Sea Wall/A Life Score 65%

Sea Wall/A Life

From the nanno-second that Alex (Tom Sturridge) begins to speak in Simon Stephens’ Sea Wall at the Public Theater, we know it is going to be a bad day at Black Rock.  Or Mudville.  Or wherever it is this story-teller is located as he talks to us.  Ditto for Abe (Jake Gyllenhaal) in A Life by Nick Payne. In the latter there are a few laughs well-played by Gyllenhaal, but on the whole, it is a gloomy evening.

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Charles Busch: Native New Yorker

“Winsome” is the word that comes to mind. I looked it up and the first words are: appealing, engaging, charming, winning, attractive – all of those work.  When Charles Busch performs he does not perform the way some do.  He lives his life out loud.  As a cabaret artist, Charles Busch opens the book that is himself and invites us to peek over his shoulder as he turns the pages.  We are only to eager to accept.

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My Very Own British Invasion Score 80%

My Very Own British Invasion

The arrival of so many people all at once from so many different directions seemed like an invasion itself, and certainly one that surprised me.  Although I have been a New Jersey resident for many years and a frequent theater goer, I confess that I had never been to the Paper Mill Playhouse, so, inevitably this is a review of an impressive performance and an impressive theater all in the same space.

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The Day Before Spring Score 92%

The Day Before Spring

The Day Before Spring is in season again! The show is charming without being trite. And in this “musicals in mufti” adaptation at the York Theater Co., the excellent performances and direction give it life, celebrating love in all its quirkiness and familiarity. Emphasis on the quirky.

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The Light Score 93%

The Light

“The Light” is the full package – great writing, superb acting, sensitive direction, excellent production values and timely, relevant subject matter presented with honesty, humor, dignity, passion and love. A powerful and affecting combination.

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