William Wolf

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Reviews (294)
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Only moderately entertaining...The best parts of the offering are the appealing performances...They collectively get into the spirit of an old-fashioned political revival meeting...Although amiable and bright in spirit, the musical lacks sufficient wit to make it more than a pleasant satire on how immigrants to the United States could be molded into dominated voters for those holding onto power so that elections could be manipulated." Full Review

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"The battles in a way overshadow the thwarted love story that is key to the plot...The production is dynamic, but overlong, and director Sullivan obviously has worked hard to find ways to keep our attention, especially with the gunfire onslaught that erupts with appropriate, smoky scenic effects...Since 'Troilus and Cressida' is rarely performed...this mounting provides a chance to freshly evaluate it. On that score alone, it is worth seeing." Full Review

Quietly
Chelsea
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"By the end of this drama, emotions will have exploded against a backstory of Irish history, deftly revealed under the intense direction by Jimmy Fay…The skill of the writing, the acting and the directing combine to mesmerize the audience...By the end, one is ready to applaud what has emerged as a riveting theater experience and food for thought about past events that may remind one of unrelated happenings going on now elsewhere in the world." Full Review

The Golden Bride
Financial
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The story itself, corny but charming, can easily be followed through the bursts of song and expressive performances by an excellent cast...Plot is not the operetta-style show’s strong point. The fun injected into the rollicking numbers and the romantic ballads drive the production, which is also spiced with comedy and a few broad performances...A boon to those who prize keeping Yiddish culture and the Yiddish language alive." Full Review

Hero's Welcome
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Acykbourn weaves the strands of the overloaded plot into somewhat of a soap opera, except that in his hands the play comes across as more than that. There is mordant humor underscoring the complications as well as serious observations about character behavior. Despite so much jammed into in the play, Ayckbourn and his marvelous cast can keep us riveted, and his direction is lean and pointed." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The endearing young performers providing oomph are irresistible. Children and adults alike can gain fresh pleasure from this production...Despite their youth, the performers come with considerable experience, and it shows. The production generally moves smoothly...The tone of the show mixes naïveté with worldliness, as it should, for the combination gives the show its basic charm. The cast seems to understand this and enjoyably communicates that outlook." Full Review

Peer Gynt
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"This one runs only 110 minutes without an intermission, but it sometimes seems like five hours. By stripping the play to its bare bones, Doyle captures essentials, but the setting seems puny for a play with such lofty ambitions...Admittedly 'Peer Gynt' is an exceptionally challenging, but cutting it down to what Doyle has done doesn’t seem to be the answer...In truth I left more exhausted than enlightened." Full Review

The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Wolf Entertainment Guide

“Engrossingly staged by director Neil Armfield with a superb performance as Oscar Wilde by Rupert Everett...One comes away with admiration for Everett’s performance and a fresh view of the tragedy of what Wilde had to endure in the face of the vicious prejudice of his time, and the devastating complications it brought to his life and relationships.” Full Review

Turn Me Loose
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Joe Morton is a splendid actor, proven once again with his spot-on portrait of the noted comedian and activist Dick Gregory…It is a smooth-as-silk performance--moving, hilarious and politically razor-sharp…The evening is both entertaining and meaningful, with laughs galore that reveal so much about our society then and now." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Some of the smartest, most perceptive and amusing dialogue of the current theater season can be found in 'Hold on to Me Darling.' What’s more, the entire cast can be lauded for terrific acting that entertainingly and flawlessly illuminates the characters...The dialogue that the author has provided Strings is masterly...On the heels of all of the comedy that abounds in Lonergan’s writing, the situations he creates and the acting by the excellent cast, the play delivers one poignant sequence." Full Review

Southern Comfort
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The various cast members playing the assortment of characters in Robert’s life are excellent, and the theme of we are who we are and proud of it gets excellent treatment throughout...The production is seductive, drawing us into the transgender world and eliciting respect and sympathy for the characters living according to their deeply felt identities. 'Southern Comfort' is an important socially conscious statement as well as admirably creative." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The smartly mounted show recalls a time when an all-black cast performed in the context of the battle for civil rights being waged at the time...An excellent eight-member cast performing in concert style demonstrates why the numbers resonated at the time as well as continue to resonate." Full Review

Mabel Madness
Chelsea
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The life and career of cabaret icon Mabel Mercer is movingly recalled in Urban Stages’ new show, written and performed by Trezana Beverley...The overall impact builds to poignancy and fresh appreciation for the highs and lows of Mercer’s struggles and career...Beverley starts low-key, giving her time to build the impact. Most poignant is the recollection of Mercer’s difficult childhood...It is a vast personal saga conveyed with feeling." Full Review

Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"As much as one may admire the acting of Chalamet and others, it is possible to tire of Quinn’s relentless self-exploration, as if there were no one else in the world. True, that may be exactly what a young person unsure of himself may do, but it makes for severely repetitive angst...Although the drama is only 90 minutes without intermission, much has been packed into it In the way of plot threads and revelations, perhaps too much." Full Review

Noises Off
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Farce requires exceptional expertise, which is certainly there in full steam in the wonderfully-cast revival of 'Noises Off.' The show is a sure-fire prescription for all who are seeking the kind of belly laughs to be heard at Roundabout Theater Company’s production under the blissful direction of Jeremy Herrin." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"When done properly, 'Fiddler on the Roof' has a spectrum of ingredients that make one laugh, cry and appreciate the struggles of Jews. In this production, the added wrap-around intro and closing are superfluous...The power of the show speaks for itself, as art should, and an aware audience can make the connection without the need for a contrived exclamation point." Full Review

Allegiance
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"A majestic and moving musical, 'Allegiance' is strikingly mounted under the direction of Arima...Many hands have helped give the production its impressive look in the face of the challenge of having to cover the sweep of family history as well as the trajectory of the war. 'Allegiance' is a big show, but its success lies in the intimate ways in which it examines its characters and in their connecting emotionally with the audience." Full Review

Rothschild & Sons
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The adaptation makes sense with honing the show into the new approach, and the musical acquires more dramatic focus and eliminates some of the less potent threads...Robert Cuccioli is vibrant and impressive as Meyer Rothschild, head of the family. Leading a strong cast interpreting the revamped musical, Cuccioli brings acting and singing power to the role. The total effect is to make one appreciate anew the special quality of the work." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The important thing to remember at 'Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally' is that this oddball play is coming to us from the perspective of a cell phone recounting what has been said and happening...What the play has going for it apart from Armento’s unusual idea is the acting by a very affable cast." Full Review

The New Morality
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The Mint’s production demonstrates Chapin’s flair for character creation, witty dialogue and an awareness of the changing role for women in their effort to assert themselves more forcefully in a world dominated by men...A gentle play that builds to expression of its key viewpoints in the third act. Its trajectory is seductive little by little, with a methodical progression, abetted by a style of avoiding flamboyance and reliance instead on witty discourse." Full Review

Cagney
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

for a previous production "It is amazing what the five cast members playing the assorted characters supporting Creighton’s star performance do. They deserve a medal for versatility and verve...The show seems so much larger than it is, and although some trimming might be in order, the musical does a reasonable measure of justice to its protagonist." Full Review

Cool Hand Luke
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The stage is alive with convict sweat, cruelty by brutal overseers, prisoner relationships...The story comes through with full passion as a result of its superb cast and excellent staging in a small space. The effect is constantly as gripping as it is sad and unsettling." Full Review

A Day by the Sea
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The new production is impeccable, especially with respect to the acting and directing…It is a tribute to the Mint to yet again call our attention to an important writer from the past....Firth is splendid…Other characters are also well-defined and impeccably portrayed…The Mint Theater Company has captured Hunter’s vision with perfection." Full Review

Cats
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"This is above all a spectacle with appeal to those who get theatergoing kicks from costumes, lighting, cast members roaming the aisles to sing to spectators, and assorted scenic stunts...This show, again directed by Trevor Nunn, is among the most steadily choreographed productions on Broadway at the moment...The show is enlivened by individual turns that are appealing by any standard." Full Review

Butler
Midtown E
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"An entertaining, meaningful drama…Sharp writing by playwright Richard Strand and superb acting create tension and sparks, enabling an audience to get caught up in what is clearly an anti-slavery treatise…Williams’s acting as Mallory is so winsome that one may especially root for him to prevail....’Butler’ provides plenty of food for thought, along with the fine performances, the issues raised and the humor that flourishes even when the stakes are so seriously high for so many." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"How you take to this will depend on the extent to which you are willing to revel in an elaborately vulgar staging geared more for low-brow laughs...It is all so very hyper throughout, which provides fun for those who delight in this sort of interpretation but does nothing to illuminate the play...On this occasion, Shakespeare is all but abandoned for a vaudevillian romp that takes away from seeing how well women might more seriously perform traditional male roles." Full Review

Shining City
Chelsea
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Seeing Matthew Broderick ace his role as a troubled widower is enough of a reason to see the Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival, astutely directed by Ciaran O’Reilly. This is Broderick at his best in a difficult role...We have tight portraits that the playwright smartly gives us, with the penetrating dialogue along the way. I still do not care for the play’s gimmicky and cheapening ending...Whatever your reaction, the performance by Broderick is well worth seeing." Full Review

Incognito
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Make sure your brain is in good working order if you go to see “Incognito,” as it will undergo demanding exercise as you strain to follow the clever, intricate interplay...The acting is consistently admirable, as the cast members slip in and out of a variety of characters at a rather rapid pace...Payne is especially creative and demanding in this Manhattan Theatre Club presentation. And there is just the right cast to make the most of his head trip." Full Review

Skeleton Crew
Chelsea
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The financial perils and uncertainty for workers at the mercy of industry pressures are movingly depicted in the earthy 'Skeleton Crew,' tautly written by Dominique Morisseau and briskly directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson...By the conclusion, in-depth acquaintance with the characters has been achieved and the playwright, skilled actors and a knowledgeable director have succeeded in shining a spotlight on a vulnerable slice of America." Full Review

Daphne's Dive
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The lively character assortment is well worth spending time with, and the acting does justice to the author’s take on them and her overall vision. We get to know everyone better as the play moves along...An undercurrent of social consciousness provides purpose as we note how characters wrestle with personal needs and demons. 'Daphne’s Dive' is clearly a talented work well worth a visit." Full Review

The Crucible
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"'The Crucible' is inherently such a powerful play that its strength comes through even when director van Hove gets his hands on it...Van Hove stamps it with his own flashy staging, some of which absurdly runs counter to what the play is about…Ben Whishaw gives a stalwart performance as the falsely accused Proctor…I have seen various productions of 'The Crucible,' and even though this one is the least effective in my theatergoing experience, Miller’s durable work still resonates." Full Review

Boy
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The ever-fine actor Bobby Steggert gives an intricately moving performance as a troubled, conflicted victim of an accident that has altered his life…'Boy' is an earnest exploration of an emotionally-charged subject and Bobby Steggert is just the actor who can convincingly depict the character and the situation in which he is locked. Linsay Firman has directed effectively, which, combined with the quality acting and writing, keeps the play steadily involving." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The York Theatre Company has unfurled a revival of 'Starting Here, Starting Now' and the result is delightful. Not only does Maltby, Jr. astutely direct the show, but one of the three winsome stars is the lyricist-director’s daughter, Charlotte Maltby. She’s a knockout of a performer with a lovely voice, deftness with comedy and possessing the ability to move with flair and sexuality...It is enjoyable to appreciate the snappy lyrics and tuneful music." Full Review

Women Without Men
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"A quality production with a very convincing cast that makes the playwright’s character assortment come vividly alive under the sharp direction by Jenn Thompson...The cast members who portray the collections of staff and students are all terrific, making up an effective ensemble...As the drama gathers force, everyone seems so very real, and so do the situations that the author sets up...'Women Behind Men' is well worth having been discovered and offered here." Full Review

A Room of My Own
Midtown W
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Plays about dysfunctional families are nothing new, but at least the screwed-up Italian family in 'A Room of My Own,' is an amusing one...Thanks to Macchio’s performance as well as to the smooth writing, the play succeeds in moving in and out of time without being jarring...The play, which runs a tight 95 minutes without intermission, is often uproariously funny, with the laugh lines and situations all the more amusing because the cast members go through their paces seriously." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"As much as I enjoy watching Linda Lavin, whose performances bring a glow to whomever she portrays, she cannot rescue the dopey play that Richard Greenberg has written...It’s one thing for Anna to want to be close to history, but it is quite another to be on the wrong side of history. And it is yet another for a playwright, however well-intentioned, to come up with such a muddled piece of work." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Hines can still deliver a battery of appealing tap steps, but for the really heavy stuff, he has the dazzling Manzeri Brothers, plus a younger set consisting of sisters, all of whom can ignite and audience...At the close on the night I attended, many in the process of departing up the aisles stopped in their tracks as the band played on, regaling the audience with a new barrage of solos and ensemble work. Those who had left don’t know what they missed. Take the hint." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"All of it is piled on with dashes of cleverness, abetted by a cast giving its all, but the result is often way too much. Yet the effect is so zany that one can have a good time a good deal of the way and not care a hoot about what is being irreverently done to Shakespeare." Full Review

First Daughter Suite
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Daughters of American presidents are given a satirical going over in this smart, entertaining new musical... In truth, the most barbed parts of the new show are about the assortment of the White House moms." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Avi Hoffman’s performance stands among the best of Willy Lomans in the history of Arthur Miller’s classic...The drama is extremely well mounted under the direction of Moshe Yassur...Helping to make the experience rewarding are the excellent other cast members." Full Review

The Quare Land
Gramercy
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Playwright John McManus has a devilish sense of humor and his nutty play, 'The Quare Land,' is a barrel of laughs, thanks both to his outrageously funny lines and Maloney’s canny performance that never lets up...Director Ciarán O’Reilly keeps the pace brisk and the monologue and dialogue rapidly confrontational, with excellent comic as well as dramatic timing." Full Review

Doctor Faustus
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"The emphasis on comedy may not be to everyone’s liking. But if accepted, it makes for an entertaining evening, despite its undercutting the seriousness of the message that temporary rewards don’t look as great after one has enjoyed them but is faced with the pre-arranged consequences. However, laughter has rewards of its own." Full Review

The Sound and the Fury
East Village
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"A sadness pervades the spectacle, occasionally relieved by humor reflecting the dysfunctional lives under inspection. The work challenges audiences to keep up with it and make sense out of all of the performances...Not everyone will think it worth spending so much intellectual energy in trying to follow everything...But for those who enjoy such a challenge and don’t find it an interminable slog, the Elevator Repair Service obliges big time." Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

for a previous production "It has the oomph to become successful...The show is primarily a revue, with little book--one that could be done without altogether. It is the effervescent, revue-formatted display of talent that makes the production...Shows like this usually had a comic, and talented, very funny Lee Summers filled the bill as affable Slappy Black, with a repertoire of corny vaudeville-style jokes that he delivered with expert timing and to much laughter." Full Review