Category: Video Reviews

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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