"'Reprise' is an incredible show...Packs quite a punch in the brief hour it takes to get through the entire ordeal. I say that with the utmost appreciation of how much of an emotional effect this show has on its audience. With three actors given the brunt of the work of keeping the audience thoroughly engaged in what's going on, they are spectacular in what they manage to do here...The indecision and misdirection, as real as it can get, make for a fascinating show." Full Review
"Mediocre television situation comedy style devolves into cringeworthy dramatics in 'Reprise,' a messy one-act play...Amidst Maierson’s barrage of mechanical setups and punch lines, there are a few amusing jokes and insightful observations...Maierson does his play no favors by directing it as well...The cast is relentlessly emphatic in their vocal and physical delivery...'Reprise' might make for passable entertainment on television, but as a work for the theater it’s decidedly deficient." Full Review
“It’s as broad as humor gets, and it makes for rather juvenile comedy. Michael endures it amicably, but he has no choice. The New York theatre public does…Westwood, a former model, brings as much emotional depth to the role as she would to a skin care ad. Not that she is given much to work with…Her character exists only in relation to Michael’s lust…Every possible thread of dramatic coherence unravels…It is hard not to feel anything but contempt for each of these characters.” Full Review
“Whether it is the writing, the direction or the acting, the first act was awkward, as if the two characters came from different plays...This discomfiture continued into the second act…‘Reprise’ doesn’t cover any new territory, but Ken Forman’s earnest performance and Tara Westwood’s complex tease make it involving. Sean Patrick Folster’s Leonard, although a vivid, sexy presence, upsets the story more than helps it along.” Full Review
“Eric Maierson’s new play comes across as the artistic product of a man who has recently learned about Nice Guy Syndrome and wants to educate everyone about it, but is still too entrenched in it himself to provide an accurate or appropriate representation of the moral he aims to impart…Maierson needs to spend more time digesting his progressive education before attempting to turn around and educate his audience; Michael’s apartment isn’t the only thing stuck in the 1980s.” Full Review
"These three actors have created powerful characters. Leonard is fairly two-dimensional, but he is written that way because he is basically a boor...Mr. Maierson raises many issues of sexuality, identity, communication, longing, courting and seduction, and healing. As director, the playwright has these three actors tuned like a string trio that plays several movements in a variety of tempi and keys...This world premiere of this fine play is well worth your attention and reflection." Full Review
See it if You want to see an important, true to life, story of the lingering problems that a toxic relationship of one's youth can cause.
Don't see it if You want to see a light hearted story that has a happy ending.
See it if At least it was short. Cliched story about codependence. Loser pining vs. broken beauty in need of affection. Actors lacked chemistry.
Don't see it if You want to walk away thinking about anything. Both heavy and light but leaves you empty. A few funny moments.
See it if Unrequited love is indeed a bore, even when it's only an hour long. This piece is well-intentioned, yet the writing is beyond cringeworthy.
Don't see it if This play needs a lot of work, but it's debatable whether fleshing it out would salvage it or make it doubly torturous.
See it if A kind of male-oriented take on the Marnie-from-Girls-type character, the the psychological backstories were interesting, but . . .
Don't see it if wondering if the writer is working on adding another half-hour to the play, with perhaps more depth of the demons haunting these characters?
See it if You like asking the hard questions and are open to introspection & if you're fascinated by complex characters that slowly reveal true self
Don't see it if There should be a trigger warning for victims of sexual assault and/or physical and emotional abuse.
See it if You have ever carried a torch for someone elusive.
Don't see it if You are too afraid to look at the complex reasons why life doesn't always go your way.
Also Rips your heart out. With love. ❤
See it if You want a well-written, well-timed, well-acted play with great set design and good laughs. You're interested in something different.
Don't see it if You want an upbeat story with wholly likable characters.
See it if You like a quick play that is well acted, but, maybe a little overambitious.
Don't see it if You don't like to see major character issues shown to the audience and brushed off quickly and not really dissected.
See it if It resonates on deepest levels even with those who lead quite opposite livestyles from the characters.
Don't see it if you live in your tiny bubble and have no clue about the world outside
See it if You like gimmick-free theatre with excellent writing - the kind of drama and tension on the stage you don't get to experience very often.
Don't see it if You like easy.
See it if Bam! You want a quick short emotional slice of emotional life from great actors and a powerful, heartbreaking script.
Don't see it if You want to be lulled into complacency.
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