Voice Lessons

The paper chase: Doppelganger

This week in the Village Voice theater section:

This week in the Village Voice theater section, I become a Morning person, giving a warm reception to Peccadillo’s revival of Sylvia Regan’s 1940 play Morning Star about immigrant Jews. Though the direction’s uneven and “Regan creates entertaining characters rather than bona fide people,” the production sent “audience members, and even the occasional critic, scrabbling in their bags for tissues.” I also went back to the future with playwright/songster Ethan Lipton’s Goodbye April, Hello May a multigenre (sci-fi/romance/comedy/drama) play about New York in the 22nd-century, with an excellent cast.

Julia Wallace was less than ardent about the Politics of Passion, a trio of Anthony Minghella one-acts produced by the Potomac Theater Project. Wallace concludes that “neither [Minghella’s] plays nor their staging here seem particularly political or connected to each other.” Garret Eisler doesn’t recommend doubling up on Doppelganger, saying the 3LD play “opts more for existential meandering than social commentary. Instead of a story of credible human beings, the writing degenerates—even in the course of its short hour—into a platform for the playwright's Einsteinian gobbledygook.” And Andy Propst takes account of Professional Skepticism a CPA play. Propst applauds playwright James Rasheed’s milieu and characters, but finds “his overladen plot, director Kareem Fahmy's strangely laid-back staging, and a needless intermission combine to sap this 90-minute piece's momentum.”

And Tom Sellar settles in for a festive chat with Lincoln Center Festival artistic director Nigel Redden.


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