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Earth’s Greatest…Conquerors! A Game Show – Caveat, New York

[Earth's Greatest] [Caveat, NYC]

Writers: KAZM Director: KAZM Music Director: Jen Kwok Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Caveat, a relatively new performance venue on the Lower East Side, bills itself as a “home for intelligent nightlife,” offering comedy, storytelling, and music in a basement space decorated with academic artifacts. Earth’s Greatest (a comedy game show in which reanimated historical figures compete to stay in their reanimated ...

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Laura Bush Killed A Guy – The Flea, New York

Writer: Ian Allen Director: John Vreeke Reviewer: Robert Price Upon entering the theatre for Laura Bush Killed A Guy, a “cowboy cookie” is offered in sincerest hospitality to every patron to enjoy (or covet). The semi-sweet chocolate is balanced well with other flavors and textures: coconut, oats, and pecans. The treat feels hefty enough to satisfy. The script is less ...

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Fear of Oatmeal – Theater for the New City, New York

[Fear of Oatmeal] [Theater for the New City, NYC] (c)Walesca Ambroise

Writer: Muriel Miguel Director: Muriel Miguel Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Today the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are home to pricey condos, restaurants, and shopping destinations. There are a few remnants of the area’s earlier days as a hub for recent transplants to the city. It’s easy to spot the influence of the immigrants from Italy, Ireland, ...

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Ivanov – New York City Center, New York

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director: Timofey Kulyabin Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The joke goes: What do you call someone that speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American. And so it is for this reviewer at the Theatre of Nations’ brilliant production of Ivanov at New York ...

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What Happened That Night – IRT Theater, New York

(What Happened That Night) (IRT Theater, NYC) (c)Clinton B Photography

Writer: Lia Romeo Director: Allison Benko Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers As part of Project Y Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Festival, Lia Romeo’s What Happened That Night tackles the challenging subject of gray-area sexual assault. This reviewer knows she cannot divorce her feelings or personal experience from the subject matter at hand, as some audience members may find as well. In ...

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The Fourth Wall – The A.R.T./New York Theatres, New York

Writer: A. R. Gurney Director: Christopher Burris Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A.R. Gurney’s The Fourth Wall can be a tricky play to effectively produce. How does one strike a balance between the presentationalism required by the circumstances of characters who openly address being unnerved by a fourth wall, while creating a connection that compels the audience to want that wall to ...

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

[BenDeLaCreme's Inferno A-Go-Go] [Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC] (c)Jason Russo

Writer: BenDeLaCreme Director: BenDeLaCreme Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers After a wildly successful run of the show during the summer of 2016, BenDeLaCreme returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with BenDeLaCreme’s Inferno A-Go-Go!. DeLa (as her fans call her) brings her trademark spark and wit to the stage, and even more confidence and polish as a seasoned performer. A fan favorite on ...

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Maple & Vine – The Flea, New York

[Maple & Vine] [The Flea, NYC] (c)Conrado Johns

Writer: Jordan Harrison Director: Jules Dameron Reviewer: Robert Price New York Deaf Theatre selected a timely piece to follow up last year’s production of TITUS. In Maple & Vine, a mixed-race couple dealing with the aftermath of a miscarriage is seduced into joining a community that lives life as if it were 1955. When Jordan Harrison’s play premiered at The ...

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