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"It’s tender and heartbreaking, but there’s not a single moment that feels preachy—instead, the story, from start to finish feels fully authentic, which makes the show’s messages really resonate...The show is anchored by Platt’s beautiful performance...He’s ably supported by Steven Levenson’s strong book, which capably navigates nuanced content, deft characterization, and hot-button issues without missing a step." Full Review
for a previous production "Deaf West’s production of the show does add something new to a musical that is familiar to so many...Unfortunately, the production suffers from a lack of clarity under director Michael Arden. The relationship between the deaf actors and their ‘voices’ is never really defined — sometimes the ‘voices’ act like corporeal friends, while other times, they’re more like the teens’ imaginations brought to life...Deaf West’s 'Spring Awakening' soars to great heights — when it’s good, it’s amazing to ... Full Review
"'The King and I' is everything a classic musical should be. In director Bartlett Sher’s beautiful production, the familiar story comes to life gloriously...The production as a whole is quite sumptuous...Sher’s direction is quite good, though the show drags a bit in the middle of each act...Those qualms aside, 'The King and I' is a decadent treat and an incredibly beautiful show." Full Review
for a previous production "Callaghan’s writing is strongest in the play’s more realistic moments. But whenever the language takes a turn for the poetic—yikes. Spoken-word poetry can be incredibly powerful. But when a play switches back and forth from realistic language to these heightened moments, the latter feels cheapened, and the outcome of this experimental brand of theater is an experiment gone decidedly wrong." Full Review