"Score one for the elf with a funny and tuneful production. 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.
"Rapid-fire emotion: Director Anthony David Lawson and cast hit on all fronts!
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"Director Anthony Lawson does a fantastic job with his casting, however, and the production moves along as smoothly and fast-paced as Sorkin intended."
“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.”
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Star News: “Brendan Carter turns in a strong performance as Milton, singing beautifully during duets and solo ballads are both tuneful highlights. 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.”
Encore said: Panache Theatrical Productions lives up to their name with their latest offering: “The Bible The Complete Word of God (Abridged)". Art can be used to illuminate, persuade, unite, or divide. Panache’s production watches three people struggle and reckon with division, but ultimately find a way to unite and to bring the audience closer through shared joy, empathy and even learning. That’s a lot for one night of theatre. Frankly, without a lot of skill, timing and comedy, it wouldn’t work at all. But it does.
Star News said: Professional wrestling is used to illustrate the doctrine of predestination, and the story of the Tower of Babel is imagined first as melodrama and then as a Telenovena, which is actually pretty funny. A few local references even sneak in, like compounding Job’s litany of suffering by having him drink from the Cape Fear River.
The Heathers are so exceptional, especially the leader of the pack, Heather Chandler, as played by Alexa Knippenberg. Every 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. She also comes across as more empathetic than the onscreen version—something needed for the role to make her plight believable between wanting to fit in and wanting to be kind.
“Fun Home is such a fascinating show... Every performance is top-notch.... A truly memorable and powerful night of theatre.” Encore Pub.
“It’s a marvelous production of a tight, brilliantly written show, beautifully directed by Michael Lauricella. Bechdel’s story is at once devastating, insightful and relatable, and an outstanding cast does an impressive job of bringing their characters to vivid life.” StarNewspe your paragraph here.
"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."
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.
SNARKSTAR CHRISTMAS: Jamey Stone nails our favorite disgruntled elf, Crumpet, in ‘The Santaland Diaries’.
A professional comedian, Stone is a naturally funny and engaging performer and he has a dynamic take on the role as Crumpet.
"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."
Star News said:
"A story well-told, or a life well-lived, is always relevant, valuable in itself. Saperstein’s performance is studied and remarkable... “
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