Wesley Doucette

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Reviews (8)
New York Theatre Review

“The performers, and this cast is overwhelming in the sheer volume and consistency of high talent, break past the barriers of forced topicality…Eustis’ topical read might be ill-conceived, but in practice it never sinks into shtick…Marvel’s Antony is revelatory...Cassius (Thompson) and Brutus (Stoll) are performed with profound earnestness. However, both an intense editing of the script compounded by the contemporary read go to undermine the emotional foundation of each character’s journey." Full Review

Coriolanus
West Village
New York Theatre Review

"Eschewing high gloss in favor of high craftsmanship, Red Bull’s 'Coriolanus' commits to Shakespeare’s social reality where an entire body politic is active in its own demise...The play’s cultural reflections to today, sometimes in the form of direct references, are sprinkled in like spice...The entire ensemble has crafted this work with delicacy...Director Michael Sexton clearly has equal respect for the play as its tangible self, and the play in its response to current politics." Full Review

Nora
West Village
New York Theatre Review

"With the dialogue of Bergman and Ibsenʼs plot a performer might, understandably, overcompensate with excess of expression. This was not the case with the cast of 'Nora.' The dignity, certainty, and craft of performance was trusted to bolster any aspect of entertainment, and this faith is earnestly rewarded...Itʼs difficult to say whether 'Nora' is a necessary achievement in a downtown space, but itʼs a definitely an achievement." Full Review

Churchill
Midtown W
AndyGram

"Churchill" is a magnificent look at history through the eyes of one of the men who crafted it. As Churchill, Ronald Keaton engages naturally with the historic figure at hand. He presents a man who, while conscious of historic posterity, seems more concerned here with telling a good story." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

"Laugh you will...Jokes are shot out like machine-gun fire from the performers of this piece...Even at these moments when the jokes miss their mark, the performers and the plot move along and the audience runs along beside them...A great deal of the piece is meticulously rehearsed and planned and is as finely tuned and breathtaking as any Abbott and Costello routine." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

"The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, under the spry yet evenhanded direction of Kevin Confoy, has shouldered the burden of desperate relevancy to deliver an inspired read of Brecht’s play...Many productions cower behind gimmicks, or splashes of energetic color, in a desperate attempt to grab the audience rather than connect with them on their own terms. The Phoenix Ensemble executes Brecht at its dignified best with uniformly confident, compelling, and well-crafted performances." Full Review

AndyGram

"The events guiding framework sadly slips through the cracks...The work becomes redundant and tiring after four acts...I am scrounging to discover the fun that was so clearly supposed to be had." Full Review

Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
New York Theatre Review

for a previous production "'Nutcracker Rouge' is a work of fine art rooted equally in theatrical tradition and iconoclasm. The melange of theatrical styles, all framed with the burlesque sensibility, gives a mature glance to all facets of sexuality...Performance highlights make themselves endlessly present, outshining any possible cracks in the facade with a magician’s sleight of hand." Full Review