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"Mr. Ackerman and Ms. Rebeck have built a play that thrives on vacillating between tension and comedy, living somewhere in between the audience’s conscious of comfortable backstage drama and biting political commentary on existing power structures, perfectly suited for the multi-tasking, conscious-raising audiences of America 2019...A skillful sleight of hand, 'Gumballs' is riveting from beginning to end." Full Review
"A poignant exploration of life, love, and loss, Emanuele Aldrovandi’s 'Butterflies,' unfolds over the next ninety minutes as a rollercoaster of blunt dialogue mashed with symbolic theatricality, a masterclass in heartbreaking coming of age vignettes...A beautifully written, acted, and directed US premiere, 'Butterflies' will leave you breathless and devastated at the lengths the human heart will go to protect what it loves and thinks is 'right.'" Full Review
"On Broadway in its prime, the play was revolutionary, charming, and witty...Attempting to resuscitate this dated work now, Retro’s 'Mary' seems quaint at best, and unbearably dull at worst. The laugh factor alone has seriously dropped...Director Shay Gines and the cast fail to pump any needed energy into the material, leaving a trail of wan half-chuckles and displaying a puzzling lack of chemistry....Unfortunately this piece hasn’t aged well with modern sentiments of class and gender." Full Review
"Captivates and excites...In a play easily weighed down by the fame and bulk of Shakespeare’s writing, this production finds instead the honest urgency and heartbreak between family and friends forced into awful circumstances...Feels fresh and urgent in a time where political families’ internal squabbles seem relevant as ever...Usually wary of gender-swaps, this reviewer found Greener to fully embody a refreshing, delightful Hamlet." Full Review
"Panders and meanders its way through a muddy mix of Christmas songs and jokes, that equal parts put you in the holiday spirit as they do put you to sleep...This show delivers you the perfect nostalgia kick to 2003—if that’s what you’re looking for. Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard have nothing short of electrifying voices...Ultimately, the songs and velvet voices of the stars will leave you filled with warmth and good-will toward all." Full Review
"'Midnight Street’ follows the prostitute Danielle through an hour of an essentially glorified, convoluted monologue...The musical simply does not address what its message or purpose or characters truly are, leaving audiences to scratch their heads and bolt from the theater unassuming of any larger meaning or impressions...An amalgamation of caricatures, poetic meanderings, and pretentious language with confusing symbolism—a bold but perplexing flop.” Full Review
“Femia’s extraordinary new high school-set play...The marvelous actors...feel like unapologetic, searching acolytes in the grip of religious, educational, and societal higher beings, seeking a way out or at least a better understanding of where they all fit in...Femia’s play is a burgeoning rose ready to enjoy full bloom...This important, honest, and youthful point of view and discussions in the play provide no easy answers for a world that attacks and belittles women and minorities every day.” Full Review
“Fresh take on perhaps the world’s most iconic sister rivalry...A production fit for a Queen...The lighting expertly tells the complex story...Under deft direction by Emily Lyon, the play gallops through back-room-betrayals, secrets, and professions of the heart in a lively but brisk almost three hours. Mary Candler as Mary Stuart exudes grace and quiet authority with a subtle ferocity bubbling beneath her saintly surface." Full Review
"These polarizing subjects tease the audience like foreplay that never quite satisfies, staying superficial...Raimondi’s turbo-charged effervescence gives way to an incredibly nuanced, powerful performance...Riveting performances by Phillips and Sherrow...Ms. Heckler’s direction and the ensemble’s script are equal parts shockingly brave and vulnerable, a raw dissection of one girl’s decisions magnifying a nation’s sickness." Full Review
"Lines are blurred between truth and fake news, leadership and tyranny, and this production shines with an earnest honesty to interrogate Shakespeare’s classic text in a way that can only be driven by our modern time’s aggrandization of the self in an increasingly isolating world. While the cast moves deftly through the text with the speed and wit of colloquial conversation, the nods to present-day 2018 troubles are subtle and intellectual rather than literal in Moratti’s concept." Full Review