Non-Registered Critics: Ron Irwin

Sep

To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen

Working together this amazing team of abundantly talented people deliver a spell binding performance on the life of one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Buddy Ebsen, as experienced through the eyes of his youngest daughter Kiki Ebsen...

Truly I have been privileged to have viewed literally thousands of stage performances in London’s West End, on Broadway and in Los Angeles and absolutely “To Dad With Love a Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” is among the best of the best.

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Jul

MISS SAIGON

Reading this fails to tell the story with the same passion as is presented by the magnificent cast and crew of Miss Saigon. The visual effects are stunning, the music is steady and beautiful. You may be sitting a hundred or two hundred feet or more off stage but it is so powerful that the entire audience is drawn into each scene.

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Jun

AVENUE Q

As for “standout” performances I’d have to say pretty much everyone on stage. Courtney Bruce is spectacular as of all people Gary Coleman. Troy Whitaker as Trekkie Monster is also spectacular; but again the entire cast performed at peak making this show fully entertaining and unbelievably fun in ways I frankly just wasn’t expecting but was very happy to enjoy.

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May

SHAME OF THRONES: The Musical

Overall the show is simply hilarious and very entertaining, ergo a great show but with a few cautions. The “F” word is also frequently but understandably used. For most people that is not a problem but if you are offended by that word perhaps you should not attend. There are also a few rather sexually suggestive moments in the show. Again they are not gratuitous and they are relevant to the overall story. But again for the super sensitive it is best you know of this in advance. I would strongly recommend no children under 15 because you would probably end up with a whole lot of explaining to do. For the rest of the world go forth and have a great time.

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May

The End of Sex

Whatever your take away may be I promise you will find the show filled with humor and ultimately thought provoking. For that kudos go to the writer Gay Walsh and Director Maria Gobetti, So taking into account all parties involved in The End of Sex it is a great show packing plenty of punch.

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Apr

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

This story succeeds because while clearly a fantasy it is totally relatable It began as a hit movie and is now a smashing success as a musical.

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Apr

THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS

There is not one moment of this show that is anything less than totally captivating. Each twist and turn and revelation brings up new perspectives and suspicions. Just when you begin to believe you know the character he or she changes.

Every performance is top shelf all the way.

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Mar

CATS

Throughout the show the singing and dancing never ends and is nothing short of spectacular. But to attempt to fully explain each twist and turn in this extraordinary play would be like trying to explain the meaning of life in 25 words or less...

CATS is without question one of the most unique musicals in the theatrical world and It is also one of the most entertaining shows ever created.

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Mar

Tuesdays with Morrie

The show is without a doubt compelling, riveting and powerful. The performances by Larry Eisenberg and Jackson Kendall were nothing short of star quality.

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Feb

HELLO DOLLY

If you are the type of theatre goer who demands of each performance the absolute best in story line, performance, undeniable music, riveting stagecraft, abundant humor and pure nonstop entertainment then you need to get over to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre right now and enjoy Hello Dolly. It truly is one of the very best of the best in musical theatre, led by the utterly captivating Betty Buckley as the irrepressible, somewhat devious yet totally loveable Dolly Gallagher Levi.

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Nov

A CAROL CHRISTMAS

The show is only 90 minutes with no intermission but every one of those 90 minutes is packed with true entertainment value.

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Oct

Showpony

The show was meant to be funny and it achieves that goal. But it also, in some interesting ways, addresses issues of sexism and racism. It does so in a manner that is interesting and informative but not preachy. Overall the entertainment value of Show Ponyis high and well worth your time.

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Sep

The Rescued

The Rescued turned out to be something far different then what I at first expected by looking at the images on the playbill. It is also one of the most unique shows I have ever watched. But without a doubt it is compelling and entertaining.

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Sep

UK Underdog

Truth be told there really isn't all that much unusual about a teen male, or sometimes female, being bullied by some peers. That Steve Spiro chose to elevate his physical person to combat that bullying sends an excellent message. That a young man or woman may choose to go to Hollywood to pursue an acting career is anything but rare. But the overall quality of the performance and the very unique and powerful ending makes this one-man show one that deserves to be seen and enjoyed.

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Sep

Gloria

So when looking at the totality of the show Gloria I saw something that is rich in abundant but often dark humor, while concurrently presenting valid issues facing our modern society and in all likelihood probably not all that rare in past generations as well. If you are the kind of theatre patron who primarily wants to watch great choreography presented with spectacular music and overwhelming happiness Gloriais not your show. But if you enjoy having your mind stretched and your thoughts challenged then Gloriawill deliver for you.

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Sep

Time Stands Still

What makes this show so much fun is the character development and the interrelationships between the four characters.

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Sep

ROMEO AND JULIET

In the literally thousands of theatrical presentations I have been privileged to watch and review this version of “Romeo and Juliet” comes as close to a “must see” show as any show I can remember because it is both deeply entertaining and concurrently powerfully thought provoking. My unrestricted kudos to the Group Rep and the entire cast and crew for producing a true theatrical masterpiece.

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Aug

Cry It Out

Watching Cry it Out is pleasant and enjoyable, largely thanks to the superb talent on stage. But in all truth I have to say that at the end I thought to myself: “Well yeah life is always full of ups and downs and not infrequently things don't work out the way we would like, so what is so special about these three women?” It does however demonstrate very dramatically just how powerful is a new child in everyone's life along with the reality that life must still go on. And as for a drunk woman raising a child, well I know all too well just how devastating that can be.

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Aug

Jews, Christians, and Screwing Stalin

Wow! That is a lot of detail but what makes the show hilarious are the great performances from all of the actors as they present real life stressors... It is generally accepted that Jewish humor tends to be a bit on the dark side. One great example would be the late great Don Rickles who made a career out of being extremely dark yet side splittingly funny at the same time. Likewise, in Jews, Christians and Screwing Stalinthe humor is abundant, dark, deep and delicious. It is much easier to watch it and enjoy it than it is to try and explain it fully and properly in a review.

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Aug

Under Milk Wood

The show is fast paced with never a dull moment but at times on the brink of over powering. The dialogue is witty and offers an abundance of often dark humor.

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