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Summer Shorts Series A – 59E59 Theatres, New York

Writers: Roger Hedden, Eric Lane, Warren Leight Directors: Billy Hopkins, Matthew Rauch, Fred Berner Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos In its eighth year, “Summer Shorts” presents two series (A &B) of one-act plays by playwrights that are, at least, mid-career, if not quite established. This year, comments have been abuzz over the line-up across both series, which includes not one woman, and ...

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The Mapmaker’s Opera – Pearl Theatre, New York

Writer: Béa Gonzales Book &Lyrics: Victor Kazan Music: Kevin Purcell Director: Donald Brenner Reviewer: Tim Koch We each create the maps of our lives, with moments creating dots and pathways that intersect with others, irrevocably changing their lives and ours. Adapted from the novel of the same name, The Mapmaker’s Opera tries to instill a solemnity and epic scale on ...

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The Phantom of the Improv – Sophie’s at Broadway, New York

Creators: Jodan Scott Gilbert &Phillip Lakin Reviewer: Tim Koch The Phantom of the Opera is here, inside…a Chuck E. Cheese’s? With Marky-Mark Created by Jordan Scott Gilbert and Phillip Lakin, this unique take on The Phantom of the Opera ambitiously combines the randomness and spontaneity of improv with the overarching plot structure of the well-known love story. The production takes ...

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Donogoo – The Mint Theatre, New York, NY

Writer: Jules Romains Translator: Gus Kaikkonen Director: Gus Kaikkonen Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos 1930: Donogoo premieres in France. 1961: Donogoo premieres in America. 1972: Jules Romains dies. 2014: Donogoo gets revived, via a new translation by Gus Kaikkonen, at the Mint Theatre. One struggles to figure out why. Donogoo is the story of a man, Lamendin (James Riordan, for whom one ...

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They Call Me Q – St. Luke’s Theatre, New York

Writer: Qurrat Ann Kadwani Director: Obaid Kadwani &Claudia Gaspar Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos “The intention is not to make a Xerox of my life,” said Sam Shepard when asked about how much of his personal life would be in his play The Late Henry Moss. One-person shows so often veer into the realm of a photocopy that they’d be wise to ...

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No-No Boy – The Studio Theatre: Theatre Row, New York

Writer: John Okada Adaptor: Ken Narasaki Director: Ron Nakahara Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos “Are you willing to serve in the armed forces of the United States on combat duty whenever ordered?” “Will you swear unqualified allegiance to the United States of America and faithfully defend the United States from any or all attack by foreign or domestic forces, and forswear any ...

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Mothers and Sons – John Golden Theatre, New York

Writer: Terence McNally Director: Sheryl Kaller Reviewer: Stephen Bates In a career spanning half a century, this is Terence McNally’s 20th play to be staged on Broadway and, having already secured a Tony Awards nomination for Best Play, it could be among his finest. amid the bright lights and deafening noise of the Great White Way, it comes as a ...

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