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  • Michael Benjamin Washington in Fires in the Mirror

    There are many interpretations of what happened. It's Crown Heights, Brooklyn and it's 1991, and it's the heat of August, and it's 8:20 on a summer night. People are on the street.There has been tension in this urban neighborhood for some time as the Jewish community that lives side by side with the African American community has been expanding its footprint, buying up property and changing the landscape. Then it happened. The spark that lit the fuse of an explosion.The driver of the car in the...

  • Peter Dinklage & Josh A. Dawson in Cyrano

    I wanted to like this production of Cyrano by The New Group, now playing Off-Broadway's Daryl Roth Theatre. I am a fan of Peter Dinklage (who has the briefest bio in the Playbill) having first seen him in the movie "Station Master." In addition, I heard great things about Erica Schmidt's direction of Red Bull Theater's Mac Beth earlier this. I was psyched.Sadly, this production did not cooperate with my wishes. Initially it could stem from the story itself - a tale of Roxanne (Jasmine Cephas...

  • Raúl Esparza, W. Tré Davis, Krysta Rodriguez & David Mason in Seared

    Theresa Rebeck's Seared, currently playing at MCC Theater, should be required viewing for all students of the culinary arts, as well as all lovers of the theatrical arts. For the former it will act as a cautionary tale, and for the latter it will stand out as a beacon of the intersection of a truly inspired meeting of all the theater disciplines - writing, directing, stagecraft and acting. With the winners being the audience who get to enjoy an insightful, laugh-out-loud evening at the...

  • Corey Stoll in Macbeth

    A heralded Scottish general, contented with what he has achieved, stumbles upon witches during his travels returning home from war and receives a prophecy from them that he will become King of Scotland. Telling his wife the prophecy, she becomes consumed by ambition and spurs him on to murder the King and ascend to the throne. He becomes tortured with guilt and paranoia of his deed and commits more and more murders to protect his place and becomes a tyrant out of fear. A civil war ensues and the...

  • Haviland Morris, Brenda Wehle, Maryann Plunkett & Jay O. Sanders in The Michaels

    Commissioned by the Public Theater, The Michaels is a world premiere both written and directed by Richard Nelson. It is a perceptively understated ensemble piece that runs a fast two hours with no intermission."It is what it is."I'm coming to the Richard Nelson party late. I have not seen any of his other works in the Rhinebeck Panorama, The Apple Family Plays, and The Gabriels. All Chekhov reminiscent in that they deal with the mundane of life, the cooking, the washing, the cleaning, the...

  • Paul O’Brien, Pamela Sabaugh & Tommy Schrider in Molly Sweeney

    In Keen Company's production of Brian Friel's Molly Sweeney there is a mighty tale to tell. As the title indicates, this play is her story. Molly (Pamela Sabaugh) is at the center of it, while the planets in orbit around her are affected by her fate. Frank (Tommy Schrider) has been her husband of some years. He is a fanciful man with a wandering heart. Projects pull him from place to place, and, until he met Molly, he was not much interested in locating himself. Mr. Rice (Paul O'Brien) is the...

  • Kaleb Wells, Wonu Ogunfowora, Alysha Umphress & Ryan McCartan in Scotland, PA

    Let's start with the premise. Scotland, PA, now playing at the Laura Pels Theatre, is a musical parody of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth.Go ahead and read that sentence again. It doesn't change. Would that it did.This is yet another in the list of "Never blame the actors" (said by John Randolph) productions. The cast is an extremely talented and committed group of actors and singers. Some of the singing is downright sublime.There ends the good news.This is the story of a young couple, Mac...

  • The Cast of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf

    The Public Theater is reviving Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf which had its Off-Broadway premiere there. The 'choreopoem,' a phrase coined by Shange, hasn't been seen in New York in over 40 years since it closed in 1978, after having moved to Broadway from The Public. Even though it's been a staple on college campuses around the country and was turned into a TV special in 1982 and a movie by Tyler Perry in 2010. This exploration and...

  • Pete Simpson, TL Thompson, Emily C. Davis, Becca Blackwell in Is This A Room

    In a rare instance, an FBI transcript was declassified. Tina Satter, who conceived and directed Is This A Room, now playing at the Vineyard Theatre, immediately realized the value of this unique moment of history and transparency in any administration. Verbatim for 70 minutes the transcript of Reality Winner (Emily Davis) being arrested by the FBI is reenacted.Every stutter, um, cough is captured on a bare stage. Although 11 agents descended on Winner's home only three are depicted in the play -...

  • Darius Homayoun & Dina Shihabi in Power Strip

    Power Strip is a right-now story freighted with all the tales of virgins and pillage the world has ever seen.The plot has a raw quality, as it focuses on a young woman living by her wits, in a refugee camp. Yasmin (Dina Shihabi) has carved out a crude haven in a denuded olive grove, on the edge of a Greek camp for Syrian refugees — people fleeing barbarism and resigned to whatever is next. Her previous cosseted life, with expectations of marriage and children and order, is in ruins.Now she is a...

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