Non-Registered Critics: Morna Murphy Martell

Jan

Sunday Dinner

You have to see the play yourself, since to describe the amusing, if sometimes tragic conflicts, would give it all away. Go and discover it.

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Jan

Bad Habits

Yes, the audience clearly loved it, especially when they were drawn into the action as stand-ins for little kids in school. The cast, even though all in imminent danger of excommunication, were excellent. Even Orson Bean, as the shrewd local Bishop, entertained delightfully with jokes that were perhaps rather risqué for a man of the cloth.

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Nov

The Wrong Kind of People

However, mischievous director C. Julian White forgot that audiences need to hear, as well as see, since his excellent actors spoke so softly and intimately to each other that about 50% of the dialogue was incomprehensible. Otherwise, a great deal of fun was had by all.

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Nov

LOVE IN BLOOM - Bawdy - Bold - Bodacious

The show is magically performed bv this ever changing ensemble who populate the stage with myriad characters. Plaudits to all!

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Nov

Between Riverside and Crazy

With brilliant direction by Guillermo Cienfuegos, the superb cast is headed by Montae Russell, enigmatic and yet straightforward, as the beleaguered retired cop everyone calls Pops. Matthew Hancock as his rebellious son, and Victor Anthony his quixotic ward, both personify today's troubled youth searching for meaning. Joshua Bitton as an ambitious yet honest cop, and Lesley Fera as Pops loyal former partner, bring the outer world and its brutal realities into this sheltered home. Liza Fernandez is licentiously daring as a church lady on a mission, and Marisol Miranda is delightful as a seemingly tempestuous temptress.

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Aug

Andy Warhol’s Tomato

Derek Chariton is brilliant as Warhol, a sly child with the wisdom of a sage. Keith Stevenson is deeply moving as a man whose dreams have been crushed by harsh reality. The play reveals the effect that their brief friendship has on each of them. Directed with sensitivity by Dana Jackson.

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Aug

Fefu and Her Friends

All the actresses superbly embrace the quixotic demands of the script...

Directed with passion by Denise Blasor and produced by Ron Sossi in association with Gloria Levy.

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Aug

LOOSE KNIT

It’s a delightful play with a fabulous cast.

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Aug

Loot

All the actors are marvelous, with impeccable accents from various regions of the British Isles, and project loudly so no dialogue is lost. Bart DeLorenzo directs with the carefree flair of one born and raised in a madhouse.

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Aug

LOOSE KNIT

Playwright Theresa Rebeck outlines this battle between the sexes with wit, ferocity and insight to create a contemporary comedy of manners.

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Jul

The Last Days of Don Juan

Plaudits to director Suzanne Hunt for capturing the exact tone of merriment while making sure, even in the outdoor setting, every word and gesture resonated clearly. Elegant costumes by Susan Deeley-Wells, and daring swordplay by choreographer William Hickman.

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Jun

Lear/Loman

Being familiar with both plays helped me to enjoy the confrontations and accept the resolution, because this play works on its own integrity. Bravo to playwright Kate Schwartz and director Scott Leggett.

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Jun

"Hello America" The Riveting New Play

Writer and director Brandon Rainey, through the talent of these seven extraordinary individuals, makes a powerful statement that deserves to be heard across America.

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Jun

The Narcissist Next Door

This turnaround gave the play a delightful contemporary meaning – never underestimate the power of a fool – but the final action contradicted this and left me baffled.

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Jun

The Duchess & the Stripper

Don’t miss this well-structured dramatic play that is an emotional and intellectually-erogenous masterpiece.

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Jun

The Scorpion and the Frog: a time-killer

Even with excellent actors Alex Parker and Christine Sage, four crossings with almost the same dialogue grew tiresome. Felt like a charming ten minute play stretched to one hour.

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Jun

PRETTY, WITTY NELL

A wacky slapstick historical romp.

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May

A Bad Year for Tomatoes

Director Larry Eisenberg pulls out all the slapstick spots he can find before surrendering us to the happy ending.

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Apr

Birdland Blue

You cross the threshold of the Robey Theatre and are transported back into an actual nightclub with round tables and chairs, a tiny stage, and surrounding you rough walls of brick and plaster...

Heading the superb cast is Marcus Clark-Oliver as the mythic Miles Davis;...

The show was developed in the Robey Theatre Playwrights' Lab, and has strong imaginative direction by producer Ben Guillory.

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Mar

ANNA KARENINA

The cast are superb. Eva Abramian's headstrong Anna is a torment to her husband Bruce Ladd; Lauren Thompson is a devoted wife betrayed by her husband Michael Worden; Ivy Beech is a proud girl challenging her conventional husband Joseph Barone, while Deborah Marlowe and Garrett Botts are impressive in multiple roles. Directed with style and piercing dramatic intensity by Heather Chesley.

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