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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.
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Clueless the Musical review at Pershing Square Signature Center, New York – ‘contrived and heavy-handed’

Though the familiar characters and central romance remain in Amy Heckerling’s musical adaptation of her hit 1995 film, Clueless, the nostalgia factor is undermined by contrived lyrics, heavy-handed direction, and some very odd design choices. It feels more like a parody rather than a homage. The production has a winking self-awareness that eats away at the original’s warm heart.
The Stage Link to Story
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New York’s Lark theatre laboratory: ‘We ask writers for raw, personal work. We don’t care if it’s good’

It’s all about the work for New York’s Lark theatre laboratory, which has helped develop Pulitzer Prize-winning plays and the careers of leading writers. Nicole Serratore finds out how it became one of US theatre’s top launch pads
The Stage Link to Story
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Off Broadway Review: ‘The Jungle’

With the rumbling of semis careening by and the sound of Middle Eastern music in the distance, “The Jungle” aims to vividly immerse audiences into the world of the real-life migrant and refugee camp of the same name. By telling the story of the Jungle’s creation in Calais, France, in 2015, and its eventual destruction in 2016, it hopes to bring attention to the ongoing European refugee crisis.
Variety Link to Story
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The Cher Show review at Neil Simon Theatre, New York – ‘fun, if clumsy, jukebox musical’

With nostalgic tunes, kitsch design, and oodles of Bob Mackie sequins, The Cher Show is a suitably dazzling new jukebox musical based on the life and long career of the singer-actor-legend. It’s basically a tribute show performed by talented impersonators, with as many cringe-worthy moments as funny ones.
The Stage Link to Story
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Review: The Chinese Lady at Theatre Row

Lloyd Suh wants us to look and then consider what our gaze does when we do. In his play, The Chinese Lady, what he has put before us is the historical figure of the first Chinese woman in America, Afong Moy. But not really. First off, that was not her name. She was renamed by the people putting her on exhibition.
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Review: The Other Josh Cohen at Westside Theatre

“I can tell you you’ll be fine. It’s not the final inning. You’ll soon learn losing everything is only the beginning.”. A voice from the future comforts us with this bittersweet statement at the start of the darling musical, The Other Josh Cohen. There are not too many shows that improbably include Darth Vader, Neil Diamond, and a porn star.
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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater: The Off-Broadway new-writing venue transforming itself

Coming to see the latest shows at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, which has staged some of New York’s most daring work by writers from Annie Baker to Jesse Eisenberg, patrons will find it unrecognisable.
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King Kong review at Broadway Theatre, New York – ‘spectacular puppetry, jumbled production’

This new musical version of King Kong, roaring its way onto Broadway, features some spectacular puppetry. But, though the ape is great, the score is wan and the plot a head-scratcher making for an incoherent theatrical experience. The titular ape dominates Olivier-winning director and choreographer Drew McOnie’s production.
The Stage Link to Story
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The White Album Comes Alive

With that succinct opening sentence in her essay, The White Album, Joan Didion probes the identity of the artist, the act of writing, and our compulsion towards narrative. But is her storytelling an artistic venture or a cry for help—or both? The essay involves 15 vignettes in which Didion flits between her own breakdown and hospitalization, her relationship to the Charles Manson trial, a recording session with The Doors, the shooting of Huey P.
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The Lifespan of a Fact starring Daniel Radcliffe review at Studio 54, New York – ‘punchy performances’

This new play about a fact-checking dispute at a magazine feels incredibly timely.
The Stage Link to Story
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Off Broadway Review: ‘Mother of the Maid’ With Glenn Close

Close is commanding in this muddled drama about parenting, faith, and trying to talk to your kids when they talk to saints.
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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, Variety, The Stage (UK), the Village Voice, Exeunt magazine, TDF Stages, Flavorpill, and The Craptacular.

She is the New York Managing 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.