APOLOGIA Score 93%

APOLOGIA

The last moment in the play, acted with a beautiful guttural rawness by Miss Channing, reflected that thought, emptiness being the loudest sound in this play.

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Ordinary Days Score 85%

Ordinary Days

From the first bars of Ordinary Days, you know you have walked squarely into the happy world of musical theater. Engaging and unpretentious, the music by Adam Gwon, and performers are right in the pocket. The show has got a lot going for it, in its innovative set design and realistic, very human storytelling. However, while the music is consistent and comfortable, it is not very memorable.

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Gloria – A Life Score 90%

Gloria – A Life

I wouldn’t describe “Gloria – A Life” as a conventional play, but then again, there’s absolutely nothing about the life of Gloria Steinem that’s conventional.  Emily Mann’s Gloria – A Life is as thought-provoking, educational, inspirational and surprising as is Ms. Steinem herself.  Although I occasionally questioned Ms. Mann’s style, her subject was so compelling, I was rapt, riveted.

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Mother of the Maid Score 75%

Mother of the Maid

As the title suggests, Mother of the Maid at the Public Theater, is a story of Isabelle Arc who is the mother of – well YOU know.  St. Joan.  This story is both narrated and experienced by Isabelle (Glenn Close).  She appeals to the adult in all of us:  how to make a living, feed yourself and your family, keep yourself connected to spirit, and protect those who are younger than you from making mistakes that might ruin them.  Nothing new in that.

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Rita Wilson: Liner  Notes — at the Café  Carlyle Score 93%

Rita Wilson: Liner Notes — at the Café Carlyle

I first saw Rita Wilson a year ago at the Café Carlyle and was immediately enchanted.  Wilson is the real deal.  She is talented and generous, exuberant ant thoughtful, hopeful and pragmatic.  With her recent show at the  Café Carlyle, Rita Wilson: Liner Notes, she is extending her reach to bring other artists into our spheres of reference.  It is not enough for Wilson to stand in the spotlight.  She wants to spread the wealth.

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FIREFLIES Score 87%

FIREFLIES

In the 1963 American south, the sky is on fire. Donja R. Love’s ‘Fireflies’ delivers plenty of fire, though not always in ways the audience may anticipate or desire. ‘Fireflies’ is Love’s second play in a trilogy exploring queer love during pivotal moments in African-American history.

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Pound Score 90%

Pound

Words matter.

If theater reviews were only confined to two words, those would be the two I would use to review the plot, the theme and the controversial subject matter of “Pound” – a play about the twentieth century expatriate American poet accused of treason.

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Travisville Score 97%

Travisville

William Jackson Harper has written a fierce piece of theater with dialogue that pops and sparks with humor and intensity. In Travisville, both sides of this argument are weighed in with intelligence and honesty.

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