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"McCormick and his company have tapped into the contradictions of Carroll’s masterpiece in an experience that extends beyond the fourth wall and five senses where opulent and derelict, masculine, feminine, and androgynous, classic and modern, high-brow and glitter gutter all simultaneously exist...Highest stage honors for the evening go to quadruple threat Richardson as The Mad Hatter whose belting, comedic and dance chops become eclipsed by her haunting rendition of 'Mad World.'" Full Review
"Deft direction and a snappy book and score delivered by a comically-gifted cast, this evening is the perfect compliment to these #metoo times…Highest comic marks go Ryan and Molina as secondary love interests Johnny and Bella… Although on the surface, the evening is played for laughs, Castellino subversively works in some of the Bard’s deeper themes of heartless unyielding law enforcement and sexual harassment—both alive and well four centuries later in Trump’s America." Full Review
"The award for smartest silly idea for a show goes to 'SpongeBob SquarePants'...Landau creates an evening that bombards the senses, challenges the funny bone, and even tugs are the heart from time to time. The cast is superb...Highest marks of the evening go to Slater in the title role...What seemed most remarkable about the evening is how it manages to get an audience of sophisticated Gothamites and first-time theatergoing tots all on the same page." Full Review
"A daring and complex work…Gyllenhaal delivers a multi-layered performance as the misfit artist…Although vocally, he lacks the brilliance of Patinkin's upper register, he, like his artist character, is able to blend some rich vocal color out of a limited palette…Ashford once again proves herself to be one of Broadway's most skilled musical comediennes…The ensemble of Broadway veterans is also particularly wonderful." Full Review
“An evening of musings on the current chasm in American political discourse...Quinn’s patented style of ‘nobody is spared’ comedy is a welcome tonic for these troubled Trumpian times...As always, Quinn’s delivery is as inimitable as his comic writing is sublime...’Red State, Blue State’ is a zippy evening that provides as many laughs as opportunities for self-examination...And even though he’s not able to offer any solutions...He is, however, able to unite everyone for 70 minutes.” Full Review
"Thankfully, due to a spectacular performance by Marin Ireland in a top-flight co-production by Classic Stage Company and The Transport Group, Alma is back in one of the best revivals of a Williams play in recent memory...Brilliantly brought to life by Ireland, Alma is a walking ganglion of nerves...Director Jack Cumming III economically directs the drama, placing equal weight on both the play’s apparent symbolism and unsuspected humor." Full Review
“While Doyle does an admirable job in focusing on the musical's humanity rather than history, he achieves this with draconian edits to the book and physical production. What's left is not unlike a bowl of ramen without the broth—substance devoid of flavor…Visually, the evening also feels trapped by its simplicity...I did find some relief...during the song 'Someone in a Tree'...Far from flashy, it was a simple, suggested representation that was absent from the rest of the evening." Full Review
"If Whitaker is guilty of anything on stage, it’s portraying Erie as perhaps too kind and affable...Still, whether his character is processing a difficult emotion, concocting his next tall tale, or fumbling though a pocket of I.O.U.’s, Whitaker is fascinating to watch...As Whitaker takes the stage and goes on what is ostensibly a 50-minute monologue, Wood delivers a masterclass in the difficult art of active non-listening." Full Review