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There is a storyline to follow, but it is clear from the start that it exists only to serve as a launching pad for the beautiful songs of Irving Berlin, and to pause when a big dance number is ready to stop the show.
The performance flows easily, with the actors executing the minimal set changes swiftly and with humor. Within the proscriptions of the physical space and the pared down nature of the production, the actors find numerous colors and levels, in some ways liberated by the imposed limitations. It is a testament to their commitment to ensemble and the director’s intelligence that they embrace this experience and run with it.
By his own admission in the Playwright’s Note in the program, Jeff Stolzer got his inspiration for his play “Storage Locker,” from the reality TV show “Storage Wars.” Directed by Julian Mesri and presented by Iati Theater, the production resembles nothing so much as a train wreck. You are horrified watching it, glad you’re not involved, but you can’t walk away because the play is 70 minutes without an intermission.
Simon Stephens’ remarkable Heisenberg generates all the potency and disarming immediacy on Broadway that it conjured off Broadway.
The production’s traveled flawlessly in the hands of director Mark Brokaw. What’s more Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt have managed the actors’ magic of bringing Georgie and Alex to fresh life, seven shows a week, on the same pillow and chairs, a few blocks south.
The duplicitous Richard III comes to life in all his bloody glory in this fast-paced production of Shakespeare’s classic tale of villainy and ambition.
Those of you looking for a place to go to focus on the single elegant voice, look no further. Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers is your destination. Hot foot it over there to see singers with skill and knowledge and substance.