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" 'Kimberly Akimbo' has all that much, much more: nuance, grace, and belly laughs to boot. It is a refreshingly original musical and undeniably the most uplifting one in New York this fall season." Full Review
"'Oratorio' is unique in that it is like a mass—glorious and contemplative—but there is no single preacher. Instead, the ensemble of twelve performers...It is a sprawling topic, and Christian’s rich score provides all the wild and loving notes to give it its due. And while this mass reminded me of the inextricable ties between a church service and theater, I am not sure this particular piece needed theatricalizing: I would have preferred just to listen to it." Full Review
"Joseph Stein, hired to write the musical’s book after expertly painting another small village (Anatevka in 'Fiddler on the Roof'), infuses his characters with individual quirks, making the strokes broad and the dialogue cheesy. Nonetheless, the winning and multigenerational cast smooths over these edges, and director Robert W. Schneider makes effective use of the actors as they help change scenes, literally building and taking apart the village around them." Full Review
"A bold and fresh new play…The payoff...is rewarding, but Bettis may have bitten off more than she could chew in giving almost every character a secret to unearth. With so many interconnecting characters, it can be muddy to flesh out each character’s demon. This setback does not derail an otherwise mighty production directed by Araoz. And Bettis ambitiously and wondrously succeeds in taking her audience to a part of America seldom seen on the stage, screen, or page." Full Review
for a previous production "'Skeleton Crew' is a poignant and effective conclusion to Dominique Morisseau's Detroit trilogy thanks to its smart script and tremendous actors...Big-hearted and quietly moving...Morisseau's drama is a testament to the ordinary lives that shaped the city's mechanical golden age that must now cope with its hastening degradation. The way each of the four characters handle this shift—eeking out their lives through an assembly line's minute tasks—is where Skeleton Crew finds its greatest life." Full Review
for a previous production "The scenes range from sit com-y exchanges at holiday meals to comically uncomfortable and erotic dances in elf garb. There is no through-line; Christmas is the garland stringing the show together, and for the most part it works. While many of the scenes are amusing there are also soliloquies performed by the six men sharing their favorite Yuletide memories. Most are not as poignant as perhaps intended, which tends to disrupt the otherwise smooth rhythm." Full Review
"'Barbecue' shines with equal doses of comedic gold and intellectual stimulation...Despite murkiness, O’Hara succeeds in planting some questions that linger long after the play’s celebratory ending. He is once again preoccupied with who gets to tell our stories, and luckily in this case it is O’Hara who has the pen." Full Review
"Birbiglia is an undeniably skilled orator with impeccable comedic timing and a pristine understanding of narrative structure. Jokes are introduced, rehashed, and sneak in once again to delightful and satisfying effect." Full Review
"'Cost of Living' intentionally and wisely takes its time, showing audiences the quotidian lives of its extraordinary characters...there may be nothing more captivating on Broadway at the moment." Full Review
"These styles and scenes (more like charming vignettes) easily flow from one into the other in director Machel Ross’s production, which makes dynamic use of El Puente’s abundant square footage and levels. The cast is uniformly strong, especially the third performer, a vivacious Ching Valdes-Aran as Nadine’s godmother who knows a thing or two about the cycles of pain and promise." Full Review
"It is a profoundly resonant, personal, and tragicomic exploration of a document that likely affects every person in the audience, treating some in the house better than others...'Constitution' has lost neither its intimacy nor its immediacy...Schreck imbues her script and performance with specificity and resounding humor. Director Oliver Butler’s pacing helps laughs land, as does a winningly stiff performance from Mike Iveson who plays a debate moderator." Full Review
“‘An imaginative and faithful adaptation...Director Nicholaw shows no tiredness: his current Broadway endeavor is just as inspired...Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen's score only features a few stand-out songs or melodies...A nonverbal finale so enchanting, the only sounds heard over the fluttering of feet and the swells of the orchestra were the creaks of seats as patrons collectively leaned in to find more wonder, more dance, more life.” Full Review
"The plot is not always as compelling as its witty, stylized dialogue, but that’s okay. Laughs abound at the futuristic terms, and the five memorable performances buoy the delightful show...Kaliski’s satire is successful in reminding audiences of what we lose when we protect ourselves from all...He may be preaching to the choir by presenting this to theater folk, but that doesn’t make 'Gluten!' any less effective." Full Review
for a previous production "It’s possible Comfort presented too many characters for them to viscerally stick with the audience. By the show’s end, Comfort is the person we care for—the multitude of others seem too underdeveloped to warrant emotional investment...Moments where time and space are jostled in order to show Comfort’s more personal experiences, show lovely theatricality, and more of these would have unleashed the story’s potential." Full Review