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"A powerful new work that gives voice to the victims of the low-income public education system…Smith is, without pretense, brilliant. Her passion, attention, and commitment to each speaker’s essence is unwavering. As a creator and playwright, Smith has drawn out the poetry of each individual's perspective with the utmost respect and dignity…'Notes From the Field' is a stellar production and a true example of the power of activism and theatre in action." Full Review
"While sprinkled with humor and heart, the play feels untethered to structure and a bit too sentimental at moments—perhaps typical of a young writer (Delaney was 18 when she penned it)...Directed by the accomplished Austin Pendleton, there is a strong sense of honoring the playwright’s intentions within his direction....Overall, while the pace and dialects are uneven at times, the Pearl's production of 'A Taste of Honey' is a fair revival of a rarely produced play." Full Review
"The cast gives impassioned performances and Cronican is especially poignant as the determined, conflicted Arlene...While every corner of the theater is well utilized, the pacing tends to lag and lighter moments of humor are lost in the process. That said, the weight and menace of the story remains very much palpable…'Getting Out' is a deeply relevant story that calls attention to the fight of victimized women, a mission that enormously warrants this earnest revival." Full Review
"A thoughtful ensemble drama about finding home in an unconventional place...Not primarily plot driven, the play serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas...Despite the heavy subject matter at times, there are a lot of laughs to balance it out...Kail has woven together a lovely multilayered production...While the structure of 'Daphne’s Dive' is a often predictable, it is a compassionate chronicle of the rewards of community." Full Review
"The pair work well together and give impassioned performances...Many of the more intense scenes between Deborah and Jake turn into a shouting match with messy physical moments that director West Hyler might have smoothed over with a more discerning eye…The most tragic moments in the play read as the most ludicrous and unbelievable…All in all, it is bafflingly unclear why these two characters continue to stay together in each others' lives, let alone the same room." Full Review
"The text is infused with comedy at every turn. The dialogue is spot-on. While the banter can be biting at times, the majority of the cast smartly chooses to accentuate the humor and downplay the bite...Overall, 'Cut Throat' is a very enjoyable evening of theatre with strong performances and a best bet for anyone who is, or has been, part of the parenting game." Full Review
"The story is moving, the rhymes are natural and poignant, and the characters touch on many real challenges of coping with refugee life. Director May Adrales has expertly drawn out wonderful performances from this cast...Nguyen has lovingly created a tribute to his family and his heritage through humor and heart, and without ever stepping foot on the proverbial soap box. 'Vietgone' is definitely not to miss." Full Review
"A brilliant endeavor...For Boulton, contributing as actor and director can be an enormous challenge, but she excels in both roles…The cast of five actors give strong performances which highlight their mastery of comic physical storytelling and robust vocal abilities...Overall, 'The Good Earth' is an expertly devised physical theater piece that is as humorous as it is heartbreaking; and a confirmation that inspired storytelling can activate and move its listeners." Full Review
"'Then Silence' is an ambitious effort. The driving force of the action rests on the idea-heavy scenes and an underlying lament for the selfish plight of humans...The moments that come across the most clearly are mainly to the credit of Seidel, who has a grounded, naturalistic delivery that is enjoyable to watch...Regrettably, the play ended with many unanswered questions left open for interpretation. But perhaps that is the point of the piece." Full Review
"Playwright Gracie Gardner effectively draws amusing parallels to our prevailing political climate...Alex Keegan’s direction is excellent, providing us with a charming glimpse of this family’s day-to-day life…Overall, 'Primary' is an entertaining and timely escape from our current political circus to laugh, or cringe, at a time when public service was no less controversial, but seemed somewhat simpler." Full Review
"'God Is a Verb' is a multi-layered endeavor filled with humor and a deep understanding of R. Buckminster Fuller, the renowned 20th century inventor and theorist. Playwright Gavin Broady’s ability to combine long poetic passages with scientific syntax is at times both bewildering and highly enjoyable...Overall, 'God Is a Verb' is great evening of theatre that reminds us of the omnipresent impact of a somewhat forgotten genius." Full Review
for a previous production "Seidel is a tough New York City chick with amazing, real stories bursting out of her kick-ass leather jacket...Candid and charming. Her unabashed delivery...is mixed with both reminiscent teenage excitement and the self-awareness of maturity. The cast of characters she creates in her travels are fun, quick and colorful, and Seidel handles the transformation from one to another well...The direction by Lillis guides Seidel with ease through her transitions of time, place, and characters." Full Review