Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy Opel BWW Review: CURVY WIDOW is a Fun and Frisky Showcase For Nancy Opel
by Michael Dale - August 22, 2017

It doesn't take long before Nancy Opel starts tearing your heart out as the title character of the new musical, Curvy Widow.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Theoretical Existence that is Nu•ance Theatre Co.'s PROOF BWW Review: The Theoretical Existence that is Nu•ance Theatre Co.'s PROOF
by Kristen Morale - August 19, 2017

Now being performed by the Nu•ance Theatre Co. (in association with John DeSotelle Studio) and under the direction of John DeSotelle, Proof is the Pulitzer-Prize winning play by David Auburn that provides audiences with much to think about…even if we understand little of the actual theorems themselv... (more...)
BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM BWW Review: Anita Gillette Takes Celia Keenan-Bolger Through Time in Bruce Norris' A PARALLELOGRAM
by Michael Dale - August 15, 2017

'If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life?'... (more...)
BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and
Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS BWW Review: Christine Pedi, Stephanie Umoh and Stephanie D'Abruzzo Shine Brightly in The York's JERRY'S GIRLS
by Michael Dale - August 12, 2017

After Florenz Ziegfeld spent the early decades of Broadway's 20th Century 'glorifying the American Girl,' a young composer/lyricist named Jerry Herman spent a good hunk of the second half showcasing extraordinary women.... (more...)
BWW Review: SUMMER SHORTS Series B at 59E59 Theaters and Why We Love Them BWW Review: SUMMER SHORTS Series B at 59E59 Theaters and Why We Love Them
by Marina Kennedy - August 09, 2017

Summer Shorts 2017 is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters. We attended series B and enjoyed each of the short form theatre pieces that featured superb playwriting, expert direction, and outstanding performances.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth BWW Review: Tina Howe's SINGING BEACH Addresses Deteriorating People and a Deteriorating Earth
by Michael Dale - August 09, 2017

Given her distinguished career that includes such significant works at PAINTING CHURCHES, COASTAL DISTURBANCES and PRIDE'S CROSSING, a new play by Tina Howe is certainly a noteworthy event.... (more...)
BWW Review: A REAL BOY at 59E59 Theaters Brings Important Issues to the Stage BWW Review: A REAL BOY at 59E59 Theaters Brings Important Issues to the Stage
by Marina Kennedy - August 08, 2017

The World Premiere of 'A Real Boy' is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through August 27. Written by Stephen Kaplan and directed by Audrey Alford, this cleverly staged show provides a view of how parenting, education, and government policy can affect a young child.... (more...)
Peter & Will Anderson Present a Fabulous SONGBOOK SUMMIT at 59E59 Theaters Peter & Will Anderson Present a Fabulous SONGBOOK SUMMIT at 59E59 Theaters
by Marina Kennedy - August 06, 2017

Peter and Will Anderson, the brilliant musicians known as The Anderson Twins, have produced and created Songbook Summit at 59E59 Theaters with presentations that celebrate great American Songbook composers during the month of August.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE BWW Review: Taylor Caldwell Leads a Terrific Young Cast in Carole King and Maurice Sendak's REALLY ROSIE
by Michael Dale - August 06, 2017

New York City wasn't exactly the most magical place for a child to grow up in back in 1975. Crime and poverty rates were inhumanely high and when the city begged for federal assistance, the president, at least according to a Daily News headline, replied 'Drop Dead.'... (more...)
BWW Review:  Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM BWW Review: Director Lear deBessonet's Luscious, Lusty and Laugh-Out-Loud Funny A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Michael Dale - August 05, 2017

It was fifty years ago that The Summer of Love attracted throngs of lunatics, lovers and poets to New York's Central Park in a free-spirited embrace of life's passions and pleasures. That same spirit is now joyously celebrated in the park's Delacorte Theater, where director Lear deBessonet's luscio... (more...)
BWW Review:  See SUMMER SHORTS SERIES A at 59E59 Theaters BWW Review: See SUMMER SHORTS SERIES A at 59E59 Theaters
by Marina Kennedy - August 02, 2017

59E59 Theaters is currently presenting a real summertime treat for theatergoers, Summer Shorts 2017, Festival of New American Short Plays. We attended Series A, a superb variety of wonderfully performed pieces with moments that will make you laugh and touch your heart.... (more...)
BWW Review:  PLACES Performed at 59E59 is an Outstanding Production Now Going to Edinburgh Fringe BWW Review: PLACES Performed at 59E59 is an Outstanding Production Now Going to Edinburgh Fringe
by Marina Kennedy - July 31, 2017

Places is an outstanding production written and performed by Romy Nordlinger, directed and developed by Kate McHugh. The solo show, complemented by multi-media, was just performed at 59E59 Theaters as part of East to Edinburgh, the theatre's annual preview for the Edinburgh Festival.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues BWW Review: Kirsten Childs' THE BUBBLY BLACK GIRL SHEDS HER CHAMELEON SKIN Tackles Racial Identity Issues
by Michael Dale - July 31, 2017

Connoisseurs of American musical theatre wishing to make a point about the genre's ability to dramatize even the most unlikely of subjects often cite examples like SWEENEY TODD's vengeful barber on a killing spree or THE PAJAMA GAME's labor/management dispute, but bookwriter/lyricist/composer Kirste... (more...)
BWW Review: GENERATION ME Captivates at New York Musical Festival BWW Review: GENERATION ME Captivates at New York Musical Festival
by Kristen Morale - July 30, 2017

As part of the New York Musical Festival, Generation Me is absolute perfection in its ability to prove how kindness and cruelty are of the same unfortunate hand. How people, so certain in their anger or jealousy, are sometimes so blind to what really matters: what can you do to help me?... (more...)
BWW Review: The Unforeseen Known that is Potomac Theatre Project's ARCADIA BWW Review: The Unforeseen Known that is Potomac Theatre Project's ARCADIA
by Kristen Morale - July 26, 2017

Written by Tom Stoppard, directed by Cheryl Faraone and presented by the Potomac Theatre Project as a start to its wondrous 31st season, Arcadia truly tests the limits of what constitutes a good show by not only compelling the audience to listen and understand, but also to feel and experience: a mix... (more...)
BWW Review:  Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence BWW Review: Andrea Frierson's ME & ELLA Pays Tribute To Her Legendary Influence
by Michael Dale - July 23, 2017

Even if you've never heard a note sung by Ella Fitzgerald (and if that's the case, you should stop reading this review immediately and look up some of her recordings on YouTube) Andrea Frierson's duo-bio solo show, ME & ELLA, can be related to by anyone whose life was influenced by a popular artist ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET BWW Review: Oscar Isaac Stars in Sam Gold's Jaunty Rendering of HAMLET
by Michael Dale - July 20, 2017

Though your ticket says you're seated at The Public's Anspacher Theater, don't be surprised if once director Sam Gold's jaunty mounting of Shakespeare's Hamlet shifts into gear, you find yourself wondering if you may have stumbled into some indie production playing in the back room of a hipster bar ... (more...)
BWW Review:  In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever BWW Review: In Anne Kauffman's Incisive Encores! Production, ASSASSINS Seems More Relevant Than Ever
by Michael Dale - July 15, 2017

A folk-singing black man with an optimistic view of America looks back at our nation's history of angry white people finding no better way to cope with their grievances than by firing a gun at the president.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE BWW Review: Dominique Morisseau Attacks The School-To-Prison System in PIPELINE
by Michael Dale - July 11, 2017

In December of 2015, shortly before her excellent drama SKELETON CREW opened Off-Broadway, playwright Dominique Morisseau essayed an article for American Theatre titled 'Why I Almost Slapped a Fellow Theatre Patron, and What That Says About Our Theatres.'... (more...)
BWW Review: AMERIKE - THE GOLDEN LAND at Folksbiene BWW Review: AMERIKE - THE GOLDEN LAND at Folksbiene
by Amy Oestreicher - July 10, 2017

103 seasons and going strong - and not just because of nostalgia. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene has reimagined 'Amerike - The Golden Land', the 1984 musical by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld, appropriately running near Ellis Island. Weaving incredible stories with fantastic songs, mult... (more...)
BWW Review:  Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic BWW Review: Madcap Frolic BASTARD JONES Riffs On Henry Fielding's Bawdy Classic
by Michael Dale - July 07, 2017

While it's not unexpected to have the title character of a musical based on Henry Fielding's infamously bawdy 1749 novel "The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" be introduced to the audience while enjoying the afterglow of a lusty time with an agreeable lass, what's a bit surprising at first about B... (more...)
BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane BWW Review: Horton Foote's THE TRAVELING LADY Arrives At The Cherry Lane
by Michael Dale - July 02, 2017

As America's great playwrights go, Horton Foote, who passed on in 2009, just shy of his 93rd birthday, was perhaps the most understated of them all.  In a prolific career that involved golden age television dramas, Academy Award winning screenplays and dozens of stage works, his favorite source of i... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Romance of Backstage Haunts Third Rail Projects' GHOST LIGHT BWW Review: The Romance of Backstage Haunts Third Rail Projects' GHOST LIGHT
by Michael Dale - June 27, 2017

The newest offering at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater features a beautiful dreamscape depicting a woman in a small boat being guided through swelling ocean waves by a friendly face painted on the moon. As designed by Brett J. Banakis (set), Montana Levi Blanco (costumes) and Eric Southern (ligh... (more...)
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...)