New City Players’ ‘Little Montgomery’ is alive with humor, pathos

New City Players’ ‘Little Montgomery’ is alive with humor, pathos

Photo by Ryan Arnst Kimmy (Casey Sacco) and Megan (Krystal Millie Valdes) are best friends in Stephen Brown’s comic-drama, Little Montgomery.   By AARON KRAUSE At different points during Stephen Brown’s funny and touching coming-of-age comedy-drama, Little Montgomery, characters stand armed. Specifically, they wield weapons such as a gun, hammer,...

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‘Little Montgomery’ to conclude New City Players’ current season

‘Little Montgomery’ to conclude New City Players’ current season

Photo courtesy of New City Players A struggle is in progress between Megan (Krystal Millie Valdes) and Rick Montgomery (Todd Bruno) in  New City Players’ upcoming production of Stephen Brown’s play, Little Montgomery.    You may have heard New City Players (NCP) present Stephen Brown’s play, Little Montgomery as a...

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‘Tracy Jones’ is moving, funny at Island City Stage

‘Tracy Jones’ is moving, funny at Island City Stage

Photo by Matthew Tippins Cast members Sara Grant, Irene Adjan, and Niki Fridh act out a comical scene from Island City Stage’s production of Tracy Jones.     By AARON KRAUSE Comedy can be an effective tool for playwrights to deliver messages to audiences. Indeed, once we start at least...

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‘Rotterdam’ is relatable, touching theater at Island City Stage

Photo by Matthew Tippins Alice (Suzanne Ankrum) and Fiona/Adrian (Autumn Kioti Horne) play lovers in Jon Brittain’s touching play, Rotterdam.     By AARON KRAUSE Change can be hard for anybody, especially when they least expect it. With that in mind, you may find it easy to identify with Alice,...

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Island City Stage’s ‘One in Two’ is eye-opening

Island City Stage’s ‘One in Two’ is eye-opening

Photo by Matthew Tippins The cast of Island City Stage’s production of “One in Two” prepares to face the audience.   By AARON KRAUSE The last show that Island City Stage (ICS) mounted elicited plenty of laughs. After all, the play was the hilarious 1984 spoof, The Mystery of Irma...

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Island City Stage’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is consistently entertaining

Island City Stage’s “The Mystery of Irma Vep” is consistently entertaining

Photo by Matthew Tippins Nicodemus Underwood (Larry Buzzeo, back) startles Jane Twisden (Bruce Linser) in Island City Stage’s production of The Mystery of Irma Vep.   By AARON KRAUSE Comic brilliance is on display at Island City Stage (ICS). There, a side-splitting production of the hilarious 1984 spoof, The Mystery...

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Island City Stage demonstrates boldness by producing ‘Suddenly Last Summer’

Island City Stage demonstrates boldness by producing ‘Suddenly Last Summer’

Photo by Matthew Tippins An overwhelmed Catharine (Jeanine Gangloff Levy) rests her head against Dr. Cukrowicz’s chest (Jonathan Furedy) during a scene from Island City’s Stage’s production of Suddenly Last Summer.   By AARON KRAUSE A grieving mother fights to keep her late son’s reputation blemish-free. Family members argue over...

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Explosive ‘Armature’ erupts at Island City Stage

Explosive ‘Armature’ erupts at Island City Stage

Photo by Matthew Tippins Shod (Michael Ford) and Evan (Matthew Salas) appear in a passionate scene from Island City Stage’s world premiere production of Armature.   By AARON KRAUSE Shod, a gay man in Andrew Kramer’s sexy and searing, dark and disturbing new play, Armature, removes his white, sleeveless shirt....

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New City Players’ ‘Lungs’ is eye-opening

New City Players’ ‘Lungs’ is eye-opening

Photo by Ryan Arnst Marlo Rodriguez and Denzel McCausland appear in one of the more upbeat scenes in Lungs   By AARON KRAUSE In Duncan Macmillan’s devastating drama, Lungs, a woman and her lover’s decision to have a kid could come with dire consequences. Let her explain. “I could fly...

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Island City Stage’s ‘The Twentieth Century Way’ proves fun, relevant in 2021

Island City Stage’s ‘The Twentieth Century Way’ proves fun, relevant in 2021

Photo courtesy of Island City Stage Clay Cartland (left) and Alfonso Vieites get intimate in Island City Stage’s production of The Twentieth Century Way.   By AARON KRAUSE “I want the truth,” a character says in Tom Jacobson’s highly theatrical play, The Twentieth Century Way. Without a doubt, Jacobson believes...

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