Non-Registered Critics: Mayank Keshaviah

Jun

"Hello America" The Riveting New Play

Rainey’s language, with its echoes and repetitions, has a driving rhythm that allows for a natural flow through seemingly disparate topics. Only when major costume changes take place does the action grind to a halt and create some dead air. It’s a minor quibble in an otherwise successful piece that strives to create a “safe space” for black consciousness. What’s more, many people outside the black community will appreciate the performance and benefit from hearing these truths laid bare.

“Hello, America. We are more than just a number.”

RECOMMENDED

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Sep

SWEAT

Director Lisa Peterson skillfully allows the moments of lighthearted banter between those characters to breathe while ramping up the intensity of their interactions at critical points in the story. All the while she brings a dynamism to the staging, so that scenes where people sit around in a bar talking never feel static... It's a world that many theatergoers have never experienced firsthand, so in that way, Nottage provides us the opportunity to feel empathy with those so far from us, both geographically and otherwise. - RECOMMENDED

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Jun

Rayn: An Electronic Burlesque Experience

While the show differs from many of the fully immersive theater pieces increasingly cropping up at the Fringe, its experiential interactivity will nonetheless appeal to smartphone / Internet / videogame users looking to detox from virtual overload and return to “real” human experiences in their entertainment, along with a healthy dose of sensuality. RECOMMENDED

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Jun

Black When I Was A Boy

Though the show takes a little while to hit its stride, possibly because the chronology of events at times feels too comprehensive, Bates's energy and toothy smile are endearing. And as the ‘cuts' he experiences begin to mount, we increasingly feel the pain he carries with him. - RECOMMENDED

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Mar

FUN HOME

Gold's direction is masterful, both in terms of staging that spans time and place and in drawing out such raw performances from his actors.

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