Off-Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: New Wave Theater Collective Takes a Stand with THE NEW SINCERITY BWW Review: New Wave Theater Collective Takes a Stand with THE NEW SINCERITY
by Kristen Morale - November 22, 2017

Written by Alena Smith and directed by Chris Morrissey, The New Sincerity brings the two-year-old New Wave Theater Collective to a very respectable height. With a cast comprised of young artists who seem to have perfectly captured this idea of adulting amidst the deceiving nature of a know-thyself... (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: Jonathan Leaf Explores The Roots Of Second Wave Feminism With Singular Artistry and Rigor in THE FIGHT BWW Review: Jonathan Leaf Explores The Roots Of Second Wave Feminism With Singular Artistry and Rigor in THE FIGHT
by Victoria Ordin - November 10, 2017

The very title of THE FIGHT encourages us to imagine the rivalry between Phyllis Feinberg (Fleur Alys Dobbins) and Doris Marguiles (Judith Hawking)--obviously fictional names for Gloria Steinem and Betty Friedan---in pugilistic terms.Deftly directed by Peter Dobbins, artistic director for the Storm ... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS at Kraine Theater BWW Review: THE WEREWOLF OF WASHINGTON HEIGHTS at Kraine Theater
by Derek Schwabe - October 26, 2017

This dark new play from Christie Perfetti Williams lingers over a multi-tiered intersection of vulnerable identities, confronting the devastating consequences of a near-future scenario that's all too easy to imagine.... (more...)
BWW Review: Take a Bite Out of DRACULA! at 13th Street Rep BWW Review: Take a Bite Out of DRACULA! at 13th Street Rep
by Kristen Morale - October 17, 2017

Who can admit to not being a fan of Count Dracula and the horrors he bestows upon the unsuspecting Jonathan Harker and those he holds dear? How can you not be enticed by his dark lure, by the intoxicating mix of fear and seduction brought about by the mere mention of his name? Bram Stoker brought th... (more...)
BWW Review: Hearts Ablaze in Harrison David Rivers' ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES BWW Review: Hearts Ablaze in Harrison David Rivers' ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT WILDFIRES
by Kristen Morale - October 13, 2017

Written by Harrison David Rivers, conceived/directed by Sherri Eden Barber and presented by Ricochet Collective, Only You Can Prevent Wildfires celebrates its World Premiere by bringing the true story of forest technician Terry Lynn Barton and the Hayman Fire of 2002 to audiences in a rather unprece... (more...)
BWW Review: The Ties that Bind Us in Eastern Bridge Theatre Troupe's STRINGS BWW Review: The Ties that Bind Us in Eastern Bridge Theatre Troupe's STRINGS
by Kristen Morale - October 07, 2017

Do you ever think about how much of this life is planned, sculpted by human hands to go the way we desire it to? How, no matter what we have been taught or the values we hold dear to our hearts, there will always be something beyond our reach that we cannot control - something we cannot ever predict... (more...)
BWW Review: Dan Giles Takes Up Parenthood (And Homicidal Hamsters) In BREEDERS BWW Review: Dan Giles Takes Up Parenthood (And Homicidal Hamsters) In BREEDERS
by Victoria Ordin - October 06, 2017

When I posted a short reaction to BREEDERS on Facebook, a friend commented: So the play compares gay men to hamsters!? No, but Dan Giles traces, in parallel, the lives of a gay couple expecting the birth of a baby via a surrogate, and the lives of a bickering hamster couple expecting pup, to pro... (more...)
BWW Review: Beneath the Melodrama, PETIE Pulsates with Warmth BWW Review: Beneath the Melodrama, PETIE Pulsates with Warmth
by Juan Michael Porter II - October 03, 2017

Set in modern-day Red Bank, Tennessee, PETIE is essentially a Greek tragedy and like the heroes of those classics, Bonnie is a sad portrait of proud thoughtlessness that corrodes over self-inflicted loathing.... (more...)
BWW Review: BLOOD BOUNDARY's Radiant Second Act Overcomes Awkward Opening BWW Review: BLOOD BOUNDARY's Radiant Second Act Overcomes Awkward Opening
by Juan Michael Porter II - September 27, 2017

Somewhere in the second act of BLOOD BOUNDARY there is an interesting play to be found with alert performances and a powerful storyline that seamlessly resolves. Of course one has to sit through the long slog of act one's 'exposition mountain' to get to there.... (more...)
BWW Review: A Masterful BEFORE THE SUN AND MOON BWW Review: A Masterful BEFORE THE SUN AND MOON
by Juan Michael Porter II - September 11, 2017

This simple folk tale focuses on falling in love, taking on responsibility, and learning how to fly. Told through fantastic music, a clever use of masks, and puppetry, BEFORE THE SUN AND MOON casts a spell of enchantment across the entire audience.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Lawful Ways of Love in Oliveira's THE CONSTITUTION BWW Review: The Lawful Ways of Love in Oliveira's THE CONSTITUTION
by Kristen Morale - September 07, 2017

Picture four people in a room, possessing just short of enough free will to be there but knowing that they can walk out if the mood strikes them. Four actors who base their lives on the truth of the untruth, forced to write a constitution applicable to all the actual people they have played - people... (more...)
BWW REVIEW: SELF-YELP Wittily Probes the Absurdity of the Popular Crowd-Sourced Review Site at the 2017 Midtown International Theater Festival BWW REVIEW: SELF-YELP Wittily Probes the Absurdity of the Popular Crowd-Sourced Review Site at the 2017 Midtown International Theater Festival
by Victoria Ordin - August 28, 2017

Like it or hate it, Yelp is an undeniable force in American culture. Like Google, it's become a verb, as in, 'I Yelped the restaurant that gave my reservation away!,' or 'I'm going to Yelp the mechanic who installed brakes instead of a timing belt!'Yelp reviews can go viral, as with the recent post ... (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: The Theatrical Reverie that is MARTIN DENTON, MARTIN DENTON BWW Review: The Theatrical Reverie that is MARTIN DENTON, MARTIN DENTON
by Kristen Morale - July 08, 2017

In Martin Denton, Martin Denton, now in performances at the Kraine Theater over on East 4th, a tag team of mother and son tell the tale of their almost haphazardly formed theater lives with the grace and pomp of any engaging storyteller; you would think they actually had the entire thing planned out... (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: REPRISE at the Paradise Factory Theater Will Bring Audiences Back for More BWW Review: REPRISE at the Paradise Factory Theater Will Bring Audiences Back for More
by Kristen Morale - May 28, 2017

Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Eric Maierson and now in performances at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory Theater, Reprise arrives for its World Premiere and packs quite a punch in the brief hour it takes to get through the entire ordeal. I say that with the utmost appreciation of how much of... (more...)
BWW Review: Fear Not! GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS Is the Adventure We'll Never Forget BWW Review: Fear Not! GIOVANNI THE FEARLESS Is the Adventure We'll Never Forget
by Kristen Morale - May 24, 2017

Although the show has officially ended, the curtain closed, the beautiful coloratura no longer reaching the heavens, the likes of Giovanni the Fearless are still very much alive in the hearts of audiences fortunate enough to see this whimsical musical comedy. I describe it as such because of the emo... (more...)
BWW Review: DIVORCE PARTY and the End of Life As We [Don't Really] Know It BWW Review: DIVORCE PARTY and the End of Life As We [Don't Really] Know It
by Kristen Morale - April 25, 2017

What we have here is a masterfully crafted show called Divorce Party, something so wacky and farfetched but so rooted in the inward and outward complexities of life (as are so many absurd things) that it encapsulates life as we acknowledge it to be, but are not always so eager or able to share with ... (more...)
BWW Review: Urban Stages Imports ANGRY YOUNG MAN From London BWW Review: Urban Stages Imports ANGRY YOUNG MAN From London
by Melanie Votaw - March 24, 2017

ANGRY YOUNG MAN, a British play by Ben Woolf, is both entertaining and puzzling. Yuri, a surgeon from a country that isn't disclosed, arrives in London a day ahead of an interview. Since he doesn't realize how far central London is from Stansted Airport, the taxi ride takes almost all of his money, ... (more...)
BWW Review: Be Prepared for the Ride of Your Life with Solnik's THE FARE BWW Review: Be Prepared for the Ride of Your Life with Solnik's THE FARE
by Kristen Morale - March 20, 2017

When a man gets into a taxi, inebriated and tired, and is convinced that the driver kidnapped him because he refused to pay an exorbitant fare, is his truth greater than the driver's testimony of racial slurs and attempted murder? When there is no other witness accept one's memory, these two men mus... (more...)
BWW Review: OMEGA KIDS at Access Theater is Appealing and Poignant BWW Review: OMEGA KIDS at Access Theater is Appealing and Poignant
by Marina Kennedy - March 07, 2017

Omega Kids is now being performed at Access Theater through Sunday, March 25th. Written by Obie Award-winner Noah Mease and directed by Jay Stull, it is an insightful view into the feelings of two young men.... (more...)
BWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de Force BWW Review: TURNING PAGE at Dixon Place is a Tour de Force
by Melanie Votaw - February 28, 2017

In the one-woman show TURNING PAGE, Angelica Page takes on perhaps the role of her career - that of her real-life mother, Geraldine Page, who was theater, Hollywood and Actors Studio royalty. A daunting role, to be sure. Angelica says at the top of the piece that her mother asked her to see that her... (more...)
BWW Review: Biting through the Dam with THE PROVIDENCE OF NEIGHBORING BODIES BWW Review: Biting through the Dam with THE PROVIDENCE OF NEIGHBORING BODIES
by Kristen Morale - February 25, 2017

Written by Jean Ann Douglass and directed by Jess Chayes, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies comes to Theater 511 (in association with Ars Nova) for its World Premiere in New York. Featuring a powerhouse cast of only three and a truly thought-provoking plot that gets more intricate the more I thi... (more...)
BWW Review: Siobhan O'Loughlin Plunges Into Politics and Psychology in BROKEN BONE BATHTUB BWW Review: Siobhan O'Loughlin Plunges Into Politics and Psychology in BROKEN BONE BATHTUB
by Victoria Ordin - February 20, 2017

When it comes to theater, there's immersive and there's immersive. Siobhan O'Loughlin's BROKEN BONE BATHTUB is immersive in a literal sense: the Brooklyn-based playwright sits in a bathtub full of bubbles as she tells the story of her most severe bicycle accident, though the play is really about the... (more...)