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"Lily Thorne’s ambitious script is very detailed in its depiction of hospice care—almost a documentary about how the American healthcare system handles death. But when the focus shifts to the relationships among the different family members, the play seems to come to life...Thorne manages to find a surprising amount of laughs in the midst of the morbidity, and director Lila Neugebauer keeps the pace from flagging too much." Full Review
"‘#Blessed’ should seem timely. Instead, Zoe Kamil’s drama plays out almost like a social guidance film from the 1950s. Although the play touches on questions that merit serious conversation, it is far too heavy-handed to be effective. Miranda Cornell’s direction is equally clunky, and the cast of 12 can sometimes barely be heard...While it’s wonderful to see young women exploring serious social issues, '#Blessed' needs serious tightening, refining and refocusing." Full Review
"Neither a true comedy nor a tragedy in the classical sense, the play is a caustic study of war and love that doesn’t really have much to say about either. And this production is certainly problematic, though many of its issues lie more in the Bard’s script than in director Daniel Sullivan’s take on the piece...Unusual for Shakespeare, few of the characters grow or change over the course of the three-hour play. There are some lovely moments, but little in the way of emotional power or depth." Full Review
"Thanks to the strong performances of Blaemire, Renée, and Salazar, it does capture the universal frustrations of trying to create art against odds that seem insurmountable...The three actors in Keen’s production perform very nicely together, although Silverstein’s uneven direction occasionally loses the energy that certain moments need...But Blaemire, Renée, and Salazar have terrific chemistry and voices, finding equal measures of humor and pathos in Larson’s self-exploration." Full Review
"A cheerfully intelligent solo piece...A natural storyteller with an abundance of wit and energy, the writer-performer has a knack for making the past feel up-to-date. In Schlitt’s hands, arguments about civil rights and liberties become engagingly noisy debates. Emphasizing that politics should not be a 'spectator sport,' Schlitt makes his show a dialogue with the audience, encouraging discussions about the themes as they come up. He clearly loves his subject, and is eager to share that love." Full Review
"Lloyd seems uncertain of her concept in several moments, and relies on other devices to get her message across...In doing so, she makes the play less cohesive...Many directors have found ways around 'The Taming of the Shrew’s' outdated values. While Lloyd’s solution is certainly clever and original, there are as many elements in this production that do not work as those that do. If she truly wanted to make a statement in favor of women’s empowerment, she only partially succeeded." Full Review