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"Laurie Metcalf portrays Hillary and John Lithgow, Bill Clinton. As the script advises, they never try to copy or imitate the actual mannerisms or mimic their well known personas. Instead, their natural demeanor serves to provide a cleaner and truer insight into their lives and their souls. We don't need Rich Little verisimilitude, that would only intrude in finding the truth. And these two performances are breathtaking in their tone, simplicity and depth." Full Review
"Audible has teamed with the Minetta Lane Theatre by producing stage work that can be translated to their medium…This production is their first commissioned work sponsored by their Emerging Playwrights Fund…The playwright Chisa Hutchinson has provided an exceptional script for the talented Brenda Pressley...I won't spoil the ending but Ms. Hutchinson uses a twenty first century denouement that is fitting to the time and the circumstances." Full Review
"What happens when you combine a three decade old two hander by one of our greatest living playwrights with two of our finest stage actors? Magic at the Broadhurst Theatre, that's what…Audra McDonald lights up every stage she appears on and brings an emotional depth and resilience to the role. Michael Shannon is exceptional and carries the evening with his insistence that he will not take no for an answer but he will achieve that through persuasion and not force." Full Review
"The tortured self reflection and battling family members are operatic in scale and grounded in the impossible circumstances of deeply scarred individuals. This production is a master class on depicting Shepard's denizens of self destruction. Warshofsky deserves a special call out as an exceptional Weston but the entire cast is exceptional. If you are a fan of Shepard's work you should be pleased with this version. If you have never seen a play by Shepard this is a good place to start." Full Review
"If you have children between ages four and ten and will be visiting New York City (or live here already) you should pay a visit to Pip's Island. Located at 9th Avenue and 42nd Street on the island of Manhattan, it is very easy to find. … child Explorers … are led through a series of environments and engaged in a number of puzzles and tasks that bring the group to working together. Yes, they are successful and save the day. Brave Explorers indeed!" Full Review
“The new play is aspirational, captivating but ultimately flawed...The play is so full of tropes, cliches and ideas that it never settles on a style or approach...The work is reminiscent in style to plays at the height of the theatre absurd movement...But tossed into the meal are depression style songs...All fine...But they only to further confuse the palate...The performers are all excellent...But this work needs lots of editing and focusing and decision making.” Full Review
"English playwright Jez Butterworth has created an amazing tale of an Irish family in the midst of the 1980's Troubles that is full and vital and fascinating...complex and filled tapestry that carries the story forward and while carefully crafted, feels natural and warm…See it soon. You will be glad you did." Full Review
"The 'source material' - Shakespeare's bloodiest play 'Titus Andronicus.' This isn't really a sequel…In reality it gives the playwright a chance to ruminate…as the 'maids' set everything right…[they] are some of the most talented stage performers of our day…[the] script whirls and eddies on whimsical wings and then settles in for prescriptive changes…It is a riveting if uneven route…Run to see this as you will never see something this creative and crazy on Broadway again." Full Review
"Experimental Theatre back in the 1970's and 1980's included earnest monologues on how we need to come together, interpretive dance, and sounds and music made from unusual items and innovative instruments…The work 'Jack of Cups' by Experimental Bitch Presents (EBP) has all those elements…Everyone working on this production performs hard and earnestly. But the pretentious poetics and dated trappings are soft edged weapons to present their eco-message." Full Review
"The 2018 Jerry Kaufman Award winner "To She Who Waits" by Bob Clyman. The subtitle "God's Plan v. A Mother's Love; Winner Takes All" provides a clue to the plot…The three leading characters are written with nuance and depth not often seen in works addressing religious cults…My interest never lagged, the narrative was compelling and the portrayals were sensitively handled. This is a work worth seeing and watching where it goes next. It runs through June 8, 2019." Full Review
"It is very good to hear new voices in the American Theatre and the play 'BLKS' at the new Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space certainly represents new outlooks. This is poet Aziza Barnes' first play script and she doesn't hold back. It is a full bore buoyant bounty of Brooklyn people of color that moves fast and funny through a day in their lives. The real credit for the driving pace goes to director Robert O'Hara's direction which keeps the show moving on the revolving set." Full Review
"Seeing a great work of art elevates the soul. Shakespeare's 'King Lear' is a very familiar and one my favorite's of the Bard's script...Diminutive powerhouse Glenda Jackson plays the great king who rules the stage with fierce but not blustering methods…Watching her unspool and battle against storms both natural and human are delectable. But she plays it straight up despite the gender twist. She is not a Queen Lear but every inch a King as no original language is altered to accommodate." Full Review
for a previous production "Unfortunately this work starts with a broadsword, moves to sledge hammer and lands with a wrecking ball. He hits all the necessary points but it is not often subtle. That combined with an actor not fully off book by the fifth public performance and a rather trite turn at the end left me disappointed...Go see it before it closes. Support new scripts. Support new work. The price is low and who knows, you just may like it." Full Review
"I LOVE King Kong. Not the musical, mind you, but the articulated title character...The astounding puppeteers work out in the open, making many of the creature's moves in plain sight…They convey tenderness and fury that amazes. If I could watch them bring this giant puppet to life for two and a half hours I would be perfectly happy…The score is lackluster and the attempts to give agency to the lead female falls flat and whenever King Kong is not on stage we miss the energy." Full Review