Bob Rendell

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Reviews (10)
Talkin' Broadway

"Work remains to be done for this show to fulfill its potential. However, the unusual format of 'Unmasked' is clearly viable. And it would be wrong to lose sight of the fact that 'Unmasked' already offers a considerable quantity of surefire, quality entertainment." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"'Chasing Rainbows' is a lively, intelligently entertaining, 1930s jukebox musical. It is very well written, choreographed, directed and performed." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "The undoubtedly talented authors have sprinkled their musical...with the seeds for a clever and witty, small youth-oriented entertainment, and then surrounded them with a surfeit of sophomoric humor lacking in sense and, to me, sensitivity...The score is lively theatre rock with some ear-pleasing melodies, and the lyrics are filled with very clever rhymes...Although there are elements that people of all ages can take pleasure from in this musical, teenagers are the ideal audience." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "An old fashioned, wacky and likeable Mafia comedy...The funniest moments in the show involve murder and cannibalism. However, this production is very timid in presenting the delightful ghoulishness and splatter. If director Frank Megna would supplement the character driven comic dialogue by broadly and inventively fleshing out the macabre aspects of the play with lots of shtick, Dinner With The Boys could be a real crowd pleaser." Full Review

Clever Little Lies
Midtown W
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Written, directed and performed in sharp comic style, 'Clever Little Lies' is filled with laughs...Its tone and character depiction fail to prepare us for its low key, melancholy resolution. The plot twist that leads to it is not needed to lend weight to the play and its valuable observations about the obligations of marriage and the effects of infidelity. And yet, 'Lies' is a valuable antidote to a culture which proselytizes that failure to give full reign to one's id is to deny oneself ful... Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Miraculously, this is the 'Rodgers & Hammerstein Cinderella' the American musical theatre has been waiting for. It is as much a sophisticated, brilliantly witty, adult musical as it is an unfussy, down to earth, magical fairy tale for families." Full Review

Benny & Joon
Millburn
Talkin' Broadway

"Transcends expected limitations and serves as the basis for a highly styled, richly inventive, sad and funny fantasy which employs classic silent movie pantomime to create a magical world of its own...Bryce Pinkham's award-caliber Sam is the heart and soul of this production. He gracefully and gently coaxes all of the humor out of the comic routines which he performs without ever sacrificing the integrity of his characterization." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "There is a great deal of humor in the play, and, largely, it derives from character and situation. However, there are occasions when author Joni Fritz and director Lynne Taylor-Corbett reach for easy, sitcom humor based on Blossom and Len's expanding disabilities...Also, the dénouement is too neat and clean, and not quite convincing…A very entertaining, involving and affecting play. It is within reaching distance of becoming something special." Full Review

Butler
Midtown E
Talkin' Broadway

for a previous production "Strand's clever, witty creation proves to be a rousing, witty, and quite pointed comedy. The interplay and repartee involving the four male protagonists is theatrical and intellectually refreshing...Director Joseph Discher has elicited lively, excellent performances which bring out all the wit and passion of the text...'Butler' initially plays like a light history lesson for families. However, once it gets rolling, it becomes a clever, full-blown comedy which could become widely popular." Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

"Revels in the hoariest stereotypes about the Garden State and contains a celebration of despicable behavior the likes of which had me cringing in my seat and itching to head for the exit. Most of the audience roared with laughter and enthusiastically applauded...There is no attempt to make anything make sense in this cartoonish musical. Not only the story not make any sense, but there are no real people on stage acting like recognizable human beings with even a modicum of sense." Full Review