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for a previous production "As Ripley learns how to navigate these uncharted territories for herself, we walk alongside her every step of the way. It is no wonder she is a Tony Award-winning actress, she is truly flawless in her performance, her emotional depth, her commitment to every word. What makes the evening even more moving, is that it’s timely. Our rights are coming under attack every day. We need pieces like this more now than ever. The stakes have never been higher." Full Review
“’The Mortality Machine’ resurrects itself with great success...This is not ordinary theater! It is a theatrical roller-coaster of experiential drama that immerses you in the world of the play and you...can make your own decisions that affect everything. It’s astonishing what the cast and crew accomplishes in the little space they have to work with...It’s unbelievable fun when you allow yourself to surrender to the world they create...A theatrical role playing event that I will not soon forget!" Full Review
"When you see a role written for a disabled character, you get excited as that should provide an opportunity for an Actor with a Disability to work. But when this role is played by an able bodied actor (which happens all too often), as it is in this show, you become angry, even though that actor in that role is clearly talented...So while I love the script and the actors in the show, the production fails to be all that it could be." Full Review
“Accessible and timely...Though it wavers at times, this is a mostly enjoyable production...The cast does a fine job bringing this meta heavy production to life...Unfortunately, there is some over-acting in this play that bogs it down. This play has music in it by Cole Porter. Vaselli and Drabicki have stellar voices...Yet, the vocal talent of the entire cast is not equally matched...The play within a play conundrum causes some confusion for the audience.” Full Review
for a previous production "Strauss delvers his story with conviction and sincerity making it an enjoyably heartfelt night at the theater...The director, Jonathan Libman works well with Strauss and the two find comedy in this disease, which is often hard to talk about. The ability that this actor has to laugh at himself is remarkable, and, in return, allows us to laugh at ourselves." Full Review
"The problem lies herein; both acts are constructed similarly and parallel each other too much. As a result we lose interest and focus as the act progresses...There is potential for this to be a very funny piece. But Lauria must decide on where he wants to take us. Right now, its only half way there." Full Review
"Despite a few minor glitches, I can definitely say yes. I was scared. But also moved...What makes this play special is its ability to constantly surprise us with unexpected twists and turns...It makes us feel the characters humanity. Most horror films go in for the shock value alone. This one goes a step further, allowing us to feel for three-dimensional characters. This show will intrigue and shock you simultaneously, but yet, fascinatingly, you somehow leave with a sense of hope." Full Review
"It is hard to watch the show because it makes you want to yell and scream at the inhumane treatment happening on stage...My one slight criticism of this provocative, in-your-face play is when Tatiana speaks about her brother. I know the playwright, Frank Avella’s reasoning for including this. But instead of making the oppressed and the oppressor connect, it seems unnecessary and forced into the play...'Lured' is timely, relevant to our political climate, and heart wrenching." Full Review
"We can truly understand and appreciate what these to men did for the town and celebrate their love story...What makes this an astounding production is the connection between Lawrence Merritt, Edgar and Gregory Jensen, Rich. The men are separated by 60 years and throughout the play they develop a deep understanding and respect for one another...The two have breath-taking chemistry...This is a definite must see and another perfect example of theater that matters!" Full Review
"The show is fraught with deep emotional anguish that keeps us captivated for most of the time...At first, it is a challenge to get into the rhythm of the piece. There are many long pauses and awkward stares. The language is a bit archaic. But then the magic of theater happens and we become invested in the characters and what’s not being said is far more interesting than any spoken language...Brilliantly directed by Christopher Martin." Full Review
"Messina, who also directs the piece, gives us an authentic look into an all Italian family and the struggles they overcome to stay together. We are instantly transported into the chaos, loudness, and love that this family shares. The only thing louder than the many expletives in the piece is its huge heart, which draws you in no matter how unwilling you may be...The cast is sensational...This is one of the best plays I have seen in a while." Full Review