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The Black Book – American Theatre of Actors, New York

Writer/Director: Phil Blechman Reviewer: Jamie Rosler A murder-suicide thriller with explicit chess symbolism and not-so-explicit plot points, The Black Book wants to be a play with a surprise-twist-and-big-reveal ending, or perhaps a play that leaves the audience hotly debating the outcome, but mostly it’s just muddy. This production, directed by writer Phil Blechman, doesn’t meet the potential heights and depths ...

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They Are Gone But Here Must I Remain – JACK, New York City

Writer: Kathryn Hamilton, in collaboration with Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi, Jeremy M. Barker Director: Kathryn Hamilton Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   When judging a work of theatre, particularly that of an arguably experimental nature, it is appropriate to start with the company’s mission statement, first gauging whether the work presented fits accurately into that mission, before forming purely qualitative opinions. Sister ...

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Being Seen – 64E4 Underground, New York City

Writer: Richard Gustin Director: Mindy Cooper Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   Plays about plays, writing about writing, and self-referential theatre, in general, has a long history. Being Seen, at the New York International Fringe Festival, takes a potentially trite idea and imbues it with an original angle, creating a piece of developing theatre with a lot of potential. Allison Minick, as ...

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The Fairer Sex – Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Sander Gusinow Director: Samantha Lee Manas Reviewer: Jamie Rosler After the revolution, “like the Communist revolution but with more pussy,” women are in charge. They exact violent revenge against men guilty of sexual assault, while the rebels of the Men’s Rights Militia fight to take them down. Racism is a thing of the past, because apparently it exists solely ...

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Delirium’s Daughters – Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Nicholas Korn Director: Kathleen Butler Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Inspired by the theatrical tradition of commedia dell’arte, and claiming to be tinged with magical realism, Delirium’s Daughters is a light, amusing story. It is an enjoyable if flimsy farce, with a cast of characters ranging from irksome to acceptable to brilliantly drawn. It moves slowly sometimes, especially for a story ...

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Single Wide – PTC Performance Space, New York

Book: George D. Nelson Music/Lyrics: Jordan Kamalu Director: Jeff Whiting Reviewer: Jamie Rosler [Rating: 2.5] Single Wide is a trailer park fairy tale, complete with perfectly timed plot points, outmoded ideals, and a happily-ever-after ending regardless of the potential for tragedy in the characters’ lives. Well cast and energetic, this production is stronger when viewed as a work still under ...

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Judith / Vinegar Tom – Atlantic Stage 2, New York

Writer: Howard Barker / Caryl Churchill Director: Richard Romagnoli / Cheryl Faraone Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Potomac Theatre Project returns to New York City for its ninth season in summer repertory, PTP/NYC. This double bill production—Judith by Howard Barker and Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill, directed by Richard Romagnoli and Cheryl Faraone respectively—is an uneven combination, stronger at the backend than ...

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Claudio Quest – Pershing Square Signature Center, New York

Book/Music/Lyrics: Drew Fornarola, Marshal Pailet Director: John Tartaglia Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Inspired directly by Super Mario Bros., with just enough indirect references to keep it safe from legal action by Nintendo, while remaining accessible to even the lightest of video game fans, Claudio Quest is a bright, modern musical that appeals to audiences of all stripes. As part of the ...

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