Valerie Smaldone

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Reviews (7)
The Three Tomatoes

"It’s harmless and could be fun, but the book needs an infusion of sharp wit and better plot lines. To be fair, the show does improve in the second act, and by the end, audience members were clearly enjoying themselves. It just takes a long time to get there. The characters and the story are contrived. What are supposed to be really funny ideas just aren’t, but the songs are actually enjoyable...This could have been a really fun night. But...needs some serious fine tuning." Full Review

King Charles III
Midtown W
The Three Tomatoes

"'King Charles III' is a clever piece of British theatre which clearly could delight anyone obsessed with stories about British royalty...Now, this piece is a full 2 hours and 30 minutes. I believe it could have been really great if a good 40 minutes were cut out. Seriously...There was just too much talking and dialogue that felt tedious, at best...It’s not that I don’t have the attention span, it’s just that some of these plays simply don’t warrant the overwriting. Clever, funny, too long." Full Review

Dames at Sea
Midtown W
The Three Tomatoes

"When choosing a Broadway show to attend, sometimes, it’s good to just pick something that is light, airy and doesn’t require any heavy lifting on the part of the audience. In other words, a romantic comedy musical. With that in mind, I recommend you set sail for 'Dames at Sea'...The plot is kind of thin, but no matter, the star of this show is the incredible tap dancing numbers showcasing awesome talent." Full Review

Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
The Three Tomatoes

"Would 'Hamilton' really live up to the hype? The evening I went, there was electricity in the air. A great sense of excited anticipation. And when the lights dimmed, before the first note was sung, the audience began to cheer. Does 'Hamilton' live up to all of this? Well, yes, it actually does...Even though 'Hamilton' is nearly three hours long, it does not feel tedious...As soon as 'Hamilton' ended, I wanted to see it again. Now, that is the way to kick off a Broadway season." Full Review

Allegiance
Midtown W
The Three Tomatoes

"Maybe a bit schmaltzy, but heaven knows, we can all use some schmaltz these days...'Allegiance' is a story that needs to be told. We witness the enduring spirit of people during the most trying of times, and the power of love which incites transformation and redemption...I truly enjoyed 'Allegiance,' but worry that it is not finding its audience. Go see it." Full Review

Therese Raquin
Midtown W
The Three Tomatoes

"So dark, that everything is brown, all the time. The walls are brown. The costumes are brown. The sets are brown. The tablecloth is tan, but a hue of brown. We get it. The story is dark...'Therese Raquin' can get a bit cartoon-ish from time to time. Maybe the adaptation was not quite sharp enough, or the direction was off. In any case, this is another play that runs 2 hours and 30 minutes. Maybe it’s just too damn long." Full Review

The Three Tomatoes

"'Spring Awakening' 2015 is quite moving and feels even more organic than the in-your-face, bold original. It flows beautifully, and although not nearly as energetic and explosive, it has it’s own rhythm and spirit." Full Review