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Shrew-ed – UCB Theatre, New York City

Writer: Caitlin Bitzegaio Director: Matt Gehrig Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Writer and performer Caitlin Bitzegaio’s new one-woman show, Shrew-ed, at UCB Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen has a very charming premise. As mentioned in the press release, Bitzegaio encounters a group of aliens that are determined to kill off all the women on the planet. The reason for their intended gendercide? The ...

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Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 – Access Theater, New York City

Writer: Alex Borinsky Director: Augustus Heagerty Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trudging up the stairs to the fourth-floor walkup space of the ironically named Access Theater, one hopes the trek will be rewarded with a transcendent piece of theatre. i am a slow tide performance and media collection’s production of Alex Borinsky’s Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8 has intrigue and high concept aplenty, ...

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OSCAR at the Crown – 3 Dollar Bill, New York City

Creator: Mark Mauriello Director: Shira Milikowsky Composer & Choreographer: Andrew Barret Cox Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers “To define is to limit.” – Oscar Wilde It seems a bit odd to write a review of a queer nightclub musical based on Oscar Wilde’s life, when Wilde himself would have scoffed at the notion of caring at all what a sole critic might ...

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Breaking the Shakespeare Code – 440 Studios, New York City

Writer: John Minigan Director: Stephen Brotebeck Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The challenge for many college professors with young actors is often helping them find reality and groundedness in roles, particularly Shakespeare. From the question that must be asked of soliloquies: “Who are you talking to right now?” to understanding how iambs (or lack thereof) are the guide to what is of ...

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Messiah – La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, New York City

Writer: Nia O. Witherspoon Director: Nia O. Witherspoon Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell During the Stonewall Riots in 1969, one of the individuals in the vanguard that pushed back against police harassment was Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender activist. Johnson is among the most recognized of the Stonewall protesters; some accounts credit her with throwing the first brick. With that ...

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Surveys the Prairie of Your Room – La MaMa Experimental Theatre, New York City

Director and Choreographer: Dan Safer Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Witness Relocation brought Surveys the Prairie of Your Room, their first full-length duet, to the La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival this past weekend. The Witness Relocation website describes the dance piece as “A duet about when things could go in any number of directions and you’re not quite sure which one ...

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MacBeth – Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City

Writer: William Shakespeare Director & Adaptor: Erica Schmidt Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The politics of being a preteen girl are dark, complex, and can feel like life-or-death stakes are involved. Whispers and rumors fuel hormone-charged energies and create tension and high drama. So it stands to reason that Red Bull Theater’s production of MacBeth, ably adapted and directed by Erica Schmidt, ...

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Black Velvet: Architectures and Archetypes– BAM, New York City

Choreographer: Shamel Pitts Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell Dancer and Choreographer Shamel Pitts is proud of his Brooklyn roots. In press materials and interviews, he talks about his youth in Brooklyn and the role that the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s programming played in shaping his own work. It’s fitting, then, that he returned to Brooklyn during Mother’s Day weekend to perform ...

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