THE EMPEROR JONES at Irish Rep, Photo by Carol Rosegg
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Emperor Jones

On the one hand, this is a chance to be fully immersed in a milestone of Expressionism...
SAM & DEDE, OR MY DINNER WITH ANDRE THE GIANT at 59E59 Theaters. Photo by Jay Yamada
3.0★ ★ ★

Sam & Dede, or My Dinner with Andre the Giant

So many of Ireland's literary greats had to be elsewhere to write. Wilde, Shaw, Edna O'Brien, Joyce, and then Beckett after him all escaped the intrusive entanglements of their home world to become, at a safe d...
OMEGA KIDS by Noah Mease at Access Theater. Photo by Hunter Canning
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Omega Kids

Mease's Omega Kids has such an original new voice, a new way of hearing naturalistic speech, that you can't stop hearing it afterwards. It's like the first time you're exposed to Mamet, except instead of the pa...
Life According to Saki
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

Life According to Saki

The Battle of the Somme in World War I is a grim setting for a world populated by imaginary tigers, imperious princes, and reuniting lovers. This is the point really.  Pinned down In their warren of trenches, ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Adventures of Minami

The title notwithstanding, Minami can't really have adventures; she's an android with no knowable inner states. But for that matter, Leah Nanako Winkler wants us to wonder, does anyone have knowable inner state...
3.0★ ★ ★

Salome

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts disgustingly. That seems to be the message behind Richard Strauss's opera Salome, adapted from the widely banned Oscar Wilde play. Wilde started with a brief but stra...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

The Encounter

Who do we actually encounter in The Encounter? A powerful artist, some faraway people, our own assumptions. If you crave theater that puts you through an experience and forces an audience to think, there is muc...
3.0★ ★ ★

Les Liaisons Dangereuse

Valmont's reputation for savage civility precedes him. The play takes place in the 1780s, not long before the French Revolution, and is a portrait of a courtly life that has lost any claim to moral validity for...
The City That Cried Wolf at 59E59 Theatre, New York
3.0★ ★ ★

The City That Cried Wolf

You have to at least admire the commitment to the premise. Comedian/actor/playwright Brooks Reeves doggedly mashes up every Grimm's fairy tale line and character onto every film noir whodunnit trope, sometimes ...
5.0★ ★ ★ ★ ★

10 Out Of 12

Why do we love a backstage story so much? And this is the ultimate one, if you can even call it a story. Playwright Anne Washburn brilliantly gives us pure slice-of-life naturalism, sneaking us into a tech rehe...