Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Phylicia Rashad Directs Crackling Revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET BWW Review: Phylicia Rashad Directs Crackling Revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET
by Michael Dale - May 24, 2018

There's an empty casket on display and a pants-less mourner screaming. 'What kinda fuckin' world is this?!' when the lights suddenly go up on Stephen Adly Guirgis' wild New York escapade, Our Lady of 121st Street.... (more...)
BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau's Captivating Jazz Noir Drama, PARADISE BLUE BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau's Captivating Jazz Noir Drama, PARADISE BLUE
by Michael Dale - May 21, 2018

Depending on how snobby you are about the belief that no American play can truly be said to have premiered until it has opened in New York, Paradise Blue, the ravishing new jazz noir drama by Dominique Morisseau is either the second or third installment in the playwright's trilogy set in her hometow... (more...)
BWW Review: OPERATION CRUCIBLE is a Remarkable Must-See Play BWW Review: OPERATION CRUCIBLE is a Remarkable Must-See Play
by Marina Kennedy - May 18, 2018

Brits Off-Broadway 2018 continues at 59E59 Theaters with the highly acclaimed production of 'Operation Crucible.' Make time to see it. The show will be on the Upper East Side stage through June 3.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Star in Eugene O'Neill's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT BWW Review: Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville Star in Eugene O'Neill's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
by Michael Dale - May 15, 2018

Ranking up there with MEDEA and OEDIPUS REX, Eugene O'Neill's family tragedy LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT would most likely make any playgoer's list of inappropriate classics to revive on Mother's Day weekend.... (more...)
BWW Review: Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly Lead a Top Shelf Encores! Cast In a Smashing ME AND MY GIRL BWW Review: Christian Borle and Laura Michelle Kelly Lead a Top Shelf Encores! Cast In a Smashing ME AND MY GIRL
by Michael Dale - May 11, 2018

Playgoers in the know will arrive at any production of the 1937 West End smash ME AND MY GIRL already humming a bit of its legendary Act I closer 'The Lambeth Walk,' looking forward to a rousing showstopper where composer Noel Gay's peppy earworm is matched with co-bookwriter/lyricists L. Arthur Ros... (more...)
BWW Review: Prepubescent Battles Rage in Clare Barron's Exhilarating DANCE NATION BWW Review: Prepubescent Battles Rage in Clare Barron's Exhilarating DANCE NATION
by Michael Dale - May 09, 2018

'How're you gonna cap off your prepubescent years?', a stony-faced teacher asks his competitive dance team members, shortly after winning a competition that saw one of their own suffer a season-ending injury.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Rocker Grandmom Clashes With Her Gospel-Singing Daughter in Sweet and Funny Musical UNEXPECTED JOY BWW Review: Rocker Grandmom Clashes With Her Gospel-Singing Daughter in Sweet and Funny Musical UNEXPECTED JOY
by Michael Dale - May 08, 2018

Though the characters in bookwriter/lyricist Bill Russell and composer Janet Hood's sweet, funny and very entertaining new musical UNEXPECTED JOY are all women, there's a guy in the mix who still has a lot to say.... (more...)
BWW Review: A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN by Alan Ayckbourn at 59E59 Theaters is a Gem BWW Review: A BRIEF HISTORY OF WOMEN by Alan Ayckbourn at 59E59 Theaters is a Gem
by Marina Kennedy - May 07, 2018

The stage is set and the time is now to get tickets for A Brief History of Women. It is being performed as part of the Brits Off-Broadway 2018 at 59E59 Theaters. This production is brilliantly written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn and features a superb cast.... (more...)
BWW Review: Marin Ireland Delivers a Must-See Performance in Tennessee Williams' SUMMER AND SMOKE BWW Review: Marin Ireland Delivers a Must-See Performance in Tennessee Williams' SUMMER AND SMOKE
by Michael Dale - May 06, 2018

Despite only three Broadway credits, Marin Ireland must be regarded as one of the absolute best actors to regularly grace New York stages during this century. Through her steady work Off-Broadway (15 productions since 2001 and playing leading roles for several of the city's major non-profits) local ... (more...)
BWW Review:  REPLAY at 59E59 is a Captivating One-Woman Show BWW Review: REPLAY at 59E59 is a Captivating One-Woman Show
by Marina Kennedy - May 02, 2018

The Brits off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters continues with the United States premiere of 'Replay,' a one-woman play that will be on stage through May 13. Written and performed by Nicola Wren, it is directed by George Chilcott. With Wren's talent for storytelling and Chilcott's superb direction... (more...)
BWW Review: The Mobile Unit Brings Free Performances of Shakespeare's HENRY V To The Public BWW Review: The Mobile Unit Brings Free Performances of Shakespeare's HENRY V To The Public
by Michael Dale - April 30, 2018

'Raise your hand if you've ever been underestimated,' instructs Program Director Stephanie Ybarra before every performance of Shakespeare's HENRY V, as performed by The Public Theater's Mobile Unit.... (more...)
BWW Review: WE LIVE BY THE SEA at 59E59 Theaters Entertains and Informs BWW Review: WE LIVE BY THE SEA at 59E59 Theaters Entertains and Informs
by Marina Kennedy - April 19, 2018

The New York City premiere of 'We Live By The Sea' is now on stage at 59E59 Theaters through Sunday, May 6. It is an insightful portrayal of a teenager on the autism spectrum that shouldn't be missed. This is a show that both entertains and informs.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lynn Nottage's Ivory Trade Drama MLIMA'S TALE Honors The Beauty of The Beast BWW Review: Lynn Nottage's Ivory Trade Drama MLIMA'S TALE Honors The Beauty of The Beast
by Michael Dale - April 18, 2018

"When I was young I was taught by my grandmother to listen to the night," says the title character of Lynn Nottage's nobly lyrical drama of the ivory trade, MLIMA'S TALE.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lindsey Ferrentino's THIS FLAT EARTH Explores a Child's Reaction to a School Shooting BWW Review: Lindsey Ferrentino's THIS FLAT EARTH Explores a Child's Reaction to a School Shooting
by Michael Dale - April 16, 2018

The willingness to suspend disbelief is a long-standing tradition in live theatre, and as long as playwrights and directors firmly establish their boundaries of realism, it's reasonable for audience members to go along with them.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE EDGE OF OUR BODIES at 59E59 Theaters-A Compelling Coming of Age Story BWW Review: THE EDGE OF OUR BODIES at 59E59 Theaters-A Compelling Coming of Age Story
by Marina Kennedy - April 12, 2018

The New York City premiere of The Edge of Our Bodies is now being performed at 59E59 Theaters through April 22. Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist, Adam Rapp and directed by Jacqueline Stone, this is a coming of age story like no other. The show stars Carolyn Molloy who performs Rapp's well-crafted ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown's MISS YOU LIKE HELL Explores The Emotional and Political Walls That Can Separate a Mother and Daughter BWW Review: Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown's MISS YOU LIKE HELL Explores The Emotional and Political Walls That Can Separate a Mother and Daughter
by Michael Dale - April 11, 2018

The current American president is never mentioned in bookwriter/lyricist Quiara Alegria Hudes and composer/lyricist Erin McKeown's lovely and touching chamber musical MISS YOU LIKE HELL.  But even though the piece has been in development well before anyone thought of the former reality TV star as a ... (more...)
BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club Rum BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club Rum
by Michael Dale - April 07, 2018

Magazine ads and television commercials may reach millions more, but perhaps the highest compliment I can pay Havana Club Rum's immersive theatre experience, AMPARO, is that it effectively guides visitors through a brief history of the company's trailblazing founding family, including generous taste... (more...)
BWW Review:  Dan Lauria Stars As An Eccentric Children's Book Author in THE STONE WITCH BWW Review: Dan Lauria Stars As An Eccentric Children's Book Author in THE STONE WITCH
by Michael Dale - March 31, 2018

Older character men hungry for fresh scenery to chew will certainly look forward to the day when Shem Bitterman's The Stone Witch becomes available for regional and amateur productions.... (more...)
BWW Review:  In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors Ahead BWW Review: In GRAND HOTEL, Berlin's Celebration of Decadent Luxury Fails To See The Horrors Ahead
by Michael Dale - March 25, 2018

Though the songwriting team of Robert Wright and George Forrest is best remembered by Broadway enthusiasts for adapting the music of Edvard Grieg into SONG OF NORWAY and similarly using the melodies of Alexander Borodin to create their score for KISMET, their greatest success came when director/chor... (more...)
BWW Review: OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY-An Emotive Show for Our Times, Wonderfully Performed BWW Review: OLD STOCK: A REFUGEE LOVE STORY-An Emotive Show for Our Times, Wonderfully Performed
by Marina Kennedy - March 21, 2018

59E59 Theaters is now presenting the US premiere of Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story. There's no other show like it. Compelling storytelling and outstanding music bring a stirring story of two people struggling against the odds to life.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Company XIV's CINDERELLA, An Enchanted Evening of Erotic Fun by Austin McCormick BWW Review: Company XIV's CINDERELLA, An Enchanted Evening of Erotic Fun by Austin McCormick
by Michael Dale - March 19, 2018

Typically, the immediate attraction between Cinderella and the handsome prince is presented as simply a matter of physical chemistry, but in Company XIV's newest variation of Charles Perrault's classic, the true bonding between the two occurs because they're both captivating aerialists.... (more...)
BWW Review: HAL & BEE at 59E59 Theaters-A Clever Blend of Reality and Dark Comedy BWW Review: HAL & BEE at 59E59 Theaters-A Clever Blend of Reality and Dark Comedy
by Marina Kennedy - March 16, 2018

59E59 Theaters is currently presenting the NYC premiere of Hal & Bee written by Max Baker and directed by Sarah Norris. The play portrays the trials of a long-time married couple and reveals their conflicts. With a stellar cast and excellent staging, this entertaining dark comedy is very thought pro... (more...)
BWW Review:  White Liberals Preach Diversity But Practice Privilege in Joshua Harmon's Hilarious ADMISSIONS BWW Review: White Liberals Preach Diversity But Practice Privilege in Joshua Harmon's Hilarious ADMISSIONS
by Michael Dale - March 15, 2018

Innovative genius Norman Lear will forever be remembered for expanding the limits of what television comedy could do by bringing Archie Bunker, and his everyday brand of casual and not-so-casual bigotry, into American homes every week and hold him up to public ridicule.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Bruce Norris' Economic Commentary THE LOW ROAD is a Rollicking Anti-Candide BWW Review: Bruce Norris' Economic Commentary THE LOW ROAD is a Rollicking Anti-Candide
by Michael Dale - March 13, 2018

Teaser:  There is a knockout of a surprise moment, cleverly devised and wonderfully played, contained within Pulitzer-winner Bruce Norris' mini-epic THE LOW ROAD, now getting a rollicking production at The Public, with a terrific ensemble of players guided by the talented hand of director Michael Gr... (more...)
BWW Review:  Martyna Majok's queens Provides an Intriguing Profile of Contemporary Immigrant Women BWW Review: Martyna Majok's queens Provides an Intriguing Profile of Contemporary Immigrant Women
by Michael Dale - March 12, 2018

'We take care homes,' a Polish immigrant living in New York's Borough of Queens bluntly explains to a young newcomer from Ukraine who has yet to get settled. 'Us kinds people, we take care house. Men, they build them and women, they clean them. Take care children. Rest this country handles rest t... (more...)