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“Hell on wheels...that blasts the fun right ‘atcha and leaves you thoroughly satiated in its wake but still wanting more...Between the musical numbers, the multiple live characters, the costume changes, the puppets, the characters she plays on the screen, and her flawlessly timed interactions with her prerecorded selves...the show appears to be sublimely effortless. DeLa is without a doubt a smart, funny, vivacious, sultry, devilishly playful, and remarkably talented." Full Review
"The sometimes pleasantly dizzying series of events rests on the shoulders of an extremely capable and stellar assortment of actors and their characters...The entire ensemble is spectacular and they’re having as much of a good time with this elegant screwball comedy as the audience is and that plusses the fun...'The Metromaniacs' is a must see show for those that love words, wordplay, farce, fantasy, intelligent and broad slapstick comedy, and lush deliciously presented theatricality." Full Review
"This theatrical double play doesn't ever gel enough to actually work together. As much as they try to make the pieces fit the whole is never greater than the sum of its parts. 'The Seagull' portion is passable...The first half of the 'Hamletmachine' section is just bizarrely out of place and so overblown...What's truly missing is a strong enough artistic through line to connect this duo of extremely individual experiences. Shock for shock's sake never works on its own." Full Review
"The structure and illusion doesn't always hold. It's not that the subject matter is uncomfortable. It's that the presentation of it is awkward and annoying in its lack of truth. The sad punch line is that no one gets any help. In that way there is no drama. Only emotional presentation. There are confessions but no conclusions. Like a bad overlong sketch with no ending in sight the session quickly devolves into an overlong, overlapping, extremely grating shouting match." Full Review
“Leguizamo needs to make room on his shelf of accomplishments because ‘Latin History For Morons’ is a powerful, and powerfully funny lecture that should once again garner awards for its creator and professor…In this production Taccone lets his thoroughbred lead run at his own pace but has crafted a world around him that lets every aspect shine…Leguizamo is a true citizen of the world and he’s on a mission to teach a class we should all take. Now more than ever." Full Review
"No amount of pixie dust can make this emotionally laden 'Peter Pan' take flight...The obviously gifted Ruhl overloads her quiver with tried-and-true tropes and takes aim at society’s everyday foibles, the structure of family, all the stages of death and dying, and the truths of how we can be our own worst enemies, but she ends up missing all the marks by half...At times a tedious mix of misfires and missed opportunities and yet at others one can almost see the distant shores of Neverland." Full Review
"Each actor delivers the goods as individuals and as an ensemble as well. 'Scraps' is a powerhouse production and The Bats ensemble lands every potent jolt right to the gut. Playwright Geraldine Inoa has a strong voice...Director Niegel Smith also has a firm grasp on the reins...The troubled final third of Scraps sadly devolves into a surreal stew of mixed messages and distorted metaphors...The play would have been better served with the same voice throughout." Full Review
"A sexually charged, tense yet funny, menage-a-trois of strong acting, crisp writing, and well finessed directing that makes for a very satisfying theatrical affair...Transitions are smooth as silk as she moves from very comic moments to real, heartfelt, and tragic revelations...This is a play that could have easily turned into an over the top, mansplaining, weak woman as victims free for all mess...'Devil of Choice' is a superbly acted play of substance that revels in the devils we all face." Full Review
"A puppet on a hysterically funny journey to discover the meaning of life and all its peculiarities...Wildly improvised and intelligently scripted. You'll find yourself literally howling with laughter...A riotous amalgamation of master puppet and willing audience...Randy himself will tell you that what he’s presenting on stage is an anthropological social experiment and a one helluva good time. As always Randy, a philosopher in fabric and flock, is more than right." Full Review
"'This Flat Earth' is an important play....This production is a clear clarion call for a problem that is only now becoming locked into our national psyche even though it's grown from a constant and seemingly unending set of events...There is no hammer here pounding the nail home. There is no rallying cry driving you to action. There is just a constant sense of truth in the midst of heartfelt questions and genuine pain...The production is deftly directed by Rebecca Taichman." Full Review
"Everything appears to be just as it should be...Yet in spite of all that there's something just not right overall...The cast is a talented lot. While each player plays their part the problem with the ensemble is one of what appears to be nervous energy...There's also that unwavering feeling of trying too hard to please..The entire show runs a bit too long...There’s a gem of a show to be mined here but the excavation would have to go deep." Full Review
“It’s the cinematic quality of this production that truly sets it apart...This piece of theatrical performance art has one visionary at its core. That creative eye belongs to director Julie Taymor...'M. Butterfly' shows no signs of aging. Hwang has made some changes to his masterwork but they only serve to amplify the already clear themes of the original...The issue tugs at the heart strings and serves more of an emotional punch than a shocking blow to the mind.” Full Review