MvVO Art Launches AD ART SHOW
Off Broadway

The Moors A Place Few Will Want to Visit

The Moors A Place Few Will Want to Visit

The Moors

Over the windswept brutal terrain at The Duke on 42nd Street comes Jen Silverman’s The Moors, a weirdly satirical take on the Bronte sisters. Here lesbianism rules, as does a violent mindset. Isolated in the 19th-century deranged homestead are the cruel and forbidding Agatha (Linda Powell), her sister, Huldeygard (Birgit Huppuch) who longs to have her diary read and their scullery maid, Marjory or Mallory (Hannah Cabell), depending on what room you are in. One of them is pregnant and the other has typhus. Last but not least is the family dog, Mastiff (Andrew Garman). Enter Emilie (Chasten Harmon), a newly arrived governess who has fallen in love with Branwell the master of the house through a series of poetic correspondences. Branwell is missing as is her charge. Turns out the writer of the letters is Agatha, who has cruelly in prisoned her brother and was seeking a something more for herself. In the meantime the dog has fallen in love with a Moor-Hen (Teresa Avia Lim), his natural supper.

Most of the show is a pun on the Bronte’s novels and lives. If you are not familiar with the complete works of the Bronte’s you may not find this so amusing. I am a huge fan and even that didn’t help me find the macabre humor.

The cast is all well suited, with each adding the appropriate tone. The fabulous Ms. Cabell again excels. Ms. Huppuch is loony, Ms. Powell straight out of a dominatrix horror novel and Mr. Garman and Ms. Lim animalistic. Ms. Harmon just seems lost. The period costumes by Anita Yavich are stark and forbidding. Dane Laffrey’s set, gives us a brooding atmosphere. The direction by  Mike Donahue, just draws this whole piece out and in the end it is the audience who is lost on these moors.

This is a smart piece, but needs to be honed and less frenetic.

The Moors: The Playwrights Realm at The Duke on 42nd Street Theater, 229 W. 42nd St.Until March 25th.

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

More in Off Broadway

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo To Host 63rd Annual Obie Awards

Suzanna BowlingJanuary 18, 2018
Rebekah Morin

Then She Fell: An Immersive Maze Down a Rabbit’s Hole into an Asylum

RossJanuary 17, 2018
Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch of Harry Potter Fame Visit’s Puffs.

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJanuary 17, 2018
Eugene Gwozdz, Yassmin Alers, Kristen Faith Oei, Matt Leisy, Alex Gibson, Colby Dezelick, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Kimberly-Ann Truong and Stephen DeAngelis

Broadway, Off-Broadway Standbys, Understudies and Alternates At This Performance…

Genevieve Rafter KeddyJanuary 16, 2018

Divine Horsemen: A Story We Know

Virginia JimenezJanuary 16, 2018
Nora Carroll, Leea Ayers, Celeste M. Cooper

BLKS – You’ll Be Glad We’ve Got These Girls

Stephen BestJanuary 15, 2018

Kush Dhungana’s Poor Player Speaks To All Creative Artists Who Have Had Their Voice Muffled

Suzanna BowlingJanuary 15, 2018
Ballyturk

Giving yourself over to Walsh’s Ballyturk

RossJanuary 14, 2018
Pizza and Whine

Meet The Playwrights of WinterFest: Raffaela Capp and Veronica Kelly Have Grandma To Thank

Suzanna BowlingJanuary 13, 2018