Off-Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


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: 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:  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...)
BWW Review: Good Things Come In Three's with American Bard's VISIONARY VOICES BWW Review: Good Things Come In Three's with American Bard's VISIONARY VOICES
by Kristen Morale - February 19, 2017

Directed by Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins and now in performances at the Gloria Maddox Theatre, Visionary Voices begins with Susan Glaspell's Trifles, followed by Marita Bonner's Exit: An Illusion and ending with Glaspell's The People - three wonderful plays that are more engaging and poignant in... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Norman Mailer Vs. Feminism in Wooster Group's THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR BWW Review: It's Norman Mailer Vs. Feminism in Wooster Group's THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR
by Michael Dale - February 18, 2017

It would be nice to be able take in The Wooster Group's intriguing docu-theatre piece, THE TOWN HALL AFFAIR, as a look at the grotesquely blatant brand sexism of nearly 50 years ago that we have since outgrown. Sadly, this glimpse at a carnival-like event disguised as a serious debate on the subject... (more...)
BWW Review: La MaMa Explores Robert Patrick's Past, Present and Future in HI-FI | WI-FI | SCI-FI BWW Review: La MaMa Explores Robert Patrick's Past, Present and Future in HI-FI | WI-FI | SCI-FI
by Michael Dale - February 11, 2017

After establishing himself as resident doorman, stage manager and sex slave at the Caffe Cino, the historic Cornelia Street birthplace of Off-Off Broadway and America's gay theatre movement, Robert Patrick summoned up the courage to join the ranks of the venue's resident staff of playwrights (Lanfor... (more...)
BWW Review: Nine Brilliant Voices Tell Stories of Hearing Lost And Dreams Found in SILENT NO MORE BWW Review: Nine Brilliant Voices Tell Stories of Hearing Lost And Dreams Found in SILENT NO MORE
by Victoria Ordin - January 06, 2017

In a world with so many peddling-and profiting from--faux inspiration, SILENT NO MORE: A THEATRICAL DOCUMENTARY offers the real thing. Directed by Michele Christie, Ed.D., Executive Director and Founder of No Limits, SILENT NO MORE is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious as it traces the struggles a... (more...)
11 Superb New Theatrical Experiences from 2016 11 Superb New Theatrical Experiences from 2016
by Charles Quittner - December 31, 2016

New York theatre stuck it to the patriarchy this year with healthy-for-the-soul offerings like A 24 Decade History of Popular Music, O, Earth, The Wolves, and more!... (more...)
BWW Review: The Re-Imagined Beauty of New Ohio Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL BWW Review: The Re-Imagined Beauty of New Ohio Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by Kristen Morale - December 23, 2016

Adapted by Matt Opatrny and directed/choreographed by Jessica Burr, the eleven-member troupe Blessed Unrest recently opened A Christmas Carol at the New Ohio Theatre. This "theatre for the adventurous" comprised of a diverse ensemble that brings new and bold productions to NY audiences, brings a uni... (more...)