Non-Registered Critics: Laura Foti Cohen

Jul

Scraps

We don’t see the impact of such a shooting on the friends, lovers and others whose life the deceased touched. Playwright Geraldine Inoa sees, and she has given them voices.

The voices are not the typical Six O’Clock News soundbites. They’re tumbles of howls and wails and words. They offend. They incite. They’re accessorized with the artifacts of slavery and death. They simultaneously break and harden your heart.

Scraps, directed by Stevie Walker-Webb, interrupts its own story with spoken word and a fever dream of shocking imagery. It doesn’t always hang together but the emotions expressed are clear and raw.

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Jul

Miss America's Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me

It’s a tour de force for Grant, whose passion and pathos are evident throughout. And the technical side of things is masterful, including direction by Eve Brandstein, scenic design by Elisa Schaefer, lighting by Ian James, projections and sound design by Tom Jones, original music by Mark Adler, and the pitch-perfect voice of Myerson, Monica Piper.

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Jun

The Scorpion and the Frog: a time-killer

Playwright Spencer Green slices and dices the story, deconstructing it, switching up roles, exploring philosophical meanings and psychological games. The word play is dazzling when the scorpion and frog negotiate, power shifting as deals are made and wishful thinking gives way to nature’s rules.

...The acting is first-rate. There’s even original music, well-played and sung.

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Nov

SHE LOVES ME

The familiar storyline makes the ending a foregone conclusion, but the journey is a lark. Fabulous period costumes by Michael Mullin add to the joy. The clever scenic design by Stephen Gifford works like a box with secret compartments, transforming beautifully for multiple locations. Ending on a note of Christmas shopping, She Loves Me is an ideal holiday show.

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Oct

ROPE

Rope contains gothic elements, such as a well-timed thunderstorm raging outside, that underscore its vintage. Yet despite its age, Rope addresses timeless issues of conscience and moral responsibility. This is an inside-out thriller, where the audience seeks to learn not who did it, but whether they will pay. Director Ken Sawyer keeps tensions high, and the cast delivers.

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Jun

VIOLET

Claire Adams brings Violet to life through remarkable vocal and acting skills. Soldier Flick (Jahmaul Bakare) is also a standout. Actors Co-op regular Lori Berg almost steals the show with her transformation from grandma on the bus to drunk and staggering hotel hooker – and then to gospel choir member. The production masterfully utilizes the entire space, opening up a cramped bus to mirror the way the characters' emotions are released... You'll leave feeling like you've been to a revival meeting: uplifted and entertained.

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Jun

The Other Side of the Razor Ribbon

Overall the piece is moving, especially because of the obvious love between mother and son.

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Jun

Public Comment, a New Musical

Recommended for anyone who's ever served on the GWNC or waited their turn to make a public comment.

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Jun

The Bitch Is Back: An Elton John Cabaret

The singers, led by Chloejane Busick and Erisa Evelyn Byrd, throw themselves into it, and their energy never wanes. It's cheesy and it's in a bar, so drinking is part of the fun. The title song, which comes last in the program, brings it all home.

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Jun

Coke & Mirrors

A great comedy act masquerading as a magic show...It is LOL funny throughout...

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Jun

Haiku

Worth a ticket

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Jun

Still...The Play Inspired by 4:44

All the actors are strong, but Thai Edwards, playing Ford factory worker Von, is exceptional, bursting with anger and melting in despair. He, Mor, Maceo Fisher and Kevyn Richmond have the onstage chemistry of true brothers and you'll want to know all of them better.

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Jun

STAGES: Girl Meets Boy. Boy Meets Boy. Girl Meets Drink.

Goglia's offbeat and personal musical choices and her flawless performance out her as a pro – a rarity in the world of the Fringe. Instead of seeming calculated, though, she remains endearing and, yes, earnest. She's hip and smart, talented and gorgeous, but plays it for laughs. The band, led by Emily Rosenfield, provides stellar support. Bonus: It's a drinking game and you can play along!

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