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"A sweet and winning musical comedy...'The Other Josh Cohen' bounces from song to song with high energy and infectious humor. The very able cast plays multiple roles as well as their own instruments, and the costume and wig designers do great work. One of the show’s greatest virtues is its modesty; it’s not a theatrical groundbreaker but uses its small scale to great advantage to deliver an enjoyable and funny 90 minutes." Full Review
for a previous production “This funny and poignant show depends entirely on the exceptional talents of the three performers — Shane Baker, Yelena Shmulenson, and Allen Lewis Rickman — who bring real acting chops as well as a superb command of the language to this work...Rickman intersperses funnier material between the Tevye stories so we come away with a fuller sense of Sholem Aleichem’s work, which could be dark as well as humorous.” Full Review
for a previous production "Reissa’s interpretation of the play subverts the usual focus on social and religious hypocrisy to concentrate on the psychology of the tormented brothel owner...The acting in the performance I saw was uneven, but the leads were all strong. Baker and Reissa are convincing as a couple. Mandelbaum makes Reb Eli more than just a sleazy opportunist...Sholem Asch was a controversial writer throughout his life...His characters though always had vitality and energy." Full Review
"The characters of Seth and Abby are not as well developed or interesting as Anna, and it isn’t clear why it matters that Seth can’t find a partner or Abby is toying with leaving hers...Lavin always is a pleasure to watch on stage, and while this may not be as successful as Greenberg’s last play, 'Our Mother’s Brief Affair' delivers a lot to enjoy." Full Review
"An accomplished pianist and respectable singer, Felder incorporates Berlin’s songs seamlessly into his script so they feel organic to the show. Encouraging the audience to sing along with the most popular songs, he underlines how deeply Berlin’s music is embedded in our culture...Berlin’s direct and sincere faith in the ideals of the country he embraced as his own poured out in many of his songs, and it is affecting and inspiring to hear them now." Full Review
"While not entirely successful, the play bristles with provocative declamations on American Jewish life, Holocaust politics, gentrification, parenthood, and other aspects of middle-class angst. It’s often very funny, and highly intelligent throughout...Sullivan’s brisk direction keeps the focus on the social currents underlying the time just before the September 11 attacks, which would change so much in the country’s psyche. An engaging play for open-minded theatergoers." Full Review
"There are so many things to enjoy about 'I’ll Say She Is' that it’s easy to overlook those aspects of the show that don’t quite work...The show has a lot of DIY charm...A zany and delightful reminder of the anarchic spirit the Marx Brothers brought to American entertainment and their deeper subversion of staid bourgeois society…Even with its rough spots, 'I’ll Say She Is' is an exceptionally entertaining show, and a testament to the wild energy and joy the Marx Brothers brought all of us." Full Review
for a previous production “’Hoaxacaust!’ takes on many thorny subjects...Levey creates a character who is so engaging and likable that the truth becomes more difficult to discern...There are more controversial and provocative ideas crammed into the 70-minute 'Hoaxacaust!' than in most plays on or off-Broadway...Levey takes the audience down a variety of twisted paths as he explores the netherworld of Holocaust denial, finding laughs in a lot of strange places. The questions he asks are serious, however.” Full Review