Author: Sarah Downs

Encores! Mack and Mabel

You want fire, pizzazz and romance – Mack and Mabel is your show. In this production at Encores! at City Center, the story of silent film director Mack Sennett and his protegee, comedienne Mabel Normand comes alive in brilliant color and sound. Douglas Sills and Alexandra Socha are magic together. Jerry Hermans wondrous score is given its full due by Rob Berman, with lush arrangements that leave you wanting more.

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Anatomy of a Suicide

Anatomy is right. This extraordinary play dissects the topic as any good clinician might. The cast is remarkable, with tour de force performances well worth seeing. I would have preferred, however, a more emotional than intellectual experience.

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Seesaw

Written in 1973, the musical Seesaw takes us back to a moment of great uncertainty in New York CIty’s history. The musical tells a love story of contrasts – country boy and city girl, and, in retrospect, the dichotomy between a time of innocence and a city in dire need. For the artists, dancers and singers who gathered here, it may have been a dear old, dirty town, but it was their dear old, dirty town.

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Harry Townsend’s Last Stand

Even age cannot tame the lion that is Len Cariou in this play about a father and son navigating the treacherous waters of their less than sunny relationship. It’s time for father to give way to his son’s authority, by opening a space for him in his life and his heart.

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Mac Beth

Once upon a time, three girls went into the forest but only two came out. In Erica Schmidt’s brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth you will discover how that could be.

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