Tuesday , April 24 2018

Theater

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Chess’ at the Gallery Players

Chris Jumper, Jennifer Walder, Joey Donnelly, MariaElisa Costa, Doug Chitel, Dennis Wees, Carman Napier in 'Chess' at the Gallery Players (photo by Ryan Graytok)

Rather than rehashing what's wrong with 'Chess,' I'll describe why it's still possible to enjoy the Gallery Players' production. The music is perhaps the most advanced artistic evolution of glossy '80s pop. And while I'm sure there are some curmudgeons out there who weren't fans of ABBA's sunny sound, Andersson and Ulvaeus were brilliant songwriters, master craftsmen not only of shiny dance tunes but also of lovely songs of love and loss.

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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Good for Otto’ by David Rabe, with Ed Harris, F. Murray Abraham

Ed Harris, The New Group, Good for Otto, Scott Elliott

In this long but engrossing play set in a mental health clinic, Rabe outlines each character's distinctive battleground, where counselors defend and encourage them against their tendencies to self-harm.

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Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): ‘Good for Otto’ by David Rabe

The play buffets us from patient to patient, crisis to crisis, and dream sequence to real-life therapy. Artifice this skillful glows with a heightened authenticity. The glittering cast including Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rhea Perlman, Mark Linn-Baker, and F. Murray Abraham.

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