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…

Horse Girls – Reminded me of why I don’t ride

Think ‘Heathers’ for the horsey set and you have Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Horse Girls. Although you find yourself laughing through much of this short play, it is dark comedy at its darkest. Ashleigh and five of her “best friends” are members of the Lady Jeans Ladies Horse Club. The leader, and queen bee, is Ashleigh…

I am Me – A Russian work comes alive on the streets of New York

I am Me is a one-act play written by renowned Russian playwright, Alexandra Chichkanova. Actress Nicole Kontolefa has turned the play into a performance piece, currently bringing it to the parks and streets of New York City. We saw a performance in Madison Square Park on a warm Fall day where a Thai festival was also going on. The play…

Indian Ink at the Roundabout Theater has lost all its color

Tom Stoppard’s Indian Ink is told over two time periods, the 1930’s and 1980’s.The play is about art, romance and politics. In the 1930’s racy Flora Crewe, having achieved some success as a poet leaves England and goes to India due to health reasons. There she meets and sits for an Indian painter, Nirad Das. The more contemporary story…

And I and Silence – Left me Speechless

Naomi Wallace’s play And I and Silence is an American tragedy. Set in 1950 the play tells the story of Dee and Jamie – one white, one black – who meet in prison. They become friends although Dee is color-blind Jamie is anything but. They make a pact to meet when they leave prison and…