September 19, 2006

Review: ‘The Beginning of the And’

Filed under: Reviews — offoffbway @ 11:15 am

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‘The Beginning of the And’
Audax Theatre at the 78th Street Theatre Lab
Production closed; info here.
review by Naneh Israelyan

A play significantly infused with the nature of common interactions and human behavior, The Beginning of the And, written by Daniel Roberts, presents us with three unrelated narratives (all of which include a humorous filmed prologue) that involve colorful characters with quirky personalities. The first of the three, entitled “Apps,” begins with a newlywed on his honeymoon waiting for his fiancé to arrive in order to have dinner and have a long awaited “conversation” about marriage. But as Bob Meyers waits in the hotel bar, he meets two regulars (as well as an overly fabricated bartender): a charming man, strangely obsessed with the art of appetizers and the right drinks to go with them, and Mr. Burns, more secretly known as Ringo Starr. “Burns” remains blindfolded for majority of his performance, occasionally passing incoherent comments; however, it is he that ultimately makes Bob realize that, although a series of alcoholic drinks may force a man to realize that marriage is nothing more than a job without substance, he is perfectly content with his overly obnoxious and spiteful wife.

September 13, 2006

Photos from ‘Valentyne and Orson’

Filed under: For Kids,Links,Outdoors,Photos,Reviews — offoffbway @ 4:41 pm

Here are some pics from ‘Valentyne and Orson’ which we wrote about yesterday. Today, the New York Times review came out. Coincidence? We think not.

Lil’ teeny pics below, larger sized shots on this page. Get ticket info here.

August 24, 2006

Review: ‘The Pool With Five Porches’

Filed under: Reviews — offoffbway @ 11:55 am

The Pool With Five Porches - click for full-size image
‘The Pool With Five Porches’
Ticket and venue info
review by Naneh Israelyan

An ambitious play on the idea of miracles, The Pool With Five Porches is as delicate with significance as it is rough with its aggressive characters and fuming dialogue. Regardless, playwright Peter Zablotsky succeeds in maintaining a fantastic balance between the play’s hotheaded, stern personalities and their more or less softer demeanor learning to compromise in order to bring each other to their final destination: the miracle pool.

July 14, 2006

offoffonline Featured Review

Filed under: Links,Opinions,Reviews — offoffbway @ 11:12 am

From offoffonline:
The Featured Review, Three Sisters, assesses a contemporary playwright’s updated version of a classic Chekhov play. No longer in turn-of-the-century Russia, Olga, Masha, and Irina are now exiled to the outer boroughs of Manhattan and longing for their beloved Upper West Side duplex.

Okay, that’s just a little too contemporary for our taste. Do they also have pet cats? And was the duplex rent controlled? Did the landlord lock them out when they left the house unattended for the first time in 25 years? Do they browse open houses while waiting for their brunch reservations? Ah, Chekhov, we hardly knew ye.

offoffonline – review – Three Sisters – Rising Phoenix Rep
Three Sisters

July 1, 2006

Review: `The Wedding Singer’

Filed under: Links,Reviews,Silliness — offoffbway @ 9:38 pm

This isn’t really off-off, but it is a review of The Wedding Singer from a New Jersey magazine, which we just thought was kinda funny.

Review: `The Wedding Singer’ (

The Wedding Singer (2006 Original Broadway Cast)
The Wedding Singer (2006 Original Broadway Cast)

The Wedding Singer: Music From The Motion Picture
The Wedding Singer: Music From The Motion Picture

The Wedding Singer Volume 2: More Music From The Motion Picture
The Wedding Singer Volume 2: More Music From The Motion Picture

June 27, 2006

Nice review for The Mint

Filed under: Links,News,Reviews — offoffbway @ 5:01 pm

George Hunka calls SUSAN AND GOD “a rare gem”, which is a good quote, unlike this one.

Susan and God – Review – Theater – New York Times

There’s a quote for the ad

Filed under: Links,News,Reviews — offoffbway @ 4:57 pm

“Well-meaning but tedious!” – The New York Times

Shakespeare Is Dead – Review – Theater – New York Times