OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE

The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is an active player in New York’s independent theatre community. Now in our 14th season, we combine classic, contemporary, and new works in repertory. We believe in the joy of a well told story, the connection offered by a supportive community, and the magic of the theatre. More


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Last Season
Oberon presented a world premiere of:

ORDER

by Christopher Boal

"priceless...hilariously played" NY Times

&

OTHELLO

"a quality production" "poetic staging"



At the Midtown International Festival, Oberon presented:

by Duncan Pflaster

Nominated for 11 Awards

Reviews


American Rapture

"An unusually high level of acting --under careful and caring direction of playwright Alex Dinelaris makes American Rapture: The Lonely Soul of a Crowded Nation very satisfying." -- Robert Windeler, Backstage. Read Full Review

"What makes this evening truly wonderful is the concise writing paired with actors who know exactly what they are doing...This closes March 1st and is definitely worth the trip." --Tullis McCall, blogcritics.org Full Review

In a review that comments on each short play in American Rapture, Duncan Pflaster marks many fine performances:
"Note-perfect performances from all four in this one...The actors are all very funny, especially Fryman and Laney ....Verleny is especially touching as a raucous broad of a mother, and Gatton shows off his talented hands....Jane Cortney holds the stage in her hands as Molly..... Great performances from Walker and Martin make the play's power nearly visceral..." Duncan Pflaster, broadwayworld.com Full Review

"An enjoyable evening of theatre."
Travis Richards nytheatre.com Full Review

"Here we have a very good Stewart Walker as the wayward gambler incarcerated for a supposed rape and the jail house cook skillfully played by Diánna Martin with a tenderness and a longing to reach out to even an alleged criminal for some affection. Two beautifully written and acted character studies."
Oscar Moore talkentertainment.com Full Review

Much Ado About Nothing


"Mac Brydon is outstanding as Benedick, and is well matched by the performance of Elizabeth Zins as Beatrice. Mr. Brydon commands the stage with his presence and comic timing." blogcritics.org Full Review

Earlier Shows


Macbeth
"A clean, eventful and tight rethinking of a classic....and that push of the line is what keeps theater fresh and alive in the NYC Off-off Broadway community." David Stallings, TheFabMarquee.com

All-In-One
"refreshing...deft physical acting...perfect Chekhov...impeccable...finely crafted...fun" - Louis Lopardi, Artzine

Measure for Measure
"...a spirited production. The cast as a whole had great ensemble energy, and the minor characters were a delight. Too often, Shakespeare is a long, tedious affair, but this production sizzled..." Jenny Sandman, Off-Off Broadway Review

wives1_over.jpgThe Years
"'The Years,' written by Cindy Lou Johnson and directed by Cynthia Dillon, presents stellar acting along with an impeccable script to make this a sure fire hit for one of New York's finest theatre companies." - Amanda Scarpone, Broadway World

Feasting on Cardigans
"The story is surprisingly charming, and is warmly directed by the level-headed Amy Henault. Both direction and author are careful never to push the moth metaphor too far, and both make their points succinctly in each of the play's brief, declarative scenes. The acting too is winning" -- Matthew Murray, Talkin' Broadway

Road to Nirvana
"Oberon Theatre Ensemble gave Road to Nirvana new life, with a strong and charismatic production." - Jenny Sandman, Off-Off-Broadway Review

bear_ix.jpgUnidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love
"Director Tim Errickson and his consistently excellent cast of seven mine this early play by Canadian Brad Fraser for authentic emotional content, and as a result a work that always seemed to me to be nihilist and sensational now exhibits unexpected depth and humanity. It's also a ripping good show: Remains, part angst-ridden twenty-something melodrama, part suspense thriller, keeps us riveted to-and occasionally on the edges of-our seats." --Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

The Curate Shakespeare As You Like It
"Nigro nails the human condition; and Oberon Theatre Ensemble nails his play in this lively, likable, thought-provoking production." - Martin Denton, nytheatre .com

Of Mice and Men
"touching, triumphant retelling of John Steinbeck's drama" - Elias Stimac, Off-Off-Broadway Review

"This timeless story of loneliness and the human urge for home and companionship held the audience rapt until its devastating conclusion." - Michael Portantiere, theatremania.com

Moonchildren
"The Oberon Theatre Ensemble's recent revival was an intelligent, acutely observed, and beautifully acted theatrical experience that transcended categorization. The performances were exciting, true, and fresh; the production was simultaneously funny and heartbreaking; it was well-paced and well-designed; and it could (and should) have been lifted in its entirety and transferred to the stage of the Booth Theatre, the Cherry Lane, or the Ahmanson (in L.A.) to sustain an extended open-ended run. Director Tim Errickson displayed an unerring sense of the piece that never failed the work, the actors, or the audience, and the entire evening reverberated with the thrill of the true meaning of the word revival: a life restored to full strength and validity." -- Doug DeVita, Off-Off-Broadway Review

"this is an important, vital work by one of our most extraordinarily gifted if underappreciated playwrights, and the Oberon Theatre Ensemble deserves great praise for such an excellent presentation." - Michael Portantiere, Theatremania.com

Union
"Oberon is to be congratulated for the courage, talent and discipline it took to bring this larger-than-life vision to the stage." - Julie Halpern, Off-Off-Broadway

The Physicists
"The talented ensemble contributed portrayals of the highest caliber" - Julie Halpern, Off-Off Broadway.

The Tempest
"Production values a Broadway house would be proud of." Julie Halpern, Off-Off Broadway

Ghosts
"The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is young and ambitious...and should one day fulfill its commendable ambitions." - IBSEN News and Comments

The Taming of the Shrew
The company was comfortable enough with the language to take audacious risks with the text that paid off handsomely." - Doug DeVita, Off-Off Broadway