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"A two-character emotional roller-coaster set in an unsettling era of political unrest...Although rigorously directed by Saheem Ali, there are a few too many plot twists to make it credible or resonate more broadly. To add to this, the artificially neat, bright kitchen and hyper-dramatized flashes of explosive projections don’t add nuance to the story...Love builds our intrigue to know more about that development, but then immediately drops the topic for the next sensational reveal." Full Review
"A delight…It is such a rare opportunity to see the combination of great acting, singing, conducting, and piano performance…It is an inspiring tale, coming from a playwright who deeply understands the soul of music, and not just its tuneful melodies. Felder is clearly someone who truly loves music and is able to capture, in words and stories, the transcending, life-changing qualities of great music from our past masters…This is a fascinating play, a must-see even if you are a beginner to music." Full Review
“The cat-and-mouse dialogue is witty, but what is most interesting is not knowing who is the cat and who is the mouse in each scene...It is unclear why George keeps showing up at Les's home and continues accepting his money despite his unpredictable threats and narcissistic behavior. The plot then takes a downward turn...The performances of both Bouillion and Seward are strong, the direction by Alessandra Affinito is well-executed...For those looking for political drama, it's a good choice.” Full Review
"The play is a dark piece with moments of compassion that seem unexpected for these characters. Although the tension builds throughout, it perhaps doesn't escalate enough to create real intrigue and excitement. The characters are also somewhat superficially written, and while the actors do their best to embody three-dimensional people, the plot needs something more to transport us inside the world of these desperate lives." Full Review
"This production utilizes an innovative group of actors/musicians who can perform multiple characters as well as play multiple instruments…This is a highly entertaining production immersing the audience in 17th century France…The story is told imaginatively through Barre's direction." Full Review
for a previous production "This solo show is a revealing and thought-provoking story...The sounds and music are often in the background so as to not overcome the solo performer’s voice. Being a classical music lover and a Mozart fan, I would have loved to hear more music...This play is ultimately a sad and contemplative story about Maria Anna Mozart...Director Isaac Byrne presents a striking visual ending." Full Review
"If there is a deeper message at play here, it isn't successfully communicated. The lack of material to drive the story forward and poor character development make the whole plot seem sloppy. When interesting information is presented, it has little connection to the rest of the story. Overall, the cast is strong in their roles as well as multitasking in different roles, such as John Gasper performing as Randy and other odd characters." Full Review
for a previous production "Even today, Asch's play is relevant and its core ideas are striking. This stage rendition loses some of Asch’s poetic, literary touches…I would like the moments between Rifkele and Manke to linger longer...The opening scene also does not capture the time and mood…Too many colors and styles in the costumes distract from the transportive power of the original text…I still think this is a play worth seeing and reviving, especially for its statement on religious hypocrisy." Full Review
"Each scene unfolds itself like a mysterious Chinese box, directed craftily and ingeniously by Lee Sunday Evans…The cast is outstanding, and especially memorable are Leslie Fray, who plays both Joyce and the curator, and Jennifer Lim…This play is definitely an adventurous departure from the traditional structure of most theatre, and especially with the inclusion of an art-installation into a theatrical piece, 'Caught' is worth checking out. " Full Review
"A lively electro-pop opening with long narratives and a strong female vocal cast...'Girl Versus Corinth' is more a monologue-driven show with occasional singing; it needs more music to fit into the musical genre. Catie Davis's directions and stage movements are minimal...More musical numbers—perhaps as commentaries to the various plot tangents—would also help make everything more coherent and engaging." Full Review
for a previous production “Transportive and deeply moving...The play is a testimony to great theatre not only in its use of universal language to express different shades of human emotions, but also the many repetitions of space, silence, and scenes within the play. This lets us savor and reflect on its intricate details...There are multiple moments that still make us laugh, despite being engulfed within a backdrop of an immensely sad story.” Full Review
"As the play progresses, Shenoy introduces many caricatures...Shenoy seem to bring these stereotypes up to make us laugh, but some feel so overused these days and the playwright only touches skin deep when they could be culturally interesting moments...The pace is evenly timed at a slick 90 minutes, directed seamlessly by Benjamin Kamine...If you are looking for a light evening with easy laughs, and don’t mind clichéd stereotypes, this is a play worth attending." Full Review
"A hilarious whirlwind of silly, bizarre, ridiculously laugh-out-loud songs—just as what you would expect when you played Mad Libs as a child. Except this time, Robin Rothstein and Jeff Thomson have created a musical where the actors pick out (and act out) the randomly chosen words, live...I recommend this fun, goofy, interactive musical for the whole family, especially for children over the age of 7." Full Review
"A hilarious one-man play that takes you through a wild ride into the “other” side of the New York City courthouse...The play is a fast-paced, ironic and funny examination on the process of going through a murder trial...'The Bullpen' offers a bold, original script and a lively performance that deserves a wide attention!" Full Review