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'My Manana Comes' Off Broadway Review: The Back of House Boys

'My Manana Comes' Off Broadway Review: The Back of House Boys
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

The scene for “My Manana Comes,” an insightful new play by Elizabeth Irwin, is a pantry situated between the kitchen and dining room of a smart little East Side restaurant.

That is where four busboys briskly run the food, fetch the ice, stack the glasses, fold the napkins and reveal their low-income existence at the beck and call of unseen bosses.

Currently presented at the Peter J. Sharp Theater, the Playwrights Realm premiere is anchored by a realistic setting designed by Wilson Chin with white and maroon walls, stainless steel counters and authentic details.  These persuasive visuals, neatly lighted by Nicole Pearce, lend verisimilitude to Irwin’s play, which is a bit schematic in form but proves to be an eye-opening look at people who are nearly invisible cogs in New York City life.

The 95-minute play is mostly composed by Irwin as brief episodes covering the course of a slow summer at the restaurant as these back of the house workers hustle about their jobs.

 

'The Wayside Motor Inn' Off Broadway Review: The Way We Were

'The Wayside Motor Inn' Off Broadway Review: The Way We Were
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

Before playwright A.R. Gurney hit his stride in the 1980s as a chronicler of WASP culture on the wane, he composed a number of other worthy dr...

Stephen Hill did a lot more than ‘Seinfeld’

Stephen Hill did a lot more than ‘Seinfeld’
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An actor from New Jersey with over 30 years in the business has died.

Stephen Lee died of a heart attack on August 14 in California at the age of 58.

Lee played a number ...

13 Roller Coasters of Six Flags Great Adventure

13 Roller Coasters of Six Flags Great Adventure
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township just keeps on growing.

The theme park that just added the tallest drop ride in the world to its attractions this year will ...

'And I and Silence' Off Broadway Review: A Strong, Sensitive Drama

'And I and Silence' Off Broadway Review: A Strong, Sensitive Drama
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
OFF BROADWAY REVIEW

“And I and Silence” takes its title from an Emily Dickinson piece and much like the poet’s work, Naomi Wallace’s new drama is sensitive yet st...

Matthew Weiner's First Feature "Are You Here" Disappointing

Matthew Weiner's First Feature
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has tried his hand at a full-length feature film, but “Are You Here” (written before “Mad Men”) is unlikely to please mo...

He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not: "The One I Love" Movie Review

He Loves Me; She Loves Me Not:
BY NANCY R. MANDELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Thanks to restrictions imposed on it by director Charlie McDowell and screenwriter Justin Lader, THE ONE I LOVE is an impossible movie to review…which is probab...

'May in the Summer' Movie Review: Arab American Family Comedy Amusing Enough

'May in the Summer' Movie Review: Arab American Family Comedy Amusing Enough
BY MIRIAM RINN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
MOVIE REVIEW

Cherien Dabis is a woman of many talents. In addition to being the film’s writer/director, she has taken on the lead role in her gently amusing family co...

'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend

'Poor Behavior' Off Broadway Review: A Miserable Weekend
BY MICHAEL SOMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Playwright Theresa Rebeck invites us to spend a lousy weekend in a country house with two middle-aged couples as they argue, swill bad wine, eat disgusting muffi...

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