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"Stubbornly inconsequential, it’s a morally uplifting fairy tale of which everyone, young and old alike, can be skeptical...Director-choreographer Jerry Mitchell and team toss a decided gloss over this G-rated version of Hollywood nights, with production numbers and ensemble acting executed with exaggerated musical-comedy snap...Though the lyrics teem with cliche, the cast gives its all to sell them." Full Review
“Always engaging, often moving and even rousing, the show boasts dramatic interest and integrity on its own theatrical terms...This sheer synopsis might suggest a laundry list of every hot-button issue...Yet ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is no cynical exercise. Its characters may touch on a wide spectrum of contemporary life, but so do the original album’s songs...The real downside is that with so much going on, our interest and empathy are unreasonably stretched...But everyone...is well served." Full Review
for a previous production "People should see this beautiful show. It is wonderful to see actual kids cast as actual kids...Still, as the production moved earnestly along, I kept wondering why it seemed to be touching all the bases but wasn’t touching my heart...So sentimental, so lacking in anger...The repressed, inarticulate characters are granted four – count ‘em, four -- means of communication: spoken words; sung lyrics; signing; and projections. All of this self-expression serves to remove the psychic barriers tha... Full Review
for a previous production "At times the format seems forced, yielding old thesp/young hotshot guff. But hang in there, for the approach yields richer dividends than would a straightforward semidocumentary. As the men fall in and out of character, Jacobson explores deeper questions inspired by these sad events, including the lengths to which a thesp will go to get cast, and the blurring of identity between actor and role." Full Review
"When is a standup routine not a standup routine, but a legitimate play? Partly when it comes with theatrical trappings like a thoughtful set, subtle lighting and sound effects...Mike Birbiglia’s 'The New One' qualifies as a real play — a brimmingly warm, entertaining one on a universally relatable topic...Kudos to director Seth Barrish for keeping the tone from shifting into either the maudlin, the too-dark or the trippy, New-Age blissful." Full Review
"The story’s been strengthened in this splashy production, while expectations of cinema-inspired visual splendor are met and even exceeded...Levine weaves the numbers together with remarkable variety...Timbers, Logan, and company aren’t just riding on the sensory experience, but are committed to finding the right balance between a story that will engage and move us, and a visual and aural environment that can, and does, blow us away." Full Review
for a previous production "If too rarefied for Gotham’s embrace, this lyrical tuner could find ready acceptance regionally. Either way the storytelling would benefit from higher stakes and greater guts...There’s a sweeping tale of pain and redemption in 'Bright Star' clamoring to come out, and when it does, the movement to restore harmony and Arcadian balance will require less suspension of disbelief. We’ll happily waft along to down-home heaven, which is precisely where the show aims to take us." Full Review
for a previous production "While the personal material lands, the political stuff lacks nuance and weight in “Allegiance.” Despite a handsome production and talent to spare, the writing would need considerable toughening up to withstand Broadway’s harsh glare." Full Review
for a previous production "Librettist-helmer John Caird has reclaimed Jean Webster’s 1912 bestseller for a wholesome tuner in tune with the times, bolstered by winsome melodies from Paul Gordon. Assessment of show’s full potential must await redress of a serious casting imbalance in the Rubicon Theater premiere, but the signs are positive." Full Review