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"THE LIGHTNING THIEF MISFIRES DESPITE ITS PROMISE at Huntington Theatre Company" Full Review
“’Jagged Little Pill’ does establish a reasonable framework for...Morissette songs...But Cody's dialog borders on the twee and is much more successful when surprising us with comic flourishes...Staging alternates between brilliant and overdone...It's as if Paulus doesn't trust the material or her actors...Cody's meandering book and self-help platitude tone, needs a lot of refining...Intermittent sparks are not enough. More cohesion and authenticity are needed.” Full Review
for a previous production "Ensler doesn't so much tell us of her journey through cancer as use it as a metaphor to dramatize the visceral connection between our bodies and our world...Ensler seamlessly weaves her individual experiences and recollections into the fabric of political theater. There is no lecturing, only truth telling, and the impact is often stunning...Ensler's own charismatic presence and willingness to bare her own body and soul make this production that much more electric." Full Review
for a previous production "Her dialog is smart and funny but never self-indulgent. With every off-hand revelation or subtle turn of phrase she takes the audience deeper and deeper into her characters...In a deeply affecting 90 minutes, removed from the world below in a music and memento-filled attic, we have managed to share a lifetime, as well." Full Review
"Opulent but imperfect...A whirling dervish of sights and sounds designed more for effect than affect...For those seeking a more nostalgic emotional connection to the material, This 'Moulin Rouge' may seem more rock concert than musical theater...A major problem...is the jarring shifts in tone that all but destroy the underlying idealistic themes of 'truth, beauty, freedom, and love'...It would also be helpful if there were stronger chemistry between Olivo and Tveit." Full Review
for a previous production "A stunning revival of the landmark musical revue that makes all other juke box musicals pale by comparison...Paladino's inventive musical treatments, plus Bergasse's brilliant character development and staging, turn this non-stop catalog of hits into a fully developed story of love, friendship, romance, and empowerment. No dialog is necessary as the interpretations of and transitions between the cleverly sequenced songs tell us everything we need to know." Full Review
for a previous production "All that Russian angst and all those convoluted relationships are brought forth with ingenious musical clarity…This remarkable electropop opera fuses Old World melodrama with a modern-day edge to deliver a passionate love story for the ages…Malloy's sometimes hard-driving, sometimes reflective electropop score is a perfect mash-up of Russian folk elements and a contemporary pop/rock sound…A score whose pulsing urgency makes Tolstoy's classic come alive anew." Full Review