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Ms. Neuwirth knows of what she writes since she once was, in real life, a student of Mr. Toole’s. Beyond laying out the basic facts of his life and death, she also imagines what his family and personal life must have looked like, and it is a complicated sight.
There is a lot of heart and a lot of talent on display at Bryant Park in the Drilling Company/Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. While it doesn’t completely overcome the obstacles that the company faces in producing a play outside in the middle of the noisy city, in the middle of a heat wave, on a miniscule budget, it kept the large audience on their blankets and hard folding chairs. Only one or two suited and sweating businesspeople who came straight from work, succumbed from the heat and left before the show was over. The rest of the incredibly diverse crowd of old and young, teenagers and grandmothers, students and office workers, stayed attentive and seated through the two and a quarter hour performance with no intermission.
Pairing the escape room genre with immersive theater seems like a no-brainer for an adventurous theatrical experience and creating adventurous experiences is what Michael Counts, creator of Paradiso: Chapter 1, does.
You have to hand it to Norman Shabel, the author of “Class Act”, now at New World Stages. He is a lawyer turned whistle blower with all the good intentions that the position holds. Shabel is on a mission to show us the underbelly of the Beast known as Justice. He wants to show us, even if we don’t want to see it, how the sausage is made. And it is a messy, discouraging spectacle.