Encore said about the production, "Lawson genuinely makes the show a rediscovery. He rides the emotional waves of the script with buoyancy but also the desperation of a man realizing the only thing standing between him and starvation is an elf suit."

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Star News said, "The new Wilmington theater company Panache Productions finds the ample humor in "Santaland" without obscuring the fact that this is a story about living on the economic edge. Lawson is at his best when becoming conspiratorial with the audience, as if we're friends he's telling some juicy stories to.

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Winner of the 2017 Wilmington Star News Best Actress Award for Holli Saperstein

Encore said:

"St. Germain’s script is smart, provocative, compelling, and enticing.....Saperstein breathes life into the words to make for an evening of theatre that is unforgettable."

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Star News said: 

​"It’s easy to write off Dr. Ruth as a sunny little old lady who says funny things about sex. But she's also a deadly serious and steely person who believes in the importance of work and education when it comes to healing wounds. Above all, she is genuine. It’s this quality in particular that Holli Saperstein projects in her performance, no easy task while balancing a German accent on a stage..."

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What they are saying about Panache!

Star News Online said:

"Score one for the elf with a funny and tuneful production."

Under the direction of the suspiciously named Donna N. Blitzen, Panache's efficient, well-run production of "Santaland" captures the spirit of the piece, which at its heart is about the often futile search for genuine moments in a world ruled by crass consumerism.

Jamey Stone's (Crumpet) strengths are that he's a practiced comic and a strong actor who knows how to hit the high points of this material and make it, or rather keep it, funny. The man knows how to get a laugh.

His occasional interactions with the four carolers -- Devin DiMattia, Jennifer Marshall Roden, Marlon Ramos and Will Roden -- are well-staged and the vocal arrangements (by the suspiciously named Rudolpho Nariz Rojo) are extremely well done, from songs bright and cheery .... to dark and twisted.

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 Encore said: 

The Heathers are so exceptional, especially the leader of the pack, Heather Chandler, as played by Alexa Knippenberg. Every eyeroll and hair flip she gives comes packed with intent to intimidate. Marie Long as Heather Duke nails the resting bitch face to no avail; Long punctuates the air with a rabid desire to take the lead, even in her “woman of few words” demeanor. Kire Stenson as Heather McNamara brings a softness to the character to pillow the hard-nosed indifference swirling about.

Hunter Wyatt as Veronica Sawyer carries hers like she’s wearing her heart on her book sleeve: It’s noticeable to anyone who attempts to read. Or anyone who can see ghosts, including those who follow her around and haunt her conscience for homicide. Having to follow the movie’s famed Winona Ryder in the role would be intimidating for any actress. Wyatt owns it with her own quirk. She also comes across as more empathetic than the onscreen version—something needed of the role to make her plight believable between wanting to fit in and wanting to be kind.

Encore:  “The Toxic Avenger” joins the joyous melange of musical mayhem brought to raucous life by local director Anthony Lawson. The show is the kind of over-the-top, go-for-broke production that channels the energy and devilish deviancy of classics like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

 Star News: “Brendan Carter turns in a strong performance as Milton, singing beautifully during duets with Sarah (“Hot Toxic Love”) and solo ballads (“Thank God She’s Blind” and “You Tore My Heart Out” are both tuneful highlights).”

Star News: “The show-stopping number… where she (Kire Stenson) effectively does a duet with herself and it’s one of the more impressive theatrical feats I’ve seen in a while.”

Star News: “Ty Myatt (White Dude) and Rashad Burns (Black Dude) ably playing everyone from cops and bullies to girlfriends and babies.”

Star News: “Katie Villecco, who captures well Sarah’s mix of earnest thick-headedness and hot-girl vanity, and she has a wonderful voice to boot.”

Encore Pub: “Kire Stenson continues to be Wilmington’s most potent stick of dynamite.”

Encore Pub: Katie Villeco (Sarah) Villecco feels like a classically trained performer scratching arock-n-roll itch—like a hard-rock version of Kristen Bell who fully embraces the dark humor of a blind librarian and all the great laughs mined at the character’s expense.

Encore said about A Few Good Men:

"Rapid-fire emotion: Director Anthony David Lawson and cast hit on all fronts!

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Star News said:

"Director Anthony Lawson does a fantastic job with his casting, however, and the production moves along as smoothly and fast-paced as Sorkin intended."

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