Nicole Serratore

Arts, Culture, and Travel Journalism


Nicole Serratore

I write about US and UK theater and my travels to and fro.



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: R+J:A Reimagination of Romeo and Juliet at Access Theater

Hypokrit Theatre Company posits a futuristic world without cisgender men in their new production R+J: A Reimagination of Romeo and Juliet. With a cast made up of women and gender non-conforming performers, the company maintains the structure of the original Shakespeare; the pressures of family, warring factions, hot-headed cousins, and violence endure.
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Oklahoma! review at St Ann’s Warehouse, New York – ‘a startling reimagining of a classic musical’

In his startling, minimalist reimagining of Oklahoma! , director Daniel Fish foregrounds the carnality and violence that has always formed part of this classic musical. It’s a thrilling jolt. Fish’s production examines the ugliness of an American community, a timely indictment of American “justice” and a bracing reminder of the power of art to reflect society.
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The Nap review at Samuel J Friedman Theatre, New York – ‘wacky snooker comedy’

Richard Bean’s broad, and at times crude, comedy, The Nap, premiered in Sheffield, the home of UK snooker, in 2016. The play’s plot borders on the ridiculous. It features a transgender gangster with one arm, a pole-dancing police officer, and a pure-as-snow rising young snooker player. Dylan Spokes (Ben Schnetzer, making his Broadway debut) returns to his hometown to play in the snooker World Championships.
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Bernhardt/Hamlet review at American Airlines Theatre, New York – ‘a riveting performance from Janet McTeer’

It would be a real thrill to see Janet McTeer do Hamlet. In Theresa Rebeck’s new play Bernhardt/Hamlet we get glimpses, though this is McTeer as “the divine” Sarah Bernhardt attempting to play the Danish prince. Rebeck’s play juggles a lot — women on stage, gender and power, love and ambition. Yet a lot of this gets bogged down in speechifying.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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

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.