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“Those with a taste for recent British history and anyone who would like a look back at a non-PC world will enjoy this entertaining gabfest...The evening feels a little stretched, possibly because Buffini originally wrote ‘Handbagged’ as a one act play...This work produces lots of chuckles and a few big laughs...The four women actors are well-cast...Directed with economy...the play moves at a steady clip...This is a light work about 20th century British history inhabited at a fast, talky pace.” Full Review
"The essential sweetness-cum-pathos of Aleichem’s life and his genius...This Tevye is a small work that elicits chuckles, not guffaws; sniffs, not sobs. The actors work hard and even brings the audience into the act...It’s delightful to see the Tevye characters interpreted from the inside out with minimal costumes...It celebrates what makes us interconnected humans with the attendant joys and sorrows...The show is an appealing combination of sadness and humor." Full Review
"All the performers are terrific especially Ellie Fishman as Grace Banker, leader of this band of sisters, who has great presence and a lovely voice...The music and lyrics by Peter Mills is often rousing, sometimes sentimental and just a little too repetitive although the intermingling of music and story is effective...Although there are arguments and misunderstandings between characters, the script lacks dramatic punch and its most powerful moment comes in the epilogue." Full Review
"I found it forced and flat. The choreography, partly built around the hype of a boxing match, was repetitive and the humor on the level of a freshman high-school talent show...The performance didn’t get more entertaining and throughout both women seemed to be trying too hard...Both Barnes and Bass are fine dancers, lithe and energetic with excellent control, but watching them spin one hundred times—not once but twice– is twice too many times for me." Full Review
"There are Shakespearean overtones along the way...The performances are beautifully nuanced and well-directed by Romagnoli who has updated the setting to the modern day...PTP/NYC continues to redefine politically aware theatre for the 21st century by presenting theatrically complex and thought-provoking work of contemporary social and cultural relevance...'Pity in History' is great theater for today." Full Review
"Most of the music is highly forgettable and, in many cases unintelligible, odd as the theater is very small and the actors use mics...The set is made of plastic cutouts with flopping hands that seemed more Halloween than Saudi. There are a few effective numbers, mostly those performed by The Descendants of Abraham, a trio played by whichever company members are not already onstage, in superb camel costumes by designer Alison Heryer." Full Review
"Too many of the other actors muddle their lines and speak haltingly...This production is very broad, at times almost slapstick, and I’m not sure that if it serves as anyone’s introduction to Shakespeare it will have them returning for more. It is presented as a mish-mash of periods hewing to none...While this is an energetic, enthusiastic take, it’s not a fully rounded production." Full Review
for a previous production "The particular, wacky charm of the show stems from the fine interplay between Burt Grinstead, playing Jekyll and Hyde and Anna Stromberg playing everyone else...The play intertwines comedic farce and serious interludes...It’s smart, funny and surprisingly likable, complete with dark humor, quick pacing and a very high level of innovation. Grinstead and Stromberg have made good use of the original work in order to provide the audience with both laughs and gasps." Full Review
"Would be an even more entertaining production were it somewhat shorter...The play is talky, funny and energetic although it comes down to a picaresque venture that doesn’t impart meaning deeper than a look at a woman who rails against having her life defined by men. What’s new?...Although entertaining much of the time, the play lacks substance. Despite the good performances, it comes off as a series of vignettes with a lot of nudge-nudge/wink-wink." Full Review
"If words are not your thing, this production is not for you. However, if you love language, humor and magnificent intelligence, don’t miss it...The play touches on imagination, garden design, the Romantic vs. the Classic temperament and good old sex...Calling this play witty or intellectual or both robs it of its charm and brilliance—it‘s way beyond. The Potomac Theater Project produces works that spark thinking and give audiences the opportunity to celebrate theatrical craft." Full Review
"'The Widow of Tom’s Hill' is an ambitious work with plenty of suspense and an overarching sense of impending disaster. Up to the epilogue that doesn’t enhance it, the play has plenty of tension and a nice arc. Mr. Merilo is a writer we’ll hear more from." Full Review
"I wish I could be as enthusiastic about this performance as Mrs. Smith’s legions of fans. They loved every moment; me, not so much...For an evening like nothing else, Mrs. Smith and company are indeed the cat’s whiskers." Full Review