Out of the Mouths of Babes
Jun20

Out of the Mouths of Babes

This comedy is really fun. The first act is a cascade of surprising arrivals, telling anecdotes, bitchy exchanges. It is fast paced and genuine. Unlike so much new theater, Out of the Mouths of Babes avoids second act problems; the second act is every bit as much fun as the first.

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DI AND VIV AND ROSE
Jun10

DI AND VIV AND ROSE

It’s a very big play on a very short run in a very small house. If you can get a ticket, I can promise you two hours of fresh, original theater in Di and Viv and Rose.

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AN ACT OF GOD
Jun07

AN ACT OF GOD

An Act of God is only sort of a play; it’s more stand-up comedy leashed to a talk show couch. That God is a short Jewish gay man with vast perspective comes as a surprise, not an unwelcome surprise, but an amusing turn of events. Seeing God gifted with Hayes’ comedic timing is kinda neat.

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CHARLIE and SHARON
Jun04

CHARLIE and SHARON

There are laugh lines — even laugh-out-loud lines — though much of what’s funny may well be unintentional.

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A BETTER PLACE
May17

A BETTER PLACE

The twenty-seven-year old-daughter, Carol (Jessica Digiovanni), who still lives at home, engages in a curious and quite funny passion for real-estate brokers, “young men dressed like Mormons,” who manage literally to get her off by spouting “real estate porn” — Carrara cladding stone, sweeping views from wrap terraces, room-sized showers with scores of body jets — well, you get the idea.

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AMERICAN PSYCHO
Apr27

AMERICAN PSYCHO

American Psycho has more than second-act problems; it has what’s-the-point problems.

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THE FATHER
Apr18

THE FATHER

I cannot suggest you will enjoy The Father, now playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club. But I promise you, you will be moved—perhaps wounded.

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The Robber Bridegroom
Mar20

The Robber Bridegroom

As the colorful two-faced rogue, Steven Pasquale, as Jamie, brings the heat. He is every woman’s bad boy—at once hot and funny. He’s Zorro and Butch Cassidy. Yes, you fall in love. Well, as it is only 90 minutes, perhaps it’s lust, but he grabs you early and keeps you close.

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DISASTER!
Mar15

DISASTER!

Bottom line – I had a good time. I knew the songs. I wore the clothes. I liked the silliness and the way, way overdrawn parodies. Cheesy? No question. Fun? Yep.

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VERONA WALLS
Mar07

VERONA WALLS

Playwright Laura Hirschberg takes a powerful swing at making an original theater piece out of an oft-told-tale. Verona Walls comes off as fresh and fun—even clever.

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The Humans
Feb22

The Humans

The Helen Hayes was alive with laughter—belly laughs, laughs of surprise, and knowing laughs of “oh-yeah-been there!” There were moments of giddiness, near-giggling. Still, you cannot call The Humans a comedy.

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SKELETON CREW
Jan23

SKELETON CREW

Morisseau sings the song of Detroit—this is the third in her hometown trilogy—but, more, she is writing an original American story. You might trick out the set with WPA murals, tributes to the American worker at the dirty finger nail level.

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Allen Wilder 2.0
Jan12

Allen Wilder 2.0

All that said, bundling into one of New York’s scrappy off-off-Broadway houses to sit in the dark and watch three people become three other people—delivering a reasoned view of the world from a skilled playwright/director —is its own reward. If you are a fan of theater on the margins (which is not to say edgy theater)—this is a good candidate.

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OUR FRIENDS THE ENEMY
Dec15

OUR FRIENDS THE ENEMY

A robustly handsome young man of soldier age, Gwyther performs this one-man “spoken word” poem-cum-drama in a spellbinding sixty minutes.

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DADA WOOF PAPA HOT
Nov22

DADA WOOF PAPA HOT

There are a few moments of titillation that evoke the ‘old life’ some of the characters enjoyed before the kids were part of the equation. It is a genuine pleasure to see all of Alex Hurt (Jason) heading for the outdoor shower at a Pines rental.

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