Christopher Caz

About:  Christopher "Caz" Caswell hails from Austin, Texas, but has called New York City his home for over three decades. Avid theater-goer, seasoned cabaret soloist, and longest running member of the award-winning pops group "Uptown Express", he shares his view from the audience for TheaterScene.net and Ma... Read more Read less
Reviews (23)
95
Manhattan Digest

“I definitely exited the theater laughing at the sheer comic genius of the actors and artistic team. The production, script and score of this show is the stuff that corn-fed dreams are made of...Utterly delightful actors and singers all...Inventive and deliciously funny...Upon leaving the show I felt I’d just seen a two-and-a-half hour musicalized version of the 'Carol Burnett Show,' and folks, that’s the greatest compliment I could give to any comedic piece of musical theater.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"Sound (designed by Peter Musante), lighting (Mason Wagner), costumes (Sarah Kelly) and props (Ben Seratt) converge in perfect unison, thanks to the talents of this production team. Ultimately, the words are stronger than the actors, but director Wagner weaves them together into true and powerful moments." Full Review

92
Manhattan Digest

"Might call to mind some steamy, sexy, gay bondage tale, but 'safeword.' is about so much more...'safeword.' thoughtfully and carefully uncovers these themes through excellent writing and the appreciable talents of its cast...More perfect actors could not have been found to portray these complicated but sincere people, and under Gelman’s splendid direction this play makes for a moving and thought-provoking evening of theater." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

"Let's talk about the talent: Gallogly and Smith are, in a word, fantastic in 'Fiercely Independent.' They listen to each other intently, their responses are spontaneous and natural, and their chemistry is evident. Even when they're not speaking, their inner dialogues are continuous and their intents are crystal clear. Gallogly and Smith are by turns playfully fun and painfully electric." Full Review

75
TheaterScene.net

"'Bonnie's Last Flight' peppers its character moments with humorous sketches and air travel anecdotes. Some don't hit their mark, but most do. There's an especially amusing and thoughtful moment where the audience is handed landing cards on which they're invited to 'lighten their emotional luggage upon arrival.' All 'passengers' are asked to 'write down whatever's been weighing you down: a fear, a hurt, a grudge, anything you're ready to let go of.'" Full Review

80
Manhattan Digest

"It is up to the members of the troupe to tell a story only with faces, bodies, and music, asking its patrons to 'listen' in a whole different way. Through the course of 15 shorts, it does just that, to the delight of the audience...It was possible to miss the intent and get lost in some of the longer scenes...By and large, however, the vast majority of the scenes were successfully playful, humorous, charming and full of ingenuity...Treat yourself to the distinct pleasure of seeing a 'Skin.'" Full Review

90
TheaterScene.net

"Generic title aside, Helen Banner's 'Intelligence' is excellently written, intense, and thought-provoking. Its characters' high-stakes struggle for power and control, both politically and personally, is compelling to watch." Full Review

85
Manhattan Digest

“Stellar writing, superb directing and exquisite acting...McKeever’s rich and poignant dialog presents familiar characterizations and story line in such a way that they’re fully experienced before they’re recognized. Direction by Brancato shapes the piece and guides its actors perfectly...’Daniel’s Husband’ achingly reminds us to never take what we have for granted. Go see it and be infused with gratitude.” Full Review

80
TheaterScene.net

"On paper, the dialogue between the characters of this play's American-Italian family is sometimes two-dimensional and prone to stereotype, but Claire Karpen's evocative direction, combined with the actors' superlative efforts to flesh out their characters produces a well-formed story filled with sincerity, love and earnestness. The play is at its best telling the overarching tale, carefully doling out exposition, not answering every question asked and not attempting to plumb every plot line." Full Review

80
Manhattan Digest

“A new docu-drama about the history of public arts funding in the US...At the play’s end, one’s immediate impression is that they’ve just read the densest of poems without understanding much of what they read, yet on continued reflection the purpose and message of the play floats to the surface and becomes crystal clear. Art on the page as well as on the stage...A compelling, enlightening, distinctive piece of theater and worth attending.” Full Review

85
Manhattan Digest

“All the makings of sparse British play with much cerebral potential...Although covering so much ground in such a short period of time borders on inundation, the play is so expertly written and the story so carefully unveiled that this potential excess is not too negatively felt...Diveney and Rattray tell the story with clear talent and skilled professionalism...Director David Mercalati effectively stages the actors...He expertly shaped the piece in line with the playwright’s intent." Full Review

85
Manhattan Digest

for a previous production "This darkly comic, often absurd and evocative play keeps the laughs coming while never letting its audience forget the bitter and ugly disparity between old-world misogynist machismo and new-age enlightened, sensitive yet sometimes impotent masculinity...O'Connell's broad-stroked but disgustingly gleeful performance...making him the man you love to hate...MacCluggage is extremely enjoyable and a shining standout...All flourish under Wise's deft direction and capable staging." Full Review

98
TheaterScene.net

"Alice Ripley (Best Actress Tony Award winner for 'Next to Normal') is, in a word, astounding. Her Trisha is brimming with curiosity, honesty, humor and grace; she is inspiring to watch and simply amazing. Edie's characterization of Trisha is delicate and poignant, funny and sincere; her illuminating script is sheer writing perfection." Full Review

55
Manhattan Digest

"Yet for all the funny lines in this romantic comedy, this production of 'Mary, Mary' garners few laughs. It isn’t that the actors aren’t trying; more adept direction would have guided them toward better comic timing and tighter humorous synapses. Furthermore, 'Mary, Mary' is by no means the best in its 'rom com' class...Kudos to the cast for giving it their best go, and to Retro Productions for their charitable fundraising efforts and for keeping classic American theater alive." Full Review

95
TheaterScene.net

"Alexandro and Ben-Victor as the soul-stained detectives are excellently cast, playing off each other without a single misstep. The gender-blind casting of Alexandro as Jack is especially funny when she gets to deliver the hilarious line 'I got a hard-on a mile long' without blinking. Grant is brilliant as the soulful felon Myron, locked away for an unknown crime but brimming with goodness. Molina is spot-on as the creepy, anguished killer looking for love and redemption." Full Review

78
TheaterScene.net

"While the cadence of poetic lines can be musically pleasant to hear, if the meaning of the words is not in the forefront for the actor, then the story is lost on the listener. A few of the Frog & Peach actors in this production hit their mark consistently in this regard; some, not so consistently, and still others not very often at all. However, the entire cast has so much fun with their roles that the audience kindly overlooks the more superficial performances and warms up to all by the end." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

"These two mild points aside, Jaffee's script is nevertheless hugely successful in conveying this man-vs-nature clash; his use of clever dialogue and idiosyncratic characters keep the topic in the forefront with much humor and without any preachy heavy-handedness." Full Review

95
TheaterScene.net

"Manning's direction and script are both expertly crafted. The play's moral questions are cleverly woven into each of its fully-dimensional characters' words, and their tales are often presented without bias, leaving the audience to draw its own conclusions. The actors find their full potential in this play, each one as compelling as the next, filling their portrayals with humor, earnestness and passion; they listen to each other in every moment and are a joy to watch." Full Review

75
Manhattan Digest

“The story is silly but usually entertaining; the songs, cheeky, and often clever. The actors careen through this campy musical with dedication and gusto. There are some moments filled with less-than-inspired lyrics or dialogue, but there’s enough of oddball, quirky humor to make you chuckle throughout...For a breezy good time, check your expectations at the door and come see this not-so-wholesome holiday trifle.” Full Review

90
TheaterScene.net

"This nonsensical, broad comedy is penned by the clever Greg Kotis. Songs and arrangements by Steven Gross are whimsical and entertaining, and costume designer Whitney Locher presents her vaudevillian best in this frothy piece. Led expertly by director Ilana Becker, the cast bludgeons, connives and wiggles their way through this slice of holiday slapstick; young and old, the actors' comic timing is well-honed and the fun they have performing this piece is entirely infectious." Full Review

90
Manhattan Digest

"It unfolds like an intimate cabaret show but is in fact a theater piece with an engaging plot. Midnight skillfully weaves the best of both genres into a delightful and heartfelt 90-minute experience of story and song. Music, book and lyrics are masterfully crafted together...'Midnight at the Never Get' is wonderfully engaging and highly recommended. See it, then see it again (I did)." Full Review

75
Manhattan Digest

“The actors play multiple parts and this deliberate convention does add an interesting layer to the production...Their depiction of teenagers was on the young side and some of the smaller parts were broadly played. The actors shone most prominently in the meatier, more emotional scenes...This play makes an extremely important contribution...It reminds of the ugliness of racism that unfortunately still exists today. This story and its passionate cast deserve an audience.” Full Review

90
Manhattan Digest

"Alexandra Simonet brings a subtle, emotional and empathetic performance as Hannah... All are skillfully directed and staged by Howarth, who uses the small space expertly to tell this tale...A gorgeous, moving story about loss and personal triumph. From start to finish, every little touch in this production is well conceived, from the effective and imaginative set all the way down to the postcard from Katy in the program." Full Review