Off-Off-Broadway Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: Shooting Us to the Quick with Arje Shaw's NY Premiere of MOOLAH BWW Review: Shooting Us to the Quick with Arje Shaw's NY Premiere of MOOLAH
by Kristen Morale - April 25, 2018

As said in Arje's Shaw dramatic comedy Moolah, people are in constant change: from day to day and minute-to-minute, we gradually inch our way towards who and what we want to be. A sound enough philosophy - that is, until you factor in a transvestite right out of Bellevue who cuts hair by day and kil... (more...)
BWW Review: GOLDSTEIN at Actors Temple BWW Review: GOLDSTEIN at Actors Temple
by Adam Cohen - April 12, 2018

Every family has their secrets. Whether they should be shared - especially in a musical is another story. But there are many moments that make Goldstein the musical worthy of hearing.... (more...)
BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club Rum BWW Review: Immersive AMPARO Tells The Rags To Riches To Revolution Tale Behind Havana Club Rum
by Michael Dale - April 07, 2018

Magazine ads and television commercials may reach millions more, but perhaps the highest compliment I can pay Havana Club Rum's immersive theatre experience, AMPARO, is that it effectively guides visitors through a brief history of the company's trailblazing founding family, including generous taste... (more...)
You Can't Go Wrong with Wrong House Productions' SKETCHY SKETCH NIGHT You Can't Go Wrong with Wrong House Productions' SKETCHY SKETCH NIGHT
by Kristen Morale - March 24, 2018

What isn't there to love about sketch comedy? It is the true meeting of the dramatic and comedic, mixed in with individual creativity to create a very casual and ideal way to begin the weekend. And who doesn't want to have a good laugh over silly (yes, there were farts) yet clever skits that will ea... (more...)
BWW Review: Loving You to Death in Nogueira's THE IDEAL OBITUARY BWW Review: Loving You to Death in Nogueira's THE IDEAL OBITUARY
by Kristen Morale - March 12, 2018

Written and directed by Rodrigo Nogueira (the latter with assistance from Valerie Mudek) and now presented at the Tank, The Ideal Obituary makes for quite the interesting play for more reasons that one. Produced in association with Torn Page and Apt 929 Studios, it is considered a dark comedy that ... (more...)
BWW Review: TERMINUS at Next Door At NYTW BWW Review: TERMINUS at Next Door At NYTW
by Sarah Fitts - February 28, 2018

TERMINUS by Gabriel Jason Dean follows the lives of Eller Freeman--'Alive and kickin'.'--and her bi-racial grandson, Jaybo, in the tiny town of Attapulgus, Georgia nearly four hours south of Atlanta.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Best of Brooklyn Happens at Lemme's 50th & 4th BWW Review: The Best of Brooklyn Happens at Lemme's 50th & 4th
by Kristen Morale - February 24, 2018

50th & 4th, a fantastic new play now in performances at UNDER St. Mark's, is a comical, intense and very truthful look at a couple living in Sunset Park, and what it really means to feel displaced - what it means to feel loved - no matter where you are from. As part of the 2018 Frigid Festival, whic... (more...)
BWW Review:  Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO) BWW Review: Split Britches Invites Audience Members To Join Their Council of Elders in UNEXPLODED ORDNANCES (UXO)
by Michael Dale - January 21, 2018

As the ground-breaking theatre troupe Split Britches - which they founded with former member Deb Margolin in 1980 - Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver have been challenging both gender norms and theatrical norms for nearly four decades, ranking them among the respected elders of America's performance art mo... (more...)
BWW Review: BLACK INSCRIPTION  at HERE BWW Review: BLACK INSCRIPTION at HERE
by Sarah Fitts - January 17, 2018

The fifteen song cycle, BLACK INSCRIPTION, depicts the emotions and turmoil of free-diver Natalia Molchanova's preparation, descent into the darkness of the ocean--her lungs burning and her mind concentrating on moving deeper and deeper through the waves--and imagined odyssey into a world no one has... (more...)
BWW Review: The Icy Touch of Blessed Unrest's THE SNOW QUEEN BWW Review: The Icy Touch of Blessed Unrest's THE SNOW QUEEN
by Kristen Morale - January 12, 2018

The Snow Queen is based on the story by Hans Christian Anderson and is written by Matt Opatrny. Developed as part of New Victory Labworks at the New Victory Theater in New York, and inspired by the ideas of an ambitious fourth grade class at P.S. 3, this show is now in performances at the New Ohio T... (more...)
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: 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...)