Kristen Morale

Kristen Morale Kristen is a graduate of both Saint Francis College and Hunter College, with degrees in English and Musical Theatre. She enjoys going to any show, from community theater to Broadway productions, and especially loves musicals; "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Last Five Years" and "South Pacific" are among her favorites. She continues to pursue her interest in theater by seeing great performances and writing a little bit about them, appreciative of all those who put their best foot forward to create something theatrically great.


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BWW Review: The Funky Reality of Shaw's GOD OF MARZBWW Review: The Funky Reality of Shaw's GOD OF MARZ
Posted: Jun. 12, 2019


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BWW Review: Parental Supervision is Not Optional in Solnik's THE BOHEMIANSBWW Review: Parental Supervision is Not Optional in Solnik's THE BOHEMIANS
Posted: Dec. 19, 2018


BWW Review: Dancing Majesty Takes the Stage in Fisher's THE LITTLE DANCERBWW Review: Dancing Majesty Takes the Stage in Fisher's THE LITTLE DANCER
Posted: Dec. 26, 2018


BWW Review: Drifting in the Somber Magic of THE BLUE ROOMBWW Review: Drifting in the Somber Magic of THE BLUE ROOM
Posted: Jul. 17, 2018


BWW Review: A Shakespearean Run with Food and Fun: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMBWW Review: A Shakespearean Run with Food and Fun: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Posted: Aug. 14, 2018


BWW Review: Oh How Joyous is Royal Family Productions' ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!BWW Review: Oh How Joyous is Royal Family Productions' ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!
Posted: Jan. 29, 2019


BWW Review: Something is So Right About THE WRONG BOX at Theatre for the New CityBWW Review: Something is So Right About THE WRONG BOX at Theatre for the New City
Posted: Sep. 14, 2018


BWW Review: Time Stands Still at 36 JUNIPER, Presented by Wrong House ProductionsReview: Time Stands Still at 36 JUNIPER, Presented by Wrong House Productions
Posted: Dec. 6, 2018


BWW Review: The Funky Reality of Shaw's GOD OF MARZ
June 12, 2019

Written by Rachel Shaw, God of Marz"takes us out of the human mind and into the realm of the Almighty, who is quite the character and as beautifully human as we can imagine her to be; she is the way I envision God to be (and hope that she is). When two astronauts crash-land on Mars with a limited supply of oxygen and a minute chance of survival, God welcomes them into her home and offers her direct (and sometimes offensive but oh-so-true) observations of the human race. Testing the breadth of these two astronauts' beliefs is only a part of the fun to be had in the presence of our Oprah-loving Lord, who is equally thrilled and perturbed by the company she keeps.

BWW Review: Scaling the Top of the World in Golden Shards' 8000M
May 14, 2019

Written by David Greig, joined by MFA award-winning director Alice Cash and presented by Golden Shards Productions, 8000M encompasses such a wide range of dramatic feats - not taking into account the play's actual subject matter. From an exceptional script, which combines both characters' personal accounts and plot-driving narrative to tell a riveting story, to actors who bring the experience of climbing the world's fourth largest mountain to an audience with such honed skill, 8000M is so substantial in its quality.

BWW Review: The Lords of 52nd Street Rock Out in Our Very Own Brooklyn
May 8, 2019

Kingsborough Community College presented The Lords of 52nd Street in concert, commemorating the first time the band has performed on a Brooklyn stage. Music to everyone's ears (from the little ones dancing in the aisles with their families, to my parents, who have traveled the east coast to see Billy Joel perform - about 6 times now), there was no stopping the joy that Joel's original band spread amongst those in the audience on that special night.

BWW Review: Wrong House's SKETCHY SPRING Just Feels So Right
May 1, 2019

For two nights only, Wrong House Productions presented Sketchy Spring, an hilarious compilation of sketches with a wide berth of wacky topics covered. From Ted Bundy's charm, which has the ability to turn his jury into musical and horny high-schoolers, to a 30th birthday celebration not complete without the mother who believes she lives in a Jane Austen novel, Sketchy Spring provided quite the number of laughs that hardly ever ceased as the night wore on.


April 2, 2019

Based on Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi, with a book by Akiko Kodama and now celebrating its New York premiere under the direction of Takahiro, 'Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon' The Super Live held three performances at the Playstation Theater in Times Square from March 29th-30th. Featuring an all-female cast (portraying both male and female roles), New York was treated (if ever so briefly) to a beautifully orchestrated, 2.5D phenomenon that is an exciting mix of both musical and concert.

BWW Review: That Which Defines and Divides in FIERCELY INDEPENDENT
March 12, 2019

When love feels so fleeting, the push and pull of harsh words and wild emotions is no longer about keeping someone; it becomes more about lingering long enough until we are prepared to fully acknowledge our defeat. That is what makes Fiercely Independent so wonderful, even though also so sad: it pulls the mirror up in front of us, whether we have experienced such a thing or not, and asks us to reflect on what people are supposed to do. Would we rather watch ourselves fall out of love with the person we thought was forever ours, or wind up alone?

BWW Review: Brooklyn's Theater 2020 Makes its Way Into the Woods
March 7, 2019

Theater 2020, the only professional theater troupe in Downtown Brooklyn, once again proves itself as a force to be reckoned with with this lovely production of Into the Woods; theirs is a force that brings with it the power and influence a dramatic performance ought to have.

BWW Review: Scandalous Fantasies Meet the Sting of Reality in Kristin Heckler's EXPOSED
February 13, 2019

Directed/conceived by Heckler and written in collaboration with Jacob Sebastian Phillips, Sarah Raimondi and Pauline Sherrow, Recognize Theatre presents Exposed - now in performances at the MCS Theatre. It is the kind of show that raises eyebrows for some and brings others to ponder what it would be like to release the sexual "freak" within. Lauren, a college freshman and aspiring doctor, soon finds herself a porn star who not only tests the boundaries of her insatiable sexuality, but also those of what we consider societal norms in Heckler's enlightening play

BWW Review: Oh How Joyous is Royal Family Productions' ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!
January 29, 2019

Adapted and directed by Chris Henry, Anne of Green Gables: Part 1 is now celebrating its World Premiere at the Royal Family Performing Arts Center, located in the heart of Times Square; it is nothing short of mesmerizing, a production that casts a spell upon its audience, beckoning them to watch this adored character make her way from whimsical orphan to the "interesting" little girl who falls under the care and protection of Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert.

BWW Review: Dancing Majesty Takes the Stage in Fisher's THE LITTLE DANCER
December 26, 2018

Directed by Richard Vida and choreographed by Lainie Sakakura, The Little Dancer is dazzling Upper West Side audiences with the poignant story it has to tell. This musical has every lovable quality a person can ever desire: from the children who comprise the Musical Theater Geek Chorus, to the graceful dancers that prove these actresses, too, strive just as hard for perfection as the characters they play, This production captures the very essence of magic that exists in a child's heart when she is given reason to hope; during a time of self-reflection and the wonder of the holiday spirit, we see just how important a place The Little Dancer will continue to hold in the hearts of all those who are fortunate enough to see it.

BWW Review: Parental Supervision is Not Optional in Solnik's THE BOHEMIANS
December 19, 2018

No matter how old we become, our parents are still our parents: from high school to an engagement, to robbing our new apartment, our parents are pillars of love that we never wish to seen torn down. Now, if you're questioning why a couple's parents would collaborate to rob their children's first apartment, you wouldn't be the only ones. There is such an intriguing (and first of its kind that I have seen) backstory as to how four individuals, keen on getting their children out of an unsafe Brooklyn apartment, stage a robbery to expedite the process.

BWW Review: Time Stands Still at 36 JUNIPER, Presented by Wrong House Productions
December 6, 2018

Written by the team of Jessika McQueen, Shannon McInally and Alyssa Abraham, directed by Greg Pragel and celebrating its World Premiere in the heart of the East Village, 36 Juniper is an unexpected and quite riveting theatrical gem. It is over an hour of emotional and psychological suspense that builds and builds until everyone - from character to audience alike - is mentally exhausted. A plot that which begins under the innocent pretense of a reunion of friends, it soon becomes more burdensome as the collective "we" of this once inseparable group trickles down to portray the issues each person now faces a decade later.

BWW Review: Do-overs and Debauchery in New Light Theater Project's Revival of LIFE x3
November 25, 2018

Written by Yasmina Reza, directed by Jerry Heymann and now in performances at Urban Stages, Life x3 is New Light Theater Project's revival performance using the translations of Christopher Hampton. With a stellar cast that can navigate the paths of essentially three characters each with obvious ease, this production carefully presents nuances in character and circumstance and asks the audience to notice how and why each of the three instances is different. From

BWW Review: RENASCENCE Shines as Bright as the Soul at the Abrons Art Center
November 12, 2018

With a book by Dick Scanlan, score by Carmel Dean and lyrics taken from the works of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Renascence celebrates its World Premiere at the Abrons Arts Center; there, it is pushing the boundaries of theater towards something transcendent, not only witnessed but experienced in as close a way as Vincent experienced her truth.

BWW Review: The Flea Presents the World Premiere of Solondz's EMMA AND MAX
October 25, 2018

There are many plays that evoke feelings and entertain and do everything that an admirable piece of theater is meant to; I cannot say, though, that these plays are as poignant or as tragically beautiful as Emma and Max: the show I was fortunate to see on its closing night. I can't remember the last time I not only stepped out of a theater in awe of what was just seen, but then brought with me the thoughts and questions that were constantly forming like a never-ending chain; this was to the moment I walked through my front door. It is so hard to come up with the perfect form of praise for everything this show is, without also thinking of how the show affects me, compares to my life and makes me question every decision made in the last twenty-four hours.

BWW Review: The Fist Pumping Phenomenon of POP PUNK HIGH at (le) poisson rouge
October 17, 2018

You have officially entered pop-punk paradise: a place where the people eat, sleep and breathe the essence of punk culture, channeling their thickly eyelined, rebellious year 2003-selves to walk in the famed footsteps of Avril Lavigne. It is a place where teenage angst and insecurity lend themselves to the formation of the baddest, "punkest" star whom the entire student body respects. This paradise is actually a high school, where the opportunity to rock out like Green day is met with the need to face and understand the person you find yourself to be. The ups and downs of self-discovery are set to a wicked pop-punk sound in this bizarre and brave musical that is Pop Punk High, now in performances at the West Village's iconic (le) poisson rouge.

BWW Review: Something is So Right About THE WRONG BOX at Theatre for the New City
September 14, 2018

With book, music and lyrics written by Kit Goldstein Grant, directedchoreographed by Michael Chase Gosselin and based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, The Wrong Box now celebrates its World Premiere at Theater for the New City as part of its Dream Up Festival. Grant and Gosselin now come together since having worked on Grant's The Nose, and their joint efforts truly show the magic to be found in this collaboration. Grant's plot of wayward characters who winner of the tontine, to wreaking havoc in the baggage area of a train on its way to the middle of nowhere and a random moment of drunkenness, The Wrong Box takes a complex plot and not only tests the audience's sense of humor, but also our ability to follow along. If understood completely, this is one hell of a crazy ride.

BWW Review: Dreaming the Reality of Life in Yukich's APES AT PLAY
September 8, 2018

Written and directed by Yukich and presented as part of the Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City, Apes at Play is a short but ironically succinct piece that gets to the core of what it means to live within the possibility of the inexplicable.

BWW Review: A Shakespearean Run with Food and Fun: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
August 14, 2018

Directed by Dan Hasse and in association with the Access Theater, which has given rise to youthful, unique productions for the last twenty-six years, A Midsummer Night's Dream is the most fun you will have at any Shakespearean production for an endless number of reasons. Not only does this unbelievable and versatile cast of six bring out the wackiness of this work, they are able to harbor the more emotional side of it through the unique means of food and song; they complement tradition with modern creativity, and it is truly as magical as I would imagine Shakespeare intended his play to be.

BWW Review: Irish Playwrights Overcome and Conquer with GET THE BOAT and INNIT
August 3, 2018

The Soho Playhouse presents the North American debut of two Irish female playwrights and their influential plays: Eevan Brennan's and Siobhan Donnellan's Get the Boat and Colette Forde's Innit. Both were featured at the Limerick Fringe Festival in 2017, and both are now spreading awareness of a troubled world to a New York audience. Theirs are unique, subjective visions of the reality that is faced by the Irish people; simply writing about these issues could never have prepared an audience for how poignant are the stories they would hear told



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