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“An overstuffed, crude new musical...A decidedly raunchy musical that is laser-targeted to today’s early-teen market...A frenetically paced and woefully overcooked endeavor that’s excessive in virtually every respect...Razor-thin plot...There’s only one character who conjures any empathy...There are few melodies of distinction, and at times it musicalizes scenes that arguably could be more effectively conveyed in dialogue." Full Review
for a previous production "On the plus side is the luscious score, containing some of the most iconic melodies written for the stage. But fingers are understandably crossed that first timers will be drawn to the book’s melodramatic tale of a Belle Epoque Parisian girl being groomed as a courtesan...Producers and creatives have smartly crafted a polished production for this revival — but the show may need some luck, and the critics’ blessings, to ensure it survives longer than the musical’s first visit to the Rialto." Full Review
for a previous production "An unflinching treatise on the subjugation of women in war-torn Liberia. It’s a gut-wrenching saga told with poignancy and wit, precisely the kind of niche today’s cutting-edge theater strives to fill...Her mature play is filled with revealing and absorbing dialogue. But unmistakably illuminated is the utter chaos of war in Africa and its effect on women, providing insights no media account ever could." Full Review
"A delightful and energetic tuner packed with strong performances, engaging numbers and eye-popping visuals...It could become a breakout role for Erika Henningsen, who heads an extremely likeable cast of relative unknowns that is uniformly polished...Fey’s book flows nicely from high points to low while seldom missing opportunities for impertinence...A rock infused score that showcases the cast’s individual talents and moods...Most certainly a crowd pleaser." Full Review
for a previous production "Refashioned in a clever new adaptation written totally in verse by playwright David Ives and staged with cheerful abandon...A blissful romp packed with shameless puns, wacky anachronisms and fanciful repartee...Michael Kahn is clearly drawn to the humorous yet touching story as well as Ives’ clever wordplay, and emphasizes both in this fast-paced production...Ives’ rollicking 'Liar' makes a zesty interlude, propelled by its infectious demonstration of joie de vivre." Full Review