Month: February 2018

The Amateurs

Well, the title of the play is a fit.  The Amateurs is a well-meant play that, with the exception of a mildly interesting mid-section monologue, remains no more than well-meant.  The actors are unable to transform this loose knit tale into anything resembling whole cloth.  And it is not for lack of trying.

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RELEVANCE

The intellectual playfulness of Relevance, which opened Sunday night at the Lortel, has a whisper of Stoppard about it, in that it is a play about ideas and words and their relevance — which could sound stuffy, but plays with enormous vitality.

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Hello, Dolly!

The entire production is a creamsicle designed to make you feel good.  Period.  The music is mostly jolly and occasionally poignant.  Love is in the air and people believe in its power and its ability to change your life in a moment.  The dancers and chorus evoke applause just by landing on the stage.  The plot is of course predictable, but that is not why we are there – we are there to be taken on a journey.  Specifically, Dolly’s journey that overflows into the lives of everyone she meets.  Bernadette Peters understands that.  Her response is to hoist the entire audience up on her diminutive shoulders and carry us to Heaven.  

Dolly is finally home, where she belongs.

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