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Off-Broadway Review: “Light Shining in Buckinghamshire” Muses Successfully on Revolution at New York Theatre Workshop

In an October 17, 2015 “New York Post” article, Michael Goodwin raises the rich, albeit uncomfortable, proposition of James Piereson in his July 2015 book “Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order;” namely, “America is due for a revolution.” In the “Post” article, Mr. Goodwin summarizes Mr. Pierson’s argument thusly: “there is an inevitable “revolution” coming…

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Off-Broadway Review: “An Ordinary Muslim” at New York Theatre Workshop

“It won’t stay this – go back to Richard, make amends, sort your life out – but things will get better, easier, with time, people such as yourself ‘n your family start integrating more.” – David to Azeem What does it mean to be an ordinary Muslim? What does it mean to be an ordinary Christian? What does it mean…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Hundred Days” Transforms Love’s Limits at New York Theatre Workshop

With their recent collaboration with Sarah Gancher and Anne Kauffman, Abigail and Shaun Bengson (“The Bengsons”) have redefined the meaning of the theatrical convention of the musical. Without elaborate sets, costumes, large ensembles of singers and dancers, and multi-million-dollar budgets, The Bengsons have successfully mounted a stunning musical with a believable story and a brilliantly executed score. “Hundred Days,” currently…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Sojourners” and “Her Portmanteau” at New York Theatre Workshop

Playwright Mfoniso Udofia’s “Sojourners” and “Her Portmanteau,” currently running in repertory at New York Theatre Workshop, are exquisitely crafted and skillfully performed explorations into the life of determined matriarch Abasiama Ekpeyoung-Ufot (the younger played by Chinasa Ogbuagu and the older by Jenny Jules), her two husbands Ukpong Ekpeyoung (played with a willful distraction by Hubert Point-Du-Jour) and Disciple Ufot (played…

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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: Shakespeare’s “Othello” Consumes the Senses at the New York Theatre Workshop

January 1, 2017 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“Oh, beware, my lord, of jealousy! It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on” –  Iago in Shakespeare’s “Othello,” Act III, Scene 3 Whatever reasons that might be attributed to reimagining Shakespeare’s “Othello” – whether to create interest, heighten symbolism, or foster accessibility – what will always remain, front and center, is the tragic hero who…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Nat Turner in Jerusalem” at the New York Theatre Workshop

October 3, 2016 | Best Bet, Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“Yes, and this country will either cease its injustice or it will slowly fall to ruin. Leave it while you can.” – Nat Turner The encounter between Nat Turner (played with a powerful morally ambiguous core by Phillip James Brannon), Thomas R. Gray (played with a palpable malicious intent by Rowan Vickers), and the Guard (also played by Mr. Vickers)…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Hadestown” Redefines Mythos at the New York Theatre Workshop

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

With some surprise – and a modicum of disbelief – I overheard the two Millennials settling in behind me at the performance of “Hadestown” I attended at the New York Theatre Workshop sharing that they “had no idea” what the show they were there to see was about. Is it possible to reach ones 20s and 30s and not know…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Red Speedo” at the New York Theatre Workshop (Closed Sunday April 3, 2016)

March 29, 2016 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“You did the only thing you could,/and the only thing you should./When you go for what you want, when you think about yourself,/when you do what’s best for you,/everyone benefits” – Peter to Ray On the eve before the qualifying trial for the Olympics, Ray (Alex Breaux) stands by the pool at his club listening to his brother Peter (Lucas…

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“Fondly, Collette Richland” at the New York Theatre Workshop (Closed Sunday October 18, 2015)

The Revelation of the Undertow of Wonder “I can’t help but wish and feel as if there’s more to our lives, somewhere, in this moment. Than this concern for the whereabouts and well-adjustment of a devil. I’m bored to exhaustion. Devil, devil. Devil. Bringer of evil. Filler of vacuums, blah blah blah.” Dora In a recent New York Times interview…

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