Mary Jane – The Tracks of My Tears

Carrie Coon’s face is a marvel to behold on stage. Her emotions as the mother of an (unseen) severely handicapped son in Mary Jane run the gamut from matter-of-fact acceptance to heartbreak –  and if she can’t turn away from the tasks at hand we can’t turn away either. Mary Jane is a five-person, all…

Napoli, Brooklyn — A Place You’ll Want to Visit

Forbidden love, an abusive father, and planes falling out of the sky. These are just a few issues that plague the characters in Meghan Kennedy’s Napoli, Brooklyn. Despite all of this, the main character’s favorite phrase is “no worries”. This sense of denial might be the core of the many, and slightly muddied, themes throughout…

The Hairy Ape – Loose on NY’s Upper East Side

  Eugene O’Neill certainly couldn’t have known that Bobby Cannavale would one day play Yank in The Hairy Ape. Yet, this part seems to have been written for him. I can’t think of another actor who embodies machismo as well. Yank works in the stokehole of an ocean liner where he feeds coal into furnaces.…

If I Forget — Keeping History Alive

Liberal Jews unhappy about the results of an election. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A gentrifying neighborhood with rising rents. If I Forget could’ve been set in the present day, as opposed to late 2000/early 2001. The play drives home the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same. This comic and poignant…