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Friday, February 5, 2010

Getting Even with Shakespeare: Review!

So it happened. It was inevitable. The reviewers came, watched our show, left to go to wherever reviewers go post show to pen their reviews. I imagine a tall writing desk akin to something Bob Cratchett sits at. And Monday came and went without a word. But Tuesday! Tuesday was the big day. Thank you NYTheater, thank you cast, crew, everyone. The review is amazing. Glowing. Could not be happier. And really was there any doubt?

So here are the real good bits:

They are quite the ensemble. Well cast and capable they bring a real joy to the stage; it's obvious these guys are having a great time. While the whole cast is consistently fun to watch, there are, as with any show, the obvious standouts. Martin Glyer's Hamlet is a brilliant send-up of the moody Dane, an effete collegiate whose grave matter-of-fact veneer is at mirthful odds with his mother-loving core. Rachel Halper's Juliet is a pint-sized dynamo of teen rage—she has embraced the modern era to the hilt; spouting twitterspeak and screwing anything with a six figure bank account. In hilarious counterpoint to Halper is Ben Holmes's Romeo, a beleaguered boyfriend whose innocence is the most powerful aphrodisiac in the world to every woman except the one he loves.

Am I gushing a little? Yeah. I really, really enjoyed this show. In spite of all of the factors working against this play, the creative team turned every obstacle into an asset. I sincerely hope that this show gets remounted or extended, and that Saldarelli keeps writing for the theatre. Get to see this one before it closes. If you have any semblance of a sense of humor, you'll have a great time.

And here is the link to the review: CLICK HERE!!!

It really is a great review. I almost sound shocked, but sadly there is so much bad theater out there that it seems lately good reviews are rare. It's sad that I have to turn to my friends and say, I actually like everyone in this cast, or The play is really good. All too often we enter into shows thinking it will be great and then its one indy theater let down after another. But for this, I am proud of my work, and the work of my peers on stage and behind the scenes. Thank you all!