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Mope – Ensemble Studio Theatre New York

(Mope) (EST-Youngblood) (c) Jody Christopherson

Writer: Paul Cameron Hardy Director: RJ Tolan Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A trip to Ensemble Studio Theatre can be a lengthy walk from the nearest train, but Youngblood’s current production of Mope makes the slog through the slush absolutely worth it. A hilarious and incisive deconstruction of toxic masculinity via the off-camera life of a low-level porn star, this new play ...

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Holden – New Ohio Theatre, New York

(Holden) (New Ohio Theatre) (c)Plate3

Writer:  Anisa George Director: Anisa George Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers With gun violence becoming an increasingly prevalent issue in American culture, it has become the focus for many theatre companies developing new work. George & Co’s Holden, an exploration into the culture of violence and the trappings of toxic masculinity that simmer below the surface, exists both now and in the past, ...

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A Christmas Carol – New Ohio Theatre, New York

(Christmas Carol) (New Ohio Theatre) (c)Alan Roche

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor:  Matt Opatrny Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Giving to the poor makes them dependent on services and unwilling to work. Those who can care for themselves should and leave others to do the same. Hoarding riches is the only way to remain secure. These concepts seem as prevalent in modern day as they did when ...

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Silent NO MORE – Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York

Directed by: Michelle Christie Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A collage of stories fills the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. A community of deaf and hard of hearing storytellers from the No Limits for Deaf Children organization out of Culver City, California, create a dialogue and a kinship. Silent NO MORE highlights the lives of several members and alumni of No Limits, ...

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Anna Christie – The Wild Project, New York

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Peter Richards Reviewer: Jamie Rosler With a deceptively simple set, and a relatively straightforward story to tell, Anna Christie, directed by Peter Richards at The Wild Project, hardly seems like an almost 100-year-old script. While some of the text does feel dated in these actors' mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or ...

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Latrice Royale: Why It Gotta Be White Christmas? – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

Latrice Royale

Writer: Latrice Royale Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Latrice Royale brings her larger-than-life persona to the Laurie Beechman theatre with Why It Gotta Be White Christmas?, a one-queen show with special guest stars Christopher Hamblin and Kennedy Davenport. Royale displays her vocal talents and her ever-effervescent charm throughout the evening. Accompanied by a live band (including her fiancé, Hamblin, on piano), Royale ...

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KEVIN!!!!! – The PIT (People’s Improv Theatre), New York

Writer: Recent Cutbacks Music:  Kelsey Didion Director: Kristin McCarthy Parker Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos Recent Cutbacks brings an hilarious, innovative parody of Home Alone which is anything but what the French would call les incompetents. It transforms The PIT’s Striker Main Stage into a middle-class Chicago home, and then, within that, a miniature version of the same, in which puppets act ...

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