Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: BASTARD JONES Rocks the House at the Cell Theatre BWW Review: BASTARD JONES Rocks the House at the Cell Theatre
by Kristen Morale - June 25, 2017

"It's not unusual to be loved by anyone…" Admittedly, this is the wrong Tom Jones and yes, I may have stolen this little pun from the show's opening narrative, but that Mr. Jones was on the perfect track to describing what chaos ensues in the life of a man whom everyone adores: the literary Tom Jone... (more...)
BWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE BWW Review: Gentlemen Prefer Booty in Kirsten Childs' BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
by Michael Dale - June 24, 2017

The recent Signature Theatre revival of Suzan Lori-Parks' VENUS, based on the true story of Saartjie Baartman, depicted a 19th Century African woman who was subjected to exploitation because of white people's fascination with her prominent posterior.  But the mood is considerably lighter over at Pla... (more...)
BWW Review:  Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various Wounds BWW Review: Martyna Majok's Bittersweet and Humorous COST OF LIVING Explores The Mending of Various Wounds
by Michael Dale - June 21, 2017

Though the lonely, out-of-work truck driver Eddie continued to text love notes to his estranged wife's cell phone number long after her death, he never expect to get an answer.... (more...)
BWW Review: MY EYES WENT DARK at 59E59 Theaters is Intriguing Drama BWW Review: MY EYES WENT DARK at 59E59 Theaters is Intriguing Drama
by Marina Kennedy - June 19, 2017

My Eyes Went Dark, written and directed by Matthew Wilkinson, is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters. This emotional, thought-provoking drama is inspired by real-life events.The play is part of the annual Brits Off-Broadway festival that will be held at the 59E59 Theaters through July 2nd.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOUR BWW REVIEW: Jim Brochu Returns With Drama Desk-Winning Mostel Tribute ZERO HOUR
by Michael Dale - June 19, 2017

When playwright/actor Jim Brochu was announced as the 2010 Drama Desk Outstanding Solo Performance Award winner for his loving tribute to the great Zero Mostel, ZERO HOUR, circumstances of the evening set up an opportunity for him to open his acceptance speech with an incredibly funny, totally filth... (more...)
BWW Review:  Kevin Spacey Aces CLARENCE DARROW at Arthur Ashe Stadium BWW Review: Kevin Spacey Aces CLARENCE DARROW at Arthur Ashe Stadium
by Michael Dale - June 18, 2017

Ask any New York Mets fan and they'll tell you that one of the unique quirks about watching a game at the teams' Flushing home - be it the now-demolished Shea Stadium or the current Citi Field - is the frequent rumbling of planes coming in and out of LaGuardia airport.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODD BWW Review: Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello Make For A Meatier SWEENEY TODD
by Michael Dale - June 17, 2017

The new Off-Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD just got a whole lot meatier.  No, the chef hasn't been adding more filling to the tasty meat pies audience members can enjoy before the performance.  The new reason for checking into the Barrow Street Theater is a chance to see two top shelf singer/ac... (more...)
BWW Review: INVINCIBLE at 59E59 Theaters is a Must-See Play by Torben Betts BWW Review: INVINCIBLE at 59E59 Theaters is a Must-See Play by Torben Betts
by Marina Kennedy - June 14, 2017

See the US premiere of 'Invincible' now at 59E59 Theaters through July 2. Written by Torben Betts and directed by Stephen Darcy, this entertaining yet emotive show features a stellar cast.... (more...)
BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR BWW Review: Black Roman Lives Matter in Trump-Themed JULIUS CAESAR
by Michael Dale - June 13, 2017

For the past 400+ years, the title character in William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has been traditionally regarded as one of the good guys. Oh sure, there was that time back in '37 when Orson Welles staged a production that had the Roman ruler interpreted as a stand-in for Mussolini, but The Bard's... (more...)
BWW Review: Rebecca Hall Intrigues in  Clare Lizzimore's Psychological Drama ANIMAL BWW Review: Rebecca Hall Intrigues in Clare Lizzimore's Psychological Drama ANIMAL
by Michael Dale - June 12, 2017

The confusion one might feel trying to follow Atlantic Theater Company's production of British playwright Clare Lizzimore's psychological study, Animal, is no doubt an intentional reflection of the emotional state of its central character.... (more...)
BWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male Fantasies BWW Review: Matthew Perry's THE END OF LONGING or The One About The Sexist Male Fantasies
by Michael Dale - June 09, 2017

In the opening scene of MCC's American premiere production of THE END OF LONGING, playwright/star Matthew Perry, playing the drunk, caustic and cocky Rolling Stone photographer Jack, looks deeply into the eyes of Stephanie, his latest attempt at a cocktail lounge pickup.... (more...)
BWW Review: Michaels Urie and McGrath are Comic Dynamos in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR BWW Review: Michaels Urie and McGrath are Comic Dynamos in THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR
by Michael Dale - June 05, 2017

Though Anton Chekhov popularized the notion that there's nothing sadder than a Russian comedy, playgoers seeking a few more yuks than can be found in a night at THE CHERRY ORCHARD can look to one of The Good Doctor's countrymen, Nikolai Gogol, whose rip-roaring classic The Government Inspector is gr... (more...)
BWW Review: Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Envisions The Future of Trump's Presidency BWW Review: Robert Schenkkan's BUILDING THE WALL Envisions The Future of Trump's Presidency
by Michael Dale - June 02, 2017

By necessity, Robert Schenkkan's tense and frightening political drama, BUILDING THE WALL, had to be a rush job written with the understanding that national events could sap it of its impact at any moment.... (more...)
BWW Review: Women Balance Sex, Marriage and Finance in Gina Gionfriddo's CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? BWW Review: Women Balance Sex, Marriage and Finance in Gina Gionfriddo's CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
by Michael Dale - May 31, 2017

As with her first Pulitzer-finalist play, BECKY SHAW, the title of Gina Gionfriddo's sharp-tongued comedy CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? is a literary reference.... (more...)
BWW Review:  ROTTERDAM at 59E59 Street Theaters is Affecting and Humorous BWW Review: ROTTERDAM at 59E59 Street Theaters is Affecting and Humorous
by Marina Kennedy - May 30, 2017

ROTTERDAM is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through June 10th. Written by Jon Brittain and directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, this is a show that will touch the hearts and minds of everyone, a topical play that must be seen.... (more...)
BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIG BWW Review: Norbert Leo Butz Stars in Hamish Linklater's Ambitious Drama THE WHIRLIGIG
by Michael Dale - May 28, 2017

"In a whirligig of grief" is how one character describes the emotional state of another in Hamish Linklater's ambitious new play, THE WHIRLIGIG, receiving a fine premiere mounting by The New Group's artistic director, Scott Elliott.... (more...)
BWW Review:  A.A. Milne's THE LUCKY ONE Receives a Rare Revival From The Mint BWW Review: A.A. Milne's THE LUCKY ONE Receives a Rare Revival From The Mint
by Michael Dale - May 26, 2017

One look at the country home setting designer Vicki R. Davis has devised for The Mint Theater Company's intriguing revival of A.A. Milne's rarely visited THE LUCKY ONE and a playgoer wouldn't be blamed for anticipating a night of vintage bon mots and comedy of manners gracefulness.... (more...)
BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' Devastating VENUS Explores the Tragedy of Saartjie Baartman
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2017

Traditionally, the human beings with uncommon attributes who are featured as carnival side-show attractions can hold a certain degree of power in their profession. It is their indisputable reality that adds an illusion of legitimacy to the flim-flam and shenanigans that fill out the rest of the show... (more...)
BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME BWW Review: Polar Opposites Explore Romance In ERNEST SHACKLETON LOVES ME
by Michael Dale - May 19, 2017

Kat, the woman who's at the center of the wildly fun and unpredictable new two-person musical comedy Ernest Shackleton Loves me, is not exactly in a good emotional place when the show begins.... (more...)
BWW Review:  IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at 59E59 is Excellent and Gripping BWW Review: IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT at 59E59 is Excellent and Gripping
by Marina Kennedy - May 16, 2017

'IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT,' written by Gary Owen and directed by Rachel O'Riordan, is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters though June 4th. This superbly crafted one-woman show features excellent staging and an awe-inspiring performance by Sophie Melville.... (more...)
BWW Review: Martín Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing BWW Review: Martín Zimmerman's War Drama SEVEN SPOTS ON THE SUN Mixes Brutality and Magical Healing
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2017

Most people don't like war. We know that. So when a playwright sets out to write an anti-war drama, it helps to present some kind of specific angle that offers a clear, and hopefully original, message.... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings BWW Review: ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN? Takes Its Text From Trump Cabinet Senate Confirmation Hearings
by Michael Dale - May 14, 2017

Visitors observing the United States Senate in session from the chamber galleries are instructed to refrain from applauding, booing or - perhaps most crucial - laughing at their public servants as they undergo official business.... (more...)
BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE BWW Review: Encores! Serves Up Delicious Mounting of Cult Favorite THE GOLDEN APPLE
by Michael Dale - May 13, 2017

In the late-night hours of June, 14, 1994, when hockey's New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup championship in 54 years, there were fans visiting the gravesites of loved ones, armed with six-packs of beer and radios, to share with long-gone fans a moment they thought they might never live to ... (more...)
BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched BWW Review: HER OPPONENT Recreates Clinton/Trump Debates With Genders Switched
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2017

As it pertains to the 2016 presidential election, the title HER OPPONANT doesn't necessarily refer to Donald Trump. As the first woman to top the ticket of one of America's major political parties, the name of co-creators Joe Salvatore (who also directs) and Maria Guadalupe's fascinating theatre pi... (more...)
BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size BWW Review: John Doyle Cuts PACIFIC OVERTURES Down To Prelude Size
by Michael Dale - May 09, 2017

The best thing about Classic Stage Company's small-scale, extensively trimmed production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's extraordinarily-written 1976 musical, PACIFIC OVERTURES, is a chance to see a terrific ensemble of actors taken from the New York stage's severely underutilized pool of Asi... (more...)