Brilliant take on a Terrible Occurrence

Review by Robert Liebowitz For this humble scribe, school shootings were never a hearken back to the old days–they were inconceivable. They simply didn’t happen. Now, however, one fifth into the new century, even as mankind has progressed in so many tangible ways, murderous rampages committed by homicidal maniacs against the most defenseless, helpless, and […]

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Everybody acted SICK really well!

Review by Robert Liebowitz All the ingredients were in place for a riveting night at the theater: a beautiful, modern theater and playing area (the illustrious Hudson Guild); a practical and imaginative set design (by Leila Saad); quirky, melodious and unknown music that underscored the evening; a capable collection of earnest, determined and dedicated actors […]

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Quality Darkness

Review: “Nellie and the Women of Blackwell” at Wildrence By lead reviewer Anthony J. Piccione For all the problems in 2020 with our mental health system, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how much worse people with mental illnesses were treated way back in the 19th century. Yet there’s a new immersive theatre production in […]

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Brilliance Out of the “Box”

Review: “The Shadow Box” at the Gene Frankel Theatre By lead-reviewer Anthony J. Piccione In 1977, playwright Michael Cristofer wrote a play about a topic that is as grim as it gets, but is inevitably something that all of us will one day have personal experience with. From the Pulitzer Prize for Drama to the […]

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But they’re COMEDIES

Jay Michaels contributed a conversation with Gabrielle Fox and Erik Champney Gabrielle Fox, an award-winning playwright, has works presented at some highly notable establishments: Playwrights for a Cause, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and La MaMa, to name a few. A fellow academic, she is a distinguished professor of playwrighting in Westchester, she has also taken […]

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Dying Well

Regeneration Theatre’s revival of The Shadow Box Review by Robert Liebowitz “The Shadow Box” by Michael Cristofer won both the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize for Best Play in 1977, and with good reason–it is an excellent play that has withstood the test of time. At times morose, whimsical, drop-dead funny, but most of all […]

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Drugs and Hugs

THE TANK and YELLOW BICYCLE COLLECTIVE present a play by Joshua Crone. This one sentence carries a lot of weight. Joshua Crone doesn’t just write plays. he write about dents in history that need to be seen from all angles. His play Squatters views the aftermath of 911 through a couple in an abandoned building […]

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Pest Control

Review: “RATs:SubwaySongsandStories” at Theaterlab By Anthony J. Piccione, lead-columnist for OuterStage Late last year, I had heard a story about a new musical being developed that, according to someone I talked to familiar with the script, believed that it had needed more rewrites before it was ready for production. Yet by the time I heard […]

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FERMIN and the American Dream

As a child, FERMIN SERRANO QUINTERO was taught that New York City was “the center of the universe” — a place where you can find people from all walks of life and from every part of the world. NYC was also the epicenter for immigrants: “My inspiration behind coming to New York lies in the fact […]

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