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Burq Off! – Teatro Circulo, New York

Writer: Nadia P. Manzoor Director: Tara Elliott Reviewer: Jamie Rosler One English Pakistani Muslim woman’s story, telling universal truths, and raising socially relevant questions, about identity, extremism, and family. Written and performed by Nadia P. Mazoor, this coming-of-age story is both profoundly personal and immensely relatable. Nadia’s father, mother, brother, boyfriend, and best friend populate the stage, as well as ...

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Romeo & Juliet – The Kraine Theater, New York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Chris Rivera Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   In all forms of art, one could argue, there are traps into which one must constantly and consciously avoid falling. There are timeworn clichés, and the unfortunate tendency to oversell and under deliver. As an avid theatre-goer, the phrase “indie production of Romeo &Juliet” might fill you with joy, knowing ...

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Hereafter Musical – Snapple Theatre Center, New York

Book/Music/Lyrics: Vinnie Favale &Frankie Keane Director: Terry Berliner Reviewer: Tim Koch What happens after we die? Tackling this difficult question, Hereafter Musical follows the story of three women, Debbie, Christina, and Mary, who want to connect with loved ones through a group reading with world-renowned medium Jason. Although skeptical of his abilities at first, they soon realize Jason might be ...

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A Walk in the Woods – Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Lee Blessing Director: Jonathan Silverstein Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos The praises for Lee Blessing’s 1988 masterwork A Walk in the Woods are well-sung. Nominated for a Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize, the two-character piece has been recognized as compelling, engaging, and darkly comedic. Thanks to the Keen Company, though, one can now speak to its timelessness. Over the course ...

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Teach, Teacher, Teachest – INTAR, New York

Writer: David Koteles Director: Daniel Irizarry Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Theatre, more than any medium, can employ the beautifully ridiculous to explore the mundane, the common, and the political. One-Eighth Theater’s current production, a sort of fractured-fairy-tale version of Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson, embraces the outrageous in an effort to shine light on the social and societal misdeeds of our day, ...

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DIRT – 4th Street Theater, New York City

Writer: Robert Schneider Translator: Paul Dvorak Director: Mary Catherine Burke Reviewer: Jamie Rosler To raise questions and explore social issues without being pedantic and preachy is too often a mark missed in the theatre. This is beautifully not so with Dirt, the one-man show that tells us one man’s story of being an illegal immigrant in this or any other ...

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Talk Radio – The Chain Theatre, Queens – New York

Writer: Eric Bogosian Director: Greg Cicchino Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos Variations Theatre Group’s production of Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio is anything but dead air. In the play’s riveting 90 minutes, we see the rise and fall of shock jock Barry Champlain (played spot-on by Kirk Gostkowski). Bogosian, a master of making us interested in the unsympathetic, paints a character so alive ...

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