Susan Hasho

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Reviews (19)
95
Theater Pizzazz

“McMullen is a ninja—sharp, quick, crafting funny incisive dialogue. The possibility of edgy insecurity always lingers. I found myself squirming uncomfortably, laughing and feeling an at-home familiarity all at once...The actors are uniformly excellent....And as the playwright gets closer and closer to the bone, the characters become even more riveting...A finely written play about five human beings...A production of compelling depth and compassion." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"The playwright Scott Organ very skillfully and incrementally introduces piece by piece of the plot and turns each bit of information on its ear as he adds the next piece. The actors are perfectly cast...The relationships created...are beautifully portrayed and so fully realized that the surprises flow inevitably...This is a very enjoyable evening dealing with unsettling issues. It demands a juicy conversation on the way home." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

“The great thing about writer/director Marcina Zaccaria’s reportage is its humor, a kind of affronted snarky humor that lies at the center of dislocation…These actors move in and out, flowing like a modern dance piece and fill out their moments with meaning and verve. The movement is clear with a great sense of life in constant motion and change. The Middle Aged Woman played by Frances McGarry anchors the piece with authority and her passionate complaints also provide humor.” Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

“The last scenes of this somewhat meandering play are brilliant…Once this play really wakes up, it becomes risky. And these actors are up for that. There is an inconsistent level of performance but the actors make a journey together that’s emotionally touching when it counts…The director Terry Schreiber deserves kudos for fulfilling the slowly developing gift of this play and for guiding his actors on this surprisingly funny and rocky road.” Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"Katarina Vizina, Philip O’Gorman and Danielle Shimshonu are all excellent and fulfill the director Christopher Martin’s vision with great skill. In an obscure play, the actors are providing very few clues about the truth (or dare) of this event. However, as the play progresses, a funny thing starts to happen: instead of relying on the actors to give up the truth, the words themselves become the highlight." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"The pace of this play is slow and the payoff might seem subtle, except that this production affords a feast of notable character actors, in perfect ensemble, performing small, detailed moments beautifully full of life and significance...Richard Bean creates a microcosm in which we can see a world of despair in the labor force, and the humor in the play humanizes the plight in both stark and gentle ways.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"The deep-down truthfulness of the behavior comes from the slow careful way playwright Schwend builds the relationships and the action…So much desire and missed opportunity is expressed in awkward, slow fits and starts that the beauty of this play explodes quietly...The actors perform as a graceful ensemble…'Utility' is a very satisfying experience, and unfolds like a bittersweet secret." Full Review

65
Theater Pizzazz

"Clark as Kashmir and Rivera as Salvy are both very good actors and they play for real. The tension and resolution in the relationship is handled beautifully by both men. The director Gekko has guided the action well, letting the actors explore the reality of this story in a very organic way. The set is authentic and claustrophobic. But the play, written by Mark Borkowski, has predictable twists and turns and leans on stereotypes to make his point." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"The writing in this play is good, revealing deeper and deeper issues as it moves forward. The playwright, JB Reich, is insightful and funny but what really puts this production over the top is the actors and the direction by Mark Waldrop...'Cut Throat' just knocks the socks off the parental pre-school admission game with humor and guts and thoroughly unpacks a cliché for what it is—painfully true." Full Review

65
Theater Pizzazz

"It seems like a bad acting class in Shakespearean style and vocal technique...This play is somewhat hard to follow...'Devoted Dreams' is as muddled as a multi-scene, multi-character, semi-fable can be." Full Review

80
Theater Pizzazz

"The thrill of Walker’s 'All I Want Is One Night' is that she creates as a performer and playwright a world in which danger and glamour and delusion and talent are mixed altogether with commerce...Walker sings the songs she translated from the French with beautiful simplicity. Her subtle performance of this fascinating woman saves this evening from any possible cliché and the supporting actors are equally as faceted and real." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

“A memory play strung together with grit and realism...Maxner achieves a difficult task and makes each location distinct...Bannon and Maxner have provided a very clear canvas to fill. And the actors live in their allotted worlds with great emotional reality and passion...The entire cast works together as a beautiful ensemble. This play ends in a circle that includes the audience because we were invited in from the beginning—we just didn’t know it until the end. Bravo.” Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"This revival, directed by Craig Smith, is as good a production as anyone could wish. We are led through a gorgeously sordid farce with four misfits of differing stripes...How it goes wrong from there is at once predictable and surprising. That is the genius of Joe Orton—to never provide sure footing or an easy explanation. Life is menacing and funny, so laugh at your own peril...This production is outstanding." Full Review

55
Theater Pizzazz

"The actors fit into this nihilistic dystopian scenario well but it is like watching a straight jacket being slowly strapped up. The plot is too slight to justify the length of the play…The playwright Alan Hruska has strong feelings about his subject, but the play doesn’t provide characters deep enough to communicate his message, witty though they may be. However, the director Rick Lombardo has given the actors a good realistic base that serves to give grounding to the darkly absurd situation." Full Review

65
Theater Pizzazz

"The actors are uniformly strong...The music is unmelodic and doesn’t add much color to the show, but the lyrics fare better. The direction by Victoria Clark is steady and clarifies much of the action. 'Newton’s Cradle' has taken on a worthy challenge, but despite the talented cast and director, doesn’t quite paint a cohesive enough picture to match the challenge." Full Review

85
Theater Pizzazz

"Michael Cumpsty as Paul and Michael Crane as Dan are both impressive—and versatile, moving easily into the ancillary characters they are portraying while completely in tune with each other. They have created Paul and Dan with great heart and honesty, and both bring rich life and humor to an incredibly dense play. It was a joy to be there with them." Full Review

90
H2O
Theater Pizzazz

"This play takes on deep philosophical and moral issues in a sharply acerbic and entertaining way. It is clever, sometimes funny and surprisingly raw—just when you think you’re in familiar territory, it pulls you out…The actors are beautifully clear and often electric…The director had to have been brilliant —no play achieves this level of artistry without a graceful hand, and West Hyler has clearly done a beautiful job fulfilling the intentions of this play and the talent of his actors." Full Review

70
Theater Pizzazz

"The requisite themes of 'The Seagull' are threaded throughout and each character created in beautiful detail. There’s an enormous amount of talent in the cast and they are ably directed…'Songbird' doesn’t quite thrill. The concept is promising, the actors beautifully cast and clearly interesting, but the music and lyrics are predictable. Somehow the country and western conceit pulls 'The Seagull' into cliché...Nevertheless, it’s a worthwhile experience, created with heart and talent." Full Review

60
Theater Pizzazz

"'Fulfillment' is directed with almost military precision by Ethan McSweeny. Set pieces move smartly into place or cruise around on wheels; the timing of movement is obviously important...The action is punctuated with graphic sex scenes which serve to dehumanize the characters. There is a calculated coldness to the proceedings which serves to render the sex rather unsexy. And the procession of events is so methodical that any notion of spontaneity is iced out." Full Review