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"A charming musical from the early 1960’s...Director Stuart Ross, who in 34 hours of rehearsal pulled together a show that felt fully staged...The biggest reason to go see 'Subways Are for Sleeping' — and passengers, you should be so lucky as to be delayed by track work — is to listen to the song gems in this musical...By show's end, this seemingly corny, charmingly kooky musical proves to not be dated at all. It is deceptively deep." Full Review
“Leguizamo is funny, charming, has a limitless range of voices to portray his multiple characters, and above all, injects his material with a Thanksgiving-size portion of humanity....Timeless and topical...A minor negative — the many Spanish curse words and phrases were joyously funny to the Spanish speakers but unknown to others...By taking this theatrical journey, you will laugh constantly, relate to John’s family, and be more aware of the contributions of the native peoples of the Americas." Full Review
"There are moments in the play '1984' where you will be fascinated—in horrified awe of the brilliance of George Orwell’s prescient vision of the future...There are moments where you will be frustrated, because the show takes on an absurdist tone from time to time and repeated dialogue and scenes seem to be like a needle skipping on a record. But overall, to not see '1984' is thoughtcrime. So important is the philosophy. So relevant is the message." Full Review
"Directed into 100 minutes of quick-paced theatrical excellence by Ludlam’s talented partner Everett Quinton. 'The Artificial Jungle' mixes all human emotions into a stew of wonderful theater...The delight of most Ludlam plays is to take the structure of classical text and add layers of parody, camp performance, and fun. 'The Artificial Jungle' succeeds on all these levels...The cast is fantastic across the board." Full Review
"A funny, insightful allegory...Lipton’s songs are quirky delights. His rhymes are original and satisfying and his lyrics are joyful in their simple brilliance. Each time he sings, he employs a unique concept and executes it in a way that brings pleasure derived from experiencing truth and heartfelt wit...Occasionally the monologue part of the tale got a bit lengthy. The allegory wears a little thin...My only complaint about the show is the venue itself...I had to strain to hear the words." Full Review
"'Thank God For Jokes' is a carefully crafted ramble where every destination is appealing and all roads eventually converge and lead to a satisfying destination...It is Birbiglia’s verbal peregrinations that enchant. In this consistently funny and smart show he seems to tangentially wander topic to topic, but this is a very carefully mapped out journey — one where the various stories all tie together to make a point about the sanctity of the free speech that are jokes." Full Review
“It is a rare feat to effectively translate style and comedy from one genre to another. Tina Landau, the conceiver and director, succeeds marvelously...The real star of the show is not the Starfish, nor Spongebob...It is David Zinn, credited with scenic and costume design. Mr. Zinn should get his credit above the title, so dazzling and enjoyable is his work...It is for those who love non-stop creativity in costume, design, color, lighting, choreography, zany comedy, and madcap mayhem.” Full Review
"Seeing a collection of greatest hits from his productions does not a fully satisfying Broadway show make. The cast, heavyweights of talent one and all, was superb...But you cannot get perfect casting for each role when each actor must play so many...The songs...are extraordinary, but they get punched in the gut because they are robbed of their context...If you have not seen most of Prince’s musicals, this is a splendid sampler package that may inspire you to seek out revivals of classics." Full Review
“Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece. Extraordinary art…A superb production...‘Sweeney Todd’ is flawless theater. Eight amazing performers…Productions like these show us how utterly engaging more creatively intimate theater can be. Bravo to Barrow Street for this tour de force, bravo to director Bill Buckhurst, and bravo to the entire cast and production team…As good as a musical gets, as good as theater gets." Full Review
“The writers were not able to capture the movie’s uniqueness…Was it the uninspired book that didn’t find its own unique angle for mischievous humor? Was it the not-memorable lyrics that had good narrative approaches but lacked powerful hooks?...Lastly there is the direction, which kept us waiting for nearly an hour before the musical picked up steam…Soo had Amélie’s cute hair bob and yet I never fell under her spell and the whole show revolves around her character.” Full Review
"This musical has much to recommend it, but overall it is inconsistent as a work of art. It has charm and poignancy in places, but a corny, dated feel elsewhere...Most notable though is the marvelous comic timing of two secondary characters…But overall, 'Tuck Everlasting' is not a comedy, so while the comedy songs were delightful, they made me wish for more comedy that wasn’t there...It’s a shame that the whole show isn’t as good as the second half." Full Review