Non-Registered Critics: Michael Sheehan

Nov

Buried Child

Reading the text and comparing it to the production at A Noise Within is enlightening and helpful. In all, the powerhouse performance of Strang's Halie and Dukakis's subtle approach to Dewis, bring their characters fully to life.

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Nov

Waiting for Waiting for Godot

This tight full length one act will charm fans of Samuel Beckett with familiar references and might introduce Godot to folks who may not have heard the good news.

WFWFGodot is a must see.

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Nov

Orwell's 1984

Dedicated actors, the influence of style that smarts of Grotowski and Chaikin, quantum leap from Steven Kent and The Company Theatre allow deep character and text exploration at once bringing a chilling reality to life: allowing technique to shine without shame.

This is not a fun show. The world around us today is literally on fire; questionable leadership in the USA finds us on a slippery slope, possibly circling the drain as a nation, though we are not completely the nation of Oceana ... yet.. The reminder that corrupt forces are not the stuff of fiction is what Robbins and The Actors' Gang bring to life and for those who care to see raw theatre done with perfection, supporting this prescient work should be a high priority.

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Oct

Between Riverside and Crazy

Director Guillermo Cienfuegos, seems to have set fire to his cast as the old addage "Bigger, Faster, Louder, Funnier (or more Dramatic)" calls the tune for the show.

Sit-com dialogue interspersed with shouting matches involving almost every member of the cast tries our patience.

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Oct

The Abuelas

Adam R. Macias's perfect projections enhance and strong performances by the cast, reveal a story that sends Gabriela's life in an unexpected direction. It mostly plays well. DeSanto's bombastic volume and over the top performance seems either totally out of place or the rest of the cast was reluctant to broadcast what seems to show in the script as more subtle exposition is on director Andi Chapman... Recommended.

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Oct

Neil Simon's Musical Fools

This review, in the spirit of Neil Simon, means to say that the laughs are cheap and well worth the time investment. The huge cast and wonderful orchestra make the evening memorable though long...

Applause for all of the Fools on the stage and those of us cavorting in the audience.

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Oct

Never Ever Land

A World Premiere is exciting. This one, perhaps with a respect for the hearing health of the cast and the audience with maybe a more realistic presentation of the material, as salacious as it might be, could be an idea for a slightly more subtle approach to an extremely rough subject.

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Oct

Miss Lilly Gets Boned

A must see for audiences who long for a spiritual and intellectual challenge. Presented with great skill...vast imagination. Robin Larson's finely tuned direction and an excellent cast mesmerizes the audience. Tragic and funny; poignant and sad, it's well paced and revelatory.

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Sep

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

When a huge production takes a simple and amusing story to new 'heights' we expect New Heights.  The use of hard working puppeteers to create the eventually humongous Audrey II, who, thanks to greed and promotion eventually takes over the Planet Earth, is clever and laborious. This effort deserves to be mentioned.

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Sep

ON BECKETT

Irwin does hats well.. His primer on the role of the bodily silhouette immediately shows how not only the text, the subtext and the other studious approaches to character are important, but that the profile: the physical attitude is vital.. as is the hat!  Genius is too tame a term to land in Bill Irwins's court.What comes next? We'll have to wait and see. This one is transcendent.

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Sep

The Solid Life of Sugar Water

This is an all together professional production that shows why Deaf West Theatre has garnered accolades for the past many years.  Big River and Spring Awakening, past hits that made news in the Big Apple may be followed by this show that has every aspect of a Broadway production.

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Sep

Deadly

Make no mistake, this cast is professional to a person. They present well delineated characters who are believable in the Gothic context of the script.  High drama calls for broad acting and the acting, the presentation and the characters all meld beautifully.  The songs, however, no matter how enthusiastically presented.. and they are sung with conviction.. are difficult to understand. The parsing and meter of the lyrics is sticky at best. The tune that rings most true is the anthem sung by all the women, "Murder Castle!" Corwin Evans's projections work beautifully throughout, adding color and spice.

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Sep

Handjob

Echo Theater's artistic director Chris Fields who directs Erik Patterson's World Premiere production of HANDJOB was seated in front of me during the opening night of one of the most brilliant pieces of theatre I have ever seen. Cognitive Dissonance notwithstanding...

This is an adult program. Period. The issues discussed are hot button issues. The ethics, philosophy and cultural challenges of HANDJOB are complex.

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Aug

The Lonesome West, by Martin McDonagh

The off hand way that McDonagh presents the brothers.. as well as Fr Welsh and Girleen, sending them willy nilly into one another is at once charming and sad.  The evolution of  each of the characters is the essence of the story, unfolding in bursts of passion and moments of pure love.

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Aug

Hannah and the Dread Gazebo

Park's fluid script and smooth staging by director Jennifer Chang create an evening where suspension of disbelief is made relatively easy by the genuine quality of each of these over the top characters.

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Jul

Legends, Movement and Memories

The beauty of this evening's diversity was the professional presentations seasoned with our beautiful hostesses weathering through the required dialogue.

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Jul

THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

Timing, physical gags that make the audience gasp and truly terrible acting make this production out perform Noises Off! at every turn. Noises Off! used to be the standard for really silly theatre but! No longer! TPTWG is now at the top of my list and as the promo that suggests that "Monty Python meets Sherlock Holmes" isn't far from worng! For another silly reference, I mention the very silly Firesign Theatre just to see if this gets a mention in another on line venue. See this show!!

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Jul

Dancing at Lughnasa

Playwright Brian Friel's reputation as the Chekov of Irish drama seems deservedly so. Open Fist's "Dancing at Lughnasa" (Loo nasa) poetically invites us into his 1936 memory play narrated by Michael (David Shofner) who returns in memory to his childhood...

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Jul

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

It's transformational and current. Stephanie Shroyer's direction is so smooth that the ensemble seems to guide itself through the paces!

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Jun

DANA H.

The many hours of recorded dialogue were edited by Hnath to become a full length one act that actor Dierdre O'Connell, presents by lip syncing Dana's actual voice telling the fantastic story of her abduction...

Hnath's device of presenting his mother's interview verbatim and in her own voice adds a personal authenticity.  It works.

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