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"If it take a while to move from exposition to the drama that ensues when five very different men attempt to make music together year after year after year, it’s more than worth the wait...Finely-tuned, dramatically compelling musical extravaganza, 'Ain’t Too Proud' features thirty-one Motown hits performed by a spectacular cast with acting chops to match their vocal prowess." Full Review
for a previous production "Romance and whimsy reign supreme…Composer Messé’s melodies could not be more melodious, an absolute must in a musical almost entirely sung, and so are Bruce Coughlin’s orchestrations…Under Pam MacKinnon’s light-as-a-soufflé direction, leading lady Soo makes for a simply entrancing Amélie, who in Chanler-Berat’s nerdy-dreamy charmer of a Nino has met her perfect leading-man match." Full Review
for a previous production "Refreshing would hardly be enough to merit non-stop audience laughter let alone a nearly unqualified rave from this reviewer were it not for a) Shenoy’s ingenious—and consistently hilarious—script; b) Peter J. Kuo’s inspired direction…If ever there were an East West Players World Premiere that deserves national legs, 'Washer/Dryer' is that play...It’s an absolute winner from start to finish." Full Review
for a previous production "Now, at last, straight men have their very own R-rated musical revue—'Real Men Sing Show Tunes…and play with puppets,' now tickling the ribs of both male and female theatergoers seventeen and older... You don’t have to be a member of its target audience to find yourself laughing along... If Act Two does go a bit heavy on the sentimentality, there are fortunately still enough gags to punctuate its schmaltzier moments." Full Review
for a previous production “Marmo brings the ground-breaking standup comic legend Lenny Bruce back to scabrously funny, heartbreakingly poignant life...Highs and lows and joys and heartbreaks...’I Am Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce’ has them all, and if there were some opening night nerves, there’s no denying the authenticity and comedic/dramatic flair of Marmo’s multi-hued Lenny under the guiding eye of director Joe Mantegna.” Full Review
for a previous production "An electrifyingly innovative and ultimately quite powerful world premiere...Fortunately there is much more to 'Vietgone' than two hours of mostly gratuitous foul language...First and foremost are the thoroughly engaging characters who populate this 'entirely fictional' rom-com...Nguyen’s love of comic books, samurai stories, and hip-hop figure prominently...Adrales clearly understands playwright Nguyen’s style and sensibility, eliciting sensational performances from her entire cast." Full Review
for a previous production "It may you take a while to get into Everything You Touch, but by the end, if you’re anything like this reviewer, Callaghan’s play will prove Everything You Wish For in exciting, contemporary theater." Full Review
for a previous production "The foursome are granted permission to return to earth for one final show. 'Plaid Tidings' allows them an encore performance. Once you get past that rather morbid setup, 'Plaid Tidings' proves a nostalgic, funny, tuneful two hours of Christmas cheer...Ross’s script can get a little corny (or a lot), as when one of the boys reveals his tip for staying young in the afterlife, but as long as Forever Plaid are singing, it’s first-rate holiday entertainment." Full Review