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Dan Dwyer

Dan Dwyer is an independent theatre reviewer of New York and New England/ Hudson Valley productions and radio/podcast interview host. His reviews are posted on, and often appear on The Berkshire Edge. He is reviews of US musicals are translated in German and appear regularly in Blickpunkt Musical, for which he is American reviewer. His radio show, “Off Script,” is broadcast on NPR affiliate WHDD Robin Hood Radio. Dan completed a workshop in directing at Yale University in the summer of 2015, and has directed rehearsed readings at the Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. . Dan is proprietor of Johnnycake Books, specializing in rare and collectible books, in Salisbury, Connecticut.



BWW Review: CABARET at Sherman Playhouse - A Kit Kat Klub raw and seedy as it should be.
September 23, 2019

If what you know about 'Cabaret' is informed by the classic 1972 movie which made Liza Minnelli a superstar, you owe yourself to see the Tony-winning musical stage version like the one at community-based Sherman Playhouse. Director Bradford Blake, inspired by London's Donmar Warehouse 1993 revival which made it to Studio54 in 1998, creates a solid, engaging production that is both faithful to the cautionary theme of the original Broadway production and authentic to the raw and seedy world of the decadent Kit Kat Klub, Berlin 1931.

BWW Review: THE BROTHERS SIZE at Ancram Opera House - Probing, Searing Drama More Intimate Than Ever
August 12, 2019

It's hard to imagine a more intimate or powerful production of Tarell Alvin McCraney's 'The Brothers Size' than the probing, searing version on stage at the Ancram Opera House. Director Martine Kei Green -Rogers totally realizes McCraney's multi-textured storytelling of prose, song and dance, putting three fabulous actors in your face (just about) off a thrust stage and into the audience in the compact, old grange hall in upstate Hudson Valley.

BWW Review: CURVE OF DEPARTURE at Chester Theatre Company Touches Heart and Head with Simple Elegance
August 10, 2019

BWW Review: INTO THE WOODS at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Its First Musical - Playful and Poignant
August 5, 2019

BWW Review: ACQUANETTA at Fisher Center At Bard. Director Daniel Fish (OKLAHOMA!) Startles Again
July 18, 2019

'I know you want everything to be clear and simple' is the last chorus of the fabulous chamber opera, 'Acquanetta', about the voluptuous, B-movie actress who had a sunstorm of celebrity in the 1940s. Indeed, the narrative structure 'Acquanetta' is rather uncomplicated based on a single scene in the cult classic 'Captive Wild Women' where Acquanetta played a wild, ravishing creature surgically transmuted from an ape by a mad doctor. But 'Acquanetta''s themes are anything but simple. By fusing the essentials of cinema, opera and drama to stunning effect, 'Acquanetta' renders a mesmerizing, multi-layered contemplation of illusion and identity. Directed by Daniel Fish, who re-interpreted 'Oklahoma' (which started at Bard), 'Acquanetta' is both an amazing, technical tour-de-force and thrilling, theatrical experience.

BWW Review: CYRANO at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. A New Adaptation, Incisive and Robust
July 6, 2019

CYRANO - Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison, NY, in repertoire through August 30

BWW Interview: Passing Strange's Stew and Heidi Rodewald
June 27, 2019

Stew and Heidi Rodewald of the band The Negro Problem and the songwriter team who created the Tony, Drama Desk and Obie-winning musical Passing Strange are hitting the road with a new act called Staged Dives, which they're previewing at the Ancram Opera House in Columbia County, New York June 28 and 29 before bringing it to Joe's Pub in August. They talked with Dan Dwyer of Off Script about the new show and their twenty-year collaboration.