Non-Registered Critics: Ester Benjamin Shifren

Nov

Constantinople

“Constantinople” is a compelling thought provoking piece of work, with many palpable, stinging reminders of global assailment. It’s an important contribution to a world that has been largely unaware of, and too long denied reminders of, the horrors of genocide.

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May

Wild Son: The Testimony of Christian Brando

Mese, in a riveting one-hour solo performance, sits, or moves around the stage effectively while constantly sipping canned beer. He does a sterling job of acting out Christian's tragic story, his rebellion and fractured relationship with his father...

This is an exceptionally well-written 59-minute one-act piece based on personal interviews conducted by writer Champ Clark, and it is superbly performed and super-charged by John Mese. Highly recommended!

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Dec

SOUTH PACIFIC

All song and dance routines are faultlessly executed on a small stage by a large number of performers. The leading stars have wonderful singing voices and are ably supported by the entire talented ensemble.

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Aug

AIN'T TOO PROUD

From the get-go, with Derrick Baskin in the leading role as Otis Williams, the multi-talented and versatile cast enthralled the audience with a seamless and electrifying stream of dancing, singing, and acting performances... The show just rocks from beginning to end and the entire cast is to be congratulated for their performance—the extent of their musical theater ability cannot be overstated!

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Apr

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged)

It's an entertaining night out, with lots of laughs, great performances by the trio, and excellent directing and stage setup by the entire crew. Recommended for adults and teenage audiences.

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Mar

MARTHA

Christina Carlisi brings her own impressive credentials to the Martha project with her work as an actress, and as a dancer along side notables such as Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Stanley Donen, Gower Champion, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, and Kenny Ortega.

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Mar

For Piano and Harpo

Playwright and actor Dan Castellaneta is on stage throughout, with a script and portrayal of Levant that is flawless! The stellar cast is more than up to playing multiple roles! Congratulations to the crew and musicians.  “For Piano and Harpo” successfully portrays a nightmarish, sad, and sometimes hilarious journey from addiction to redemption. Don't miss seeing this five-star production!

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Nov

WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES

Congratulations to playwright Carole Eglash-Kosoff, documentary producer and prolific author, for penning the fabulous musical, “When Jazz Had The Blues.” Don't miss this show—it's a real winner

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