Winnie McCroy

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Reviews (22)
95
Broadway Blog

“This production delivers a modern setting with a formidable all-black cast...Leon’s current rendition cuts through the emphasis on Shakespeare’s clever wordplay, never mistaking the forest for the trees. In today’s political climate, it’s a welcome sight, as is a Shakespeare in the Park production that gives an entire company of black actors their due. This 'Much Ado About Nothing' is, actually, quite something and not to be missed.” Full Review

50
Broadway Blog

"The concept is high, but the execution lacks, coming off as if a lounge act and a PowerPoint presentation had a baby...While the singing...is technically very proficient, Ms. Taylor presents these Broadway standards with a confusing sense of off-putting desperation and zero chemistry with Mr. Onyejekwe...The singing, though accomplished, has little heart. The constant appearance of Mr. Hammerstein begins to smack of Disney World’s 'Hall of Presidents.'" Full Review

65
Broadway Blog

"Well-paced but sometimes heavy-handed...Kadwani does a solid job of making each of her characters distinctive...But in the end, she may have too much on her plate...Using the same technique with every character comes across as didactic and distancing...Ms. Kadwani, notwithstanding, does manage to comprehensively cover the history of sexual violence...May not be perfect, but it takes necessary steps toward sparking a long overdue dialogue about sexual violence in our culture.” Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

“Deals with the exploitation and eventual reclaiming of the female body...The root of Ensler’s body of work: women being seen for who they are, their bodies being celebrated without being exploited. It’s the mere act of a woman enjoying her own pleasure, not as an ‘instrument of labor or service or a vehicle or a cavern or an object of worship or a vessel of sin.'” Full Review

80
Edge New York

"This streamlined production keeps the poignant, powerful story intact, while making it a bit friendlier and forgiving for a modern stage audience...The simple, unfussy staging is perfectly suited to the action...'Torch Song' emerges as a culturally-relevant play even for our time. The subject matter can be heavy, but the director's light touch transforms it into a poignant and humorous view of a somewhat uncomplicated, pre-AIDS gay world." Full Review

85
Edge New York

“A deep and at times gruesome look at the lives of women, stuck in one place and expected to make the very best of things…In lesser hands, this character could devolve into a harridan, but Wiest keeps Winnie sunny…Beckett is known for his love of the absurd, but in portraying the plight of this everywoman sinking deeper and deeper into the sands of time, he's hit the proverbial nail on the head.” Full Review

85
Edge New York

“The political climate has never been better for a restaging of 'The Little Foxes'...Hellman's play is populated by the most wretched, self-serving characters ever assembled on one stage. And the actors have a field day with it! Director Daniel Sullivan has gathered together a winning team…It is thrilling to be presented with such a lush set. Scenic designer Scott Pask gets kudos for designing a beautifully appointed front parlor…Also laudable are costumes, by Jane Greenwood." Full Review

90
Edge New York

for a previous production "The talented co-adapter of the classic story has a clear love of the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ text, and relays the tale flawlessly in his one-hour, intermissionless performance. But to simply call this a 'reading' would be a gross understatement. Jones brings this timeworn story of greed and redemption to life via his animated acting and careful touches…This spirited rendition of ‘A Christmas Carol’ has quickly become an instant holiday classic." Full Review

85
Edge New York

for a previous production “Adam Strauss' hilarious, harrowing 90-minute one-hander...Strauss is a natural storyteller, his tone and cadences bringing audience members right into the personal hell he faces every day. By the end of the play, you join Strauss by relinquishing the idea that you can control everything, and begin to let go...With help from director Jonathan Libman, Strauss puts together a compelling, if sometimes frantic, presentation.” Full Review

90
Edge New York

"The acclaimed production is very tight, despite its three-hour run time, and presents a raw, brutal new staging…Anderson fits the bill perfectly as a woman who might be reaching the end of her saleable days…Powerhouse Ben Foster plays her antagonist Stanley Kowalski with an everyman violence that almost surpasses Marlon Brando in the role...But it's his vulnerability, especially in the scene where he cries and howls for Stella, that elevates him from mere caricature." Full Review

85
Edge New York

"This elaborate, overly-complicated play once again brings the real-life couple of Lily Rabe and Hamish Linklater to the stage as star-crossed lovers...Although this play includes the proverbial 'everything but the kitchen sink,' it's still enjoyable to watch. On all counts, 'Cymbeline' is a rousing success -- another in a delicious lineup of summer treats for lucky New Yorkers." Full Review

70
Broadway Blog

"Thomas plays with a theatrical convention where the facts and the wished outcome don’t necessarily correlate; delivering a denouement that’s as unsatisfying as it is honest...'Lockdown' effectively uses this personal narrative to delve into the sprawling issue of prison reform and to show that the mechanisms we use to keep poor men of color in line are just as damaged as the unjust society that puts them there in the first place." Full Review

80
Broadway Blog

"A charming excuse to take your girlfriend, gay friend, sister or mother to an Off-Broadway show that won’t disappoint...All while belting out 14 original tunes... Conn has a talent for pleasing melodies but the intended cleverness of her book and lyrics tends to lag...Fortunately, the four women on stage sell the show terrifically... If you’ve got the urge to 'forget yourself and live Joan Wilder’s life' via a hilarious musical with a flashy, Dreamgirls-inspired finale, head over to the West... Full Review

80
Broadway Blog

“At slightly less than two hours running time, the play moves quickly, and the cast is well up to the task at hand. For fans of Baldwin and his seminal works, those who love a good civil rights play, or anyone seeking a good love story, ‘Waiting for Giovanni’ will not disappoint.” Full Review

75
Broadway Blog

"Entertaining...Original music...grafts these canine and feline-related puns atop popular songs...to alternately hilarious and groan-worthy effect...If you're a fan of yelling, barking, cursing, filthy puns that deftly handle issues of race and class, and almost constant singing and dancing, this show is for you. Although the level of onstage talent is widely uneven, there are some truly skilled players in the cast, and the play proves to be an entertaining diversion for a late-night crowd." Full Review

90
Edge New York

“Ashford truly brings the words of the Bard alive in her mastery of the language. The play within the play is always the thing in ‘Midsummer,’ and this show does not disappoint. The Mechanicals put on a stellar production of ‘Pyramus and Thisbe,’ with a bearded Danny Burstein stealing the show as a spotlight-hungry Nick Bottom…This production goes above and beyond other freebies. In fact, it's priceless.” Full Review

90
Edge New York

"Janney is creating a palpable chemistry with co-star Hawkins...It's abundantly clear why it received the Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play...A play that is largely about how Paul makes this couple 'sort of see what's fraudulent in their own life.' Ouisa's realization of this fact drives the action of the play, which is frankly riveting. Watching this young man successfully remake himself from a street hustler into a gentleman is inspiring and heartbreaking, in equal measures." Full Review

80
Edge New York

"Despite a bare-bones set featuring only the theater's brick wall, Vogel's team of talented actors manage to bring the action alive. Big kudos go to the actresses Katrina Lenk, Mimi Lieber, and Adina Verson, who bring the characters of the young female lovers to the stage. The rest of the actors, who play multiple roles through the action, comport themselves very well...'Indecent' is truly a decent way to spend an evening." Full Review

90
Edge New York

"You'll be riveted to your seat, anxious to find out what happens next...In the central role of Nate, the always delightful Pierce once again proves his deft stage chops as he tears down the fourth wall by addressing the audience directly, as though we're a bystander to the action of his life...Tickets are already scarce for this short but impactful play. Catch it now, before it closes." Full Review

70
Edge New York

"Phyllida Lloyd gathers together a whip-smart cast of powerful women…At two intermission-less hours, the play is tight, if uneven at times. While some of the actors seemed to shout their lines, McTeer alone seemed to live them. Applause must go to the winning Gilmore as Donato; Moore in her imposter role; and of course, the excellent comedian Judy Gold, who saved the day by doing impromptu stand-up during a technical difficulty." Full Review

30
Edge New York

"Audience members will quickly see why talent rushed off quicker than rats from a sinking ship. The play needs a lot more work before it is ready for public consumption. Gender transition is serious subject matter, and deserves a softer touch...Across the board, the acting was ham-handed. If a real doctor were as unprofessional, she'd be reported to the AMA. The two leads were flustered and unconvincing, and their stage work needed help." Full Review

85
Edge New York

"With a cast of six playing multiple roles, the play is trim and fast moving. Although I can't imagine a real-life situation that would allow for such a speedy forgiveness of a faithless friend who is such a total cad he would have one exiled just to steal his girl, theater is not real life. So for an evening, 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' is a very fine diversion." Full Review