Native Son / Measure for Measure (in rep)
Off Bway, The Acting Company at The Duke on 42nd

Reviewed by Dan Rubins

BOTTOM LINE: Two shows are better than one? In this case, only one of The Acting Company's pair of productions burns bright: Nambi E. Kelley's passionate adaptation of Native Son.

...Staging Nambi E. Kelley’s ferociously theatrical 2014 adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic 1940 novel, Scott sticks strictly to the early 20th century setting. But you don’t need the signposts to find harrowing contemporary relevance in the story of a black New Yorker, Bigger Thomas...

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BAD NEWS! i was there…
(Off Broadway, NYU Skirball)
Review by Asya Gorovits

BOTTOM LINE: Joanne Akalaitis' site-specific promenade play looks at the role of the messenger in the theatre of Ancient Greece.

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Bat Out of Hell
(Off Broadway, City Center)
Review by Dan Rubins

BOTTOM LINE: Jim Steinman's batty, bloated Bat Out Of Hell is all revved up with no place to go.

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Tech Support
(Off Off Broadway, 59E59 Theaters)
Review by Eleanor J. Bader

BOTTOM LINE: A clichéd, time-traveling comedy about one desperate woman’s search for life’s meaning in a constantly evolving world.

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Round Went the Wheel
(Off Off Broadway, Broadway Bound Festival)
Review by Ed Malin

BOTTOM LINE: In a future where the threat and temptation of technology have been taken away, there are those who will fight for a different future.

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Last Gasp
(Off Off Broadway, The Players Theater)
Review by Asya Gorovits

BOTTOM LINE: A comedy about a sex industry startup attempts to explain what it is that women want in bed with Artificial Intelligence.

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Summer Shorts Series B
(Off Broadway, 59E59 Theaters)
Review by Adrienne Urbanski

BOTTOM LINE: This mixed bag of short plays are of vastly differing tones and styles, but all seem to focus on conflict in close relationships and are enjoyable in different ways.

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