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"A captivating theatrical event that combines the highest calibre of set, lighting, and costume designs with powerhouse performances...There is never a dull moment in this show which is marked by its kinetic energy...The thing that is sacrificed is the depth of the relationships...On the whole, there is more than enough razzle dazzle in this energetic, electrifying musical, with inventive use of popular songs and one fabulous production number after another." Full Review
for a previous production "Brecht's art is focused on his experiences in Berlin, his flight from Nazism, and his life as an expatriate in America at a time of political and social upheaval...The actors are all accomplished singers, but the songs, limited in number, take a backseat to Brecht's spoken words which are presented in a hyper-theatrical style...When they speak or sing the playwright's powerful words, it feels as though they are aimed right at us...This is history that we do not wish to repeat." Full Review
for a previous production "A non-stop sensory feast…Each of the principals gives an outstanding performance…Malloy, Chavkin, and their team of designers have created something very special, virtually transforming the Loeb Drama Center to another place and another time...An incredible artistic achievement that fulfills its promise for an entertaining evening at the theater. Fasten your seat belt and prepare to love it to the moon and back." Full Review
for a previous production "A decidedly different point of view...Through a variety of accents, tones of voice, mannerisms, and postures, Hamell clearly differentiates the characters...'Jimmy Titanic' sinks or swims on the talents of the solo performer. Hamell has both comedic and dramatic acting chops...However, his greatest asset for this role is his storytelling ability and the connection he makes with the audience." Full Review
"Raw and explosive...yet poignant and triumphant...While there are moments when the activity and the number of bodies onstage feels like over-stimulation, the overall effectiveness of the production is boosted by the kinetic nature of the storytelling...Paulus' direction is masterful, drawing stunning performances...and crafting a seamless production that, with a little cutting, is almost ready for prime time. She proves that Morissette's album is stage-worthy and relevant.” Full Review
for a previous production "Smith becomes the voice of the people, channeling the personae of about a dozen and a half real-life characters with a stunning range of mannerisms, tone and emotions…It must be incredibly difficult for Smith to narrow the selections for inclusion in the final product, but each is compelling on its own merits. In the aggregate, the effect is a sustained emotional and intellectual pounding that is overwhelming and discomfiting, as it should be…Powerful and profound…Do not miss it." Full Review
for a previous production "One of the challenges for the adult playgoer in the audience for 'I and You' is to remember what it felt like to be a teenager. Fortunately, the playwright has the technical skills to craft a story of the first order that captures those feelings as clearly as if in a snapshot. Her powerful play achieves its potential with authentic performances...We can't help but like these characters and perhaps see our younger selves in them." Full Review
for a previous production "The musical numbers in 'Futurity' are much stronger and more fully formed than the book. Things drag when conversations go on for more than a short span, but the pace and interest pick up as soon as another song kicks in...The concept album deserves to be heard, but I’m not convinced by the book that it warrants staging as a musical. Like the imaginary steam brain, it looks like a good idea on paper, but the blueprint loses something in the transition from page to stage." Full Review