Author: Donna Herman

No End of Blame

It’s understandable why the PTP/NYC (Potomac Theater Project) chose “No End of Blame” to run in rep as part of their 30th Anniversary season at the Atlantic Stage 2. Although the play was written in 1981, long before the heinous attacks against the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo in 2015, one can draw the obvious comparisons between the fiery cartoonist Bela Veracek (Alex Draper) at the center of the fictional action, and the real-life murdered French satirists. According to playwright Howard Barker, when it comes to political cartoonists, there really is no end of blame. Apparently no one likes to be made fun of and no one, especially no one in power, has a sense of humor about themselves. Set in Europe and Britain between 1918 and 1973, the play is loosely based on real life German-British artist Victor Weisz who drew popular political cartoons under the name “Vicky” in Britain.

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“Troll” by Ken Greller has transformed the fairy tale beast of yore living under a bridge in our childhood nightmares, to the millennial monster haunting every keystroke and post in our adult reality. Don’t expect a fairy tale if you can find your way to aptly named Secret Theatre in LIC where The Rushline Company is presenting its thought-provoking and riveting inaugural production. Do expect to be talking about the play to everyone you know, looking it and all involved up online, and thinking about it for a long time afterwards.

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Exit Strategy

Your strategy with the new play from Primary Stages “Exit Strategy” at The Cherry Lane Theatre should be, get a ticket as quickly as possible and go. Don’t miss this one. It hits on every level a theater lover, novice, or even someone who doesn’t really like the theater (?!?), could want. Drama, got it. Comedy, check. Realism, idealism, struggle, conflict, triumph, and even romance.

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VOTES, a musical by Jacqueline S. Salit and Fred Newman, composed by Annie Roboff at the Castillo Theater is set on election eve in 2016 in a hotel room where we find the female candidate for president, Melanie Jefferson (Lisa Ann Wright-Mathews) in the lead as she waits for the polls to close. I have to admit, the premise gave me tingles…..

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Head of Passes

HEAD OF PASSES by MacArthur Genius Grant winning playwright Terrell Alvin McCraney opens at The Public Theater starring Phylicia Rashad, directed by Tina Landau. Is the third time a charm for the NY debut of this play previously seen in Chicago and Berkeley? Or should this talented team give up hope of a run to glory with this vehicle and start working on something that will keep both fans and critics cheering?

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