Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review:   John Kevin Jones Recreates Charles Dickens' Readings Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Landmark Merchant's House Museum BWW Review: John Kevin Jones Recreates Charles Dickens' Readings Of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Landmark Merchant's House Museum
by Michael Dale - December 15, 2017

It may not be as well-known a holiday tradition as seeing the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, but for the fifth straight year, the Summoners Ensemble Theatre's delightful presentation of John Kevin Jones' thoroughly engaging solo performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at the Merchant's House Museum is... (more...)
BWW Review: Exquisite Seduction Takes the Stage at CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE MUSICAL BWW Review: Exquisite Seduction Takes the Stage at CRUEL INTENTIONS: THE MUSICAL
by Kristen Morale - December 13, 2017

Just let your senses roam free for a moment and imagine what this feels like: the comfort of a dark room filled with friends and strangers alike, the euphoria of a few drinks clouding the mind, the electricity of trouble brewing in the air as the band takes the stage. Gear your thoughts towards your... (more...)
BWW Review:  CROSS THAT RIVER at 59E59 Theaters is Enthralling Storytelling with Superb Music BWW Review: CROSS THAT RIVER at 59E59 Theaters is Enthralling Storytelling with Superb Music
by Marina Kennedy - December 09, 2017

An exhilarating production, Cross That River, is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through December 31st. The show has a riveting story along with a fabulous score and the finest musical accompaniment. It features direction by Regge Life, composition by Allan Harris, with a book by Allan and Pat Harris.... (more...)
BWW Review: Mia Oh My! SO LONG BOULDER CITY Dazzles at Subculture Theatre BWW Review: Mia Oh My! SO LONG BOULDER CITY Dazzles at Subculture Theatre
by Kristen Morale - December 08, 2017

When we think of a person bound for success, dedicated to personal fulfillment and happiness gained through their craft, one such person who comes to mind is an actor. It is a profession that changes people, to say the least. An actor's drive and dedication towards a unique means of self expression ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Lesli Margherita's a Riot in Matthew Lombardo's Grinch Spoof WHO'S HOLIDAY BWW Review: Lesli Margherita's a Riot in Matthew Lombardo's Grinch Spoof WHO'S HOLIDAY
by Michael Dale - December 03, 2017

Don't be fooled. That familiar-sounding melody played at the top of Matthew Lombardo's hilariously subversive WHO'S HOLIDAY is not Welcome Christmas, the joyous chorale from the beloved television adaptation of Dr. Seuss' equally beloved How The Grinch Stole Christmas.... (more...)
BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotic Holiday Treat NUTCRACKER ROUGE Christens Their New Brooklyn Home BWW Review: Company XIV's Erotic Holiday Treat NUTCRACKER ROUGE Christens Their New Brooklyn Home
by Michael Dale - November 28, 2017

For over a decade, the unquestionably brilliant director/choreographer Austin McCormick's Company XIV has been dazzling audiences with unexpected wonders.... (more...)
BWW Review: Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Finalist THE WOLVES Moves To Lincoln Center BWW Review: Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer Finalist THE WOLVES Moves To Lincoln Center
by Michael Dale - November 26, 2017

The almost completely circular, arena style seating of Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater makes it a perfect venue for The Wolves, Sarah DeLappe's 2017 Pulitzer finalist drama about the individuality hidden beneath the uniformity of a girls soccer team.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE BRIEFLY DEAD at 59E59 is an Inventive World Premiere BWW Review: THE BRIEFLY DEAD at 59E59 is an Inventive World Premiere
by Marina Kennedy - November 26, 2017

59E59 Theaters is now presenting the world premiere of 'The Briefly Dead' through December 10th. Written by Stephen Kaliski and directed by Elizabeth Ostler, this reimagined Greek tragedy has clever modern touches that create an original theatrical experience.... (more...)
BWW Review: Jocelyn Bioh's SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Addresses Issues of Beauty and Skin Tone BWW Review: Jocelyn Bioh's SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY Addresses Issues of Beauty and Skin Tone
by Michael Dale - November 25, 2017

Though the teenage girls at the center of Jocelyn Bioh's endearing and poignant SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY all have wonderful qualities that should be appreciated and nurtured during their years at Aburi Girls Boarding School in central Ghana, there is one quality that prevents th... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE MAD ONES at 59E59 Theaters Is an Exceptional New Musical BWW Review: THE MAD ONES at 59E59 Theaters Is an Exceptional New Musical
by Marina Kennedy - November 20, 2017

Simply stated, you'll love 'The Mad Ones.' The NYC premiere of this musical is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through December 17. The show features book, music and lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, direction by Stephen Brackett, choreography by Alexandra Beller and an exceptional cast.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lisa Lampanelli's Poignant and Funny STUFFED Explores Body Image and Relationships With Food BWW Review: Lisa Lampanelli's Poignant and Funny STUFFED Explores Body Image and Relationships With Food
by Michael Dale - November 19, 2017

Though her aggressive style of dishing out insults has earned her the title of standup comedy's Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli comes somewhat closer to being the Empress of Empathy in her comedy revue about the serious subject of food and body image, STUFFED.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Christopher Wheeldon Stages a Thrilling City Center Mounting of Lerner and Loewe's Sumptuous BRIGADOON BWW Review: Christopher Wheeldon Stages a Thrilling City Center Mounting of Lerner and Loewe's Sumptuous BRIGADOON
by Michael Dale - November 19, 2017

Like the city where it was born and nurtured, the American musical play differs from similar stage entertainments because it was developed by a combination of cultures merging into a unique new art form. It would be difficult to find greater evidence of this fortunate merger than in the musicals of... (more...)
BWW Review:  TOYS: A DARK FAIRY TALE at 59E59 Theaters is Engaging and Unforgettable BWW Review: TOYS: A DARK FAIRY TALE at 59E59 Theaters is Engaging and Unforgettable
by Marina Kennedy - November 16, 2017

The New York City premiere of TOYS: A Dark Fairy Tale, written by the renowned Romanian playwright, Saviana Stanescu and directed by Gabor Tompa is being performed at 59E59 Theaters through November 26. This two-hander is an engaging play, one that stirs the imagination.... (more...)
BWW Review: One Says Consensual, The Other Says Rape in Anna Ziegler's ACTUALLY BWW Review: One Says Consensual, The Other Says Rape in Anna Ziegler's ACTUALLY
by Michael Dale - November 14, 2017

Sex is sex and rape is rape. That's the cut and dry explanation we often hear nowadays. And while there are obvious instances where any reasonable person would determine that rape has occurred, there are also those instances that straddle the line between one and the other, where human subjectivit... (more...)
BWW Review:  Everett Quinton is a Master of The Ridiculous in Charles Ludlam's CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE or WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE BWW Review: Everett Quinton is a Master of The Ridiculous in Charles Ludlam's CONQUEST OF THE UNIVERSE or WHEN QUEENS COLLIDE
by Michael Dale - November 12, 2017

To watch New York stage treasure Everett Quinton engaged in his classic brand of silliness - or, to be more accurate, ridiculousness - is just as fulfilling a cultural experience as watching a great tragedian immersed in a dramatic Shakespearean role.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Julia Cho's Urgent and Sensitive OFFICE HOUR Calls For Compassion To Combat Gun Violence BWW Review: Julia Cho's Urgent and Sensitive OFFICE HOUR Calls For Compassion To Combat Gun Violence
by Michael Dale - November 09, 2017

he sudden act of violence that occurs early on in on Julia Cho's urgent and sensitive drama OFFICE HOUR, is certainly not unexpected. The opening scene sets up the audience to be prepared for exactly this kind of thing to happen.... (more...)
BWW Review:  David Greenspan Flies Solo in Eugene O'Neill's STRANGE INTERLUDE BWW Review: David Greenspan Flies Solo in Eugene O'Neill's STRANGE INTERLUDE
by Michael Dale - November 09, 2017

To give credit where it's due, Eugene O'Neill's Pulitzer-winning STRANGE INTERLUDE is perhaps the best play imaginable about women's sexuality that could have been written by a 35-year-old American man in 1923.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Bryce Pinkham and Denee Benton Mix Love and Politics in MasterVoices' OF THEE I SING BWW Review: Bryce Pinkham and Denee Benton Mix Love and Politics in MasterVoices' OF THEE I SING
by Michael Dale - November 07, 2017

Back in 1931, when the firm Kaufman, Ryskind, Gershwin & Gershwin had the novel idea to infuse that stodgy old music/theatre entertainment, the Broadway operetta, with the jauntiness of showtune and a chaotic mixture of comedic highbrow and lowbrow to tell the tale of an unqualified, but charismatic... (more...)
BWW Review: The McKittrick Hotel Presents AT THE ILLUSIONISTS TABLE-A Marvelous Magical Evening BWW Review: The McKittrick Hotel Presents AT THE ILLUSIONISTS TABLE-A Marvelous Magical Evening
by Marina Kennedy - November 06, 2017

The art of illusion meets the art of fine dining. The McKittrick Hotel, the home of Sleep No More is now presenting the New York City premiere of At The Illusionist's Table, an all-new intimate magic and dining experience that comes straight from Scotland.... (more...)
BWW Review: FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY Cleverly and Lovingly Pokes Fun at the Iconic Sitcom BWW Review: FRIENDS! THE MUSICAL PARODY Cleverly and Lovingly Pokes Fun at the Iconic Sitcom
by Victoria Ordin - November 04, 2017

Perhaps the most surprising thing about FRIENDS!THE MUSICAL PARODY was the average age of the audience at St. Luke's Theater. Friends debuted in 1994, when some in attendance were barely walking, and many others not yet in middle school. I was about to graduate from college when the show first aired... (more...)
BWW Review:  Matthew Bourne Brings Screen Dance Classic THE RED SHOES To The Stage BWW Review: Matthew Bourne Brings Screen Dance Classic THE RED SHOES To The Stage
by Michael Dale - November 04, 2017

As anyone who has ever seen A CHORUS LINE will tell you, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger's screen classic THE RED SHOES has been tantalizing young dancers with dreams of ballet stardom since premiering in 1948.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Jason Alexander and Sherie Rene Scott as Would-Be Lovers in John Patrick Shanley's THE PORTUGUESE KID BWW Review: Jason Alexander and Sherie Rene Scott as Would-Be Lovers in John Patrick Shanley's THE PORTUGUESE KID
by Michael Dale - October 31, 2017

If the spot-on hilarity of first scene of director/playwright John Patrick Shanley's THE PORTUGUESE KID could be replicated for the play's remaining three-quarters, this review would be happily exclaiming that New York has got a solid, old-school sexy romantic comedy in town.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Luis Alfaro's OEDIPUS EL REY Adapts a Classic Text Into a Contemporary Commentary BWW Review: Luis Alfaro's OEDIPUS EL REY Adapts a Classic Text Into a Contemporary Commentary
by Michael Dale - October 29, 2017

When Sophocles' OEDIPUS REX was first performed over 400 years B.C., the Greek chorus that opened the play wore the traditional identical masks. But in Luis Alfaro's contemporary adaptation, OEDIPUS EL REY, the unifying costume piece for the Latino men who make up the choro is the orange jumpsuits w... (more...)
BWW Review:  OCCUPIED TERRITORIES at 59E59 Theaters is Important and Gripping Drama BWW Review: OCCUPIED TERRITORIES at 59E59 Theaters is Important and Gripping Drama
by Marina Kennedy - October 27, 2017

The NYC premiere of Occupied Territories, written by Nancy Bannon and Mollye Maxner, and directed by Mollye Maxner is now being performed at 59e59 Theaters through Sunday November 5. The show features inventive staging, riveting dialogue, and an outstanding cast.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Cristin Milioti Makes An Unusual Emotional Connection in Zoe Kazan's AFTER THE BLAST BWW Review: Cristin Milioti Makes An Unusual Emotional Connection in Zoe Kazan's AFTER THE BLAST
by Michael Dale - October 26, 2017

As societies in post-apocalyptic stories go, the one envisioned by playwright Zoe Kazan in her insightful relationship drama AFTER THE BLAST, seems to have it pretty good.... (more...)