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"The pandemic pause has prompted a prizewinning cohort to ask hard questions about salaries, working in other media and choosing collaboration over 'scarcity.'"

And, as for so many others, a year without live theater has left these four women — some longtime friends, all likely to have competed for the same opportunities — asking how their jobs and aspirations might change when the doors reopen"

 

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Epiphany - New York Times

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‘EPIPHANY' REVIEW: A HOLIDAY PARTY, BUT WHAT ARE WE CELEBRATING?

"I could even call it a kind of poem, making music out of abstractions while traversing the past and the present, the real and the surreal. That this heady work, in a Lincoln Center Theater production directed by Tyne Rafaeli, evades any one definition is a testament to its grand ambitions. 

 

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Epiphany - FORBESWOMEN

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SHE FOUND HER OWN EPIPHANY DIRECTING THE NEW PLAY 'EPIPHANY'

"When Tyne Rafaeli first read Brian Watkins’ new play Epiphany she began to howl with laughter. “It stopped me dead in my tracks,” says the director of the play that centers around a group of friends who come together to celebrate a forgotten holiday called Epiphany. “I resonated deeply with how Brian walks the fine line between the profound and the profane.”'

 

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Epiphany - The New Yorker

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HARMONIC LIGHTSCAPES IN TWO FURTIVELY SPIRITUAL PLAYS

" Rafaeli manages the big ensemble cast—Burke, Francois Battiste, Heather Burns, the stunningly good Jonathan Hadary, Omar Metwally, Colby Minifie, David Ryan Smith, C. J. Wilson, and Carmen Zilles, whose voice cuts a bright, tangy swath across the air in the theatre—with wit and fluidity. "

 

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Epiphany - The Wrap

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‘EPIPHANY' OFF BROADWAY REVIEW: JAMES JOYCE GETS A RADICAL AND HILARIOUS UPDATE

"Tyne Rafaeli directs, and her mastery of handling both the broad comedy and the profound tragedy is remarkable."

"... uses that kind of physical comedy to lead to a place of mourning and loss and obliteration that Joyce himself would recognize."

 

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SEELING KABUL BECOMES A FINIALIST FOR THE PULTIZER PRIZE IN DRAMA

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NOMINATED FOR DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING DIRECTON OF A PLAY FOR SELLING KABUL

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Selling Kabul - New York Times

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‘SELLING KABUL' REVIEW: TRAPPED IN A WAR, AND AN APARTMENT

"As directed by Tyne Rafaeli, “Selling Kabul” has elements of a Greek tragedy and an espionage thriller. As a suspense story that unrolls in real time... Every detail of the wordless opening moments... will reverberate later on. "

 

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Selling Kabul - Vulture

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‘SELLING KABUL'  is a Claustrophobic, Effective Thriller

"...Tyne Rafaeli has choreographed her actors precisely. Taroon himself is chafing at the bounds of his confinement, so the siblings are deliberately out of sync with each other, hampered by the many things they cannot say." 

 

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Selling Kabul - TimeOut

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"Too little attention is paid to locals caught in the crossfire of American military actions abroad, and Selling Kabul puts a valuable spotlight on their plight as it investigates questions of loyalty and responsibility... and Tyne Rafaeli’s production evokes a proper sense of the danger that might descend on them at any moment. "

 

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Usual Girls -New York Times

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REVIEW: BRUTAL INTIMACY AND EXUBERANCE DEFINES 'USUAL GIRLS'

"Impeccably directed by Tyne Rafaeli... With hilarity and grimness, it connects the dots between pleasure, pain and shame."

 

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Usual Girls - Vulture

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"It’s one thing to be able to articulate your artistic goals and another to pretty much nail them. But that’s what Peiffer, along with director Tyne Rafaeli, has done with Usual Girls, a visceral growing-up play that moves from rambunctious to somber without apologizing for either extreme, its nuttiness or its anger. "

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Usual Girls - New York Stage Review

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REVIEW: USUAL GIRLS: ACHING JUST LIKE A WOMAN, AND BREAKING TOO

"richly entertaining and deeply unsettling...with driving pace and lean muscularity... Usual Girls will stay with you long after the curtain call." 

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I Was Most Alive with You - New York Times

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REVIEW: SPEAKING (AND SIGNING) OF JOB, IN 'I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU'

"Rafaeli's staging is a marvel of polyphony"

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In a Word - New York Times

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IN A WORD GRAPPLES WITH LOSS AND LANGUAGE

 

"...the director Tyne Rafaeli tilts the play toward surrealism, keeping horror at bay with quick-fire dialogue... the play ultimately suggests that even if loss on this level can’t really be understood, it can be survived..."

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Ironbound - LA Times

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"Ironbound" forces us to recognize the bitter reality of a system that renders invisible those hard-working casualties of the American dream..."

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The Rape of the Sabine Women By Grace Matthias - Time Out (4 Stars)

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"...Crowley and Rafaeli’s tricky tonal balancing act requires high-wire nerve, but they manage it"

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The Rape of the Sabine Women By Grace Matthias - Financial Times (4 Stars)

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"...by avoiding all trace of melodrama and sentimentality, Sabine Women confronts us with the bleak vision that rape is a basic fact of life. 

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The Rape of the Sabine Women By Grace Matthias - The New Yorker

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"...works well, both as a comedy and, ultimately, as a full-throated protest against rape culture through the ages..."

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The Rape of the Sabine Women By Grace Matthias - The Village Voice

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MICHAEL YATES CROWLEY'S "SABINE WOMEN" CONFRONTS RAPE CULTURE WITH DARING HUMOUR

"...a clever indictment of the blinding misogyny that underlies how our society insists on discussing rape, and the damage we all suffer as a result...."

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Actually by Anna Ziegler- LA Times

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SEX , CONSENT, GENDER, RACE: A POTENT COCKTAIL IN ACTUALLY

"...the minute-to-minute game-play in this production, tautly directed by Tyne Rafaeli, is gripping..."

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Actually by Anna Ziegler- Theatremania

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"Under Rafaeli's direction, Actually makes its issues complicated, and never passes judgment. ... too smart for clichés. It is not to be missed..."

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