Small Mouth Sounds

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written by Bess Wohl
directed by Rachel Chavkin
An Ars Nova Production
Pershing Square Signature Theatre
July 23, 2016
Production website

πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

This was was perhaps the most profound occurrence of dΓ©jΓ  vu that I have ever experiend in the theatre. As my blog mentioned a few weeks ago, I took a week out of my theatre watching to attend a self-actualization weekend in the woods of the Hudson River Valley. We were kept in small cabins without any β€œluxuries”, fed a diet of grains and vegetables, kept off of any kinds of kinds of technology and, most challenging, kept in total silence for the entire workshop. Continue reading Small Mouth Sounds


Atlantic Stage 2
Written by C.P. Taylor
Directed by Richard Jim Petosa
Production website
πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

Good by C.P. Taylor is a wonderful exploration into justification taken to its extreme. Set against World War II, John Halder, a German college professor is played upon to leave his family and cozy teaching job and join the Nazi party. The play is wildly theatrical as Hitler dances himself in and out of this semi-expressionistic play. John’s mother cries to go the bathroom over and over. John’s wife moans and moans with self-pity. John’s life is clearly and literally going to hell. Continue reading Good


Privacy The Public Theater PRIVACY A New Play Created by James Graham & Josie Rourke Written by James Graham Directed by Josie Rourke In a co-production with the Donmar Warehouse Scenic Design by Lucy Osborne Costume Design by Paul Tazewell Lighting Design by Richard Howell Sound Design by Lindsay Jones Projection Design by Duncan McLean Original Music by Michael Bruce Featuring De’Adre Aziza, Raffi Barsoumian, Michael Countryman, Rachel Dratch, Daniel Radcliffe, Reg Rogers

Created by James Graham & Josie Rourke
Written by James Graham
Dircted by Josie Rourke
Starring Daniel Radcliffe
The Public Theatre in association with Donmar Warehouse
July 20, 2016

Production website
πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

My mind is blown. What the hell just happened? It was a technological β€œtake me to church” experience.

Example: Take out your cell phone. Do it now! Open Google. In the search box type only the following – and do not hit enter. β€œIS IT WRONG TO”. What you will see is a half a dozen possibilities that Google is assuming that you want to see. But how is this assumption made? Hum? It has been watching and recording every single thing that you have done on your phone and – – it knows. It knows. Continue reading Privacy

No End to Blame

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PTP/NYC [Potomac Theatre Project]
Atlantic Stage 2
Written by Howard Baker
Directed by Richard Romagnoli

Production website
πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ out of 5.

God it is great to see a good play with actors that work WITH each other and CARE, CARE, CARE about what they are saying. No End to Blame is that play. After a string of weak plays, I was thrilled. I kicked off my shoes, curled up in my seat, and β€œwillingly suspended my disbelief.” Continue reading No End to Blame

Behind the Mask

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By Annie Pulsipher
directed by John Moriarty
17th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
July 18, 2016
Production website

No πŸ’‰ rating. This is about workshopping a new play

It was so fun to turn back time and return to my days at Penn State as an MFA Playwright. Every night was spent in a β€œtheatre” more correctly called β€œstorage room” working a script over and over to see if there is was any hope to see something flourish in the five minutes to warrant exploring it to take it to ten minutes. It was never about getting it β€œright.” It was about β€œgetting it up.” Continue reading Behind the Mask