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"Clearly the latest incarnation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"...is delighting audiences of all ages...The story itself unfolds with sweet simplicity; a scrawny tree is brought to its finest holiday strength and beauty. It just requires some love and care from Charlie and his friends...The adults playing Charlie Brown and his neighborhood pals are well played and easily recognizable." Full Review
"Some pleasant harmonies, clever dialogue and a small cast with disarming, likable performers...Delightful musical comedy...Guthrie's players use subtle gestures and turns of phrases that add frequent smart touches and a great deal of humor...Barker and Swiderski are both outstanding...There are quite a few musical numbers that are generally unassuming but definitely relevant to the theme...A charming presentation." Full Review
"A brutal tale of betrayal, madness, passion and redemption. No wonder an outstanding cast of professionals from TV, movies and Broadway is required to meet the challenge...Strong, haunting interpretations...The creative team led by director Alberto Bonilla have delivered a crisp, modern version complete with computers and electric guitars." Full Review
"90 minutes of uninterrupted testimony. The focus is on the wrongful arrests, their excruciating time spent in prison, and the aftermath of their proven innocence. Less time is spent on the mechanisms involved in righting the wrongs...The 10 very talented performers play multiple roles...The cast offer performances that help cement the evenings message." Full Review
"An outstanding cast, great songs, and strong choreography...The sugar-coated first act is filled with deliberately forced smiles and exaggerated patriotism. It sets the stage for a very bawdy, clever, and emotional second half...There is plenty of humor, with emphasis on the characters' actions and reactions...Excellent choreography and tireless musical direcion provide a high level of professionalism all evening. The many singers and dancers are energetic and creative." Full Review
"Offering a strong cast and a plea for earthquake-battered Italy, the Secret Theatre's high quality and good intentions are truly 'good business'...Director Albert Bonilla offers highly skilled actors whose characterizations feed the story's ambiguities...Their preference for characterization over politics intentionally leaves the audience with a sense of discomfort. It's the same disquieting feeling that greets us when watching the 6 o'clock news...Bravo indeed!" Full Review