written by Nick Payne
directed by Doug Hughes
Manhattan Theatre Club
June 26, 2016
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πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

I need to apologize to all upfront – I had trouble being attentive to this story. Rack it up to age or the being the 15th show in a week – but some of this story just slid on by me. Β Β The brain is no easy story – and this play is all about the brain. (I found it ironic that my first play on this trip to NYC was The Effect and my last show of this trip was Incognito: one trying to medicate the brain and the other walking around and taunting it. Continue reading Incognito

The Effect

EffectThe Effect
by Lucy Prebble
directed by David Cromer
Barrow Street Theatre
June 25, 2016
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πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

Is it dopamine or is it love? That is a new question for the stage. The Effect is a fascinating story of a drug trial clinic that uses both a male and a female as guinea pigs. They are both (?) given increasingly larger doses of a new, experimental anti-depressant to test its effect and side effects. And as they become attached to each other, they question the source of this attraction . . . Continue reading The Effect

Shining City

Shining CityShining City
book by Conor McPherson
with Matthew Broderick
directed by Ciaran O’Reilly
Irish Repertory Theatre
June 25, 2016
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πŸ’‰ out of 5.

I love the wonderful ghost stories of Conor McPherson – but, lordy, I didn’t find much to enjoy here. Matthew Broderick, in the pivotal role , just falls flat for me. I couldn’t figure out if he was a flat and plastic actor content to just be himself for this withdrawn character or whether he was actually working to be flat and plastic – but the result was certainly flat and plastic. Continue reading Shining City

The Humans (on Broadway)

Human sThe Humans (on Broadway)
written by Stephen Karam
directed by Joe Mantello
Helen Hayes Theatre
June 24, 2016
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πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

I saw this play in December of 2015 and I loved it and easily gave it πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰. It is clearly a masterpiece of suspense and of allowing naturalism to slowly boil until it becomes a chilling piece of expressionism. Continue reading The Humans (on Broadway)

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Long Days JourneyLong Day’s Journey Into Night
written by Eugene O’Neill
starring Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, Michael Shannon & John Gallagher, Jr.
directed by Jonathan Kent
American Airlines Theatre
June 23, 2016
Production website

πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

I have seen Long Day’s Journey Into Night. I mean I have really seen Long Day’s Journey Into Night! One goal I have for my theatre going life is to see the DEFINITIVE production of the classics. To be honest when I read the works of the classics (i.e. Chekhov, O’Neill, Ibsen, Strindberg, even Shakespeare) I often get bored – – and worse yet, when I see bad productions I get mad for the waste of time. I know as a theatre teacher I should relish reading these classics – but, come on, they were never meant to be read; they were meant to be EXPERIENCED. Continue reading Long Day’s Journey Into Night