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Divine Horsemen – Access Theater, New York

[Divine Horsemen] [Access Theater] [NYC] (c)David Zayas, Jr.

Writer: Paul Calderón Director: Paul Calderón Reviewer: Robert Price Held at gunpoint, Iffy (David Zayas) is a great storyteller. He ridicules the punk kid in the bandana and escapes the episode with perfect comedic timing. He defends his Spanish Harlem candy counter without even pulling out his bat. Benny (Robert Lee Leng) can hardly believe the old man’s account as ...

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The Snow Queen – New Ohio Theatre, New York

[The Snow Queen] [New Ohio Theatre] [NYC] (c)Maria Baranova

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor: Matt Opatrny Director: Jessica Burr Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers blessed unrest returns to the New Ohio Theatre with a new adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen. Utilizing movement theatre and effectively minimalist staging techniques, Matt Opatrny and Jessica Burr’s foray into children’s theatre shows strong promise. The fantasy and imagination of children’s theatre is ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Abrons Arts Center, New York

(Jack and the Beanstalk) (Abrons Arts Center) (NYC) (c)Norman Blake

Writer: Mat Fraser Choreographer: Randy Luna Director: Julie Atlas Muz Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz’s ONEOFUS returns to Abrons Arts Center, following up their acclaimed Beauty and the Beast with a family-friendly holiday show – Jack and the Beanstalk. The company’s first foray into children’s theatre is a true Lower East Side community production, featuring performers ...

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A My Name Is… – TheaterLab, New York

(My Name Is...) (TheaterLab) (NYC) (c)Maria Baranova

Music: Jonah Kreitner & Sahand Rahbar Choreographer & Director: Stefanie Nelson Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The space at TheaterLab is a blank canvas: blindingly pristine white, nearly shocking under unfiltered light. Stefanie Nelson’s A My Name Is... utilizes this pregnant emptiness of space brilliantly, at times embracing the starkness, at others filling and imbuing it. The stasis of the clean, crisp vessel ...

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Trapped in the Closet – Feinstein’s 54 Below, New York

Writer: Sarah Naughton Director: Jake Weinstein & Sarah Naughton Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers New York City is full of talented performers doing odd jobs to make ends meet before acting starts paying the bills. Some wait tables, work retail, or temp in corporate offices, while some, like Sarah Naughton, lend their talents to the audiobook industry. In Trapped in the Closet, Naughton ...

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Porn to be a Star – Stonewall Inn, New York

[Porn to be a Star] [Stonewall Inn, NYC] (c)David Ayllon

Writer: Chris Harder Director: David Drake Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Pornography and burlesque star Chris Harder comes to the Stonewall Inn with his latest one-man show, Porn to be a Star. A variety narrative with Harder portraying himself, other porn stars, gossip show hosts, directors, his mother, and Bushwick gender revolutionaries, among others, Porn to be a Star feels like the next ...

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Washed Up on the Potomac – The Flea Theater, New York

(Washed Up on the Potomac) (The Flea) (NYC) (c)Jonas Gustavsson

Writer: Lynn Rosen Director: José Zayas Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Offices across the country are populated with people for whom their daily work routine is nothing more than a paycheck; they are just one step (or two or three) away from being able to blow this pop stand and focus full-time on a career as a novelist or actor or ...

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Tania in the Getaway Van – The Flea, New York

Tania in the Getaway Van (The Flea)(NYC) (c) Ilyce Meckler

Writer: Susan Bernfield Director: Portia Krieger Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Is progress political or personal? Susan Bernfield’s Tania in the Getaway Van tackles the question as to whether people, in this particular case, women, make life choices based upon their upbringing or else the cultural temperature during their coming-of-age. The first two-thirds of the play are set in 1975, wherein an ...

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