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"It’s likely that the intended audience for this piece, the early grammar school set, might not quite grasp this world. However, through astounding performances, intriguing set design and an air of honest darkness surrounded by silly levity, they like what they see...Fantastical and awe-inspiring, 'Machine de Cirque' is a blast for the kiddies and has enough depth for their grown-ups in tow. The new age of circus has arrived." Full Review
“A production that attempts to find simplicity and clarity in an otherwise wacky and even preposterous script. It succeeds at some turns through sheer talent and conviction but gets cloudy at others...Lyrics are forgettable at best and downright silly at their worst. However, the music is lovely...The performances in this production are truly worth watching...The ensemble sings beautifully and exudes an eye-catching stage presence in spite of a script that offers them little to play with.” Full Review
"It falls into overwrought pretention and flat theatrics...There is a lot to work with here socially, emotionally and religiously. Unfortunately, this production does not tackle any of those things. Stylistically, it focuses on poetic presentational language, creative sound design, and has ignored character development, emotional connection, or social context...It’s hard to critique the acting when the direction is so heavy-handed and difficult to see past." Full Review
"A colorful allegory set to rousing tunes, 'Polkadots' gives kids a look at not just bullying and inclusion, but more specifically segregation...The subject matter is heavy but important, and while most of the score is clever and catchy, perfect for the grade school set, some songs fall hard on the kids...The company of four throw themselves into their roles with a vigor (read slight overacting)...'Polkadots' is fun, vibrant and energetic, but it is also important." Full Review
"An energetic and completely delightful production...Packed with nine toe-tapping, high-octane numbers in its succinct 50-minutes, 'Pete’s' music jams with an early rock-and-roll feel. Book and lyrics are giddy fun, clear enough for the tots to follow and clever enough to not bore or annoy the parents...The cast portrays the dozen or so parts with vivaciousness and warmth...A fantastic, super-high-energy, thoughtfully crafted and produced production." Full Review
"As a script, ‘All the Fine Boys’ does not give actors much to chew on…Both girls are drawn with broad, uncomplicated strokes…As Emily, Isabelle Fuhrman pulls from the role what she can…On the other hand, Abigail Breslin as Jenny never quite finds her groove…Being a girl in her early teens is painfully awkward and anyone who ever was one knows that. However, instead of delving into that world and helping us to feel something about it, 'All the Fine Boys' simply sits with not much to say." Full Review
"Directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant, the production shines mostly in its focus and attention to kids. Utilizing the openness of the space, characters get up close and personal with the children, engaging them as the cast runs the aisles and comes right up to the first row of seats, involving the enthusiastic crowd in songs that most children already know by heart...The cast delivers solid vocals, giving the familiar tunes a more modern spin." Full Review
"Taub has written music and lyrics for this adaptation, and the result is an absolute delight. Her work never meanders away from the play’s structure, but rather adds to the celebration, along with choreography by Latarro...The rest of the principal cast does their characters proud...'Twelfth Night,' among all of its flourish, evokes one word: joy. Every second is filled with it, from the silly machinations of the self-preserving Malvolio to Feste’s witty yet sincere commentary." Full Review
“As a story of a couple facing odds and struggling through them, ‘Scissoring’ rings true. As a piece of social commentary about acceptance of LGBTQ couples and families and the place of religion and faith, ‘Scissoring’ struggles. It feels like Quintana’s script has more to say than Fadul is able to bring to the stage...A more nuanced perspective could be taken when structuring a story as a parable for a community that continues to fight for its identity and a sense of inclusion.” Full Review
"While hard to fully grasp, especially by the youngest, the plot washes over them as they are enthralled by the songs, dances, engaging characters, puppets, language, and interactive nature of the production.However, it’s the use of language that really sets this production apart...It is dense, but delightfully woven in a way that works for the kiddies: they get it. Rounding out the experience, the music and dance are silly, toe-tapping, and a blast for the kids." Full Review
"Seems to have a limited view of women...The songs mostly fit into three categories...The few songs that seemingly step away from these narrow views of love and beauty and make a vague attempt to discuss something else fall flat...Beyond the underwhelming vocal performances, unnecessary and strained choreography, and unmemorable music, the biggest problem is this production’s insulting, demeaning and possibly hurtful portrayals of women." Full Review
"With vivacious energy, a lot of cockeyed optimistic humor, and a surprisingly poignant moment or two, 'Groundhog Day' pays out at least 70 percent on your big investment...The music is mostly forgettable...However, lyrically and conceptually Tim Minchin’s score strikes some interesting chords...Andy Karl steals the show...The musical is warm, funny, and quirky. It will make you giggle, perhaps shed a brief tear, and has some moments of delightful theatrical spectacle." Full Review
"Lucky for audiences at 'Jitney' that those nine souls onstage are mesmerizingly heartbreaking, passionate, comical, and true...'Jitney' is only as good as its ensemble...To pick out one or two shining stars would do a disservice to the beautiful orchestration of the acting company in this production...There is an authenticity and ease with which the actors flow through the work, including Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s direction, which provides the cast with cohesion, nuance, and clarity." Full Review