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"The musical really takes off in its second half...Overall 'A Letter to Harvey Milk' is impressive and quite enjoyable, but could use further revision...While some of the numbers have lyrics that are quite poetic and beautiful, others are a bit on the nose. If it weren’t for the unexpectedly poignant turn the production takes in the second half, 'A Letter To Harvey Milk' might be somewhat forgettable." Full Review
"It begins horrifically strong, but ultimately loses its steam...I was a bit disappointed to find that 'This is Real' is ultimately just another escape the room...I had expected more variety. Instead, I was met with essentially two rooms, sometimes clunky special effects, and a brutal reliance on teammates too terrified to get anything done themselves...While in need of some rework, 'This Is Real' kept me engaged from start to finish...You'll get as much from the experience as you put in." Full Review
"'Heisenberg' isn’t a play that relies on over-the-top theatrical effects. It doesn’t crutch itself on snazzy scene changes; it doesn’t showcase the most impressive lighting or sound design ever devised for the theatre. Instead, it returns our attention to what should be most important to us—simple, beautiful, human connection. Director Mark Brokaw has given two gifted actors the freedom to take the most basic stage setup and completely capture our imagination." Full Review
“By no means a revolutionary new take on ‘Macbeth,’ it is a refreshing way to enjoy a piece considerably overdone in the last couple of years...Manages to control the somewhat frenzied movement of the story without any visual cues. By leaving so much of what we 'see' as an audience to the imagination, it in a way creates a very personalized production...Yet with a piece so dark and seemingly dangerous, he never challenges your sense of safety or comfort.” Full Review
""Often hilarious and at times rather poignant, Ridley’s contemporary new play is a 90-minute frenzied fall down one couple’s materialistic rabbit hole...It’s in the performances by Johnson and Verey, and their complete physical involvement in describing every detail, that we are able to vividly imagine what each scene must look like...Director David Mercatali is a genius in his direction of 'Radiant Vermin'...A wildly hilarious, dark, and incredibly fun look into serious first-world obsession." Full Review
"Chalamet commands the stage with incredible force for an actor his age...In both writing and directing 'Prodigal Son,' Shanley is able to construct dialogue between his characters that is not only incredibly intelligent, but delivered in such a way that it engages the audience and is never once questioned for its authenticity in execution...If the purpose of art is to make you think and re-examine the way in which you live your life, then 'Prodigal Son' passes with top marks." Full Review
"While the performance is able to keep audiences engaged over the course of its roughly two-hour run, the ultimate end goal seems a little muddled. Once you accept that 'Men are From Mars' is less play and more stand-up comedy, it’s easy to forget the prerequisite needs we audience members have in attending a theatrical production... Director Mindy Cooper has cleverly crafted a piece that relies heavily on the strengths of its lone ranger." Full Review
"A theatrical display of comedic genius. Any fan of Droege's other work will instantly recognize his quick wit, less-then-obvious humor, and underlying intelligence, all quietly commanding a seemingly chaotic, over-the-top ship...Hiller gives an awe-inspiring display of acting craftsmanship...The bare bones of his performance have clearly been guided by Urie's firm and expert handling of comedy in basic human behavior." Full Review
"An emotionally complex, and deftly written play, directed beautifully by O’Briain...Wonderfully designed in such a way that enables the emotional moments of the production to soar beyond what is scripted...Its conversation on the subject of the trans community is handled in a way that feels genuine, and never heavy-handed...Freeman shows us an individual surpassing gender identity, giving us a performance altogether devastating, hopeful, and incredibly relatable." Full Review
"It’s the sort of show where not much happens, but there’s beauty in what’s given. As the mother-daughter leads, Kelly and Hileman's nuanced performances give us two of the most wonderfully backwoods individuals possible…In moments of violence, we don’t observe any wear to the body or any blood spilt. Choosing not to include anything makes such moments comedic and wholly unbelievable...Budgetary concerns aside, 'Kerrmoor' is a well-performed piece with an intriguing premise." Full Review
"The performances given by much of the cast are all top-notch. Fellini carries the piece exceedingly well…However, these performances get bogged down behind a script that needs serious revisions, edits, and an overall focus on what it is that's important to the show’s central message…At times, it is an entertaining study of a serial killer in the postbellum South. Otherwise, it exists as a piece that ultimately suffers from a script that poisons the efforts given by its actors." Full Review
"If you appreciate Shakespeare when done properly, you will absolutely love this production. It’s clear that Patterson understands the mechanics of Shakespeare’s language, and has pieced together an ensemble that delivers…If you’re as thirsty as I was for a refreshing, fun, and genuinely entertaining new approach to a Shakespearian classic, I highly recommend you take a little trip down to the East Village." Full Review
"Presented by humble means, 'The Pillowman' makes up with raw, memorable performances from its central characters, for what it lacks in production value. Initially, it’s a challenge to overlook the sparse, rather dated surroundings. However, it’s almost startling how effective the performances are in whisking you away from a small black box theater, to smack-dab in a grim and menacing interrogation room." Full Review