Nicole Serratore

Arts, Culture, and Travel Journalism


Nicole Serratore

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



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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ads might have you believe. Playwright Martyna Majok often writes about the unromanticized plight of contemporary immigrants.
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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?
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Review: Athena at JACK

“[Fencing] hurts just as much as it needs to be effective.”. It’s a hard world out there to go through alone. To find a friend is a small triumph. Gracie Gardner’s play, Athena, is about two young women who are well-matched rivals in competitive fencing and through their training form a tentative alliance.
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Beyond Whiteness

I once asked a prominent New York theatre critic if he actively made an effort to write about work from artists of diverse backgrounds. He said he relied on the theatres themselves to make inclusive programming choices and just reviewed what they put on. Not all critics get to select shows to review, of course. But it seems to me that being entirely passive in your selection is a political act. Particularly when you have the chance to pick from a large menu of options, as we New York critics do each January, during festival season.
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John Lithgow: Stories by Heart review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘sentimental and slight’

In his one-man show John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, the charming stage legend recounts tales of his youth but at the heart of the production are the dramatic performances of two short stories: a sour, dark yarn from Ring Lardner and a farcical romp from PG Wodehouse. These were bedtime stories that Lithgow’s father (also an actor) once told him.
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Review: Describe the Night at Atlantic Theater

Rajiv Joseph gives himself an audacious assignment: to write a Stoppard-esque epic play that travels through time periods and crisscrosses 20th century Russia. His story is both intimate and grand—traversing love, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, truth, lies, and storytelling. It also marks a journey of writing, expression, creativity, and imagination under increasingly restrictive regimes.
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Join the Herd in “Counting Sheep,” an Immersive Folk Opera Embroiled in the 2014 Ukrainian Protests

These days, revolutions and upheavals are broadcasted, hashtagged, live-tweeted. In Counting Sheep, the resistance is all these things — and, also, immersive. Drawing on live video, documentary footage, and the audience’s participation in the action, the show re-creates the scene of the Ukrainian protests in Kiev’s Independence Square from 2014, putting the spectators right at the front lines of the barricades.
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Review: A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order

Daniel Kitson made his Washington, D.C. debut at the Studio Theatre with a new storytelling show called A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here in Chronological Order (or ASSODPHICO). Except that’s not the show he’s doing. He opens with an extended introduction explaining to this audience that he was invited to do his previous story, Mouse, but he decided to write something new for the current political climate.
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Review: The Band’s Visit at Barrymore Theatre

The Band’s Visit proposes that no matter where you are in the world people are more alike than different. Overworked wives are irritated by unemployed husbands. Men desire women even if they are bad at articulating it. Loss and sadness can be carried for years. Jealousy, lust, longing, and romance cross boundaries, cultures, religions, and language.
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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 magazine. She is a current member of the American Theatre Critics Association.

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

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.