along. Songs of yearning, songs of frustration, songs of joy all tumble into one pot, and like a stew with too many ingredients, the flavor is lost" Full Review

Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"It is a charming essay on the interconnectedness of everything. But an essay is often cerebral to the point where the heart is barely involved. That was the case here. In the end we are interested in these characters but not concerned or involved." Full Review

SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Front Row Center

"They have created a generous, funny, provocative show that races by you, grabs your hand and flies up into the stratosphere." Full Review

Front Row Center

"Saheem Ali’s direction pulls the elements together in a seamless and often hilarious and definitely welcomed production...A brilliant way to return to the theatre. Get there if you can. It will do your heart good." Full Review

We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Front Row Center

Score: 90%. "It seems like no accident that this show has arrived...just in time to pair with the COVID-19 epidemic that is reminding us all of our mortality. Life and death are opposite sides of the same coin. As long as that is the case - why not blow up a few balloons and have a party!" Full Review

Dana H.
Gramercy
Front Row Center

"I have pretty much liked everything I have seen Deirdre O'Connell do. Let us add Dana H. to the list. As a matter of fact you can put it at the top. This is a play that has been urged into being by Lucas Hnath. Dana Higginbotham is his mother, and she was held..." Full Review

Front Row Center

Score: 80%. "I am confounded. I don't know what 'My Name Is Lucy Barton' is. I know what it is not. It is not a play. Which, in and of itself might not be a bad thing if a person could latch onto whatever it is and go for a ride. I could not find a latching-on place." Full Review

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Front Row Center

Score: 60%. "'Greater Clements' has now joined the three hour club, and for no good reason other than to add new meaning to 'exposition.'" Full Review