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Death of the Liberal Class – New Ohio Theatre, New York

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Writer: Robert Lyons Director: Jerry Heymann Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Hacktivism, media, and complicated human relationships are the themes at the heart of Robert Lyons’ newest play, Death of the Liberal Class (inspired by but not directly adapted from the 2010 book of the same name by Chris Hedges), Unfortunately this script only scratches the surface of the issues it raises, ...

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Santasia: A Holiday Comedy – St. Luke’s Theatre, New York

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Director: Shaun Loeser Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   After running for 16 years in Los Angeles, Santasia brings its tired charms to New York City. It is a sketch, musical, and short film comedy revue that runs a half-hour too long with no intermission. Many of the jokes are outdated and rooted in adolescent humor, with several sketches that should have ...

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Quantum Joy – Dixon Place, New York City

Quantam Joy at Dixon's Place New York

Creator / Performer: Victor Morales Dramaturg: Mariangela Lopez Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   The theatre is dark, except for a beach ball emanating light. It rolls, seemingly under its own volition, slowly across the stage. A voice begins to recite lines of poetry. Perhaps this voice comes from the ball; perhaps it is the voice of a being above us all. ...

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2 Across – St. Luke’s Theater, New York

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Writer: Jerry Mayer Director: Evelyn Rudie Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Two people, a man and a woman, ride the BART train in San Francisco at 4:30 a.m., each attempting to finish The New York Times Saturday crossword puzzle. From the first stilted interaction, the conclusion is clear. These two seemingly mismatched people will find a connection, and a so-called happy ending ...

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The Pillowman – Clarion Theatre, New York

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Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Erin Cronican &Brandon Walker Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   The Pillowman is a dark, disturbing, funny script that has the ability to resonate deeply, and with startling precision. In a non-specific future, in an authoritarian police state, a writer is interrogated about the twisted stories he’s written over the years, which have begun to be acted out ...

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Nutcracker Rouge – Minetta Lane Theatre, New York

The cast of Nutcracker Rouge

Director: Austin McCormick Choreographer: Austin McCormick Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Company XIV, under the leadership of Austin McCormick, celebrates the holiday season in style. This talented group of dancers, singers, and designers adapt Christmas’ classic ballet into a classy and fun allegory for the sexual awakening of Marie-Claire, known to most theatre-goers as Clara, portrayed by dancer Laura Careless. Nutcracker Rouge ...

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Tartuffe! – The West Park Church, New York

A scene from Tartuffe

Writer: Molière Adaptor: Jake Brandman Director: Beth Gardiner Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   From its energetic and in-your-face opening number, Three Day Hangover’s Tartuffe is a brilliant satire of modern politics and culture. It is also an audience-interactive drinking game and a well-crafted work of theater, so there’s something for everyone except the humorless. Tartuffe, played by Tom Schwanns, is a ...

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La Gloria: A Latin Cabaret – Teatro SEA, New York

Writer: Norge Espinosa Director: Manuel A. Morán Reviewer: Jamie Rosler La Gloria: A Latin Cabaret is subtitled further still. It is A Heavenly Musical Celebration of Cuba’s La Sonora Matancera and its Stars, Myrta Silva, Daniel Santos and Celia Cruz! While this is both a mouthful and a potential deterrent to any audience member unfamiliar with the names dropped, it ...

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