"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.
"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.
Encore said: he Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” is a first-rate night out to the theatre. It offers crackerjack timing and a bit of good luck to do what is most important in the field of art: entertain.
Star News said: A well-staged production that’s deliberately paced but compelling. There’s plenty to like here, from the well-tuned performances, excellent costumes and a rambling, rustic set, with its requisite swinging saloon doors, corner spittoon and dusty, bare-bones look of an old Western bar room.
Encore said: Kevin Wilson Wilson put a internal and external performance from both sides of drama and comedy. Stepping into the pointed toe shoes, the sad-looking bastard combines both skills masterfully to defy suspension of disbelief.
A trio of “Not Ready for Christmas” carolers who pop in from time not only harmonize wonderfully, but they’re funny ; They might even bring a tear to your eye during a gorgeous rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Not only does the show sound great, but this is one of the better-looking productions of “Santaland” I’ve seen.
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.
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.
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.”
Star News said:
“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.”
"Rapid-fire emotion: Director Anthony David Lawson and cast hit on all fronts!
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."
"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... “
“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 said:
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.”
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