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Distant Star Score 85%

Distant Star

The Underground Theater at the Abrons Arts Center, some uniquely creative and though-provoking theater is taking place. Javier Antonio González has woven a tale of mystery and darkness; of poetry, an inexplicable murder and quiet disappearance, drawing us into a surreal world where language is personal, the personal is political, and politics is everything.

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Anybody Score 85%

Anybody

I saw Anybody: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera presented by North Coast at the Connelly Theater on the 2nd night of its 4 night, 5 performance run there, and I wish I had the next two nights free to see it for the rest of its run.  Why not? They take audience suggestions for the subject of the biographical hip-hop musical that they completely improvise on the spot – music, choreography, dialog and all – so it will be different every show.  And the talent on stage is off the chain.  There was a packed audience who loved every minute.

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The Rape of the Sabine Women Score 80%

The Rape of the Sabine Women

Susannah Perkins’s mesmeric eyes capture you at the get-go.  The entire production rests on her narrow shoulders.  I’ve rarely seen an actor more perfectly cast nor a character more ideally realized.   She puts you in her pocket, and it is up to her to decide when you leave the room.

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In the Blood Score 85%

In the Blood

Saycon Sengbloh’s Hester is a slowly ticking time bomb. At first, in control of her kids and providing what she can, it seems nothing can phase her. Then bit by bit, the clock runs down.

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