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"Poignant, entrancing...It deals with death and, perhaps more challenging, is shot through with ambiguity. Still, the very young children at the matinee I attended seemed both engrossed and entertained...Though many narrative threads are left loose, the rich artistic elements of 'Aging Magician' come together powerfully...Over all, the music is crucial, by turns pensive and fidgety, solemnly harmonic and skittishly diffuse. The score is vividly performed." Full Review
for a previous production “An audacious and entertaining adaptation…The performance won laughs galore and a big ovation…I’ll bet Mozart would have loved this show…Crespo, the stage director, keeps the action flowing and the antics in check so that the inner lives of these winning characters emerge. Raphael Fusco, the music director, led an effective arrangement of the score for piano, which he played with a light touch and sensitivity, and five strings.” Full Review
"With Mr. Prince’s inventive, reworked staging, some tweaks and trims and other changes, not to mention a winning cast drawn from both theater and opera, this 'Candide' represents an encouraging forward step for the reconstituted company...No production, including this one, manages completely to resolve the stylistic tensions built into 'Candide'...But Mr. Prince keeps the storytelling focused and the stage action animated, especially during some wonderfully intricate ensemble scenes." Full Review
"With this inventive adaptation the Isango Ensemble claims Britten’s work on its own terms. Rightly so. If Britten could turn a Shakespeare play into a 20th-century British opera, why shouldn’t this ensemble turn that opera into a 21st-century South African theater piece?" Full Review