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Off-Broadway Review: “Discord” Misses the Mark at Primary Stages

Members of the Primary Stages staff, prior to curtain, passed through the audience asking members to “select a button” based on who we thought would “win” the discordant discourse: Jefferson, Dickens, or Tolstoy – the three characters appearing in Scott Carters “Discord” currently running at Primary Stages. Further instructions included the option to change one’s mind after the play and…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Daniel’s Husband” at Primary Stages at Cherry Lane Theatre

“The thing was, I was really good at it. And I loved it. I just loved being able to . . . I don’t know . . . make someone more comfortable. Make some of their pain go away. And it wasn’t just because it was someone I loved. It was . . . the fact that I was in…

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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: “The Roads to Home” at Primary Stages at Cherry Lane Theatre

November 5, 2016 | Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

If the idiom “home is where the heart is” has any veracity, then the characters in Horton Foote’s 1982 “The Roads to Home” are as far from home as anyone might be. Geographically, the main characters – the three women in the first two short plays of the somewhat interconnected trilogy – are refugees from their original homes and have…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Exit Strategy” at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre

April 12, 2016 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“After great pain, a formal feeling comes -/The Nerves sit ceremonious, like Tombs-/The stiff Heart questions was it He, that bore, And Yesterday, or Centuries before?” (Emily Dickinson, #341) Educators and academics have been trying to determine why schools fail for decades and have yet to identify successfully a formula for preventing the pandemic failure of education – particularly in…

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Preview: Primary Stages Announces 32nd Season (Beginning September 2016)

Primary Stages (Casey Childs, Founder & Executive Producer; Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director) announced their upcoming 32nd Season on March 14 at a champagne reception celebrating the Centennial of the birth of late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Primary Stages collaborator, Horton Foote. The 2016/17 season, to be performed at New York’s historic Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce Street,, will feature…

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Review: “The Body of an American” at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Closed Sunday March 20, 2016)

February 23, 2016 | Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

Dan O’Brien’s “The Body of an American,” currently running at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theatre, is oddly reminiscent of Robert M. Pirsig’s 1974 novel “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values.” Discussions between the play’s characters – the main characters Dan (Michael Crane) and Paul (Michael Cumpsty) – and secondary characters (also played by…

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“Informed Consent” at Primary Stages at the Duke on 42nd (Closed Sunday September 13, 2015)

“A comprehensive movement toward informed consent began after World War II with the 1947 Nuremberg trials. In these war trials, it was revealed that physicians conducted abhorrent medical research experiments on concentration camp prisoners. The research included human experimentation with germ warfare, freezing individuals to learn what temperature kills individuals most effectively, and many more horrifying research trials.” (Encyclopedia of…

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“Lives of the Saints” at Primary Stages at the Duke on 42nd Street (Closed Friday March 27, 2015)

March 4, 2015 | Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

“Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Attributed to Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud’s iconic phrase might be an apt descriptor for David Ives’ “Lives of the Saints” currently running at Primary Stages at the Duke on 42nd Street. When Mr. Ives tackles the vicissitudes of the human condition (tackles the lives of the saints) as he does in the satisfying…

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“While I Yet Live” at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street (Closed Friday October 31, 2014)

October 12, 2014 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“Give me my flowers/While I yet live/So that I, I, can see the beauty/That they bring.” – James Cleveland In 1994, just before the Thanksgiving turkey is carved and served, Calvin (Larry Powell) packs his things, says good-bye to Eva (Sharon Washington) and his sister Tonya (Sheria Irving) and leaves his Pittsburgh house and home. Sexually abused by his stepfather…

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