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"It’s a pleasure to hear, particularly when its performed as well as it is in this production. Kudos Mr. Fitzsousa. You’ve created a first rate musical ensemble of which any musical director would be proud. Director David Fuller has put together a tight, exhilarating production of a great theater classic. The talented cast is exceptional." Full Review
“The stunning music, Cohen’s lovely, poetic dialogue, and Afton’s breathtaking vocalizations, were skillfully integrated, flowing from words to notes to the hearts of the audience...Afton’s part...could easily stand on its own as a song cycle in a concert...Had the men been integrated into the plot a little sooner, it would not have seemed quite so jarring...That said, the two men were extremely effective...A lovely, thought-provoking production.” Full Review
"Everyone in the cast was well prepared and professional, the live music skillfully-performed and entertaining. I wish I could mention them all, but there isn’t room. Suffice to say, this is an entertaining and accessible 'Hamlet,' beautifully designed to attract a young audience, a fine portrayal of this incredible masterwork. If you ever wished your kids would take an interest in something other than pop-culture trivia, give this a try. It’s a superb introduction to a great classic." Full Review
“Everyone in the cast spoke with clarity...They knew what they were saying and the result was a conversational tone...The somewhat spare venue...was effective and well-used...The performance seemed to lack gravitas...The gender changes may have influenced my impression...I don’t know why it was done. It didn’t illuminate any feminist issues. It didn’t offer any additional insights...The War of Phillippi, as choreographed by Pragel, was simply breathtaking.” Full Review
“A warm, gentle discussion of women’s issues and politics...Brunstetter has given us an intelligent, moving picture of the difficulties involved when one must (as politicians must) be everything to everyone...Chris Henry Coffey is sympathetic and believable...Miriam, skillfully played by Christine Bruno...Courtney Butt’s costumes were entirely appropriate, while Edward Morris’ sets were an absolute delight...The lighting was also skillfully done and well coordinated, as was the music." Full Review
"A brilliant rendering of coupling in our social-media paradise...Tom Detrinis and his cast have put together a memorable, surprisingly coherent farce, lampooning more millennial conventions that I can count...With perfect timing and incredibly frenetic delivery, Lenk makes the most of every single word. It’s a virtuoso performance in every way. When he’s onstage, the play is his...The rest of the cast were exquisitely in tune, skillfully adapting to the style’s demands." Full Review
“The dramatization of an intensely personal experience from the author’s childhood...Hinrichs navigates between characters with great skill and obvious affection using her limber, dancer’s body to move artfully between physical types and age ranges...Not only is it good theater, it’s also the sort of presentation I find to be needed during these rapidly changing times...’Random Acts’ is a picture of living history, recent history.” Full Review
“From the opening note, this small musical is a delight...With clever lighting...and an excellent instrumental ensemble...The music is melodious, and well-crafted. The lyrics are consistently funny, tuneful, and to the point. They move the plot along with sometimes wicked humor, while allowing comments and reflections to be made as needed. The orchestration is superb...The cast was extraordinary...All in all, this thoughtful work was stunning, with cheerful music and a happy ending.” Full Review