Hugh Simpson

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Reviews (3)

for a previous production “An original and funny experience…While the script is full of humor and interest, it is certainly not foolproof. The constant parade of short scenes is not ideal, with the whole thing taking some time to cohere...The absurdist nature of events comes at the expense of character development to an extent. It is to the credit of the cast that they come across as more than suited drones. All four impress with their energy and comic precision…David Calvitto’s direction is ideal for the piece." Full Review

Life According to Saki
East Village

for a previous production "Wonderfully staged, hugely appealing...An impressive ensemble play out the adaptations...This is framed by David Paisley’s wonderfully gracious portrait of Monro…The script weaves Saki’s stories into an exploration of his life that is hugely fanciful yet always rooted in reality, and extremely funny...Jessica Lazar’s direction is constantly inventive. The whole production is an object lesson in how to combine text, theatrical technique and the talents of the cast." Full Review

Black Beauty
Midtown W

for a previous production "Much of the source’s power has gone. While some of the moral lessons remain, the more worrying aspects of animal cruelty detailed in the book are smoothed over to a great extent, and any worrying moments are made suitable for younger audiences...Where this production really scores is in its original features. The McCuddys’ story is easily strong enough to carry the show on its own, with Manley and Cannon’s portrayal of the sibling relationship being both funny and touching." Full Review