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Off-Broadway Review: “Harry Clarke” Wrangles with Reality at the Vineyard Theatre

Harry Clarke (the persona and the person) was born out of the dysfunctional matrix of paternal abuse and maternal collusion that plagued Philip Brugglestein from his childhood through his adulthood. David Cale’s play “Harry Clarke,” currently playing at the Vineyard Theatre, is a complex and engaging psychological study of dissociative identity disorder (DID) and explores the provenance of that condition…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Can You Forgive Her?” Flounders at the Vineyard Theatre

After presenting a season that included the engaging “This Day Forward” by Nicky Silver and the soaring “Kid Victory” by Greg Pierce and John Kander, the iconic Vineyard Theatre has chosen to present Gina Gionfriddo’s mostly disappointing “Can You Forgive Her.” Billed as a “ferociously funny story of lost souls grappling with emotional and financial dependence, and the costs of…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Indecent” Challenges the Power of Death at the Vineyard Theatre

May 23, 2016 | LGBT, Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

Created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, “Indecent” could not have opened at the Vineyard Theatre at a more auspicious time. In the midst of an increasingly frenzied discussion about what is and what is not decent in contemporary American society and culture, this remarkable and stunning play – based on true events surrounding the 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem…

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Review: “Dot” at the Vineyard Theatre (Closed Thursday March 24, 2016)

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

If the cacophony on stage during the Vineyard Theatre’s “Dot” even remotely characterizes the “noise” inside Dotty’s head, it is easy to understand the severity of her Alzheimer’s disease and just how far it has progressed. Colman Domingo’s new play tackles the horrific details of one family’s struggle to cope with the deterioration of their mother and how her mental…

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“Billy and Ray” at the Vineyard Theatre (Closed Sunday November 23, 2014)

October 23, 2014 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

Plays about the making of plays or the making of movies ought to adhere to the conventions of the genre being dramatized. Playwright Mike Bencivenga fails to accomplish this important writer’s task in his new “Billy and Ray” currently running at the Vineyard Theatre. This play about the collaboration between Billy Wilder (Vincent Kartheiser) and Raymond Chandler (Larry Pine) on…

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“Too Much Sun” at the Vineyard Theatre (Closed Sunday June 22, 2014)

May 19, 2014 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“All the world’s a stage, /And all the men and women merely players:/They have their exits and their/entrances; /And one man in his time plays many parts.” – Jacques in “As You Like It” Act II, Scene VII (William Shakespeare, 1600) In Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” Jacques solves the eternal question of whether art imitates life or life imitates…

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“Arlington” at the Vineyard Theatre (Closed Sunday March 23, 2014)

March 4, 2014 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

Channeling a more introspective and agonized June Cleaver, Sara Jane (Alexandra Silber) has an on-the-surface pleasant dialogue with all that is beyond theatre’s conventional fourth wall. In “Arlington,” currently playing at the Vineyard Theatre, that includes directly engaging the audience and the Pianist (Ben Moss) who appears behind an upstage scrim and not only accompanies Sara Jane’s non-stop singing but…

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“The Landing” at the Vineyard Theatre (Closed November 24, 2013)

October 23, 2013 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“There’s a big boat with a long rope and the tide has turned/pull the long rope to stop the big boat/and all that happens is your hands get burned.” – Collin “The Landing” is a smart new musical that frames three short tales. Each – “Andra,” “The Brick,” and “The Landing” – has unique characters with unique conflicts; however, the…

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