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Murder for Two – New World Stages, New York

Book: Joe Kinosian &Kellen Blair Music: Joe Kinosian Lyrics: Kellen Blair Director: Scott Schwartz Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Advertised as “zany” and “madcap,” Murder for Two delivers as promised. A musical comedy and murder mystery, starring Brett Ryback as the police officer with dreams of making detective, and Joe Kinosian – the hardest working man on off-Broadway – as everyone else, ...

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Hurlyburly – Chain Theatre, Long Island City, New York

Writer: David Rabe Director: Rich Ferraioli Reviewer: Claudia Borruso Everything about this production is ambitious. Firstly, Hurlyburly has a running time of over 3 hours and all the real action takes place off-stage. In addition to this, Rabe’s magnificent writing is dense and difficult; it is fast-paced, seemingly superficial and beautifully philosophical and takes very finely tuned skill to present ...

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Rehab – Roy Arias Stage IV Theater, New York

Writer/Director: Frank Sluszka Reviewer: Claudia Borruso Friction Productions is a very young and fresh new creation thanks to co-founders Frank Sluszka and Laurel Fulcher. Fresh from the success of last summer’s “Friction”, Sluska has written and directed “Rehab”, a detailed, gritty and hard-hitting exploration of addiction. The clever structure of the action means we never need to move from the ...

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iLuminate – New World Stages, New York City

Play: Miral Kotb, Athena Sunga Music: Justin “Kanobby” Keitt, Christopher Tignor Choreographers: Miral Kotb, John “JRock” Nelson, Dario Mejia, Marcus Allan Cobb, Robert Vail Director: Miral Kotb Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The house lights go completely dark, and a neon figure enters the stage from nowhere. The preshow announcement is a performance in itself, and sets the tone for the rest ...

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Mercy Killers – Stella Adler Studio Theater, New York

Writer: Michael Milligan Director: Tom Oppenheim Reviewer: Claudia Borruso Joe is Middle America. He works hard, believes in honesty and family and he loves his wife. Joe is the everyman whose story will be told in communities across Manhattan, Bronx and Queens starting January 17th; and a timely tale it is. Within “an interrogation room…the recent past” Joe enters, scared ...

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Hip & Darkling – IRT Theater, New York

Writer: Nora Woolley (HiP), Kim Katzberg (Darling) Director: Raquel Cion Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Two solo shows, developed over two years, explore the recent past from two very different times and places. Hip and Darkling both deal with characters fighting the ever-present voice inside their heads that pines, “I feel worried that I’m nobody.” Hip brings us to Williamsburg, Brooklyn in ...

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The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told! – Snapple Theater Center, New York

Writer: Christopher Leidenfrost Director: Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   A purely entertaining show, with improvised songs, pirates, and an evil sea witch’s curse, is exactly what one should expect from The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told. A great way to spend an hour just outside Times Square, and a unique experience for each performance, the only drawback is that ...

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The Preacher and the Shrink – Theatre Row: Beckett Theatre, New York

Writer: Merle Good Director: Steven Yuhasz Reviewer: Claudia Borruso How wonderful it is to see brand new writing which manages to be both complex and gripping? That is what awaits an audience to “The Preacher and the Shrink” at Theatre Row until 4 January 2014.Merle Good is the playwright to present this novel feast, and with it he makes his ...

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