robert massimi

robert massimi

I have been writing on theater since 1982. A graduate from Manhattan College B.S. A member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which recognizes excellence in both English and Science. I have produced 12 shows on and off Broadway. I've seen over700 shows

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  • robert massimi
    Published about a year ago
    'Ominous Men'

    'Ominous Men'

    Ominous Men at the 14th st Y is a body of work that tries to touch on racial tension (a lot of hatred for whitey), drugs, poverty and misogyny. The problem is that the nexus of the plays writing never does more than scratch the surface.
  • robert massimi
    Published about a year ago
    'Linda Vista'

    'Linda Vista'

    Robert Massimi. Wheeler (Ian Barford) is too young to be called a curmudgeon, so we will call him a misanthrope. He is a man who life has passed by, and why not, as he never really thought about his life to begin with. A former photographer who is now a camera repair man, he had heaps of accolades thrust upon him for his great pictures, yet he discounts others' opinions about his work. Although we never know why he actually quit being a photographer (the paper he worked at in Chicago cut its staff), we can surmise that it has to do with his aloofness toward life, his deep down hatred towards it. Or it could be that the birth of his son Gabe threw him into life's tailspin. Tracy Letts never fully explains the turmoil in Wheeler's life, he only dabbled in it.
  • robert massimi
    Published about a year ago
    'The Wrong Man'

    'The Wrong Man'

    Robert Massimi. The Wrong Man playing at MCC's new digs is a musical about a man who struggles in his life and gets accused of murder. Set with really good songs, choreography, lighting and costumes, this 90-minute intermission-less play glides through its plot. Both enjoyable and resonant, Joshua Henry and ensemble are terrific.
  • robert massimi
    Published about a year ago
    'Killing An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe'

    'Killing An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe'

    Robert Massimi. Why do we really go see off-off Broadway? For me it has always been about finding that hidden gem, whether it was a really cool theater, that undiscovered actor, director or show that will make it to Broadway or have some credit of note. Off-off Broadway has always been about the aforementioned but more, or equally important, the use of these smaller spaces and how they use great imagination to put these shows on in such economical areas.
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    Published about a year ago
    'Pippin'

    'Pippin'

    Robert Massimi. When you talk about great theater that has been performed not just on Broadway or London's West End, but around the world, Pippin is one show that will always come up as one of the great one's. Pippin is a show that has a little something for everyone... good songs, staging, and a very interesting story. It is the story about Charlemagne, or King Charles The First. Charlemagne was a religious man, he spread Christianity over Saxony and much of Western Europe in the 700s. He was King of the Franks, King of the Lombard's, and emperor of the Romans in 800 AD.
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    Published about a year ago
    'The Height of the Storm'

    'The Height of the Storm'

    Robert Massimi. Plays about old age can vary significantly; from Waverly Gallery to On Golden Pond, it can be sad, humorous, devastating, or confusing. With great acting in in this play, it is still the latter that is The Height Of The Storm. The audience is never sure what is going on throughout the performance. We grapple with the death of either the husband Andre (Johnathan Pryce), or his wife Madeline (Eileen Atkins). Never sure where the show will take us, we watch these two legends perform magnificently.