Non-Registered Critics: Steve Gottfried

Feb

HELLO DOLLY

The real heroes of this production are the chorus. Their energy, their collective vocal power and their energetic dancing rescued this production from a rather by-the-numbers revival. They provided the “oomph” that seemed to be lacking from the supporting cast.

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Jan

DEAR EVAN HANSEN

The message of hope and the notion that we are all connected has clearly resonated with audiences, and that’s something worth celebrating.

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Dec

LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE

You’d have to be a stone not to be moved by this creative reimagining and the onslaught of talent and emotion.

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Oct

THE CAKE

What Brunstetter has done so effectively is create characters with such specificity that they never seem like mouthpieces for the Christian right or the liberal elite. They are flawed, complicated people. And that’s what allows us (whichever side of the divide we occupy) to understand the other side without generalizing or demonizing.

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Aug

Hershey Felder: Beethoven

These days, immersive is the buzzword commonly associated with virtual reality, but Felder’s one-man show is immersive in the old-school vernacular, rendering this 500-seat theater pin-drop quiet. In the space of an hour and a half, Felder melds storytelling with music to draw us in to another world and paint a vivid portrait of a musical genius whose humanity is often eclipsed by his ubiquitous compositions.

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Jul

ON YOUR FEET

This exuberant tribute to the life and career of Gloria and Emilio Estefan is no ordinary jukebox musical. And yet — boasting a catalogue of familiar hit songs — it is also that, unabashedly so. In a larger context, On Your Feet is a triumphant celebration of the immigrant experience. At a time when immigrant rights — and by extension human rights — are under attack, this high-energy, somewhat sentimentalized yet highly entertaining musical takes on a greater importance about the ideals and values we cherish and must now fight to protect.

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