New from TCG Books: “Here We Go” / “Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill

February 17, 2017 | News, Previews | Tags: ,

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of “Here We Go / Escaped Alone” by Caryl Churchill. Both critically acclaimed works in this new volume premiered in London – Here We Go in the fall of 2015 at the Lyttelton Theatre, and Escaped Alone in January of 2016 at the Royal Court Theatre. Escaped Alone will premiere in the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Dressmaker’s Secret” at 59E59 Theaters

February 16, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“The Dressmaker’s Secret” by Sarah Levine Simon and Mihal Grunfeld is enjoying its world premiere at 59E59 Theaters. The new play is based on Mr. Grunfeld’s novel “The Dressmaker’s Son” and the change from ‘son’ to ‘secret’ is more significant than might be obvious at first glance. Why did the playwrights shift the focus from the son to the mother’s…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Ring Twice for Miranda” at New York City Center Stage II

February 12, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“Sometimes I think you’re delusional about having all this power. Other times I think you’ve far too much of it.” – Miranda to Sir Alan Hruska’s new play “Ring Twice for Miranda,” currently playing at New York City Center Stage II, is starkly reminiscent of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” and revisits the important existential themes of choices and their consequences,…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Yen” at MCC Theatre at the Lucille Lortel Theatre

February 12, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags: ,

More “Of Mice and Men” than “Orphans,” “Yen,” currently playing at MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, dives headlong into the miasma of dysfunctional families without abandon and lands in a matrix of enduring questions that British playwright Anna Jordan decides not to answer in this play that makes its way from a successful run at the Royal Exchange…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Crackskull Row” at Irish Rep Theatre in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre

February 10, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

Legend has it that on May Eve all sorts of sorcery abounds in the country sides of Ireland. That is certainly the case on Crackskull Road somewhere in Dublin 2 on the April 30 in question in Honor Molloy’s delightful psychological thriller “Crackskull Road” currently playing at Irish Rep Theatre. For eighty riveting minutes, the complex Morrigan family system splays…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Object Lesson” at New York Theatre Workshop

February 9, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

“Do you have what you need? Do you need what you have?” – Geoff Sobelle The audience enters the New York Theatre Workshop into a vast display of “stuff” up for viewing, exploring, opening, sharing, moving around, and engaging with. And there is plenty to explore: lamps of all sizes and shapes; small boats filled with boxes suspended from the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Fade” at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater

February 8, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags: ,

For a brief time in Tanya Saracho’s “Fade,” currently playing at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the lines between class and status fade as Mexican-born script writer Lucia (Annie Dow) and American-born Chicano custodian Abel (Eddie Martinez) seem to drop their guards and allow their “similarities” to overshadow their “differences.” Abel “forgives” Lucia for her assumptions when he…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Orange Julius” Rattles Reality at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

February 4, 2017 | LGBT, Off-Broadway | Tags:

“An Orange Julius. That’s what I want.” – Julius Basil Kreimendahl’s “Orange Julius” is a memory play. Narrated by Nut (Jess Barbagallo), the play defies space and time to tell the complex story of the narrator’s relationship with their estranged father Julius (Stephen Payne) a Vietnam War Veteran dying from cancer caused by exposure on the battlefield to the herbicide…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Made in China” at 59E59 Theaters

February 1, 2017 | Off-Broadway | Tags:

When sparring, couples often find themselves deadlocked and unable to move forward in therapy. When children have difficulty sharing the uncomfortable scenarios being played out in their lives, they often turn to silence as a coping mechanism. Sometimes, therapists use puppets to allow their patients to express significant uncomfortable feelings. The theatre has also used puppets to say things it…

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Off-Broadway Review: “LaBute New Theater Festival” at 59E59 Theaters

January 31, 2017 | LGBT, Off-Broadway | Tags:

If a single observation applies to the four plays in the 2017 “LaBute New Theater Festival” it is, there is nothing new here, nothing thought-provoking, nothing that raises rich enduring questions. And that is unfortunate given the status of the playwrights and the actors involved in this important Festival. Kel Haney directs Neil LaBute’s “What Happens in Vegas” with efficiency….

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