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CHASE: What Matters Most? – Dixon Place, New York

Creators: ANIMALS Performance Group Reviewer: Jamie Rosler ANIMALS performance group has a bold mission statement. They use various visual and performance media “to create moments of surprise, irreverence and incongruity that disrupt the perceived stability of social beliefs and attitudes.” Sometimes, in an effort to make new and exciting theatre that challenges conventions and explores big ideas, artists over-complicate the ...

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Nightmare Horror Show: Program 4 – Flamboyan Theater, New York

Writer: Jason Ellis / Kate Dickinson Director: Figment / Kate Dickinson Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Promising “new horror works that will thrill even the most jaded theatergoer,” Psycho Clan has curated a month-long festival of new theatre, produced by themselves and others, that is sure to tickle any audience member with a thing for Halloween. Whether it will make the jump ...

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Would You Still Love Me If – New World Stages, New York

Writer: John S. Anastasi Director: Kathleen Turner Reviewer: Rachael Heather Never has pop culture been more saturated with information and media examples of transgender individuals both on and off screen/stage. This is not to say that we don’t have much more to do as a society by way of acceptance, understanding and education. However, with such examples as Laverne Cox ...

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Dracula – McAlpin Hall at the West Park Church, New York

Writer: Bram Stoker With Additional Material By: Steven Dietz and Lori Wolter Hudson Director: Kristin McCarthy Parker Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula weaves a narrative about immigration, the body, and performance into the tapestry of an age-old horror story. Dracula, the character, becomes almost a red herring for the real threat: fear of the Other. It is others ...

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Sommerfugl – 4th Street Theater, New York

Writer: Bixby Elliot Director: Stephen Brackett Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Transgender experiences are on the American public’s mind in a way they’ve never been before, and it’s a safe bet that a New York City-based theatre audience in 2015 is sympathetic to the cause. Whether or not that was a consideration in the staging of Bixby Elliot’s Sommerfugl is unknown, but ...

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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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