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Bonnie’s Last Flight – Fourth Street Theatre, New York

(Bonnies Last Flight) (Fourth Street Theatre, NYC) (c)Shun Takino

Writer: Eliza Bent Director: Annie Tippe Reviewer: Solace J. As you enter the plane (the theater), your tickets are torn and you are directed to your seat by a flight attendant. The layout of the seats replicates an airplane, with one center row and two aisles on either side. There are monitors overhead the seats, similar to overhead monitors on ...

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The City of No Illusions – La MaMa, New York

[City of No Illusions] [La Mama, NYC] (c)

Writer: Paul Zimet Director: Paul Zimet Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The Talking Band brings Paul Zimet’s newest play, The City of No Illusions, to the downstairs space at La MaMa for the month of February. Addressing the timely issues of drug abuse, immigration, and divisiveness, the play has opportunities to resonate and elicit deep questioning from the audience that largely go ...

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SKIN – A.R.T. / New York Theatres

Writer: the Company Director: Becky Baumwoll Original Music:  Eleni Arapolglou, Wes Braver, Paul Castles & Jack McGuire Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers When faced with the concept of trudging to a theatre on 10th Avenue and 53rd St on one of the coldest days of the year, one hopes the show inside the walls of A.R.T. / New York Theatres is worth ...

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Macbeth – Teatro Circulo, New York

(Macbeth) (Teatro Circulo) (NYC) (c)Jonathan Slaff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Celeste Moratti Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers As a Shakespearean standard, Macbeth is one of the best-known plays in the English-speaking canon. Even watching the most avant-garde, esoteric interpretation of the play, the footholds of plot and character are so culturally prevalent that it is difficult to get lost, which makes First Maria Ensemble’s relatively straightforward presentation of ...

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The Making of King Kong – The Doxsee Theater, New York

[The Making of King Kong] [The Doxsee, Brooklyn NY] (c)Maria Baranova

Writer: Lisa Clair Director: Eugene Ma Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Lisa Clair's new play The Making of King Kong, presented by Target Margin Theater, is an ambitious piece that examines racism, sexism, and classism through a darkly comedic portrayal of the creating of the film King Kong, directed by Merian C. Cooper and starring Fay Wray. Leaning into the problematic components of ...

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Paul Mecurio’s Permission to Speak – Actors Temple Theatre, New York

Writer: Paul Mecurio Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers One of the most underused, and perhaps under-experienced, words in our culture? Sonder. The realization that everyone one passes/interacts with has as vivid and complex a life as themselves. For New Yorkers, the constant sharing of space tends to cause us to mentally isolate ourselves, to disengage. Other people become obstacles, traffic, demons who ...

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Selkie—The Wild Project, New York

[Selkie] [The Wild Project] [NYC] (c)James Cuccio

Writer: Krista Knight Director: Matt Dickson Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell The legend of selkies, shapeshifters who can take the form of a human or a seal, appears in mythology from Scotland, Ireland, and Scandinavia. The stories often center on a female selkie and a man who steals and hides her sealskin, trapping her in human form and keeping her under ...

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