Reviewed by Sander Gusinow Darkness holds dominion in The Muse Collective’s ‘Pistrix.’ Tiny flashlight, ghostly murmurs and grotesque wooden dolls are brought insidiously to bear in this Tragi-Gothic shadow waltz. Like all standard Artaudian fare, the play begins in a mental institution. Raving Italian Toymaker Ilario reflects on the circumstances that uncoiled his mind. Ilario […]Read More Darkness holds dominion in The Muse Collective’s ‘Pistrix.’
Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival Review by Sander Gusinow Old scars and lighthearted humor are at the center of The Producing Club’s Chekhov-esque The Bauer Sisters. Written by relative newcomer John Dirrigl, the play revolves around a book club of greying German women in 1986 Pennsylvania. On a hot summer’s day, a confluence […]Read More The Bauer Sisters: New Stories from the Old Country
Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival Review by Ashley Hutchinson When left with the tagline “what if God and the Devil wrote a musical?” One can know little of what to expect. Sure, biblical references would be abundant, and perhaps the source material would be a tad overused, but when I sat down at […]Read More God love “Bielzy & Gottfried,” a devil of a good time!
Part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival XV Review by Rannie McCants With an influx of witty dialogue and economical debate, Long Division by James Presson reforms Shakespeare’s King Lear into a contemporary piece on greedy Wall Street bankers. Lights up on the wealthiest 1% amidst the Occupy Wall Street protesters, their stone cold faces […]Read More Greed is Good when you do “Long Division”
Part of the 15th Anniversary Season of the MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL Review by Robert Gulack Imagine you — a very bright person, indeed — and a group of your friends are mysteriously locked up and kept from communicating with the outside world. Delicious food is served regularly, and you are allowed healthful exercise on […]Read More Nazi Intelligence Held Captive at FARM HALL
COUNTDOWN is part of the 15th Anniversary Season of the MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL Review by Sander Gusinow Like all one-person shows, MITF’s Countdown lives and dies by it’s performer. Thankfully, Gregory Higgins engrosses Philip, a middling public defender who visits his first (and longest) client on the day of their execution. From the outset, […]Read More Verdict: A Gripping Countdown
John Chatterton sits kingly amongst the crowd gathered in the re-purposed synagogue at 339 West 47th Street. His comfort-grip cane rests scepter-like in his lap as a sea of sweating hipsters, frilly goths, hip-hop dancers, and wrinkled theatre old-guard swirl around him, celebrating the start of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. Chatterton has cultivated the […]Read More 2014 is MITF 15 by Sander Gusinow