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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: Cezary Goes to War at La MaMa

During Cezary Goes To War, a piece of experimental theater from Poland, I thought about how much we are taught about maintaining traditional gender roles by our parents, families, and communities. So often children absorb rigid messages of what is “acceptable” behavior for someone of their gender presentation.
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Review: The Conversationalists at Bushwick Starr

Jerome Ellis steps out of a giant stage frame that otherwise holds within it the new James and Jerome storytelling show, The Conversationalists. When he does so, he speaks with pained solemnity about the inequities in incarceration—the overwhelming rates of incarceration by populations of color and the higher rates of violence some populations in prison experience.
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Review: Fear in the Western World at The Doxsee

Deep in the catacombs beneath a new, fancy gated community is the sound of howling and keening. Is it ghosts? Monsters? Or something decidedly more human? This bizarro world of gun violence, bloodshed, and consumerism is the setting of David Commander and Rob Ramirez’s digital puppet-palooza, Fear in the Western World, which is part of the Exponential Festival this month.
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Most Memorable of the Decade

I had contributions in this decade summary.
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Most Memorable Theater of 2019

I had contributions in this year-end wrap-up.
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Jagged Little Pill review at Broadhurst Theatre, New York – ‘some scorching moments’

Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s iconic debut album, this new musical uses her music to explore serious subjects – rape, addiction, transracial adoption and sexual orientation among others. In fact, it explores so many issues it starts to feel overstuffed. Diablo Cody’s book concerns an outwardly ‘picture-perfect’ family, but this is far from the truth.
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Review: Keep at Studio Theatre

Daniel Kitson’s show Keep is about the agony and ecstasy of the objects in his life. I’m not saying the show was made just for me, but maybe I am. After 18 years in one place, I moved apartments this year. It was stressful, emotional, and exhausting. I had no choice but to finally confront all the things I’ve held onto in my life—an unrelenting mountain of my past that had to be tossed out or packed up and carried forward.
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A Christmas Carol review at Lyceum Theatre, New York – ‘an atmospheric, enveloping staging’

Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol does not reinvent Charles Dickens’ festive fable but it delivers an enjoyable holiday experience complete with choral music, visual panache and a jovial, immersive atmosphere.
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Review: Dr. Ride’s American Beach House at Greenwich House

Playwright Liza Birkenmeier’s new play Dr. Ride’s American Beach House delivers a sly unfolding of queer desire played out through repressed women in the 1980s in St. While Dr. Sally Ride, her lesbian identity (she only came out through her obituary in 2012), and her mission to space are critical background to this play, it’s the very earthly orbits of relationships that are at its center: the power of people that keep us still and those that launch us into movement.
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Cyrano review at Daryl Roth Theatre, New York – ‘Peter Dinklage is superb in a confused musical adaptation’

Neither a fully formed musical nor a staged concept album, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring music and lyrics by members of the band the National, struggles to find its groove. What it does have is a superb central performance from Peter Dinklage, but when he’s not on stage, adaptor and director Erica Schmidt’s minimalist production feels stiff and awkward.
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Review: Hamnet at BAM Fisher

Ghosts. Fathers. Sons. Waiting. Nothing changes. A tiny skull. Alas, poor Yorick. Sword play. Death. A ruff. A tiny Casio (?) keyboard.
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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.