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"Features a strong cast, realistic dialogue, sharp insights and a few surprises...The action is slow and steady, especially in the first half...The play becomes somewhat tedious, although the pace picks up significantly in the second half...Outside of the performances, the strength of 'Mary Jane' is Herzog’s dialogue...You do not need to have a child to appreciate this production and what it is trying to say about life, death, health care — and just taking it one day at a time." Full Review
“‘Prince’ features a brilliant cast of nine performers — who manage to dazzle throughout most of the 2½-hour show…The book, though, is the weak link here. The show should have dedicated more time to Prince the man rather than the work..While some of the numbers miss the mark, there are plenty of moments to remember…The show will fill Broadway lovers with nostalgia and joy.” Full Review
“While Shawn is commenting on the state of theater and government, not to mention audiences and the general public, this is not a pleasant ‘Evening.’ There are some decent performances on stage, but the pacing of the show, especially at the beginning, is sleep-inducing. Director Scott Elliot does better as the play moves on, although the sudden ending is confusing. All in all, this is an odd show that is more irritating than thought-provoking." Full Review
for a previous production "A a powerful play…Day does a great job of showing that Tracey is a fighter who does not care about being politically correct...As Cynthia, Wilson goes from one of the girls to a confident leader to a woman finding herself alone...Expertly directed by Kate Whoriskey, the show features a top-notch creative team..The climactic scene is intense and not easy to watch, which makes the ending all the more touching, even beautiful." Full Review
for a previous production "The quirky musical by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo is surprisingly entertaining..,The actors are strong performers, and there are lots of fun and silly moments. Things turn more serious after intermission, the post-9/11 world. Still, you are likely to leave the theater smiling, and perhaps a bit angry at a former president and his administration for thinking that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction." Full Review
"The show is full of pop and rock songs, at times unintelligible dialogue, exciting choreography, along with plenty of homoeroticism. There is still rape and violence, but–with perhaps one exception–it never shakes you up or makes you uncomfortable...But there are plenty of places in TV, film and, yes, real life to see excessive violence. And credit Spencer-Jones for daring to try something new. And there is a certain beauty to seeing the actors...thrash around for 90 minutes." Full Review
“Despite the violence and troubling subject matter, the show has moments that are quite beautiful…While not great theater, the story has potential—although a side plot involving a power plant built by Americans is distracting…Despite the setbacks, director Tony Speciale manages to keep your attention…Raviv turns in a strong and steady performance…Rosser and Sohne took a risk, and they deserve credit for that—even if their hard work does not add up to a hit.” Full Review
"It’s a winner in every sense of the word. There is laughter and plenty of tears, soaring melodies, a brilliant scenic design and a message that teens and parents both will understand…Beautifully directed…With this performance, Platt will become a Broadway star. He may not have the most powerful voice, but it seems to be perfect for the role…The surrounding cast is excellent." Full Review
"It is fascinating and at times uncomfortable. Unfortunately, the nearly two-hour story McBurney tells goes on too long. After a while, you just want your freedom back...The time and effort required to write and produce this play are to be applauded. McBurney put his heart and soul into this work, and it shows on stage...'The Encounter' fails to deliver. Technology is a wonderful thing, but immersing the audience into this wall of sound is not great theater." Full Review