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"This is a terrific production. It's a lean and hungry 'Hamlet': quick moving and well-staged (though, depending on where you sit, you may have to swivel your neck a lot), featuring a terrific cast. Greener's Hamlet is sharp with both pain and wit, and Laws's Ophelia is appealingly vulnerable and sincere." Full Review
"‘Your Invisible Corset’ examines the stigma surrounding assault survivors...Not everything about this updated approach to the story works perfectly, but I was quite taken with the way it attacked and dismantled much of the language of rape culture and emotionally abusive relationships, drawing lines between Stoker's original narrative, and conversations happening every day in the public sphere...The cast is good, despite a ponderous pacing to the action.” Full Review
"Another tight, terrific, and tuneful comedy from the Hamlet Isn't Dead crew...Laws achieves a sweet and joyful condensing of the comedy, keeping Rosalind at the center as the unassuming mastermind of much of the goings on in a place she barely knows. This cast is composed entirely of women or gender nonconforming actors, and every last one of them is a delight." Full Review
for a previous production "This was exactly the ridiculously fun and silly play I thought it was going to be...Most of the fun to be had comes in the person of Tom Lenk's outrageous performance as Ms. Swinton...Tom Lenk is perfection in a role he seems born to play, delivering the most absurd lines with conviction and deep gravitas." Full Review
"This turned out to be quite a charming romantic comedy with a twist. There are things I could pick apart - a somewhat inconsistent engagement with mental illness, or how the women still rather felt like props to the male narrative - but these are things which came up more for me after the show rather than during it. During the show, I was engaged and amused, laughing and investing in the characters on their journey...The ensemble here is terrific." Full Review
“The new translation, both its Yiddish and English versions, is acutely aware of the frightening parallels to be drawn to the political climate today…Director Moshe Yassur and translator Eli Rosen are aware of the obvious parallels, and so treat them with a light but conscious hand, so that the play feels neither didactic nor trivial…The ensemble works well together, embracing the heightened style with panache.” Full Review
"This ‘Merchant’ marks the first time I was able to watch without getting angry, and actually enjoy the story and its players…The answer to how Laws achieves this feat lies not only in his confident and playful staging, but in the judicious cuts made to the text. Most significant among these cuts are the grotesque extremes around the problem of Shylock...I do wonder, with the nastiness cut out, if it is still the same play. Honestly, though, I prefer this version." Full Review
“Jackson inverts the Balcony Theater so that the audience is seated in the pit, looking up...allowing for dynamic level-playing...The stage pictures created against this are clear and interesting..The playful approach to the text by the performers, tossing in sotto voce asides during each other's speeches...Because it's a weightier story, it undercuts (at least for me), some of the moments of rhetoric for which this play is known...The cast is versatile and playful.” Full Review
"Unfortunately with this economic cutting, some important facets of the story do get lost, most especially (regrettably) Hamlet himself as an active player in the drama...The work otherwise is very very strong. The staging of the show is economic and clear, with smooth transitions for the performers to shift roles...The four actors bring an earnest and unadorned vulnerability to their roles that dispels ceremony and dives for the meat of the matter." Full Review
"Evident in every moment is the company's affection for the text and joy in playing. Director James Rightmyer Jr. leans full tilt into the title's meaning - there is, indeed, much ado along the journey the characters take, but as things wind to a happy end and the company joins in song, there is the most joy and release as they hit the nonsense refrain...I thoroughly enjoyed myself during this high-quality performance. A truly excellent cast across the board." Full Review
"Each 4x4 square within the work is a tapestry of signatures...Up close, he can tell you the story of individual signatures...Dunning has so many stories to tell. He doesn't know when the work will be finished. He doesn't know where the work will go. But perhaps it is the journey of the work, his travels, his stories, and the stories he collects along the way, which make this memorable: it is a work of memories set to outlive every person whose name is but a piece of its whole." Full Review
"While the play is a little slow to start...it bounds into liveliness once 'Pericles' himself joins the party. The spell cast by the storytellers then reaches its full potency...Director Reeves synthesizes what should be disparate styles into the only elixir which could coax this woman out of her grief - the joy of play, and the romantic sweep of the story...The cast is uniformly strong...The dichotomy of the storytelling is beautifully rendered by the contrast within the design." Full Review
“What's remarkable about this production is how immediately urgent it feels, how presently now each moment is…Graham conducts this symphony of the unsung women with grace and subtlety…‘A Piece of My Heart’ isn't an easy play to watch - but it is an essential play to witness. When an ensemble works together so well, shares the space so generously, and moves and speaks with full trust of the support of every player, it's quite beautiful to watch.” Full Review