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“Jackson’s self-referential meta-musical loops around itself a little too much to be fully satisfying, but still offers plenty to think about and enjoy...Humor and some stellar musical numbers rescue the unrelenting introspection from being too deadly...The musical numbers...feel fresh and original...The production has a compelling energy and 'A Strange Loop' crackles with potential even as it fails to overcome some of the issues inherent in the concept. ” Full Review
"The play and the production unflinchingly steps into the most wince worthy aspects of America’s profoundly conflicted id...It takes a cast and director who possess a firm affinity with the playwright to commit to the work’s tonal leaps and hairpin turns and to find their way into both the humor and deep vulnerability required...All the actors are superb and perfectly cast...'Slave Play' is provocative in every sense of the word. Its explicit sexuality is necessarily confronting." Full Review
“Fish and company bring a bright clarity and an aching desire to this classic American musical...The one-liners crackled with fresh wit and the darkness at the musical’s core was allowed its full expression. Nothing was forced or imposed...The cast and musicians breathe fresh life into the characters and tunes, while the production’s darker notes and sharp barbs do not impose on the romance and joyful comedy, but rather reveal themselves to have been there, under the surface, all along.” Full Review
"Although Hook & Eye seem determined to at least touch on every aspect of social justice for which the context of a camp sets a promising stage, no single issue ever quite seems to reach the depths or pitch of crisis that would convey a real sense of stakes, whether personal and/or political...Where Hook & Eye’s real genius lies, however, is in mining the comedy to be had in the nuanced awkwardness of the interaction of strangers through brilliantly pared back dialogue and understated acting." Full Review
"The more preachy or saccharine elements of this coming-of-age tale are mostly balanced out by Fey’s incisive comedy. Most importantly, the musical retains the film’s cake-eating and having ability to so closely resemble the teen movie it on one level lovingly parodies, while injecting a fairly simple, but astute, funny—and yes, feminist—critique...Between the music, lyrics, stage design, and choreography, the dancing is the strongest component." Full Review
for a previous production “The humor keeps the pace up and the jokes land easily...The true worth and profundity of this play emerges gradually...The characters gain depth as we learn more about them...There is something so undeniably likable about the entire cast, who have clearly formed a strong ensemble...There is an energy and honesty to all of the performances...A light directorial touch by Taichman is surely to be credited here also; a laudable approach especially in handling a first script by a new playwright.” Full Review
"'Cuddles' offers plenty of moments of real humor, even as this psychologically dark play asks its audience to contemplate both the horrors and prevalence of abuse...At times 'Cuddles' seems a little confused as to just what type of play it is trying to be, although it does succeed in entertaining and horrifying in equal measure...Without wanting to reveal too much, it is enough to say that 'Cuddles' ends with a bang, a chill, and a question." Full Review
for a previous production “This all feels frustratingly like so much skill and talent wasted. Maybe if Schmidt had taken her adaptation deeper into the world of the disturbed young women who inspired it, a more profound understanding or sense of tragedy would have emerged. As it is, the treatment of their story feels flippant, and the treatment of Shakespeare’s unnecessary—entertaining on some levels, but ultimately pointless...It falls disappointingly into the world of gimmickry." Full Review
"This is theater that sets out to do something...A rapidly paced, often eviscerating series of scenes that almost overlap as one takes over from the next, returning again, sometimes as a clear continuation, sometimes as repetition with difference...It carries that slightly unfinished quality common to many devised performances...The more conventionally theatrical central scenes display moments of superb writing and are performed with ensemble-driven polish by the cast." Full Review
“A lot of the right components are there, but ultimately ‘Getting the Band’ can’t escape a basic lack of purpose and emotional investment at its core...The score is passable with...one or two stand-outs...Moments of comedy, a talented cast, and occasional high points...will doubtless satisfy the desire for a moderately entertaining Broadway musical for some, but its lack of vital specificity and sense of real importance exposes a missed opportunity for a more truly nourishing new work.” Full Review
"This is, in every sense, a play of two halves...A theatrical experience unlikely to please everyone all the time...The added value of smashing together two works is mostly apparent in the smaller details - but these are beautifully evocative moments. Even with an approach almost guaranteed to divide, more contentious elements are outshone by the general brilliance and vibrancy of the whole. It is intelligent and creative work from an energetic and innovative company." Full Review
"The overall excellence of the ensemble is one of the joys...Where 'Folk Wandering' attempts to plumb more profound emotional depths, the production suffers from a lack of any really strong connection to the key characters...The overall quality of the scenic and performative elements of disguise some of its shakier dramaturgical elements. The book...is basically strong on a scenic level, but does not seem to know where to land...A thoroughly enjoyable new musical." Full Review
"Despite the compelling human stories at its core, ultimately ‘Marvin’s Room’ never quite hits you where it should. Even the most poignant elements do not provoke an especially strong response and there are few surprises. With that being said, a well-written play, with damn-fine actors, and a strong production team may indeed be reason enough to bring 'Marvin’s Room' to Broadway. If what you are looking for is simply an enjoyable few hours at the theatre, this production offers that.” Full Review
"This is by no means a 'tight' 90 minutes and has none of the snappiness that might aid Juan in his stand-up routine. Vega nonetheless exhibits his own enthusiastic charm and is ably supported by the physically adept Sade. 'The Duchamp Syndrome' is a quirky, contemplative comedy, underpinned with some sadness; Vega has created a truly personal story here and he stages it with sincere warmth, originality and artistry." Full Review