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‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – The Duke on 42nd Street, New York

Writer: John Ford Director: Jesse Berger Reviewer: Tim Koch Incest, secrets, plots of revenge, and death. Lots of death. From the title alone, one might assume ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is a raucous comedy, but that is as far from the truth as saying everything turns out all right in the end. Written by John Ford some time between ...

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8 Stops – Cherry Lane Theatre, New York

Writer: Deb Margolin Director: Jay Wahl Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Suicide, cancer, love, compassion, parenting, and the horrible people that populate Montvale, New Jersey. Writer and performer Deb Margolin recounts the ways all of those entities come together for her and her family in this personally inspired and deeply moving show. Enduring intense chemotherapy is hard enough without also suffering “from ...

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Andy Warhol’s 15 (Color Me, Warhol) – Dixon Place, New York

Writer: Raja Feather Kelly Director: Raja Feather Kelly &Laura Snow Reviewer: Jamie Rosler At about two hours and 15 minutes—sixty-five minutes longer than advertised and still with no intermission—the feath3r theory’s Andy Warhol’s 15 (Color Me, Warhol) takes a fantastic idea and combines it with the inability to cut away unnecessary material, creating a piece that becomes wearisome but probably ...

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Revenge of the Popinjay – Dixon Place, New York

Writer: Anthony Johnston Director: Nathan Schwartz Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Prepare yourself for a dark journey into the heart of a violent city, a grieving sibling, and a serial killer targeting heterosexuals, and you will be halfway ready for the spectacle that is Revenge of the Popinjay. One struggles in finding the meaning of one’s response to the show; it is ...

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The Happy Family – Theatre Row, New York

Writer: Christopher P. Latro Director: Anna Bamberger Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The family drama and romantic relationships are powerful and deep theatrical wells. We all have our own stories of family and our own stories of romantic relationships, even if that story in either case is the absence thereof. Christopher P. Latro’s The Happy Family is another for the list, but ...

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – The Pearl Theatre, New York

Writer: Mark Twain Adaptor: Jeffrey Hatcher Director: Ian Belknap Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Adapted many times over for movies, television, and the stage, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court has nearly always been a musical in that last milieu. It is refreshing, then, to see Jeffrey Hatcher’s current adaptation for The Acting Company, in the form of a straight comedic ...

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Macbeth – The Pearl Theatre, New York

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Devin Brain Reviewer: Jamie Rosler As rare as it is to refer to a Shakespearean play as succinct, The Acting Company’s production of Macbeth is just that, paring down the five-act tragedy to an extended one-act play (90-minutes, no intermission). This pessimistic exploration of human nature might leave an audience feeling emotionally drained if not downright ...

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All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever – La Mama (Ellen Stewart Theatre), New York City

Writer: Eli Kent Director: Robin Kerr Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   Self-referential theatre on a low budget. Live music, and an active and direct relationship between the onstage and backstage worlds. If you’re already cringing in fear at the show that might describe, stop. The PlayGround Collective’s All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever is an exceptional work of theatre, striking ...

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