Every Brilliant Thing
Off Broadway, Barrow Street Theatre

Reviewed by Keith Paul Medelis

BOTTOM LINE: A nice holiday alternative, Every Brilliant Thing is like a warm cup of hot cocoa to cure the winter blues.

“Suicide is contagious” Jonny Donahoe tells us, referring to the Werther effect, or copy-cat suicide phenomenon. In Every Brilliant Thing, Donahoe has the opposite goal. By sharing with us his one-million-thing-strong list of all the world’s most brilliant things, we have a renewed sense of optimism in the face of such seemingly insurmountable yet ordinary pain....

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Christmas with the Crawfords
(Off Broadway, Abrons Arts Center)
Review by Alaina Feehan

BOTTOM LINE: Christmas with the Crawfords is a campy good time, but it’s not a riotous knee-slapper.

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A Christmas Carol at the Merchant's House
(Off Off Broadway, The Merchant's House Museum)
Review by Shani R. Friedman

BOTTOM LINE: Ghosts, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and holiday redemption are to be had at this one-man show at the historic Merchant’s House Museum.

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Nutcracker Rouge
(Off Broadway, XIV, Company XIV)
Review by Jason Rost

BOTTOM LINE: A spectacularly classy, yet raunchy, baroque burlesque retelling of the holiday classic.

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Men and Women Talking Love and Sex
(Off Broadway, Davenport Theater)
Review by Adrienne Urbanski

BOTTOM LINE: This play explores the ingredients that lead to a doomed marriage, sometimes offering insightful and comedic observations on the pitfalls of dating and relationships.

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The Invisible Hand
(Off Broadway, NYTW)
Review by Sarah Moore

BOTTOM LINE: This thrilling new drama by Ayad Akhtar features fine performances, strong direction, and Akhtar's best play of the year.

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Gelsey Kirkland Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
(Off Off Broadway, Schimmel Center)
Review by Jane Sato

BOTTOM LINE: Gelsey Kirkland's version of this classic children's story showcases the great training at her academy and its serious intent on quality dancing.

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Featured Artist


Fan favorite downtown theatre company Gideon Productions is back this month with a new play, Assymetric, at 59E59 Theatres. Theasy got in touch with company founders Mac Rogers and Sean Williams to learn more about the group, the show, and what's next for this genre-bending team.

Read the Theasy interview with Mac and Sean here!