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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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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Midsummer: A Banquet
(Off Broadway, Third Rail Projects and Food of Love at Café Fae)
Review by Dan Rubins

BOTTOM LINE: Hungry for classy, fun Shakespeare? Have your fill at Midsummer: A Banquet.

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Those Before Us
(Off Off Broadway, Rebus at Governors Island)
Review by Anya Gorovits

BOTTOM LINE: A site-specific dance and audio piece by Rebis reclaims the history of Governors Island for its marginalized inhabitants.

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

BOTTOM LINE: For Summer Shorts, this trio is darker than usual, tackling suicide and illness, but each one is thoroughly engrossing, offering an enjoyable change up from the typical summer fare.

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(Off Off Broadway, New York Musical Festival)
Review by Dan Rubins

BOTTOM LINE: A Kansas City import at the New York Musical Festival, Overture's missing more than a strings section.

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