Non-Registered Critics: Patrick Hurley

Sep

Witch

...author Jen Silverman has a writing style that keeps the humor present for most of it, which is a saving grace from the underdeveloped puerile statement the script seems to be building toward.

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Sep

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS

This ninety-minute show is fueled by a zany, high-octane, and passionate performance from John Leguizamo. As the author and performer, he has infused this piece with broad humor, snippets of his personal life, and of course several hilarious impressions of the people in his life as well as historical figures and celebrities.

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Sep

Handjob

In the end, this play just doesn’t work. It lacks stakes; it lacks clarity, specificity, wants, needs, catharsis and plausibility.

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Aug

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

The entire cast is impressive. There are almost as many physical feats as you would find in a Cirque show. And director Matt DiCarlo does a beautiful job of crafting the kind of chaotic choreography that seems impossible to be rehearsed. It’s so bad, it’s almost ingenious. Unfortunately it’s a hit and miss show that goes on way too long. But still, it’s the kind of show you should have a few drinks with, or before, and enjoy the escape it provides.

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Aug

Fefu and Her Friends

The play is more than feminist, it’s more than realistic, it’s a solid deconstruction of ideas that propel feminine archetypes, behaviors and relationships from the perspective of a woman. There is a sense of empowerment in the collection of these women. A sense of tribal identity, that theater sorely needed when this play was written. And sadly, as I write this in 2019, a thing that is still sadly lacking in Hollywood. When it’s all said and done, there are plenty of effective and provocative moments, and this production is definitely worth your while.

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Feb

Hir

Director Bart DeLorenzo allows the actors to interpret the world instead of creating a stylistic foundation that the actors would then have to be a part of, and the result minimizes effect. Sometimes on-the-nose doesn't come close enough to the intention of the writer, and here we have a play where the playwright has faltered the director and actors.

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Jun

Lysistrata Unbound

It's almost impossible to contextualize what life in 411 BCE was like, almost as impossible as it is to believe that nearly 2500 years later, that message resonates the same. And while this production doesn't hold up the true intention of Aristophanes' comedy, it does make the same argument. The argument that we are nowadays all too familiar with, but one that needs to finally be heard…Time is indeed up.

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Oct

Les Liaisons Dangereuses

This is a highly entertaining and noteworthy production of a complex and beautifully written play. It stays the course, slowly sinks its teeth in, and makes an impression... It's solid theatrical entertainment.

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Oct

Fixed

Director Rodney To does a fantastic job with this piece. He sets it in an arena style, where parallel scenes take place one at a time on opposite sides, creating a nice rhythm. He also allows his actors enough freedom to go to the places they need to.

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Feb

Beckett5

The idea of putting together these rarely produced Beckett plays is great for the sole purpose of bringing new audiences to these pieces. The evening feels less significant than it should. Minimalist doesn't have to mean minor, and Beckett is a major player in the world of dramatic literature, but unfortunately these pieces don't feel weighted enough to create a unique theatrical experience. As it is, this production serves as an exposure to important dramatic literature and not the exciting theater it should be.

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