A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater

The whole company of A RAISIN IN THE SUN at Two River Theater.

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A robust, crackling production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN is currently playing at Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, but you need to hurry if you are going to catch this modern classic brought to electrifying life by a superb company under the adept direction of Carl Cofield. This production closes October 8th.

There isn’t a weak link in this cast led by Brenda Pressley and Brandon J. Dirden and there isn’t a false emotion in this thrilling production. Once again Two River shows its strength as a Producer of classic drama. Book your ticket now!

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INDECENT

***1/2

INDECENT by Paula Vogel is a near miss for me. It has a couple of grand theatrical moments that take your breath away and some marvelous acting, plus I always love hearing Yiddish incorporated into dialogue; it reminds me of my Grandma.

Unfortunately, the conceit of having an Acting Company perform the play and the Actors play multiple characters in the play, often misfires. The personalities are too subtly defined and since many Actors are playing multiple characters who are performing the same role in the play-within-the-play, it causes everything to take on a dull drone. I’m not saying that I didn’t know who was talking or why, but that the characters were not precisely drawn enough for me to care. It’s a real shame, there is much of worth here, including a thrilling finale.

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OH, HELLO on Broadway

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John Mulaney, left, as George St. Geegland and Nick Kroll as Gil Faizon in “Oh, Hello.” (Luke Fontana)

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Even before I went to see OH, HELLO on Broadway (or “bridd-whey” as George says), I knew these guys.  I knew the mid-thirties comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney who portray two wacky codgers in their mid-seventies Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney). I knew these Upper West Side aging creative types with giant egos and tiny resumes. What I didn’t expect was the rapid fire hilarity flowing virtually non-stop throughout the show.  The jokes are sweet and loopy (“That sandwich has too much tuna!” see above).

Gil and George are roommates, co-authors and stars of their show-within-the-show about two aging roommates named Gil and George who get evicted from their Upper Westside apartment. Many of the jokes are about New York City history, Theatrical stage conventions and Steely Dan, all areas in my perview, so I was in stitches the entire evening. However, I can imagine inviting a relative from out-of-town to see the show and having them come away not understanding any of the references. For those of us who find these characters familiar, you will love this show. It is the perfect whimsical tonic for these turbulent times.

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