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“Small in scope, big in heart, ‘Josh Cohen’ is a name that you won’t soon forget...A supporting cast of stellar comedic actors provide an adorably twisty backstory...The current production benefits from the addition of Hunter Foster’s excellent direction. He has made powerful moments more poignant through subtle actions, and added entertaining, clever choices to its delivery...It would be extraordinarily difficult to dislike ‘Josh Cohen’...The best show audiences will have seen in years.” Full Review
"What fans love about the film is set in place to glorious effect; however, most additions and many changes fall a bit flat, tiring its youthful audience quickly...Surprisingly, it’s Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez’s more superficial new numbers that instill a sense of uplifting magic that is needed in this darker take on the film...Patti Murin is the true star in the universe of Arendelle...As a package, 'Frozen' is enjoyable." Full Review
for a previous production "'Me the People' manages to be entertaining and cringe-worthy at its best moments, and only the slightest bit schlocky at its worst...A cast of four performs clever takes on pop hits, oldies and show tunes that have been reworked to represent the political frenzy...Many of the jokes initially cause soreness in their necessity and verity, but they quickly take on a poignant tone amidst the mockumentary-style laughs. Holson’s writing is important and consummately unique." Full Review
"'Baghdaddy’s' humor is based in the irony of horrific truth, but the musical’s message is as important and informative as it is entertaining...All of the actors here are uniquely exceptional...Marshall Pailet’s direction is on point and clever, though some of his book is a bit too metaphorical and quick for audiences to deftly appreciate. However, the music is catchy, so the book is mostly forgiven." Full Review
for a previous production "A sweetly festive holiday show, but one that would greatly benefit from a stronger visual production than Charlotte Moore's simple staging...In the end, though, these ditties, along with the rest of the songs performed here, would best be left to a recording of this tale to be enjoyed in pajamas by a toasty fireplace." Full Review
"When a Shakespearean tale is produced this intelligently, it is ripe for every season. Though the writing itself is long and frustrating at times, it is made fantastically accessible...While infused with bold notes of humor...It takes a while to get to the funny, and those are the scenes that make this production unique and memorable...A genius telling of a nominal, faltering story...The choices made by Arbus and the marvelous ensemble are stunning in their complexity and splendor." Full Review
“This musical is a hysterical send-up of all that you loved to hate (or hated to love) about the 90s...The show’s greatest attribute is its ability to hit on series favorites quickly and memorably...Stancato’s direction and choreography is smart and intuitive...Though Gleizner’s music is a bit forgettable, the lyrics accompanying it will leave their mark...’Friends!’ will make you laugh so hard your face will hurt, your eyes will tear, and you’ll be ready to come back." Full Review
"There is farce, and then there is the humorous play that tries too hard to be a farce...Although the piece is filled with many one-liners that land abundantly well, as a whole, 'Inspector' is lacking in depth and consistency...The actors spit the fast language with eloquent humor and bombastic verve...Berger’s direction is clearly the misstep in this problematic piece. Asides from the characters are clumsy and often feel unnecessary." Full Review
"LaBute, Marco Calvani, and Buchaca explore power struggles of varying natures in three one-act plays, and in doing so have created a phenomenally thought-provoking evening...The disconnect between different age groups and time frames is intelligently brought to life in 'Author Directing Author,' while the most 'powerful' aspect of the show is in its ability to explore the many facets of the human desire to be dominant, and what that entails once it has been achieved." Full Review