Non-Registered Critics: Carol Edger-Germain

Aug

Dancing at Lughnasa

It is easy to connect with the characters, the actors all successfully brought the family to life, the basic humanity and need for connection comes through, and we want to know them, go to the festival with them, and befriend them on their journeys.

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Jul

NINE WINNING ONE-ACTS

A wide range of subjects was explored, and we saw the sometimes unexpected, sometimes extremely creative, sometimes hilarious plots presented in comedy, personal drama, satire, and thoughtful social commentary.

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Jul

Dames at Sea

SMP has successfully staged a big show on a small stage (effectively including the theater aisles as part of the set) and our senses are delighted with the impressive tap-dancing skills, comedic timing, and vocal talent that bring it all together.

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Jun

The Narcissist Next Door

Actually, the Mexico chapter wasn’t necessary, the play was satisfying and evenly funny and enjoyable until then, and the length was just right, but because I liked the characters I enjoyed the final scene as well.

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Jun

Bronco Billy - The Musical

The songs crossed a number of styles, were clever and fun, and really brought the story to life with a burst of resolve and enthusiasm. The direction (Hunter Bird), choreography (Janet Roston), and music and lyrics (Chip Rosenbloom, John Torres and Michele Brourman) were all deftly handled and brought the package together, leaving the audience in a smiling, feel-good mood as we left the theater.

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Jun

Mama Metal

The actors playing the band (Chris Gardner, Graham Sibley, Rodney To, Jamie Wollrab) not only represented a heavy metal band convincingly, but cohesively and seamlessly slid into various other roles throughout the play. The lack of interruption as the interchanges occurred was impressive and effectively gave the story more depth and more visual entertainment for the audience. It plays for the next three weekends, and I am hoping to be able to fit in another viewing, as I am wanting to see it again as I write this.

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Jun

LADY DAY AT EMERSON’S BAR AND GRILL

I cried, I laughed, my heart was twisted by the vividly scenes her words created in my mind. The pace and back-and-forth rhythm of songs and stories was just right, I was riveted every minute, and glad there was no intermission to break the spell. Director Gregg T. Daniel did an excellent job of bringing Lanie Robertson’s book to life.

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May

Anna in the Tropics

A very talent-balanced cast pulls us into their lives, and the evening of voyeurism is well spent on this drama.

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May

Moving On: The One-Acts 2019

...you will be emotionally jostled, mentally provoked, thoroughly entertained, made to nod wisely, and also provided with plenty of laughs throughout this production.

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May

Revolutions/Revoluciones

The country isn't mentioned, and it's not necessary, no specifics are required to feel the hope and pain of people inspired to make a better world, only to be forced to live with the high price of change.

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Feb

Last Call

The play is unsettling and uncomfortable outside of the humor, which is exactly how it should be. There is no final group hug, no universal apologies and forgiveness, no happy ending, but that's life many times, and the subject is universal, most of us will face these issues as they relate to parents and family members or to ourselves, or both.

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Jan

The Manor: Murder and Madness at Greystone

With only 7 performances left, if you are intrigued, grab your ticked as soon as possible, you won't be disappointed. The actors are evenly talented, the story is intriguing (even though you know the tragic conclusion because it is based on real events), and being absorbed into the various sets and seeing the action unfold in the actual rooms is more fun and realistic than sitting in a theater watching it unfold on a stage.

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Dec

The Wonderful Winter of Oz

It's a short run, only through the 30th, so if you have some free time during the holidays, your family won't be disappointed spending a couple of hours enjoying this unique production, especially if you are entertaining guests with a wide age range.

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Dec

It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Spend an afternoon or evening going back in time and enjoying the feel-good holiday spirit, the play runs through December 23.

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Oct

Old Clown Wanted

We are treated to all their circus-like antics – singing, balloons, miming, magic tricks, and slapstick comedy, etc., although the undertone of desperation is always there, and tension builds as they wait for the interviewer, who has not yet arrived and unlocked the door. My advice is to roll with the clowns and not try to get ahead of the story, as it will all come together for the perfect ending. I found myself wondering where it was going occasionally but then relishing the conclusion.

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Oct

A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

The vision, staging, and casting are in alignment and intriguing visually as well as auditorily, and although the manifestations of Dorian's decay were all there, from jilting his fiancee to murder, there was more direction toward the psychological aspects of his descent into hedonism than the horror aspects. The only place the technique didn't play quite as well was the sequence where the forceful ballet was accompanied by Basil and Henry in the background attempting to disguise the effects of their aging while Dorian remains unchanged (and nude, as he is through much of the play), overlaid by philosophical readings. The three elements of the scenario need to be more intertwined, with the audio levels more balanced (believe it or not, the sounds made by the dancers made it difficult to hear the readings, and I wanted to hear more without straining). But that's a minor flaw that can be easily corrected. I also think nothing would be lost by shortening it by 20 minutes or so, which could also easily be done. Overall, quite unique and recommended.

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Oct

LOST IN TIME

Shepard's Robert was energizing and engaging, one of those fun guys to hang with, but not shallow, his sincerity came through whether he was partying or studying or just being there for his friends. Cornelisse's Amy was electrifying, played intuitively by being just a touch louder than the others, with her brassiness and attention-grabbing entrances distracting us, at first, from the vulnerability and heartbreak below the surface. Comartin and Pollock weave their thoughtful truth throughout, and the result is an intriguing and thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Oct

All Night Long

Just roll with it, enjoy it for the absurdity it is, plenty to laugh at, a clever two-level set to behold (enhanced by Ellen Monocroussos' strategic lighting and Tim Labor's sound design), and much 50's style and subject matter to observe and enjoy. A crazy, wild-eyed ride.

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Oct

The Gin Game

Wonderful production, don't miss it!

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Oct

SWANSONG

An intense 65 minutes, you will feel Occi, and you won't soon forget him. The playwright, Conor McDermottroe, as well as de Vanny, have won numerous awards, the play has been done around the world in several languages, and is well worth your time if you are ready to experience this range of emotions.

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