Wickham Boyle is a critic with Edge New York. This account has been auto-generated, and does not indicate that this person is an active member of Show-Score.com. That said, if you "follow" this member, you will automatically be updated whenever s/he writes a new review.
If you are this critic, please see the instructions on how to add reviews, update your profile, or make changes to your excerpts and scores.
"The work is well directed by Christopher McElroen...The design of the work is amazing....Frankly, even though the work is interesting, at two hours it is too long...If the scene changes were minimized, the play would slim down to a better length...This work was diminished by a busyness that detracted from the strong story, lilting verse, and a cast of well-credited, talented actors." Full Review
"Ruhl's plays rarely disappoint. Her newest is no exception...The range runs wildly from humorous recollections, to long held resentments, to confusions about their parents. This is the stuff of every family, but it is done well and we believe every speech, and the actors are so suited to their characters that it is as if we are eavesdropping on an actual family...This play is well imagined and helmed by director Les Waters...Ruhl mixes an excellent concoction." Full Review
“My misgivings stem not from the good story, but from the prolonged telling. The nearly two hours is stuffed full of seemingly endless business: long phone calls that a majority of the audience can't understand…Usually, Ed Sylvanus Iskandar is an inventive director who uses time and space to his advantage, but in this work, it seemed that time stood still and the story did not warrant the time it took to be told.” Full Review
"The show is created by the Q Brothers, meaning music, words and direction…Their ability to coalesce a tale and excite an audience is impressive. Everyone in this cast is not only supremely talented, but they seem as if they are having a blast and we lucky few get to watch and clap and groan at puns and just get happily awestruck. There is a wonderful harkening back to the original Shakespeare modality even though the words are magically modern." Full Review
"Four actors inhabit the many characters who tell the tale and fables within stories. Each is remarkable, mutable, reverent and wonderful to regard...The language in this epic can be astonishingly beautiful...The play is a slow-marching mediation asking the audience to question their own mortality and the choices we have made as a modern society with a constantly war-torn world swirling at our well-fed feet." Full Review
"The energy, acting chops and yes, chemistry between Tristan and Connie is so palpable that it lights up the intimate stage...The play moves at a great pace covering a wealth of subjects from our belief that drugs can solve and save any problem, to what is or is not real in our modern lives. The success of much of this is due to the inspired direction of David Comer whose work has a tension and emotionality that is leagues ahead of most other directors." Full Review
"This is heavy, heady stuff and it was only marred for me by a jarring tittering from the audience and all from two centuries ago when people endured their stations in life and waited with baited breath for interstitial moments of fulfillment and might well do anything to enhance their staid lives." Full Review
"The work fascinates as it also provides a window into a time of political foment where artists were still being summoned to the McCarthy tribunal and many in City government were bowing down to a kind of political cronyism and fear mongering the likes of which we are again being buffeted by...The cast delights as it works seamlessly...Author Nelson, also directs, imbuing the play with an even greater intimacy." Full Review
“‘Oslo’ lays bare in exquisite detail and often unexpected humor the gut-wrenching details of the endless negotiating, dining, copious drinking, and eventual camaraderie that predated and thus created the historic signing…Sher's most deft direction takes what could be a confusing morass of facts, figures, and characters and lays them bare at our feet where they entertain and enlighten…‘Oslo’ is a work peppered with humor and constant gobsmacking acting.” Full Review
“The cast is stellar...At first, the play seems like an investigation of sophomoric indulgence regarding older, white, privileged, rich folks...But as the platters of shrimp cocktail and towering cheese trays are consumed, a quiet dystopian trope invades…The evening is neither uplifting nor a place to forget about the horrible swirl that is our personal political caldron of late, but as usual Shawn's work does provide grist for every brain cell you have and then asks you to look for a few more." Full Review
"'Finian's Rainbow' is chockablock with sweet, near to saccharine songs that we all know from grandparents or a dusky bar…But what this reviewer didn't know was that the script was also tackling Jim Crow segregation, racism, and the hope necessary to conquer it. Therefore this is the perfect piece to see post the election of a man who espoused a return to a time that this piece is cautioning and arguing against." Full Review
"A play that is at once beguiling, funny and bitingly acerbic...Author MacDonald is at the top of her game writing women's truth...This is a well-polished looking glass held up to complicated women's lives and it is done with panache, laughter and terrible sadness. The work deserves to be seen and applauded for its honesty and verve and for letting us remember how marvelous and fearful are the many roles women inhabit." Full Review
"I attended 'Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom' with trepidation and left feeling that once again this wonderful theater has a presence and a mission that never fails to, at the very least, shake its audience...The issues raised by the play seemed terrifying to me as the mother to grown children attempting to tether them back to real life and away from screens of all sizes and ilks. However the very young audience thought that there were moments of grand hilarity." Full Review
for a previous production "There are moments of great beauty and humanity. Clumsy times when perhaps a better interstitial could be imagined and of course as in any life, the quiet waiting for something else to happen...All the elements knit together to create a piece that illuminates one of the most visible things that a person carries with him into his life, but it further made this reviewer ponder all the unseen tics and experiences that follow each and every one of us into every cranny we enter." Full Review