Month: September 2017

As You Like It

By Michael Hillyer There is a fleeting moment, not too far into John Doyle’s stripped-down, intermission-less production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, now playing through October 22nd at the Classic Stage Company on East 13th Street, where all of one’s hopes are realized. That is when Ellen Burstyn, as Jacques, begins the speech, “All the world’s a stage,” and everything else just simply stops. Nothing else matters; you could hear a pin drop. This is what we came to see, and in the time it takes to cross slowly across the stage, Ms. Burstyn’s sadly stoic Jacques...

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The Show-Off

The Show-Off by George Kelly (uncle of actress Grace Kelly) was a big hit in 1924 when it premiered on Broadway.  It’s about a self-aggrandizing braggart, Aubrey Piper (Ian Gould) who is a liar and a fop, and holds down a lowly clerk job at the Pennsylvania Railroad.  He meets and woos the daughter of a plain spoken, working-class North Philadelphia family, who are aghast that she has fallen for this clearly vain, shallow, idiot.  I have to admit a feeling of kinship with the Fisher family of North Philly.  I’m perplexed.

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The Treasurer

The Treasurer by Max Posner, currently at Playwrights Horizons, is a small gem of a play.  Dark, funny, and disturbing, the play seems too insightful for a 28-year old to have been its author.  But then, the playbill notes and opening monologue by the main character reveal that the subject is autobiographical, so it makes sense. 

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In Alexandra Spencer-Jones’s intense and erotic production of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE we are catapulted into the world of Alex and his Droogs and their insatiable appetite for everything violent.

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