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Nicole Serratore

Arts, Culture, and Travel Journalism

NEW YORK, NY

Nicole Serratore

I write about US and UK theater and my travels to and fro.

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James Comey and the Predator in Chief

As I listened to James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director, tell the Senate Intelligence Committee about his personal meetings and phone calls with President Trump, I was reminded of something: the experience of a woman being harassed by her powerful, predatory boss. There was precisely that sinister air of coercion, of an employee helpless to avoid unsavory contact with an employer who is trying to grab what he wants.
The New York Times Link to Story
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That’s What They Wrote and ‘That’swhatshesaid’

In That’swhatshesaid, the 72 pages of Matthew Lopez’s play The Whipping Man flip by—literally. As this happens, performer Erin Pike runs around the stage searching for her place. There are no female characters in The Whipping Man, so she finds no place, which is the point the artists staging it are trying to make—not about Lopez’s play, which they have no issue with per se, but as a representative of the dearth of female voices onstage in general.
American Theatre magazine Link to Story
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Review: Summer and Smoke at Classic Stage

It’s easy to see how a production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke could quickly go awry—with its heavy-handed symbolism, stark dichotomies (body vs. soul), and a story centered on an affected Southern “spinster” who is fiercely holding onto her virtue in the face of a man’s unrepentant desire.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Review: My Fair Lady at Lincoln Center

Eliza Dolittle is a feisty, self-aware hero in this revival of My Fair Lady. Nicole Serratore reviews. Let me lay your worries to rest: director Bartlett Sher’s production of My Fair Lady finds a way to stage the notoriously troublesome musical with a sense of where we are today. It is still Lerner and Loewe’s classic but how we read the relationship and battles between Eliza Dolittle and Henry Higgins throughout feels conscious of the moment we are in–this means less starry-eyed romance in the face of abuse and more self-awareness.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Children of a Lesser God at Studio 54

For a story about a deaf woman fighting to be heard, we spend a lot of time in Children of a Lesser God experiencing her through an unfortunate filter—a man who translates everything she says and ultimately is driving the narrative. Despite a diverse cast of talented hearing and deaf actors, the creaky age of the play and its patronizing tone is its greatest obstacle.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Angels in America: Revisited

Leaving Angels in America, I tingle. I am covered in tears and exhaling joy. The time has passed quickly. None of it has felt laborious. And I carry with me the feeling of religious devotion from my childhood. Giving over to a spiritual practice, my heart is lifted. It's the church of Tony Kushner and I feel blessed.
Mildly Bitter's Musings Link to Story
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Review: Lobby Hero at Helen Hayes Theater

Nuance is lost in Trip Cullman’s revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s play about a hapless doorman. Nicole Serratore reviews. Kenneth Lonergan’s gift as a playwright is his ability to set up the bruising pain of a laugh that crashes into pathos. Every quip has character consequences. Yet, when his work moves to Broadway somehow the carefully balanced sad-funny tone he crafts gets ground down to a brash haha-funny.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Dido of Idaho

Preview of Abby Rosebrock's new play Dido of Idaho
Village Voice Link to Story
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Podcast: Reflections on The World Only Spins Forward

Nicole produces and appears on this podcast episode. Tony Kushner’s epic play, Angels in America, had a famously messy birth and development. In their new book The World Only Spins Forward, authors Isaac Butler and Dan Kois, bring together the voices of the artists who were involved in that process in an oral history of the play. But the book goes quite beyond that.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Review: Nanette at Soho Playhouse

A comedy show from Hannah Gadsby takes a sharp turn and leads the audience on a self-reflective journey. Nicole Serratore reviews. When a sustained moment of silence takes your breath away in a comedy show you know you’re not seeing typical stand-up. Comedian Hannah Gadsby has built a strategic and agonizing moment of stillness into her show, Nanette now playing at Soho Playhouse.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Review: queens at Claire Tow Theatre

I worry that Americans have a tendency to ennoble our families’ immigrant journeys to the point of hagiography. For many, these voyages were messy, hard, and complicated regardless of what cheery Ancestry.com ads might have you believe. Playwright Martyna Majok often writes about the unromanticized plight of contemporary immigrants.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Lee Pace, Not Your Regular Joe

Lee Pace (“Halt and Catch Fire,” The Hobbit trilogy), whose previous theatre credits include The Normal Heart on Broadway and Small Tragedy by Craig Lucas Off-Broadway, plays Joe Pitt, a gay Mormon Republican lawyer, in the revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America on Broadway, opening March 25. NICOLE SERRATORE: Is it true that you first read Angels in America in high school?
American Theatre magazine Link to Story

About

Nicole Serratore

Nicole Serratore is a New York City-based freelance journalist.

She has written opinion pieces, reviews, and features for the New York Times, American Theatre magazine, The Stage (UK), the Village Voice, Exeunt magazine, TDF Stages, Flavorpill, and The Craptacular.

She is the Broadway editor at Exeunt NYC, the New York portal for Exeunt magazine. She is a current member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics Circle.

She was a co-host and co-producer of the Maxamoo theater podcast. She was a Fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute in 2015.

She has written about travel and world adventures for Shermans Travel and Frommers.com.

She has a B.F.A. in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has a J.D. from Fordham University. She is a former film executive and producer. She once had a prize-winning cow.