Category archive: Rocamora Reviews

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…

November Notables

Compelling new works on a colorful spectrum of topics filled the November stages in New York. Junk at Lincoln Center Theatre “This is a story of kings, or what passes for kings these days…” So goes the opening line of Junk, Ayad Akhtar’s riveting morality tale of money, greed and American values in the 1980s….

October Offerings

This month, New York stages offer a wide range of dramatic experiences – from emotional catharsis to a Halloween-style fright to a Shakespearean romp. Tiny Beautiful Things at the Public Theatre Bring Kleenex – and prepare yourself for a turbulent ride. “Sugar” is back at the Public Theatre, giving advice to those in personal crisis….

A September of Surprises

It’s early in the theatre season, but already New York stages are filling with notable productions.  Some surprise and delight, others amuse, yet others shock and dismay.  All are worthy of our attention in what promises to be a compelling season. As You Like It at the Delacorte “All the world’s a stage/And everyone’s in…

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