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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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Nicole Serratore: US shows at Edinburgh assess the state of a divided nation

Making theatre about US politics is fraught. Whether he is deliberately snubbed or consciously included, shades of Trump abound in narrative injustices, narcissistic characters, and abuses of power. Some artists heading to Edinburgh are embracing his presence: as well as in the Shakespearean satire terms of Trump Lear at Pleasance Courtyard and the comedy Trump’d at C Venues, the President is parodied in Trump the Musical at the same venue.
The Stage Link to Story
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Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan at Bard College

Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan is a delightful but uneven collage of brightly colored music, expressive dance, and experimental performance in Christopher Alden’s imaginative revival. This long-lost Broadway score and J.M. Barrie’s familiar story get a stripped-down treatment here. a quest for love, perpetual youth, and freedom—remain.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Teenage Dick review at Public Theater, New York – ‘a high school riff on Richard III’

Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick is a high school-set tongue-in-cheek tragicomedy that riffs on Richard III. Discontent with being class secretary, and wanting to rise in social standing, Richard (Gregg Mozgala), who has cerebral palsy, manipulates his friends to try to defeat his nemesis and become all-powerful class president.
The Stage Link to Story
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Increasing Opportunities for Actors with Disabilities, Including Himself

"With the exception of Ahab, Richard III is probably the most famous disabled character in Western literature." Two years ago, when I first interviewed Gregg Mozgala, a performer with cerebral palsy, he said he was typically called in to audition just a few times annually. But he noted an encouraging milestone: 2016 was the first year that he had been acting professionally when he had two auditions in one week.
TDF Stages Link to Story
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Review: Secret Life of Humans at 59E59

Like the Big Bang, Secret Life of Humans packs a wallop in a 90 minute show–a suddenly expanding intellectual universe about the history of mankind that blossoms before our eyes. With rich sound design, clever set changes, aerial work(!) , and punctuated projections, this slice of science-theater leaves the audience with a lot to think about if not a little whiplash.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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First-time nominees offer reasons to be cheerful about the Tonys

It’s always easy to find reasons to be grumpy about the Tony Awards. Whether it’s overcritical omissions (what do you mean there’s no nomination for Angels in America’s James McArdle!?) or weak categories that lack rigorous competition (hello, best new play). But, ahead of this Sunday’s ceremony there is at least one reason to be optimistic: many named in the acting categories are nominated for the first time, and there are even several Broadway debuts in there too.
The Stage Link to Story
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A Gay ‘Inheritance’ That’s Generations in the Making

Seeing American work in London can give me cultural jetlag. I recently watched London audiences heartily cheer for King George III in Hamilton (played with psychopathic glee and a good dose of ham by Michael Jibson), but also confusingly celebrate the British defeat at the Battle of Yorktown. It’s a privilege to witness the differences in these theatrical reactions—to see how work which moves across the Atlantic cities can ring true on both shores, yet resonate in each place with a slightly different tone.
American Theatre magazine Link to Story
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Review: Bump at Ensemble Studio Theatre

Chiara Atik’s brisk comedy, Bump, about women, pregnancy, and childbirth feels embryonic. Atik muses about birthing experiences through the centuries—where a flood of internet information about the process can be as terrifying as no knowledge at all. But in only 90 minutes we dash from bit to bit without enough collective resonance.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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Review: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at New York Theatre Workshop

Failed rebellion, unexpected tyrants, and a fundamental disagreement over what equality and freedom are, are central to Caryl Churchill’s politically-minded Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. It’s not a perfect metaphor for our current moment though it certainly asks us to reflect on a world of haves and have-nots and how a property-based capitalist system rewards some at the expense of others.
Exeunt NYC Link to Story
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What’s Wrong with Brand Name Art

When I caught sight of a tweet from Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks about The Band’s Visit I was struck by his phrase “a Broadway musical that you can actually talk about.”.
Exeunt NYC 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

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.