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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Dracula’

Tom Schwanz and Patricia Lynn in 'Dracula.' Photo courtesy of Hunger & Thirst Theatre.

Devised by playwright Patricia Lynn and director Geordie Broadwater, this hybrid or mutant entertainment is told in old-style cinematic fashion, but updated storywise to the present day, while hewing largely to the plot of the original novel. I found its curiosities just right for Halloween season. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ by Oliver Goldsmith

John Rothman as Mr. Hardcastle and Mairin Lee as Kate Hardcastle in The Actors Company Theatre's production of 'She Stoops to Conquer.' Photo by Marielle Solan

It's not the details of the preposterous plot that make it work; it's the skillful way Goldsmith wove them together and his sly, fluid way with dialogue. And it's not any of these fine performances individually that galvanize this revival; it's the brightly colored vision saddled up by the director and the gifted creative team, and the gusto with which the actors take the reins. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Hedda Gabler’ by Henrik Ibsen

Jenna Sander as Thea Elvstead in The Instigators' production of 'Hedda Gabler' at The Secret Theatre

The sharp poignancy of Ibsen's classic comes through strongly in a flawed but sincere new production by the young company The Instigators. The tragic story of an unhappy young wife whose hopes of a glorious future of social ascendancy are being dashed before her eyes rings as true today as it did when Ibsen wrote it 125 years ago. Read More »