And I and Silence
Off Broadway, Signature Theatre

Reviewed by Andy Buck

BOTTOM LINE: Naomi Wallace’s new play about two inmates on the flip side of the American Dream is earnest but fails to soar.

IThe Signature Theatre launches its 24th season with And I and Silence, the first of three plays by Naomi Wallace. It’s a beautifully designed production, but ultimately an unpersuasive play, with an ending that won’t be revealed here but that feels unearned. The story moves back and forth over a period of nine years, with the earliest scenes set in the jail cell of a women’s prison in the early 1950s. There, two teenaged inmates...

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I'll Say She Is
(Off Off Broadway, Sheen Center–The Loretto, FringeNYC, musical revival)
Review by Shoshana Roberts

BOTTOM LINE: 90 years ago the Marx Brothers performed I'll Say She Is as their Broadway debut and today Noah Diamond presents us with a revival that will keep you in stitches.

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The Imbible
(Off Off Broadway, The Celebration of Whimsy, FringeNYC, play with music)
Review by Shoshana Roberts

BOTTOM LINE: A factual journey of drinking throughout history. A solo show, but with backup singers.

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Fortuna Fantasia
(Off Off Broadway, Robert Moss Theater at 440 Studios, FringeNYC, play)
Review by Ken Kaissar

BOTTOM LINE: A witty romantic comedy that compares post-college relationships to a circus act.

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I Feed You
(Off Off Broadway, The Celebration of Whimsy, FringeNYC, play)
Review by Shoshana Roberts

BOTTOM LINE: Romantic comedies are such a silly genre, but this one also has a rather atypical ending.

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April's Fool
(Off Off Broadway, The Connelly Theatre, FringeNYC, play)
Review by Adrienne Urbanski

BOTTOM LINE: This play is enjoyable to watch thanks to a clever script and a strong comedic performance from Heather McAllister.

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(Off Off Broadway, Steve and Marie Sgouros Theatre, FringeNYC, play)
Review by Eleanor J. Bader

BOTTOM LINE: Nick Wyman seems to channel William Kunstler in this poignant and politically savvy reminiscence about the legendary attorney’s most important cases.

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