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for a previous production “This production focuses on keeping things simple, emphasizing conversations that help to define the characters' relationships, and avoiding any hint that greater symbolism lies beneath...Nelson has directed the actors to keep their speech conversational, which means that a complex sound design is needed...The result is no less than stunning...The universality of feelings...is always clear and never contrived...Theatre lovers and novices will find this revival...one to cherish.” Full Review
for a previous production "You'll be in for a surprise if you go expecting to see noble suffering and eventual triumph among refugees. Delightfully, Mr. Nguyen turns the Ugly American stereotype on its ear...Director May Adrales paces the action quickly, with cast members often making fast changes and often popping up as someone else...South Coast Rep commissioned this piece and supported Mr. Nguyen through the research and development process. It was a good investment." Full Review
for a previous production "Here's what I liked most: an extraordinarily likeable cast, choreography that draws on folk traditions but doesn't overdo those traditions, and a really kick-ass band. The biggest factor in my enjoyment was Walter Bobbie's direction, which is by any standard the definition of fluidity...'Bright Star' expertly wears its heart on its sleeve, and as long as you're willing to take it on its own terms you'll be won over." Full Review
"A too familiar biographical sketch of an artist who overcame obstacles to achieve success and died too young. Along the way, there's some pretty cringe-worthy dialogue...The saving grace is that the show looks and sounds as exciting as an audience of fans would want...As director, Mr. McAnuff paces the performance sharply and with admirable discipline...It is already a flashy audience favorite. If the writers prop up the book, its future may be even brighter." Full Review
for a previous production "It is all very exciting and the dramatic tension builds. Here's where the play becomes difficult for Ms. Chavkin's concept: Ms. Glover needs to let some air out of this big balloon that the actors have constructed in order to build back to the finale. The audience expects more theatrical ritual and doesn't get it. Still, the cast performs smartly, and the play's point about finding your own personal power as African-Americans in a racist society is eventually made in shattering fashion." Full Review