William Wolf

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Reviews (294)
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Catchy music and lyrics...The songs that tell the cumulative story are the best part of the show, making more of an impression than the requisite dialogue...’The Evolution of Man’ could use a bit of tightening. It is only 90 minutes...but Henry’s plight and searching begins to feel over-extended. However, the geniality of the cast is steadily pleasing and there is a tidy ending that you may or may not see coming.” Full Review

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"The acting is excellent, and the story is romantic and tough, but also in the realm of the show biz cliché of performers eventually going separate ways...The musical achieves added poignancy by being concerned with the blatant police prejudice against gays that led to the Stonewall revolt...The show unfolds in different time frames, and some of it is confusing...Friedman keeps the plot moving, but the story, for all its sincerity, becomes maudlin and drawn out at times." Full Review

Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"At first 'Popcorn Falls'...promises to be a comic romp...Borle as director sets up a swift, madcap rhythm...Soon all goes awry with a cockamamie plot that becomes serious, and eventually it gets to be looking-at-one’s-watch time to see how close we are to the end...The actors attempt to mine laughs out of the machinations...but the screwy plot is a burden, with no reason for an audience to care...The rowdy humor at the start that was so promising has been eclipsed." Full Review

The Winning Side
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Nothing can capture the essence of his story better than the immortal satirical lyrics of Tom Lehrer...By means of the acting and the writing, von Braun is given a demeanor that undercuts the level of condemnation that his critics have felt...Russell handles the different time elements smoothly, and stresses salient parts of the story." Full Review

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“If we just assembled to hear the many haunting songs by Dylan as sung by cast members...the experience would be enough of a treat. But McPherson pursued the idea of combining Dylan’s music and lyrics with a story to which they could be emotionally matched...It turns out to be a very creative fit that makes the musical extra fascinating...Here and there fitting a Dylan song into a situation may be slightly strained, but mostly the concept works exceedingly well." Full Review

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"Unfortunately, the musical aspect of the program far outweighs the verbal part of the excursion into Dickinson’s life. As written by James Melo, the text is sketchy and not very dramatic or poignant. Perhaps it is what she has to work with, but Page’s portrayal comes across as rather vacuous and uninvolving..Fortunately, the music composed by Amy Beach as performed here is sublime and makes that part of the visit enjoyably satisfactory." Full Review

The True
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Another case in which the excellence of the acting surpasses the level of the play. This New Group presentation is sharply directed by Elliott and the cast grasps one’s attention. But how excited can one get about the subject of local political maneuvering around a 1977 mayoral primary in Albany?...Although everyone in the cast is good...the play drags a bit here and there. Yet no problem can overshadow the dynamism of Edie Falco’s acting achievement.” Full Review

Heartbreak House
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Shaw’s dramatic ruminations often have the wit to leap across years...In addition, he creates colorful characters to reveal his thoughts, and in the present case, an entertaining cast delivers the main course tastily despite the unnecessary trimmings...While the play is certainly not Shaw’s best and it gets excessively talky at points, it does flash wit and has the ability to be entertaining when properly acted, as is mostly the case here." Full Review

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“Extraordinary performance that is among the best of one-person shows I have seen over the years...Felder casts a spell as he becomes the great, prolific composer...The production is beautifully directed by Trevor Hay...Felder is a whiz at the piano, and also keeps proving to be a fine actor as he builds a character and connects with his audience...The weaving of the material works so well dramatically that the result is consistently enchanting.” Full Review

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"This garish, ultra-loud rock musical is infused with hard-working, colorful cast members who have the power with their overwhelming energy and high jinks to turn on an audience receptive to the show’s wave-length. The plot is a huge cliché, but an audience can take to the talented individuals who don’t exhibit a smidgen of self-consciousness toward the material...The whole show ends in a blaze of rock and audience cheers for the collection of game performers." Full Review

Less Than 50%
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Soresi is best when doing snatches of stand-up addressing the audience with some very funny lines pertaining to family, romance, and sex...The overall plot...whether romantic or unromantic, becomes a strain even at a running time of 80 minutes...Both Soresi and Hale are very talented, and they work oh-so hard at trying to breathe reality into the tale...Fortunately, the comic elements, especially as seen in Soresi’s standup gifts, do earn laughs." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"A production that entertains on many counts, including showy performances, amusing costumes, savvy scenery, imaginative lighting, and some updated gender exploration. To call this a jukebox musical would be denigrating. It comes through with a lot more than that as a fun-filled experience...All the Go-Go’s numbers are deftly worked into the action...Even if you never heard of the Go-Go’s you should find plenty to enjoy seeing the exuberant 'Head Over Heels.'" Full Review

Mary Page Marlowe
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"While it is very interesting to have Mary Page played by six actresses, they are so very different in looks that the effect is sometimes jarring. It is also difficult to see...why she couldn’t have more control of her life. But on the other hand Letts is stressing that life can take unexpected sharp turns against which one is helpless. Neugebauer makes it relatively easy to follow the mixture of timelines, which makes the play provocative and intriguing." Full Review

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“A hodgepodge, although a very vigorously staged and choreographed mess, with songs that only occasionally hit an emotional mark. ‘This Ain’t No Disco’ ain’t no winner, although there is plenty to ogle and all of the performers, main and supporting, work their often-shaking butts off...Misfired efforts to forge an involving drama. The total effect of the rock opera is numbing. One waits in hope that it can somehow be pulled together convincingly." Full Review

Tevye Served Raw
Midtown W
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for a previous production “Three talented people acting in Yiddish are providing an entertaining delve into stories by the celebrated Yiddish writer Aleichem...A combination of the humorous and the serious in the chosen stories...The cast is extremely versatile...Performances come across as a salute to the preservation of Yiddish, as well as further evidence of how creative Sholem Aleichem was in capturing a way of life with its pleasures and perils.” Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

“An attempt to highlight Kempe’s break from the expected position of women in society in her time as a parallel to wider aspirations for women today. But what we see on stage doesn’t mesh with such a leap...But what we see is of interest, especially given the flamboyant portrait of Kempe as vigorously enacted by Nichols...Pendleton as director struggles to keep all of the broad components making sense and effectively integrated. But dominating everything is the force of Nichols’s performance." Full Review

Carmen Jones
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“It is the singing that defines and triumphs in the neatly scaled down production...A superb group of performers make the songs potent and moving...By shortening the work and condensing the plot details, the dramatics get somewhat shortchanged and all the explosive relationships seem rushed...But the gambit results in primary focus on expression via the singing, and listening to one dynamic number after another brilliantly sung becomes a thrilling experience." Full Review

Cyprus Avenue
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The work, a mix of dark comedy and tragedy, is forcefully staged by Vicky Featherstone and sparkles with a superb performance by Stephen Rea....The author is unflinching in the writing, and the director keeps faith with the outlook and presents the tale to the hilt. The dark drama—one might also label it a black comedy-- has a major reward with the gripping, complex performance by Rea and with the no-holds-barred staging. But be prepared. " Full Review

Lonesome Blues
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"It is a tour de force performance, with the actor-singer ruminating on Jefferson’s life and singing his repertoire. Developing a distinct, wounded personality, he exhibits the inner longings and passions that Jefferson expressed, in addition to singing a vast number of songs in the style associated with the man who had such an influence on the art of the blues...To the credit of Babatundé, one comes away with a solid impression of the man and his life." Full Review

Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Giardina makes the drama sizzle with characters on opposite sides and with personal agendas...The plot becomes very involved as self-interest clashes burst out...All of this is an awful lot of goings-on, and the play gets overly talky and stuffed at points. But the issues raised are serious ones reflecting major problems in society, and the cast is excellent...Hughes keeps the various dramatic elements and often-impassioned dialogue humming." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The music in itself provides delight, thanks to the selections from the Tchaikovsky repertoire and excellent performances by a trio...What is particularly good about the program is that the story is just enough on which to base the music and provide a sketchy but intimate portrait...All of the ingredients are blended so smoothly that one can readily give oneself over to the mood established and maintained during the two acts and experience the joy of listening to a compelling concert." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"It preserves the author’s quirky look at quirky characters and is just as entertaining and relentlessly profane. The new cast delivers impressively, and Rashad’s direction nails the play’s unusual qualities and the diverse people under inspection...The motley black and white characters in Guirgis’s play spew collective vocabulary not for those who wince at profanity—they’ll have to engage in lots of wincing in listening to these folks delivering the author’s salty and amusing dialogue." Full Review

Paradise Blue
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“The conclusion is a symbolic killing of a time and place as well as of an individual. If only the action made character sense too...Santiago-Hudson maintains an atmosphere of dramatic tension combined with humor derived from the characterizations...The production’s main attribute is the combination of performances that come from the excellent, well-chosen five cast members who can keep us enthralled even through the play’s assorted weak spots.” Full Review

Mlima's Tale
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Nottage has written a powerful play, creatively performed by a superb cast and spellbindingly directed...It succeeds by combining impressionism and reality to make for a unique theater experience...The show’s magic rests largely on the impressionistic portrayal of Mlima...The magisterial physicality of Ngaujah and his balletic artistry...This is one of the season’s most essential and meaningful productions, with an impact far beyond its 80-minute intermission-less length." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

“'Saint Joan' is getting a sterling revival in this production illuminatingly directed by Daniel Sullivan....Rashad’s Joan is impressive indeed...Rashad handles Shaw’s dialogue with utmost clarity and meaning...Rashad touches our hearts...The production is filled with worthy performances...Most importantly, I came away hoping that Rashad receives the proper recognition due for her scaling the dramatic heights inherent in Shaw’s work with a profound and moving acting achievement.” Full Review

On Beckett
Chelsea
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“Irwin is not only a great clown but he has an inquiring mind as well and he puts both to excellent use...’On Beckett’ lasts one hour and 30 minutes, which may prove to be among the most delightful time periods you have spent. Irwin is dazzlingly at the height of his skills. His physical clowning, wit, and agile use of props such as hats and costumes are a joy to behold...Seeing Irwin may make you want to explore Beckett further. It may also make you want to long for more of Irwin.” Full Review

My Parsifal Conductor
Upper W Side
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“A broad comedy based on the true story...The comic turbulence is over-extended and the writing could use more wit. But there are very funny sequences...It could use some trimming, but delving into the true situation and giving it a broad comic interpretation is imaginative and mostly entertaining. There is an abundance of acting, writing and directing skills in this colorful production.” Full Review

Mother Night
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Credit Katz and cast with succeeding in presenting a fascinating work in this adaptation...The drama is not only involving, but may make you want to read the novel...Vonnegut doesn’t just examine a life. He positions his characters to give meaning to what he devises dramatically...The staging is an intimate work, well-performed and directed and reminding us anew of what a creative force Vonnegut was." Full Review

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“The laughs are there in the off-beat comedy...directed by expert Sullivan, who demonstrates his know-how for cleverly staging a farce. There is also some technical wizardry at play...The fun comes in the collection of the oddball characters and the very amusing writing by Bean, who gives them often-hilarious dialogue to spout and zany situations in which they are placed...Other excellent cast members contribute to the madcap events and relationships.” Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Very funny and intellectually stimulating...McTeer bristles with a larger-than-life personality defined by ego, theatrical flamboyance, sexuality, and, especially fitting for an interpretation today, the determination to break away from stereotypical visions of a woman’s place in the world and the theater....There are moments when Rebeck’s witty play gets somewhat too talky, but the humor, performances and colorful direction by Moritz von Stuelpnagel come to the rescue." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"At first one not hearing impaired may find the double portrayals a curiosity, but one can soon be acclimated to the procedure and concentrate primarily on the prime cast members, not their shadow characters geared to those who rely upon signing. As for the plot, it is a very complicated one, and the play gains more from the quality of the acting, which is excellent, than from the drama being intensely worked out on stage...The play is more admirably ambitious than successful." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"It takes quite a while before there are a few moments of rare meaningful conversation in this new play, and it ultimately ends with gimmickry. But holding interest throughout are excellent cast members who provide a feeling of watching real people...Our experience with the characters presented us, although they are well acted, and even engaging at times, ends in a play that is very much at sea and fails to pull everything together with some sort of depth or significance." Full Review

Separate and Equal
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"One might say that stars of the production, in addition to the excellent actors, are choreographer Lawrence M. Jackson and writer-director Seth Panitch...The personal lives of the youths and related or close adults are intertwined with the action, which expands the drama and provides insight into backgrounds and crises. But the genius of the writing and direction is using the court symbolically as a civil rights battleground." Full Review

Days to Come
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The Mint Theater’s revival of 'Days to Come' is to be appreciated more as a curiosity in view of Hellman’s fame and accomplishments than a successful work...The flaws as well as the strengths show in the faithful, generally well-acted Mint production...There are too many dramatic contrivances for this to be a play anywhere nearly as good as top-level Hellman. Still, her effort to shine a spotlight on problems of her era and people caught in the conflicts was worthy." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The show is just as much of a fairy tale as the film on which it is based, but it is a fun-filled fairy tale thanks largely to the charismatic lead performances...The musical deserves to stand on its own in accordance with the very different requirements of song, dance, and theatrical pizzazz. Barks and Karl do well on all counts and there is welcome chemistry between them...The appealing lead performances induce one to take the formulaic story more seriously than it deserves." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The arresting and provocative story...winds up being very upsetting despite big doses of laughter...As the play develops, the interactions build to serious, deeply upsetting confrontations...The actors are all very convincing in their characterizations. Thus the play becomes riveting despite its contrivances and unanswered questions. There is ample fuel for post-play thoughts and discussions, slickly engendered by the author’s writing. The production has been superbly directed." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"A downpour would begin anew, but the undeterred cast gallantly completed the show...There was so much fun being had that most of us could not be bothered to worry about being a bit soaked...The play lends itself to turning it into a romp in this free-wheeling, joyful conception...Hits the highlights of the play with the aim of providing sheer fun, thanks to the musical creativity, eager performances and an atmosphere that makes for delight in the park." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

“Although some of the text is drawn out, the overall production is dramatically moving, as the important concept is fleshed out by an excellent cast...One comes away appreciative of all the work that has gone into ‘Comfort Women’, and even if it hardly rises to the level of a great musical, it boasts a reasonably good score and is indeed often moving, enlightening and dramatic in remembering the sad fate of so many Korean women who fell prey to the Imperial Japanese Army." Full Review

The Originalist
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Engaging and intellectually stimulating...A lot of the back and forth arguments in chambers between Scalia and his clerk as depicted seem unlikely, but they are nonetheless engrossing, thanks largely to the acting as well as the writing by playwright John Strand...Despite some of the play’s hokum, it has the advantage of laying out issues sharply and a performance by Gero that makes Scalia come dramatically alive." Full Review

Fire in Dreamland
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"It would seem that Groff is trying to draw a parallel between the historical event and the romantic fire...There is an awful lot of not very interesting dialogue in the not very convincing relationship and outcome. But mostly the problem seems to be the effort to link the fire and the romantic problems in some sort of equation...Wolf struggles to keep up interest with swift scenic interplay. The best elements that she and the playwright have going for them are the performances." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Nothing can change the cockamamie story that has bedeviled every production of 'On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,' but nothing can also change the appeal of the songs...By cleverly paring down the original in her adaptation and direction...Moore has placed emphasis on the musical numbers, which is all to the good...The overall production gives audiences the opportunity to savor anew the music and lyric accomplishments while shrugging away the ridiculous plot premise." Full Review

Skintight
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“Can keep you laughing but also manages to be ultimately serious in exploring the meaning of love. What makes it work is the creation of characters whose quirks are meat for the excellent cast...Aukin milks steady, abundant humor out of the situations...He knows when to accent pauses to provide maximum comic effect, and excels by making the most out of bits of acting business...More successful than Harmon's earlier and less tightly constructed ‘Bad Jews’.” Full Review

Conflict
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“An entertaining and thoughtful drama zeroing in on class differences, politics and relationships entwined in the issues...How the relationship between Lady Dare and Smith develops and the resulting upheaval this causes is developed with Malleson’s expertise and the superb performances all around...Thompson imbues the play with realism, stature and insight, and sometimes humor...‘Conflict’, although written nearly a century ago, has much to say that seems currently relevant." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

“The gripping staging gives fresh life to the tragedy...Cast is first-rate...Iwuji’s acting immediately gives him genuine stature and a charismatic persona...A tremendous, memorable performance...Stoll’s Iago...Achieves nastiness on all counts and adds to this presentation's success...Lind exhibits a streak of spirit as well as victimhood...Wright comes through with vibrant, deeply moving rage...The murder scene is so visually effective that it can hold an audience spellbound.” Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"This is heady stuff, and as one might expect, it is a tall order to find clarity in delivering the analysis in dramatic terms. In some ways the result is successful, but it is also at times bogged down in its complexity and mixed time sequences in the staging...The overall thrust of 'Secret Life of Humans' comes across as somewhat muddled, as well as a lot to swallow in the course of the 80-minute intermission-less work, and it can leave viewers baffled as well as intrigued." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Yazbeck and Dvorovenko are exquisite individually and together, and their work alone provides enough visual satisfaction for one show...Kander’s score is deeply impressive, varyingly romantic, playful, passionate, menacing, and melodious...The production, its visual splendor notwithstanding, is not without problems...'The Beast in the Jungle' is best when the music, dance and overall production values combine to be the most prominent." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Smith is giving a searing performance...The play provides an especially nasty family portrait, with endless, mean-spirited bickering..Despite the excellent cast and the memorable acting by Smith, Thorne’s drama runs too long, a difficulty Neugebauer can’t solve even with her often piercing staging. One can tire of the infighting and feel that all that needs to be said could be done in a shorter time...There’s only so much of this family that one can or should have to take." Full Review

Me and My Girl
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“A spiffy production with a winsome cast...Yes, the book may be corny, a characteristic of so many good musicals, but the acting, the songs, the lyrics, the choreography, the staging and the ever-enticing performance by the large Encores! Orchestra are a revelation and reflect the changes made along the way since the original...Directed with taste and insight by Warren Carlyle, who also provides dazzling choreography...Well-deserved and attractive revival.” Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Although for a while he shows the required bluster but doesn’t hint at much underneath, when it comes to Hickey’s tell-all scene about himself, Washington delivers with shattering soulful nakedness...At that point it is an extraordinary performance....The large cast is composed of excellent actors..This is one of O’Neill’s major works, and it is rewarding to see it performed anew, especially with Washington making his bid to make the renowned role his own." Full Review

Unexpected Joy
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“Everything clicks, with a believable plot, a cast of four who can really sing as well as act and a four-musician band that gives the show further oomph...Charmingly staged, and as the plot unfolds, it is laced with catchy musical numbers defining the characters...When Tamara, looking and acting so innocent, bursts into her...song with its sexy moves and lyrics, she is a show-stopper...There is considerable cleverness in the lyrics and the music in varied styles is consistently appealing.” Full Review