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3 / 5
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Excruciating. The director who also plays the Police Chief is a terrible actor and I couldn't understand a word he was saying. As a director he can't tell a story and his actors seem awash in confusion. Horizon Theatre Rep has a terrible reputation among NY actors as a theatre that takes advantage of them professionally. Now we know that they take advantage of them artistically as well.
This is the worst thing I have ever seen on any stage anywhere. Rafael DeMusa is a dreadful actor (you can't understand a single word he says) and a worse director (totally inept). This is garbage. Run don't walk away from this production.
" De Mussa’s vision is well executed. He’s grappled with this bête noir of the modern canon quite well. The principle actors serve well, led by a bravura Maria Wolf in the complex role of Madame Irma. She’s a businesswoman, and if she strikes a pose it’s because she’s in the business of posing. Carlo Giuliano gesticulates so extremely that he nearly leaves acting behind, but he does it so well that we believe it. Rafael de Mussa (our director) gives a very solid performance in the pivotal role of Chief of Police, grounded and subtle. Jon Okabayashi gives the most interesting performance. As a wimp with military fantasies, he seems to be struggling to understand himself and the situation. We see him fall in and out of moments of clarity."
Horizon Theatre Rep's production of the Balcony is the most lucid take I've ever seen of this timely play. De Mussa is a fine and charismatic actor. I couldn't take my eyes of him. I urge everyone to see this production and judge for themselves. Hope to see much more from Horizon!