He opened the doors to all three stalls in the bathroom. But let me back up a minute. The Light Years at Playwrights Horizons marks the proper Off-Broadway arrival of The Debate Society, a theater company close to my heart, who, after a decade of lush detail-oriented theatrics, deeply nuanced storytelling and consistently warm critical receptions in […]Read more "REVIEW: THE LIGHT YEARS BY THE DEBATE SOCIETY"
New York Shakespeare Exchange’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is straight up sensational – a poppy, neon-infused rollick punctuated by a dynamite cast, exquisite costumes and a host of glorious little details. Right away director Ross Williams sets up his precise (and precisely executed) vision of the Bard’s comedy by introducing Leonato, his sister […]Read more "REVIEW: NYSX’s Production of Much Ado About Nothing"
Tonight, I will be going to see New York Shakespeare Exchange‘s production of Much Ado About Nothing. I don’t know a ton about the company, but the production is certainly very slickly marketed and their mission of considering Shakespeare in contemporary culture seems fun. This did seem like good time to dust off the last […]Read more "PRE-GAME: NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE EXCHANGE’S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING"
Adam R. Burnett of Buran Theatre, one of my very favorite theater artists, was once interviewed by Adam Szymkowicz and pointed out that he tends to favor female characters in his writing because “there is no mystery in a man, nothing lyrical or beautiful, devastating or dramatic.” In his lively new work Poshlost Saudades! (PS!), […]Read more "REVIEW: BURAN THEATRE’S POSHLOST SAUDADES! (PS!)"
Context is everything, right? Gideon Productions’ crisply constructed new staging of Mac Rogers’ play Universal Robots lands squarely in the midst of an embarrassingly crude election cycle, more than a decade of American military conflict and, just a few days ago, the largest mass shooting in US history. So yeah, humankind is not at the top […]Read more "REVIEW: GIDEON PRODUCTIONS’ UNIVERSAL ROBOTS"
And we’re back. After a basically yearlong blackout, I am happy to return to STP with a quick Pre-Game for Gideon Theater’s restaging of Universal Robots at The Sheen Center, which I will be reviewing in the next few days. Back in 2009, Gideon presented Universal Robots at Manhattan Theater Source and it was my first […]Read more "PRE-GAME: GIDEON PRODUCTIONS’ UNIVERSAL ROBOTS"
**SPOILERS** A gunshot rings out near the end Buran Theatre’s challenging new play, Mammoth: A De-Extinction Love Story, and a mammoth drops dead. Following that, the shooter approaches the dead creature’s companion (another mammoth) and seeks to justify his actions. He relates to the surviving mammoth, by pointing out he too lost his wife “in […]Read more "REVIEW: MAMMOTH: A DE-EXTINCTION LOVE STORY"