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"First and foremost was Susan Stroman’s original, charming, and often clever choreography. The stage came alive when there was dancing...Yazbeck had that easy-going, masculine grace...and Dvorovenko was breathtakingly radiant...Nothing seemed to give the play that necessary, hard-to-explain spark...If there’s a way to go back to the drawing board and revise the play, I wish the creative team would consider it because there is so much to like about this production, especially the dancing." Full Review
"Wow, can these kids sing and dance!...The story has some hints of Maurice Sendak’s typically darker, scary aspects, but mostly it’s bright, energetic and sometimes silly. Carole King’s tuneful songs have become classics for children, and they’re still bouncy and fun to hear. At one point, Sendak’s speaking voice was heard, seriously explaining how children survive through their ability to fantasize, and 'Really Rosie' is a wonderfully entertaining example of that." Full Review
"There are so many elements to be savored...Foremost is the wonderfully inventive choreography...Certainly the concern of American veterans coming back from battle is a timely issue, yet the production never fully engages emotionally...There was a sense of superficiality that things were being hurried along and glossed over. Unhappily, most of the time, there was an overwhelming lack of drama. There were so many elements that I admired, but the show was not a completely satisfying experience." Full Review
"It is serious stuff; but in this musical universe, it’s leavened with humor, music, dance and good fun. Briskly paced, 'A Bronx Tale' is an old-fashioned book musical that takes us along for the ride...Although not wildly imaginative nor groundbreaking, the songs are evocative and enjoyable as sung by the talented performers. The choreography is energetic...All the characters feel three-dimensional, and the performers are all first-rate...'A Bronx Tale' provides a fun night in the theater." Full Review
“There’s no disputing Andrew Lloyd Webber knows how to write popular melodies that stick to your brain...I can tell you that the dancing is dazzling...I’m glad to tell you that this revival isn’t a tired re-run. It’s as fresh and lively as if it had been newly created. The lyrics are charming, and it doesn’t require much thought to enjoy them as a musical stage presentation. Overall, ‘Cats’ is a lighthearted, entertaining way to spend a couple of hours. Sometimes that’s all you want.” Full Review
“In Mat Schaffer’s earnest attempt to convince us of the philosophy behind reincarnation, he has written more of polemic than a drama. But just because words are spoken doesn’t make them believable. I’m sorry to say that the lighting effects are more dramatic than the writing...The characters accept the conclusion and connections with love and gratitude, but I wasn’t convinced...I was disappointed that the play didn’t succeed in dramatizing what I consider a complex and fascinating subject.” Full Review
"Credit goes to all the fine actors. The interactions of these characters are what make up the plot, such as it is, but plot isn’t the strength of this production. The narrative structure is dream-like: action swirls in and out of focus, constantly moving, dimly lit except where highlighted...Not exactly a play, this feels more like a staged concert, a theatrical experience...The beautiful songs are sung by the actor/singers who all have lovely voices." Full Review
"It's difficult to describe what one sees and experiences...moving fabrics, feathers, sparkling gem-like items, bubbles, and cut-outs. These shapes take on a fascinating life of their own...A totally abstract piece and can be whatever your imagination suggests. There is no story...Because you don't see what makes the shapes move, there is a magical aspect to the performance...O'Riley played the music with full, rich, thunderous tones in a wonderfully arresting, melodramatic presentation." Full Review
"'Zero Hour' is a wonderfully funny evening of theater...The unseen hand in this performance is that of Piper Laurie, the stage and screen actress, who handled the directorial duties. Brochu was never still, but his movements around the stage all felt motivated and natural. I was impressed with how Brochu, alone on the small stage of the Theatre at St. Clement’s, drew me into a world that he created all through the strength of his storytelling." Full Review
"Despite the rewrite, it seemed to me that the characters were only superficial caricatures and the situations felt a little forced. Nonetheless, the concept provides a platform for some wonderfully witty songs and for some outrageously hilarious portrayals...Although 'Dear World' has a worthwhile message and some wonderfully entertaining moments, I can understand why it never won more positive attention. Still, I’m happy that the York brought 'Dear World' to the stage." Full Review
"'Edwin' is called a musical, and there are several fine songs...But there is a lot of dialogue for a musical, and much of it, unfortunately, seems to go nowhere dramatically...I found the entire first act to be slow and lacking any emotional resonance. I couldn’t connect to any dramatic thread or to any character. The second act seemed a little more coherent and more emotionally satisfying...There is much to admire in this musical, but it feels more like a first draft or a workshop." Full Review
"Part social commentary, part devastating drama, part comedy, part musical entertainment, and a riveting platform to showcase a group of extremely talented young performers...Each story builds to tell a harrowing description of abuse, neglect or violence that explained why the teen chose to run away from home...It is non-linear, with no defining plot, but it was an involving, emotionally charged, heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting, cathartic experience." Full Review
"I was pleasantly surprised to find myself watching the stage with wide-eyed wonder...The real and the conjured overlapped to astonishing effect. All the digital wizardry, stage craft elements, and human talents were seamlessly organized...Michaels has combined the tradition of the Rockettes chorus line with original, imaginative movement, adding some modern vibrancy and class to the time-honored act...While not requiring great intellect to appreciate the show, it’s a lot of fun." Full Review
"'Sleep No More' isn’t for everyone...But for years people have found the experience fun and exhilarating, and word of mouth has encouraged others to try out 'Sleep No More' for themselves. So if you’re up for a little adventure or your curiosity has been piqued, then put on your comfy shoes and check it out." Full Review