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for a previous production "'Amazing Grace' wants us to see the life story of John Newton as a redemptive, traditional love story between two young, white, earnest, affluent people, set against an 18th-century backdrop of slavery and abolitionism. But that just can't fly in 2014. The institution of slavery just cannot play dramaturgical second fiddle — especially when we keep seeing the male half of the couple surrounded by African bodies in chains. No way." Full Review
for a previous production "Very enjoyable and surprisingly emotional...Keaton is blessed with being eminently likable on stage. Thus his Churchill is neither gruff nor imposing, but human. And, in that way, great company for a couple of hours of straightforward summer theater. This earnest, honest and deeply reflective piece of theater reminds us of how, in politics as in business, integrity, courage and relationships are what matter the most." Full Review
"Matilda is the spunky, over-achieving, proto-feminist, grrl-power heroine of what is far and away the best new musical of the Broadway season. Indeed one of the best family-oriented shows of any season, and a grand cultural experience in the tradition of the Royal Shakespeare Company." Full Review
for a previous production "It's hard not to have big-time fun at this carnival of a 'Pirates,' which lands in one of rare but sweet spots where a fairly outlandish off-Loop conceit meshes deliciously with the original material...The show is cast with exuberant young actors and musicians whose singing ranges from passable to pretty decent...I think this truly terrific conception would be yet funnier with a full compliment of operetta-trained singers." Full Review
for a previous production "This encore engagement is better than the original staging...Director Anne Kauffman's production has only deepened as it has grown, although I think the trajectory of the last 10 minutes still needs work...Haidle has made a few judicious nips and tucks in his script. More notably, Kauffman clearly has reworked scenes that danced too much on the surface...The acting remains first-rate, both witty and unstintingly honest." Full Review
for a previous production "There are many amusing provocations in 'The Qualms,' which is often funny and never dull, even if you could not care two figs for any of these characters, which I think is a significant problem.'The Qualms' does not yet feel finished. Both the play and the production need to at least establish the possibility of sexual desire before they can set about its wholesale deconstruction." Full Review
If your memory of this brilliant 1998 rock musical is that it works best in a grungy joint, ideally where the floors are sticky, the seats half-empty and the air heavy with tragedy, there is much about director Michael Mayer's new Broadway production to pull you up short...Hedwig, you might say, has emerged triumphant after all these years of graft and toil." Full Review
for a previous production "'Elf' is not reinventing the form of the Broadway musical, nor does it have the earthy charm of 'A Christmas Story'...This is not a show that will return you and your brood to a purer holiday era...But if you're looking for a big, glitzy, feel-good downtown show that is a good time, requires no cognitive investment whatsoever, has quite a few decent tunes and comes replete with broad appeal for everyone from 6-year-olds to seniors, 'Elf' likely will exceed your expectations too." Full Review
"Even as the U.S. Supreme Court debates what is marriage, the sentimental and hugely enjoyable new Broadway musical "Kinky Boots" is debating the nature of manhood, with a fabulous twist. But as timely as this show suddenly seems to be, there's nothing whatsoever that's time-bound about Cyndi Lauper's cheerfully audacious, toe-tapping score." Full Review
for a previous production "Felder knows very well he can bring his audience to his feet by impressing them at the piano. He certainly plays a good deal in 'Maestro' but to his great credit, he's walked away from the stuff he finds easiest...Felder has more material than he has time to present and the show falters in the last few minutes...But 'Maestro' remains this talented performer's most revealing, and certainly most moving, piece of work." Full Review