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"So intimate you’re right in the middle of the action...The action is directed by Bedlam’s artistic director, Eric Tucker, who has streamlined the text to focus on the gender power dynamics between Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle...While Tucker’s performance is perfectly fine, he’s outshone by Vaishnavi Sharma as Eliza...She’s ravishing as both the fiery flower girl and the elegant lady created by Higgins, with lots of nuance and humor in her performance." Full Review
"Close as Norma milks the moment for all it’s worth...She fills it with grand gestures, appropriate for a delusional diva, but her voice is surprisingly thin. She commits herself completely to the role, unafraid to appear grotesque, but it all seems stylized, like Japanese Noh theater. In the end, I admired her craft yet left unmoved...Despite my reservations, there are other redeeming features to this production. Xavier is a real hunk as Joe...And Dillon is very appealing as Betty." Full Review
"I wouldn't change a thing about this practically perfect production...The superb cast is blessed with talent and attitude...Anais is fortunate to have entrusted the direction to Rachel Chavkin, who has a clear vision for the material...The action is immersive, with the cast sinuously moving in and out of the audience, which surrounds the small stage. As a result, you're carried along by the music of the sung-through production, played by an excellent onstage band." Full Review
"A show that’s both moving and exhilarating. A versatile, multicultural cast of 12 men and women of all ages and sizes portrays both the passengers and the townspeople, seamlessly switching from one to the other, singing with strong voices and moving with precision...The ensemble is truly the star. Credit director Christopher Ashley with creating an organic, yet thoroughly professional feeling...It was downright refreshing." Full Review
"Lane is lovely and a fine actress, but never seems to fully inhabit the role. Glover, a veteran stage actor, gets laughs with his over-the-top performance, but creates an imbalance with his co-star...The multi-cultural supporting cast are all very capable – and very kinetic, constantly in motion, dancing around the stage, bumping into chairs, strutting offstage...The production, directed by the Englishman, Simon Godwin, definitely moves right along, but at the expense of a deeper feeling." Full Review