Retro-NELLY

Review by Sander Gusinow Midwinter Madness Festival presented by John Chatterton Wee Man Production’s ‘Nelly’ touches all the hot-button issues of the 1950’s, white flight, women’s budding autonomy, violence against African Americans, and the the abysmal quality of band names. The titular Nelly is an Irish-Catholic tenement dweller in Brooklyn. Her dream is to move […]

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One Family’s Journey to CANAAN

Review by Sander Gusinow The Midwinter Madness Festival presented by John Chatterton There’s certainly a fire burning inside Mohammed Saad Ali. His play ‘Old Men are Full of Shit’ made waves last summer at MITF. Half economic struggle, half rage against the tethers of tradition, his new short Canaan, sees him focus his lens inward […]

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No Touching … Except Your Soul

Paradise Gained Reviewed by Sander Gusinow at Roy Arias Theaters/Times Square Art Center. Written, Directed, and starring Renee McNeil It’s Jesus versus the G-string in Renee McNeil’s ‘Paradise Gained.’ A practically medieval morality unfolds when struggling club owner Frank calls in Patrica, a new girl, to aid his struggling venue. The club is as wholesome […]

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WHAT CAN’T BE UNDONE

REVIEW BY RANNIE I. McCANTS Beth Newberry, writer and director of the new play Undone, is a woman on a mission. With a powerful piece that pushes boundaries of both theater and society, she exposes the trauma of Anna—a former sex slave—and how she copes with it. The audience watches Anna as she tries to […]

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