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Buried Child @ The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center 2/21/2016

Buried Child @ The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center 2/21/2016

It should’ve been a slam dunk as far as I was concerned; I love Ed Harris and the play was a revival of Sam Shepard’s classic “Buried Child,” playing down at one of our fair city’s very best and newest venues, The Pershing Square Signature Center. Well, I wasn’t disappointed in the new and comfortable Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, nor was I in Mr. Harris (who I actually shook hands with in that gorgeously appointed lobby of the Pershing post show…he couldn’t have been nicer) his wife Amy Madigan as the reality-ignoring semi-shrew Halie, Larry Pine’s quick yet rich turn as Father Dewis, Rich Sommer’s scary yet broken Bradley, seemingly dim-witted but wiser-than-most here Paul Sparks, Nat Wolff eating scenery as Vince and Taissa Farmiga, who manages a performance as stunning in its way as Harris’; Derek McLane’s set design was especially real and at times claustrophobic and director Scott Elliott keeps the action tight pretty much on the couch or on the floor most of the time.

STEVE @ The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center 11/14/2015

STEVE @ The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, The Pershing Square Signature Center 11/14/2015

Malcolm Gets and Matt McGrath you truly need to get your ass down to The Pershing Square Signature Center (as much for this limited off-Broadway engagement as to see The Pershing Square space!) and see this hour and almost one half one-act before it closes two days after Christmas.

Allegiance @ Longacre Theatre 11/14/2015

Allegiance @ Longacre Theatre 11/14/2015

Takei gets the best humorous moments (and yes there are some even in a play as heavy as this) and his ending scene will bring tears to your eyes (if you aren’t crying before) but the rest of cast here is a delight from the stunning Lea Salonga with her gorgeous pipes, Telly Leung and Christòpheren Nomura to too many others to name here.

The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails @ The Elektra Theatre

The Imbible: Christmas Carol Cocktails @ The Elektra Theatre

For those poor New Yorkers inevitably being dragged down to Times Square this time of year in the joy-killing grip of friends […]

THE 2015 FRINGE FESTIVAL: O’ Save Us St. Sophia @ Robert Moss Theater, 8/29/2015

THE 2015 FRINGE FESTIVAL: O’ Save Us St. Sophia @ Robert Moss Theater, 8/29/2015

Headed by writer Mikey Craighead (who starred in it as well) O’ Save Us St. Sophia was certainly a highlight of the just past 2015 Fringe Festival. As well as Craighead the cast here included Sophie Parens, Zak Kelley, Julian Thomas, Rebecca Bialostozky, Katy Roth, Emily Ashenden. I mention them all together not because each and every one of their performances are not worth mentioning singularly, but because this ensemble infused the play so completely with their aplomb the entire delicate hour and half dance (or so) one act couldn’t have worked without each performance being as spot-on as it was.

Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity @ The Connelly Theater

Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity @ The Connelly Theater

Not that I had any doubt that David Greenspan, stalwart performer/writer/creator wouldn’t handle the material as expertly as he did. Still, understanding, interpreting then speaking as well as acting text by Gertrude Stein is not an easy task. Greenspan’s spin at it Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity (running until 6/27 down at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street, Manhattan) was pretty much masterful-as I say I expected it to be-but I also understood what he was on about, no easy task when it comes to Stein’s ruminations on these three subjects.

The Spoils @ The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, running through June 28th

The Spoils @ The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, running through June 28th

Not to say Michael Zegen’s modern day trying-too-hard yuppie (or whatever they are called these days) is not brilliant or that Annapurna Sriram’s well-mannered yet subtly manipulative “Reshma” isn’t so played so well that you are both repelled and attracted to her, or Erin Darke’s “Sarah” isn’t studied, sweet and yet so strong to the core.

Christian Cagigal’s OBSCURA @ The Kraine Theatre, 5/21/2015

Christian Cagigal’s OBSCURA @ The Kraine Theatre, 5/21/2015

OBSCURA, is a mix of short stories told through Christian’s sleight of hand (perfectly projected on a screen behind him) his quick welcoming wit, at times a more then cautionary ending to a piece (the delicious dangerous undercurrent to the performance just tickles you) and his command of space through the use of very subtle gestures.

Phaedra’s Cabaret: Awaken the Beast @ The Slipper Room

Phaedra’s Cabaret: Awaken the Beast @ The Slipper Room

Not one to turn down a good time on a Monday night, I was more than happy to catch a risqué performance […]

Rasheeda Speaking @ Pershing Square Signature Center

Rasheeda Speaking @ Pershing Square Signature Center

Every once in a while I witness acting, writing, staging…and a damn great little kernel of an idea executed with perfect directing […]

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