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“This improbable musical is a truly creative and moving adaptation of its original source material. If anything, this entertaining work expands and embellishes the story further in unexpected ways...The main leads are completely believable and the inter relationship dynamics are spot on...The music and lyrics are melodic and amusing...Cummings III doesn’t shy away from the darkness by any means...This film to musical incarnation is infused with a graceful warmth." Full Review
"An accurate rendering of what a typical show looks and sounds like. The voyeuristic peek into these angst-ridden folks is almost too on point. One of the pleasures of this oddly endearing musical is that the entire score is operatically sung through. The juxtaposing of this sordid group with operatic complex melodies is rather unique...This musical will offend and please in equal measure. The musical score draws gasps and laughter in simultaneous moments with each new soaring aria." Full Review
“A mildly diverting play…The first act drags on with verbose dialogue that attempts to be be witty…The mannered performances seem overly stiff and unnatural…The Third Act takes place in a room, out of town…Mr. von Essen and Ms. Gray have been transformed…The performance style is more relaxed and organic...Gone is the overly arch, clipped stiffness of the earlier scenes. These two are now fully formed creatures, with a newly seen gravitas that was sorely lacking earlier in the evening.” Full Review
for a previous production "If you like neat, tidy plays that lay out everything in an easy to digest manner, don’t go to this play. If you relish seeing a play that strikes out for unknown territories, that disturbs and provokes in equal measure then make a beeline to the play in question...The familial anxieties of this iconic yearly gathering seem familiar and comforting, but playwright Karam has created a haunting, disquieting treatise that packs a wallop by evening’s end." Full Review
"If you have been craving to see a play that harkens back to the good ole days of the mid 1960’s, look no further. The reverberations of Neil Simon hang heavy over the Westside Theatre on 43rd street...for a certain percentage of its elderly audience it will feel like manna from heaven. Fifty years ago this play would have been a huge hit, today’s theatrical climate with patrons clutching their cell phones in the dark is another matter. You can go back home, but it looks and feels more like a... Full Review
"This modern variation on the biblical story of Job means to stir the heart and soul of the audience. For both believers and atheists this play is nothing short of gut wrenching in its impact...The philosophical ideas within the play are played out in ever more complex ways as the inevitable darkness descends on the main characters...Rafaeli manages to crystallize each moment with subtle scene changes and fluid pacing." Full Review
"The thick as Guinness dialect is dense...At times the audience might need subtitle...but much comes through loud and clear, with the scent of true authenticity in the characters' patois...Dunster impeccably ratchets up the tension...The morbid wit of this playwright is on full display. All the pieces of the puzzle coalesce, then separate, then realign themselves….but not in the fashion one would presume. Questions, doubts and gallows humor run deep in the 11th hour of the play." Full Review
"So far this is cut and dried and not that out of the ordinary. What stokes the proceedings with suspense is playwright Greenberg’s elegant use of language and metaphor. He is a master of the well-placed quip and withering aside. His unerring understanding of these characters and their inner lives makes the truth be told; ‘we have heard all this before tale’, completely fascinating." Full Review
"Now enlarged to a much larger Broadway venue with a pitch perfect seedy motel set it still stings, but its bite is much tamer now...Verbal rants and emotional spasms turn physical at key moments with these two brave actors banging and throwing each other around with furious abandon. Director Daniel Aukin perfectly calibrates the rollercoaster verbal rhythms of the work. Both Ms. Arianda and Mr. Rockwell find the core of their characters and play off each other beautifully." Full Review