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A Tomato Can't Grow in the Bronx at the Chain Theater
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx

A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is a heartfelt, sentimental look at old-world family dynamics that many of us saw evaporate after the shifts from cities to suburbs that accelerated in the late 60s.

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Zeroboy and Frank Zilinyi in The Haunting of East 4th Street. Photo credit: Dan Bianchi
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Radiotheatre presents The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street

The rich baritone voice of raconteur Frank Zilinyi launched Radiotheatre’s deliciously macabre exordium of The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street, a dark, spellbinding tale of New York City history, horror, mysterious sounds, ghosts, curses, cannibals, occult, exorcisms, diablerie, and doom. Zilinyi and his partner Zero Boy were our able cicerones, guiding us through a hypnotizing tale of gripping suspense and almost unspeakable dread.

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"L’Amour à Passy" by G.W. Reed, directed by Manfred Bormann. G.W. Reed as Benjamin Franklin, Musa Gurnis as Madame Brillon. Photo credit: Jonathan Slaff
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

L’Amour `a Passy

Benjamin Franklin the man emerged as a frowzy, flawed, and crafty roué, relentlessly attempting to seduce the married Mme Brillon. Franklin deftly engaged and modified his façon de parler and wits to enamor the charming Brillon while also initiating, to no avail, games of chess with personal stakes to tarnish Brillon’s marital honor.

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L-R Julia Mack, Bridget Ann White, and Eileen Sugameli. Photo credit: Valerie Terranova
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

FUKT at The Tank

This cast deserves high praise for maintaining the challenging, complex characters and tensions while also charming and engaging viewers who could not resist being sympathetic and moved. Their performances were effective, stimulating, and inventive.

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Kathleen Moore as Susan B. Anthony. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Susan B at the Theater for the New City

This play production “Susan B” reminds us that Susan B. Anthony was an astounding, courageous voice in a wilderness who, at her peril, evoked an awakening of clear thinking, reflection, and debate.

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Natalie Menna (Hedda). Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Hedda Gabler at the Theater for the New City

Human nature prevails as little has changed since Henrik Ibsen’s portrayal of “Hedda Gabler” in 1891 Norway. In tonight’s “Hedda Gabler,” we witnessed the meandering deviltries of the pistol-packing soubrette and worldly young wife Hedda (Natalie Menna). Hedda contrives to eradicate her paunchy older husband Tesman’s (John Cencio Burgos) rival Eilert Lovborg (Brad Fryman), for a university post.

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L-R Darien Crago, Danny Gardner, Jeremy Benton, Darrell T. Joe, Kaitlyn Davidson Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg
Musical Theater
Edward A Kliszus

Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood

The men were dapper, the ladies elegant, they were all beautiful, and together drew viewers into the time best befitting each Irving Berlin song’s historical context. We heard charming anecdotes while reveling in the choreography, lighting, sound, costumes, dancing, singing, and the orchestra — it was all as it should be in a joyous evening of smiling and nostalgia with wonderful music, singing, and dancing.

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The Resident Acting Company. From racnyc.org
Comedy
Edward A Kliszus

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Players

The troupe aptly expressed the story with its twists and turns, plot and subplots, and its sojourn into the supernatural world of the night forest. We were indeed transported into the supernatural moonlit dreamscape of fairies. We experienced the mystical, love potions, and the droll interactions of humans and pixies.

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(L) Donna Wandrey (Mother), Petra D. (Katherine), Ryan Clardy (Sheriff Ed), Ryan Wesen (Robert) & (R) Nick Walther (Deputy Sheriff Ed). Photo credit: Michele Becker
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Fastened to the Moon

This is a psychological thriller where complex characters are sustained in an ever-changing dreamscape. It’s akin to being trapped in a Salvador Dali painting or episode of The Outer Limits or Twilight Zone.

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The Cast of Love, Sex and Real Estate (L-R) Eric Percival, Katharine McLeod, Frank Hanky, Rohan Lilen, Roger Hendricks Simon. Photo: credit Michele Becker
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Love, Sex & Real Estate

Love, Sex & Real Estate captures the imagination throughout within its rich context of possibilities exuding from human frailty, the complexity of relationships, and the dangers associated with love triangles.

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