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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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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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Paul Swan is Dead and Gone – Torn Page, New York

Writer: Claire Kiechel Director: Steve Cosson Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In a program note for Paul Swan is Dead and Gone, playwright Claire Kiechel recalls the first time she heard about her great-great uncle Paul Swan, who her grandmother described as “very strange”; in the parlance of Kiechel’s native Nebraska she understood that to mean he was “loud, queer, and ...

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The White Devil – Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York

Writer: John Webster Director: Louisa Proske Reviewer: Solace Murder, Mayhem, and Fun! This is John Webster’s The White Devil, currently running at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York’s West Village. Webster, who wrote his plays in the 17th century, usually collaborated with others; however, scholars believe The White Devil was the first play he wrote by himself. The White ...

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Perp – The Barrow Group, New York

Writer: Lyle Kessler Director: Lee Brock Reviewer: Solace The Barrow Group’s current production, Perp, by Lyle Kessler, American playwright, screenwriter and actor, best known internationally for Orphans, the play he wrote in 1983. Perp is the story of a vicious killer on the loose and the kindhearted Douglass (Ali Arkane) finding himself the unwitting target of detectives, played by Tricia ...

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Surely Goodness and Mercy – Theatre Row, New York

(Surely Goodness and Mercy) (Theatre Row, NYC) (c)Carol Rosegg

Writer: Chisa Hutchinson Director: Jessi D. Hill Reviewer: Solace The first production of Keen Company's 2019 season is the New York premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's Surely Goodness and Mercy, directed by Jessi D. Hill, at Theatre Row. Set in an underfunded public school in Newark, Surely Goodness and Mercy tells the story of two friends who, against the odds, help each other ...

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good friday– The Flea Theater, New York

(good friday) (The Flea, NYC) (c)Joan Marcus

Writer: Kristiana Rae Colón Director: Sherri Eden Barber Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In February, Amazon Prime released a four-part documentary, Lorena, a close look at the 1993 news story about Lorena Bobbitt’s literal castration of her husband. In 1993, the story was mostly a prolonged dick joke, but Joshua Rofé’s documentary reminds us that John Wayne Bobbitt physically, sexually, and ...

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