Category archive: Rocamora Reviews

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…

Top Ten Trends of the 2016-2017 Season

Here are the top ten trends of New York theatre’s 2016-2017 season. What do they tell us about the state of the art? What do they reveal about the “zeitgeist”? 1) Radical renderings of the classics: the “deconstructionist” approach Several bold director stripped the classics to the bone, bearing what each thought was its essence….

July 2017 The Best of the Rest

July 2017: The Best of the Rest Summer is no longer a “slow theatre season.”  New shows are opening all around New York, surprising us with their richness and depth. Napoli, Brooklyn at the Laura Pels Theatre An onion isn’t a stage prop you’re used to seeing in the theatre, is it? But as carried…

June, 2017: New and Robust Offerings

June, 2017: New and Robust Offerings The Tony Awards have been announced, the official “season” is concluded, and summer is upon us.  But that doesn’t mean that New York theatre is “closed” for the summer. On the contrary, new and robust openings are causing a stir. Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park First and…

The Bountiful Month of May

The Bountiful Month of May  It’s been a thrilling spring season for new plays on the New York stages. I’ve already reported on two notable ones (Sweat and Oslo) in previous months, but since they’ve moved to larger venues and are both up for Tony Awards on June 11, they merit repeat recognition. Sweat on…

APRIL IS “MUSICAL MONTH”

April is “Musical Month” in New York – and gloriously so.  Here are the highlights (five Broadway shows, one off-Broadway): SONDHEIM x 3 In case you haven’t noticed (but how could you not?!), there’s a Sondheim festival going on in New York this spring. Three splendid Sondheim revivals have opened recently, offering dramatically different directorial…

Rough Winds in March

Rough Winds in March The gales of March have blown in a blistery batch of powerful and provocative plays. The Penitent at Atlantic Theatre Company The unstoppable David Mamet has returned with a new play – this time, an austere parable on the story of Job that plumbs the depths of human motivation, moral ambiguity,…

February: A Wintry Mix

February: A Wintry Mix Brrrrr…….February brings a wintry mix of dark plays – some frightening, some lurid, some funny, some fantastical –  to the New York stages. Escaped Alone at the Brooklyn Academy of Music After decades of dark visions about climate change (The Skriker), cloning (A Number), dangerous political alliances (“Drunk Enough To Say…

January 2017: London, Alive with Music

January 2017: London, alive with music 2017 begins with the glorious sound of music resonating from the London stages. Amadeus – at the Royal National Theatre Michael Longhurst’s current revival of Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play is one of the most thrilling productions I’ve ever seen on the Olivier stage at the National Theatre. One could…

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