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Are You There Ru? It’s Me, Chelsea – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Chelsea Piers) (Beechman Theatre) (NYC) (c)James Michael Avance

Writer: Chelsea Piers Director: Darius Rose Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Chelsea Piers is the showtune belting, punk rock drag goddess of Hell’s Kitchen, so why hasn’t she been on RuPaul's Drag Race yet? At the Laurie Beechman Theatre, with musical direction by Brandon James Gwinn, Chelsea strives to answer the question, when will she get her chance at international stardom? Taking the ...

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Sheila – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: The Associates Director: Jamal Abdunnasir Reviewer: Maridee Slater Sheila. Sheila. Sheila. Who - or what - is Sheila? In the event of live performance, there's a divine chance to bend space and time in collective and intoxicating agreement. Sheila, a new devised play by The Associates, is a concisely drawn 75-minute window into a three-year process. The ensemble clearly ...

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Divine Horsemen – Access Theater, New York

[Divine Horsemen] [Access Theater] [NYC] (c)David Zayas, Jr.

Writer: Paul Calderón Director: Paul Calderón Reviewer: Robert Price Held at gunpoint, Iffy (David Zayas) is a great storyteller. He ridicules the punk kid in the bandana and escapes the episode with perfect comedic timing. He defends his Spanish Harlem candy counter without even pulling out his bat. Benny (Robert Lee Leng) can hardly believe the old man’s account as ...

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The Snow Queen – New Ohio Theatre, New York

[The Snow Queen] [New Ohio Theatre] [NYC] (c)Maria Baranova

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor: Matt Opatrny Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers blessed unrest returns to the New Ohio Theatre with a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Utilizing movement theatre and effectively minimalist staging techniques, Matt Opatrny and Jessica Burr’s foray into children’s theatre shows strong promise. The fantasy and imagination of children’s theatre is ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Abrons Arts Center, New York

(Jack and the Beanstalk) (Abrons Arts Center) (NYC) (c)Norman Blake

Writer: Mat Fraser Choreographer: Randy Luna Director: Julie Atlas Muz Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz’s ONEOFUS returns to Abrons Arts Center, following up their acclaimed Beauty and the Beast with a family-friendly holiday show – Jack and the Beanstalk. The company’s first foray into children’s theatre is a true Lower East Side community production, featuring performers ...

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A My Name Is… – TheaterLab, New York

(My Name Is...) (TheaterLab) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Music: Jonah Kreitner & Sahand Rahbar Choreographer & Director: Stefanie Nelson Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The space at TheaterLab is a blank canvas: blindingly pristine white, nearly shocking under unfiltered light. Stefanie Nelson’s A My Name Is... utilizes this pregnant emptiness of space brilliantly, at times embracing the starkness, at others filling and imbuing it. The stasis of the clean, crisp vessel ...

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Trapped in the Closet – Feinstein’s 54 Below, New York

Writer: Sarah Naughton Director: Jake Weinstein & Sarah Naughton Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New York City is full of talented performers doing odd jobs to make ends meet before acting starts paying the bills. Some wait tables, work retail, or temp in corporate offices, while some, like Sarah Naughton, lend their talents to the audiobook industry. In Trapped in the Closet, Naughton ...

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