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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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Review: The Naturalists at Walkerspace

There are a lot of secrets being kept by the characters in Jaki McCarrick’s play The Naturalists. When they finally spill out in a glut, it can stretch credulity. This new play set in contemporary Ireland offers some moments of beautifully written prose and a carefully calibrated central performance.
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Off Broadway Review: ‘Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties’

Anger, love, and loneliness are comedically but honestly rendered in this occasionally absurd, stylized, queer-centric play that speaks openly and often about p—y.
Variety Link to Story
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Edinburgh fringe review: The Chore of Enchantment at Underbelly

There’s something deeply satisfying in the chill, philosophical style of Vincent Gambini the magician. His show, The Chore of Enchantment, is what he calls a theater magic show which means to him it is “slower and a bit sad.”. So if you’re expecting loud and splashy, you might be disappointed. I’ve always found magicians a bit needy.
Exeunt Magazine Link to Story
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Extinguished Things review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘restrained exploration of the traces we leave behind’

Writer-performer Molly Taylor unpacks the lives of the couple she grew up down the street from. A jumble of memories, objects and incidents, this fictional reconstruction of a couple’s life looks at sex, race, love and grief. While extraordinary meaning can blossom from ordinary lives, deeper resonance is missing in this thoughtful but gentle story.
The Stage Link to Story
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Never Vera Blue review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘Intricately told story of domestic abuse’

Linking together several non-linear storytelling strands, Never Vera Blue by Alexandra Wood addresses the experience of domestic abuse and violence. From subtle manipulation to attacks on self-esteem and increasing isolation, the play seeks to expose this destructive world from the inside out. While its inevitability is telegraphed from the start, it’s still a creative approach to a difficult subject.
The Stage Link to Story
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Egg review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘exuberant aerial work’

Marrying aerial movement to the process of egg donation may not be the most obvious of creative choices, but the physical risks and emotional leaps of faith in that act become centered through this expressive form. Egg mixes the clinical with the personal for something that is both informative and gripping.
The Stage Link to Story
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Edinburgh Review: One Life Stand at Summerhall

With the glow of phone screens and the plink of notifications, Eve Nicol’s One Life Stand is about contemporary intimacy in our screen-centric age. Her thrilling three-character gig theatre piece looks at the challenges of speaking honestly with those closest to you while finding temporary solace in strangers.
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Trump Lear review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘Strange, amusing blend of Shakespeare and Donald Trump’

David Carl and Michole Biancosino’s Trump Lear manages to be both a fair rendering of an abridged production of Shakespeare’s Lear and an astute imagined conflict with the 45th president. Far from a gimmick, the meta-commentary of the show argues that Trump is poisoning comedy and art just as he does this show.
The Stage Link to Story
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Edinburgh review: Angry Alan at Underbelly

In Penelope Skinner’s play Angry Alan, it feels liberating and a little naughty to laugh in the lead character Roger’s face. Roger (Donald Sage Mackay) is a newbie to the Men’s Rights Movement and he’s found answers to all his problems through very “serious” YouTube videos that expose the “truth” (the play allegedly uses real clips).
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Heroine review at Assembly Hall, Edinburgh – ‘eye-opening story of a soldier’s sexual assault’

Sexual violence in the US military is all too frequent, under-reported, and rarely prosecuted. Writer-performer Mary Jane Wells’ one-woman show Heroine recounts some of the real-life experiences of an American sergeant who was gang raped by men in her unit and then sent into combat alongside her attackers.
The Stage Link to Story
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Re: Production review at Zoo Southside, Edinburgh – ‘smart look at career and family challenges’

What happens when a couple is in love and want to spend the rest of their lives together, but the question of starting a family starts to divide them? In Re: Production, playwright Jenna May Hobbs and director Suzanna Ward approach this serious issue in a playful manner – with music, dancing and light audience interaction – shading out the complexities of modern parenthood for heterosexual couples today.
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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 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.