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“A feminist reimagining of Stoker’s ‘Dracula’...Focuses on...Mina, sensitively and strongly played by the script’s gifted playwright...The journey on which Hunger & Thirst Theatre takes us makes this production vital and intriguing. Everyone...is stunningly good...Lubow’s character...is so real, so fully obsessed, scary, that we fully understand Mina’s fascination with her...I commend the director for translating his lucid vision of this deeply interesting script to the stage.” Full Review
“A unique and compelling, psychologically sound, serious and often hilarious story of loss, struggle and ultimate redemption through the resolution of conflict that only profound understanding can achieve...Beautifully conceived and directed...The stellar company of actors...profoundly skilled...physically adept...able to bring forth complex serious emotions as well as hilarious surprises. They handle the language with perfect precision and clarity." Full Review
"Ms. Hamill’s play gives us a vivid, panoramic satire of English men and women striving to rise through marriage or inheritance...The production is imaginatively staged...Ms. Hamill, in addition to being a terrific adaptor of text for the stage, is also an actress of great strength and charm...The entire acting company deserves high praise for creating engaging, often deeply humorous, compelling characters." Full Review
"A mighty play given a mighty production. It was a privilege to experience this moving work of art and I recommend it without reservation...The impact of the action and the finely wrought portrayals by these accomplished actors is one of astonishment...'Master Harold' is amusing at times. But it is at its best in establishing real, deeply experienced relationships, which, when they break apart, break us, the audience, also...Fugard has directed with perfect attention to detail." Full Review
"'Half Moon Bay' is quick and concise and makes its point with almost no hammering. It’s cleanly directed by Margarett Perry, and very well acted by the entire company...This play deserves future productions, and I’m confident it will find its way into the American repertory. It’s very much a story about commitment and temptation, ambition for the complex, ambition for the simple, and reaching for the moon, however you define that." Full Review
“Mint Theater Company’s production vibrantly brings to the contemporary table sexual issues which preoccupy us today...The climax is startling and worthy of our age, a gift from playwright...A company of great actors, due much congratulations on their masterful craft...Directed with clarity and sensitivity...This play deserves our attention. It is a descendant of Ibsen and owes much to that master of realistic social argument, the theatrical presentation of ideas.” Full Review
"'Checks' is a forthright political story, a vibrant cartoon in the best sense, liberal and concerned about issues which have enveloped all of us...Nicely directed by Ms. Fields, with help from music by Joseph Vernon Banks...The music and acting are good, not great, but this is a celebration for the neighborhood to keep people thinking and focused on resistance, on logical forward motion for the betterment of the community." Full Review
“A terrific production…The ensemble acting is so fine that our sympathy lies with them, all fully developed, all compelling…The direction by Hondo Weiss-Richmond is clean, clear and imaginative...Mr. Jackson’s dialogue is a careful and clever mix of what falls on the ear as classical...Nothing said is out of place; we are drawn into this new drama which has strong classical chops…There’s much here to consider in this intellectually and physically muscular production.” Full Review
"A first-rate farce…The ‘DingDong’ plays fast and loose and is often ferociously funny and somewhat surreal…Excellently directed by Hal Brooks…The Pearl Theatre Company of actors is highly skilled with the requirements of farce: facility with speed of dialogue and emotional changes, physical dexterity, and a balanced, light and yet authentic attention to characterization." Full Review
"A skillfully written, directed, and acted gangland drama set in a deserted warehouse in New Jersey...'A Queen for a Day' is a strong, nicely claustrophobic journey through the criminal underground. The playwright, Mr. Ricigliano, Jr., was a lawyer prior to his drama career, and he weaves a logical argument here. It’s certainly bleak and tragic, a bit more than just melodrama. This critic was happy to leave and walk into the sunlight." Full Review