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Jinkx Sings Everything – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

Writer: Jinkx Monsoon Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers This is not a review. Per the request of the brilliant Jinkx Monsoon at the top of her new, entirely off-the-cuff request-only musical revue, this writer will not be reviewing the show. This is not a review. It is a reflection on the joy, energy, and command that Jinkx brings to the stage, while putting ...

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Babel – The Theater at the 14t St Y, New York

(Babel) (The Theater at 14th St Y) (c)Lloyd Mulvey

Writers: WT McRae &Jeremy Williams Directors: WT McRae &Jeremy Williams Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Beginning before it begins, with specific, deliberate, and subtle movement occurring onstage as the audience enters the space, Convergence Theatre Collective’s Babel explores the struggle to overcome boundaries and barriers, to find a common language. It does so entirely in silence. The stellar ensemble offers a fresh take ...

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Mope – Ensemble Studio Theatre New York

(Mope) (EST-Youngblood) (c) Jody Christopherson

Writer: Paul Cameron Hardy Director: RJ Tolan Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A trip to Ensemble Studio Theatre can be a lengthy walk from the nearest train, but Youngblood’s current production of Mope makes the slog through the slush absolutely worth it. A hilarious and incisive deconstruction of toxic masculinity via the off-camera life of a low-level porn star, this new play ...

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Holden – New Ohio Theatre, New York

(Holden) (New Ohio Theatre) (c)Plate3

Writer:  Anisa George Director: Anisa George Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers With gun violence becoming an increasingly prevalent issue in American culture, it has become the focus for many theatre companies developing new work. George &Co’s Holden, an exploration into the culture of violence and the trappings of toxic masculinity that simmer below the surface, exists both now and in the past, connecting ...

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A Christmas Carol – New Ohio Theatre, New York

(Christmas Carol) (New Ohio Theatre) (c)Alan Roche

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor:  Matt Opatrny Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Giving to the poor makes them dependent on services and unwilling to work. Those who can care for themselves should and leave others to do the same. Hoarding riches is the only way to remain secure. These concepts seem as prevalent in modern day as they did when ...

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Silent NO MORE – Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), New York

Directed by: Michelle Christie Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A collage of stories fills the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. A community of deaf and hard of hearing storytellers from the No Limits for Deaf Children organization out of Culver City, California, create a dialogue and a kinship. Silent NO MORE highlights the lives of several members and alumni of No Limits, ...

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Anna Christie – The Wild Project, New York

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Peter Richards Reviewer: Jamie Rosler With a deceptively simple set, and a relatively straightforward story to tell, Anna Christie, directed by Peter Richards at The Wild Project, hardly seems like an almost 100-year-old script. While some of the text does feel dated in these actors' mouths, the themes that were so cutting edge in 1921 are still surprisingly, or ...

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