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Blossom – Dixon Place, New York

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Writer: Spencer Lott Director: Spencer Lott Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers There’s something about puppets, particularly puppets that look human. In the hands of a talented puppeteer and before a believing audience, the puppet takes on its own life, and it's the life of Alzheimer’s patient James Blossom that is enthralling audiences at Dixon Place this month. James might be a small ...

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Crackskull Row – the cell at The Workshop Theater, New York

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Writer: Honor Molloy Director: Kira Simring Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Moving back and forth between past and present, imagination and reality, the living and the dead,Crackskull Row is a dreamlike probe into the history of a broken family. On May Eve, when the lines between the living and the dead are blurred, Masher Moorigan (played by the stunningly talented Terry Donnelly) ...

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Crashlight – Cherry Lane Theatre, New York

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Writer and Director: Celeste Makoff Choreographer: Kaitlyn Moise Reviewer: Martin Kushner In Crashlight, a repressive dystopia ruled by Marcus Pressi, music is outlawed and sunlight is restricted to just three minutes a day. On the historic stage of The Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village, home to seminal productions of Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee, a sole TV monitor stage left ...

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The Good Earth – The Flea Theater, New York

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Writer: Company (devised) Director: Rachael Boulton Musical Direction: Max MacKintosh Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers In 1966, a coal mine collapse killed several people in a small community in Wales. Twelve years later, fearing the same would happen in another town, the government sought to displace the people of Troedrhiwgwair before the same disasterbefellthem. Motherlode Theatre Company’s The Good Earth looks back ...

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Night of the Living N-Word!! – The Players Theatre, New York

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Writer: Kevin R. Free Director: Nicole A. Watson Reviewer: Martin Kushner Night of the Living N-Word!! is a very funny, provocative, at times courageous, and timely comedy, set in the present, in an inherited plantation mansion in the South. A white liberal woman, Barbara, played with exceptionally calm authority by Eevin Hartsough, has inherited the property from her classically racist ...

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BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

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Writer: BenDeLaCreme Director: BenDeLaCreme Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers During her time on RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag superstar BenDeLaCreme described herself as “terminally delightful.” In her latest solo show, Inferno A Go-Go! at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, LaCreme kills the audience with her signature kindness and then positions herself as the best tour guide anyone could hope for through the fiery afterlife. ...

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Newton’s Cradle – The Duke on 42nd Street, New York

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Book: Kim Saunders Music &Lyrics: Heath Saunders Director: Victoria Clark Reviewer: Tim Koch Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a tricky subject to discuss in real life, much less on stage. But the company of the New York Musical Festival’s production of Newton’s Cradle successfully guides the audience on an emotionally-infused journey into the mind and world of Evan (Heath Saunders), ...

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Men on Boats – Playwrights Horizons, New York

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Writer: Jaclyn Backhaus Director: Will Davis Reviewer: Jamie Rosler It’s 1869 in the new American West. Captain Powell and his men are traversing the Green and Colorado Rivers on the first ever government-sanctioned expedition to map, name, and claim the land from Wyoming down to the Grand Canyon (or rather, an as-yet-unnamed canyon of impressive size). Through trials that are ...

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