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"The first scenes of 'The Prom'...are as deliriously funny as any musical of recent vintage...'The Prom' promises a modern twist for a divided America. But while the show’s creators are brave and brash in creating their silly, self-involved blue-state anti-heroes, to hilarious result, they are less confident in their rendition of the red-staters...Compared to the complex teens currently populating Broadway...'The Prom' falls short." Full Review
for a previous production "Schultz has marshalled a number of memorable images with a few versatile set pieces...While it’s wonderful to have such a large cast on stage, Schultz is better at showing us the trees than the forest—and the larger numbers sometimes feel like poetry in commotion...My consistent quibble with Ross’s overall project is that poems are not lyrics—and no matter how sensitive his settings, the words sometimes jar with the music...‘Spoon River’ works, nevertheless; it’s even magical." Full Review
for a previous production “A flowing and eerily gorgeous production…If ‘Of Human Bondage’ occasionally seems no more than melodrama, you can place some of that blame on the book’s original author…But, in Thiessen’s adaptation, Maugham’s characters are occasionally gratuitously flattened as the narrative is necessarily telescoped…Schultz’s musical production is such a pleasure, however, it’s easy to overlook the flaws in the story or storytelling.” Full Review
for a previous production “Sinha has written a truly harrowing piece of theatre, a play all the more remarkable for being her first…Though presented in a chopped-up chronology, there’s nothing fuzzy about Sinha’s narrative, and everything rings true in its heartbreaking uniqueness. It all feels deeply personal...Director Alan Dilworth provides a stylish but sensitive staging for a story of violence against women. He keeps the tension high throughout…The whole package impresses thoroughly.” Full Review
"No team of show doctors could cure this bafflingly bad show…Rather than stories and song augmenting their signature mix of circus tricks and otherworldly aesthetic, however, the tepid tunes, pointless plot and insipid characters here put even their best routines in a third-rate context. There may be a few exciting sequences in this show but the talented performers keep being undercut by cringe-worthy dialogue and lyrics. Jaws should be dropping; instead, eyes roll." Full Review
for a previous production "What really has lifted 'Helen Lawrence' up since its Vancouver premiere is that its dozen actors have developed into a real ensemble. Before, several were giving stagy performances, while others kept it small and filmic, but now they’re all on the same wavelength...Haddock’s plot can be complicated – and Douglas’s virtual world takes time to wrap your brain around. They ask a lot on the part of an audience – but it’s more than ever worth the effort to enter into the lucid dream of 'Helen Law... Full Review
for a previous production "The scenes that work best allow us to see both mediums at work, rather than one in service of the other...For 'Helen Lawrence' to rise above the level of the truly impressive novelty, the staging needs more of these moments where the theatrical and filmic elements are in dialogue. At that point, you’ll have a piece of live art sure to completely knock the socks off the performance world." Full Review
for a previous production “The entirety of ‘(re)Birth’ is jubilant and joyous; and as a cleverly staged concert I have no qualms. Whether or not the music the collective has created actually serves the poetry of Cummings is another matter altogether. A few lines are communicated with great force, but generally what comes across is fuzzy conviviality...It makes you want to go home and pick up a book of poetry, which is fine, but not what you would call a complete artistic experience.” Full Review