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The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong Lyceum Snapshot Review: Three-Stooges Funny Jeff Myhre, Reviewer At some stag in your theatre career (and that includes just being in the audience), you have a performance that isn\\'t exactly good. An actor forgets lines, or props are not where they are supposed to be, or a sound cue doesn\\'t come, or part of the set wobbles or falls. On a particularly bad night, more than one of these things crops up. When they all happen at the same time, you get “The Play That Goes Wrong.” This import from London\\'s West End is currently the longest-running

The Parisian Woman

The Parisian Woman Hudson Theatre Snapshot Review: Shallow but Satisfying Marc Miller, Reviewer Imagine being a fly on a wall of a tony Capitol Hill townhouse, one where confidences are shared, deals are made, and betrayals are everyday bargaining chips. Such is the environment in Beau Willimon’s shallow but satisfying The Parisian Woman, enjoying a savory production at the newly reopened, equally tony Hudson Theatre. Willimon, the force behind House of Cards and author of a previous and superior inside-Washington play, Farragut North, hasn’t much on his mind but illustrating the horse-trading and flexible alliances behind political appointments, but he does illustrate

Mugen Noh Othello

Mugen Noh Othello The Public Theater and the Japan Society Snapshot Review: Spellbinding Patricia Contino, Reviewer Cyprus is under Ottoman rule. The Venetians not only abandoned the island, but their court women and courtesans. During the 50 years since the island’s power shift, they are slaves to their conquerors and memories. One is the weary, thirsty ghost of Desdemona, whose story director Satoshi Miyagi and Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) told in their spellbinding “Mugen Noh Othello” presented at Japan Society during the final weekend of The Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival. Let’s answer to the first question usually asked about an “Othello”

“Onegin” American Ballet Theatre

"Onegin" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House Snapshot Review: Must See Patricia Contino, Reviewer One of the first visitors to the "New Met" was The Stuttgart Ballet. Their Artistic Director John Cranko brought a substantial repertory of his own work and Marcia Hayde, one of the great ballerinas of the late twentieth century. (There are clips of her on YouTube and she is part of "The Turning Point\'s" priceless gala performance). In 1973, Cranko suffered a fatal heart attack on the company\'s flight home following their Met engagement. It is appropriate that American Ballet Theatre revived Cranko\'s "Onegin" during the 50 th anniversary of

Office Hour

Office Hour Martinson Theater at The Public Snapshot Review: Worthwhile Julia Ippstein, Reviewer "Office Hour" by Julia Cho had me on the edge of my seat pretty quickly. I was full of anticipation about what this story might explore and although the play didn\\\\\'t give me what I expected or hoped for, it was a powerful and unique exploration of good and evil, gun culture and the challenges and necessities of preventative action. The play is about a college student, Dennis (Ki Hong Lee), who writes horrifying and grotesque stories in his creative writing classes, isolates himself and barely talks while his teachers struggle

Muswell Hill

Muswell Hill Barrow Group Main Stage Theatre Snapshot Review: Utterly Absorbing Jaci de Villiers, Reviewer The Barrow Group Theatre Company and The Pond Theatre Company present Torben Betts darkly comic, “Muswell Hill”. It’s social realism that pokes and prods at our first world ‘problems’ with a sharp Stanley knife blade. It is utterly absorbing and knocks you off your axis for a bit. You’re also laughing out loud as the dialogue bounces you around like a 4X4 ramping a sand dune, leaving your stomach queasy from the sudden jolts. It’s a high octane theatrical adrenaline sport and you’re quickly addicted. It’s 2010 and we’re

Mankind

Mankind Playwrights Horizons Snapshot Review: Darkly Hysterical Cindy Sibilsky, Reviewer With Mankind, playwright Robert O’Hara has secured his place as one of the most irreverent, interesting and important new voices in theatre and a true jewel in Playwright’s Horizon’s crown. His searing, darkly hysterical satire Mankind opens with a couple, post coitus, having “the Talk” about an unwanted pregnancy. Only they’re two men, “dudes” to be exact, for as the tense conversation boils, every other word is “dude!” in mock of the limited vocabulary of the prevalent Bro culture, forced with a predicament my own sex is usually on the receiving end of. The

Mind Body Drop Away

Mind Body Drop Away Chez Brunswick Studio Snapshot Review: Meta-Comedy D.B. Frick, Reviewer On January 3th at 8:30 pm I had the opportunity to attend The Exponential Festival at Chez Bushwick Studio located at 304 Boerum Street in Brooklyn, NY. Presented that evening was, Mind Body Drop Away, Directed by Kevin Laibson and written & performed by Shon Arieh-Lerer. Mind Body Drop Away seems to be a suggestion that the audience must drop its consciousness to truly envelope themselves into what is about to happen in front of them. This was my first time to Bushwick to see theatre. Most of my experiences

Let Me Cook for You

Let Me Cook for You Theaterlab Snapshot Review: Completely Engaging Jacquelyn Claire, Reviewer Theaterlab presents “Let me cook for you” - an exquisitely intimate dinner party play. Only twelve audience members are given the opportunity to “dine” with Orietta Crispino as she sates your hunger with a masterful memoir. It’s one of those truly unique New York theatrical moments that you want to witness. Orietta is making us dinner. Along with celery, peppers and marinated tofu you’ll get to savor the delicious ingredients of foreign accents, past desires, impossible hungers, horoscopes, myths, numerology and blemished beauty. She carves up her past in bite size episodes

Lady MacBeth and Her Lover

Lady MacBeth and Her Lover The Directors’ Studio Snapshot Review: Excellent Performances Jacquelyn Claire, Reviewer The Directors Studio presents Richard Vetere’s “Lady Macbeth and Her Lover” –an intense oedipal complex fuelled psychological conversation. It’s an exploration of a myriad of female archetypes drawn from a male perspective against the backdrop of a poet’s creative process. The mentor, muse and manipulator roles fight for dominance in this intellectual discourse passionately performed by Maja Wampuszyc and Christy Escobar. The story involves the lives of a mother (Hope) and daughter (Emily) and their complicated relationship with the shadow filled Corinne. The pursuit of a higher art –poetry,

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