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for a previous production "This is the third incarnation of the play I’ve seen over the several years of its development. It just keeps getting stronger and deeper. And Johnson’s virtuosic solo performance just keeps getting better...With its mix of goofball humor and deadly serious subjects, the play could be difficult to navigate. But David Ellenstein’s direction is beautifully nuanced. As the frenzy and intensity build to a crashing crescendo, he wisely inserts pauses and quiet moments." Full Review
"It needs a lot of work. The show is both overdone and underdone...A few scenelets that give a cursory glimpse of her experiences, but no depth of insight or character. The other people in her life are ciphers. Donna is said to have broken down barriers, battled prejudice, but we get none of that...There’s no denying that 'Summer' is entertaining. The music is energetic and some of those songs are unforgettable...But the sum total is much more like a concert than a book musical." Full Review