Non-Registered Critics: John Lavitt

Nov

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

As directed by Timothy Sheader and choreographed by Drew McOnie, the 50th Anniversary Revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice spectacle of history and music does not disappoint. Indeed, the sweetness of the production is the energy and diversity of a passionate ensemble.

...Perhaps the most resonant note in this day and age is their overall diversity.

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Nov

The Abuelas

Beyond the clear ability of Stephanie Alison Walker to expose such a storyline without so much as blinking, the play is bolstered by nuanced performances by the entire cast...

From the quality of the writing to the talented dedication of the ensemble, the play manages to tell a storyline that needs to be heard today in America.

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Nov

Never Is Now

Find the time this weekend and see this powerful production. After all, Never Is Now is more than just a title. Arguably, it’s a phrase that encompasses the scariest reality of the present day.

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Sep

Beast on the Moon

As deftly directed by caryn desai, who is not a fan of capital letters, the play should not be missed. ...

In the best possible outcome, both perspectives are enrichened by the experience as art nourishes the living and life gives meaning to artistic expression.

Note: I want to thank Lorraine Ghazarian, Alex Brisbin, and Debbie Brisbin Penko for their willingness to take part in this journey. It proved so rewarding.

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Aug

The Skin of Our Teeth

Ultimately, this apocalyptic extravaganza is strangely exhilarating. It’s fascinating to see how the dark genius of a distant past illuminates the shadows of our time at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. In a time of crisis, such a play is essential to see and experience firsthand.

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Jul

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Directed with precision by Mark Bell, the slapstick comedy written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields provides a temporary escape from the weight of reality. The combined efforts of the talented company transport the audience into an uproarious extravaganza that makes our world seem pretty sane in comparison.

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Jul

Anne, A New Play

Anne, A New Play” is a revelation. Beyond the excellence of the direction and the outstanding performance of the cast as a well-polished ensemble, the text breathes new life into an archetypal story.

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Jun

Moby Dick - Rehearsed

If the final product does not necessarily add up to all of its parts, the fault lies not with the acting company, but with the wild, somewhat indulgent vision of the original text by Orson Welles. In the end, when you combine the undeniable passion of Ellen Geer’s direction with the sweeping choreography of Dane Oliver, the originality and value of the production cannot be denied.

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