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"An intense, generally satisfying rendering...A powerful cast and imaginative staging make for an intriguing take on this story...One major misfire: the latest example in an ever-escalating epidemic of gender-blind casting. On occasion, the practice might make for an interesting dynamic. But enough is enough!...Director Lauren Shields makes the most out of the talent on hand, striking the right tone for this darkly humorous tale." Full Review
“A thought-provoking book by James Goldman and a monumental score by Stephen Sondheim...Bondarin has done a splendid job with the staging...and clearly delineating the changes in time...The show flows seamlessly...Higgins leads a partially visible six-piece band, which handles the complex score with aplomb...Thanks to the crystal-clear enunciation of the entire cast...not one brilliant syllable is lost.” Full Review
"It's a big show which has been streamlined to accommodate The Secret Theatre's intimate setting, sometimes to its benefit...But, it must be admitted, that, with a smaller-than-usual cast, simple staging, and minimal scenery, some of the show's signature razzle dazzle is missed...The challenging title role is played by Mary Lauren, who overdoes the character’s awkwardness in her early scenes but makes for a stunning world-class ecdysiast." Full Review
“The actors making up the cast of ‘Twelfth Night,’ on delightful display by Titan Theatre Co. pretty much do it all...And through it all, they appear to be having as grand a time as those watching them cavort…More than 400 years later, there is still much here to create gales of laughter among the theatergoers…Titan continues its penchant for presenting abbreviated, tightly knit versions of the master’s works.” Full Review
"The play takes time to develop, building to a truly terrifying climax, with much of the action in complete darkness. The final moments will have you holding your breath and holding on for dear life. Christina Elise Perry as Susan will have you convinced she is blind and you will feel her terror." Full Review
"It makes for a thrilling opening and the production takes the audience from one key plot development to another in rapid succession...It is a most interesting ensemble...all selected without regard to the constraints of traditional casting...On a few occasions, the sudden transition from one character to another comes off as unintentionally comical. But the goal of streamlining this most complex play is admirable and, for the most part, successfully fulfilled." Full Review
"A generally delightful musical...Cleverly quirky...The show is about more than what it seems...The production gets off to a rousing start...Remains quick-paced...though it does lose steam, just as the possibilities of success seem real...For the most part, the show is clever...several musical numbers that stand out...Aimed at theater aficionados, with inside references providing much of the humor. However, the characters' hopes, fears, vulnerabilities and interdependence are universal." Full Review
"A mostly captivating couple of hours...While several of the situations depicted are far-fetched, and the performances decidedly uneven, the play is powerful enough to hold one’s interest...Sugrue’s is a voice to be heard; much of the dialogue is crisp and, more often than might be expected, quite funny. As director, he serves the writing well, keeping nearly the entire playing time at a snappy pace...Several standout performances go a long way in lending credibility." Full Review
“The kind of show that makes it clear that, in the right hands, any subject can provide the impetus for a stage musical...Director Dev Bondarin keeps things moving along at a clip, providing a few surprises along the way, one involving the largely unseen band. Michael Ferrara, the musical director and keyboardist, leads a crackerjack five-piece group of musicians...Middle school was rarely this much fun.” Full Review