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“The material elicits an indulgently campy, albeit raunchy(er), ‘Book of Mormon’ vibe...The cast...holds their own...The lyrics, and...the written dialogue, are equally smart and snappy...The music itself...ain’t half-bad either...And while the plot may seem more than paper-thin (and, as a result, the eventual denouement rather predictable), but despite any shortcomings story-wise, rest assured that the heart and its message of acceptance and equal rights for all imparts rings loud and clear." Full Review
"No doubt an interesting formula steeped in plenty of dramatic potential, but unfortunately, it never fully catches fire, handicapped by a severe absence of urgency in addressing the matter. Plagued by a series of unnecessarily long silences between each line, the conversation between Melissa and Dave is quite dull...Fortunately, in all this mangled chaos, the production manages to salvage itself (albeit barely) with the beyond brilliant casting of Joy Donze." Full Review
“An hour-long rollicking and riotous romp that’ll have you rolling in your seat from beginning to end…The production thrives on their unparalleled chemistry…To boot, they’re hysterical…But the true genius of ‘15 Villainous Fools’ is that...there’s actually quite an important underlying level of poignancy in the way this piece is prepared and presented…More than just a spoof, it’s a work of art… A raucously fun production that hits all the right notes comedically and dramaturgically.” Full Review
“This vibrant, brave work will surprise you in a way you won’t see coming, and you’ll leave feeling fulfilled as ever, with a fresh outlook on life and a reinvigorated passion for doing all that you can...With a play filled with so many different factors, and a host of dazzling visual and musical elements that toy with your emotions on every level, it’s this story of hope, determination and self-belief that really keeps you centered, focused, and enthralled.” Full Review
"Both in their billing and physically onstage, the Rockettes become the main attraction — exactly what one might expect from a Radio City experience...The top-notch cast support the production with a story that entertains, teaches, and tugs at the heartstrings, all in equal parts…The choreography was sharp and precise, and one could definitely feel Michaels’ influence in each dance...The beauty of the story is that it never loses its heart, ultimately reminding us to never lose our inner child." Full Review
“With just one step, you’re immediately immersed in the authenticity of this magical, mystical Caribbean island...It’ll be an experience you’ll never forget...The beloved score is clearly a highlight of the experience...The key to any successful revival is in its ability to present the material afresh...Without fail, incomparable Arden undeniably succeeds in this endeavor...In terms of the performers themselves, well, you know you can’t get any better than this trusty group.” Full Review
“With all the elements of classic farcical comedy, you can bet it delivers...What really makes the piece resonate is the way it sucker-punches with its poignant, dramatic moments interspersed among the buffoonery...While it may not dramatically change the face of theatre, with its quick wit, sharp dialogue, slapstick elements, and overall comedic chaos, Shanley’s feel-good romp is undoubtedly an enjoyable night out." Full Review
"A rollicking evening of expanded story, which adds songs to flesh out and expand the inner monologue of each character, while simultaneously staying true to the namesake novel on which its based...The 115-minute romp is slow to start, and the piece as a whole feels like it’s doing much with its music; that is, it’s a bit too 'stuffed,' so to speak, moving hurriedly from song to song, with little room to breathe in between...What really saves the show, however, is its heart." Full Review
"All rough material for sure, but it’s no matter, as the top-notch cast is so captivating, the moment the lights come up, you’ll forget you’re watching a down-and-out family gradually spiral out of control...Tomei, in a league of her own, offers a powerful performance that truly illuminates a mother’s internal — and external — struggle to survive...Davis and Reed both have you hooked for the entire span of their emotional journey." Full Review