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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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Hero’s House – Dixon Place, New York

[Heros House] [Dixon Place, NYC] (c)Peter Yesley

Hero’s House – Dixon Place, New York Writer: Lake Simons Director: Lake Simons & Matt Acheson Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Making its current home at Dixon Place on the Lower East Side, Lake Simon’s Hero’s House explores the meaning of home and shelter through movement theatre, puppetry and music. This ensemble piece is an exercise in joyous exploration. The sense of ...

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Spin Off – Riverside Theatre, New York

[Spin Off] [Riverside Theatre, NYC] (c)Jonathan Slaff

Writer: Bernard Pomerance Director: Ron Canada Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers One doesn't expect to write a negative review about a posthumous world premiere written by a Tony Award-winning playwright, but it’s 2018 and if we’ve learned anything, it’s that that which seems outside the realm of possibility is more plausible than previously imagined. Bernard Pomerance’s Spin Off shows promise in its ...

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SOUNDSTAGE – HERE Arts Center, New York

(SOUNDSTAGE) (HERE Arts Center, NYC) (c)Paula Court

Writer: Jason Napoli Brooks & Rob Roth Director: Rob Roth Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Rob Roth’s newest piece, SOUNDSTAGE at HERE Arts Center, is a complex fifty-five minutes. Utilizing live action, film, and live camera projection, the piece explores ritual, loneliness, loss, and chemical dependency. A camera on a track manipulated by black clad figures moving in the Butoh style reinforces focal ...

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Magdalena—TheaterLab, New York

[Magdalena] [TheaterLab, NYC] (c)Kevin Yatarola

Writer: Gabri Christa Director: Erwin Maas Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell TheatreLab started its Fall 2018 season, Homecoming, on September 12 with Gabri Christa’s solo performance piece Magdalena, directed by Erwin Maas with design and dramaturgy by Guy de Lancey. The performance uses dance, film, and storytelling to examine the life of Christa’s aging mother (the titular Magdalena) and her struggle ...

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The Naturalists – Walkerspace, New York

Writer: Jaki McCarrick Directors: Colleen Clinton & Lily Dorment Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The Pond Theatre Company’s latest production, a world premiere of The Naturalists by Jaki McCarrick, promises naturalistic contemporary drama. It delivers on that promise with a well-crafted family drama defined by the 1979 Massacre at Narrow Water. Set years later, the unravelling of a family and the reaction ...

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