Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review:  Alison Fraser Has A Bloody Tale To Tell in Aaron Mark's SQUEAMISH BWW Review: Alison Fraser Has A Bloody Tale To Tell in Aaron Mark's SQUEAMISH
by Michael Dale - October 17, 2017

Playwright/director Aaron Mark has a habit of leaving audiences in the dark. Not that his plays are especially hard to grasp, but the author who specializes sending chills up and down spines with his solo theatrical thrillers seems to enjoy having audience members sitting in pitch blackness for at ... (more...)
BWW Review:  Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan Star as Estranged Mother and Son in THE TREASURER BWW Review: Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan Star as Estranged Mother and Son in THE TREASURER
by Michael Dale - October 16, 2017

I will be in Hell because I don't love my mom, the central character of Max Posner's comedic drama THE TREASURER causally admits to the audience with unemotional matter-of-factness.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Concept Overwhelms Content in Elevator Repair Service's MEASURE FOR MEASURE BWW Review: Concept Overwhelms Content in Elevator Repair Service's MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by Michael Dale - October 14, 2017

Regarded by The Public Theater's artistic director Oskar Eustice as a resident company of the Astor Place venue, Elevator Repair Service's niche has always been productions with a clear focus on words, such as their fully staged complete-text reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby,' titl... (more...)
BWW Review: Peccadillo Revisits George Kelly's 1924 Smash, THE SHOW-OFF BWW Review: Peccadillo Revisits George Kelly's 1924 Smash, THE SHOW-OFF
by Michael Dale - October 10, 2017

For over twenty years, artistic director Dan Wackerman's Peccadillo Theater Company has specialized in mounting handsome productions of infrequently revived Broadway fare of notable pedigree, such as Elmer Rice's COUNSELLOR AT LAW, Dorothy Parker and Arnaud d'Usseau's LADIES OF THE CORRIDOR and, mos... (more...)
BWW Review:  NO WAKE at 59E59 Theaters is Affecting Drama BWW Review: NO WAKE at 59E59 Theaters is Affecting Drama
by Marina Kennedy - October 07, 2017

The New York City premiere of No Wake, written by William Donnelly and directed by Veronica Brady is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through Sunday, October 15. This is an affecting drama, one that truly captures the emotions of people who are dealing with an indescribable tragedy.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Nia Vardalos' TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Returns To The Public BWW Review: Nia Vardalos' TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS Returns To The Public
by Michael Dale - October 03, 2017

It may have been underestimated how popular TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS would prove to be when it opened at The Public's Shiva Theater last November. Actor/playwright Nia Vardalos' warm, funny and endearing adaptation of the same-named book of collected advice columns written for the literary website The... (more...)
BWW Review:  Muscles and Choreographed Violence Overwhelm The Story of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE BWW Review: Muscles and Choreographed Violence Overwhelm The Story of A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
by Michael Dale - October 03, 2017

If director Alexandra Spencer-Jones' intention was to stage an erotic word ballet that finds beauty in the well-chiseled male form through highly-stylized acts of choreographed violence, then the latest offering at New Work Stages certainly fulfills that goal.... (more...)
BWW Review:   Amy Herzog's MARY JANE Subtly Criticizes The Complexity of Obtaining Health Care BWW Review: Amy Herzog's MARY JANE Subtly Criticizes The Complexity of Obtaining Health Care
by Michael Dale - October 02, 2017

To say that there are no dramatic highs and lows in Amy Herzog's touching new drama, Mary Jane, is by no means a criticism. It's more of a recognition of the beautifully understated naturalism in both the playwright's text and in director Anne Kauffman's production.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Philip Dawkins' Uplifting CHARM Inspired By Transgender Teacher Miss Gloria Allen BWW Review: Philip Dawkins' Uplifting CHARM Inspired By Transgender Teacher Miss Gloria Allen
by Michael Dale - October 01, 2017

The beloved and classic premise of an idealistic teacher determined to reach out and help a classroom full of troubled and disrespectful students ('Up The Down Staircase,' 'To Sir, With Love') gets a fresh and surprising variation in Philip Dawkins' terrific new comedy/drama, Charm.... (more...)
BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' IN THE BLOOD Makes Greek Tragedy Out Of The Scarlet Letter BWW Review: Suzan-Lori Parks' IN THE BLOOD Makes Greek Tragedy Out Of The Scarlet Letter
by Michael Dale - September 26, 2017

While Suzan-Lori Parks' ferocious drama from 2000, FUCKING A, enjoys an excellent new production at Signature Theatre, across the lobby of their multi-stage center, her more sensitive 1999 exploration, IN THE BLOOD, also receives a solid remounting.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Sarah Ruhl Pits Growing Up Against Growing Old In FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY BWW Review: Sarah Ruhl Pits Growing Up Against Growing Old In FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70TH BIRTHDAY
by Michael Dale - September 24, 2017

It wasn't long after Mary Martin took her first Broadway flight as Peter Pan that Ann, the central character of Sarah Ruhl's sometimes-whimsical/sometimes-philosophical new drama took her own crack at the role as a 10-year-old.... (more...)
BWW Review: SMALL WORLD at 59E59 is Totally Fascinating BWW Review: SMALL WORLD at 59E59 is Totally Fascinating
by Marina Kennedy - September 21, 2017

Small World is an insightful and appealing play, one that will challenge your ideas about art in its different forms. Written by Frederick Stroppel and directed by Joe Brancato, the New York City Premiere is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters. This two-hander is an absorbing, entertaining, and informativ... (more...)
BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER BWW Review: The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players Get Intimate With THE SORCERER
by Michael Dale - September 21, 2017

For over forty years, the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players have been Gotham's go-to company for high-quality G&S productions produced with full choruses and orchestras in the traditional D'Oyly Carte style.... (more...)
BWW Review:  THE VIOLIN at 59E59 is an Intriguing Human Drama BWW Review: THE VIOLIN at 59E59 is an Intriguing Human Drama
by Marina Kennedy - September 20, 2017

The Violin, now onstage at 59E59 Theaters, is a drama that gives audiences a compelling reason to go to the theatre. Written by Dan McCormick and directed by Joseph Discher, this highly anticipated World Premiere is an intriguing play about three men and how their lives intertwine.... (more...)
BWW Review:  Simon Stephens' Olivier-Winning ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD Arrives in New York BWW Review: Simon Stephens' Olivier-Winning ON THE SHORE OF THE WIDE WORLD Arrives in New York
by Michael Dale - September 18, 2017

British playwright Simon Stephens scored big his first time on Broadway, taking the 2015 Best Play Tony Award for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME two years after receiving the same honor at the Olivier Awards.... (more...)
BWW Review: The One Note Play Deflates This RHINOCEROS BWW Review: The One Note Play Deflates This RHINOCEROS
by Juan Michael Porter II - September 14, 2017

Moshe Yassur's direction is bold and intelligent. Eli Rosen's translation is clear. Susannah Norris-Lindsay's costumes are simple and effective. Unfortunately most of the performances are delivered in one mode: whiny, angsty, and loud.... (more...)
BWW Review: Too Many Songs, But Excellence Overflows In LOVELESS TEXAS BWW Review: Too Many Songs, But Excellence Overflows In LOVELESS TEXAS
by Juan Michael Porter II - September 11, 2017

The thunderclap of energy that opened LOVELESS TEXAS on Friday evening was enough to jolt even the most tired of businessmen awake. Almost everything about this joyful musical is first rate, from the production values to the amazing tech crew to the excellent performers who belt it out to the rafter... (more...)
BWW Review:  The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT BWW Review: The Spotlight Shines On Everyone in Public Works' AS YOU LIKE IT
by Michael Dale - September 08, 2017

'All the world's a stage / And everybody's in the show. / Nobody's a pro.' Those words, sung at the opening of Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery's thoroughly enchanting musical adaptation of Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT, were especially poignant at the Delacorte Theater this past weekend, where, since... (more...)
BWW Review: Sluts and Tramps Declare LOVE IS DEAD! BWW Review: Sluts and Tramps Declare LOVE IS DEAD!
by Juan Michael Porter II - September 08, 2017

LOVE IS DEAD! is a modern day penny-dreadful, though with more South Park style than Grand Guignol wit and style to balance it out.... (more...)
BWW Review: CHAROLAIS AT 59E59 Theaters is Engaging Storytelling BWW Review: CHAROLAIS AT 59E59 Theaters is Engaging Storytelling
by Marina Kennedy - September 08, 2017

Charolais, a truly unique and engaging show, is now onstage at 59E59 Theaters through September 24. Written and performed by Noni Stapleton, this one-woman production cleverly captures passion, heartache, and deep feelings about motherhood from multiple perspectives.... (more...)
BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLY BWW Review: Melissa Gilbert and Mark Kenneth Smaltz Ponder Forbidden Romance in IF ONLY
by Michael Dale - September 06, 2017

Snuggled at the curve of a quiet little Greenwich Village side street, the quaint and historic Cherry Lane Theatre is a perfect spot to engage in a quiet little drama.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED BWW Review: The Mint Rescues Four Teresa Deevy One-Acts From Storage as THE SUITCASE UNDER THE BED
by Michael Dale - September 03, 2017

While the underrepresentation of women playwrights in contemporary American theatre remains an important issue, the Mint Theater Company, those invaluable specialists in rediscovering interesting obscurities from authors who are no longer with us, continue their practice of highlighting their season... (more...)
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...)