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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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The Rose Tattoo review at American Airlines Theatre – ‘Marisa Tomei shines in a disappointing revival’

With its religious idolatry, white dress purity, red rose lust, and Sicilian superstition, Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo is an unlikely comedy. It’s a stylised play of super-sized emotions. In Trip Cullman’s production, Marisa Tomei plays the recently widowed Serafina, a once proud and boastful woman, now falling apart with grief.
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Slave Play review at Golden Theatre, New York – ‘searing satire’

In his Broadway debut, Slave Play, Jeremy O Harris sharply explores how white supremacy interferes with interracial relationships today. Harris plunges the audience into a disorienting swirl of anachronisms and graphic sex. This turns out to be extreme role-play therapy for three interracial couples.
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Review: (Still) Asking For It at Joe’s Pub

Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It (A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else) was created in 2013 as a response to our casual and omnipresent rape culture. I saw it in 2015 and enjoyed how it used the stand-up format to challenge that form and space to address how a lot of mainstream comedy and comedians perpetuate rape culture through rape jokes.
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Review: Wild Bore at NYU Skirball

I gave a positive review to a show this past week that many other critics hated. I found something original and unexpected in something other critics found boring, inaccurate, and rote. Some people were offended by it. I was moved. Am I broken? Are they? I do not think it’s actually so straightforward.
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Sunday review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘form-bending and tender’

Jack Thorne’s compassionate new play, Sunday, is more experimental and complex than at first blush. With explosive dance breaks and Gatsby-style narration, it tracks 20-somethings fretting about their future. But the play reverberates at any age, asking what moments in life shape us – from grief to love to just getting through Sunday night staring down a Monday morning.
The Stage Link to Story
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The Challenges of Staging 'The Height of the Storm'

"I need to encourage the audience to let go of their linear perception of what life is like." Jonathan Kent on directing Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins in a slippery new drama about memory. Jonathan Kent started out as a painter and actor, but everything clicked into place for him once he took up directing in his forties.
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Hercules review at Delacorte Theater, New York – ‘community musical staging of the Disney film’

UK audiences were introduced to the Public Theater’s Public Works programme through Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production of Twelfth Night at the Young Vic last year. Uniting community groups with professional actors on stage, these theatrical pageants typically are musical adaptations of Shakespeare or classic texts. But their newest venture, Hercules, is adapted from the Disney film.
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Edinburgh fringe review: The Canary and the Crow by Daniel Ward

Daniel Ward’s play with music, The Canary and the Crow, gives a semi-autobiographical window into the experiences of a young black boy at a mostly white private school. His story reflects the code switching he’s forced to do to exist between black and white spaces, and the extra pressure on a scholarship student to use this opportunity he’s been given.
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Ejaculation review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘earnest but confusing’

Finnish artists Essi Rossi and Sarah Kivi set out to educate themselves and the audience on women, sex, and desire in Ejaculation: Discussions About Female Sexuality. Using audio recordings of interviews with women and live music by Kivi, they offer an ultra-low-key theatre work that operates as a haphazard audio documentary.
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Watching Glory Die review at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh – ‘heartbreaking tale of teen in prison’

Watching Glory Die makes clear from its title where it is going to go. Based on a true story about a young woman who died in prison in Canada, it’s a bleak and unrelenting work looking at a dysfunctional criminal “justice” system that trapped this teen, her mother and her prison guard in a place none could escape from.
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Shit review at Summerhall, Edinburgh – ‘riveting performances’

Getting a brief glimpse of the shattered, abused child within the aggressive adult woman standing before us is a remarkable achievement of acting and writing. That the stellar actors in Patricia Cornelius’s play Shit can hold those two moments in time together gives this searing, uncomfortable play its power.
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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.