Felix Starro Score 70%

Felix Starro

Ultimately, Felix Starro’s strongest aspect is the shared cultural heritage of its collaborators. Though at times two-dimensionally, Felix Starro offers an authentic portrayal of its Filipino characters, and its culturally rooted setting. This is made possible only with its almost entirely Filipino-American ensemble and production staff. It’s important not to forget that this kind of representation, even in New York theatre, is unprecedented,

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Public Works’ Hercules Score 95%

Public Works’ Hercules

THIS is how you adapt a work. Public Works asked not how to translate Hercules to a new medium, instead deciding to take the roots of a beloved work and create something else. The show’s message of unity and humanity is perfectly married with its execution. Kristoffer Diaz’s new script eschews the “born-to-be-special” hero trope for a well-placed message about community engagement, with modern solutions to face modern problems.

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MAKE BELIEVE Score 90%

MAKE BELIEVE

Make Believe, Bess Wohl’s latest piece at Second Stage Theater, will challenge your imagination while waking up your inner child. 

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FEMPIRE A work in progress Score 95%

FEMPIRE A work in progress

She looks for the patriarchy to help to no avail and dreams of angels, messengers – yes, sisters – to come to her aid.  And they do come with their own experiences to share and insights to offer.  The flow is gorgeously seamless between clowning and dance.

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Sea Wall/A Life Score 90%

Sea Wall/A Life

Theater is a collaborative art. Unlike writing or painting, you can’t do it alone.  The reason why “Sea Wall/A Life” moved from The Public Theater Off Broadway to The Hudson Theater on Broadway recently is that Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal discovered something they hadn’t realized while performing at The Public.  This production of “Sea Wall/A Life” turns out to be a collaboration between the performers and the audience.  Sensitive direction by Carrie Cracknell has obliterated the fourth wall and created a space where memories can be shared with safety and acceptance. 

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