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“The endearing Beckman has a cheesy flare for the dramatic, which works against his incredible talent as an illusionist...While his technique is incredibly precise, the illusions are often only mildly interesting...Lack the originality and personal touch that might differentiate him from other illusionists...For some, Beckman's talent will be enough; others, may find the theatricality to leave something to be desired.” Full Review
"Fascinating and deeply moving...Incredibly relatable and captivating, right from the start...An emotional experience, both for the supremely talented actresses, and for the audience...Heartfelt and provocative, 'Sheila' furthers the conversation about happiness, friendship, honesty, choice, and the roles that women play, or are conditioned to play...It lingers, requiring time for full absorption. Indeed, the more time passes, the more intricate and beautiful the story becomes." Full Review
"Though 'Daughters of the Mock' seems to take place in the present, it gives the air of a past era, which at times becomes confusing, bordering on distracting. However, Denise Yvonne Dowse's direction keeps the stage active, mirroring the emotional journey of these five captivating actresses. The women all have excellent chemistry…Negro Ensemble Company consistently produces quality and timely theater by highly talented actors, and 'Daughters of the Mock' is no exception.” Full Review
“A thought-provoking and unique theatrical experience…‘Photo & Supply’ uses puppetry to physicalize what gentrification means to shop owners—something extremely difficult to express in more typical mediums—and conveys this tragic message seamlessly and beautifully. The work, skill, and wide knowledge base creators Rachel Schapira and Ashur Rayis put into this production are apparent in every gesture, scene transition, and attention to detail." Full Review
"A creative weaving of a traditional story with modern music that truly succeeds in showing that tradition does not have an expiration date. 'Choker Bali' takes on the daring task of bringing traditional Indian customs together with modern culture and female sexuality, through the medium of Greek tragedy...Each character gets a spectacular solo moment of vulnerability that shows the deep pain common to all members of this love triangle, giving new life to this popular story line." Full Review
"An imbalance of plot and musical numbers makes the characters less relatable, and the songs about touchy subjects difficult to stomach and justify...Rather than land, the songs hit with too much material too soon. That said, the performers themselves are extremely dedicated and talented...Though it's an interesting concert and an excellent introduction to a rarely publicized genre of music, as a book musical, 'The Folk Singer' leaves something to be desired." Full Review
"The time jumps are occasionally jarring and confusing, but excellently create the harsh reality a lesbian minority couple at that time would likely have faced…As Catherine and Ruth, McKamie and Grajewski have electric chemistry, and watching their relationship blossom from its first moment to its last is indeed heart-wrenching...All three talented women give the audience an intimate view of the constant flight between staying true to oneself and living in society." Full Review
"A quirky look at love, sexuality, and acceptance...The level of acting in this production; the hard work, love, and care present in ‘Scissoring’ are extraordinarily clear. The ensemble cast, ably directed by Estefanía Fadul, does the difficult subject matter justice, and then some. But Christina Quintana's play, if perhaps somewhat ground-breaking and certainly fascinating, ultimately bites off more than it can chew.” Full Review
for a previous production "For both a hilarious night out and a satirical look at the current state of politics, 'Me the People' will not disappoint...The writing, which could easily have fallen into a gimmicky trap, is nuanced, giving even the most outrageous sketches a smart and extremely relevant feel. The evening draws attention to the political anxiety looming in the back of everyone’s mind while giving the audience a safe space to come together and face the next four years with a laugh." Full Review
“A powerful and thought-provoking evening of intelligent, political theater…Though humorous, campy at times, and heart-wrenching, these performances beautifully turn reality on its head and inspire a call to action...‘Rosalee Pritchett’ and ‘The Perry’s Mission’ are especially fascinating to watch back-to-back...These beautifully crafted plays, about the ways people view race, women, and African-American culture as a whole, have messages that stick long after the curtain falls.” Full Review
"An exquisite new opera…Yachechak is a true standout as Lena…The anger, fear, and loneliness felt by all the characters are effectively captured by Spektor’s music. The story continually twists and turns, adding new characters and plot points sure to keep audiences interested…The cast has amazing chemistry…This professional-grade opera transports audiences into a new world on many different levels and is surely a best bet for a unique theater experience." Full Review
"'Devdas' tells a story of heartbreak and triumph through the medium of contemporary ballet while celebrating Indian culture...Though the ensemble pieces are mesmerizing, Badghi and Madiraju’s chemistry shines through it all...'Devdas' does an excellent job of blending classic tradition with a familiar reality-show format, which not only gives the female characters a larger role in the story, but also succeeds in keeping modern audiences invested." Full Review
"Plot development is interspersed with various song and dance numbers ensuring that the audience remains overjoyed as well as captivated for the duration. The complete devotion and superb character work from every member of the ensemble creates more than a story—together, they truly create their own world...This production, brilliantly written, creates a modern Commedia...One of the best shows I've seen in a long time." Full Review
"The story is told both verbally, through Fulgham’s narration, and physically, through the movement of the remaining ensemble members. The movement, grounded in contemporary and modern dance, combines fluidity with bursts of energy to allow the performers to explore love in both their words and bodies...Though at times unclear, and extremely untraditional, 'Lamia' is more than a show—it creates a full theatrical experience that engages the audience in thought and action." Full Review