Adam Cohen

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Reviews (19)
90
Theater Pizzazz

“Successfully and charmingly revived...This expert cast is genuinely effervescent and highly entertaining as directed with fizzy wizardry by Stuart Ross. Sophisticated it isn’t, but it sure is funny. Although ‘Enter Laughing’ is undeniably a product of its era, the jokes still land, thanks to the gifted cast...And every player gets a chance to shine...There’s plenty to entertain theatergoers of all ages.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Explores not only the nature of ‘appropriate’ workplace behavior, parent/child relationships and one’s own sense of accomplishment...An apt, timely production...Bordelon keeps the pace lively and her adept cast, gamely inhabits characters deeply flawed people...Nelson-Greenberg has a flair for uninhibited one-liners which brusquely challenge misogyny, communication and deception...The play is richly absurdist and a successfully astringent, stinging fun-house mirror.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“The plot hews somewhat closely to George Romero’s original film...Each performer plays multiple roles and they all excel with the given material...Walker puts the cast through their paces with quick costume turns, zippy choreography and fun projections. The one down note of the show is the bombastic band/sound design which overpowers the singers at points. That aside, this is a hilarious, witty, very fun evening that skewers horror movies and pop culture with zest.” Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

“Doyle offers a minimalist approach. Perhaps a bit too minimalist...It feels like one is watching an early rehearsal...And is more distracting than enveloping. But it does force one to lean forward and listen...Doyle’s eight actors leap from character to character – with a hat or prop emphasizing the change. The minimalism and starkness of the performances is a blessing. The ensemble’s work is sharp fluidly handling both satirical and dramatic moments.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“Beckman is an astounding magician and illusionist. He’s created a fun evening that will dazzle audiences of all ages with tricks that impress...Intimate-scale magic. Working on a mostly bare stage with a few tables and chairs, backed by a projection screen, he demonstrates, with modest props, a series of charmingly baffling illusions. He brings art to life a number of times in extremely creative and amazing ways.” Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"Savvy, engaging, fun pop culture entertainment. Well-cast, beautifully sung, fun, and funny, 'Cruel Intentions: The Musical' works on every level. Broadly entertaining, fans and newcomers will absolutely be entranced as the usage of song enhances characterizations and wryly comments on the situations....Rosin’s direction is strong – brisk, with deft characterization choices, wise musical selection, and astute casting...The cast is uniformly great." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"Actor Alon Nashman handles both roles – son and father – firmly, creating distinct personalities. His performance is mesmerizing and compelling...The performer jumps between the two with verve and menace...It is a brave production bringing to life the mental state and journey of an author...Nashman gives a brave performance. This treatise gives insight and new light of Kafka’s life and work. It is a compelling, well-done, engaging production worth seeking out." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"A meditation on winning, sports, performance, aging, accomplishment and the exhilaration therein...There’s much to like about this piece...What can top record-breaking spinning and excessive snapping? Sporting events have an illogic to their logic–as does this piece...The dancers are a joy to behold–expressive with big and little movements. There’s a lot to think about in this rumination on accomplishment and mortality." Full Review

95
Theater Pizzazz

"Tour de force...Sophie Melville captivates in an eviscerating, powerful performance...Owen’s script turns on a dime and Melville runs this marathon, pacing the space like a panther, owning the audience from moment one. The acting and production are theater at its most forceful and engaging. Intelligent, moving, highly relevant at sparking conversation on the wide-range of issues Effie raises...An incisive, powerful production." Full Review

65
Center on the Aisle

"This is a dramatic play with light hearted moments that comes alive thanks to McArdle and Gilman’s performances and the audience checking reality at the door...Your enjoyment of the play depends entirely on these two game performers...The train ride is a little long and it sags in the later parts with a too convenient, unbelievable melting of their hearts." Full Review

90
Theater Pizzazz

"This is a lovable, witty, spry musical with an incredible cast...Pinkham gives a deliciously physical, marvelous performance with astounding grace, sincerity and warmth. It’s truly Pinkham’s show...A gifted, mesmerizing performance...The production’s music...is delightful. It completely captures the whimsy and the serious-mindedness of the film. The lyrics are mostly rhyming couplets but it works...Cummings III keeps things moving at a sprightly pace...Highly enjoyable.” Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"There’s much to admire in director Emily Maltby’s presentation...Lerner’s book is turgid. The run-time of three hours is too long. It’s as if he forgot he was writing a musical with long patches of exposition without song. And some of the songs are snippets versus full numbers...'Lolita, My Love' is best for those who must see the entire Lerner cannon or the theatrically curious." Full Review

75
Theater Pizzazz

"The Pageant is cute, playing to their respective strengths and personalities...The pageant has the feel of 1970s television variety shows as rendered by Sonny and Cher or the Brady Bunch kids. It’s laden with cheesy jokes and good ones too...The comedy definitely feels burdensome – especially as the evening is a two act when 90 minutes would suffice...The price of admission is worth it just for the singing. The comedy is corny and goofy but it’s an amiable evening." Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"The production excels at finding the humor in the mundane; it pierces with a gracious, poignant truth of friendship. Haynes mines the piece for its quiet moments and visceral existential angst and vaudeville farce. She firmly redefines our notion of tragic daily rituals while finding the necessary, vital humor...There's immense heart to this production...Hynes direction is assured, filled with comedic grace and the brittle tension of daily grind." Full Review

70
BroadwayWorld

"There are many moments that make 'Goldstein' the musical worthy of hearing...A multi-generational family flashback that fills in the blanks with songs...There are moments that generally stir and interest the audience...The highlights of the musical are in the more human moments...Largely it works. The evening is a pleasant exploration with a sepia touch that reminds one of sitting on grandma's plastic wrapped couch hearing the stories behind the yellowing photos in an album." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"Absolutely delivers on the promise of sending up the show...The musical happily and hysterically depicts moments from the friends’ adventures...They find the underside and ridiculousness of the sitcom plots and the cast gleefully captures the spirit, vocal and physical tics...They fare best with highly comedic songs in the hands of a gloriously talented cast...Genial fun that zings the underbelly of must-see television with bite...This is a fun night out for any fan – casual or dedicated." Full Review

85
New Jersey Stage

for a previous production “This is a tender, moving, slice of lives. Mallon dialogue snaps with wit and craft. She in concert with director Mark Cirnigliaro create memorable characters with amazingly strong performances from Masur and Lawler...Together the actors create a nice balance – she’s honest, forthright and all too apt to speak. He’s guarded for realistic reasons – especially given her age...The production is credible, warm and engaging.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"This fun show hits all its marks with hysterical lyrics and a book that demand repeat viewing given the potential to miss due to audience laughter...Mining a rich vein for satire is a tough road but thanks to expert performances...this show scores...They are buoyed by expert direction and knowing dynamic choreography... For sheer laughs and fun, 'Matthew McConaughey Vs. The Devil' works...Towards the end there’s a bit a flab. But the cast propels you through it." Full Review

65
Center on the Aisle

"It’s a fascinating show that functions and malfunctions on several levels. Musicalizing Vonnegut is difficult. However, given the current political climate and general disdain for one-percenters, it is a perfect show to revive…The production succeeds in the casting of the leads…Where they flail are the songs with patriotic melodies, despite Ashman's satirical lyrics. The atonality runs thin quickly even with an amazingly game ensemble." Full Review