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Soot and Spit – New Ohio Theatre, New York

(Soot and Spit) (New Ohio Theatre) (NYC) (c)Nina Wurtzel

Writer: Charles Mee Director:  Kim Weild Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Our Voices Theatre brings the powerful Soot and Spit by Charles Mee to the New Ohio Theatre, and it is nothing short of stunning. The experience is rich and singular. Energy and psychic texture reverberate through the space. Every member of the stellar cast gives a full, vibrant performance. Against a ...

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#BigBrightStar – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Chris Harder) (#BigBrightStar) (NYC)

Writer: Chris Harder Director: David Drake Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers After the success of the Nasty Drew and that Harder Boy series at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, Chris Harder brings his newest solo show to the venue. Written by the performer himself, #BigBrightStar is a clever, campy reflection on Harder’s career in the gay porn industry. Harder (his real name, convenient ...

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The Seagull – Access Theater, New York

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adaptors: Fergus Scully & Taylor Petracek Director: Lillian Meredith Original Music: Sylvana Joyce Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Anton Chekhov’s plays plumb the heights and depths of the human condition in ways to which most playwrights can only aspire. Though the stories they tell exist in a specific time and place, the characters, and their struggles and triumphs, are ...

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The Woman Who Was Me – TheaterLab, New York

Writer: Peter Grandbois Director:  Jeremy Williams Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Convergences Theatre Collective’s latest installment, The Woman Who Was Me at TheaterLab, is marketed with heavy feminist tones. Coming into the intimate whitewashed space, the room reverberates with potential. Upon Liz Stanton’s entrance, the piece takes off with high energy, moving through an expressive, not-exactly-linear story about a woman’s sexual reawakening after a ...

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Reprise – Paradise Factory Theater, New York

(Reprise) (Paradise Factory) (NYC) (c)Leandro Badalotti

Writer: Eric Maierson Director: Eric Maierson Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If you’re relatively up to date with the current state of Progressivism in the United States, then you may have heard of Nice Guy Syndrome. It usually goes hand in hand with the Friend Zone, in which someone, generally a cisgender heterosexual male, equates “being a nice guy and a good ...

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Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

Blonde woman in farm setting

Writer: Courtney Act Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Australian drag superstar Courtney Act returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her latest one-queen show, The Girl from Oz. Following an incredibly successful holiday show in the same venue, Act’s latest show takes the audience on a journey through popular songs written and/or performed by Aussies. Teaching the audience how to speak Australian-English, ...

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Ski End – New Ohio Theatre, New York

Five people on skis

Writer: Piehole Director: Tara Ahmadinejad Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Experimental performance group Piehole explores questions of gentrification, stagnation, intergenerational communication, and interpretive dance on skis, with their latest offering Ski End at the New Ohio Theatre. This thoughtful, imaginative work of devised theatre was developed through New Ohio Theatre and IRT’s Archive residency. The play follows a group of five thirtysomethings ...

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Luft Gangster – Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, New York

(Luft Gangster) (Sheen Center) (NYC) (c)Al Foote III

Writer: Lowell Byers Director: Austin Pendleton Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In 2009, actor/playwright Lowell Byers met his cousin Louis Fowler, a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran who survived internment at a German P.O.W. camp during World War II. The accounts that Fowler shared with Byers are the basis for his play Luft Gangster, presented by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company and Cloverleaf ...

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