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"Though not broken up into acts, 'Keep' starts out as one play and ends as quite another. In some ways, this is delightful—the situational comedy of the first 45 minutes contrasts nicely with the more grim final movement. Indeed, the only way to tell the story of a family’s journey is to see both the good and the bad—one cannot exist without the other." Full Review
"As theater, it is pretty good. The cast is well suited to their roles, and the dialogue—despite its inside baseball tendencies—is snappy and entertaining. Unlike some writers, Messina seems to know how to direct his own work, perhaps because this particular piece is so specific to his own experience...These elements combine to smooth the play’s rougher edges, giving the occasionally cartoonish proceedings some depth and definition." Full Review
for a previous production "It is immediately clear that Summoners Ensemble has found a capable, captivating performer in Mr. Jones. With his commanding voice and adroit cadence, Jones’ Dickens plays like a live-action audiobook. He navigates with facility the changes between characters and moments, finding humor and pathos in the complex prose...A sincere, stripped-down, wholly interesting and wholly innovative approach to the text that left me feeling the right kind of warm and fuzzy." Full Review
for a previous production "Nothing in this 90 minutes is overly flashy, or exceptionally funny, or terribly moving, but it is genuine. It sets out to tell a story, and it tells one. One that may as well be five, or 500, or 5 million. One just as relevant today as yesterday...and even more so tomorrow." Full Review
"Though far from uplifting, 'The Father' is a refreshing addition to the current Broadway scene—a one-set, low-fi, actor-driven exploration of an uncomfortable human truth...As Baby Boomers grow older and their children come of age, both groups will increasingly look to art for some means of coping. Using innovative storytelling to touch on familiar themes, Zeller has has endeavored to give them just that." Full Review
for a previous production "Could not have asked for a better world premiere production of her exploration of immigration, assimilation, and cultural identity...From the moment the lights come up, 'Sojourners' is a transporting experience...I would put this ensemble up against any in New York— you won’t find a quartet of performers more perfectly suited to their roles." Full Review
"There is an audience for this kind of play...In conversations overheard afterwards, it was clear the play provoked nostalgia and general enjoyment...The story is ordinary, the characters are stock, and the dialogue is chock full of references to a bygone era. If you’re expecting this piano to hit all the old notes, to play the familiar standards so faithfully that you can sing along, and to sound just like you’ve always remembered, you’ve sat on the right bench." Full Review
for a previous production "Though there are moments of genuine vulnerability, the play seems more concerned with Georgie’s shallow, verbose deflections...Older theatergoers will likely relate more to the play’s big questions than their younger counterparts – there is simply not enough dramatic action to please the Snapchat generation – but the actors elevate the script to something watchable. Ultimately, 'Heisenberg' is certainly exhausting, but I wish it were just a little more captivating." Full Review