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Love’s Refrain: A Confession by Justin Sayre – The Club at La MaMa

Justin Sayre in Love's Refrain

Writer: Justin Sayre Director: Matthu Placek Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers   Wishes for love adorn the walls of The Club at La MaMa, scrawled by the audience and shoved into nooks and crannies between bricks as they wait in anticipation of Justin Sayre’s dazzling solo play, Love’s Refrain: A Confession. Surrounded by these hopes, Sayre takes the audience on a journey ...

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Wrestling Jerusalem – 59E59 Theaters, New York

Wrestling Jeruslaem

Writer: Aaron Davidman Director: Michael John Garcés Reviewer: Jamie Rosler To say the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is complicated, is to understate a struggle for homeland that has existed for centuries. From the opening moment of his show, writer and performer Aaron Davidman faces these complications head on, from both sides of the story. By the end of the production, the audience ...

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Locusts Have No King – INTAR Theatre, New York

Production Image of Locusts Have No King – INTAR Theatre

Writer: J. Julian Christopher Director: David Mendizábal Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Well-crafted and well-paced, Locusts Have No King is a sharp new play by J. Julian Christopher, running at INTAR Theatre just in time for the end of the Lenten season. Part of the experience of this production is the slow unfolding of the four characters’ truths, continuously revealing new facets ...

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An Intimate Evening With Typhoid Mary – New Ohio Theatre, New York

An Intimate Evening With Typhoid Mary

Writer: Carl Holder Director: Knud Adams Reviewer: Maridee Slater What stories do humans excavate when faced with the inevitable end of their own? For each one of us, there is a bouquet of memory to sift through. What arises from the clash of past, present, and certain future? In the tiny moments that make up a life, the lines between ...

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Kate Baldwin and Friends: The Girl Who Stayed – Sheen Center, New York

Kate Baldwin

Director: Jeff Talbott Musical Direction: Will Van Dyke Reviewer: Tim Koch There’s something great happening at the Sheen Center in NoHo. Twice now this year (and a previously unscheduled upcoming third concert), the impeccable Kate Baldwin and her talented friends have taken an enthusiastic audience on a whirlwind musical journey. As with her first concert (exploring the music of Michael ...

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Boy – Theatre Row, New York

Keen Company - Cast of Boy

Writer: Anna Ziegler Director: Linsay Firman Reviewer: Jamie Rosler Dramatising real-life events can be a challenge. As worthwhile or engaging as a story might seem, it can rarely be presented without alteration and still considered a quality artistic product. This, and the responsibility of honestly presenting characters based on real, living people, is the challenge faced by the cast and ...

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Ironbound – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York

Shiloh Fernandez and Marin Ireland in a scene from Ironbound

Writer: Martyna Majok Director: Daniella Topol Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers In its New York Premiere, Martyna Majok’s Ironbound shines grittily as an expertly-crafted theatrical experience that reaches audiences on a visceral, gut-punching level. Director Daniella Topol guides an exceptional cast through the barbs and minefields of time and relationships that expose the beating heart of humanity and strife. Marin Ireland gives ...

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Rhinbecca – The Brick, Brooklyn

Rhinbecca cast

Writer: Theater Reconstruction Ensemble Director: John Kurzynowski Reviewer: Jamie Rosler   When the cast is taking their final bows and literally no one in the audience is clapping, it is not a good sign. Rhinbecca, the new production from Brooklyn’s Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, bills itself as “the intersection of suspense and the absurd,” and there is certainly a touch of ...

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