Category archive: Rocamora Reviews

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…

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…

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