Reuven Glezer

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Arturo Ui’s Nazi parable feels horribly familiar

German playwright Bertolt Brecht is known for his development of the epic theater form, a didactic type of drama, wherein actors speak out their moral arguments to the audience. The form does not tend to mean theater of a wide narrative and thematic scope, yet Brecht accomplished it anyway with his Shakespearean gangster play, The…

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Tarker’s Thunderbodies surreally creates laughs

What happens when classic absurdity meets the modern conceptions of war? The answer, for playwright Kate Tarker, is Thunderbodies, the latest production from the boundary-pushing Soho Rep. Directed with zeal by Lileana Blain-Cruz, this inferno of a comedy takes the extremes and pushes them in newer — though not always successful — directions. Tarker clearly…

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Schreck brings crucial U.S. document to life

A deeply vital, relevant piece of current political theatre, What the Constitution Means to Me, is an unexpected firecracker of a play running at the New York Theatre Workshop through Oct. 28. Written and, for the most part, performed by Heidi Schreck, this 90-minute cross between memory play, political activism and a history lesson is…

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Brooklyn play shows an emperor’s downfall

Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński documented the downfall of a dictatorship by interviewing anonymous members of the Ethiopian royal court. So came the challenge for adaptor Colin Teevan and the creative design team who brought The Emperor from London to the Theatre for a New Audience at Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. It’s genuinely amazing to…

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Snooker and crime mix in Bean’s play The Nap

Richard Bean’s latest work, The Nap, is essentially an old-fashioned British crime comedy for the stage, running at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. A comedy ostensibly about snooker — the British variant of billiards — is not exactly one’s first idea of what might contain comedic material. Bean has proven otherwise by managing to extract…

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