Yvonne Korshak

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Reviews (40)
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55
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for a previous production “'As You Like It' is a wonderful play so that, even with this disappointing production, it’s not a wasted evening. The language is so powerful and some of the scenes so funny that they surpass the flat interpretations they receive here, and in particular two actors—André de Shields and Leenya Rideout–are satisfyingly perfect! But all in all, this is an 'As You Like It' without enchantment." Full Review

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85
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"The impact is powerful...The sympathetic Creon brings us to a high point of this production: Groen...What an experience, to hear this full, operatic bass not in a vast opera house but in the intimate setting of, yes, Off-Broadway...If there were no other reason to see this play–and there are many others–Groen’s 'Ella Giammai' would be of itself worth all...The acting is for the most part of high caliber...The operatic music was thought-provoking, enriching and a pleasure to hear." Full Review

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80
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"Emily Laing–both as character and actress–is half the show and worth every minute...The direction is tone-perfect and the cast without exception excellent...The play ends a little too quickly: we’re left with a sense that some explanations are needed about why things resolve as they do. But that’s only after a thoroughly delightful time spent at Lord Kettlewell’s country home." Full Review

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55
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"McNair brings athletic vigor to the part...I appreciated McNair’s range and energy, and the passion with which he wanted to tell the story and wanted us as viewers to fully appreciate the novelty and wonder he saw in the granddad. Still, Granddad did not turn out to be an interesting enough character to carry the show...There isn’t much suspense...The grandson’s belief that granddad was a 'great man' comes across as a strained attempt to end on a high note." Full Review

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"'Sweat' is not a perfect play but it’s important and by the end has great impact...A strength of this play is the thoroughgoing examination of the tragic effects on individual lives of the factory system and of Wall Street...Although the play moves cleverly through time, the first act feels static...The play comes alive in the second act...The cast is uniformly excellent...Nottage writes honestly, she gives us characters we care about." Full Review

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80
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“The acting is for the most part stellar. It’s a brisk and engrossing evening of theater…’I don’t know what I can save you from’ is the most complex and subtle of the plays–the one I’d see again in case I missed something…The three 'power' plays leave you with the good feeling of having been well exercised. It’s perhaps surprising that none of these one-on-ones relies on traditional romance. They’re about other things, and they’re refreshing!” Full Review

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60
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"Austin Pendleton didn’t disappoint here, but he’s the main element of interest…The characters are given to repeating in claustrophobic loops rather than advancing. Themes are introduced such as abandoned children and uncaring parents, and new characters are brought in to keep the drama going...But the situations and language veer toward commonplace (the play could benefit from a red pencil.) The resolution is arbitrary, whether you see it as positive or negative." Full Review

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"It’s such a clear-cut premise it’s surprising that the play doesn’t have more intellectual and dramatic clarity...Jamie Horton is believable, at times touching and at other times monotonous...We do not, however, arrive at the sense of having in some important ways come to know the man or the author, or come to feel we’ve met him...Who, then, really, was George Orwell? You don’t find out in this play but you do learn something about his views...There are better ways." Full Review

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85
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"A 90-minute fest of music, wit and insight…Felder plays Bernstein’s biography with tremendous verve and excitement, and sings it with great range and passion…Felder goes beyond his own musical virtuosity in bringing us an intelligent and thoughtful interpretation of a major figure in music–in whichever mode!–of the 20th century. In 'Maestro,' the ideas are rich and the music compelling and joyous." Full Review

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90
Let's Talk Off-Broadway

"'Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois' is a tense, brilliant drama that takes you from the worst to the best...The acting and directing are extraordinary...Rapp uses brutality not just for sensationalism, but to take you to a deeper understanding. The sense that we ourselves may be at fault, that we’re too quick to think the worst of others, heightens the impact of the stunning, breathtaking ending. I felt changed." Full Review

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75
Let's Talk Off-Broadway

for a previous production "Interweaving is the essence of 'Gorey,' the dense fabric of his life composed of friends, passions, compulsions, creativity, and incidents large and small...The play needs more dramatic tension. There’s wry wit, charm, insight, gossip, illumination and mystery–but no suspense...One thing is missing: Gorey’s drawings...This is a real loss...Still, the play creates a mind expanding full world and I feel glad and lucky to have spent time in that imaginative place." Full Review

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85
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"'Ideation' is fast-paced, entertaining and witty as it bounces around its profound subject, how do we know anything for sure? How can we trust anybody? The characters reflect stereotypes in a humorous way but are individually drawn and distinct, fast talking but fully motivated...These are smart people who see the humor as well as the invitation to disaster in their preposterous dilemmas, making for an enjoyable and thought-provoking play." Full Review

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80
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"A beautifully produced and inspiring play...Kindness and second chances help but these only take you so far. It’s an upsetting and disappointing confrontation with reality, and what Jim takes away from it, that puts him in throwing distance of redemption. Actually, I wish this point had been given more emphasis...The play is beautifully staged." Full Review

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"The dialog is not the strength of this play, although the monologs, and the acting, are fine...The farther the play advances, the less sure we become of what, if anything, is 'reallife' and what is the movie being filmed...For narrative interest, we’re left to puzzle over what’s real life and what’s film making, though no particular insight is brought to this age-old play of ambiguities." Full Review

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95
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"In many ways, this is Arthur Miller’s most pessimistic play, and also perhaps his greatest. At least, this outstanding production makes it seem it is…The ensemble cast is uniformly excellent and Michael Wilson’s direction has a tense driving…'Incident At Vichy' leaves you with the sense that what you have seen surely happened and in just this way...Out of actual events, the playwright’s shaping purpose created a powerful work of art." Full Review

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85
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"As an ensemble play, 'Hot L Baltimore' with fourteen characters, several things happening at once, and some loose ends is a challenging and ambitious project. We are fortunate that T. Schreiber Studio has given us a fine staging of this complex, resonant, play...The play leaves us with hope ahead for more enjoyment, or just for the more that’s life, for most, if not all, of the characters." Full Review

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75
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"The characters are types, not fully realized individuals: instead of caring about them, we wait for them to amuse us...In this and in other ways we can find fragments of thought that propelled the novel, but generally the novel’s ideas are submerged. This production is all about style, and about four actors who play a multitude of parts with arch humor and perfect timing." Full Review

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95
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"Together these outstanding actors, working with Moira’s deeply understanding direction, create a world. I didn’t want to leave that world when it was over, and I’ll never forget it. 'Danny and the Deep Blue Sea' plays in a little theater as off- off- Broadway as you can get and you can’t find better theater anywhere." Full Review

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"If you would like to see these two decent, reluctant but perforce obedient men slosh around on a stage with a convincing bloody mess left by 40,000 amputated hands, this is the play for you...There’s a carelessness in the writing that honestly surprised me...The two guards are said to have been close since childhood yet, when it’s convenient for the dialogue, Babur doesn’t know about his best friend’s boyhood hobby. " Full Review

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90
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"Everybody Gets Cake is a zany, free flow roust through the free-flow imaginations of its three creators." Full Review

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"'The Antipodes' is a distasteful play...This is banal, pretentious theater...Any of these stories could be profound/exciting/illuminating in the hands of a fine writer...But there are no fine writers here and that’s not how these stories are meant to be told...There’s some implication that civilization is at a dead end, and there are no more stories. There are always stories—just looks like Baker couldn’t think of one." Full Review

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60
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“The dialogue is crisp and often amusing, but there are many loose character ends. Ultimately we don’t understand who the characters really are or why they act as they do…If the audience hasn’t a clue about the characters and their inconsistencies, they drift off from engagement with the play. With all its disappointments, ‘The Lucky One’ has a magnificent episode near the end…An appealing production in terms of set, costumes, and for the most part acting.” Full Review

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"Knowing the satisfactory, even thrilling ending makes all the more interesting the ins and outs and progress and setbacks of the negotiations...'Oslo' is occasionally engaging emotionally, but it’s always interesting as the ideas and interplay, underlined by the life and death importance of a good solution, keep our minds engaged. You have the sense throughout of learning something you really want to know and of being glad the author has made that a stimulating event." Full Review

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90
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"To have seen this great, passionate production is a life treasure...This was a stunning production...The set design, by Lloyd Huber and Di Girolamo, was as imaginative and emotionally signifying as any I’ve ever seen...The heat of emotions and tightly entwined dialog of these two sisters, who know each other too well, was breathtaking...The best I can say by way of apologies that it’s not there for you now is: keep an eye on L’Atelier Theatre Productions and La MaMa." Full Review

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85
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"This play is for everybody who loves words, word play, unexpected puns and rhymes of an unbound imagination. It’s hilarious–and expands one's sense of the English language...Michael Kahn has directed an able cast, with Christian Conn as Dorante, Ismenia Mendes as Clarice, Amelia Pedlow as Lucrece, and others who share their perfect timing to fill out the humor. I particularly loved Carson Elrod as Dorante’s bumpkin butler—naive but he learns fast...It’s a privilege to see 'The Liar.'" Full Review

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90
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"Benjamin Evett gives us a surpassing performance in a magnificent play…It’s a tragic story with a possible, ambiguous redemption–redemption here less clear than in Coleridge’s poem. What courage to take on a famous, iconic poem, what confidence of vision! These contemporary authors meet that challenge fully. This play is written with a passionate, raw, vernacular poetry of its own that makes the telling of the story near-to-overwhelming." Full Review

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90
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"What a civilized intimacy these performers create!...Particularly compelling is the way the darker shades of Coward’s spirit emerge...In the nuance and ambiguity with which Simon Green delivers the songs, one glimpses more of Coward than the man with in the dressing gown...'Life is for Living' is a stimulating, thought-provoking and delightful evening of cabaret. Hearing what Noel Coward thinks, says and sings in this particular venue is a rare treat." Full Review

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"The problem is that the songs are overly simple and undistinguished. They don’t take up these issues with any bite or particular insight, the rhymes lack wit or pungency and in general the vision is unimaginative...The fine four-person band does all it can to draw the most possible from the music and they’re so excellent that at times they make for really good listening–transcending the music they have to work with." Full Review

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"The current production makes the play, that is a cascade of dramatically intense situations, action and ideas, seem static. The directing depends on outdated ideas of what Greek tragedy should look and sound like…The set and costuming are burdened by the same unimaginative vision. The Bats are, like the rest of the production, burdened by the obvious. These actors speak, however, with clarity and projection, and if you go, you will hear every word–and that’s worth plenty!" Full Review

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55
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"This is a shrunken version of the epic verse drama...In the role of Peer, Gabriel Ebert runs the gamut of human experience and of affect and emotion...It would be great to see Ebert in a fully realized version of this tantalizing, confusing, and iconic drama...I wish Classic Stage had brought to Ibsen’s 'Peer Gynt' a broad, determined embrace of the play’s epic scope and complexities. Without that, and in spite of Ebert’s great efforts, the play seems irrelevant, even silly." Full Review

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80
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"The play takes us back to the early years of the 20th century and styles itself like a silent movie (though with talking). Quick scenes are separated by actors who parade the time and place of the next scene on a board. The style is wittily carried out–it’s fun...The performers, most of whom take on multiple rolls, are polished, talented, witty, and brightly paced by the director Shana Solomon...The play is provocative but doesn’t clarify anything about the bank." Full Review

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90
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“This richly characterized and surprising play by a pioneering Irish woman playwright tells us that — women without men are a very sad lot! It’s a fine play though…Thanks to the Mint Theater for producing this fine and little known play, and introducing us to the paradoxes in this work by a successful pioneer woman playwright...It’s not just 'Who knew?' when one sees a superb production of little known works from the past produced by the Mint – it’s ‘Thank Heavens we know now’!” Full Review

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"Sophocles’ 'Antigone' is among the greatest plays ever written, Seamus Heaney is a Nobel Prize winning poet, and Irish Repertory Theatre produces wonderful shows with outstanding actors. How then did 'The Burial At Thebes' turn out to be a poor derivative of 'Antigone,' with amateurish acting?...The overall sense of the acting is amateurish. Actors whom I’ve seen do outstanding work in other plays are insufficient here, and the accents are all over the place." Full Review

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"Bergman’s paring down of Ibsen’s compelling play with its early feminist theme sticks to the plot but gives us fewer ways to know the characters. It puts major, inner change on fast forward — making for an unconvincing drama. In trimming down the play, Bergman omits the servants and the three children...There’s no sense of a functioning household, although the nature of this doll’s house – and doll’s household — is of central importance." Full Review

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90
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"For all the connections with Chekhov, and all the story’s rich complexities of pure art and commerce, love and jealousy, betrayal and death, the tone of 'Songbird' lifts off from the moody symbolism of Chekhov’s play into its own joy, rising on the wings of songs wonderful at the time they’re heard, though hard to remember after, and a clever, witty book. I have to think that – once he caught on to the idea — Chekhov would have loved 'Songbird.'" Full Review

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"'A View From the Bridge' succeeds in giving powerful and persuasive universality to the emotional conflicts of the Carbone family. On the other hand, the ethnic immediacy, physical context, social issues and gritty realism that also fired Miller in writing the play are submerged. I’m thrilled to have seen this version and feel it brought me to a deeper knowledge of the play than I had before….but I miss the old neighborhood." Full Review

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"While the characters in Act I are vivid, the lines witty, and the plot lines interesting, in Act II the characterizations are thin, the plot scattered, and the effect disjointed. This may be intended as a commentary on the times but it doesn’t make for compelling theater." Full Review

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"The big loss is this: Euripides’ poetry is largely unheard or turned fragmentary, re-arranged in jazzed up singing. But Eurpides has weathered more through time than a mis-conceived Chorus. The play leaves one stunned, breathless, and full of thought. In spite of all the misadventures that this play has experienced – at Euripides’ death his son or nephew wrote the ending, and since then it’s undergone copying errors and emendations — Euripides’ voice speaks to us." Full Review

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"The largest issues of historic change and social justice, and the tragedies and ambiguities that accompany them, are made immediate through three 'small' lives played out on a patch of rocky earth...Sitting in the front row, I sneezed from the dust, and was glad even that way to be a part of Nukain’s world. This is a play that matters greatly. Thank you, SignatureTheatre, for helping to bring this superb play into creation." Full Review

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"Dying For It is an all-out, hilarious satire of life under the rigid Soviet regime with vivid characters and a fascinating turn of plot — but it’s not all funny...An all-star cast fills out the ever-surprising array of characters who, while standing for something beyond themselves are all are vividly individualized." Full Review