The List (The Greatest, Most Ambitious 100 American Movies Mash-Up Parody Ever Stitched Together)
Aug22

The List (The Greatest, Most Ambitious 100 American Movies Mash-Up Parody Ever Stitched Together)

*disclaimer-please take plot description with a grain of salt, there was A LOT of content.   Once in a while a show comes along that can easily be reviewed in one sentence: GO SEE IT NOW! Since I am not sure if I am allowed to end it there I will elaborate, but The List, my friends, is one of those shows. Before I even attempt to explain the plot of this show, I am going to reiterate the title in its entirety: “The List (The...

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His Majesty The Devil
Aug21

His Majesty The Devil

And the winner of “show most difficult to write a review on” goes to…His Majesty, The Devil! A very disturbed young man (Colin Pip Dixon) wakes from a very disturbed sleep to find the very disturbed devil (MacIntyre Dixon) has been waiting for him. Except the devil isn’t really that disturbed, not until the end. For the majority of the show he is quite amusing, chipper if you will. Still, amidst his folk singing, bubble blowing,...

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Futebol
Aug19

Futebol

A title is a funny thing. From obvious to ironic to everything in between, it is sometimes all you have to go on. In this case the title appears to be working as a decoy, a title that fits perfectly. Rachel (Eilis Cahill) is in a bad place. Technically, she is in Brazil for the World Cup which is a pretty desired place. But for the purposes of this story, she is in a very bad place. Trying to recuperate from an alcohol induced head...

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Vestments of the Gods
Aug17

Vestments of the Gods

Well, I didn’t see that coming. To be fair, they do mention the presence of a tragedy, but even so. I just didn’t see it coming. While anyone with half a pulse can ascertain the message they are trying to convey, Vestments of The Gods seems to be geared towards a generation driven by technology, impulse and the immense pressure to fit in. A generation that needs to know, and is in the process of learning, how truly tragic a...

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Oprahfication
Jul22

Oprahfication

Warning: reader may be subject to seeing an absurd amount of elongated “caps locked” phrases. HELLOOOOOO READERSSS! For one night, and one night only, Oprah Winfrey is back where she belongs. With a title like Oprahfication, one can pretty easily deduce that the show will, in some way, involve its namesake in the flesh. What’s less predictable, but nonetheless assured, is how COMPLETELY SPOT ON Rachel Dunham is in her portrayal of the...

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Carole J. Bufford: Shades of Blue
May15

Carole J. Bufford: Shades of Blue

“Carole J. Bufford”… Remember that name people, because this woman has the makings for greatness. Winner of the Nightlife, Bistro and BroadwayWorld Award for Outstanding Vocalist, Carole J. Bufford qualifies as someone who is “Most Wanted” in the cabaret and jazz scene. Having travelled around the U.S. and London wowing audiences and critics alike, she now finds herself in the quaint Metropolitan Room in New York City, singin’ about...

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The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock
May10

The Lovesong of Alfred J Hitchcock

You can call Alfred Hitchcock a lot of things, but ordinary is certainly not one of them… To try and explain the plot would be as fruitful as a weed, so instead I will set the initial stage with a hint at what follows. The play begins with Hitchcock (Martin Miller) in argumentatively his most natural setting: sitting in his director’s chair, alone. His mind is racing, spewing out image after image of his developing story. Constantly...

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Under My Skin
May04

Under My Skin

Hey ladies, ever find yourself thinking “I’d like to see him handle cramps that rival darts being launched at your stomach every month”? Chances are yes. And gentlemen, ever feel women just don’t get the mysterious, sometimes involuntary, ways of the penis? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, Under My Skin is the show for you. In cinematic terms, Under My Skin is a modern day Freaky Friday. Just replace the mother and...

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No Exit
Mar10

No Exit

“A journalist, a postal worker and a socialite walk into a bar…” Sounds like the beginning of a corny joke, does it not? But what if instead of walking into a bar they were led, one by one, into a cell. And that cell was located in the always warm, infinitely southern region of Hades. That scenario throws all jokes right out of the  window. Cradeau (Bradford Cover) is the first person brought to the cell. Accompanied by the Valet,...

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Lift

When you transfer a show from London to New York there is always the risk that certain elements can get lost in translation.  While the acting, especially the heart and raw emotion, remained well intact, one could argue the vocals and intonations could use a “lift”. With a bit of Rent, a touch of Once and a hint of A Chorus Line, Lift tells the somehow connected yet painfully disjointed story of strangers, acquaintances, colleagues,...

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Lady Day
Oct04

Lady Day

BY JESSICA MASTRONARDI   To be honest, before seeing this show I knew very little about Billie Holiday. I knew that name went hand in hand with musical royalty, but I didn’t know why.  That was the pre Lady Day me. As for the post Lady Day me, she knows exactly why.  And this excellent production is to thank. When stripped of depth, the storyline can be explained in one sentence: Billie Holiday (Dee Dee Bridgewater) and her band...

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