William Wolf

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Reviews (294)
Desperate Measures
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

for a previous production "If you are looking for a good time at an Off-Broadway show, I guarantee that you’ll find it in 'Desperate Measures'...All of the scheming and romantic attractions are advanced by the charming score and the excellent voices of the cast members...The musical zips along merrily with fine integration of action and song, and by the end, when all has been colorfully worked out, one can applaud gratefully for all of the fun packed into this compact all-around display of talent." Full Review

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"I have long admired the work of Christine Lahti and here she is at full force as Hester Smith...One element that seems superfluous and pretentious is the foreign language known as Talk...although perhaps that does add somewhat to the eerie overall effect of the production, an ambiance that Bonney maintains...You may at times wince from what you are watching, and yet the acting and the author’s bleak outlook on humanity, entwined with the theatricality, are powerful." Full Review

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"A strange work...Anyone expecting the subtitle with the word 'Affair' to indicate some hot sex between an older woman and the young poet and writer will not find any such thing depicted...Under the direction of Hegland, Pelletier gives a go-for-broke performance that dominates the stage...The play would gain from shortening (it is two hours plus an intermission), but the performances hold attention, especially that of Pelletier in what amounts to a showcase role for her." Full Review

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"Deevy was very perceptive in creating her characters and placing them in environments that dictate challenges...All directed by Jonathan Bank with precise understanding of Deevy’s work...It is intriguing to see how the playwright pays special attention to the problems of women in the various settings...The plays are just long enough to hold our attention without overstaying their welcome...Bank’s cast members come through in grand form." Full Review

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"A political pep rally spiced with Moore’s entertaining persona. It is surprising what an excellent comedian he can be...An unusual—and enjoyable—Broadway theater outing...I wondered how Moore could hold even en enthusiastic crowd for that long. But lo and behold, the time breezed by (with only a slight lull here and there) as Moore held firm command, veering from immensely entertaining and often hilarious segments, to his very serious effort to change the political landscape." Full Review

A Parallelogram
Midtown W
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"A super cast and Greif’s sharp staging of Norris’s snappy dialogue, characterizations, and provocative insights, make for an entertaining if sometimes overextended journey...Some of the ideas become repetitive. But the concepts with which the playwright deals are intriguing...He succeeds in laying them out in often hilarious situations and conversation...And hovering over everything is the superb, memorable, and enjoyable performance by Gillette." Full Review

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“Perfectly enjoyable…The staging and acting are broad, which works fine for the comedy that lends itself to such a romp, especially in an outdoor setting…Ashford gives a striking performance, cutting up in broad fashion in showing off her unique talent. She is often hilarious. Another standout is the ever-reliable Burstein as weaver Nick Bottom…Whether playing parts large or small in the huge ensemble, the collection of cast members makes for a vital company that delivers convincingly.” Full Review

Me & Ella
Midtown E
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“The show is described as a work in progress, but it is already extremely enjoyable in light of Frierson’s talent and likability…Frierson has a potent voice, expert delivery and holds her own captivatingly, with songs well integrated into the text. The direction by Murphy Cross and Paul Kreppel keep the focus on target with simplicity…The overall effect is to both introduce an audience to Frierson’s considerable vocal talent and remind us anew about what a treasure Ella Fitzgerald was.” Full Review

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"A lethargic Sherlock Holmes musical that needs plenty of work if it is to have any legs. There is too much talk and not enough singing, and what music there is has little power...There is a murder, of course, but there’s not much of interest about it. Yes, Professor Moriarty appears as the arch villain, and that leads to one of the most ridiculous fight scenes imaginable." Full Review

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for a previous production "The result is is often downright hilarious, thanks to the blend of clever lyrics and song parodies, and especially thanks to the four exceptionally talented, very funny and inventive performers who assume a rapid-fire variety of identities...The wide-ranging sketches and character assortment involve rapid changes of costumes and wigs." Full Review

1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
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"Both Sturridge and Birney give remarkable performances defining the individual against the state. Olivia Wilde excels...The staging has the chilling effect that it is meant to have, and the torture scenes can send shivers down one’s spine...This theatrical version touches the right bases and, with the combination of fine acting all around and the vigorous use of staging technique, it becomes a memorable, terrifying experience that is both emotional and food for thought in today’s world." Full Review

Terezin
Midtown W
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“A shawl is used to simulate playing the violin while we hear the accompanying music. That is one of the most successful touches. But other examples of the approach are strained…Such surrealism is intrusive and unconvincing, even muddling…The ensemble cast excels in getting into the overall mood of the play…However, as sincere as this effort...is, the style of the production sometimes impedes evoking emotions connected to what we see, even though the horrors are forcefully referenced.” Full Review

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"Seeing the wonderful musical tribute to Guthrie is not only an entertaining and emotional trip down memory lane but a reminder of what Americans must currently fight for in a time when workers and liberal principles are under assault...It is Lutken who charms on stage by leading us through Guthrie’s life and comments, as well as playing guitar as he takes us on the musical journey...This is a production not to be missed for those who enjoy or especially treasure folk music." Full Review

Cost of Living
Midtown W
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"Until Martyna Majok’s 'Cost of Living' takes a forced, not very credible late-play turn, the drama is riveting and deeply moving as a result of the writing, the poignancy attached to the characters and the true-to-life acting...Suddenly the author takes us down a further road that undercuts everything that has gone before, and although still deeply moved by what has passed, one might wish that the play had undergone a severe back-end edit." Full Review

Sweetee
Midtown W
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“A charmer of a well-cast little musical…Best of all, it has in the title role Jordan Tyson, a highly appealing actress with a dynamic, infectious voice. She is worth a special trip and so is this standout show…The plot is a stretch but the performers, Birch’s astute staging, and the appeal of the score dominate…The love aspects may be clichéd, but there is an overall spirit that ignites, and a good feeling emerges when the company gathers for a singing finale.” Full Review

Venus
Midtown W
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“At the core is Zainab Jah in the title role, giving a superb, ultimately affecting performance…The more intimate portion of the play provides the strongest emotional connection for an audience, as opposed to the spectacle and overview that captures attention but detracts from the real drama involving a life at stake…All of the cast members are good, but Jah is very special…Ultimately we do feel for this victim of exploitation, and that is the major accomplishment of the play.” Full Review

The Lucky One
Midtown W
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"A stylish, well-acted revival...Brand’s performance as Bob is very one-note until the explosion of anger toward Gerald, but even when he wins Pamela his demeanor is solemn...A scene-stealer is Cynthia Harris as the great-aunt, who has many good lines denoting her wisdom and humor, and Harris makes the most of them, dominating the stage whenever she makes an appearance...As is customary with Mint Theater productions, all is done here in impeccable style." Full Review

The Golden Apple
Midtown W
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"Encores! has retrieved this legendary show in a staging that reveals why so many people have revered the musical with its glorious score by Moross and lyrics by Latouche. One of the most thrilling aspects of this revival is the rendition of the score by the Encores! orchestra...Excellent singers are required and this presentation has them...'The Golden Apple' is exactly the kind of work that bears rediscovery. And Encores! has provided an enjoyable and very accomplished revisit." Full Review

Marry Harry
Midtown E
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"A charming, intimate musical...It isn’t a show to set the world on fire, but it is appealingly acted by a winsome cast and directed and choreographed with mostly a light touch...One creative touch is the popping in and out of two men and a woman as a commentating chorus, with word and song and funny antics...The trio provides much humor...Overall this is a merry 'Mary Harry.'" Full Review

The Roundabout
Midtown E
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“A classy staging...The sprightly cast is built around the life of Lord Kettlewell, played with charm and occasional bewilderment by the excellent Brian Protheroe…The excellent cast members include Richenda Carey, Charlie Field and Ed Pinker. Polly Sullivan has designed an effective Kettlewell country home in the small stage space, and Hugh Ross directs what is a very stylish production, the kind we have come to expect from visiting Brits.” Full Review

War Paint
Midtown W
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"The music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie work best when sung by the stars, and director Michael Greif has worked hard to keep up a pace in a show that seems over-extended...However, there is no getting away from the fact that watching LuPone and Ebersole is the main reason for seeing 'War Paint,' and the stars who reign do not disappoint, even in a show with a strained book and less than glorious music." Full Review

Present Laughter
Midtown W
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"Through it all Kline is a master of comic and dramatic sophistication that exactly fits the tone of Coward’s best writing. That tone is achieved—with one exception—by the direction of Moritz von Stuelpnagel and the contributions of other starring cast members...A wonderfully entertaining production, with impeccable casting and resulting fine acting, led by the triumph of Kevin Kline...One of the most enjoyable plays, revival or original, of the season." Full Review

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for a previous production "Uproariously funny...I was uninhibitedly laughing aloud through much of the mayhem created on stage by this superb gang of actors who show themselves to be expert in physical comedy as well as dialogue meant to go with raised eyebrows...Under the direction of Mark Bell, the mayhem persists with ingenious complications at virtually every turn...I could bestow an ensemble award for the lot, so smoothly do they mesh into the overall hysteria." Full Review

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“A loud, exuberant pageant…The trouble is that the score becomes repetitive and frankly, boring, after a while. Lampert’s performance as Joan achieves stature in the context of Byrne’s rock-vision, and those playing multiple roles as soldiers and others pack the work with further energy. But the music and lyrics fail to achieve emotional involvement…An ambitious effort to present the saga of Joan in a different manner, but it achieves more visual than emotional impact.” Full Review

Linda
Midtown W
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“The play, even while touching on vital themes, seems overwritten...The cast members all make vital contributions, but it is Dee who holds center stage and commands our attention and admiration...She is consistently dynamic in a performance that epitomizes the problems women face in having it all…Skinner has written a pertinent drama, and Lynne Meadow’s direction skillfully accents issues touched along the way.” Full Review

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"There’s a lot of hell-raising, some of it funny, going on in director Doyle’s staging...But is it Shakespeare?...Doyle’s cast plunges into his conception with enthusiasm, and in particular cases, with special acting talent...While there are doses of charm and humor, the beauty of the Bard’s language is mostly buried. And by truncating the work way beyond some prudent editing, we do not get the play interpreted close to what it probably was meant to be by the author." Full Review

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"There is much humor in the dialogue between the two men...The dialogue between Disney and Stravinsky is cleverly written, and director Joe Brancato keeps the confrontations between the men lively...'Small World' makes a misstep by tacking on a superfluous coda...It would have been better to have figured out an ending without the clumsy ploy. But even so, the play is filled with enough wit to make seeing it a very enjoyable experience, with special appreciation for the fine acting." Full Review

Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
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"One smashingly executed number after another, variously performed by a versatile cast of nine...The effect is often electric. The show is quite elaborate for this relatively intimate staging...Rarely can one find such a compendium of musical favorites in one production, which offers treat after treat as we go down memory lane with Prince...Fortunately, this fine cast ensemble does justice to the rich material virtually every step of the way." Full Review

Van Gogh's Ear
Midtown W
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"More of an elegy than a drama...As the painter, Hudson’s interpretation of the dialogue is rather emotionless...What makes a more profound impression is the playing of compositions...The production has a haunting quality, but its lack of intense drama can make the effect at times soporific. Apart from the music, the most striking aspect is the projection of van Gogh’s art...It would help if there were more sparks to the enterprise." Full Review

Jerry's Girls
Midtown E
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“There is absolute delight in the concert revival of ‘Jerry’s Girls’…Director Pamela Hunt has built in a steady supply of movement that keeps the show zipping along…The expertise of D’Abruzzo, Pedi, Umoh and pianist Svejcar provide sparkling entertainment and do justice to Herman…Apart from the striking solos, the three work beautifully together in creating a charming ambiance.” Full Review

Curvy Widow
Midtown W
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"Opel deserves to be up for this new season’s awards for her dynamic, captivating performance in 'Curvy Widow,' with a clever book and lively music and lyrics...The various encounters are hilarious, whether in dialogue or songs expressing her dismay...One ploy annoys me. In the midst of her adventures her dead husband materializes a few times...It’s an old idea, and it becomes gimmicky...The high spirits of the production and the energetic delivery of the songs combine to be entertaining." Full Review

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"Although seriously needing cutting of a few less appealing sequences to make a tighter, shorter production, 'Money Talks: The Musical' is largely clever, entertaining and winningly performed by its talented cast of four who turn up in a variety of roles...The show seems overextended and would be much snappier if some of the less impressive relationship sketches were trimmed. But the overall cleverness and good nature, abetted by the thoroughly enjoyable acting and singing, carry appeal." Full Review

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"There are some good creative moments…On the other hand Gold indulges in some utterly gross approaches that severely undercut the play…Isaac's Hamlet is a very energetic, even aggressive one. If you accept that concept and tone, Isaac does brilliantly and creates an especially dynamic Hamlet. However, that approach strips away the idea of a melancholy Dane…Isaac’s performance is a major one to see this season." Full Review

Marvin's Room
Midtown W
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"Anne Kauffman has directed this production with sensitivity to what must be illuminated in the characterizations and in the balance between the writer’s sense of humor and seriousness...The writing and acting call for intimacy, which often gets lost against the gigantic background of the set...Even within the framework of this staging, the performances combine to bring the play to life and keep us focused, sometimes even amusingly, on their situations." Full Review

Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
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"The family drama is steadily involving and, even though it can at times feel over-jammed with conflict and events, it carries the ring of truth...Edelstein handles all of the action smoothly...Nothing seems overly contrived...All cast members distinguish themselves, but I am especially impressed by Bresnahan as Luda...As family sagas go, Kennedy has given us a very absorbing one filled with sharp dialogue, insights, and characters tailor-made for good acting opportunities." Full Review

The Traveling Lady
West Village
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"The characters Foote has created grow on you right up until the very touching ending...The beauty of the play, directed with care and intelligence by Austin Pendleton, lies in Foote’s ability to develop believable characters and place them in believable surroundings. The excellent cast succeeds in making Foote’s characters come alive...Everything unites to make one leave with appreciation of having had a moving experience and renewed respect for the author." Full Review

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“Brendan Conroy has the ability to hold an audience spellbound…Through it all, Conroy modulates his voice to express reactions, and he also strides or strolls about the stage under O’Byrne’s direction to provide much-needed movement to keep the performance from becoming static. It is mainly the actor’s gift for mellifluously immersing himself in Synge’s portrait of the islands and their people that commands attention and does justice to the play.” Full Review

Invincible
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"An entertaining and incisive drama...The ease with which all is integrated not only stems from the savvy play text but on the four excellent actors who make the characters come vividly alive...There are relationship ramifications all around as the play intensifies. The four actors are terrific and keep us involved. With the Brits Off Broadway series one can generally count on such acting expertise." Full Review

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"Jeffrey Hatcher’s spirited adaptation of Russian author Nikolai Gogol’s play 'Revizor' is broadly staged by Jesse Berger with hilarious results in this Red Bull Theater presentation. The cast is wonderfully up to the uproariously funny satire on government dishonesty...The entire company deserves much praise for providing the ensemble merriment...Much credit should go to director Berger, whose vigorously over-the-top staging gives an audience a rollicking good time." Full Review

The Whirligig
Midtown W
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“There are time changes and flashbacks to follow the trajectories of Linklater’s assorted characters, with whom you may or may not relate appreciatively. But you will be unlikely to question the veracity or effectiveness of the acting…Linklater deftly exposes his characters in the different time frames...Death is inevitably sad, but the extent that one will respond emotionally will be governed by how deeply one feels for the characters.” Full Review

Building the Wall
Midtown W
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"You can call the situation dramatized far-fetched but, nonetheless, it makes for an unsettling projection of events in this tightly presented two-hander, grippingly performed by Dale and Tunie...I was thoroughly riveted by the talk between Rick and Gloria as a result of the convincing acting by Dale and Tunie and the issues that the playwright puts on the table...Schenkkan, his cast and director Edelson, whose staging is admirably taut, do a service with this riveting dramatic warning." Full Review

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"The genius of this production, which I regard as the best new musical of the season, is that from the very beginning a skilled group of 12 actors thrillingly take on assorted roles and slip in and out of the characters in a free-flowing staging...The goodhearted nature of 'Come from Away' is at the forefront without being cloyingly sentimental...The show appeals to our finer qualities as human beings, and manages to be exuberantly entertaining at the same time." Full Review

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"It quickly becomes evident that 'A Doll’s House, Part 2,' the musing of playwright Lucas Hnath, is refreshingly creative...The dialogue is very much in contemporary vernacular, and that is a wise choice, avoiding making the play seem like faux Ibsen. A further plus is a superb cast and clever plotting...The play leaves me with uneasy questions about the take on Nora...Her trajectory is interesting to ponder, which makes the play all the more fascinating." Full Review

Pacific Overtures
East Village
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"No matter what you do to Sondheim, his genius shines through...The work emerges as very much of a mood piece simply staged. The score is played beautifully...The singing has a poetic quality, as does the overall mood...And yet this comes across as 'Pacific Overtures' light, a work that begs to be seen in its original scope...But if someone has never attended other productions, seeing this version can be a gratifying experience." Full Review

Indecent
Midtown W
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“Although it could use some serious trimming, Vogel’s play with music is excitingly staged under Rebecca Taichman’s direction, and it makes the most of elements in ‘God of Vengeance’…Once the production gets going all is redeemed by the excellent performances...The situation cries out for a double bill with 'God of Vengeance' staged in all its ahead-of-its-time emotional drama, and then followed by Vogel’s take on its creation. It would make for a grand if lengthy combination.” Full Review

Amelie
Midtown W
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"Soo shows that she has a good voice, is engaging and able to energize a production. The show itself...is pleasant but rambling without igniting the excitement needed to lift a musical to Broadway heights...The supporting cast is solid, with some good vocal turns sprinkled throughout, and some may appreciate the musical for its good-natured ambiance. However, seeing Soo as a new and pleasing star is the production’s main attraction." Full Review

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"Overall Gold has given us more of an in-your-face production in which one has to search for snatches of William’s poetry. His writing is what makes the play so sensitive. In this case the desire to stage it differently undercuts rather than enhances the drama which when well-done shimmers with sensitivity. Still, for those who have never seen 'The Glass Menagerie,' this is a chance to experience it, no matter how flawed the staging." Full Review

Vanity Fair
Midtown W
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"An eye-catching, attention-grabbing show that, although too long, lives up to Hamill’s conception with effectiveness. The trade-off is that while one can admire the acting, the costumes, the effects and the overall impact, this is not an approach that can engender very deep pro and con feelings for the characters, who mostly one-dimensionally play out their respective lives...My greatest pleasure was watching Hamill make the most of her role as Becky. She is exceptionally talented." Full Review

The Penitent
Chelsea
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“It seems to go round and round at times in repeating the issues laid out for us. Although one can be absorbed, there is thinness in this Mamet play, which lacks the bite of his better works. My main enjoyment came from watching Pidgeon…Her performance gives the play a consistent edge. Neil Pepe’s direction unfolds the succession of intimate scenes effectively, but there is nothing that he can do to whitewash the fact that the play itself, although always interesting, is Mamet light.” Full Review

Wakey, Wakey
Midtown W
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"Eno’s effective but terribly sad play...Emerson’s performance is remarkable. What he does will leave you deeply moved. As the end approaches his face is wracked with a combination of pain, bewilderment and fatalism, all fused to poignant dramatic effect. The author, who also is the director, energizes the play with projections...'Wakey, Wakey' is highly sensitive theater that may touch raw nerves...On the other hand, it can also provide a note of courage and understanding." Full Review