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"Three hours plus is barely enough stage time to contain this period in the lives of the extended, unruly, Carney family, portrayed in exquisite, terrifying detail...To say that the cast is magnificent in the varied roles is to understate the effect of the actors inhabiting them...Perhaps the most devastating scene comes in the second act when the young men of the family are roistering together over ale and shots of Bushmills, and personifying the divisions among the Irish." Full Review
“Perhaps nothing currently on stage can equal the passion, honesty, and just plain scorching emotions of ‘Jagged Little Pill’...Despite my reservations, the show is a must see...Songs are inserted...Some fit better than others...’Jagged Little Pill’ ambitiously takes on enough subjects to fill a police blotter...It’s a lot of heavy stuff to digest...Cody ties together the ends of plot strands perhaps too neatly to be believed...But, you can overcome that because of the terrific cast." Full Review
"The scale is human, warm, and believable. Still, given the politics of the region, the mutual understanding on stage is probably no less a fairy tale...Who knew that Shalhoub could sing so well? Or the rest of the splendid cast for that matter?...By the time the band sits center stage to perform the music at the show’s finale, this unlikely but affecting theatrical experience seemed to have joined the actors and audience into a community." Full Review
"Despite the production’s earnestness and its dark/light subject matter, there’s not all that much to celebrate...Composer Oberacker did not have enough musical moxie to equal the wonderful pop songs of the post-World War II period...Nor does the story of 'Bandstand' sufficiently pluck the heart-strings…Osnes is a bearer of both dance and singing talent...'Bandstand' is a disappointment; it adds little to either the Great American Songbook or our the remembrance of times past." Full Review
for a previous production "Smith is chameleon-like in the way she revolves from one character to the next…Perhaps director Leonard Foglia will help Smith sharpen her focus to include more school incidents rather than the extended attention to the murder of Freddy Gray, which, terrible as it was, is a disconnect with Smith's main through-line concerning public education. However, Smith's eloquence and passion in the face of injustice is strong as ever." Full Review
for a previous production "In the end, what succeeds best is Malloy's sensitive setting of Tolstoy's thoughts to music, particularly the softly sung finale...The creative innovations by the artistic team, the exuberance of the cast, a score that captures the mood and the period, and especially the emotional resonance of Tolstoy's characters, combine to make this an unforgettable theatrical experience that resonates long after the stage lights have faded." Full Review
for a previous production "A sliver of a comedy...Despite the spot-on casting of the ensemble, the hero of the endeavor is director Kathleen Marshall, who has staged this minor piece of froth at a dead-run and lathered it with sight gags, well-timed blocking, and comic action whipped up to a frenzy. If not for Marshall’s interventions, and the arias and songs inserted by music oordinator Rob Fisher, the evening would be little more than a celebrity sighting." Full Review
"The superb cast and skilled artistic staff...need no more proof of their talents than this extravagant venture...The creators are depending on the audience’s love for familiar pop tunes, hurled one after another and often swirled together in continuous patterns...Viewers who flock to spectacles like Cirque du Soleil or who grew up crowding concert tour stops plus fans of 'Mamma Mia!' and the like will spread a good word about 'Moulin Rouge!' Some others of us, not so much." Full Review
"The production replicates the amoral ease generated by the shadowy decisions made by a band of Wall Street newcomers in the 1980s that ultimately landed some of them in jail...Under the spot-on direction of Doug Hughes, the cast of 26 actors moves swiftly through a series of events that revolves around the take-over of Everson Steel...After 'Junk‘s curtain goes down a sad irony hangs in the air: there’s the realization that, all said and done, white collar crime pays." Full Review
"As current as the headlines on CNN...Whoriskey has assembled a splendid cast of actors, led by Day as the terminally inflamed Tracey and Wilson as the more pragmatic Cynthia...The playwright is admirably sensitive to working-class rationalizations and frustrations. In addition to her dramatic flair, Nottage should be congratulated for reminding us that theater can be more effective than newsprint and television commentary when it comes to addressing contemporary political conflicts." Full Review
"An exquisite evening in the theater...An intertwining of scenes from Asch’s play with an imaginative take on the off-stage relationships among the actors. The production is aided enormously by David Dorfman’s choreography, which not only evokes the flavor of Yiddish theater, but knits the scenes together into a flowing tapestry of 20th-century Jewish history...A rare theatrical experience: traumatic historical reality intermingles with a poetic evocation of the past." Full Review
for a previous production "Ensler holds the audience rapt for 90 minutes. She and her visionary director, Diane Paulus, prove to be a powerful storytelling team...While storytelling is at the center of the performance, sometimes it is not left to stand on its own as it should...If ever there were a stage performer who matched emotions to her message, it's Ensler. But she needs only the boards and her passionate voice to move an audience." Full Review
for a previous production "Despite the script’s bleak metaphor of two lives caught in an existentialist void, the viewer cannot help but feel a kinship to Winnie and Willie, soldiering on as best they can, victims of an unfeeling fate that that they don’t understand and cannot change." Full Review
for a previous production "Despite the aura of 'Gidget Goes Hawaiian' that surrounds the show and the profusion of cute props like rubber duckies and ukeleles, the ensemble can be forgiven because they and the artistic staff have the smarts not to mess with the original score and lyrics...Graney arranges the mayhem with a sure touch, keeping the musical values of the songs intact...It’s not always necessary to be enlightened by theater. Sometimes it’s more than enough to have a rollicking good time." Full Review