Off-Broadway Review: “Tink!” at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre

The most significant accomplishment of the new musical “Tink!” is that it will send you flying back to the J.M. Barrie classic, yearning to reclaim the magic and fantasy created by the adventures of Peter Pan, which is sorely missing in this current production, examining the backstory of the infamous fairy Tinkerbell. The book by Anthony Marino strips this lovable…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Lisa and Leonardo” Goes into a Tailspin at the New York Musical Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street

Never has a musical been so at war with itself than is “Lisa and Leonardo,” the new musical that finished its run at the New York Musical Festival on Thursday July 28, 2016. It is difficult to know how a talented and experienced creative team could create a musical that in almost two and a half hours’ time fails to…

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Off-Broadway Review: The Abbey Theatre’s “Quietly” Shouts Out at the Irish Repertory Theatre

July 28, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“A bit of shouting – everyone shouts here – it’s the national sport.” – Robert to Jimmy in “Quietly” Fifty-two-year-old Ian (Declan Conlon) appeals to his teen years’ nemesis Jimmy (Patrick O’Kane) to meet in the neighborhood Belfast pub where they first became aware of one another thirty-six years ago when they were both only sixteen. It is not the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Butler” Abolishes Stereotypes at 59E59 Theaters

July 27, 2016 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“General Butler, you are fighting a war because some men saw things differently from some other men.” – Shepard Mallory Based on true events, Richard Strand’s scintillating “Butler,” currently playing at 59E59 Theaters as part of the successful 5A Series, addresses issues of systemic racism extant in the Civil War Era and in the present – racism that threatens the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Mr. Toole” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at WorkShop Theater’s Main Stage Theater

“Do I dare/Disturb the universe?/In a minute there is time/For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.” T. S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” After a successful run at the Huntington Theatre in Boston, “A Confederacy of Dunces” is possibly heading to Broadway. John Kennedy Toole’s picaresque novel was published in 1980 eleven years after his…

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Off-Broadway Review: “A Scythe of Time” at the New York Musical Festival at the June Havoc Theatre

Creating a musical based on two Edgar Allen Poe short stories, “How to Write a Blackwood Article” and “A Predicament”, is no easy task given the subject matter and the genre. In this day and age competing with horror films, given the amazing special effects available, trying to frighten, shock or terrify an audience with a stage play, let alone…

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Off-Broadway Review: “ICON” at the New York Musical Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street

A tiny foreign nation, a people’s princess, a gay prince, an arranged marriage, a scandal, a revolution, and a fire that destroys lovers’ hopes and dreams certainly makes interesting material for good old-fashioned musical theater. “Perfect,” the opening number of the new musical “Icon,” is derivative of Kander and Ebb in style and tempo and explodes onto the stage to…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Children of Salt” Lacks Flavor at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre

Jaime Lozano’s and Lauren Epsenhart’s new musical from Mexico follows successful entrepreneur Raul’s (Mauricio Martinez) return to his childhood seaside home to visit his ailing grandmother Marina (April Ortiz). The musical begins in the present and, through a series of flashbacks introduces the characters, their conflicts, and how those conflicts brought them and Raul to the present. After seeing his…

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Off-Broadway Review: “In the Shadow of a Dream” at the Midtown International Theatre Festival at WorkShop Theater’s Main Stage

Joey Miller’s (Nick Ryan) dream in college in 1985 is to play professional basketball after graduating. Ideally – like his favorite player Larry Bird – he would play for his favorite team the Boston Celtics. Although he could imitate Bird’s moves on the court, his 5’9” stature prevents him from reaching his dream. But it is not only his height…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Normativity” at the New York Musical Festival at the Pearl Theatre Company

“It’s not always the way it is in plays. Not all faggots bump themselves off at the end of the story!” –                                                          Michael in “The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley (1968) It must be said that it is refreshing to find a young, talented member of the LGBTQ community using their voice to bring awareness to a valid…

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