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“A fascinating performance experience that delves into issues of art, legacy, grief, race, literature, and appropriation…Jennings delivers a powerful performance…It’s the ideas embedded within the speeches of Edna, and particularly James, that make this performance so intriguing. The actual structure of the piece is highly unusual, as so much of it is audience-driven as theatergoers seek out meaning in the objects around them.” Full Review
"While the script approaches its subject matter with sensitivity, humor, and a certain amount of complexity, heavy-handed performances from several cast members dilute the play’s power...Brittain’s play has moments of didacticism, but is ultimately more of a relationship drama...McCarthy delivers a nuanced performance...Unfortunately, the other three actors frequently seem to be trying too hard...Some of the staging choices also seem ill-considered." Full Review
"Linklater’s playwriting skills are at their best in his two-person scenes...Unfortunately, the play’s penultimate scene proves clunky. Secrets spill out and character connections are disclosed in a farcical manner that feels out of keeping with the darkly comic style that preceded it. Director Elliott doesn’t help matters by arranging cast members in a semicircle that feels oddly inorganic...Elliott has assembled a strong ensemble, with particularly fine work from Orsini." Full Review
"Noth doesn’t quite capture the raging inner conflict that needs to be present in order to make the audience care about whether or not Faustus will be damned or find salvation...Their antics were often genuinely funny but I felt these sequences went on a little too long to the detriment of the overall pace of the production...The script does not give much dimension to any character besides Faustus...It therefore falls upon Noth to carry the production, and he ultimately does not." Full Review
for a previous production "It's innovative, quirky, entertaining—and you're served free alcohol...Caporle peppers his stories with whimsical asides and anachronistic illustrations, such as a cavewoman busting out with an umbrella when it starts to rain...Over the course of the 90-minute production, you're served three drinks that function as tangible examples of Caporle's subject matter. But with or without the alcohol, 'The Imbible' is an intoxicating pleasure." Full Review
for a previous production "While the playwright has serious matters on his mind, the tone is often light and humorous. If Romagno's revival doesn't always achieve the right balance between its grave and comic elements, it nevertheless features an exemplary performance from Jan Maxwell as Galactia. Even Maxwell is sometimes affected by the imbalance, but she is still the strongest element within this worthwhile production." Full Review
"Amber Tamblyn delivers a delightful and often wickedly funny performance in Gionfriddo’s engaging play...Gionfriddo’s characters have a heightened quality that is both satirical and sincere. Not only do they say exactly what is on their minds with seemingly no filter, the other characters accept this in a way that you rarely find in real life. The cast, under Peter DuBois’ astute direction, take well to this style, resulting in dialogue exchanges that positively crackle." Full Review
"Director Ari Edelson and his superb two-person cast bring this disturbingly plausible play to life from its tension-filled opening moments all the way through to the charged, final line that sent chills down my spine...Dale turns in a magnificent performance...Tunie delivers an incisive performance...The level of detail that Schenkkan includes is absolutely enthralling...An extraordinary political play, designed for our current moment in time. It is urgent, vital theatre." Full Review
for a previous production "'Indecent' is a spectacular achievement...The production is a potent mix of history, imagination, and theatricality...The constant role-switching is admittedly hard to keep track of, and it is not always discernible which characters are being played by the various performers at any given time. However, the emotional undercurrents and thematic concerns of the tale being told are always clear." Full Review
"It is truly a delight to watch a tight-knit ensemble of actors take such obvious joy in performing with one another, while simultaneously sharing their enthusiasm and skill with an appreciative audience...A tightly paced production that is rigorously attentive to the demands of the text while managing to create an atmosphere of seeming spontaneity that both charms and entertains." Full Review
for a previous production “A nicely realized interactive murder mystery…You have to admire the level of commitment of the performers in this open-air drama, who wander about in period costume, and improvise in character…All of the actors acquit themselves quite well, with D'Amore worth singling out for the intensity and subtle humor he brings to his role. The performance ends up back at Fontana's...It's only then that you really see how well-crafted the experience is.” Full Review
for a previous production "The production drags, which is surprising, since Mantello usually runs such a tight ship. Moreover, the play too often comes across as rather heavy-handed... In one scene, Ray and Una start to throw garbage around the room, but the action seems forced. It's supposed to symbolically reflect the mess that the characters have made of their lives, but sometimes a mess is just a mess." Full Review