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'The Valley of Astonishment' Off Broadway Review: Peter Brook Simply Explores Synesthesia

'The Valley of Astonishment' Off Broadway Review: Peter Brook Simply Explores Synesthesia
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Peter Brook, the great director, conjures up plenty of wonderment from out of thin air in “The Valley of Astonishment,” an intriguing study in the tricks that the mind can play. Performed by three fine actors, the 80-minute piece is spare in minimalist looks and manner and yet it easily takes viewers to astonishing places.

Currently playing at Theater For a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, “The Valley of Astonishment” interweaves the stories of several individuals whose neurological disorders cause them to perceive the world in unusual ways. Scientists and doctors try to grasp their cognitive situations.

 

Scareland Stadium’s New “Field of Nightmares”: Here’s a Baseball Team You Won’t Soon Forget!

Scareland Stadium’s New “Field of Nightmares”: Here’s a Baseball Team You Won’t Soon Forget!
BY PATTY BUCHANAN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey’s newest haunted attraction, an eerie baseball stadium in Augusta, offers bone-chilling terror. Baseball recruits (that’s you) are welcome t...

'The Money Shot' Off Broadway Review: Hollywood Trash

'The Money Shot' Off Broadway Review: Hollywood Trash
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A surprisingly toothless effort by a usually sharp playwright, Neil LaBute’s “The Money Shot” premiered on Monday at the Lucille Lortel Theate...

'The Fatal Weakness' Off Broadway Review: A Hopeless Romantic

'The Fatal Weakness' Off Broadway Review: A Hopeless Romantic
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Mint Theater Company brings to light another fascinating George Kelly play with its nice revival of “The Fatal Weakness,” his 1946 comedy abou...

This is Where I leave You: A Grieving Family Finds that Mourning Becomes Them Well

This is Where I leave You: A Grieving Family Finds that Mourning Becomes Them Well
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

There are so many familiar faces in the film adaptation of Jonathan Tropper’s best-seller THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU that it’s easy to believe you’ve...

Despite Great Cast "Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" Just So-So

Despite Great Cast
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM
MOVIE REVIEW

“Tragedy is a foreign country--we don’t know how to talk to the natives,” says Julian Rigby (Bill Hurt) to his daughter Eleanor (Jessica Chastain), and certa...

'Almost Home' Off Broadway Review: Look What Crawled Out of the Kitchen Sink

'Almost Home' Off Broadway Review: Look What Crawled Out of the Kitchen Sink
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

With its squabbling working class characters, Bronx color and mid-20th century period, “Almost Home” suggests the first act of a domestic dram...

'Love Letters' Broadway Review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Co-Star As Classy Correspondents

'Love Letters' Broadway Review: Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy Co-Star As Classy Correspondents
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
BROADWAY REVIEW 

Many dedicated theatergoers are likely to have seen “Love Letters” at some point since A.R. Gurney’s play arrived in 1988. A cunning little ...

'To the Bone' Off Broadway Review: Undocumented Immigrants Carve Out a Living

'To the Bone' Off Broadway Review: Undocumented Immigrants Carve Out a Living
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

A drama about immigrant women who slave in a poultry processing plant in upstate New York, “To the Bone” is a serious new work that deserves f...

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