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"If you enjoy smart, quality burlesque, you should go see 'Josephine'...The triple threat actress Tymisha Harris brings back true star power in her solo show...Tymisha’s vocals are smooth and rich, her dance is sensually athletic yet authentic to the time period, and she brings a joy and innocent courage to this firecracker woman...Truly a show of what a small multi-hyphenate team can accomplish." Full Review
"'The Collector' invites you to watch the abhorrent actions of a mad man from the point of view of the perpetrator. This tactic doesn’t allow you to dismiss his actions as merely evil; you can almost start to empathize with his choices...Director Lisa Milinazzo does a great job of balancing sympathy and the unthinkable...The actors did a fantastic job of bringing the accents and culture to life...This script is very strong and well brought to life in the small and very intimate black box." Full Review
"Witty, smartly written and saturated with a love for language, there are moments of true literary poetry among the smart self-deprecating humor. Well-structured, well-paced and with well-delivered jokes, Kelly clearly has a background in comedy. She delivers her story with genuine charm, physical comedy and true theatre geekiness...Director Gina Moxley did a fantastic job of keeping our attention 100% engaged." Full Review
"'Phoenix Rising' is a chance to delve into the female psyche...Laura Gosheff, writer and director, created a sincere and visceral show that exposes the struggles of choosing love in the face of fear, self doubt, and shame...But before you think it is all tears, there is plenty of humor as the girls spark back snappy comebacks at each other and tempers flare. A show like this one can be tedious without emotional bravery and full commitment but luckily the actors did not falter." Full Review
"'The Hundred We Are' gives voice to a generation torn...The result is a play that is the most accurate representation of what it feels like to be female today that I have seen in a long time...I give tremendous credit to the playwright for being able to voice the human experience so well. That being said…it’s an odd play. You will need to work to suspend your disbelief but bear with it because the end result is worth it...'The Hundred We Are' is intriguing and relevant." Full Review
"I went in expecting a skilled and unique telling of the origin story of the Tin Man and boy, does 'The Woodsman' deliver...Strangemen & Co breathes life into this dark story with spectacular Bunraku style puppetry and hauntingly beautiful original music...Be prepared to immediately want to dust off your copy of the 'Wizard of Oz' so that you may finally have the happy ending to this simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-warming story." Full Review
"It is easy to see why 'Poison' is an international hit...'Poison' has some of the best acting I’ve seen in some time. It is viscerally full and humane with none of the inconsistencies that damage one’s suspension of disbelief...Director Erwin Maas did a phenomenal job of crafting the show. He created the space that allowed the story to ebb and swell and gave the necessary room for such an operatic emotional journey." Full Review
"'A Taste of Honey' has everything it needs to be a galvanizing show...However...this show lacked the electric anger and the gritty desperation that was integral to the culture at the time and is much needed to energize this production...It’s frustrating to see such a miss. If you want to see an unchallenging production of a great play, this might be for you. You might even have a few chuckles. But you won’t leave the theatre changed." Full Review
for a previous production "Courageous, laugh-out-loud funny and oh-my-mascara-is-all-over my face touching…A hilarious and fast-paced show…No subject is left untouched. The audience is kept on the edges of their seats while watching words and emotions volley between the players. The girls are played phenomenally, with nary a weak link on the team…These young powerhouse actresses do justice to the strong script." Full Review
"I went in expecting a fun farce and The Pearl delivered. 'The Dingdong' is true to form and well executed. Technically this show does everything right; the blocking is great, the pacing on point...However, even though the show hits its mark, it lacks the danger and emotional stakes that would made it thrilling. But don’t worry, the brilliance of the text, snazzy costume changes, and slapstick humor makes 'The Dingdong' a lovely night out." Full Review
"Both pieces deal with an achingly deep loneliness, a hopeless desperation for change, and the inability to connect in a highly corrupt, irrational, and dangerous world. These plays are notoriously difficult to stage, a job that director Cosmin Chivu tackled admirably...This is a show for theatre connoisseurs who want to know more about the soul of Tennessee Williams or for people who would find relief in seeing the bitter hardness of the world acknowledged on stage." Full Review