Chris Arnott

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Reviews (6)
Feeding the Dragon
West Village
Hartford Courant

for a previous production "Washington could hardly be more ingratiating. Or more present. Or more active...Theatrically speaking, 'Feeding the Dragon' loses a great deal of its power when its lead character leaves the library...As soon as that magical world dissipates, it is greatly missed...Shifting environments and topics lead to a too-general, rather unsatisfying finish for what begins as a unique experience. There’s still a lot to recommend in this passionate, personal performance." Full Review

Tuesdays with Morrie
West Village
Hartford Courant

for a previous production "You don't have to visit a dying pedagogue to find out if 'Tuesdays With Morrie' is a show you'll like. The play wears its sentimentality with pride. Its lengthy musings on mortality, inner peace and the value of work aren't deeply intellectual; these are the sort of philosophical dialogues that tend to end with warm hugs." Full Review

War
Upper W Side
New Haven Independent

for a previous production "Bolder presentational choices could have been made. In some cases, the actors don’t seem up to the changes in pacing, volume, and emotion…You don’t expect a show like this, with its suspenseful death-and-mystery plot, and its attempt to connect its characters’ troubles with centuries of mistreatment of Africans, to be fluid. You do want it to be less disjointed, though. 'War' talks the talk, but its strategy lacks focus, and it loses some of its key battles for clarity." Full Review

Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Hartford Courant

"Dozens of small fixes have made it a much sharper show...It speaks and sings now with a stronger voice...Tresjnak's staging is reminiscent of classic operettas...McNally scripts some neat melodramatic showdowns...What matters most is that 'Anastasia' has found its truest self. It is assured, it is lyrical, it is melodic, it is beautiful, it is dashing, it is moving and it is charming. It has no need for snark, irony or talking bats. It is off on a great adventure." Full Review

Forever
East Village
New Haven Independent

for a previous production "Her tales of frustration, anger, resentment, despair, and remorse, presented in such a one-sided way, can start to seem whiny. The show’s simplistic framework doesn’t flow neatly with the urban New York drama that Forever becomes...But "Forever"’s riveting key scenes more than make up for any lack of fluidity...As a sustained act of highly personalized storytelling, "Forever" lulls, surprises, horrifies, unsettles — and in the end, still leaves room for hope." Full Review

New Haven Independent

for a previous production "Even with the immense challenges—a live rock score played by the lead actors, massive sets that could easily stall or get stuck, tricky physical shtick (like vomiting, or dropping a royal crown off the auditorium balcony) and, um, rewriting Shakespeare—this is a stress-free, sit-back-and-savor, sustained burst of beat-filled silliness." Full Review