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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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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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MLCG (My Little China Girl) – Dixon Place, New York

(My Little China Girl) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Mark Hayes

Writer: Soomi Kim Director: Leta Tremblay Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In 1983, David Bowie released the single China Girl. The music video, starring New Zealand model Geeling Ng as the woman from the song’s title, soon followed. While parts of the video are cringe-inducing now (most notably a moment when Bowie pulls the corners of his eyes upward to imitate ...

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Things I Know to be True – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Emma Boswell Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know to Be True is brought to life by Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia in Chester’s Storyhouse for a five-day run this week. The play tells the tale of Bob and Fran Price, a couple who have reached the autumn ...

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Man to Man  – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Manfred Karge Translator:  Alexandra Wood Directors: Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham Reviewer: Daryl Holden Not just an urban legend, the story of Man to Man is based on the real-life ordeal that Ella Gericke went through after the death of her husband in 1930’s Germany and she assumed his identity. Tackling issues not just limited to the rise and ...

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Things I Know To Be True – The Lowry, Salford 

Writer: Andrew Bovell Directors: Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Things I Know To Be True is a modern Australian play by Andrew Bovell, now embarking on its third touring production since its inception in 2013. The play is a co-production between State Theatre Company South Australia and the UK’s own popular and critically-regarded Frantic Assembly. Direction duties ...

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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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Makbet – Sure We Can, New York

(Makbet) (Sure We Can) (NYC) (c)Troy Hahn

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dzieci Theatre Director: Matt Mitler Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell As part of their 20th anniversary season, Dzieci Theatre brings their Roma-infused version of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play to a seemingly unlikely venue—a recycling center in Bushwick. Staged in a shipping container, Makbet is a bare-bones production with no recorded sound, minimal props, costumes and lighting, and a ...

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