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On the Shore of the Wide World Score 75%

On the Shore of the Wide World

I’m not quite sure why the Atlantic Theater Company chose to stage this revival of Simon Stephens’ 2005 work On the Shore of the Wide World.  It’s not a bad play, it’s just...average, and overlong.  It certainly isn’t up to what we expect from Mr. Stephens after his two latest productions on this side of the pond, Heisenberg and The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night.  What saves this production is the really fine acting by the entire cast.

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Hello, Dolly! Score 95%

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 it's power and it's 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.

Hello, Dolly! Score 95%

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 it’s power and it’s 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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Edward Albee’s AT HOME AT THE ZOO: Homelife & The Zoo Story Score 90%

Edward Albee’s AT HOME AT THE ZOO: Homelife & The Zoo Story

In 2001 Edward Albee wrote the drawing room one act play, Homelife, as an opening to, The Zoo Story, his 1958 brutal one act classic. Seeing The Zoo Story on it’s own you wonder why does Peter, an upper middle class publisher, husband and father stay in the park and interact with Jerry, a disenfranchised, loner and boarding house occupant. Homelife supplies the answer.

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A Walk With Mr. Heifetz Score 60%

A Walk With Mr. Heifetz

The title A Walk With Mr. Heifetz is misleading, because it leads a person to think that this play may be, like A Walk In The Woods by Lee Blessing an event of some magnitude.  It is not.  It is a seminar on the history of Israel that manages to be one-sided and absent of fireworks of any sort.   

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Kings Score 80%

Kings

A deep dig into the financial interests and power grabs of DC’s elected officials and the lobbyists who love them. Well, love is too sympathetic a term. The interactions between the icy characters we encounter here are not so much emotional as they are mutually parasitic.

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Party Face Score 90%

Party Face

Isobel Mahon has written a funny agile play about what and how women manage their way through life and friendships. and how, in the managing and navigating of others, we often find that we have lost ourselves along the way.

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