Category archive: Rocamora Reviews

August 2018: The Best of the Rest

Even in these sultry summer days following the busy spring season, New York theatres are filled with audiences, ever eager for stimulating, challenging new work. Shakespeare “as you like it” Call it “Shakespeare, my way” or “Shakespeare à ma façon”– there’s a dizzying variety of “versions” of the Bard’s plays in New York this summer….

July 2018 Summer Offerings

What happened to the “summer lull”? New York theatres keep generating exciting, edgy, and entertaining work.   Carmen Jones at the Classic Stage Company If only Oscar Hammerstein were alive today to see the Classic Stage Company’s thrilling revival of his Carmen Jones! Like the rest of us, he’d marvel at the red-hot passion packed…

“June in Bloom, 2018”

Compelling new works, arresting foreign imports, moving revivals– New York theatre in June is blooming. Operation Crucible The tragic impact of World War II on the English home front has provided endless material for compelling plays and films – from David Hare’s Plenty to John Boorman’s Hope and Glory to the TV series Foyle’s War…

May’s Bounty 2018

The month of May offers an impressive range of offerings – including new work, unusual foreign imports, and stellar revivals. A Brief History of Women at 59e59 Theaters Now celebrating his sixth decade in the theatre, Alan Ayckbourn, the crowned King of British comedy, shows no sign of slowing down. His latest comedy of manners…

April Showers 2018

True to the saying, April brings forth a shower of new shows – featuring rousing revivals, musicals, imports, and new plays. Angels in America on Broadway Until now, I couldn’t imagine an interpretation of Angels in America as thrilling as the original 1993 Broadway production or the 2003 HBO miniseries. Yet, Marianne Elliott’s marvelous stage…

March: London x 3

Three exceptional productions shine on the London stages this spring. Network at the Royal National Theatre “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!” You remember that famous war cry from Network, Paddy Chayevsky’s 1976 film about the power of television, don’t you? Well, it’s ringing out once more, this time…

February: A Cure for the Winter Blahs

February: A Cure for Winter Blahs  This month’s lively theatrical offerings made the year’s dreariest month fly by faster than ever.  Jerry Springer – The Opera, at Signature Theatre Center  If you think The Book of Mormon is “over the top,” wait till you see Jerry Springer – The Opera, The New Group’s sensational production…

January, 2018: Hot-blooded Plays for a Cold Winter

Meteor Shower on Broadway Music isn’t the only therapy for these traumatic times. Let’s start the year with laughter… Steve Martin is back on Broadway with Meteor Shower, a variation on the two-couple situation comedy that’s been on offer from Shakespeare to Noel Coward to Woody Allen.  But in the hands of Martin, King of…

Deck the Halls in December

Four new productions of striking form and colorful content deck the December stages. A Room in India at the Park Armory A French company is traveling the world, seeking to create relevant political theatre.   They find themselves stranded in India where their artistic director has had a breakdown (he’s climbed to the top of a…

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