Non-Registered Critics: Mary Montoro

Dec

The Wrong Kind of People

Under C. Julian White’s direction, the show moves at an even pace. The quick-witted lines provided by Corbin coincides with the actor’s actions. Nothing feels rushed and the heartfelt laughter derived from the audience is as authentic as Corbin and White’s execution of a wonderful story.

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Nov

THE DOUBLE V

The Double V may have started as a precursor to the turbulent 60s but it’s legacy remains a mainstay.

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Nov

Romeo and Juliet in Hell

The show is a great way to spend the night. Lots of hearty laughter, great actors doing what they do best and not knowing what will happen, it’s better that way so the surprise will feel authentic, guarantees a great time. Ritchey is the new master of suspense but an old soul on getting the laughs in grim situations.

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Nov

Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson

Director Gregg T. Daniel executes Wilson’s powerful story of perseverance in strength and character. Each character individually represents where they stand pre and post slavery. Citizen Barlow and Black Mary are the new generation seeking a better way of life that includes happiness and being safe. Caesar is the new breed of African American men who have gone through hell and came out the other side receiving freedom but still a slave in his mentality. Solly Two Kings and Aunt Ester are the overseers keeping an eye on the other souls around them who need saving. Ester and Solly are powerful enough to do it. An amazing and mesmerizing show that will stay in the soul long after the curtain comes down.

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Oct

Deadly

Director Jaime Robledo does an excellent job in fulfilling writer Vanessa Claire Stewart’s vision.

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Jul

Masters of the Dark Realm

Masters of the Realm is really an homage to the D&D game and the popular movies that followed...

Director Corey Chappell does a superb job making fantasy role-playing an art.

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Jun

The 2nd Annual Trump Family Special

After nine performances last year in Los Angeles and New York, the Trump Family Special returns with more laughter and absurdity that all you can do is cradle your kidneys for fear it will explode from hearty laughter...

Let’s hope that this talented group of entertainers will return and delight those who missed it this time around.

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Jun

HELL'S FINEST

I don’t know what went through playwright and director Ashlynn Judy’s mind when she wrote this, but, I hope she never loses it. Her creative genius is all over this thought provoking and interesting story. She brings out fragile human emotion and whips it up into something realistic so everyone can relate to it. I look forward to her next production. She’s on fire.

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Jun

Ride or Die: The Hip-Hop Musical

The master of beatboxing, Shaun Fisher, does a miraculous job in moving the story along with his expert vocal gift. He along with director Kelsey Goeres and talented writer, lyricist and composer Conor Hanney, are the ideal tri-fecta group in developing and executing a fun show with heart and meaning. The songs, the raps, the beat boxing and the actors all melt into a taste worthy concoction of richness and finesse. Hip-hop hooray!

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Jun

Siren Call

Within 30 minutes, Cora executed a well-thought out show with mystery and intrigue. By keeping the cast to a few players, in a shadowy room with a soft light to relieve some of the darkness, the show becomes more intimate and gets the audience involved in the story and play Colombo by asking questions...

Wonderful cast with a skilled writer makes a great show.

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May

ALL MY SONS

Miller knows how to turn it up and out with dramatic flair. He does it with a steady ease. What appears to be rushed is disguised in a gentle, subtle reveal making it cringe-worthy to watch. It's like a crash on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, you don't want to watch it but you can't help yourself.

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May

FALSETTOS

Espinosa sounds spectacular and vibrant (“I'm Breaking Down” and “Holding the Ground”). You can hear her soul crying for answers that will mend her frustration... Jacobs does wonderful job as Jason. He is animated, quick-witted and very, very talented. It's amazing to watch him. He connects with the more seasoned actors like a veteran.

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Apr

Black Super Hero Magic Mama

Black Super Hero Magic Mama does not disappoint. It is fun, lively, exciting and of course magical...

The show is a living, breathing comic book coming to life thanks to the creative genius of scenic and projection designer Yee Eun Nam. Her mosaic use of vibrant and splashy colors are impressive. It's reminiscent of the 1960s Batman series when you saw the words POW! and BAM! across the television screen. The excitement doesn't lose momentum. From start to finish, it's a wild thrill ride.

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Mar

LACKAWANNA BLUES

King's playing brings out the guttural, deep enriched sounds. You can snap your fingers, tap your feet or even dust the dirt off your shoulder in sync to perfect harmony with King's guitar licks. Like the actor, the music embodies the show providing more insight of the characters.

Hudson-Santiago keeps his energy up in the nearly 2 hour show, smiling, reminiscing and having a great time doing dance moves, y'all remember The Dog? he does and does it well.

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Mar

Ada and the Engine

Jessie Sherman is simply phenomenon as the reluctant heroine. She's my new favorite actress! ...

Writer Lauren Gunderson does an excellent job in eloquently telling the story of two people, whose desire in mathematics and life was bigger than them. Gunderson takes time to quickly establish their love for each other by feeding their hunger in math and science and then end up falling with their hearts. She didn't use too many mathematics equation speak, but makes it understandable through the heart. Sherman and Knox make a great pair...

Truly inspiring and encouraging from perfect start to flawless finish.

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Mar

Othello

Much love goes to director Jessica Kubzansky for creating a heartfelt touch to the drama. She encourages male bonding among the soldiers declaring their love for each other as brothers and soldiers of war...

Expect nothing but a first-rate performances from both actors and this stellar cast.

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Mar

Matthew Bourne's 'Cinderella'

There's nothing more beautiful in the arts than a fantastical ballet and once again Matthew Bourne, has created a masterpiece. He took a classic fairy tale and changed it into something more realistic, passionate and awe-inspiring.

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Mar

Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole

Highlighting the best performances and backstage antics makes Lights Out worth watching. Gisela Adisa does a phenomenal job as Eartha Kitt, the memorable Catwoman from the 1960s television series Batman. Actor Dulé Hill (West Wing, Psych and Suits) does an absolutely show worthy performance as Nat King Cole. His smooth demeanor complements his funny side with or without the hyperactivity of Davis, Jr. The two even have a tap dance battle out doing the other. That move would definitely get high ratings on the last show. Hill plays Cole with style and finesse. In private, Cole isn't feeling well and appears sad and worried. As Cole, Hill portrays a man with alot on his shoulders. Being the first African American to have his own show,during a time were being racist came as natural as breathing, Hill recognizes that overt evil and continues on with his life and show. He understands that the show is bigger than himself and bigger than NBC. I believe he finds it his duty to come out on top with dignity and of course, a good time.

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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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