FIRE IN DREAMLAND Score 88%

FIRE IN DREAMLAND

Kate wants to tell us the story of the great Coney Island fire of 1911 — about the noble black lion … about the mermaid who saved the Shetland ponies … about the innocent baby elephant who loyally waited in vain for redemption.  Kate is taken with the story but it is not her story.  It was whispered in her ear by the man who wants to make it his film.  She wants to whisper it in our ear.

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Gone Missing Score 85%

Gone Missing

Depending on how you look at it, it’s either very fitting or highly inappropriate that New York City Center Encores! chose to honor the late Michael Friedman with “Gone Missing.”  Fitting because Mr. Friedman composed the music and lyrics for the show and was the Encores! Artistic Director in 2017.  Perhaps inappropriate, because the piece stresses over and over again that it’s not talking about people going missing.

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Mary Page Marlowe Score 65%

Mary Page Marlowe

I am a big fan of Tracy Letts.  I was stunned by “August: Osage County”.  The story was layered and challenging. Letts’ range is vast and the paths that he chooses are not the beaten ones.  His work as an actor is masterful.  With “Mary Page Marlowe”, however, he has left me in the dust.  I have no idea what was intended or why an audience was included in on the proceedings.

None.  Zero.  Zip.

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Encores! Songs For A New World Score 85%

Encores! Songs For A New World

A great deal of talent, dedication and passion goes into each Encores! show.  That is the overwhelming feeling that greets you at the door.  Everyone, and I mean e-v -e-r-y-o-n-e is thrilled to be at City Center.  It is the perfect intimate venue for the job at hand.  Everyone is there to celebrate, and this exuberance cannot help but infect you.

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