Author Archives: Theresa Basile

Blog PostsThe Unearned Heel Turn in “Game of Thrones”

When you follow a story for a long period of time, it can be difficult to separate expectations from reality. Game of Thrones is a story with over twenty years of buildup if the books are taken into consideration, and almost … Continue reading

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Blog PostsWhat Comes Next on Game of Thrones?

The long-awaited Battle of Winterfell in Games of Thrones has come and gone. There was less bloodshed than expected, fans everywhere lost money in their “which characters are going to die?” pools, and a powerful musical score almost made up … Continue reading

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ArticlesA Review of Strange Sun Theater’s “Wickedest Woman”

(This piece was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on January 22, 2019.) A modern audience that sees the world premiere of Wickedest Woman during its run at the WP Theater will know abortion as a controversial topic. The morality of … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: “Life x3,” the Universe, and Everything

(This piece was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on November 30, 2018.) In the new production of Yasmina Reza’s Life x3 by the New Light Theater Project, the host of a disastrous dinner party (Henri) laments the insignificance of human … Continue reading

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ArticlesA Review of “Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon”

(This piece was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on November 27, 2018.) Bernie and Mikey’s Trip to the Moon, playing through December 2nd with the Strangemen Theatre Company at 59E59 Theaters, is the first full-length play by Scott Aiello. A note … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Controlling the Narrative in “Escape”

(This piece was originally published on Manhattan with a Twist on October 31, 2018.) “I’m a person.” This line is said by all three female characters in Escape, a new play that just completed its run at the 2018 New York International Fringe Festival. … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Divisive Politics and Dead Presidents in “The War Party”

(This review was originally posted on Manhattan with a Twist on October 19, 2019.) In a century where American citizens are bitterly divided over politics and uncharacteristically laser-focused on the upcoming midterms, The War Party (playing for five performances in The New York … Continue reading

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ArticlesA Review of Renee Taylor’s “My Life on a Diet”

(This review was originally published in Manhattan with a Twist on July 27, 2018.) On the night I saw Renee Taylor’s one-woman show “My Life on a Diet,” my plus-one texted me ahead of time to ask if she should “save … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: Gay Pioneers and Preservationists in “The Pattern at Pendarvis”

(This review was originally published in Manhattan with a Twist on July 24, 2018.) Straight people have a tendency to view gay people as breakers of tradition, or rebels against the status quo. Whether this perspective manifests itself in bigotry and … Continue reading

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ArticlesReview: A Colorful Romance in “First Love”

(This review was originally published in Manhattan with a Twist on June 25, 2018.) First Love, currently playing at the Cherry Lane Theatre, takes place in the surrealist world of Magritte, where a young woman (a magnetic Taylor Harvey) wears a top hat … Continue reading

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