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"'Choir Boy' is terrific, and is every bit deserving of a production on the great white way, even with its own small share of flaws...In the hands of a less confident and artful author, 'Choir Boy' could easily become well-meaning ooey-gooey claptrap. However, McCraney is no lesser author, and his script is smartly observed and rammed full of life...'Choir Boy' is, in short, a revelation of a play, and the cast currently performing at the Friedman Theatre is—dare I say—perfect." Full Review
“The antivenin needed by audiences weary of the parade of over-produced Broadway theatre...Metcalf is giving a true star turn here...[It] does sputter out towards the end, where it wraps up without truly concluding in a meaningful way, as though Hnath simply got bored after awhile of writing, but a mediocre five minutes are no reason to skip eighty-five thrilling ones...The type of show that Broadway needs more of: a crowd-pleaser where eggheads and tourists will walk out with like delight.” Full Review
“Maudlin and sentimental...One of the most ideologically backwards shows I’ve ever seen…A show that makes my flesh crawl with how ultimately harmfully it treats mental illness. However, at the center of this disaster is Ben Platt, who gives one of the most astonishingly good performances I’ve ever seen at the center of a musical. His performance is so extraordinary that the show not only becomes bearable, but actually required viewing.” Full Review
"Intensely satisfying experience...Scripted and acted with laser-precision by a flawlessly committed cast of six, along with the help of director and credited co-writer Neugebauer...One of the funniest new theatre pieces in recent memory, its deliciously nasty sense of humor spawning from the inherent comedy of seeing the most uncomfortable moments of life reflected right back onto the audience." Full Review
"I found it to be simply extraordinary. It’s a rarified experience, so much so that I would hesitate before actually recommending it to anyone...Her grasp on the surreal and abstract is arguably as strong or stronger than any other author of the last century...It certainly doesn’t hurt that the premiere production is as gorgeous as the play itself...Neugebauer’s staging is both unendingly creative visually and features an ensemble cast with an almost impossible level of precision." Full Review