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"It is astonishing what the team is able to say without actually saying a word, and they do so effortlessly, weaving back and forth between the present-day and the past, showing the audience how Andre and Dorine first met, the innocence they once shared together and how so much has changed since then." Full Review
"The acting was rather stiff and forced, either feeling overdone or underdone. The storyline had promise with emotional turmoil the audience can relate to - grieving a loved one during the holidays - but it never felt believable with conflicts that were solved too easily and characters withholding emotion." Full Review
“Jumping from past to present, the story does a solid job spotlighting gender...At first glance, the mishmash of identities can be confusing but ultimately it pays off with an earnest feeling of indifference...The play's blatant sexual desire paired with lust for power and possession, alongside a strong female proclamation makes for an enticing story worth investing in.” Full Review
“The comedy musical, ‘Christmas In Hell’...bringing plenty of laughs from the crowds with ridiculous musical numbers all done with a live band...While the tale is funny, with hilarious songs...the musical isn't only here for a good laugh. It deals with family, especially the tight bond a child has with his father. In the midst of all the silliness, this show presents a solid understanding of unconditional love and the lengths we go for those we care about the most.” Full Review
"Similar to the set design, the play is heavy. There is a lot of emotion on the stage that can take some time to settle. The stories of these characters and of the history of Hart Island stick with you well after you leave that gym. It's the bodies that are buried there that haunt you, yes, but so much more. There is a lighter reflection here too. A sense of how tragedy can bring us all together no matter our background, and unite us in a way we never felt possible." Full Review
"Part ghost story, part family drama, this new play by Prince Gomolvilas mixes scary tactics with heartfelt emotions...Weaving the spiritual world with mental well-being, 'The Brothers Paranormal' will have you guessing what is real and what isn't until the very end. It makes for an entertaining ride but one that will also resonate with anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one." Full Review
for a previous production “Combining comedy and faith into one hilarious yet timely play...Between the light-hearted comedy, especially the playful banter between Rehan and God, there are real issues of today sprinkled throughout, including equality, gender, sexuality, and the act of worshipping another identity. The audience leaves the show with not only a good laugh but compassion for others, and a better sense of what we hope God really is and wants us to be.” Full Review
"The intimate show adapted by Andrew Visnevski is brilliantly done with a talented cast of five luring the crowd into a dubious and unnerving world...Incorporates both historical anxieties of a shattered civilization to today's own bureaucracy fears...With a mix of humor and tragedy, 'The Trial' is a promising show that like the novel, sends the audience into a dark, unknown territory that is both captivating and terrifying." Full Review