Carolyn Clay

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Reviews (5)
90.9 WBUR

"Almost certainly the glitziest, sexiest, most spectacular jukebox musical ever conceived — or reconceived. But...the non-stop, over-the-top theater piece is at once sentimental and mechanical. It is also, for the cranked-up clockwork that it is, extremely well executed...Really, you cannot fault the flashy, fluid production...But for my part, I would have preferred to leave the theater with tears in my eyes rather than with a shower of confetti hearts in my hair." Full Review

90.9 WBUR

for a previous production "She does not so much mimic her subjects — though she does that with preternatural accuracy — as render them soul, stance, dialect, tics and all…As a theatergoer who came for Smith’s profoundly affecting, activism-propelled art, not to share in mild conversation triggered by it, I can’t say that lightning struck during my particular 'act two.'…Smith’s subjects shine a light — ably cupped in the performer’s hands — on an immensely distressing problem." Full Review

Happy Days
90.9 WBUR

for a previous production "It’s a lovely one, faithful to Beckett from scenic designer Takeshi Kata’s bright blue trompe-l’oeil backdrop to the play’s ambiguous, here painfully balletic final image. Shalhoub is the funniest, most scabrous and physically effortful Willie I have ever seen, and Adams is an indomitable, comical, profoundly feminine Winnie." Full Review

90.9 WBUR

for a previous production “Don’t expect this quirky, inventive account of one man getting his passport pounded to be an urgent, up-to-the-minute consideration of recent refugee crises...’17 Borders Crossing’ predates its own perceived timeliness...There is value, however, in the original work’s depiction of the world’s gradual, reluctant adjustment to its increasingly permeable borders, as seen by one artistic adventurer...Translating his meanderings into one sensorially ingenious piece of theater.” Full Review

The Artery

for a previous production "A romantic and driving swirl of music and storytelling that is beyond exhilarating…A spectacular production…Even if you don’t know ‘War and Peace’ from Warren Beatty, you will miss nothing crucial to this rapturous theater experience…The theater piece never winks at itself. It is great, delirious fun that at once brings a tear to the eye and a thrill to the senses. I say just go ahead and retitle the piece 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Musical of 2015.'" Full Review