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Othello – The Clarion Theater, New York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Brandon Walker and Erin Cronican Reviewer: Rachael Heather Taking one’s seat in a theatre to see any Shakespearean production fills the well-versed theatregoer with a mixture of excitement and dread. Unlike contemporary productions where every element of the piece has the potential to be both good or bad, you can rest soundly in your seat knowing ...

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Hunter Gatherers – Duo Multicultural Arts Centre, New York

Writer: Peter Sinn Nachtrieb Director: Eric Tucker Reviewer: Jamie Rosler A married couple, Pam and Richard, slaying a young lamb in their living room, is the opening scene of Hunter Gatherers, and that is quite literally only the beginning of the absurdity and the exploring of taboos that ensue over the next almost two hours. This hilarious script tells the ...

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Fashions for Men – Mint Theater, New York City

Writer: Ferenc Molnár Director: Davis McCallum Reviewer: Jamie Rosler First produced in Budapest in 1917, then translated to English and brought to Broadway in 1922, Fashions for Men is an entertaining and occasionally heartfelt exploration of human kindness--its exploitation by the unkind, and the potential pitfalls and plusses of being truly selfless, giving, and meek. In an upscale haberdashery owned ...

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John & Jen – Theatre Row, New York City

Book: Tom Greenwald and Andrew Lippa Music: Andrew Lippa Lyrics: Tom Greenwald Director: Jonathan Silverstein Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The first major revival of John &Jen since the mid-1990s, Keen Company’s production is a fantastic vehicle for Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan, who offer enjoyable performances, but is unfortunately mediocre in general. Potentially emotional subject matter, such as abusive fathers and ...

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Dutchman – Castillo Theatre, New York

Writer: Amiri Baraka Director: Woodie King, Jr. Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If you read newspapers, watch television, or engage in social media, you know that race, and racism in America, are being openly discussed in a way that perhaps they never were before. In that context, a play that first premiered in 1964 fits unfortunately well into the theatrical landscape of ...

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One Day the Musical – 3LD Art & Technology Center, New York

Book, Music &Lyrics: Michael Sottile Choreographer: Ray Leeper Director: Michael Sottile &Ray Leeper Reviewer: Tim Koch A musical about teenagers? And their issues? How could this possibly be different? For starters, One Day the Musical doesn’t have a set “plot” – the show unfolds as a series of vignettes of a group of teenagers as they live their lives – ...

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Animals Out Of Paper – McAlpin Hall at the West Park Church, New York

Writer: Rajiv Joseph Director: Merri Milwe Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos Much like origami produces beauty out of blank pieces of paper, Rajiv Joseph exhibits a similar splendor in his Animals Out Of Paper. This play puts Ilana Andrews (Nairoby Otero), expert origamist, front and center. It then tosses her two men: the star-struck origami enthusiast Andy (David Beck) and Andy’s student, ...

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Film Chinois – Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Damon Chua Director: Kaipo Schwab Reviewer: Jamie Rosler As far as cinematic genres go, film noir is one of the more theatrical. The dramatic use of light and dark, the distinctly drawn characters with clear—at least to themselves—motives, and the high stakes that keep getting higher, are all potential elements of a very successful piece of theatre. Other tropes ...

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