Month: November 2017

Harrry Clarke

Seeing this production of Harry Clarke, reminded me once again that Billy Crudup is a terrific actor. It is more than talent.  It is specificity, focus and commitment.  Crudup is a man crafting his craft.

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Enrico IV

It’s the beginning of the 20th century, and in a somewhat lugubrious mansion in the Italian countryside, furnished to resemble Henry’s imperial palace at Goslar and staffed with servants in period costumes, the mad Enrico sits on his throne berating the Emperor’s enemies.

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The Wolves

By Tulis McCall There is something both delicious and humbling about this splendid production of Sarah DeLappe‘s The Wolves at Lincoln Center.  The Playwrights Realm has nurtured this play into a delicate yet blunt portrait of young women who are learning the game of relationships – and doing it on their own.  And it has landed with a glorious explosion at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. The Wolves are a soccer team in Somewhere America.  Over six weeks we see them in that intimate time between the street and the playing field.  They are warming up, stretching mostly, but at other...

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Muswell Hill

The dinner party from hell is a tried and true theatrical device.  Playwright Torben Betts takes full advantage of its potential in Muswell Hill and delivers not only the requisite excruciatingly dysfunctional family dynamics, scathing looks at both well-heeled bleeding liberals, and down-at-the-heels revolutionaries, but a sobering shot at self-absorbed aging thespians as well.  Ouch.  And while he does it most entertainingly, with a rapier sharp wit, there’s much food for thought here.

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Bedlam’s Peter Pan

Expectations were high for Bedlam’s adaptation of yet another beloved classic, J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, which Barrie wrote for the stage in 1904 and subsequently adapted into the iconic novel.

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