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Heathers: The Musical – New World Stages, New York

Writer: Daniel Waters Adaptor/Book/Music/Lyrics: Kevin Murphy &Lawrence O’Keefe Director: Andy Fickman Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos It’s hard to adapt a film into an effective musical. It’s harder to adapt a film of the 1980s that contains a school shooting into a post-Columbine musical of the 2010s. This is why Heathers: The Musical is such an impressive success. The story remains (roughly) ...

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Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School / Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, New York

Conceived by: Nancy Cassaro Director: Tony Lauria Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Whether you’ve been to a stereotypical Italian-American wedding, or only imagined how amazingly, hilariously painful it could be, you will have a blast at the wedding of Valentina Lynne Vitale and Anthony Angelo Nunzio—Tony and Tina, played by Joe Ferraro and Marilia Angeline. As an interactive theatrical experience, the success ...

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Left Out Festival: Selected Short Subjects – Stage Left Studio, New York

Writer: Alex Beck; William Locasto; Joe Hutcheson Director: Cassandra Sandberg; William Locasto; Cheryl King Reviewer: Jamie Rosler On this particular night of the Left Out Festival, we see three short plays exploring the loves, losses, and lore of three different men (and in one case, his boyfriend). As one would hope, the stories, characters, and situations explored are not exclusive ...

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Greed: A Musical for Our Times – New World Stages, New York

Book, Music and Lyrics: Michael Roberts Director: Christopher Scott Reviewer: Jamie Rosler While the lesson we’re supposed to walk away from this show with is 'Greed is not good', that is unfortunately how one could also describe Greed: A Musical for Our Times. More of a musical revue than a musical, we take a journey through various incarnations of greed, ...

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Adoration of the Old Woman– INTAR, New York

Writer: José Rivera Director: Patricia McGregor Reviewer: Jamie Rosler A hot summer night in Puerto Rico, the not too distant future. A small house with two occupants who clearly do not get along. Doña Belen—played wonderfully by Socorro Santiago—allegedly between 100 and 150 years old, is verbally accosted by Adoración—played quite strongly by Danielle Davenport—who turns out to be the ...

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Worship – Theater for the New City, New York

Writer: Eduardo Machado Director: Michael Domitrovitch Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Your mentor, your idol, your god is dying. The teacher who spat on you from her pedestal, sometimes literally, has not long for this physical world, and she cut ties with mental lucidity before we, the audience, meet her. A small group of primarily self-chosen students/worshippers gather around Estelle’s bedside hoping ...

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The Bridges of Madison County – Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York

Book: Marsha Norman (based on book by Robert James Waller) Music/Lyrics Jason Robert Brown Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Claudia Borruso The Bridges of Madison County is the brand new musical to hit Broadway. It is based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller and draws on the legacy of the blockbuster movie directed by Clint Eastwood. If those credentials ...

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Middle of the Night – Clurman Theatre, New York

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky Director: Jonathan Silverstein Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Uncovering lost theatrical gems is more than just the mission of Keen Company; it is its strength. Middle of the Night tells the story of unexpected love between an older Jewish widower and a younger Gentile woman, only one year into her marriage. The stigma of divorce and inter-ethnic relationships in ...

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