William Wolf

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Reviews (294)
Dear World
Midtown E
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"Ms. Daly was a bit tentative at first but soon moved solidly into the role...'Dear World'...has always been problematical for its mix of reality and flights of fancy in the imaginative plot and bizarre characterizations. Its best quality is charm, and the cast in the Mufti production handily conveys that aspect of the work as it progresses...Alison Fraser is a hoot as Madame Constance, the Madwoman of the Market, and Ann Harada is amusing as the Madwoman of Montmarte." Full Review

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"It stands on its own as an interesting and absorbing weird drama involving love, passion, anger and other emotions stemming from the set-up...A problem with the play is that with all the heat generated it is difficult to feel deeply for Petra. That is due to the oddball nature of the work itself, and the aura of strangeness that hovers over events...It falls on the performers to capture our attention and get us to enjoy much of what we are watching, and they certainly succeed at that." Full Review

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"Director Scott Elliott achieves an ambiance of casualness that conveys a clubby atmosphere of intimacy before the audience that is seated on each side of the playing area...Although the dialogue and interaction doesn’t really add up to the intellectual level that author appears to be seeking, the caliber of the acting grips our attention and makes the work seem deeper than it is." Full Review

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"An off-Broadway highlight of the season...A cast of five, seeming much larger...does Weill proud. There is an incredibly broad selection of numbers, and whether together or in solos, the troupe assembled and directed by Pamela Hunt consistently brings out the striking elements in Weill’s work...It is unusual to find such a fabulous composite of music in one show...Weill left an enormous legacy, and it is so gratifying to have an opportunity to enjoy so much of it in this stellar revival." Full Review

Big River
Midtown W
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"A new, lively concert-style staging...The plot is very incident-packed and a bit too sprawling. Still, the essence of Twain’s vision is there, wrapped in the twang-y country-style score mixed with passionate songs...Nicholas Barasch makes a delightfully rebellious Huck, who befriends Jim, played with dignity by Kyle Scatliffe…The production, set along the Mississippi River Valley in the 1840s, has some nifty numbers with the ensemble adding strength backing the soloists." Full Review

The Liar
East Village
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"A delightful farce…Ives meshes all of this into iambic pentameter, a rhythm that threatens to become soporific but is rescued by the sheer wit of the adaptation. Michael Kahn has directed with briskness and an eye for what to stress to obtain maximum laughter. The character collage is felicitously portrayed by excellent actors…The overall result is a breezy romp that is consistently enjoyable, and becomes another feather in the cap of Ives." Full Review

Yours Unfaithfully
Midtown W
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"The staging by director Jonathan Bank and the acting by the cast of five convey an air of sophistication to the plot and discourse...The intelligent conversation written by Malleson is perfectly captured as the cast members do justice to it under Bank’s direction that highlights the outward sincerity but underlying angst. Banks and his cast play it straight, not reaching for laughs, but letting the seriousness itself communicate amusement at the complications created." Full Review

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"A powerful revival...The men are an odd assortment, and we are made aware of how difficult life is and the obstacles that block paths toward fulfillment...The cast picks up the rhythm of Wilson’s dialogue and speech patterns, with each actor doing a superb job...One can walk away feeling one knows these struggling men with vivid mental pictures of them. Wilson’s poignant, well-conceived play is getting the fresh staging it deserves." Full Review

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"Green exudes wit and charm. Green has specialized in Coward and, while not trying to do a direct imitation, captures Coward’s high-brow tone. It is exceedingly pleasurable to watch Green channel the late multi-faceted star with simplicity and an ultra engaging manner…He keeps the program simple and nimble, and in the process we learn much about Coward’s life and thoughts on a variety of subjects." Full Review

In Transit
Midtown W
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"The creative, a cappella musical that was so entertaining in its off-Broadway version has now moved to Broadway and, in its larger space, is also entertaining…The direction and choreography by Kathleen Marshall make the company come across with sparkle…The solos are generally striking, and when the company breaks loose in song as a unit, such as in the finale, the effect is electric. 'In Transit' merits a stop on anyone’s theater going circuit." Full Review

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"A terrific cast brings the show alive...It is an extremely vibrant introduction, and the musical proceeds from there, following the source from which the show has been adapted...As with many musicals, working out the plot and the issues involved intrudes upon the show’s most entertaining elements...Despite a few heavy-handed plot moments, the staging, acting and Palminteri’s take on the character assortment make 'A Bronx Tale' delightful in its new incarnation." Full Review

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"'Terms of Endearment' has all the makings of a tearjerker, but as staged here under the direction of Michael Parva, it is so much more than that. There is much humor present, thanks to the level of the performances and the writing, and one gets to feel that this is ultimately a very human and even entertaining story that rises above button pushing to elicit tears and instead evokes real emotions and well-earned wet eyes...It stands as an impressive work well worth visiting." Full Review

Poison
Midtown W
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"Annoying before it starts...It seems a total affectation to have to observe Laurence doing nothing except making one wonder when the play will begin...The dialogue comes across as a verbal dance of emotions, both articulated and repressed. Huppuch and Laurence are very good at what they do, and at times we feel for them as people whose lives were shattered...When She flies into a rage, the effect is withering." Full Review

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"Toward the end of the first act, despite all the talent, the sameness in tone can get a bit cloying...What I hoped would happen in the second act does…Four delightful actresses give spirited performances in both acts…The book wraps up quite a bit in too-pat a fashion...But interjected are terrific performance turns...One comes away admiring how well the cast can act and sing, and how much the music and lyrics succeed in typifying two different eras for women." Full Review

Party People
East Village
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"The production is a fierce blend of song and dialogue. It is often too shrill and overstated, but the show has guts and furthermore, ties the past to the present in ways that proclaim issues yet to be resolved...The entire show is extremely intense, and although it gets repetitive and over-long, its passion commands attention and appreciation, and the overall perspective adds to our remembrance of those turbulent times." Full Review

Not That Jewish
Midtown W
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"She emits such sincerity that one gladly accepts whatever she is telling us. She also has the gift of being able to turn the corner and stir emotions between the laughs...Piper knows how to get to you. Piper is an excellent actress...Director Mark Waldrop has kept the show smooth as she moves about at the right moments...It all comes down to the intimacy she is able to establish with her audience in this generously entertaining and often moving performance." Full Review

Sweat
Midtown W
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for a previous production "Director Kate Whoriskey is on the same wavelength as Nottage, and rarely lets up on the tension that brews. There is lots of shouting by the impassioned cast members, and the heat level of the play is high...Lynn Nottage clearly has insight to the characters about whom she is writing, and also is well-attuned to the situations in which they find themselves. 'Sweat' is very powerful drama." Full Review

Falsettos
Midtown W
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"A period piece, but because of how well it is staged and acted has a fresh impact...The cast is a thoroughly winsome one, which compensates for the first act becoming at points a bit repetitious once the basic situation is set. The musical, with a score that is perky if often in a similar vein, picks up sharply in the second act...The cast is top-flight, and director Lapine has staged it smartly, with solid input by choreographer Spencer Liff." Full Review

Vietgone
Midtown W
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"It is often wildly entertaining, and yet the play provokes thought about the plight of those who left Vietnam during the infamous war...It is mainly the humor that defines this take on the subject, with rap sequences, slapstick and jokes about sex...'Vietgone' director May Adrales accents its comically mischievous edge as well as the serious side. Some cutting might be wise and there are dull spots here and there. But deep feelings effectively burst forth." Full Review

Love, Love, Love
Midtown W
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"Selfishness is a motif in the scathingly funny take enlivened by excellent performances. Michael Mayer directs with precision that doesn’t let anybody off the hook...The author provides a sharply funny look at this kind of parenthood, which is a welcome antidote to the parental platitudes often served us in plays, films and TV programs. Amy Ryan in particular raises her character to an art form as she energizes a larger-than-life persona in a performance that is as funny as it is award worthy." Full Review

The Front Page
Midtown W
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"An uproariously funny Broadway staging that expertly captures the work and the period, thanks to a mighty cast, and director Jack O’Brien’s super-smart staging...Lane gives a tremendously funny performance...A host of other characters, all played to perfection, populate the play...One might pick at something here and there, but this is an ultra-successful production designed to keep audiences howling with laughter, a staging that does proper justice to the Hecht-MacArthur work of theater art." Full Review

Orwell In America
Midtown E
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"What Horton does exceedingly well is build a portrait of Orwell as a rigid man and thinker minus the gift of personal appeal needed to win people over to his ideas...Much praise is due his stage partner de Waal. She turns in a very impressive performance as Carlotta...Director Hackett manages the scenic flow tidily and keeps the focus where it should be at all times...At awards time attention should be paid to this major acting accomplishment by Horton." Full Review

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"An enjoyable stage treat, with winsome leads and a talented troupe that can generate audience applause with exhilarating dance numbers. Sure, the story is corny, but the performers in this show can make characters reasonably believable even in the most far-fetched situations...Greenberg’s direction has plenty of spirit, with the numbers cleverly woven into the story and projecting the plot forward with an emphasis on keeping the entertainment gears moving." Full Review

Battlefield
Brooklyn
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"It would be wonderful to report that the pain dramatized in 'Battlefield' is outdated. Unfortunately, the anguish over what we are asked to feel in this production leaps across the years. It also makes for a very special theater experience...'Battlefield' becomes consistently mesmerizing, enveloping the audience in a total experience with a flow of talk and movement of great smoothness...Yet another feather in the cap of the renowned Peter Brook, now 91 years old and still making his mark." Full Review

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"It emerges as a thin if likable drama that enables us to enjoy the main attractions, the terrific singing by Kecia Lewis as Tharpe and Rebecca Naomi Jones as Knight...The dialogue between the women can get sharp at times...But the singing is the real treat...Directed with feeling by Neil Pepe, it is an impressive tribute to the two singers who contributed so much to the musical world with their creativity, performing and recording." Full Review

If I Forget
Midtown W
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"A family drama rich in both laughs and angst...Levenson is skilled at mixing seriousness with laugh lines and that renders 'If I Forget' consistently entertaining. Sullivan’s direction makes the most of the comic elements, abetted by performers who extract the maximum out of Levenson’s brittle dialogue and observations...Unfortunately, the author goes astray on occasion...Flaws aside, this family drama comes across in its way as vital and enjoyable." Full Review

Everybody
Midtown W
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"A free-wheeling staging that has an entertaining sweep but somewhat defuses whatever messages are intended by an effort to be extra showy...The production is consistently entertaining given the collective enthusiasm and skill of the cast and the inventiveness of the direction. The theater is alive with action...'Everybody' is an entertaining production, with loads of implications about human behavior communicated by solid performances, but the play needs sharpening." Full Review

Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
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"Close is sensational in the role on many counts and deserves every bit of the prolonged ovations she is getting...Lonny Price as director knows exactly how to showcase her...The strong, pulsating score adds intensity, but I have to say that I find the sing-song rhythm and tonality of dialogue in various recitative passages annoying. But that is a quibble. This is a hugely entertaining musical and a chance to enjoy the artistry of Glenn Close at the height of her stage power." Full Review

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"The attempt is more interesting than the result, as the play lacks the tightness and synchronized drive needed to rise above good intentions...Despite the colorful performances, the work lacks the sophistication to make us either care about the characters or their plight. It all seems like an exercise in existentialism without the sufficient wit and know-how to succeed on the level needed to fulfill the play’s commendable ambition." Full Review

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"Ed Dixon has a delightful demeanor, often delivering a line with an implied wink...Directed by Eric Schaeffer, Dixon tries to keep the homage lively, moving about and pouring his heart and his talent into evoking Rose while spinning narratives...Dixon covers Rose’s life with flair and fine-tuned recollections...Dixon succeeded admirably in bonding with his audience, but his 'Georgie,' while entertaining, moving and glowing with expertise, could still stand some tightening." Full Review

Milk and Honey
Midtown E
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"An appealing cast does a formidable job in capturing the spirit of the show…Mark Delavan treats us with a strong voice and excellent acting in the role of Phil Arkin…The musical is enlivened by humor, much of it coming from the performance by Alix Korey as Clara Weiss…Herman wrote a tuneful score…Supporting characters also add sparkle in word and song." Full Review

The Present
Midtown W
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"Crowley’s direction is spirited, with some effective lighting and other effects. The play itself, while sampling Chekhov’s talent, lacks the impact of his later achievements. Still, there is plenty on stage to hold one’s interest, although one can question the concept of modernization...This is a fine opportunity to see Blanchett and Roxburgh at work, admire the efforts of the Sydney Theatre Company and evaluate this unusual interpretation of an early work by the great Russian dramatist." Full Review

God of Vengeance
Midtown W
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for a previous production "Although there is quite a bit of repetition in parts, the play still works as high drama, and the cast does a first-rate job in bringing the characters and situations to life with plenty of turbulence. The New Yiddish Rep has performed a service in giving audiences who have heard of this iconic play but have never had a chance to see it staged the opportunity to view and evaluate it, as well as to see what the fuss was all about." Full Review

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"A major musical on Broadway that deserves to find a new audience...The entire show is marked by creativity both in staging and performance. Platt is outstanding throughout in the title role of the production, which has a clever book by Levenson and involving music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul...Grief has directed with expert meshing of the show’s many ingredients...Not only an enjoyable show, but an admirable one that bears repeat viewing to absorb all of its energy and imagination." Full Review

Sweet Charity
Midtown W
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"Foster comes through with wrenching vulnerability as the forlorn dance hall hostess, but also adds an appealing ability to fight back to survive...Foster’s performance deserves to go beyond this limited off-Broadway run, and so does this production directed by Leigh Silverman and smartly choreographed by Joshua Bergasse...There are numerous striking numbers...'Sweet Charity' a hard ticket, but if you can manage to book it, you’ll have a very entertaining time." Full Review

This Day Forward
Gramercy
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Comes together in the second act with more strength than in the first act, although there is much humor in the initial half too...Despite the laughter induced, the first act drags out so much that one’s patience can be tested...Silver takes a whack at marital relationships. Heterosexual or gay—it doesn’t matter. Relationships can be hell, and people’s dreams can remain unfulfilled and only wispy memories." Full Review

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"I find Kroll and Mulaney funnier in manner and outrageousness—they are very good comics—than in much of their material. However, they often exhibit very savvy comments reflecting knowledge of theater, culture and politics...The sort of humor that will arouse laughter in some and possibly make others uncomfortable. One can say that these cut-ups are an acquired taste...Alex Timbers directs the show with a clear understanding of what makes these entertainers funny." Full Review

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"All of the movement and interaction with audience members add to the excitement. But when all is said and done, the acting and singing carry the day and stir emotions. The score is dynamic and intriguingly varied, and there are outstanding performing turns...If you want to see a particularly unusual show, head for the Imperial. The theater itself is something to see and experience in its new version revamped for this run." Full Review

Dead Poets Society
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"'Dead Poets Society' is both often funny and moving in its salute to developing an independent mind and matching behavior…Sudeikis is very believable and enjoyable...In the confines of a small stage a variety of story threads come to life, sometimes amusingly, sometimes ultra dramatically. The entire cast is excellent, and Doyle, who has proved himself a master of directing on a small scale, furthers that reputation here." Full Review

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"If you look for a traditional plot, you will be bewildered. The strength of the play is its dynamic flow of image-evoking statements provided by the acting ensemble as members interpret the text. The play’s force also comes from its strength as spectacle. However, one can criticize it as being too esoteric, even as one appreciates the author’s creative take in trying to make her points in a manner very different from customary approaches." Full Review

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"Two key characters are Sam, brilliantly played by Brown, and Willie, the excellent Ngaujah...The racism that explodes is irredeemably ugly, yet Sam’s strong verbal fight...foretells what will develop on a larger scale. My one qualm is...the tone of the performance by Robbins...Hally comes across as rather unpleasant from the beginning...But that’s a minor personal reaction to what is a devastating drama...It is an extremely well-written drama mounted with exemplary distinction." Full Review

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"'Finian’s Rainbow' still speaks to us, mostly through its terrific, socially conscious songs, as well as its lovely romantic ones...As well as delight in the glowing performance of Errico, one can sit back and enjoy the achievements of Ken Jennings as her father, the feisty Finian...The supporting cast members...are also superb...The small-scale production provides an intimacy that enables the key aspects of the musical, as adapted and directed by Moore, to shine through." Full Review

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"Schrieber is especially deft in the role...McTeer is adept at hauteur toward Valmont and others, but also effective in unleashing venom and communicating inner pain and distress...Director Rourke strikes a balance between the nastiness of the interplay and the humor derived from it...The drama could use some cutting, as after a while the events seem repetitive...While this is not a production for the ages, it is certainly a reputable addition to the lore and lure of Hampton’s work." Full Review

Plenty
East Village
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"Hare’s writing is brilliant and director Leveaux shifts scenes smoothly between past and present and keeps the look spartan enough so that the performances always stand out sharply...Weisz gives a fabulous performance as she falls further and further into emotional trauma...The essence of Hare’s play is there with all its striking political undertow. And one should come away with new admiration for Weisz’s range of talent." Full Review

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"An odd mix of actors emote loudly, but mostly fail to be convincing about the emotions they are enduring...There are humorous elements in the play, and a somewhat touching instant of unrequited love, but in order for a production to work, somehow it must suggest the Russian soul. Regrettably, the actors in this production rarely seem remotely Russian...There is one exception. Joel Grey as the elderly, humble servant Firs...Grey’s acting reminds us of what is missing." Full Review

Heisenberg
Midtown W
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"The working out of the playwright’s musings, under the snappy direction of Mark Brokaw...is in the hands of two terrific actors, Arndt and Parker...All lies in the writing and acting, and the stars are commanding. Parker, in a role very different than some of the parts she has played, is amusingly flamboyant and a dynamic force that little by little brings Alex out of his shell...There is no uncertainty that this is a captivating play offering two highly appealing performances." Full Review

Stuffed
Midtown W
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for a previous production "Based on this first-time play, one can say that Lampanelli is better at stand-up than at being a playwright. She is on to a good topic with 'Stuffed,' but unlike the problem of overeating that the characters discuss, this production is low on calories...Even though the show has no intermission, is not especially long, is lightly directed by Gay and is occasionally funny, after a while a feeling of repetition sets in, and one can conclude that the subject has already been covered enough." Full Review

The Encounter
Midtown W
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"The show is one big aural onslaught that, as intriguing as it can be, goes on so long as to leave one in a state of mental exhaustion...The sound effects are stupendous...McBurney puts on one admirable, original performance...This is Broadway’s unique show at the moment. Whether you will leave with great admiration for McBurney and the audio magic being performed, or leave with a headache, or perhaps both, depends upon your outlook and endurance capacity." Full Review

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"The cast members, with perfect ensemble acting, are more impressive than the dialogue the author has provided them...This is an intellectual lot, and one might expect conversation to sparkle more than it does, save for some laugh-eliciting outbursts...Backs are frequently turned to the audience, which leaves some straining to hear quiet talk at such moments." Full Review

Fiorello!
East Village
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"The music by Bock and witty lyrics of Harnick are chief attractions...Directed by Bob Moss, the enthusiastic company puts plenty of spirit into the show...Despite the appealing acting by Austin Scott Lombardi in the title role, it must be faced that he looks nothing like LaGuardia...The book can get heavy at times, true also in the original...But whatever quibbles one may find here, this staging is an admirable, welcomely enjoyable opportunity to see this show." Full Review