According to Lincoln Center's new LCT3 project at its slogan, it takes "New Audiences for New Artists." It also takes new critics, hence the establishment of Theater Talk's New Theater Corps in 2005, a way for up-and-coming theater writers and eager new theatergoers to get exposure to the ever-growing theater scene in New York City. Writers for the New Theater Corps are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the off-off and off-Broadway theater scene, learning and giving back high-quality reviews at the same time. Driven by a passion and love of the arts, the New Theater Corps aims to identify, support, and grow the arts community, one show and one person at a time.

Sunday, June 17, 2007


Jump/Rope follows the web of deception that entangles three men and leads to the downfall of one.

Reviewed by Eric Miles Glover

Since the single Kurt receives the short end of the stick from Cupid all the time, he wants to transform his sexual relationship with the attached Alex into a substantive one. However, Alex does not want to end his relationship with his partner, Martin. As a result, Kurt attempts to seduce Martin in hopes that the couple will separate. It then becomes clear through flashback and revelation that Alex and Martin are real masters of manipulation.

John Kuntz wrote a sophisticated thriller that captures and keeps attention. Moreover, Kuntz, who performs the role of "Kurt," provides subtle humor that compliments the unsubtle sarcasm of Nathan Flower's "Martin" and Bill Mootos's "Alex." The inspired direction of Douglas Mercer utilizes innovative dramatic techniques to stage scenes. One of the best chronicles separate interactions between Kurt and Alex and Kurt and Martin at the same time. For example, while all three men inhabit the same space at the same time, distinct changes in lighting and movement alert the theatergoer to changes in location and time. Moreover, the creative arts contributions of set designer Arnulfo Maldonado, costume designer Valerie Marcus Ramshur, lighting designer Paul Hackenmueller, and sound designer Michael Bogden capture the over-the-top and transparent temperaments of the characters and plot.

Jump/Rope is a riot. Its clever humor, strong performances, and surprise twists will not disappoint.

Jump/Rope, Square Peg Productions, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street, through June 24, $18.

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