Non-Registered Critics: Mary Montoro

Feb

Forever Brooklyn

Writer and director Mark Wesley Curran does a remarkable job in conveying an inspirational and funny story about making your dreams a reality. Di Torrice is beyond terrific in playing this role. He’s captivating to watch, who can carry a tune whether singing it or playing his clarinet. He’s already a star. Mazel tov!!

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Jan

Rod Serling’s Stories from the Zone

Jeff G. Rack, who plays Serling, does an excellent job in both narrating and adapting the classic stories for the next era of Twilight Zone fans. He stayed very close to the original stories, both written by Serling, while adding his own personal touch. He and director Charlie Mount do an excellent job in executing Mr. Serling’s vision for the present time. The show was excellent from start to finish.

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Dec

A Holiday Comedy ShitSH*W

C0-directors Megan James and Jackie Learmond have the best 20 hilarious players bringing the cheer on full blast. All 13 sketches have a Christmas theme and nothing is off limits.

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Dec

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

Luckily for the audience, director Bruce Kimmel spread some Christmas magic and adapted the classic story into something fun, amusing and woman power strong.

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Dec

Famous

Writer Michael Leoni is a wonderful playwright and an on point director. The mood is dark and somber. The people pretend to be bigger Leoni does an excellent job in executing his vision. With haunting, melodic music by Conner Youngblood (www.conneryoungblood.com) the whole show comes together as a graphic warning. Have a career similar to Jason or turn out like his long lost brother Dylan. Pick wisely!!

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Dec

…meantime at Hojo’s

Major applause to Levantino for coming up with a precise, accurate, thoughtful and thought-provoking show. He really gives the audience something to discuss afterwards during a meal or over a cup of Starbucks. He really did his research well and his story-telling skills rock. All around great show with a wonderful cast and great topic. I strongly advise to see all three shows. You’ll learn something new and find that history left out a few, major points. It’s worth watching it in its entirety. Levantino has succeeded to tell a repetitive story with a fresh approach and ingenuity. Can’t wait for his next creation.

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Dec

The Big Event: Sunny Afternoon

Each story connects to the next in perfect correlation. Levatino plays three highly different roles in the vignettes… The ending is a brilliant twist to an otherwise complicated scenario.

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Dec

The Big Event: King Dick

Doba’s version of Nixon comes out as creepy, racist and a joke. He plays Nixon as far out as a human being can. His facial expressions are priceless. The way his eyes pop open and voice deepens whenever he hears good news, are hilarious. He does a solid job as the shady president.

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Nov

SHE LOVES ME

Major props to director Cate Caplin who captured the love and sincerity of this wonderful show and evoking the joyous spirit of its predecessors. Well done!

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Nov

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

Along with fabulous music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the story works and gels wonderfully. It reminds us how being a teenager was a special, chaotic, a once in a lifetime experience that most of us don’t need to repeat.

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Nov

Gray People (2019 Extension)

Playwright Kazmierowicztrimm does an excellent job in capturing the depravity of the human soul manipulatively well… Director Sebastian Muñoz executes the playwright’s vision beautifully. All three characters emit a plethora of sentiments constructing a tender platform. Kazmierowicztrimm and Muñoz make a great combination in executing a story based on intensity and the outcome from it.

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Nov

DOUBLE PLAY

Playwright Dennis Danziger is an exceptional writer. He knows his baseball history. He dives lightly into what makes Herbert and Rosalie tick and turns it into an epic poem. He reminds me of a younger Neil Simon when he first came out with his earlier work, which was funny but sweet and touching and most importantly reaches the heart. There’s a reason why baseball is considered to be America’s favorite pastime. And, Danziger captures that moment beautifully.

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Nov

FIRE IN A DARK HOUSE

Writers Traci Mariano and Mona Z. Smith do a fantastic job in conveying the ugliness and reality of how war affects people and what people will do to stand up against the enemy.

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Oct

Johnny Got His Gun

Adapted by Bradley Rand Smith and directed by Oscar-winner Tim Robbins, who is also the theater’s artistic director, does an incredible job in making the film into a successful play. The message that Trumbo put in is not lost in today’s disturbing times. Woodworth does excellent work in portraying the fierce soldier doing his best to survive the hell he’s trapped in.

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Oct

Villainy

As horrid as the subject is, it’s a hell of a great story to tell, especially since Halloween is nearing by. Strysik is an excellent story teller. He gives you enough that you’ll tip over, but, will return to normalcy and Rack executes the playwright’s vision perfectly well.

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Oct

Broadway Bound

The West Coast Jewish Theatre produced this highly impressive and hysterical show. Reiter does the most excellent job portraying a nebbish, worrisome writer who is so filled with doubt about making it as a writer. His octane energy and thoughtfulness makes him more likable. With his brother who got his back, Jerome/Simon become memorable. Marvin Neil Simon passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018.

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Oct

ROPE

A wonderful and brilliant show filled with intrigue and secrecy. Everything takes place in the living room and it looks amazing. Helen Harwell does an amazing job in creating a welcoming and appealing atmosphere and Paula Higgins taste in clothes is remarkable. Everyone is dressed impeccable…This is the first production of the 27th season and it’s a hell of a exciting start.

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Sep

I AM CHARLIE

Le Mieux effortlessly keeps up the frenetic pace of playwright Stephen A. Cardinal’s opus. It is fun observing a mad man at work. Le Mieux is wonderful to watch.

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Sep

Martians – An Evening With Ray Bradbury

Mount and writer/producer/director Jeff G. Rack took a page from Bradbury’s success playbook (in his lifetime, Bradbury wrote 27 novels, over 600 short stories) of combining short stories to create one novel by piecing together four short stories and made a piece of work so original and meaningful that Bradbury, the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Citation Jury prize would whole- heartedly approve.

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Aug

The Death and Life of Mary Jo Kopechne

Wonderful show and brilliant insight to another blemish in U.S. history. Wonderful show and brilliant insight to another blemish in U.S. history.

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