Non-Registered Critics: Lyle Zimskind

Nov

SPAMILTON

A musical revue can easily fall flat without a strong committed ensemble or be drained of savvy energy once the original actors have gone. That's not a concern here, however, as the five principal performers — Dedrick A. Bonner, John Devereaux, Wilkie Ferguson III, William Cooper Howell and Zakiya Young — are all fantastic, hilariously embodying the original performers while hitting the mark on all the jokes. The same holds true for several supporting players. It's hard to imagine the New York cast was any better. - RECOMMENDED

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Oct

Mice

Nelson, who developed this play in EST/LA's New West under-30 playwrights' program, smartly delivers only limited doses of relevant information about the trio's previous experiences, allowing our perpetual unease to arise out of the unfolding events rather than the surprising recollected revelations. Director Roderick Menzies does everything right to deny us even the briefest respite from the horror of the entire extended moment, frequently aided by sound designer David Boman's ominous sonic undertone.

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Jun

MY JANIS

More a fragmentary performance piece than a fully integrated play, My Janis contains the raw material of a potentially high-voltage musical solo show, especially if Veronesi brings in a director to tighten up the dramatic pacing a bit. Even in its present incarnation, though, this one is worth seeing for Veronesi's emotionally revelatory portrayal of one of rock music's most emotionally revelatory voices.

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Jun

'TIL SUNDAY

It's all heart-warming, but occasionally heart-searing. And certainly not to be missed by any Fringe-goer.

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May

NOSFERATU, A Symphony In Terror!

Crown City Theatre Company's silent theater piece of the same title, adapted and directed by company co-founder William A. Reilly, pays effective homage to the Murnau film not with a scene-by-scene reenactment, but by presenting a thematically faithful evocation of its essential plot and characterizations.

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Nov

THE CONSUL, THE TRAMP AND AMERICA'S SWEETHEART

Whether by luck or prescience, The Consul, the Tramp and America's Sweetheart turns out to be a surprisingly topical theater piece for the present moment. Plus there are some laughs. It may not be a play for the ages, but I gotta say, it hits the right spot right now.

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