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A scene from The Animal Kingdom. Photo by Emilio Madrid
Off Broadway
Tulis McCall

The Animal Kingdom

The Animal Kingdom by Ruby Thomas, now at the Connelly Theatre, is a pressure cooker of a play that glides by in a flash – Sam (Uly Schlesinger) has recently tried to kill himself and is now in an institution of some sort for his own safety and may be in a place where he might find some surcease.

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Andre Royo in Audible Theater's production of "Drinking in America," written by Eric Bogosian and directed by Mark Armstrong. Off-Broadway / Minetta Lane Theatre (18 Minetta Lane, NYC). Photo (c) Jeremy Daniel
Off Broadway
Victoria L. Dammer

Drinking in America

Royo delivered a resounding performance, transforming into over 12 characters experiencing the stages of alcoholism and its effects on each character’s interaction with himself and others. At times, it’s hard to tell who Man is, as his toxic masculinity dominates and elevates with the abuse of alcohol.

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Britt Genelin as Catherine in a scene from Washington Square. Photo by Pavel Antonov
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Washington Square at the Axis Theatre

The cast, setting, dramatization, and well-crafted script evoked yearning, hope, sadness, heartache, and disillusionment. Sharp’s adaptation explored family, love, and social status themes as Catherine navigated whether to follow her heart or obey her father’s wishes. The audience was inexorably drawn into a story conveyed through a 90-minute production in a seemingly virtual moment.

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A scene from Julian Fleisher/Under the Radar, running on January 17 at The Public Theater as part of The Public’s 18th Annual Under the Radar Festival. Photo Credit/ Courtesy of The Public Theater and Mihwa Lee
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Field of Mars

Existentialism seemed to dominate undertones dealing with the passage of time, mechanically repeating the practices of our predecessors, and our insignificance in the vastness of the universe and history.

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Salty Brine. Photo by Daniel Albanese
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Bigmouth Strikes Again

Brine honored the music of The Smiths through an auto-biographical perspective revealing universal human needs like love, friendship, and realized ambitions. We discovered Brine’s Bible Belt roots in North Carolina and the paths leading him to New York City. The exceedingly talented Brine danced, sang, and spoke in ways that evoked uncontrollable laughter, empathy, or sublime wistful affection.

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Stephen Duff Webber, Gian-Murray Gianino and Ellen Lauren. Photo credit: Michael Brosilow, courtesy of SITI Company
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Radio Macbeth by the SITI Company

As the cast masterfully characterized Shakespeare’s saturnine work, we were inexorably drawn into the portentous tale. Supporting the account were the dim penumbra of macabre images, a panoply of sounds effects, striking musical soundscapes, the intense angular stage blocking of secondary characters in many scenes, and the gloom of a Scottish deid bell that either sought orisons or repelled evil spirits.

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Musical Theater
Edward A Kliszus

Oratorio for Living Things

The Oratorio for Living Things is a miraculous, thought-provoking celebration of hope, life, and the human spirit, ravishingly expressed through a brilliant fusion of music and theater.

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