John Stoltenberg

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Reviews (7)
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "Easily one of Cirque’s sunniest and loveliest shows—a sensuously dreamy mix of imagery from an imagined Mexico layered over performances so spellbinding you will enter a whole other reality.Unlike even the most immersive movie, 'Luzia’s' illusions are present to us in the very moment we share with the people we see on stage...Cirque has upped its production game stupendously...For theater lovers of all ages, it is an enrapturing experience like none other." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "Theatergoers who love artful aggregations of styles and images that nonetheless cohere will have a field day watching 'Kurios.' It’s like a master class in mash-up...There are plenty of large-scale acts that fill the stage and its air space with heart-stopping feats...'Kurios' also turns out to be among Cirque’s most personal and human-scale productions. For fans and fans-to-be, Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kurios' is both classically spectacular and captivatingly fresh." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "Funny as hell…Spellbinding storytelling…A fascinating, dynamic, and complex portrait of the man whose schismatic reading of Scripture changed history…McTaggart’s compelling performance captures each naturalistic nuance and epic passion in a way that scales the character’s convictions and contradictions to Shakespearean dimensions…A magnificent production…’Martin Luther on Trial’ belongs among the great plays about major figures in religion." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production “Powerful and heartrending...By the end I was so emotionally devastated by what I had seen that I myself was unable to speak until a good several minutes later…The particular story ‘Occupied Territories’ tells is extraordinary...You may think you’ve seen plenty enough of the Vietnam War up close and personal...But when you experience how ‘Occupied Territories’ tells its moving, memorable, and mythic story, you’ll have to think again.” Full Review

Draw the Circle
West Village
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "Mashuq Mushtaq Deen has a singularly fascinating life story to tell. And the way he tells it is even more amazing...With his gentle humor, his agile portrayals, and a grippingly self-aware narrative, Deen takes us on his journey to become the man we see before us...The way as writer/performer Deen lets us know him through his transformation only through everyone else’s point of view is a masterful act of writing and performance that transforms us." Full Review

No-No Boy
Midtown W
DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "'No-No Boy' is an extraordinary and essential play...Has been adapted into a tight, intense script...Directed with precision by Ron Nakahara and performed by a sterling cast of ten, 'No-No Boy' blew me away from the very beginning...Admirably, it does not mythologize a monolithic ethnic viewpoint...I can only urge everyone who cares about how theater connects to this country’s past and future to catch Pan Asian Rep’s 'No-No Boy' wherever whenever you can." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

for a previous production "A one-man play about an influential, world-class thinker that’s every bit as smart, fascinating, and satisfying as the best such solo performances seen in this town...Its most pivotal events are mental. And their dramatic momentum amounts to some amazing moments on stage and in one’s own mind. Max McLean performs impressively as C.S. Lewis...With warmth and candor, McLean gives us a Lewis that immediately draws us in...The conversion story in 'C.S. Lewis Onstage' is captivating." Full Review