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"The time-honored piece is well respected under Aleksey Burago’s direction, while maintaining an exciting newness. Character interactions and intentions are classically Stanislavski; while dance, music, and artful movement innovate in revelatory ways....A welcomed addition...Take part in this adventurous foray into traditional drama before the church doors close." Full Review
"A strikingly honest and mega-comedic piece of mature theater. Sam Gooley as playwright walks a thin line between satire and disrespect with his dialogue. His honesty in tackling this taboo issue never betrays the audience. Under the three-sheets-to-the-wind, no-holds-barred direction of Melissa Firlit, their combined efforts push the envelope without breaking the seal…If you’re in for a horribly good time that’ll leave you with questions over scotch, this one’s for you." Full Review
"A dramatic success…The carefully structured monologues are a real treat...Putting the audience at ease does more than let the jokes hit (they are hysterical), it lets them in to break our hearts...O’Hara-Baker is like a surgeon in the director’s chair. Her touch is nearly invisible, and the show runs seamlessly throughout as a result. Actor-Writers Alexander and Dobson earn their hyphenates with stellar performances...One of those rare nights of theatre that come and go too soon." Full Review
"The classic, chilling tale is adapted by Di Zhu...Despite the textual challenge, her smart adaptation brings out the natural drama of the source material...The scenes hit all major plot points while retaining its original comprehensiveness, humor, and heart....All the actors are admirable in their performances…Despite the audacity of the undertaking, Mr. Burago and Ms. Zhu’s 'Crime and Punishment' goes the distance, bringing a revitalized perspective to this classic tale." Full Review
"Playwright Pennino’s characters are anything but one-sided in this issue. Delivered through a wise series of dialogue and back-to-back monologues, the affirmations and self-doubts swirl around the stage in an all-too-human fashion...Given the controversy of the topic, 'Chokehold' takes a multifaceted issue and puts it on display with as much fairness as is allowable at this point. Respectful, cool, and riveting, it provides the bipartisan discussion we so sorely need." Full Review
"Plays surrounding the themes of family tragedy and social media can both come off as a bit hackneyed. The glory of Kazamel’s work is this: it combines both with great success…Sullivan receives from her acting partners and broadcasts her misery with heartbreaking openness…Kazamel’s direction ensures that both sides are well-represented and the true villain is not easily defined. Her decision to do this makes the show’s job harder, but the message infinitely more thought-provoking." Full Review
"Playwright Jeremy Kehoe’s text is reminiscent of a David Sedaris essay. His dialogue is witty, absurd, and unexpectedly endearing...Preston Smith is hysterical as Lewis. His non-stop gabbing makes him the perfect vehicle for Kehoe’s complex dialogue...When considering the small cast and whip-smart dialogue, the play can get weighed down at times by muddy pacing...Regardless, 'Movin’ On Up' is a short, fun romp of a good time. You’ll come for the laughs, stay for the characters." Full Review
"If the team set out to shatter the preconceived ideas of a traditional 'Romeo and Juliet,' then it should be proud. Intentions changed, sometimes making traditionally serious moments joyfully comic, and frequently casting classic lines in new light…The Wheelhouse Theater Company prides itself on its ensemble‐focused efforts, and in this they don’t disappoint. They’ve sown seeds in a fertile space, and the result is a new and exciting varietal." Full Review