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for a previous production “There is so much to admire in this beautiful production, from the source material to the adaptation, from the design to the direction, from the ensemble to the supporting cast. But 'To Kill a Mockingbird' simply would not work without a perfect Atticus Finch. Daniels is just that. This is a quiet, humble, profoundly intense tour de force performance...A performance that people will talk about for years to come...A play people will talk about for years to come. Don't miss this one.” Full Review
“The completely original new show starts off with a bang and never lets up...The book...is tight and perfectly constructed...The laughs are endless...Tears will be shed. Like a real prom night, you get to have all the feels with this show...Nicholaw lets the script speak for itself, walking that perfect line between reality and musical comedy heaven, all with breathtaking pacing...The cast is just as perfect...As far as musical comedies go, this one is practically perfect in every way.” Full Review
“Save for the occasional direct address to the audience, the work is harsh in its realistic naturalism...It feels like we are observing lives through a window...It is amazing that such a heartbreaking play can also be so entertaining...Though his metaphors are occasionally obvious, Lonergan's play is a brave mix of sentimentality and harsh reality...A thoroughly engrossing, emotional ride that will leave you spent but thrilled." Full Review
“An entertaining and delightfully grown-up affair...The music is much expanded, and is pretty seamlessly added throughout the show...Lee has crafted a surprisingly straight forward, traditional musical book...Rather plain, not extra magical...The second seems a bit off balance...There isn't much creativity in the staging...Overall...the creative team did a great job of crafting a more mature story, while retaining the familiar and beloved film elements for the stage.” Full Review
"The show is in many ways a triumph, despite my qualms. Sher's revival hits all the right buttons...Technically top notch...Much has been made of the relative youth of Harry Hadden-Paton as Henry Higgins...But by and large, no real insights are gained by this casting or by the actor's performance...He's good, not great...This production will probably be remembered for Sher's making the show more relevant by making Eliza the focus of the show...Ambrose alone makes this show a must see." Full Review
"This brilliant masterpiece is the best play I have seen in years...And the same can be said for the entire production of the play, as well...The biggest thrills come from Albee's often hilarious, always sharp, and thoroughly thought-provoking script, some of the tightest direction...and three Tony-worthy star turns by three generations of actresses...A riveting, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride, the kind often reserved for the latest roller coaster. This is a don't miss production." Full Review
"I had a fantastic night and got more than my money's worth...Elice’s book goes a little too far into the Behind the Music realm...Had the book had more focus...it would be a very good musical...It is Block, that really keeps this monster of a show under control...Block fills in the blanks and hints at what is missing in some of the book; she adds depth even when the material isn't there. Hers is a performance not to be missed.” Full Review
"For sheer entertainment value, 'King Kong' would get an A+ from me. It is exciting, thrilling, funny, and even a little scary. And that ape. Wow!...As a musical, it is both lacking and way too much...Thorne's book is both well-done and silly...The bottom line is I found myself both laughing with it and laughing at it. That said, there's much to appreciate here...Director Drew McOnie creates some truly spectacular stage pictures." Full Review
"A fun romp with some great acting, singing, and dancing...Mitchell does his typically reliable work...For better or worse, his work never gets in the way of the storytelling, but it really doesn't add much to it, either...Fans of the film will be happy. Theater lovers may ask, 'did this need to be a musical?'...While 'Pretty Woman' doesn't really break any new ground it does enough to feel fresh...The superb cast, including more than excellent principals, makes up for the lack of originality." Full Review
“I was in the minority in my feeling of disappointment at this hyper, excessive musical...Fey has updated her screenplay to make it relevant and occasionally newly funny. The problem really lies in everything that surrounds it. Save for a couple of really nice songs...Richmond’s score is bland...Benjamin's lyrics are...uninspired...The obvious tell that the show is less than the sum of its parts is the strain of Casey Nicolaw's staging and direction. It stinks of desperation." Full Review
"A complex, thought-provoking masterpiece...All these weeks later, this beautiful revival has been on my mind frequently...O'Brien's staging was clear: balance the realism in the story with the fantastical Heaven framing device and extended ballets...It is touches like these, along with well-paced stretches of dialogue...that keep things grounded...One of the best things this show does is provoke emotional responses. I got that and then some." Full Review