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Joe Morton on Stage

Yvonna Russell | Posted 05.27.2016 | New York
Yvonna Russell

Thespian Joe Morton commands the Westside Theatre stage as the bombastic comedian, activist, author and presidential nominee for The Freedom and Peace party Dick Gregory.

When Is it OK to Tell a Lie? We Asked the Stars at the 'Clever Little Lies' Opening

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.04.2016 | New York
Jeryl Brunner

During a series of surprising twists and turns, everyone in the play has a lie that they wish to hide -- or so it seems.

"Clever Little Lies:" A Droll New Dramedy at Westside Theatre

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 10.11.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

In Clever Little Lies, every line hits hard. Playwright Joe DiPietro has no mercy as he portrays a cheating husband whose child-obsessed wife coddles her baby with the new-age spirit and energy that make parents dreadful company these days.

"The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey:" A 21st-Century Play for a 21st-Century Audience

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.06.2016 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

His sensitivity and thoughtfulness contrasted my first impression of him from a few days before, when he primarily portrayed a gruff detective from the Jersey Shore in his one-man show at the Westside Theatre.

Theater: 'Absolute Brightness' Great Actor, So-So Script

Michael Giltz | Posted 07.27.2016 | Arts
Michael Giltz

Performer James Lecesne's latest one-man show confirms what everyone has known for two decades or more: he's a terrific performer.

Seeing Lennon and Dickinson in 2014

Cara Joy David | Posted 01.02.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It is difficult to get me to a one-person show or anything that is essentially a one-person show. That is unless there is a Tony contender in it. So it's odd that at the height of the fall theater season I've seen two.

Theater: My Name Is Asher Lev Shines and Actor Brand Makes a Name for Himself

Michael Giltz | Posted 11.28.2012 | Arts
Michael Giltz

My Name Is Asher Lev illuminates the struggle between religion and art, community and the individual, and a closed society and the wide world. It presents a string of theatrical veterans at their best and a seriously talented young artist, Ari Brand.

Theater: Last Smoker In America Huffs & Puffs But No Nicotine Fix

Michael Giltz | Posted 10.02.2012 | New York
Michael Giltz

It's only 90 minutes but the show feels padded since the very slight idea powering it goes nowhere and the songs (lyrics by Russell and music by Peter Melnick) can only muster up so many ways to sing the praises of tobacco.