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Thoughts & Prayers – TADA! Youth Theater, New York City

Director/Creator/Choreographer: Lauren Hlubny  Composer: Thomas Giles  Book: Alexis Roblan  Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers  It seems the state of the world of late is foisting outrage fatigue among humans across the globe.  With the twenty-four-seven news cycle, covering everything from environmental devastation to political unrest to local and national tragedies, there is always something out there to break our hearts or ignite ...

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The Talmud– The Doxee Theater, Brooklyn, NY

Director: Jesse Freedman Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell When one thinks of kung fu films, many things come to mind: intricate fight choreography, long-held grudges, battles for honor, whooshing sounds to mark every punch or kick, and, if you’re Meta Phys Ed. artistic director Jesse Freedman, lengthy debates surrounding Jewish religious law. Meta Phys Ed.’s latest production, The Talmud, which meshes ...

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This is Why We Live – La MaMa, New York City

Adaptors: Open Heart Surgery Theatre Based on the poems of: Wislawa Szymborska Director: Coleen MacPherson  Reviewer: Maggie McMuffin “I have to guess on the spot just what this play is about.” One would think with a line like this set toward the beginning that it would be hard to follow This is Why We Live. After all, it is a ...

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En El Ojo de la Aguja – The Tank, New York City

Writers:   Ramiro Antonio Sandoval   Original Music:  Samuel Torres   Director: Ramiro Antonio Sandoval   Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers  As someone who feels she has a relatively solid grip with Spanish as her second language, this reviewer has some mixed feelings about reviewing Tabula RaSa Theater’s En El Ojo de la Aguja in English. Though this production was initially produced in ...

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What Does Stuff Do? – TFT, Bristol

Writer/performer: Robin Dale Boon Reviewer: James McColl In his latest show, What Does Stuff Do? Robin Dale Boon asks the all-encompassing and important titular question. Through his inventive juggling, ping pong mastery, water-bending and philosophical leanings, the Circomedia trained Boon does his best to answer his own question by exploring the relationship between objects and people in a tight hour-long ...

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Under the Umbrella – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Amy Ng Director: Justine Themen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Three generations of a single family; three generations which have lived through tumultuous times in China’s history; three generations, each bearing scars of the events of their youth and their response to it. A clash of cultures, disputes within the family. Amy Ng’s play, Under the Umbrella, grew from an original ...

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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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Waltz of the Hommelettes – The Barbican, London

Creator and Director: Patrick Sims Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Of all the cultural events a new year brings January in London is really dedicated to two important fringe celebrations; while the Vaults Festival under the arches of Waterloo begins its eight-week run shortly, with over 40 years of experience the London International Mime Festival is always the first big event of ...

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