Author: Raphael Badagliacca

Richard III (an all female cast)

Reviewed by Raphael Badagliacca Ambitious, intelligent, unafraid, obsessed, no stranger to cunning, undaunted by obstacles, possessed by a talent for reading others… what does it take to play the part of Richard III? And by what factor must we ratchet up each of these character traits in a woman who would take on the challenge of this role?  Ask Katie Mack who gives us a brilliant, treacherous Richard in an all-female production of Shakespeare’s second longest play after Hamlet. We know from history that male actors played the female parts in Elizabethan England, and that those female characters are...

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Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

Michael A. Jones has written a stirring chronicle of the life of Josh Gibson, widely recognized as one of the greatest baseball players of all time, if not the greatest, whose talents were never displayed on the stage they deserved because of an accident of time — the color of his skin.  For this reason, the drama has reverberations that go well beyond baseball, yet it remains a baseball story through and through, with draw and delight for fans of theater, fans of history and baseball fans more used to taking a seat in a stadium than a theater.

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by Raphael Badagliacca A remarkable one-man show has returned to NYC for a limited run, but there is nothing limited about it – not its reach, not its timeliness, not the depth to which it touches us. Before the nameless character played by Richard Hoehler appears on stage, the audience is confronted by a set strewn with rubbish and three panels that resemble a sky with shreds of clouds. The first thing the actor comments on is the sky, and how taken he is by it. What proceeds is an 80-minute tour-de-force made up of singing, dancing, and words…...

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So it’s “Halftime with Don” — the newest play at NJ Repertory Company in Long Branch. Time to review the game plan, and consider the players. If there is a reflective moment in an undertaking as intensely physical as football, halftime is it.

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