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"A fast-paced, witty, chronological epic that charts the arcs of the characters and their bumpy relationship...Buffini cleverly employs two sets...of these headstrong female leaders...The actors beautifully draw out the play at lightning speed, with drama and wry humor...Buffini takes creative license by imagining their thoughts and private conversations, but succeeds in skillfully, creatively, showing two immensely powerful women." Full Review
"Ranger’s creative and clever dramatization that gorgeously weaves together biblical and modern dialogue and cultural touchstones with feminist issues and viewpoints...This funny, moving mash-up stays faithful to the Biblical story and grafts it into the present-day...What makes this compact play so powerful is Ranger’s language, her ability to quickly swing from poetry to Old Testament phrasing...The cast is outstanding." Full Review
"Playwright Seth Panitch has a master’s command of the form...Lawrence Jackson’s choreography is skillful. It’s hard to believe the shenanigans on the court are practiced and not improvised...Players Will Badgett and Ted Barton are especially notable here, playing multiple roles with skill and professionalism...There’s a brilliant moment when the six players have finally shed their anger and are all in, playing for the sheer love of the game." Full Review
“This talented group reads their audience, even as they plow through their hilarious and exaggerated plotlines. As they expertly transition between a multitude of characters, hopping between dialogue and short choreographed numbers, their abilities can be overshadowed by their madcap delivery. Don’t be fooled – these guys are seasoned experts who have the chops...Superbly synchronized, absurd, physical and exuberant...Can rightly be billed as the next-gen Monty Python.” Full Review
"A messy look at one woman's rags-to-riches journey...An odd, jumbled piece interspersed with musical numbers that don't quite fit...The transitions can be clunky and even confusing as Holum moves between personas...Holum has ferocious energy and can bring emotion and humor to the fantastic songs and the performance, but this reviewer overall found the piece to be lacking in cohesion and message." Full Review
"The play looks honestly at gay intimacy, and asks if a committed marriage truly be open...Patrick Reilly as Darius is flawless, his character articulating the complexities of gay culture without descending into caricature. Robbie Simpson, as the more mature partner in the marriage, is a standout...I took off a star for the play’s last sequences, which drew out uncomfortably with long pauses of moody silence and brings the play’s brilliant momentum to a grinding halt." Full Review
"A hilarious, sexy, scathing farce...Director Craig Smith and his team have come up with unique flourishes that add amazing details to the stage action: dogs barking, background music and amusing piano flourishes that serve as a soundtrack, even incense and perfume. The production makes this 53-year-old play just as incendiary and sordid as it was when it debuted. It’s deliciously perverse and genuinely funny." Full Review
“Fleming and her husband, Williams, deliver this fascinating love story with thoughtfulness, pride, and creativity. It’s an unforgettable, poignant look at the war, family, the wrenching moments of separation and loss, and finally, joy...Fleming and Williams have done a masterful job of pulling the meat out of her parents’ letters, illustrating not only the randomness madness of war but the banality and beauty of home...The piece has a beautifully executed arc.” Full Review
"An unsettling glimpse into the dynamics of a destructive love triangle and its aftereffects...The play does a wonderful job exploring power dynamics and the longing for commitment...Behind the stage, where Sam lingers in his purgatory, words pulled from the dialogue appear on a backdrop and begin to scramble, a literal view of how communication becomes skewed and fragmented...An unusual way to dramatize souls in limbo." Full Review
“Folds together physical comedy, pop culture references, the occasional dance number, ingenious lo-fi costumes and props, and just plain good-fun nonsense...The perfect balm for a weary world...There’s a big murder reveal, followed by a Metallica dance number. It’s not supposed to make sense. It’s stream-of-consciousness delight.” Full Review
"Caplan is the dazzling centerpiece of the creative and unforgettable tale...This performance piece is brilliantly moving and often riotously funny, an emotional juxtaposition of humanity and humor that deepens the experience...Caplan is a profound performer, who can swing between humor and gravity with ease, and here his incredible gifts are on display...A beautifully structured piece – go to see it for Caplan’s magnificent abilities to transport and uplift you." Full Review
"A thrilling, inventive, physical, breathless re-telling of the Battle of the Sexes...The play smartly moves away from the heaviness on and off the court...Told with impossibly tight choreography, funny interludes and unabashed energy, directors Demos and Flint have taken an already creative script from Armento and Lavery and fashioned it into an innovative, ambitious, unforgettable performance." Full Review
"This resonant piece brings life to the news stories about veterans’ struggles and the larger issues of psychological trauma and a cumbersome VA system...Joel Perez does an outstanding job as Dennis...Director Ben Williams has taken an awkward space and found creative uses for it...An illuminating work of a veteran struggling to get out of the fringes, this is a fast-paced, moving, timely play that brings a humanity to the veteran’s plight, executed with sensitivity and creativity." Full Review