Non-Registered Critics: Morna Murphy Martell

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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Feb

Miss America's Ugly Daughter: Bess Myerson & Me

It is always fascinating to learn of the at-home behavior of a famous person and Barra Grant, daughter of Bess Myerson, does not disappoint. In this play we see the petty bad-mother side and the effect it has on a vulnerable child. There is poignant humor in the duel between them for attention after the parade has passed by. It's an entertaining show but I wish Grant had told of her mothers good works as well as her selfish home behavior.

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Feb

THE POW AND THE GIRL

Director Trace Oakley, working with a tiny space, brings the present and past to life through his concentration on character rather than lavish sets. He's also not hesitant to show that, as in real life, there is humor alongside tragedy.

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Feb

1776 THE MUSICAL

Engaging, tuneful, witty and passionate, this clever musical depicts the likes of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson with humor and humanity. Irreverent and certainly topical, this revival is directed and staged by Glenn Casale, with musical direction by Jeff Rizzo.

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Feb

A Misunderstanding

In the end it is up to each member of the audience to decide whether either one is right or wrong, or maybe perhaps they all are! You go and decide for yourself.

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Oct

Old Clown Wanted

Alan Abelew as Niccolo is cleverly devious but sadly vulnerable; Jose A. Garcia as Filippo is a delightful nag but has a tender heart beneath, and Beth Hogan as Peppino, the classic actress, hilariously takes one-up-man-ship to a new level. All are superbly clownish performers who personify the hidden heartbreak under greasepaint and funny red noses. The ending is wonderfully ambiguous and hardly what was expected. Or was it? Go and see for yourself.

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Sep

"BLACK!"

More than just character studies, Brown's exploration of the word ‘black' examines race from a global perspective.

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Aug

Arrival & Departure

Heading the superb cast are Troy Kotsur and Deanne Bray, and there is an intensity to their performances that transcends imaginary characters.

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