Author Archive | Deb Miller

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2016 FringeNYC Review: “Steve Got Raped”

Relationships are hard. And that goes double if you’re pushing 30, but still haven’t made the psychological and emotional transition from youth to adulthood. In The New Collective’s world premiere of Steve Got Raped, emerging playwright Sam Gooley considers the burning issues that plague a generation on the cusp of overdue maturity through the relationship […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Take One”

Sometimes even the most inspired geniuses need to do some rethinking, reworking, and rewrites of their greatest creations to forge an unforgettable masterpiece. Such is the case with God, Michelangelo, and Richard Rodgers in Take One, the exceedingly witty and tuneful new musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Jeff Ward, now in its world […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Dementia Americana”

On June 25, 1906, famed architect Stanford White, of the firm McKim, Mead & White (among whose most noted works is NYC’s Washington Square Arch), was shot and killed by crazed multi-millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw while attending the premiere performance of Mam’zelle Champagne in Madison Square Garden’s rooftop theater. Hailed by the press of the […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Einstein!’

15,000 documents ÷ 3 years of intensive research + 1 actor x 9 characters = the formula for success with Einstein! Written and performed by Jack Fry, the one-man tour-de-force brings the titular genius of relativity back from the dead to correct the public misconceptions about him and his life. Based on a treasure trove […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Tribulation: The Musical’

A post-modern take-off on the Book of Revelation, Tribulation: The Musical, with book and lyrics by Molly Miller and music by Brad Kemp, reimagines the Apocalypse through the eyes of a recent college grad. It’s 2021, and Genevieve has just graduated from Harvard, with dreams of entering a “New Age” and becoming a poet. And […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Cabtivist’

After listening to John McDonagh’s hilarious reminiscences about his life as a New York cabbie, you’ll be convinced that few jobs are as rife with comic material. Born and raised in Queens, the son of Irish immigrants, McDonagh graduated high school in 1973, enlisted in the army, and after completing his military service, got his […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Joey Variations: A Play with Dance’

A poignant and uplifting three-hander, Joey Variations: A Play with Dance, written and directed by Jon Spano, is a seemingly simple story about the psychological and emotional complexities of devastation and renewal. Joey is a talented dancer in crisis; he turns to cocaine and puts his career at risk after a life-altering event thrusts him […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘The Legend of Oni’

Fulfilling a ten-year dream, the all-female Musical Company OZmate, from Takarazuka, Japan, has brought its epic tale, The Legend of Oni, to FringeNYC, and NYC couldn’t be more fortunate! Based on iconic figures from Japanese folklore, the original production, with book, music, lyrics, choreography, and direction by the uber-talented Naoko Tsujii, is performed in Japanese, […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway’

If you’re a fan of the fright genre and nostalgic for classic Saturday morning TV shows for kids, Playlab NYC’s Humorously Horrendous Haunted Hideaway will have you screaming with laughter! Written and directed by Kevin P. Hale, the one-hour parody is filled with funny faux fear, loaded with lots of alliteration, and punctuated with preposterous […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies of Society’

As two upper-crust English sisters of marriageable age in the Victorian era, Mia Hutchinson-Shaw and Natalia Dyer bring new meaning to sibling rivalry in the titular roles of Adaire Kamen’s The Intriguing Engagements of Frances and Meg Cheatham, Ladies of Society. Under the direction of Jose Gamo, their bearings, mannerisms, spot-on accents, and distinctive emotions […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘The Theatre Made in Paradise’

What better reason to leave Elizabethan England than to stage a production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the New World and to found an indie theater there? That’s the witty premise of playwright Jonathon Ward’s The Theatre Made in Paradise. Well, that and a whole lot more! The entertaining comedy-with-a-moral intertwines the narrative of the […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Algorithmism’

Traditionally, one of the defining factors of human civilization is a society that creates art. But are the hand, mind, and emotions of the artist integral parts of the creative process, or can the subjective human element inherent in art and creativity be replaced by artificial intelligence and a mathematical formula? Can an artist, as […]

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2016 FringeNYC Review: ‘Till Birnam Wood’

Philadelphia’s John Schultz brings an immersive sensory experience to FringeNYC with Till Birnam Wood, an original adaptation of Macbeth. Already a hit in the 2014 and 2015 Philly Fringe Festivals, the one-hour condensed version of the Scottish play of blind ambition and guilt, foreboding, fate, and death is presented in an intense fast-paced hour, with […]

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Review: ‘A Class Act’ at New World Stages in NYC

As a practicing trial and class-action lawyer for 46 years, playwright Norman Shabel has seen the American legal system from the inside, and it isn’t pretty. He draws on that first-hand experience for his latest behind-the-scenes drama A Class Act, now in production Off-Broadway for a limited run at New World Stages, following its spring […]

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Review: ‘Tink!’ at the New York Musical Festival in NYC

From Peter and The Starcatcher to Finding Neverland, the ever popular tale of Peter Pan continues to inspire original interpretations for the theater. A different take on J.M. Barrie’s beloved children’s classic Peter Pan, or, The Boy Who Never Grew Up, Tink!, presented in the 2016 New York Musical Festival, tells the backstory of the […]

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2016 Philadelphia FringeArts Preview: Exploring Food Culture with Applied Mechanics and The Renegade Company

There are more than 175 shows in this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival, spanning eleven different genres and covering a wide array of subjects. Two experimental Fringe regulars, Applied Mechanics and The Renegade Company, are each creating food-based pieces for September’s big event, considering the greater context of what we eat and sharing a communal meal […]

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