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“This is a play that challenges you to think about where you put your attention, which in itself becomes a metaphor for the advertising-driven media world we live in...Cranston’s likely to be a contender during Tonys season...I’d say see ‘Network’ for that reason alone, but it would be nice if the show inspired audiences, particularly younger ones, to rediscover this relevant cautionary tale.” Full Review
"That rare movie-to-stage translation that succeeds at almost every level, from its whip-smart writing and frenetically paced scene changes to its timely #MeToo-era message...I can see 'Mean Girls' becoming one of the more enduring movie-inspired musicals to come along in a while. Sure, Broadway has plenty of empty calories, but it can always use more well-executed ones." Full Review
"For all its delicious period satire and existentialist underpinnings, it’s a show that struggles to justify its own existence. Yes, it’s fun and gory, but it doesn’t really need to be here…While breathing new life into a Phil Collins song is admittedly an amazing feat, it’s not enough to elevate this musical beyond its kitsch. Absent Ellis’s gross descriptions of the killings, or Christian Bale’s raw intensity, 'American Psycho' suffers from an identity crisis." Full Review
"The fact that the musical itself doesn’t match the greatness or inspiration of the mythical buzz that propelled it is a bit of a downer...The story is bogged down by well-worn conventions of the geeky-male-teen genre, and it doesn’t seem very interested in subverting them...The show redeems itself in the thoroughly enjoyable second act, when its charms become apparent and the many promises of its quirky plot come to fruition. It’s not a masterpiece, but I get what its fans see in it." Full Review
"An amusing showcase with arresting dance elements and a sugary synthetic music score that proves to be unexpectedly contagious...Lewis is able to hit the notes, but her acting is stilted...There’s a lot to like about 'Cats,' including a large ensemble of talented performers who are ready and willing to give in to it its ridiculousness...Your inner theater snob may tell you it’s too silly a spectacle to bother with, but your outer theater geek will fight for the right to enjoy it." Full Review
"The wandering tetraptych of musical vignettes, deals vaguely with mother-daughter relationships on the periphery of the U.S. presidency. But it finds its soul in its first ladies who as characters are more carefully rendered than the daughters..This is both the musical’s strength and its weakness. After a powerful opening number, the show quickly loses steam." Full Review