David Roberts and Joseph Verlezza, Chief Critics
Theatre Reviews Limited was originally launched in 1997 as one of the first online websites dedicated to reviewing Broadway, Off and Off-Off Broadway, Cabaret, and Theatre Festivals in New York City. We are excited to share this re-launch of this important site with you. David brings his experience as an English Literature, Playwriting and Composition teacher to assess the structure and literary value of a performance. Joseph brings over 30 years of experience in theater, film and television and will focus more on the performance and entertainment aspect of the production. These two viewpoints will hopefully give the reader a better overall look and understanding of the content and execution of the new work.
Together we founded and created a professional theater company operating under the Equity Small Professional Theater Contract. Serving as Executive and Artistic Directors we produced more than 70 productions including drama, musicals, revues, and new works. The company also played host to The New Dance Series which featured noted choreographers in the medium of combining dance with spoken word.
A unique aspect of the new Theatre Reviews Limited website is the “Gay Point Of View” which will provide incisive commentary on how the content of a given production affects the LGBT Community. We strongly feel that theatre is a powerful vehicle that is able to deliver significant messages on social and political issues to its audience and that improper use of language and negative stereotypes used without discretion can produce a harmful effect on some impressionable audience members.
Our goal is to provide constructive criticism to support, not hinder the efforts of artists and new works and to provide insightful criticism based on our combined experience and knowledge. We believe that it is important to create an open dialogue between all artists and form collaboration in order to develop and maintain continued health in the theatre.
Please enjoy this website. Let us know what you think about it and share any ideas you might have about additional content or coverage.